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No Tax Incentives for Energy-Efficient Renovation? Heavy Criticism by BDEW

According to media reports, the government and the federal states yet again could not agree on planned tax incentives promoting energy-efficient renovations contained in the latest German National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NAPE). The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) strongly criticised the parties. Similar plans by the previous government also failed due to opposition by the federal states that feared tax losses.

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Mediation Committee Finally Rejects Act on Fiscal Measures Promoting Energy-Efficient Renovation of Residential Buildings

After more than a year, efforts have finally failed to bring about a compromise in the Mediation Committee of the Bundestag (Parliament) and the Bundesrat (Federal Council) regarding the Act on Fiscal Measures Promoting Energy-Efficient Renovations of Residential Buildings. It was the only bill of the 2011 energy legislative package, which the Bundesrat did not approve of.

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Still no Compromise on CCS and Energy-Efficient Renovation Bills

The Mediation Committee of the Federal Parliament (Bundestag) and the Federal Council (Bundesrat) has not yet found a compromise on the controversial CCS bill and the Act on Fiscal Measures Promoting Energy-Efficient Renovations of Residential Buildings, the Bundesrat informed.

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BMVBS and KfW Start New Support Programme for Energy-Efficient Renovation of City Districts

The Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS) and the state-owned KfW Development Bank (KfW) have launched a new support programme “Energy Efficient Renovation of Cities – Energy Efficient Supply of Districts” (Energetische Stadtsanierung – Energieeffiziente Quartiersversorgung) to promote energy efficiency in the municipal sector.

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Dena Expects 20% Electricity Price Increase by 2020

Many electricity suppliers have announced to raise their prices at the end of the year. The German Energy Agency (dena) understands this as a sign for a long-term trend due to the German energy turnaround and assumes that electricity prices will increase by 20% by 2020. Continue reading ‘Dena Expects 20% Electricity Price Increase by 2020’

Dena: Promotion of Energy Efficiency of Buildings Urgently Needed

A great number of old buildings in Germany is in need of energy efficient renovations, the German Energy Agency (dena) says. Hence, it was very important that the mediation committee of the Bundestag (Parliament) and the Bundesrat (Federal Council) finds an agreement on the Act on Fiscal Measures Promoting Energy-Efficient Renovations of Residential Buildings so that tax incentives are given for renovations. The bill formed part of the energy package that lead to a change in Germany’s energy policy this summer, but was not adopted by the Bundesrat.

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BDEW Warns of Underfunding of Energy and Climate Fund and Calls for Improved Promotion of Energy-Efficient Renovation

The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) warned against a lack of funding of the Energy and Climate Fund, which BDEW called a key element in the recent change of the German energy policy that provides for a withdrawal from nuclear power and more renewable energy. Without adequate funding for the promotion of energy efficiency and the development of innovative technologies in the field of renewable energy there was the danger that essential support programmes had to be cut back, Hildegard Müller, head of BDEW pointed out.
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BMWi and BMU Statements on EU Energy Efficiency Plan

On 8 March the European Commission presented its Energy Efficiency Plan 2011 as part of  the Europe 2020 process. Recent press releases from the Federal Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU) and the Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology (BMWi) voice differing views with respect to binding targets.

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No Cuts in KfW Programme Promoting Energy Efficient Renovation

The Financial Committee of the Bundestag (German Parliament) reportedly allocated EUR 1.5 billion for the KfW programme promoting energy efficient renovation, the same amount as last year. Continue reading ‘No Cuts in KfW Programme Promoting Energy Efficient Renovation’