Monthly Archive for August, 2012

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Rising Crop Prices Fuel Discussion about E10 and Bio Energy

Rising crop prices have (re)kindled the discussion on the benefits of E10 and energy derived from biomass, often corn.

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Environment Minister Presents 10 Point Energy and Environment Programme

Yesterday, Environment Minister Peter Altmaier presented a 10-point programme entitled “With New Energy” for the remaining legislative period until the parliamentary elections in 2013. Not surprisingly, the first point of the agenda is a successful implementation of energy policy shift, which Mr Altmaier calls a key task.

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Germany With Highest Per Capita Photovoltaics Capacity

With 301 Watt per capita Germany has the highest installed photovoltaics capacity per capita, Zurich-based SolarSuperState Association informed.

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Law Suits Against EEG Surcharge Make Headlines

Backed by the Federal Association of the Textile and Fashion Industry (t+m), three middle-sized textile companies have filed law suits against the surcharge for renewable energy (EEG surcharge), claiming its unconstitutionality. The news was widely reported in the media.

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WEEE Recast Includes Photovoltaic Panels

Yesterday the recast Directive 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) entered into force. It tightens the rules on the collection and treatment of e-waste and now also includes photovoltaic panels (Annex II no. 4).

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Renewable Energy Most Important Electricity Source in Germany in 2013?

The contribution of renewable energies to Germany’s power production is becoming increasingly important. According to a new study of the Internationales Wirtschaftsforum Regenerative Energien IWR (a German based Renewable Energy Industry Institute), renewables may become the most important energy source for power production in Germany as early as 2013.

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Increase of Surcharge Due to Grid Fee Exemptions for Energy-intensive Companies?

The surcharge covering lost revenue due to grid fee exemptions for energy-intensive companies is likely to rise as more companies than initially expected have filed applications for exemptions with the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), Frankfurter Rundschau (FR) writes.

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Improved Funding Under Renewable Energy Incentive Programme as of Mid-August

The Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) announced improved funding conditions under the Renewable Energy Incentive Programme (Marktanreizprogramm für erneuerbare Energien – MAP) as of 15 August 2012.

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Rösler: State Engagement for Offshore Grid Means of Last Resort

Yesterday Economics Minster Philipp Rösler met with representatives of the German coastal states and representatives of the transmission system operators (TSOs) to discuss ways to accelerate the connection of offshore wind farms to the grid. He acknowledged the high investment costs and did not exclude further state engagement (staatliches Engagement), but said this could only be a means of last resort. Primarily grid expansion was the responsibility of the TSOs, he said.

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TSOs and Trade Associations Propose System Change Regarding Connection of Offshore Wind Farms

The transmission system operators TenneT TSO GmbH and 50Hertz Transmission GmbH as well as the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW), the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) and two offshore wind associations have outlined key points for a new legal system that shall solve Germany’s current problem regarding the timely connection of offshore wind farms.

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