Monthly Archive for September, 2013

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Fraunhofer ISI Study on Achievability of Electromobility Target 2020 of 1 Million Electric Cars in Germany

A new study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) “Market launch scenarios for electric vehicles” shows that a successful market launch of electric cars depends on various external factors. ISI considers the joint goal of the German government and NPE Mobility of one million electric cars by 2020 still reachable under optimistic assumptions, even without monetary measures. Only 150,000 and 200,000 electric cars on Germany’s roads are possible by 2020 under less optimistic framework conditions.

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BNetzA: 2,540 MW Reserve Capacity Required for Winter 2013/2014

The Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) said  that based on information from the 4 German electricity TSOs the reserve capacity requirement for the winter 2013/201 will be 2,540 MW.  2,022 MW have already been secured. Continue reading ‘BNetzA: 2,540 MW Reserve Capacity Required for Winter 2013/2014’

2013 German Election Energy Party Profiles – Part 6: Energy Efficiency

In the last posts we focused mainly on the producer’s and supplier’s side of the energy market, including renewables, as well as on gird-related aspects, including smart grids. Today we continue our series on the competing parties’ positions on how to give incentives to consumers directed towards increasing energy efficiency.

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Plan Determination Procedure for Bavarian Section of Thuringian Power Bridge Project Launched

The authorities in Bavaria’s Oberfranken region have launched the plan determination procedure for the Bavarian section of the so-called Thüringer Strombrücke (Thuringian power bridge), a 380 kV extra-high voltage power line. The line shall connect the transformer station Bad Lauchstädt in Saxony-Anhalt with the transformer station Redwitz in Bavaria, crossing Thuringia.

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Stockholm Seminar on Developments of the Onshore Wind Market in Sweden and Europe on 2 October 2013

My colleagues from the Bird & Bird Stockholm Office are organising a seminar on developments of the onshore wind market in Sweden and Europe on 2 October 2013. I will be speaking about the European wind power market – experiences from feed-in tariffs in Germany and the Netherlands.

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BNetzA Launches Consultation on Draft Electricity NEP 2013 and Offshore NEP 2013

Last Friday, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) launched its consultation on the drafts of the Electricity Grid Development Plan (NEP 2013) and the first Offshore Grid Development Plan (O-NEP 2013). The agency also presented drafts of its approving decisions and a draft of the environment report 2013. Interested parties have eight weeks to comment.

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EU Decision on National Implementation Measures for EU ETS Phase 3 Provides for Degressive Correction Factor

On 5 September 2013 the EU Commission issued a decision concerning the Member States’ national implementation measures (NIMs) for phase 3 of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) spanning 2013 to 2020. It provides for a gradually falling correction factor that amounts to 5.73% in 2013 for the free allocation of emission allowances.

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Erdgas Symposium 2013: Conference on the Role of Natural Gas in the Energy Transition on 21/22 November

On 21/22 November 2013 the Erdgas Symposium 2013 will look into the role of natural gas in the energy transition (Energiewende). I will give a presentation on 21 November, focusing on the implications of the Energiewende on natural gas from a legal point of view.

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BDEW and VDMA Demand Speedy Electricity Market Reform, Announce Proposals and Call Offshore Essential

The Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) needs to be revised as quickly as possible, so that the more or less unchecked growth of renewable power plants was synchronized with grid expansion and costs were limited, the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) demanded. Besides an energy market reform had to acknowledge the importance of non-volatile, flexible power plants for the security of supply, they said, adding that offshore wind power could play an important role to ensure supply.

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BNetzA: Scenario Framework Approved for National Electricity and Offshore Grid Development Plans 2014

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) approved the scenario framework for the National Electricity Grid Development Plan (NEP 2014) and the Offshore Grid Development Plan (O-NEP 2014) submitted by the four German transmission system operators in spring.

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