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2013 German Election Energy Party Profiles – Part 4: The Future of Conventional Power Plants

We continue our series on the competing parties’ agendas for the upcoming federal elections, this time focusing on the parties positions on how to close the supply gap renewable energies leave, what will be the future of conventional power plants, and how to incentivize the availability and construction of back-up power plants.  All German parties are committed to the “Energiewende” and therewith to developing an energy supply system which is mainly fed by renewable energies. But it is also clear that any supply system fed by renewable energies needs back-up to guarantee a steady energy supply and avoid outages, and that storage will not be available at reasonable costs in the near future. However, despite these undisputable economic and technical facts, the role of conventional power plants remains rather controversial. Continue reading ‘2013 German Election Energy Party Profiles – Part 4: The Future of Conventional Power Plants’

EU Competitveness Council Extends State Aid for Loss-making Coal Mines Until 2018

EU Ministers meeting within the Competitiveness Council on 10 December 2010  adopted a new coal regulation enabling Member States to grant State aid to facilitate the closure of uncompetitive mines until 2018, following the expiry of the current Coal Regulation (Council Regulation (EC) N° 1407/2002 of 23 July 2002) on 31 December 2010.

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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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