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Recommunalisation: BGH Decision Specifies Obligations of Municipalities Granting Grid Concession Agreements

In two decisions, the Cartel Senate of the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof – BGH) held that the obligation of a municipality to chose a concessionaire for its electricity grid in a non-discriminatory and transparent procedure also applies when municipalities intend to grant the concession to a municipal undertaking (Eigenbetrieb).

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Vattenfall Agrees to Sell 74.9 % Share in Electricity Grid to City of Hamburg

Vattenfall reported to have agreed with the City of Hamburg to sell its 74.9% in the electricity grid to the city, making it the sole owner. The city, which also holds a 25.1% stake in the district heating network, also has an option to buy Vattenfall’s 74.9% stake in 2019.

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2011 Monopolies Commission Report on Competition in Gas and Electricity Markets

The Monopolies Commission (Monopolkommission) has presented its third report on the energy markets, entitled “Energy 2011: Development of Competition with Light and Shade” (“Energie 2011: Wettbewerbsentwicklung mit Licht und Schatten”). It calls for a competition-oriented energy policy and expressly demands changes concerning the promotion of renewable energy sources.

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Electricity and Gas Concession Agreement Guideline Issued by Federal Cartel Office and Federal Network Agency

Many of the about 20,000 gas and electricity concession agreements between municipalities and utilities for the use of public property are about to expire. A new Joint Guideline by the Federal Cartel Office and the Federal Network Agency shall provide guidance for new concession agreements, particularly in light of recent remunicipalisation developments.

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Evonik to Sell 51% Stake in Power Plant Unit Steag to Group of Local Municipalities

Essen-based  Evonik Industries AG agreed to sell an initial 51% stake in its power plant unit Evonik Steag GmbH (Steag), Germany’s fifth largest electricity producer to a group of local municipalities, many newspapers including Rheinische Post and Handelsblatt reported.

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SPD/Green Coalition in NRW to Facilitate Energy Activities of Municipalities

The ruling coalition of Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is planning to facilitate energy activities of municipalities in NRW. The parties have agreed on amendments to their bill for the “revitalisation of municipal economic law” (Gesetz zur Revitalisierung des Gemeindewirtschaftsrechts), Rheinische Post writes.

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Concession Dispute in Hamburg over Electricity and District Heating Network

The city of Hamburg and Vattenfall AG are reported to be in dispute about returning the local electricity and district heating network when the concession agreement runs out in 2014. Continue reading ‘Concession Dispute in Hamburg over Electricity and District Heating Network’

New Era of Energy Remunicipalisation?

In the early nineties municipal energy supply was considered a burdensome and costly service by many municipalities. Hence, many of them outsourced the energy supply to private companies. Now, as many concession agreements with private utilities are about to expire, municipalities are reconsidering a remunicipalisation of the grids. Many municipalities are again thinking that energy and investments in its infrastructure are an attractive source of income, providing stable yields. Continue reading ‘New Era of Energy Remunicipalisation?’