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Three Negative Monthly Balances Reduce EEG Account Surplus to EUR 3.75 Billion

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.

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Provisional IEA Data on Electricity Production: Coal Generation Reaches Highest Level – Renewable Generation Climbs to Second Place

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.

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Second Tender for Freestanding PV Capacity Less Oversubscribed Than First Auction

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) received 136 bids in the second 150 MW tender for financial support under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) for freestanding PV power plants. The tender was more than three times oversubscribed, BNetzA said. Yet the number of bids was lower than the 170 bids made in the first ever PV auction for 150 MW that ended on 15 April 2015.

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German PV Additions of 95.5 MWp in June – 38.9 GWp Eligible for EEG Support

PV capacity additions in June 2015 amounted to 95.502 MWp. By 30 June 2015, a total of 38,850 MWp of solar capacity were eligible for support under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) reported.

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BMWi Presents Key Point Paper for German Renewable Energy Auctions in 2017 and Launches Consultation

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has presented key points for auctioning financial support for onshore and offshore wind power and photovoltaics as of 2017 and launched a consultation. Comments have to be submitted by 1 October 2015.

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Germany: Largest Installed Capacity of Solar Energy Worldwide 2014

According to the “Renewable Energy Capacity Statistics 2015” report recently published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Germany has the world’s largest installed capacity of solar energy. Germany’s share of solar of the worldwide installed capacity amounts to 21% followed by China with 16 % and Japan with 13 %.

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New Direct Marketing Peak for Renewables

The four transmission system operators 50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT and EnBW have published new figures on direct marketing quantities for renewables. They show that the direct marketing total – after a decline in April 2015 – has increased in the first half of 2015 by 6.9% to 48,627.12 MW in July.

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BNetzA: New PV Capacity of 101,483 MWp in May 2015 – Financial Support for New Installations Reduced by 0.25%

With a total of 101,483 MWp, new PV capacity installed in May 2015 in Germany basically remained on the same level as in the previous months. Solar capacity eligible for support under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) reached a total of 38,754 MWp by the end of May. The monthly reduction of financial support for new PV installations has been reduced to 0.25% each month in the period from 1 July to 1 September 2015, the regulator, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) informed.

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Energy Consumption in Germany up by Almost 5% in Q1 – High Growth of Natural Gas and Wind Power, Solar Power Loses Against the Trend

Mainly due to colder weather energy consumption in Germany rose by almost 5% in Q1 2015, compared with the same period last year, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Energiebilanzen (Working Group Energy Balances – AGEB) reported. Heating fuels like natural gas and mineral oil benefitted in particular. Wind power gained even more, while solar power lost against the trend.

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BNetzA Launches Second Tender for Freestanding PV Capacity

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has published the details for the second auction of financial support for freestanding PV power plants with a capacity of 150 MW in total. The maximum value for bids is 11.18 ct/kWh. Bids have to be submitted by 3 August 2015 (as 1 August 2015 is a Saturday).

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