Tag Archive for 'Matthias Kurth'

BNetzA Not To Designate Nuclear Back-Up Power Plant

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) will not excercise its right pursuant to the recent 13th amendment of the Atomic Energy Act (AtG) to designate a back-up power plant.

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Federal Network Agency: Not Higher Revenue But Shorter Approval Procedures Encourage Grid Expansion

Allowing network operators a higher revenue would do more harm than good, the president of the Federal Network Agency told the Handelsblatt. Instead, approval procedures for modernisation and expansion projects had to be simplified and streamlined, he said.

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CDU to Push for Further Cuts in Solar Feed-in Tariffs?

Financial Times Deutschland (FTD) today reports that the Energy Policy Coordinator of the ruling CDU/CSU parliamentary group Thomas Bareiß (CDU) urged fellow party member and Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen (CDU) to open a new round of solar feed-in tariff cuts.  The unrestricted expansion of PV installations would be on the verge of getting out of control from a financial and technical point of view.

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Federal Network Agency to Enhance Competition in Metering Market

The Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) has regulated business processes, data formats and standardized contracts for metering points and the measurement of energy, in an effort to enhance competition in the smart meter market. The move is intended to create conditions that allow competitors of the current grid operators to offer smart meters for electricity and gas.

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Federal Network Agency Workshop on Technology Options to Cover Capacity Needs in Transmission Networks

The Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) has published the results of its workshop on technology options to cover capacity needs in transmission networks of 9 July 2010.  Continue reading ‘Federal Network Agency Workshop on Technology Options to Cover Capacity Needs in Transmission Networks’

Federal Network Agency Approves Investment Budget of Joint Grid Connection for Off-Shore Wind Parks

The Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency), the German grid regulator, approved the investment budget for a joint grid connection of several off-shore wind parks in the off-shore cluster SylWin off the island of Sylt in the North Sea. Shortly before the Agency had approved the investment budgets for a similiar purpose in the cluster BorWin off the island of Borkum, which is also located in the North Sea. Continue reading ‘Federal Network Agency Approves Investment Budget of Joint Grid Connection for Off-Shore Wind Parks’

Federal Network Agency Approves New Extra-High Voltage Line in NRW

The Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency), the German grid regulator, took an important decision for the expansion of the electricity grid in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) by approving the investment budget for a new extra-high voltage power line from Kruckel to Dauersberg last Friday. Continue reading ‘Federal Network Agency Approves New Extra-High Voltage Line in NRW’

Gas Transmission Grid Fees to be Regulated by Federal Network Agency

Fees for long distance gas transmission have to be approved by the Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency), the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf (ref.no. VI-3 Kart 67/08 (V)) ruled on 21 April 2010, dismissing an appeal by Statoil Deutschland Transport GmbH. Continue reading ‘Gas Transmission Grid Fees to be Regulated by Federal Network Agency’

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’

Federal Network Agency Approved Grid Investments of EUR 4.3 Billion, Allowing Higher Grid Fees

In 2009, the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) decided about 200 applications for investment budgets by electricity and gas network operators, approving investments of roughly EUR 4.3 billion.   Continue reading ‘Federal Network Agency Approved Grid Investments of EUR 4.3 Billion, Allowing Higher Grid Fees’