The New German Incentive Scheme for Electric Cars – Really EUR 4,000 in May?

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.

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Nuclear Phase-Out Commission Proposal: Operators to Contribute EUR 23.3 Billion Into Public Law Fund, Get Limitation of Liability

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.

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The Electricity Market Act Bill – A New Electricity Market Design for the German Energy Turnaround?

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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Platts 7th Annual European Power Summit: Germany – New Market Design Examined

Platts is currently holding its 7th Annual European Power Summit in Amsterdam. I had the pleasure of speaking on “Germany: New Market Design Examined“.

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Digital Business Law Blog

Just in case your interest in digital business is broader than the digitisation of the energy turnaround, you may want to have a look at Digitalbusiness.law.

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Committee Hearing on Proposed Bill on the Digitisation of the Energy Turnaround

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.

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Revision German Renewable Energy Sources Act – BMWi Starts Consultation on Draft EEG 2016

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.

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Euromoney’s Expert Guide for Energy 2016

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′

IBE Conference on Digitisation of the Energy Industry in Bochum

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”.

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Bavarian Constitutional Court Hearing on Controversial 10H Minimum Distance Requirement for Wind Power Plants

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’