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Energy Commissioner Oettinger: Germany Risks Losing Competitiveness

In an interview with the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), German EU Energy Commissionar, Günther Oettinger, a long-time critic of Germany’s high energy prices, has warned that Germany might lose its competitiveness given its hesitant stance towards energy issues such as fracking, geothermal energy and the CCS technology. He welcomed the recent debate about a limitation of the electricity prices.

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FAZ/EWI Energy Conference: Oettinger on Harmonsation of Renewable Support, EEG Surcharge, Loop Flows, Capacity Markets

The EU Commission is becoming increasingly displeased with Germany’s energy policy and its lack of European coordination, the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) writes. Climate protection and energy efficiency could be better promoted on a larger scale than by individual national measures, EU Energy Commissionar Günther Oettinger said at an energy conference organised by FAZ and the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (EWI).

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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 Proposes Rules for Wholesale Energy Markets to Prevent Market Manipulation and Insider Trading

On 8 December 2010, the European Commission presented its new Proposal for a Regulation on “Energy market integrity and transparency”. With Europe’s wholesale energy markets becoming increasingly interlinked, the proposed regulation aims at ensuring market transparency and integrity by preventing market manipulation and insider trading. It also gives ACER an import role in the implementation of the new rules.

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Government Adopts Amendment of Hard Coal Funding Law

Yesterday, the Federal Government adopted a draft amendment of the law regulating the phase-out of hard coal funding (Steinkohlefinanzierungsgesetz) submitted by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) under Minister Rainer Brüderle. The draft needs to be approved in the parliamentary approval process before becoming law.

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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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EU Energy Commissioner Oettinger: German CO2 Emission Reduction Target Ambitious

In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), the German EU Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger, a fellow member of Chancellor Merkel’s conservative CDU party, called the government’s 40% CO2 emission reduction target “ambitious”.

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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’