Monthly Archive for July, 2013

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Blawg 100 Amici – Invitation to Support the German Energy Blog

The ABAJournal is working on its annual list of the 100 best legal blogs. Maybe you like the German Energy Blog enough – and we would of course highly appreciate if you would be prepared to say so.   Continue reading ‘Blawg 100 Amici – Invitation to Support the German Energy Blog’

European Commission Decisions on Two German ETS Support Schemes for Energy-Intensive Industries – Not EEG and Grid Fees

The European Commission has today adopted two decisions on German support schemes in favour of energy-intensive industries. Both decisions are on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), not the EEG surcharge or grid fees.

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New Regulations for Heat Supply Contract in Rented Apartments

Since May a new provision in the German Civil Code (BGB), Section 556 c BGB, sets out the requirements under which tenants have to bear the costs for heat supplied under a heat supply contracting agreement entered into by the landlord. On 1 July a corresponding Heat Supply Ordinance (Wärmelieferverordnung – WärmeLV) became effective. It further specifies the BGB requirements.

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Süddeutsche Zeitung: Utilities Plan to Shut Down Many Unprofitable Conventional Power Plants

Due to the renewable energy regime in Germany, several German utilities are considering to close dozens of conventional power plants, citing a lack of profitability, Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) writes. Even nuclear power plants could be shut down prematurely, the paper says.

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Federal Network Agency Starts Consultation on Updated Guideline for EEG Feed-in Management

The Federal Network Agency has launched a consultation on an updated version of its guideline concerning the feed-in management pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) last week, asking market participants to comment until 15 August 2013. The paper provides guidance regarding the compensation for feed-in management measures by the grid operators and the consideration as grid costs.

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Spiegel Online: EU Investigation into EEG Surcharge Reductions – Repayment Obligations for Currently Exempted Companies?

Spiegel Online reports that the EU Commission is to open an official investigation under EU state aid rules into the provisions of the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) that allow for reductions of the renewable energy surcharge (EEG surcharge) for so-called electricity-intensive manufacturing enterprises and rail operators with high electricity consumption.

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Increased Applications for Renewable Surcharge Reduction in 2014

Record applications by large electricity consumers for reductions of the renewable energy surcharge (EEG surcharge) worth up to EUR 5 billion for 2014 might further increase the burden for the remaining electricity consumers, several newspapers and website report, based on an answer of the government to a minor interpellation by Alliance ’90/The Greens.

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New RVR Decision Brings E.ON a Step Closer to Building the Coal-fired Datteln 4 Power Plant

The decision by the regional association for the Ruhr valley area (Regionalverband Ruhr – RVR) to initiate proceedings with the state planning authority to obtain permission to deviate from the state planning objectives brings E.ON a step closer to continuing construction on its 1100 MW coal-fired power plant in Datteln (Datteln 4).

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German, Austrian And Swiss Energy Associations Demand Improved Conditions for Pumped Storage Power Plants

The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW), its Swiss counterpart VSE and the Austrian Energy Association Österreichs Energie agreed to work together to improve the transnational coordination concerning the construction of pumped storage hydro power plants. The associations demanded fair regulatory conditions for these kind of power plants.

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Federal Council Approves Amendments of Electricity and Gas Grid Charges Ordinance and Incentive Regulation on Conditions

The Federal Council (Bundesrat) approved the bill for an ordinance amending the electricity and gas grid charges ordinances (StromNEV and GasNEV), the Incentive Regulation Ordinance (ARegV) and the Electricity Grid Access Ordinance (StromNZV). However, the approval is subject to several conditions. The Federal Government had decided on the proposal in June. Furthermore, the Bundesrat passed a declaration asking the government for further amendments of ARegV and StromNZV.

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