Monthly Archive for October, 2013

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Government Adopts Amendment of Energy Savings Ordinance Accepting Federal Council Conditions

The incumbent government accepted the changes to the bill amending the Energy Savings Ordinance (EnEV), the Bundesrat (Federal Council) demanded last Friday and adopted the bill in the amended form. It includes stricter requirements for the exchange of heating boilers.

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TSOs Publish Offshore Surcharge for 2014 at Maximum Levels

Together with the renewables surcharge (EEG surcharge) for 2014, the transmission system operators (TSOs) published the offshore surcharge for 2014 yesterday. They fixed the staggered surcharge at the highest legally possible level, announcing that it might not suffice.

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German Renewables Surcharge Increases by 19% to 6.24 ct/kWh in 2014

The renewables surcharge will amount to 6.24 ct/kWh (plus 19% VAT) in 2014. This is an increase of 19.38% from the 5.227 ct/kWh in 2013.

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European Commission Adopts List of 248 Key Energy Infrastructure Projects

Today, the European Commission has adopted a list of 248 key energy infrastructure projects. These “projects of common interest” (PCIs) shll benefit from accelerated planning procedures (e.g. a 3.5 years’ time limit for granting of permits) and improved regulatory conditions, with costs allocated to the countries that benefit most from a completed project, the Commission said.

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Bundesrat Approves Amendment of Energy Savings Ordinance – On Numerous Conditions

Last Friday the Federal Council (Bundesrat) approved an amendment of the Energy Savings Ordinance (EnEV), but only subject to a large number of conditions. They are supposed to increase the transparency of the energy-related data of buildings and reducing bureaucracy.

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European Parliament Wants All New Fracking Projects to Pass Environmental Impact Assessment

The European Parliament wants to make all exploration and hydraulic fracturing extraction activities for non-conventional hydrocarbons subject to environmental impact studies and amend existing EU legislation accordingly. Parliament also voted in favour of measures to prevent conflicts of interest and to ensure that the public is informed and consulted.

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Renewable Surcharge to Rise to 6.3 ct/kWh?

The renewable surcharge will rise to 6.3 ct/kWh in 2014, newspapers like Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) and Rheinische Post (RP) reported prior to the official announcement by the four German transmission operators 50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT and TransnetBW on 15 October 2013.

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SRU Presents Key Point Paper to Study on the Future of the Electricity Market Due to Appear in November

The German Advisory Council on the Environment (Sachverständigenrat für Umweltfragen – SRU) has presented a key point paper to the special report „Den Strommarkt der Zukunft gestalten“ (“Designing the Electricity Market of the Future”) due to appear in November 2013.

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Draft Regulation on the Technical Minimum Requirements for the Use of Smart Measurement Systems Passes European Notification

The draft Measurement System Ordinance (Messsystemverordnung – MsysV) on the technical minimum requirements for the use of smart measurement systems has passed the European Notification Procedure, the Federal Ministry of Economics (BMWi) informed.

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IWR: Renewable Surcharge to Increase Despite Fewer PV and Wind Power Input in First Three Quarters of 2013

PV and wind power input into the German grids in the first three quarters of 2013 was 2.1 % lower than in the same perioad last year, IWR – Internationales Wirtschaftsforum Regenerative Energien IWR  (Renewable Energy Industry Institute, Münster) deduced from data provided by the energy exchange EEX. Yet the renewable surcharge for consumers is likely to rise by 15% (as of next year) IWR pointed out.

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