Measures to increase energy-efficient renovations of buildings and energy efficiency in general as well as other measures included in the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NAPE) are the biggest items aside from broadband expansion that increased state aid in the federal budget for 2016, the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF) said. Government approved the ministries 25th report on state aid yesterday.
A recent Bloomberg article points out that German electricity wholesale prices keep falling, reaching a 12-year low on Monday. The article also talks about reasons and names winners and losers.
According to calculations by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) for the business daily Handelsblatt, Germany’s transition towards a renewable energy supply (Energiewende) costs consumers EUR 28 billion annually. Using a standard 3 person household with 3,500 kWh consumption as a basis, this would mean EUR 270 per year . Dividing the EUR 28 billion by the number of inhabitants, this would mean EUR 345 per person and EUR 1,035 per 3 person household.
Another operator of a biogas plant has launched a constitutional complaint against a provision in the Renewable Energy Sources Act as applicable since 1 August 2014 (EEG 2014). The operator is again supported by the renewables assocation Nachhaltige Energie e.V.
The security of supply in the electricity sector remained on a high level, even improving again in 2014, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) informed. System disruptions per connected end customer measured according to the System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI) fell from 15.32 minutes in 2013 to 12.28 minutes in 2014, the lowest level since BNetzA started SAIDI records in 2006. Yet the management of the grids is getting increasingly costly for consumers, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports.
The Federal Network Operator (BNetzA) and the Federal Office for Information Security (BSIG) have jointly published a list of requirements for the safe operation of telecommunications and electronic data systems necessary for operating energy supply networks.
In early July the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) presented key points for measures to further promote the German energy transition (Energiewende) towards a mainly renewable energy supply. They included the proposal to gradually transfer some of the oldest coal-fired plants with a capacity of 2.7 GW to a capacity reserve (for which a cost-based remuneration would be paid) and close down the plants four years thereafter. The department of European Affairs that advises Parliament (Bundestag) has expressed doubt about the compatibility of the plans with EU law, the spokeswoman for climate policy for the Green Party and media sources said citing from the unpublished report.
In the second German tender concerning financial support pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG 2014) for 150 MW of freestanding PV capacity, 33 bids with a total capacity of 159.735 kW were selected by the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA). The exact financial support is yet unclear as a uniform pricing method applies.
Three negative monthly balances in May, June and July 2015 have reduced the surplus on the Renewable Energy Account (EEG account) managed by the transmission system operators (TSOs) to EUR 3.75 billion by the end of July 2015. On 15 October 2015 the TSOs have to inform whether the EEG surcharge for consumers will be reduced in 2016.
Interesting new provisional data by the International Energy Agency (IEA) for 2013 show that driven by generation in non-OECD countries, electricity generated by coal reached its highest level yet at 9,613 TWh. This represents 41.1% of global electricity production. In the same year renewable electricity generation overtook natural gas to become the second largest source of electricity worldwide producing 22% of total electricity or 5,130 TWh. Global non-hydro renewable electricity also surpassed oil-fired generation for the first time ever in 2013, rising to 1,256 TWh or 5.4% of global electricity production.