Renewable energies: new legislation in Germany concerning the EEG

By Dr. Carolin Klein, LUTZ | ABEL

The amendment to the promotion of renewable energy characterised the year 2014 to a great degree. The Renewable Energy Act (EEG 2014) which came into force on 1 August 2014 initiated the changeover to a new system for the promotion of renewable energy. Unless the facility operators are subject to specific exemptions, operators of new plants are generally required by EEG 2014 to sell their generated electricity through the electricity market.

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Offshore wind energy in the Netherlands

By Götz Hempel, TeekensKarstens advocaten notarissen

One of the connecting subjects between the Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavian countries are issues regarding renewable energy, namely on- and offshore wind energy. Especially the conditions for offshore wind energy in the Netherlands are excellent: relatively shallow waters, good wind resource, good harbour facilities, experienced industries and a new, robust support system.

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Price decline of emission certificates to be stopped

A quarter of the CO2 emissions certificates that are planned to be released by 2015 will not be put on the market until 2019 and 2020. On February 19, 2013, the European Parliament's Environment Committee issued this proposal for approval by the EU Commission. This is to prevent the industrial sector from stocking up on emissions certificates at dumping prices.

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