Monthly Archive for March, 2013

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Key Aspects of Amendment of Electricity and Gas Grid Charges Ordinance

The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology has drafted an amendment changing the Electricity Grid Charges Ordinance (StromNEV) and the Gas Grid Charges Ordinance (GasNEV). It also released a background paper informing about the key aspects of the proposal.

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New Website Offshore-Windenergie.net Provides Information on German Offshore Wind Power

The new information platform www.offshore-windenergie.net provides extensive information on various aspects of the offshore wind energy in Germany.

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VDE: Energy Costs and Demographic Change Will Spur Smart Home Solutions

The rising energy costs and demographic change will spur the market for smart home solutions in Germany, the Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies (VDE) said, predicting high growth volume until 2025.

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Chancellor Merkel Discusses Energy Policy Shift with Associations and Ministries

On Thursday Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the Energiewende, the German energy policy shift towards a renewable energy supply, with the ministries involved and trade and environmental associations. The meeting focused on grids and grid expansion, a market design for conventional power plants, amendments to the law covering renewable energy (EEG) and energy-efficiency. All participants pledged support for the Energiewende.

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German Cartel Office Launches Investigation into District Heating Prices

The German Cartel Office has launched an investigation into the prices charged for district heating provided by seven utilities in 30 supply areas all over Germany.

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Commission Opens In-depth Inquiry into Potential State Aid for Large Electricity Consumers Exempted from Grid Charges in Germany

The Commission opened an in-depth investigation to find out whether exemptions for large electricity consumers from network charges granted in Germany since 2011 constitutes unlawful state aid. This comes in addition to the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf yesterday declaring these exemptions void on German constitutional law grounds.

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OLG Düsseldorf Considers Grid Fee Exemption for Energy-Intensive Industry Void

The 3rd Cartel Senate of the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf (OLG Düsseldorf) has declared the provision in the Electricity Grid Charges Ordinance (StromNEV) void that provides for grid fee exemptions for energy-intensive companies. OLG Düsseldorf also struck down implementing provisions concerning the grid fee exemptions issued by the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA).

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Renewables Conference Hosted by BMU Discusses Renewables Growth, Scenarios and Costs

The fifth “EEG-Dialogforum”, a conference on renewable energy hosted by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), has discussed key issues of the future growth of renewable energy in Germany. The main topics were the speed and structure of renewable energy growth, the resultant costs and the interplay with the expansion of the grids. The discussion was aimed at finding a sustainable growth strategy that ensured dynamic growth, which was compatible with an optimised, safe and reliable energy supply, BMU said.

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New Forum to Pool Energy Research Activities in Germany

Federal Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka and representatives of German scientific institutions presented a new forum (Nationale Forschungsplattform Energiewende) that intends to pool the research activities for the German Energiewende, the transition away from a nuclear and conventional power based energy supply to a (mostly) renewable energy supply.

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275 MWp New Solar Capacity in January 2013

New solar power plant capacity has fallen for the fifth month in a row. Additions for plants eligible for feed-in tariffs pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) amounted to 274.673 MWp in January 2013, the Federal Network Agency reported.

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