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IBE Conference on Digitisation of the Energy Industry in Bochum

This year’s annual conference of the Institute for Mining and Energy Law (IBE) at Ruhr Universität Bochum was on the “Digitisation of the Energy Industry”. I had the pleasure of speaking on “From Industry 4.0 to Energy 4.0: Future Business Models and Legal Relations”.

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2013 German Election Energy Party Profiles – Part 3: Grid Extension, Electricity Storage and Smart Grids

Today we continue our series on the competing parties’ agendas for the upcoming federal elections focusing on the parties positions on the extension of grids and energy storage, the implementation of smart grids and of demand-side-management.  These issues generally relate to system operators’ obligations and therefore are subject to the regulatory framework governing transmission and distribution system operators.

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Competition in Smart Metering Market

In the hope to get a sizeable share of the new smart metering business, telecommunications companies such as Deutsche Telekom are entering the smart metering market, competing with the utilities, Handelsblatt reports.

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Effect of Smart Meters Overestimated?

Smart meters cannot help reduce energy costs as much as anticipated, the magazine Spiegel writes. On the contrary, new studies showed that they can even drive up costs.

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Capacity Limit Discussion for German Power Grid

Germany needs to invest EUR 20 billion by 2020 in a modern electricity grids, i.e. EUR 2 billion per year, in order to accommodate the increasing wind and solar generation output, writes Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). Continue reading ‘Capacity Limit Discussion for German Power Grid’

E.ON Close to Selling IT Subsidiary

E.ON AG, one of the four major German utilities, is on the brink of selling its IT subsidiary E.ON IS, Financial Times Deutschland reports. Continue reading ‘E.ON Close to Selling IT Subsidiary’

Smart Meters Mandatory in New Buildings and after Major Renovations in 2010

Smart energy meters have become mandatory in new buildings and after major renovations in 2010. Continue reading ‘Smart Meters Mandatory in New Buildings and after Major Renovations in 2010’

European Parliament and Council Agree on Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

The European Parliament and the Council have agreed on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive as part of the Energy Efficiency Package. Continue reading ‘European Parliament and Council Agree on Energy Performance of Buildings Directive’