Monthly Archive for February, 2015

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German-French Office for Renewable Energy Sources Publishes Report on Offshore Wind Power in Germany

The French-German Office for Renewable Energy Sources (DFBEE) has published a report on offshore wind power in Germany as of end of 2014. The document is available in French and German. It provides an excellent overview on the development of offshore wind power, which exceeded the 1 GW mark at the end of 2014, and its support system in Germany.

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BDEW: More Than 10 Billion kWh of Wind Power Produced in January 2015

With more than 10 billion kWh of wind power produced (including 0.2 billion from offshore wind) January 2015 saw a new record, beating the previous record of 9.6 billion kWh set in December 2014, the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) informed. This confirms earlier information by the Renewable Energy Industry Institute Münster (IWR). Wind power production in January already equalled roughly a fifth of the total wind power output in 2014, BDEW said.

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Germany Takes Legal Action Against Decision by European Commission that Cleared EEG 2012 to Clarify State Aid Requirements

On 2 February 2015 the German government took legal action against a decision by the European Commission of 25 November 2014. The decision qualified the Renewable Energy Sources Act 2012 (EEG 2012) as state aid, but for the most part found it to be in line with EU state aid rules. The government is seeking clarification whether the EEG 2012 constitutes state aid as well as on the interpretation of the term state aid under European law as such. The amendment of the EEG 2012, the EEG 2014 that has been in force since 1 August 2014 and was approved by the Commission in July 2014, is not part of the legal action.

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Key Points for New German Ordinances on Smart Meters

On 9 February 2015 the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) published key points for several ordinances on smart measurement systems for electricity.

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PV Auctioning Ordinance (FFAV) Entered Into Force Today

The Ordinance for Competitive Bidding for Financial Support of Freestanding Installations (FFAV) was published in yesterday’s Federal Gazette and has entered into force today. The first bid date for 150 MW freestanding PV is 15 April 2015.

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TenneT, Statnett and KfW Sign NordLink Cooperation Agreement for Joint Investment in First German-Norwegian Interconnector

By signing the ownership agreement for the NordLink interconnector between Germany and Norway, partners TenneT, Statnett, and KfW IPEX-Bank have made the final investment decision for the project, KfW reports. The 623 km HVDC link with a capacity of 1,400 MW will be the first direct connection between the two countries. The cable shall further the integration of the power markets and help integrate the increasing renewable energy production by allowing the exchange of power, thereby increasing the security of supply.

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Legal Action Against Bavarian 10H Minimum Distance Regulation for Wind Power

The German Wind Energy Association (BWE) has announced that its Bavarian section officially supports an lawsuit by Pro Windkraft against two recent minimum distant rules in the Bavarian Building Regulations (Bayerische Bauordnung). The articles challenged prescribe a minimum distance of wind power plants to residential housing of ten times the total height of the wind power plant. BWE also criticised the outcome of an energy dialogue organised by the Bavarian government which BWE thinks is likely to hinder further wind power growth, as Bavaria is questioning the planned expansion of the German transmission grids.

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Bundestag Approves Amendment of AusglMechV and AusglMechAV

On Thursday Parliament (Bundestag) approved an ordinance amending the Equalisation Scheme Ordinance (AusglMechV) and the Equalisation Scheme Execution Ordinance (AusglMechAV), which aims to bring both ordinances in line with the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG 2014) that entered into force on 1 August 2014. The ordinances provide the legal framework for calculating and levying the renewable surcharge (EEG surcharge).

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New Solar Capacity of 107.622 MWp in December 2014, Total of 38,236 MWp

New solar capacity in December amounted to 107.622 MWp, bringing solar capacity eligible for support under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) to a total of 38,236 MWp at the end of 2014, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) informed.

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EU Advocate General Argues Against RWE and E.ON in Case About Nuclear Fuel Rod Tax – CJEU and Federal Constitutional Court Still Have to Decide

The fight of German nuclear power plant operators RWE and E.ON against the nuclear fuel rod tax suffered a setback. Yesterday, Advocate General Maciej Szpunar delivered an opinion for the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in which he said that the tax neither violated EU legislation on energy products including electricity nor on excise taxes. He also dismissed a violation of EU state aid law and the Euratom Treaty. CJEU is not bound by his opinion and still has to decide. Besides, legal action against the nuclear fuel rod tax is still pending at the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe. The multi-billion legal fight is therefore not over yet.

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