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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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Revocation of Permit for Nuclear Interim Storage Site Brunsbüttel Binding – State will Tolerate Operation until 2018

The Federal Administrative Court (BVerwG) has rejected an appeal by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) against an earlier judgement that revoked the permit for the nuclear interim storage site in Brunsbüttel, Schleswig-Holstein. The revocation is therefore legally binding. However, due to a decision issued by Energy Minister Dr. Robert Habeck of Schleswig-Holstein, the operation of the interim storage site will be tolerated until the beginning auf 2018.

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Federal Administrative Court Dismisses Lawsuits Against Extra-high Voltage Line in Thuringia

Yesterday, the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig (BVerwG) dismissed lawsuits by a municipality, a cooperative of forest owners (Waldgenossenschaft), and private land owners against the plan determination decision (Planfeststellungsbeschluss) for the 380 kV extra-high voltage power line between Vieselbach near Erfurt and Altenfeld, both located in Thuringia.  Continue reading ‘Federal Administrative Court Dismisses Lawsuits Against Extra-high Voltage Line in Thuringia’

BVerwG on Overhead vs. Underground Transmission Lines Outside of EnLAG Pilot Project Areas

In a decision of 28 February 2013 the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig (BVerwG) cleared the construction of a new overhead electricity transmission line by not granting preliminary relief against the plan determination decision (Planfeststellungsbeschluss) for a new 380 kV extra-high voltage overhead power line.  BVerwG rejected the challenges brought forward by an affected municipality  in North Rhine-Westphalia, and doubted whether the Energy Line Extension Act (Energieleitungsausbaugesetz – EnLAG) even allowed the underground cables requested by the applicant outside of the EnLAG’s specifically designated pilot project areas.

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BVerwG on Free Allocation of CO2 Emission Allowances to Power Plants

Today, the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig (BVerwG) decided in four proceedings on the allocation of CO2 emission allowances under the Allocation Act 2012 (Zuteilungsgesetz). The court held that the cuts in free allowances for power plant operators comply with the statutory allocation requirements, the superseding EU regulations, and the German Constitution (Grundgesetz).

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BVerwG Denies Preliminary Injunction Against Extra-high Voltage Line Connecting Thuringia and Bavaria

In a decision of 24 May 2012 (ref. no. 7 VR 4.12) the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig (BVerwG) did not grant preliminary relief against the plan determination decision (Planfeststellungsbeschluss) for the 380 kV extra-high voltage power line between Vieselbach near Erfurt and Altenfeld, both located in Thuringia. Hence the construction of this part of the 210 km-long so-called Thuringian power bridge (Thüringer Stromstrombrücke) can begin.

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BVerwG Strengthens Rights of Environmental Protection Organisations

Following a recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig (BVerwG) strengthened the rights of environmental protection organisations before German courts. As a consequence, the Higher Administrative Court of Kassel (VGH Kassel) will have to review additional matters raised by BUND (Friends of the Earth)  against the permit for a power plant in the Frankfurt/Höchst industrial park.

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First BVerwG Ruling Regarding EnLAG Electricity Grid Modernization

The Federal Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht – BVerwG) on 22 July 2010 handed down its first substantial ruling regarding grid modernization pursant to the Energy Line Extension Act (Gesetz zum Ausbau von Energieleitungen – Energieleitungsausbaugesetz – EnLAG). The court dismissed a petition seeking injunctive relief against a plan determination procedure (Planfeststellungsverfahren) regarding a new 110-/380 kV extra high voltage line.

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BVerwG Upholds Wind Energy Concentration Zone Restrictions

In a ruling on 20 May 2010, the Federal Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht – BVerwG) upheld restrictions established by a wind energy concetrations zone in a land development plan (Flächennutzungsplan) of the town of Karben in Hesse.

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E.ON Suffers Setback in Legal Dispute Over Coal-fired Power Plant in Datteln

The Federal Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht – BVerwG) dismissed E.ON AG’s complaint against the denial of leave to appeal against a ruling of 3 September 2009 by the Higher Adminstrative Court in Münster (Oberverwaltungsgericht Münster – OVG) in which the OVG revoked the zoning plan (Bebauungsplan) for an area in Datteln on which E.ON wants to build a new hard coal-fired 1050 MW power plant, due to start operations in 2011. Continue reading ‘E.ON Suffers Setback in Legal Dispute Over Coal-fired Power Plant in Datteln’