New Record: EUR 1.4 Billion Costs for Network and System Security Measures in 2017

On 18 June 2018 the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) published the report on network and system security-measures for 2017.  Cost increased to EUR 1.4 billion, far above the EUR 880 million for 2016 and EUR 1.1 billion for 2015.  Redispatch and feed-in management measures are taken by the grid operators to maintain network and system security.  Due to substantially increased renewable energy generation that could not be handled by the existing grid without costly measures by the grid operators, network and system security measures have increased significantly in 2017.

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One Third of 2017 German Gross Electricity Production From Renewables

According to the “wind energy report 2017” of Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology, one third of gross electricity generation in 2017 came from renewable energy sources.  Almost half are from on- and offshore wind power plants. Continue reading ‘One Third of 2017 German Gross Electricity Production From Renewables’

BNetzA: Scenario Framework Approved for National Electricity 2019-2030

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) on 15 June 2018 approved the scenario framework for the National Electricity Grid Development Plan (NEP 2019-2030) submitted by the four German transmission system operators (TSO).

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BNetzA: Again High Security of German Gas Supply

“The reliability of German gas supply remains at a consistently high level”, Jochen Homann, president of Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) said. The so-called SAIDI index (System Average Interruption Duration Index), which indicates the average time of interruptions of the gas supply per connected end consumer, fell from 1,03 min/a in 2016 to 0,988 min/a in 2017, the second lowest level since the start of systematic record taking by BNetzA in 2006.
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National 2017 Climate Protection Report: Germany to Miss Its 2020 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Target

On 13 June the Federal Cabinet adopted the national Climate Protection Report 2017.  The report shows that Germany will only reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent by 2020, falling short of its intended target of 40 percent, compared to 1990 levels. Continue reading ‘National 2017 Climate Protection Report: Germany to Miss Its 2020 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Target’

Second Solar Auction in 2018 Heavily Oversubscribed

On 13 June the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) published the results of the second solar auction in 2018. 59 bids with a total volume of 360 MW were submitted to BNetzA in this tender round. The tender volume of 183 megawatts was again clearly oversubscribed. Continue reading ‘Second Solar Auction in 2018 Heavily Oversubscribed’

Federal Cabinet Appoints Coal Exit Commission

After much debate, the Federal Cabinet on 6 June 2018 approved the Commission on Growth, Structural Change and Employment (Kommission Wachstum, Strukturwandel und Beschäftigung), also informally called coal commission or coal exit commission. The commission will look into Germany’s next exit project after the nuclear power exit, the coal power exit.
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BNetzA: 12 Month Onshore Wind Power Growth of 5,308 MW Way Above EEG Target of 2,500 MW

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) informed that in the last 12 month (May 2017 – April 2018) new onshore wind power turbines with a total capacity of 5,308 MW were installed. This is more than double of the growth target of 2,500 MW annually as stipulated by the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG).  Due to this expansion feed-in tariffs will be cut 2.4% – the maximum reduction possible under the EEG – by October 2018. Continue reading ‘BNetzA: 12 Month Onshore Wind Power Growth of 5,308 MW Way Above EEG Target of 2,500 MW’

Back Again

It has been a while…  It’s not that there has been nothing to write about.  But I simply did not have the resources to do the Blog properly.  Fortunately, it looks like this is about to change.  Stefanie Kremer has agreed to contribute some of her time and expertise to the Blog.  With a bit of luck, we should be up an running again soon. If are also interested in contributing, please let us know!

 

German Smart Metering Roll-Out: Digitisation of the Energy Turnaround Act Promulgated

The new Digitisation of the Energy Turnaround Act (Gesetz zur Digitalisierung der Energiewende) has been published in today’s  Federal Law Gazette. It will therefore enter into force tomorrow, 2 September 2016.

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