Monthly Archive for October, 2012

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BNetzA Approves Scenario Framework for National Gas Grid Development Plan 2013

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has approved the scenario framework drawn up by the gas transmission system operators (TSOs) as a basis for the national gas grid development plan 2013 (NEP Gas 2013) with certain modifications.

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European Commission Proposal on Biofuel Revison

The European Commission has presented a proposal amending the Fuel Quality Directive (Directive 98/70/EC) and the Renewable Energy Directive (Directive 2009/28/EC), aimed at minimising climate effects of biofuel production.

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Rising Grid Charges for 2013?

The majority of the German grid operators will increase grid charges by between one to twenty-three percent as of next year, only very few companies will lower their fees, Hamburg based utility Lichtblick says.  Continue reading ‘Rising Grid Charges for 2013?’

Government Adopts EnWG Amendment Preventing Shutdown of Power Plants

Yesterday, the government adopted an amendment of the German Energy Act (EnWG) that shall allow the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) to order power plant operators to postpone planned shutdowns of power plants to improve the security of supply in Germany, especially in winter. The winter 2011/2012 was charcterised by an increased number of critical situations in the German power grids following the shutdown of eight nuclear power plants in 2011 in the wake of the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan, and the subsequent Germany energy policy shift.

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TSOs Publish Preliminary Offshore Surcharge for 2013

The German transmission system operators (TSOs) have published figures for a new offshore wind power surcharge to be borne by electricity consumers as of 1 January 2013, subject to the condition that the current draft offshore bill amending the German Energy Act (EnWG) will enter into force.  The draft offshore bill would allow the TSOs under certain conditions to pass on compensation payments to wind park owners for grid connection delays and disruptions of power lines to the electricity consumers.

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Renewable Surcharge for 2013 Rises by Almost 47% to 5.277 ct/kWh

Today the four German transmission system operators (TSOs) officially announced the surcharge for renewable energy pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) for 2013, the so-called EEG surcharge (EEG Umlage). As widely expected it will rise from  3.592 ct/kWh in 2012 to 5,277 ct/kWh in 2013, constituting an increase of 46.9%. Consumers that cannot reclaim the (additional) 19% VAT will pay 6.28 ct/kWh in total.

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Altmaier Presents Paper on Reform of Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG)

Yesterday the environment minister Peter Altmaier announced plans for a reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). A key reason for the reform is increasing costs of subsidising renewable power. German transmission system operators are expected to announce a sharp rise of the EEG surcharge from 3.6 ct/kWh to reportedly 5.3 ct/kWh on 15 October 2012.

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BVerwG on Free Allocation of CO2 Emission Allowances to Power Plants

Today, the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig (BVerwG) decided in four proceedings on the allocation of CO2 emission allowances under the Allocation Act 2012 (Zuteilungsgesetz). The court held that the cuts in free allowances for power plant operators comply with the statutory allocation requirements, the superseding EU regulations, and the German Constitution (Grundgesetz).

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BSH Starts Consultation on Amended Draft of Offshore Grid Plan

On 28 Septrember the Federal Agency for Maritime Shipping and Hydrography (BSH) has published the amended draft of the offshore grid plan (Offshore-Netzplan) and started a public consultation. The public is asked to comment by 29 November 2012. The respective documents as well as an environmental report can be found online.

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New Energy Initiative Aims to Help SME Implement Energy Policy Shift

The Mittelstandsinitiative Energiewende, a new project launched by the Federal Environment and Economics Ministries in cooperation with trade associations, shall help small and medium-sized companies to implement Germany’s energy policy shift towards a renewable energy supply.

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