After the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy launched its consultation on the proposed revision of the Incentive Regulation Ordinance (ARegV), it is now looking at the comments. For the most part, the revision shall bring changes for distributions system operators, encouraging modernisation of the distribution grid to make it better suited to deal with increasing amounts of renewable energy. Continue reading ‘Revision of Incentive Regulation Ordinance’
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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.
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.
Today the Federal Cabinet approved the “Act on Continued Liability for Nuclear Decommissioning and Disposal Costs”. Further it also approved the establishment of a “Commission for the review of the financing of the nuclear phase out” (Kommission zur Überprüfung der Finanzierung des Kernenergieausstiegs (KFK).
Today the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) published the study “Analysis of selected factors affecting the market value of renewable energies”.
The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has presented key points for auctioning financial support for onshore and offshore wind power and photovoltaics as of 2017 and launched a consultation. Comments have to be submitted by 1 October 2015.
Plans by German Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) to impose a new so-called climate levy (“Klimabeitrag”) for specific German power plants to squeeze them out of the market continue to spark controversy among and within the ruling political parties, the federal states and German utilities. The – most doubtful – legality of the levy is not being discussed much.
An opinion commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economics Affairs and Energy (BMWi) recommends revising the current system of provisions for decommissioning and disposal costs of nuclear power plants. It suggests extending liability after termination of a control and profit and loss transfer agreement, maintaining the decommissioning provisions at the operating company level in a special security fund, and securing the provisions for long term disposal costs using an external fund model.
The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has presented the revised Renewable Energy Incentive Programme for the Heating Market (MAP) in an aim to boost the share of renewables in the heating and cooling sector. The programme that provides a total amount of support of EUR 300 million annually will enter into force on 1 April 2015.
The share of renewable energy sources in German gross electricity consumption reached 27.8% in 2014, up from 25.4% in 2013, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy announced. This is even slightly higher than the 27.3% announced by the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) in January 2015 as a preliminary figure.