Monthly Archive for August, 2015

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Provisional IEA Data on Electricity Production: Coal Generation Reaches Highest Level – Renewable Generation Climbs to Second Place

Interesting new provisional data by the International Energy Agency (IEA) for 2013 show that driven by generation in non-OECD countries, electricity generated by coal reached its highest level yet at 9,613 TWh. This represents 41.1% of global electricity production. In the same year renewable electricity generation overtook natural gas to become the second largest source of electricity worldwide producing 22% of total electricity or 5,130 TWh. Global non-hydro renewable electricity also surpassed oil-fired generation for the first time ever in 2013, rising to 1,256 TWh or 5.4% of global electricity production.

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Supervisory Board Appoves New Leaner RWE with More Powers at Headquarters

Yesterday the supervisory board of RWE approved continued corporate restructuring to respond to “the massive transformation of the energy market in recent years, and in RWE’s core markets in particular”. To streamline operations the RWE AG holding company will be transformed effective 1 January 2017 into an operating company with which several German RWE subsidiaries shall be merged.

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EEG Clearing Agency Adjusts Rules of Procedure and Fees to EEG 2014

Clearingstelle EEG (EEG Clearing Agency) has amended and adjusted its rules of procedure (Verfahrensordnung – VerfO) and table of fees (Entgeltordnung – EntgeltO) to the EEG that came into force on 1 August 2014 (EEG 2014).

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Who’s Who Legal Energy 2015: Recognition as Leading Practitioner

Who’s Who Legal in July published its annual list of the world’s leading practitioners in the energy area for 2015. I am happy to report that I was again included in this list.

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Second Tender for Freestanding PV Capacity Less Oversubscribed Than First Auction

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) received 136 bids in the second 150 MW tender for financial support under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) for freestanding PV power plants. The tender was more than three times oversubscribed, BNetzA said. Yet the number of bids was lower than the 170 bids made in the first ever PV auction for 150 MW that ended on 15 April 2015.

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English and French Translations of German Renewables Act EEG 2014

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has published unofficial English and French translations of the Renewable Energy Sources Act 2014 (EEG 2014.

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AGEB: 3% Higher German Energy Consumption in Q1/Q2 2015 – Coal Down, Renewables and Natural Gas Up

German energy consumption rose by 3% in the first six months of 2015 compared with the same period last year, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Energiebilanzen (Working Group Energy Balances – AGEB) said based on preliminary figures. AGEB cited the colder weather as the main reason. Renewable energy sources moved up one place in the table of the most important energy sources, ranking fourth.

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German PV Additions of 95.5 MWp in June – 38.9 GWp Eligible for EEG Support

PV capacity additions in June 2015 amounted to 95.502 MWp. By 30 June 2015, a total of 38,850 MWp of solar capacity were eligible for support under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) reported.

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New IRENA Database Offers Access to 2 Million Patents and 400 Standards for Renewable Technology

To facilitate the access to renewable energy patents and standards the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) launched a new online platform, the International Standards and Patents in Renewable Energy platform (INSPIRE). INSPIRE helps users search through, locate and analyse 400 international standards and more than 2 million patents for renewable energy technology.

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BVerwG: EEG Surcharge Limitation under EEG 2009 Only for Independent Business Units with Market Activity – Situation under EEG 2014

Two recent rulings by the Federal Administrative Court (BVerwG) have clarified the requirements under which independent business units of manufacturing companies could apply for a limitation of the surcharge paid on electricity in support of renewable energy sources (EEG surcharge) under the Renewable Energy Sources Act 2009 (Section 41 para. 5 EEG 2009).

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