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Constitutional Court Declares Complaint Against Curtailment Provision in Energy Act Inadmissible

In a recent decision the Federal Constitutional Court (BVerfG) declared a constitutional complaint (Verfassungsbeschwerde) inadmissible that challenged a provision in the German Energy Act (EnWG) which obliges operators of private power plants to reduce power input on request of the grid operator in return for a compensation. The complaint did not meet the (high) requirements for justification of bringing an constitutional action, BVerfG held.

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TSOs Publish Offshore Surcharge for 2014 at Maximum Levels

Together with the renewables surcharge (EEG surcharge) for 2014, the transmission system operators (TSOs) published the offshore surcharge for 2014 yesterday. They fixed the staggered surcharge at the highest legally possible level, announcing that it might not suffice.

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Government Passes Ordinance on Reserve Power Plants to Ensure Security of Supply

Yesterday the government passed the Reservekraftwerksverordnung (Ordinance on Reserve Power Plants), which further specifies the provisions introduced to the German Energy Act (EnWG) in late 2012 concerning the security of supply (Sections 13a to 13c and Section 13 paras. 1a and 1b EnWG).

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Bundesrat Passes Federal Requirement Plan for Transmission Networks

In its session yesterday, the Bundesrat (Federal Council) did not object to the “Second Law Concerning Measures to Accelerate the Expansion of the Electricity Grids”, which contains the “Federal Requirement Plan for Transmission Networks” as adopted by the Bundestag (Parliament) in late April. The bill aims to speed up planning and permitting procedures concerning grid expansion projects in the transmission grids. The new law can now enter into force after promulgation (certain exceptions apply).

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Article on German Legal Regime for High Voltage Direct Current Power Lines

New high voltage direct current power lines can help to transmit electricity over long distances with relatively low transmission losses. My new article published in the law journal “Recht der Energiewirtschaft” (RdE – in German) assesses technical and legal aspects of constructing HVDC power lines in Germany.

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Parliament Adopts Federal Requirement Plan for Electricity Transmission Networks

The Bundestag (Federal Parliament) adopted the “Second Law Concerning Measures to Accelerate the Expansion of the Electricity Grids, which contains the “Federal Requirement Plan for Transmission Networks” as amended by the Economics Committee (ref. nos. 17/12638 and 17/13258).

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Public Hearing on Grid Expansion Bill

On Monday a public hearing on the “Second Law Concerning Measures to Accelerate the Expansion of the Electricity Grids” (ref. no. 17/12638) took place  in the Bundestag (Parliament). The bill contains the “Federal Requirement Plan for Transmission Networks”, which establishes the necessity and urgency of 36 power line projects included in the plan with binding effect for transmission operators and planning authorities.

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Draft Ordinance on Reserve Power Plants

The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) presented a draft ordinance that shall provide more details on the recently introduced limitations on shutting down power plants to improve the security of supply.

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Parliament Debates Expansion of Electricity Grids

The German Parliament (Bundestag) today had the expansion of the electricity grids on the agenda. The government has submitted a “Second Law Concerning Measures to Accelerate the Expansion of the Electricity Grids, which contains the “Federal Requirement Plan for Transmission Networks”.

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BDEW Highlights Changes for Electricity Customers in 2013, Including Several Rising Surcharges

The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) pointed out the changes 2013 brings for electricity customers. This covers in particular rising surcharges like the EEG surcharge, the grid charge reallocation charge, the CHP surcharge, and the new offshore liability charge.

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