Monthly Archive for June, 2013

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Dena Makes Interactive Map with Power-to-Gas Projects Available Online

The German Energy Agency (dena) has made an interactive map available online, showing “power-to-gas” projects in Germany and their current status. Dena recently launched the internet portal “Power to Gas”.

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BDEW to Issue Identification Numbers for Electric Cars for Easy Use of Charging Stations

The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) has agreed to act for a three year period as the issuing office for identification numbers for electric cars that shall allow drivers easy access to (preferably) all charging stations accessible to the public.

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Chancellor Merkel Outlines Key Aspects of Reform of Renewable Energy Sources Act

In a speech given at this year’s annual meeting of the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW), Chancellor Angela Merkel outlined key aspects of a reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) that she urgently wants to address after the Federal Election in September. She wanted to maintain feed-in priority into the grids for renewable energy pursuant to the EEG and did not want to alter feed-in tariffs for existing renewable power plants retroactively, Mrs Merkel said. However, renewable energy sources had to contribute more to the costs of the Energiewende, she pointed out.

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Parliament Clears Amendment of 26th BImSchV on Electromagnetic Fields

Parliament has cleared the way for an ordinance amending the 26th Ordinance Implementing the Federal Immission Control Act Concerning Electromagnetic Fields (26th BImSchV) and the Ordinance Concerning Electromagnetic Fields in the Telecommunications Sector (BEMFV). The ordinance shall improve protection and precautionary measures regarding health risks caused by electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields. It has considerable importance for the energy sector.

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Government Passes Ordinance on Reserve Power Plants to Ensure Security of Supply

Yesterday the government passed the Reservekraftwerksverordnung (Ordinance on Reserve Power Plants), which further specifies the provisions introduced to the German Energy Act (EnWG) in late 2012 concerning the security of supply (Sections 13a to 13c and Section 13 paras. 1a and 1b EnWG).

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UBA Study on Big Onshore Wind Power Potential in Germany

In a study commissioned by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA), the Fraunhofer IWES Institue comes to the conclusion that theoretically 13.8% of Germany’s territory was suitable for onshore wind power production, exceeding by far the 60 GW capacity established by UBA in 2010 to reach a 100% renewable energy mix in 2050. The study sees 1,190 GW installable capacity leading to 2,900 TWh/a.

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BDEW Presents Post Election Demands and Highlights Taxes and Duties on Electricity Bills

On the occasion of this year’s annual meeting, the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) presented its energy policy demands for the federal government to be elected in September 2013. It expected taxes and duties on the electricity bills to reach the record sum of EUR 31.6 billion, exceeding a 50% share of the bill for household customers for the first time, the association pointed out.

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Bundesrat Statement Regarding Nuclear Location Search Act

In its session last Friday the Bundesrat (Federal Council) welcomed the bill for a “Location Search Act” (Standortauswahlgesetz – StandAG), pointing out that it laid down a transparent selection process for finding a permanent nuclear waste disposal site by way of a national consensus. The Bundesrat also made a number of comments.

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Bundesrat Passes Federal Requirement Plan for Transmission Networks

In its session yesterday, the Bundesrat (Federal Council) did not object to the “Second Law Concerning Measures to Accelerate the Expansion of the Electricity Grids”, which contains the “Federal Requirement Plan for Transmission Networks” as adopted by the Bundestag (Parliament) in late April. The bill aims to speed up planning and permitting procedures concerning grid expansion projects in the transmission grids. The new law can now enter into force after promulgation (certain exceptions apply).

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Coalition Government Not to Submit Fracking Bill to Parliament

The Conservative/Liberal government finally decided not to agree on a bill to regulate fracking, media reports say. Hence a proposal agreed on by the Economics Ministry lead by Liberal Economics Minister Philipp Rösler and the Environment Ministry lead by Conservative Peter Altmaier in February will not be voted on in parliament.

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