The European Commission has adopted a framework under which Member states may compensate certain electro-intensive users for part of the higher electricity costs expected to result from a tightening of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) as from 2013.
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My article “State Aid for the Coal Sector – Inevitable or Dispensable?” has just been published in European State Aid Law Quarterly (EStAL). The article is much more comprehensive that what I can put in a blog post.
The expansion of new storage facilities is a key element for a speedy expansion of renewable energies. The German federal government acknowledged this in last year’s Energy Concept as well as in the 6-point Key Paper for an Accelerated Transformation of the German Energy Infrastructurefollowing the Fukushima nuclear accident. Yesterday, the competent ministries announced to make available EUR 200 million in research funds until 2014.
A subsidy race for the highest government grants has to be avoided, said Federal Minister of Transport Dr. Peter Ramsauer at the meeting of EU Transport Ministers yesterday. He called for a coordination of support schemes on the EU level.
The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU) will expand its research support program for renewable energy by EUR 8 million to EUR 128 million in 2011.
The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU) has expanded its support program for climate protection projects by local entities such as municipalities and other social and cultural organizations. The program is part of the German Climate Initiative. It has a budget of EUR 30 million.
EU Ministers meeting within the Competitiveness Council on 10 December 2010 adopted a new coal regulation enabling Member States to grant State aid to facilitate the closure of uncompetitive mines until 2018, following the expiry of the current Coal Regulation (Council Regulation (EC) N° 1407/2002 of 23 July 2002) on 31 December 2010.
The European Commission has authorised Germany under EU state aid rules to provide EUR 30 million aid for Alpha Ventus, Germany’s first off-shore wind park.
Continue reading ‘Commission Approves State Aid for Alpha Ventus Offshore Wind Park’
In an interview with the newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt, Federal Minister for the Environment Norbert Röttgen said that he wanted to facilitate investments in wind power. He would also support state guarantees to facilitate financing of offshore wind parks.
The State of Hesse wants to facilitate access to bank financing for renewable energy by amending the rules for state guarantees. Continue reading ‘Hesse Eases Access to State Guarantees for Renewable Energy Projects’