Monthly Archive for February, 2014

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EEG 2.0: BMWi Working Draft for Revision of Renewable Energy Sources Act

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (“BMWi”) has drafted a first working version of a revised German Renewables Energy Sources Act (EEG). This first draft led to further clarification on the EEG 2.0 project, i.e. the reform of the EEG. The draft further specifies the elements presented earlier in the key point paper of BMWi , especially regarding the feed-in tariffs. It also contains some new provisions, which were not previously contained in the key point paper.

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Almunia Calls German Renewable Energy Surcharge Exemptions Difficult But Manageable Issue

Yesterday Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia met with German Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel to discuss the reform of the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) and the reductions granted to energy-intensive companies on the surcharge promoting renewable energy sources in Germany (“EEG-surcharge”). Mr Almunia called the exemptions a technically difficult, but manageable issue.

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Railroad Operators: Changes to Reductions of Renewables Surcharge May Negatively Affect Fares

Information concerning a reform of the renewable surcharge reduction for railroad operators as part of the planned reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), have drawn sharp criticism from the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV). The proposal would lead to additional costs of approximately EUR 150 million in 2018 and might lead to rising ticket prices, VDV warned.

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BAFA Publishes Figures on Reduction of EEG Surcharge for Energy Intensive Companies

The Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) has published information regarding the reduction of the surcharge promoting renewable energy sources in Germany (“EEG-surcharge”) for energy-intensive companies and rail operators. According to these figures the amount of privileged companies increased by 378 companies from 1,720 in 2013 to 2098 in 2014.

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BDEW: Majority of German Population Still Supports Energy Transition – New Figures for the Heat Market

The German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) has presented new figures regarding the acceptance of the phase-out of nuclear energy and the expansion of renewables energy and the heat market.

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Six European Power Exchanges agree on setting up European Cross-border Solution for Intraday Trading


The six European power exchanges APX, Belpex, EPEX SPOT, Nord Pool Spot and OMIE confirmed the signing of a cooperation agreement for a common European cross border intraday solution. In addition, an early start agreement was signed with Deutsche Börse AG for the delivery of a technical system.

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Administrative Court: Wind Turbines vs. VOR Aircraft Radio Navigation System

By decision of 5 February 2014 the Administrative Court of Oldenburg (VG) dismissed an application by the German Air Traffic Control Service (DFS) in a preliminary injunction procedure to stop the construction and the operation of five wind turbines until the main proceedings will have been completed.

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TSOs Present Proposal for Major North South Power Line Project – Need Political Support and Postphone Road Shows

Yesterday the transmission system operators Tennet TSO and TransnetBW (TSOs) presented a proposal for the route of a major part of the so-called Suedlink extra-high voltage power line project. It shall links Wilster near Hamburg with Grafenrheinfeld in Bavaria. At the same time, the TSOs demanded clear political support for grid expansion and major power line projects such as Suedlink, announcing to postpone road shows informing the public about the project for the time being.

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EU Parliament Adopts Resolution on Local and Regional Consequences of Smart Grids Calling for High Standard of Data Protection

The EU Parliament yesterday adopted a resolution on the local and regional consequences of the development of smart grids by a vast majority. The resolution welcomes the paradigm shift towards a variable, decentralised and local energy production, integrating a high share of small-scale renewable energy. It underlines the numerous benefits of smart grids for the transition process, while at the same time demanding that data security be integrated into smart grid deployment strategies.

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Day-ahead Wholesale Electricity Markets in North-Western Europe Coupled and South-Western Europe Synchronised

Power exchanges and transmission grid operators (TSOs) from 14 EU countries and Norway constituting the North-Western Europe (NWE) region successfully launched NWE day-ahead price coupling yesterday, using a single day-ahead power price calculation (Price Coupling of Regions (PCR)). The same solution is also used in the South-Western Europe region (SWE), comprising France, Spain and Portugal, in a common synchronised mode.

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