The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has made three studies on electricity market design available on its website.
The new EEG 2014 enters into force today, 1 August 2014. We have therefore updated our overview on the Renewable Energy Sources Act (Erneuerbare Energien Gesetz – EEG) in the light of the recent amendments.
An updated list by the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) shows that total power plant capacity amounted to 192.3 GW on 16 July 2014. According to an update of BNetzA’s list of planned power plant closures, 7,900 MW had been officially notified for closure on 23 July 2014. In addition to the formal notifications, BNetzA has information on plans for further plant closures. According to Rheinische Post (RP), BNetzA knows of planned shutdowns of power plants with a total capacity of 13 GW. BNetzA information dating 18 July 2014 speak of 11,521 MW.
The Federal Court of Justice (BGH) confirmed a ruling by the Higher Regional Court of Hamm (OLG Hamm), dismissing a case brought by the textile company Textilveredlung Drechsel, Selb, against its electricity supplier regarding the surcharge for renewable energy (EEG surcharge).
Due to uncertainty prior to the amendment of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG 2014 or EEG 2.0) that will come into effect on 1 August 2014 and more land designated for onshore wind power use by the Länder (federal states), 1,723 MW of new capacity were installed in the first half of 2014, the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) informed. This constitutes an increase of 66% compared to the same period last year. Total wind power capacity at the end of June amounted to 35,389 MW. The associations expect onshore wind power to grow by 3,300 to 3,700 MW net until the end of the year. Thereafter growth will slow down, they say.
In light of the new EEG 2014, we have added two pages with the 2014 feed-in tariffs. One is showing the figures from the EEG 2012 for January to July 2014, and the other the EEG 2014 figures from August 2014 onwards.
According to preliminary figures by the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW), renewable energy sources are estimated to have accounted for 28.5% of the gross domestic electricity consumption in the first half of 2014 (up from 24.6% in 2013). The increase is due to continued growth and favourable weather conditions. Electricity and gas consumption in total declined because of mild weather.
In view of the substantial increase of costs for electricity consumers for financial support paid under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (Fraunhofer ISI) examined “Distributional effects of the promotion of photovoltaic expansion and wind onshore“. The study shows great differences between the two renewable sources. Photovoltaic installations generate significantly higher profits than onshore installations, even though they produce less electricity overall, Fraunhofer ISI says. The study also points out striking differences between individual federal states.
This may come as a surprise for many, but the new EEG 2.0 will lead to increased feed-in tariffs/marketing premiums for newly completed PV installations as of 1 August 2014.
The Federal Agency for Maritime Shipping and Hydrography (BSH) is to put up an update of the Federal Offshore Grid Plan (Bundesfachplan Offshore) for the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the North Sea and an update of the environmental report for consultation in the period dating from 29 July 2014 to 9 September 2014.