Monthly Archive for June, 2014

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Government Response to Minor Interpellation with Interesting Statistics Concerning German Electricity Grid

A government response to a minor interpellation by the party The Left contains interesting information concerning the length of German electricity transmission grid, interconnection capacity with neighbouring countries, the average grid charge for household customers and average costs for grid maintenance in 2012.

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Bavaria Proposes German 45 Day National Gas Reserve

Today the Federal Council discussed a motion by the State of Bavaria, ruled by the conservative CSU party, to create a strategic gas reserve. Bavaria wants the Federal Council to adopt a resolution aimed at ensuring a permanent contribution of gas storage facilities to the German energy supply by asking the German government to create a national gas reserve lasting for 45 days.

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EEG 2.0: German Energy Blog/Bird & Bird EEG 2.0 Status Update Webinar – Slides and Video

We have just uploaded the slides and the video for last week’s joint German Energy Blog/Bird & Bird webinar on where the EEG 2014 revision project stood last week.

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FAZ: Uniform Renewables Surcharge of 40% for Self-consumed Power of New Renewable Power Plants?

According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), representatives of the ruling conservative/social democrat coalition generally agreed with Economics and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) on some changes for the EEG 2.0 regarding the obligation to (partially) pay the EEG surcharge on self-consumed power. Reportedly, a uniform 40% of the renewable surcharge (EEG surcharge) shall be due for power generated in new renewable power plants and which is self-consumed. Some details still have to be clarified, FAZ says.

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TSOs Start to Publish Comments on NEP 2014 and O-NEP 2014

The 4 German Electricity Transmission System Operators (TSOs) have started to publish the comments they received on the Network Development Plan 2014 (NEP 2014) and the Offshore Network Development Plan (O-NEP). Interested parties had been invited to comment between 16 April and 28 May. The comments are available at the TSO information internet site www.netzentwicklungsplan.de.

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IEA: In Europe, Cumulative Investment of USD 2.2 Trillion Needed to Replace Ageing Infrastructure and Meet Decarbonisation Goals

Meeting the world’s growing need for energy will require more than USD48 trillion in investment over the period to 2035, according to the World Energy Investment Outlook released by the International Energy Agency (IEA), a first full update since the 2003 Investment Outlook.  In Europe, USD 2.2 trillion cumulative investment shall be needed to replace ageing infrastructure and meet decarbonisation goals. The report highlights the rising role of governments in shaping investment decisions through policy measures and incentives. Stephan Kohler, head of the Germany Energy Agency (dena) called the report a confirmation of dena’s position regarding the need for conventional power plants.

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New German Fracking Law Before the Summer Recess?

The ruling Conservative/Social Democrat Coalition is planning to establish a legal framework for the controversial fracking technology before the summer break, various media report refering to information by the news agency dpa that claims to be in possession of a letter by Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) to the head of the parliamentary budget committee Gesine Lötzsch (Linke) on the matter. No information was provided on how the matter shall be dealt with during the remaining short period of time.

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Positive Renewable Surcharge Account Balance Rises Slightly – Almost 25% More EEG Cost in First Five Months

Due to the smallest monthly surplus this year (EUR 37,707,689.59) the positive balance on the Renewable Surcharge Account (EEG account) further rose to in May 2014, the four German transmission system operators (TSOs) informed. Compared with May 2013 costs for transfer payments to renewable power plant operators, i.e. feed-in tariffs or direct marketing premiums, were almost 25% higher.

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Study: Municipal Utilities Prepare for Change in View of Energy Transition – Readiness to Cooperate Increases

Municipal utilities prepare for major changes of their business within the next four years. At the same time the readiness to cooperate has increased significantly. These are the main findings of a study on municipal utilities carried out by Ernst & Young (EY) in cooperation with the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW). The study polled CEOs and managing directors of municipal utilities of different size and and set-up.

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Cabinet Response to Federal Council’s Rejection of Länder Opening Clause to Stipulate Minimum Wind Power Distances

The Federal Government intends to uphold a bill amending the Federal Building Code so as to give the federal states (Länder) the right to legislate on minimum distances for wind power plants. The minimum wind power distance bill is part of the wider EEG 2.0 reform package.  The decision came in response to last week’s negative statement by the Federal Council (Bundesrat) concerning the bill.

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