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2013 German Election Energy Party Profiles – Part 3: Grid Extension, Electricity Storage and Smart Grids

Today we continue our series on the competing parties’ agendas for the upcoming federal elections focusing on the parties positions on the extension of grids and energy storage, the implementation of smart grids and of demand-side-management.  These issues generally relate to system operators’ obligations and therefore are subject to the regulatory framework governing transmission and distribution system operators.

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Federal Network Agency Opens Consultation on Quality Element for Incentive Regulation

The German grid regulator, the Federal Network Agency, has opened a consultation process for the introduction of network reliability as a quality element in the Incentive Regulation Ordinance (Anreizregulierungsverordnung – ARegV).

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Merkel: Massive Investments in German Grid Necessary

On the last leg of her “Energy Tour” through Germany, Chancellor Andrea Merkel called for a massive expansion of the German grid.

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OVG Münster Dismisses Action Against High Voltage Line Connecting Datteln Power Plant

The 11th Senate of the Higher Administrative Court of Münster (OVG Münster) dismissed the action brought by BUND against a high voltage line intended to connect E.ON’s building project for a coal-fired power plant in Datteln to the grid.

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New Gas Grid Access Ordinance Adopted

The Federal Government finally adopted the revised Gas Grid Access Ordinance (Gasnetzzugangsverordnung – GasNVZ) today. It shall lead to more competition in the gas market. Continue reading ‘New Gas Grid Access Ordinance Adopted’

Federal Cabinet Agrees Amendment of Gas Grid Access Ordinance

The draft amendment of the Gas Grid Access Ordinance was adopted by the Federal Cabinet yesterday. It is intended to create greater competition in the German gas market.  Federal Minister Rainer Brüderle even called it a sea change. Continue reading ‘Federal Cabinet Agrees Amendment of Gas Grid Access Ordinance’

BDEW: Expansion of Renewables Requires New Electricity Grids

The installed capacity of renewable energy installations in Germany rose from 8.271 MW in 1998 to 38.140 MW at the end of 2008. A further expansion requires new electricity grids, said Roger Kohlmann, a member of the executive board of BDEW, the German Energy and Water Industry Association, at the opening press conference of the trade fair E-world energy & water 2010 in Essen. Continue reading ‘BDEW: Expansion of Renewables Requires New Electricity Grids’

President of Federal Network Agency Demands more Efforts to Open Gas Markets

In a guest contribution to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Matthias Kurth, President of the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), demands more efforts in opening the European gas markets.  Continue reading ‘President of Federal Network Agency Demands more Efforts to Open Gas Markets’

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’

European Renewable Supergrid

Reports are emerging that that Germany, Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden, and Ireland are making plans for a European supergrid to make better use of renewable power generation across borders. Continue reading ‘European Renewable Supergrid’