Monthly Archive for July, 2014

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Energy Ministry Proposal for Ordinance on Itemised Energy Billing Including State and Regulation Induced Price Elements

German costumers of electricity and gas shall receive a fully itemised bill explaining how the respective energy price is composed.  The Federal Ministry of Economy came forward with a new draft ordinance which shall apply to electricity suppliers in charge of universal service (Grundversorgung) in an area.

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Commission Proposes to Set Energy Efficiency Target of 30% for 2030

In its Energy Efficiency Communication 2014 released yesterday, the EU Commission proposes a new energy efficiency target of 30% for 2030. Current measures towards the Union’s 20% energy efficiency goal for 2020 will lead to energy savings of 18-19% by 2020, the Communication further states. Yet the goal could be reached without the need for additional measures if Member States properly implemented the already agreed legislation.

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EEG 2.0: Package Published Today in Federal Law Gazette

The Act amending the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) and further acts and ordinances that (mainly) relate to energy law has today been published in the Federal Law Gazette.

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EEG 2.0: Commission Approves EEG 2014 Paving Way for Entry into Force in August

The European Commission has found the amended German Renewable Energy Source Act (EEG 2014 or EEG 2.0) to be in line with the Energy and Environmental State Aid Guidelines adopted in April 2014 “The EEG 2014 will further EU environmental and energy objectives without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market”, the Commission said, paving the way for the entry into force of the Act on 1 August 2014. Approval has, however, been partially limited in time.

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Only 94 km of New EnLAG Covered Exta-high Voltage Lines Added in 2013

Grid expansion necessary for the German energy shift towards a mainly renewable energy supply is still slow. Only 94 km of new extra-high voltage lines that receive priority treatment under the Energy Line Extension Act (EnLAG) were completed in 2013, according to an answer by the state secretary of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) to a minor appellation by the opposition.

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Federal Council: Proposal to Restrict Fracking

On 11 July 2014 the Federal Council also decided in a plenary session to refer a fracking proposal on to its committees. The federal states Schleswig-Holstein, Baden-Wuerttemberg and Hessen had introduced a proposal to amend the German Federal Mining Act, intended to restrict natural gas production by means of fracking.

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RWE Innogy and Naturdünger Münsterland Cancel Biogas Plant Plan after EEG Amendments

After the recent EEG amendments RWE Innogy and Naturdünger Münsterland (NDM) have cancelled their plan to jointly erect and operate a biogas plant in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Federal Council: German 45 Day National Gas Reserve Resolution

On 11 July the Federal Council (Bundesrat) adopted 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 storage reserve lasting for 45 days.

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First German Municipal Utility Holding to File for Insolvency

The German municipal utility Stadtwerke Gera AG filed for insolvency on 27 June 2014. According to press reports it is the first Stadtwerk to take this step, albeit it is wholly owned by the Eastern German town of Gera which is its sole shareholder and with approximately 100,000 citizens the 3rd-largest city of the Central German state of Thuringia . On the 3rd of July also two of its subsidiaries went into administration, the public transportation enterprise Gerarer Verkehrsbetriebe GmbH and Flugbetriebsgesellschaft mbH Gera which operates the municipal airport.

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June Deficit in Renewable Surcharge Account – 18% EEG Account Cost Increase in First Half of 2014

An EEG account deficit of EUR 112,089,730.49 in June lead to a slightly reduced positive balance on the Renewable Surcharge Account (EEG account) of EUR 1,578,443,876.89 at the end of June, the four German transmission system operators (TSOs) informed. Compared with June 2013 costs for transfer payments to renewable power plant operators, i.e. feed-in tariffs or direct marketing premiums, were about 18% higher.

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