Monthly Archive for February, 2013

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RWE CEO Skeptical of Reaching German Offshore Targets

A day after a joint proposal by the Ministers of Economics and Environment for an amendment of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), RWE AG’s CEO Peter Terium told Handelsblatt that he was skeptical of Germany reaching its offshore expansion targets for 2020 (10 GW) and 2030 (25 GW). The risks for investors were considerable, he said.

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Economics and Environmental Ministers Jointly Propose EEG Amendment and Long-term Overhaul

After making differing proposals for a more or less fundamental amendment of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) lately, Federal Economics Minister Philipp Rösler and Environment Minister Peter Altmaier today presented a joint proposal for a short term amendment of the EEG to rein in the rising EEG related electricity costs as of 1 August 2013. Besides, they expressed their will to fundamentally alter the EEG in the long term.

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Economics Minister Rösler Calls for Binding Direct Marketing Obligation for Solar and Wind Power

Economics Minister Philipp Rösler called for far-reaching changes of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), in particular a binding obligation for owners of new solar and wind power plants to market the electricity themselves, the newspaper Handelsblatt reported. Exceptions shall only apply to small scale power plants.

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BDEW: Bavaria Greatest Receiver of EEG Tariff Payments, NRW Greatest Payer

Latest data on feed-in tariffs payments for renewable power plants eligible for financial support under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) showed strong differences between the sixteen federal states. Renewable power plant owners in Bavaria received the highest payments, while consumers in the densely populated state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) had to bear the highest EEG surcharges on the electricity prices, the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) informed.

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Federal Cabinet Adopts Amendments of Energy Savings Act and Energy Savings Ordinance

Yesterday the German government adopted amendments of the Energy Savings Act (EnEG) and of the Energy Savings Ordinance (EnEV). The ordinances intend to tighten the energy savings requirements for new buildings.

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BDEW Presents Roadmap for Implementing Smart Grids in Germany Until 2022

The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) has presented a roadmap until 2022 for transforming the existing German grids and turning them into smart grids. BDEW identified three phases and proposed ten concrete steps that relate to the different phases.

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Fiscal Court of Hamburg Issues Order for Reference to BVerfG Regarding Nuclear Fuel Rod Tax

The Fiscal Court of Hamburg issued an order for reference (Vorlagebeschluss) to the Federal Constitutional Court (BVerfG) in a case concerning the nuclear fuel rod tax that applies since 1 January 2011. The competent 4th Senate was convinced of the unconstitutionality of the underlying nuclear fuel rod tax law. Therefore it referred the case to the Federal Constitutional Court, which has the sole competence to decide about the unconstitutionality in a so-called Normenkontrollverfahren (Concrete Review Proceedings of the Constitutionality of Statutes – Art. 100 Basic Code), the Fiscal Court informed in a press release.

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Energy (Price) Policy Positions Slowly Emerging Before Upcoming Elections

Following Conservative Environment Minister Altmaier’s recent proposal for an amendment of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) that limits the increase of the electricity prices in Germany and calls for a fundamental EEG reform by his cabinet colleague, Liberal Economics Minister Philipp Rösler, the positions of the other parties on the energy (price) policy are slowly emerging in view of the upcoming federal election in September.

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German and Dutch Economics Ministers Agree on Closer Cooperation in Energy Policy Matters

Germany’s Federal Minister of Economics, Dr. Philipp Rösler, and his Dutch counterpart, Henk Kamp, agreed on a closer cooperation concerning important energy policy matters, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) informed after a meeting of the ministers.

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7,604 MWp: Another Solar Record in 2012 Triggers 2.2% Feed-in Tariff Reduction From February

Another 330.102 MWp of new solar capacity were added in December 2012, making 2012 the third record year for solar additions with a total of 7,604 MWp, the grid regulator, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) informed. The solar growth triggers a feed-in tariff reduction of 2.2% for each month in the period of 1 February to 30 April 2013, the agency notified.

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