To boost electric car sales in Germany, the government last week presented a new initiative, proposing incentive premiums of EUR 4,000 for all-electric cars and EUR 3,000 for plug-in hybrids. The initiative was presented after a high-level meeting at the Chancellery between several ministers and car industry representatives. The project is still on the political level, so that several details of this e-mobility initiative still have to be worked out. As half of the premium shall not be paid by the government but by (participating) car manufacturers, we still have to see who will pay the premium, and whether commercially the premium will be only half of the politically announced figure.
The Commission to Review the Financing for the Phase-out of Nuclear Energy (Kommission zur Überführung der Finanzierung des Kernenergieausstiegs – KFK) presented its final report on 27 April 2016. It included a proposal to establish a EUR 23.3 billion state operated fund to finance nuclear waste storage, initially paid for by the power plant operators of Germany’s four large utilities – RWE, E.ON, Vattenfall and EnBW. Responsibility for decommissioning and dismantling the nuclear power plants shall remain with the operators indefinitely.
With its Electricity Market 2.0 project, the German government wants to take an important step towards enhanced integration of renewable energy sources into the electricity market. Renewables in 2015 already constituted about one third of Germany’s electricity consumption. The challenge is to integrate an increasing amount of intermittent renewable energy with feed-in priority into the system, in a secure, cost-efficient and sustainable way.
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On 13 April, the Committee on Economic Affairs and Energy of the German Bundestag held a public hearing on the Act on the Digitisation of the Energy Turnaround. A key component of this bill is the Metering Point Operating Act (Messstellenbetriebsgesetz – MsbG). Despite agreement in many areas, the experts also remained critical on various aspects of the bill.
The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has started the consulting process on the 2016 revision of the German Renewable Energy Sources Act EEG. With this bill the government will use auctioning as the standard system to establish support levels for renewable energy, starting mainly in 2017.
I am happy to report that Euromoney included me in their new 2016 list of top legal practitioners advising on energy law. Continue reading ‘Euromoney’s Expert Guide for Energy 2016′
This year’s annual conference of the Institute for Mining and Energy Law (IBE) at Ruhr Universität Bochum was on the “Digitisation of the Energy Industry”. I had the pleasure of speaking on “From Industry 4.0 to Energy 4.0: Future Business Models and Legal Relations”.
On Tuesday, the Bavarian Constitutional Court heard the parties on the controversial 10h minimum distance requirement for wind power plants. Pursuant to the so called 10h-Regulation (10H-Regelung) contained in the revised Bavarian Building Code, wind power plants have to maintain a minimum distance from residential housing of ten times the total height of the wind power plant. Continue reading ‘Bavarian Constitutional Court Hearing on Controversial 10H Minimum Distance Requirement for Wind Power Plants’