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NRW Minister of Economy Opposes Backloading of Emission Allowances

North Rhine Westphalia’s Minister for the economy Garrelt Duin (SPD) rejects backloading and therewith opposes the position of the Social Democrats in the European Parliament. The discussion about backloading is ongoing and intensifying as the EP passed a motion in that regard in July.

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REMIT – EU Legislation on Insider Trading and Market Manipulation in Wholesale EU Energy Markets Entered Into Force

Today the European regulation No 1227/2011 on wholesale energy market integrity and transparency entered into force (REMIT). With it, as of today, insider trading and market manipulation are specifically prohibited in the covered area. Market participants and persons professionally arranging transactions are now obliged to publish certain insider information.

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Commission Presents Renewable Energy Progress Report

The European Commission yesterday presented its communication on the progress of renewable energy towards the 2020 target plus three background reports. While the report does not include a proposal for a harmonization of national renewable energy support schemes, it advocates for a greater convergence of the national schemes, offering the Commission’s help.

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European Commission Suspended Most Transactions in EU ETS Registries

As of 19 January 2011, the European Commission has suspended transactions, except for allocation and surrender of allowances, in all EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) registries until at least 26 January 2011, 19:00 Central European Time. This is due to repeated security breaches in national registries over the last two months.

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Nuclear Power Extension: Local Utilities Lodge Complaint with European Commission

The recent amendments of the Atomic Energy Act extending the operating times of the German nuclear power plants remain controversial. Several local utilities (Stadtwerke) are questioning whether the extension is compatible with EU law, and have lodged a complaint with the European Commission.

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Commission Approves State Aid for Alpha Ventus Offshore Wind Park

The European Commission has authorised Germany under EU state aid rules to provide EUR 30 million aid for Alpha Ventus, Germany’s first off-shore wind park.
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EU Intitiative to Improve National Power Line Permitting Procedures

Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ) reported that according to EU sources, the Commission wants EU Member States to create one public authority responsible for issuing the necessary permits for power lines, following the example of the Netherlands.

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Vattenfall sells Nuon Deutschland GmbH

With commercial effect from January 1, 2010, Nuon Deutschland GmbH shall be sold to Südwestfalen Energie und Wasser AG.  Continue reading ‘Vattenfall sells Nuon Deutschland GmbH’

Hearing of Günther Oettinger, Commissioner-designate for Energy

Security of energy supply, energy efficiency, the role of nuclear energy, energy poverty and also his own suitability for the post were among matters raised by Members of the European Parliament’s Industry and Environment Committee at the hearing of Günther Oettinger, Commissioner-designate for Energy and present Prime Minister of the German state of Baden-Württemberg. Continue reading ‘Hearing of Günther Oettinger, Commissioner-designate for Energy’

Some Thoughts on the European Supergrid for Renewable Energy

The plan of Germany, Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden, and Ireland to build a European supergrid in the North Sea to make better use of renewable power generation across borders is attracting more and more attention. As good as the project sounds, there a many challenges ahead. Continue reading ‘Some Thoughts on the European Supergrid for Renewable Energy’