Monthly Archive for January, 2013

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German CO2 Emission in 2011 2.9% Lower Despite Nuclear Withdrawal Thanks to Weather Conditions

Despite the shutdown of eight nuclear power plants following the German energy policy shift  of 2011, CO2 emissions declined by 2.9% in 2011 compared with 2010. However, the decline was mostly due to the weather conditions, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the German Environment Agency (UBA) said in a joint press release.

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5th German-Japanese Environment Talks in Berlin

Ursula Heinen-Esser, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), opened the 5th German-Japanese Environment Talks in Berlin yesterday. The conference focuses on smart solutions for a sustainable energy supply including topics like smart cars and smart homes.

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Mitsubishi Investment in Tennet’s German Offshore Grid Connection Projects

TenneT reported a partnership with Mitsubishi Corporation for the investment into four of Tennet’s German offshore high-voltage cable projects. This covers a contract regarding the BorWin1 and BorWin2 projects and another contract concerning the HelWin2 and DolWin2 projects. Mitsubihi’s voting interest will be 49% in return for an aggregate maximum equity commitment of EUR 240 million for the first two projects and EUR 336 million for the other two projects (EUR 576 million in total).

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Joint Ministry Support Programme for Research into Modern Electricity Grids with National and International Focus

The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) launched a new support programme worth EUR 150 million for research on modern, so-called future-proof, electricity grids.

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BVerfG Rejects Constitutional Complaint Against Grandfathering Rule for Big Solar Parks

In a decision of 27 September 2012 the Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht – BVerfG) did not admit a constitutional complaint against the recently introduced grandfathering rule for solar parks above 10 MW. The case had been brought before the court by two plaintiffs that were involved in planning and building two large solar power plants with capacities of more than 10 MW.

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BDEW Publishes Gas and Electricity Data for 2012

According to preliminary estimates by the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW), electricity consumption in Germany declined slightly by 1.4% in 2012, while gas consumption increased by 1%. Gross electricity generation also increased by 1.3% year-on-year to 617 TWh, with the importance of gas in the electricity mix falling significantly (11.3% after 13.6% in 2011) and the shares of hard coal, lignite and renewable energy sources rising.

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Register for Certificates of Origin for Electricity from Renewable Sources Started Operations on 1 January 2013

On 1 January 2013 the register for certificates of origins for electricity from renewable sources started operating at the Federal Environment Agency (UBA).

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EEG Clearing Agency Issues Recommendation Concerning Metering

Clearingstelle EEG (EEG Clearing Agency has issued a recommendation concerning the metering and the operation of metering points under Section 7 para. 1 EEG 2012.

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No More Free Emission Allowances for Power Sector As of 2013

With the beginning of 2013, the third trading period of the greenhouse gas emission allowance trading scheme of the European Community (EU ETS) spanning 2013 to 2020 started, bringing various important changes especially for the power sector.

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Consumers Have to Pay 20 Billion in Support of Renewable Energy for 2012

According to the latest data by the German transmission system operators, renewable energy plant operators received payments pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) of approximately EUR 19.5 billion. Including further costs related to the sale of the renewable energy, costs amount to over EUR 20 billion, which ultimately have to be borne by the electricity consumers.

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