Monthly Archive for January, 2014

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Vattenfall Agrees to Sell 74.9 % Share in Electricity Grid to City of Hamburg

Vattenfall reported to have agreed with the City of Hamburg to sell its 74.9% in the electricity grid to the city, making it the sole owner. The city, which also holds a 25.1% stake in the district heating network, also has an option to buy Vattenfall’s 74.9% stake in 2019.

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BDEW Presents Electricity and Gas Data for 2013 and Calls for More Cost Efficiency of Renewables Law

According to preliminary data presented by the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW), renewable energy sources accounted for 23.4% of the total German electricity supply in 2013, a 0.6% rise from 22.8% in 2012. In view of the high costs caused by the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), BDEW called on the new government to fundamentally reform the EEG and go beyond the key points laid down in the coalition agreement so that cost efficiency is given priority when promoting renewables.

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Federal Administrative Court Confirms Illegality of Moratorium Shutdown Order for Biblis Nuclear Power Plants

The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig (BVerwG) has dismissed appeals by the State of Hesse against two rulings by the Higher Administrative Court of Hesse that declared the preliminary shutdown orders for RWE AG’s Biblis A and B nuclear power plants during the nuclear power moratorium in 2011 unlawful.

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Possible Timetable for Speedy Reform of Renewables Law

When presenting their coalition agreement in November 2013, the new grand coalition government of Conservatives (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD) announced to present a reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) by Easter 2014. Based on statements by prominent members of the coalition parties, the newspaper Rheinische Post published an ambitious timetable for the EEG reform.

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Some More Figures on German EEG Renewables Generation, Revenues, Surcharge, Payments, and the Special Equalisation Scheme

In late December, the government provided interesting data on payments related to the EEG feed-in tariff scheme, including EEG surcharge payments, sales proceeds and the controversial special equalisation scheme. The data was provided in an answer to a minor interpellation (Kleine Anfrage) by members of Alliance ’90/The Greens on “The Consequences of the EEG (Renewables Law) on the Development of the Renewable Surcharge and Renewable Input” and covers information for the years 2000 to 2014.

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Germany on Track for Solar Target Corridor in 2013 – 219 MWp Added in November

With 218.751 MWp of new solar capacity installed in November, Germany remained on track to reaching the upper level of its solar target corridor of 2,500 to 3,500 MWp per year for the first time. Total German PV capacity eligible for feed-in tariffs amounted to 35,526 MWp at the end of the month, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) informed, with 3,133.366 MWp added by November.

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Creating a Secure and Undistorted European Energy Market – Bird & Bird Conference on 4 February 2014 in Brussels

2014 is the target date for completion of the internal energy market. Much has already been achieved. At the same time, national intervention in electricity markets, for reasons of security of supply or renewables policies, risks distorting competitive markets, secure network operation and investment signals, and jeopardizing the 2020 objective. Bird & Bird is organising a one day conference in Brussels on 4 February 2014 to look at key issues associated with this.

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BNetzA Approved Majority of Grid Projects Proposed in Electricity NEP 2013 and Offshore NEP 2013

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has approved the majority of the grid enhancement and grid expansion projects proposed in the Electricity Grid Development Plan (NEP 2013) and the first Offshore Grid Development Plan (O-NEP 2013) drafted by the four German transmission system operators. The agency also released the accompanying environmental report 2013.

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Renewable Surcharge Account Deficit Reduced in 2013 – Expenses EUR 19.4 bn for 57.8 TWh

2013 ended with a deficit of EUR -225,324,417.42 on the EEG account that balances the expenses for renewable transfer payments to renewable power plant operators against the revenue obtained from the sale of the renewable energy at the exchanges and the so-called EEG surcharge, the four German transmission system operators (TSOs) informed. The deficit has been carried forward to 2014. At the end of 2012 the deficit had amounted to EUR -2,691,166,648.46.

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Increase of German Lignite-fired Power Production Widely Reported

Preliminary information by AG Energiebilanzen (Working Group Energy Balances – AGEB) that German lignite-fired power production increased to 162 billion kWh has been widely reported in the media and commented by politicians and interested parties.

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