Monthly Archive for March, 2014

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Renewable Surcharge Reduction to 20% or Less for 65 Energy-Intensive Sectors?

A consensus is nearing for Germany’s dispute with the EU over reductions granted to energy-intensive companies on the surcharge promoting renewable energy sources in Germany (“EEG-surcharge”), major newspapers report. Citing from a draft for new EU guidelines on environmental and energy state aid, they say that the EU Commission was prepared to allow reductions granted to energy-intensive companies from up to 65 sectors. Generally companies should bear at least 20% of the costs, but member states shall be able to limit payments further depending on the added value, with according to Handelsblatt a cap at 2.5% of the gross value added.

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BMWi Makes Comments on Draft EEG Reform Bill Available Online

The Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has made 149 comments on its draft reform bill for the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) available online.

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Joint Information By German TSOs on New Website

The four German transmission operators 50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT and TransnetBW (TSOs) provide joint information no longer on the “EEG-KWK.net” website, but on www.netztransparenz.de. This includes important information regarding 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 by the TSOs.

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Will Bavarian EEG Demands and Status of Talks with Commission Affect EEG Reform Schedule?

The conservative CSU government of Bavaria adopted a list of demands for the reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) that differs from the reform proposal presented by Social Democrat Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) writes. Besides, talks between Mr Gabriel and EU Competition Commissionar Joaquin Almunia on the future of the reductions granted to energy-intensive companies on the surcharge promoting renewable energy sources in Germany (“EEG-surcharge”) were stalled, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports. This may affect the schedule for the adoption of the EEG amendment, envisaged for 8 April 2014 by Minster Gabriel.

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UBA: German Climate Protection Goal in Danger as Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rise by 1.2% in 2013

Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions increased again by 1.2% in 2013, according to preliminary calculations and estimates by the German Environment Agency (UBA). In total roughly 951 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent were emitted in Germany in 2013, almost 12 million tonnes more than last year, UBA said. If this trend continued it was hardly possible to reach the German climate protection goal for 2020, UBA Vice-President Thomas Holzmann warned.

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Initiativkreis Ruhr Committed to Energiewende, But Demands Adjustments

Initiativkreis Ruhr (IR), an association of 66  leading companies in the Ruhr area (Ruhrgebiet) handed over an update of a position paper on the German energy transition towards a mainly renewable energy supply (Energiewende) to Federal Economic Affairs and and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel on 8 March 2014. “We are committed to the Energiewende”, Dr. Klaus Engel, head of  IR, said. “For our companies to be able to influence and shape the Energiewende without falling victim, we believe adjustments are necessary”, he added.

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EEG 2.0: Ministerial Draft Bill for EEG Reform – Update

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (“BMWi”) has started its consultation of top level municipal and other associations (Anhörung der Kommunalen Spitzenverbände und der Verbände) on the revision of the German Renewables Energy Sources Act (EEG). In this context, it has made available an updated ministerial draft (Referentenentwurf) containing the intended changes.

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Germany Challenges Commission’s Opening of In-Depth Investigation of EEG-Surcharge Reduction Before General Court

The German Federal Government on 28 February 2014 brought an action before the General Court of the European Union against the opening of an in-depth investigation of the Commission to examine whether the reduction granted to energy-intensive companies on the surcharge promoting renewable energy sources in Germany (“EEG-surcharge”) is compatible with EU state aid rules. State Secretary Baake stressed that the government still intends to reach a negotiated solution with the Commission.

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New Solar Capacity Added in January 2014 Picks Up But Remains Fairly Low

Figures for newly installed PV picked up again in January 2014, amounting to 193.447 MWp, according to the latest data by Federal Network Agency (BNetzA).  Total German PV capacity eligible for feed-in tariffs amounted to 35,886 MWp at the end of the month, BNetzA informed.

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BDEW Starts Issuing Identification Numbers for Electric Cars

The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) on 1 March 2014 started to issue uniform identification numbers that shall allow drivers of electric cars easy access to (preferably) all charging stations accessible to the public.

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