The representatives of the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) adopted a negotiation mandate for reforming the European Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) paving the way for a trilogue between the Latvian Presidency, the EU Parliament and the Commission, German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks informed. She welcomed part of the compromise but demanded a faster pace.
Only about a month after the first 827 MW unit of Vattenfall’s coal-fired power plant in Hamburg-Moorburg started commercial production, the European Commission announced to launch proceedings against Germany before the Court of Justice of the EU over its alleged failure to apply the requirements of the Habitats Directive when authorising the plant.
Yesterday the Federal Cabinet adopted a bill amending various laws concerning power line extension. The main aspects are an extension of the annual obligation to evaluate the need for grid expansion to a two-year period and more possibilities to install underground cables.
According to calculations by the price comparison website Check24, a 4-member household with an electricity consumption of 5,000 kWh has to pay EUR 1,417 today, EUR 382 or 37% more than 2008 (EUR 1,035). State induced price elements meanwhile account for 53% (EUR 747.39) compared with 41% in 2008, with the Renewable Energy Sources Surcharge (EEG Surcharge) even rising by 437%. The actual electricity costs rose by only 10% in the period under review.
An opinion commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economics Affairs and Energy (BMWi) recommends revising the current system of provisions for decommissioning and disposal costs of nuclear power plants. It suggests extending liability after termination of a control and profit and loss transfer agreement, maintaining the decommissioning provisions at the operating company level in a special security fund, and securing the provisions for long term disposal costs using an external fund model.
The December 2014 “Action Programme on Climate Protection 2020″ contained the announcement that the German power plant fleet should be made to contribute to saving CO2 by reducing its emissions by an additional 22 million tonnes up to 2020. A key point paper from the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) released yesterday provides first information on how this shall be done. However, despite obvious legal concerncs, without addressing why the proposal complies both with the German constitution and the European emissions trading regime.
Demand side management by German companies is still rarely used to help balance the German electricity system, e.g. by providing operating reserve or interruptible loads, a working group established by the German Energy Agency (dena) found. A dena paper proposes various measures to improve demand side management, but warns that potential may not be as high as some predict.
The German transmission system operators today secured additional secondary control reserve ahead of Friday’s solar eclipse. Results published on regelleistung.net show average capacity prices from today’s tender for 20 March 2015 of 546.58 EUR/MW (negative secondary control reserve) and 579.70 EUR/MW (positive secondary control reserve). Marginal capacity prices were 1,189.90 EUR/MW for negative and 1,320.00 EUR/MW positive secondary control reserve.
The 2015 report on energy efficiency by the German Energy Agency (dena) provides comprehensive data on the energy efficiency of the 18.6 million residential buildings in Germany as well as, for the first time, on the roughly 3 million non-residential buildings.
The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has presented key points for a “Modern Regulatory Framework for Modern Distribution Networks”, the core element of which is an amendment of the Incentive Regulation Ordinance (ARegV). A focus lies on improving investment conditions and energy efficiency. The planned amendment is particularly relevant for future renewables growth, as about 80% of the electricity generated by renewable power plants is fed into the distribution networks. With the growing amount of renewable energy in Germany this creates the need to invest in the distribution networks to equip them for Germany’s energy transition (Energiewende).