International Renewable Energy Newsletter August 2012

Welcome to the August 2012 edition of the Renewables Energy newsletter. Key country updates for the renewable energy sector for this edition includes Germany, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates.


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Joint BMWi/BMU Paper on Liability Regime for Offshore Grid Connection and Offshore Grid Development Plan

Matthias Lang and Stefanie Blasberg


In another attempt to speed up the grid connection of offshore wind farms to reach the government’s target for offshore wind power (25,000 MW in 2030), the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) have issued a joint press release highlighting key items for a future liability regime for offshore wind farm grid connection and an offshore grid development plan. Grid connection had become a major challenge for German offshore wind parks, and the joint paper presents a first official overview of how the government wants to move ahead.


Draft Bill for Reduction of the Management Premium published by BMU

Matthias Lang and Stefanie Blasberg


In connection with the recent solar feed-in tariff cuts, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (Bundesumweltministerium, BMU) aims to reduce also the recently introduced renewable energy management premium.


After the latest Solar Feed-in Tariff Cuts in Germany– more reforms on the horizon?

Christine Jury-Fischer


As expected the discussions with regard to reforms of the German incentive regime for solar power plants have not come to an end in spite of the latest solar feed-in tariff cuts approved only a few weeks ago. Not long after such cuts, new claims for more fundamental reforms, inter alia by the Federal Minister of Economics Philipp Rösler, have been lodged. The calls for more reforms emerged in close temporal proximity to the publication of the latest data furnished by the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) for the new PV capacity installed in the first half of 2012. According to such data solar power plants with an altogether installed capacity of almost 4.4 MW have been added in the respective period, thus, even exceeding the corresponding period in 2011 which had already shown a peak growth regarding solar installations until then.


The Netherlands


First geothermal heat project in residential area in The Hague

Bastiaan de Bruijne


In June 2012, The Hague has become the first city in the Netherlands to use deep geothermal heat to provide heating in a residential area. From a legal perspective, geothermal projects fall within the framework of conventional mining regulations but these regulations would need to be reformed to take specific issues into account.


United Arab Emirates


Recent Developments in the Middle East

Christine Rae and Wayne O’Sullivan


The Middle East has historically been one of the least diverse regions when it comes to energy. This is slowly changing and many governments have announced plans to branch out from their reliance on hydrocarbon based energy and setting targets to incorporate renewable energy into their energy mix.


United Kingdom


There may be trouble ahead...

Helen Loose and Jo Ketteley


Generators in the UK face a busy few months as they contribute to Government consultations and analyse policy decisions. Some of the key developments are set out below in short summary – please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further analysis or advice.


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France Sophie Pignon [email protected]
Germany Stefanie Blasberg [email protected]

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Christine Jury-Fischer [email protected]             
Dr Matthias Lang [email protected]
Dr. Hermann Rothfuchs [email protected]
Dr. René Voigtländer [email protected] 
Italy Simone Cadeddu [email protected]
The Netherlands Bastiaan de Bruijne [email protected]
Michelle de Rijke [email protected]
Poland Kamila Bury [email protected]
Spain Hermenegildo Altozano [email protected]
United Arab Emirates Wayne O’Sullivan [email protected]
Christine Rae [email protected]
United Kingdom Matt Bonass [email protected]
Levent Gurdenli [email protected]
Jo Ketteley [email protected]
Helen Loose [email protected]
Michael Rudd [email protected]



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