Monthly Archive for November, 2014

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Draft Climate Protection Programme: CO2 Reduction Contribution From Energy Generation Under Discussion

According to initial information on a (not yet formally published) draft of the “Action Programme on Climate Protection 2020” prepared by the Environment Ministry (BMUB), the exact CO2 reduction contribution expected from electricity generation is still open. Several media reports papers discuss whether Germany will be able to reach its goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 40% compared with 1990 by 2020 with the Climate Action Programme in its current form, taking into account also an (as yet also not formally published) draft of a National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency prepared by the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The Cabinet is due to decide about both plans on 3 December.

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Annual Economic Report 2014/2015 Calls for International Climate Protection Strategy and More Efficient Energy Transition

German Council of Economic Experts (GCEE) has presented its Annual Economic Report 2014/15. GCEE expects GDP to increase by 1.2% in 2014 and 1.0% in 2015. In the section on energy policy entitled “Low Expectations Confirmed” GCEE critises the German support for renewables and calls for an international strategy for climate protection and more efficiency in managing the energy transition (Energiewende).

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Germany Energy Agency: New 10 Billion Investment Programme to Be Used for Tax Incentives for Energy-Efficient Renovations

Tax incentives for energy-efficient renovations of buildings should be part of the EUR 10 billion investment programme the government announced last week, the Alliance for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (geea), which is steered by the German Energy Agency (dena) demanded.

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Government Adopts Bill Making Energy Audits Mandatory for Large Companies by December 2015

Last week the government adopted a bill which shall partly transpose Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency by making in particular energy audits mandatory for large companies by 5 December 2015 and in four year intervals thereafter.

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Munich: EUR 23 Million over the Next Three Years in Direct Aid to Electric Cars

Unlike the German government that so far declined to provide direct financial aid for electric cars, the City of Munich wants to grant EUR 23 million spread over 3 years, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. Buyers of passenger cars shall be able to claim EUR 2,500. Craftsman and tradesman, who buy vans up to 7.5 tonnes, shall be eligible for a grant of EUR 7,500. Besides, Munich reportedly wants to invest in the infrastructure for electric cars.

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Renewable Surcharge Account Balance Increases Despite High Support for Renewables in October

A profit of EUR 240,034,550.82 in October 2014 lead to an increase of the positive balance on the Renewable Surcharge Account (EEG account) to EUR 1,620,779,488.03, the transmission system operators (TSOs) informed. In September the account had recorded a deficit of EUR -125,415,042.33. Yet spending in support of renewable power plants was much higher in October 2014 than a year before (2014: EUR 1,661,461.407.60; 2013: EUR 1,040,142,485,48). Consequently the October 2013 profit was much higher, amounting to EUR 715,283,198,03.

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BMWi Examines Need for National Gas Reserve

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) headed by Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) is in the process of commissioning a study, which shall point out ways to improve the security with supply of gas and precautionary measures in Germany, Rheinische Post (RP) writes.

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BMWI State Secretary Beckmeyer: Offshore Wind Benefits from Economies of Scale as Sector Grows – Next Steps Important

With an installed offshore capacity of more than 3,000 MW by 2015 the sector was reaching a phase at which economies of scale would lead to a significant decline of costs, State Secretary Uwe Beckmeyer (BMWi) said at the OffWEA Offshore Conference organized on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in Berlin.

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TSOs Present Second Draft of 2014/2024 Network Development Plan and Offshore Network Development Plan

The four German TSOs 50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT TSO und TransnetBW have today presented a revised draft for the 2024 Network Development Plan (NEP 2014) as well as a revised draft for the 2024 Offshore Network Development Plan (O-NEP 2014) to the Federal Network Agency for review.

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Germany Installed 110.090 MWp of New Solar PV Capacity in September 2014 – 37,947 MWp Total

Only 110.090 MWp of new solar capacity were installed in Germany in September 2014. In total 37,947 MWp of solar capacity were eligible for support under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) at the end of the month, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) informed.

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