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NRW Government Adopts Draft of First Climate Protection Plan

The government of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) adopted the draft of the first Climate Protection Plan (Klimaschutzplan) for NRW. The plan sets out strategies and measures to reach the goals of the Climate Protection Act which the state parliament passed in 2013.

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NRW Adopts Climate Protection Act

Yesterday, the parliament of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia passed a bill on a state climate protection act presented by the coalition government comprised of the Social Democrats and Alliance ’90/The Greens. Green Party State Environment Minister Johannes Remmel pointed out that it was the first German climate protection law with green house gas emission reduction targets. According to the new law total green house gas emissions in NRW shall be reduced by at least 25% until 2020 and by at least 80% until 2050 compared with 1990.

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NRW Environment Ministry: Annual Wind Power Potential of 71 TWh/a in NRW

According to a study on the potential of wind power in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) presented by the NRW Environment Ministry, the state could generate up to 71 TWh annually. At present, about 2,900 wind power plants produce over 5 TWh/a, about 4% of the electricity consumption in NRW.

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NRW Enacts New Wind Power Decree

Shortly after the presentation of the draft NRW Climate Protection Act, the Climate Protection Minister of the state of North Rhine Westphalia (NRW), Johannes Remmel, enacted the state’s new wind power decree as a first element of the new climate protection strategy.

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NRW Cabinet Adopts Climate Protection Act

The SPD/Green government of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) adopted a Climate Protection Act. The draft bill is the first of its kind in the sixteen German states.

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NRW Presents New Draft Wind Power Decree

NRW’s minority government is planning to increase wind energy generation from 3% to at least 15% by 2020. To this end, the state Environment Ministry, the Ministry of Economics and Energy and the State Chancellery have recently submitted a new joint draft wind power decree for review by selected associations (Verbändeanhörung).

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Amendment of NRW Municipal Code Facilitates Energy Activities of Municipalities

The State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) on 16 December adopted an amendment of the Municipal Code (Gemeindeordnung) to facilitate commercial activities of local utilities, in particular in the energy sector. The bill was approved with the votes of the ruling Social Democrat/Green coalition and was supported by the Left, against the votes of the CDU and the FDP.

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Election Standoff in NRW – Consequences for Energy Policy Unclear

The preliminary official result of the state election of Germany’s most populous state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) show the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of the incumbent prime minister of NRW, Jürgen Rüttgers, and the Social Democratic Union (SPD), lead by Hannelore Kraft, locked in a standoff.  As with this result the CDU/FDP coalition in Berlin under Chancellor Angela Merkel no longer has a majority in the Bundesrat (Federal Council), upcoming federal energy legislation will be also be affected. Continue reading ‘Election Standoff in NRW – Consequences for Energy Policy Unclear’

Municipal Utilities in NRW to Compete with Major German Utilities?

The Minister of Economic Affairs of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Christa Thoben (CDU), wants to amend the Munipical Code (Gemeindeordnung) so as to allow municipal utilities to sell electricity and gas outside their present region and to hold shares in other utilities. Continue reading ‘Municipal Utilities in NRW to Compete with Major German Utilities?’