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New Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier Announces 10-Point Programme Before Summer Break

The new Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier has presented initial elements of his political agenda as minister. He announced to present a 10-point programme before the summer break. It shall contain projects that he wants to implement before the elections in 2013. He is optimistic to reach a national consensus for the  energy policy shift within the next six month between the Federal States, the energy sector  and environmental organizations. 

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BMWi and BMU Reach Agreement Regarding Solar Feed-in Tariff Cuts and EU Energy-Efficiency Directive

In a joint press conference Minister Philipp Rösler (Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology – BMWi) and Minister Norbert Röttgen (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety – BMU) presented plans for further solar feed-in tariff cuts and their common position concerning the EU proposal for a Directive on Energy Efficiency. In the past both ministers had expressed different views and ideas on the two topics.

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Solar Feed-in Tariff Cut in April?

Federal Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen (CDU) wants an extra solar feed-in tariff cut to become effective on 1 April 2012, Reuters reported after a meeting of the parliamentary party leaders of the ruling CDU/CSU and FDP coalition on Wednesday.

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Röttgen Calls For Master Plan to Implement Energy Policy Shift

In an article for the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), Federal Environment Minister Dr. Norbert Röttgen called for a master plan to implement this summer’s decisions by the Bundestag (Parliament) and Bundesrat (Federal Council) to phase out nuclear energy in Germany by 2022 and gradually replace it by more renewable energy.

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Next EEG Amendment on the Horizon

The recently amended Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) is likely to see a further amendment before the year will be over.

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BMWi and BMU Statements on EU Energy Efficiency Plan

On 8 March the European Commission presented its Energy Efficiency Plan 2011 as part of  the Europe 2020 process. Recent press releases from the Federal Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU) and the Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology (BMWi) voice differing views with respect to binding targets.

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Environment Ministry and Solar Industry Jointly Propose 2011 Mid-Year Solar Feed-in Tariff Reduction

The Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) and the solar industry association BSW Solar jointly presented a proposal to bring forward parts of the regular 2012 solar feed-in tariff cuts to 1 July and 1 September 2011. The July/September reductions up to 15% shall depend on PV capacity installed in March, April and May 2011.  The move is due to the continued massive solar expansion and the increasing costs for consumers in the recent past, which triggered criticism from various parties, including consumer protection agencies.

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Leading Energy Experts Call on Parliament to Change EEG Feed-in Tariffs

In an unprecedented move, leading energy experts appealed to Members of Parliament to quickly and extensively reform the energy promotion scheme so as to reduce the exploding costs and save the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), Süddeutsche Zeitung reports.

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Norbert Röttgen Welcomes Cancun Agreements

Federal Minister for the Environment Norbert Röttgen welcomed the so-called “Cancun Agreement”, a package of decisions adopted by the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexiko, (COP 16/CMP 6).

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Cancun: German Environment Minister Calls Climate Protection an Opportunity for Economic Growth

In a speech given at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP16) in Cancun, Mexico, German Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen tried to rally more support for climate protection by pointing out the potential benefits for economic growth.

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