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2013 German Election Energy Party Profiles – Part 6: Energy Efficiency

In the last posts we focused mainly on the producer’s and supplier’s side of the energy market, including renewables, as well as on gird-related aspects, including smart grids. Today we continue our series on the competing parties’ positions on how to give incentives to consumers directed towards increasing energy efficiency.

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FAZ: Criticism from Energy Sector Concerning New Support Programme for Solar Storage Systems

There was criticism from the energy sector concerning a new support programme for solar storage systems that is supposed to be launched in March, the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes. FAZ quotes inter alia the heads of the the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) and the German Energy Agency (dena). In a separate interview with the newspaper, dena’s Stephan Kohler criticised (again) that grid expansion did not keep pace with the rapid renewables growth leading to high avoidable costs.

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BMWI Sets up New Funding Scheme Promoting Energy-Efficiency in SME

To better tap the energy efficiency potential of industry and trade – accounting for one third of Germany’s energy consumption –  the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) has set up a new support programme.

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BDEW Warns of Underfunding of Energy and Climate Fund and Calls for Improved Promotion of Energy-Efficient Renovation

The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) warned against a lack of funding of the Energy and Climate Fund, which BDEW called a key element in the recent change of the German energy policy that provides for a withdrawal from nuclear power and more renewable energy. Without adequate funding for the promotion of energy efficiency and the development of innovative technologies in the field of renewable energy there was the danger that essential support programmes had to be cut back, Hildegard Müller, head of BDEW pointed out.
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KfW Grants EUR 250 Million Loan for Largest Solar Power Plant in India

To exploit of the favourable climate conditions and meet the challenge of power deficits and rising carbon emissions in India, Germany’s the state-owned KfW Development Bank (KfW) signed a loan agreement worth EUR 250 million for the construction of the world’s largest solar power plant in the Indian state of Maharashtra on Wednesday.

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Federal Cabinet Adopts 3.5 Billion Energy Research Programme

The Federal Cabinet (German government) yesterday adopted the 6th Energy Research Programme worth EUR 3.5 billion over the period 2011 to 2014.

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National Electromobility Initiative Submits 2nd Report – Government Programme Electromobility

The National Electromobility Initiative (Nationale Plattform Elektromobilität – NPE) submitted a second report to Chancellor Angela Merkel containing an analysis of the potential of electromobility  and strategies to achieve the government’s goal of having one million electric cars on German roads by 2020. The government in turn announced to adopt a “Government Programme Electromobility” (Regierungsprogramm Elektromobilität) on 18 May 2011.

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Ramsauer: No Subsidy Race For Electric Cars

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.

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BMU expands Support Program for Local Climate Protection Projects

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.

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Bundestag Lifts Budget Freeze for Renewable Energy Incentive Programme

The Budget Committee of the Bundestag (German Parliament) decided to lift the budget freeze for the incentive program for renewable energy (Marktanreizprogramm – MAP) with immediate effect. Hence, funds in the amount of EUR 115 million are again available for promoting renewable energy in the heat market.

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