Monthly Archive for November, 2012

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Germany and Turkey Strenghten Energy Partnership

Germany and Turkey want to strengthen their cooperation in the energy sector. Last week, German Economics Minister Philipp Rösler and his Turkish colleague Energy Minister Taner Yildiz signed an agreement in Istanbul confirming the energy partnership. It shall be put into concrete terms in a German-Turkish Energy Forum.

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79th Meeting of State Environment Ministers: Key Points for Reform of Renewable Energy Sources Act

In line with the agreement recently reached between the state premiers and Chancellor Merkel, the State Environment Ministers announced their intention to implement the German energy policy shift in a coordinated way, at a meeting in Kiel, the capital of the State of Schleswig-Holstein. They also agreed on key points for a reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG).

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EEG Surcharge Forecast 2014: Surcharge Remains Stable

In accordance with legal requirements, the four German transmission system operators (TSOs) have published their forecasts for the 2014 EEG surcharge range and their 5-year medium term forecast. They expect the surcharge for 2014 to range between 4.89 and 5.74 ct/kWh. This would only be a slight increase of approximately 9% for the upper end of the range compared with the surcharge of 5,277 ct/kWh for 2013.

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Head of German Energy Agency Suggests to Manage Solar Power Expansion Based on Available Grid Capacities

In an interview with the magazine Der Spiegel, the head of the German Energy Agency (dena) Stephan Kohler demanded to better manage the expansion of renewable power plant capacities, in particular solar power plants. He suggested to permit new capacities only if the grids were able to accommodate the electricity input and proposed that grid operators develop a registry of free grid capacities.

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OLG Düsseldorf Dismisses Energy-Intensive Industry Grid Fee Exemption Case

Today the 3rd Cartel Senate of the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf (OLG Düsseldorf) dismissed a case against the grid fee exemption for energy-intensive companies pursuant to Section 19 para. 2 sent. 2 Electricity Grid Charges Ordinance (StromNEV) in summary proceedings.

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LG Bochum Dismisses Law Suit by Textile Company against EEG Surcharge

The Regional Court of Bochum dismissed the case brought by the textile company Textilveredlung Drechsel, Selb, against the municipal utility Stadtwerke Bochum regarding the surcharge for renewable energy (EEG surcharge), the Federal Association of the Textile and Fashion Industry (t+m) informed.

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Criticism on Federal Network Agency Decisions on Redispatch Measures

The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) has voiced strong criticism regarding two decisions by the 6th and 8th Ruling Chamber of the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) on redispatch measures, i.e. interventions of the transmission operators into the operation of power plants connected to their grids in order to avoid or overcome grid congestion.

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Update for Dena Biogas Register

The German Energy Agency (dena) informed that an updated version of the Biogasregister (biogas register) is available online. The biogas register helps users to comply with documentation requirements pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) and the Renewable Energies Heat Act (EEWärmeG).

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BNetzA: First German Transmission System Operators Certified

On Friday the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) issued the first decisions concerning the certification of electricity and gas transmission system operators (TSOs).  Two of the four TSOs in the electricity sector (50 Hertz Transmission GmbH, Amprion GmbH), and 6 gas TSOs (bayernets GmbH, GRTgaz Germany GmbH, bw nets terra GmbH, Nowega GmbH, jordgasTransport GmbH and Fluxys TENP GmbH) have been certified. Tennet TSO GmbH did not get certified.

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REMIT: Bundestag Adopts Bill on Market Transparency Agency for Gas and Electricity Wholesale Market

The German Bundestag on Thursday adopted the Bill on the Market Transparency Agency for Gas and Electricity Wholesale Market with important rules on the implementation of REMIT in Germany.

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