Monthly Archive for December, 2012

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Federal Environment Minister Altmaier Welcomes Doha Agreement and Kyoto Extension

The Doha conference was a  “Climate Gateway” that opended the door for the future of international climate protection, Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) said in view of the results of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha. The conference agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol until 2020., but important questions remained unresolved. 

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BNetzA Permitting for Cross-border Extra-high Voltage Lines?

According to the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) and media sources, the federal states seem willing to transfer permitting competences pursuant to the Grid Expansion Acceleration Act for Transmission Networks (NABEG) for extra-high voltage lines which cross the borders of the federal states and/or national borders to the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA).

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BGH Ruling on Suitable Grid Connection Point Pursuant to Renewable Energy Sources Act

In a case concerning the grid connection of a wind farm, the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) annulled the decision of the previous instance, a Higher Regional Court (OLG), in favour of plaintiff (the wind park operator) and referred the case back to the OLG. The ruling sets out BGH’s interpretation of the suitable grid connection point in the sense of Section 5 para. 1 sent. 1 Renewable Energy Sources Act as applicable as of 2009 (EEG 2009).

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Smart Grid Pilot Projects in Germany – First Project Completed

Under the auspices of the government sponsored support programme, smart grids are currently being tested in six pilot regions in Germany. A new brochure provides an overview of the different projects and first results of on „E-Energy – IKT-basiertes Energiesystem der Zukunft“ (E-Energy – ICT-based energy systems of the future). The eTelligence project that took place in northern Germany, in the city of Cuxhaven, has been sucessfully completed in late November.

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Almost 612 MWp of New Solar Capacity in October 2012

The latest figures published by the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) show that 611.856 MWp of new solar capacity eligible for payments pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) have been added in October 2012. By the end of October, the total of new capacities installed in 2012 amounted to 6,838.765 MWp, and overall solar capacity in Germany amounted to 31,623.249 MWp.

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Council Strategy for Renewable Energy

The ministers of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Council) met in Bruxuelles under the Cyprus presidency and adopted Council conclusions on the Commission’s Communication on a Strategy for Renewable Energy of 6 June 2012.

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Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) Compliant with EU State Aid Rules?

The Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) is under review for compliance with the EU state aid rules, various newspapers reported. The EEG promotes renewable energy sources by stipulating fixed feed-in tariffs. Due to the costs involved, the EEG feed-in tariff scheme has seen many revisions over the last years. Yet the EEG surcharge for consumers has risen by 47% to 5.277 ct/kWh in 2013, as recently announced.

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