Archive for the 'Renewable' Category

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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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’

Federal Cabinet Clears EEG 2016 Bill – Starting the Parliamentary Race to Meet EU State Aid Law Deadlines

The German Federal Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the EEG 2016 bill. Federal Minister Gabriel speaks of a paradigm shift for the renewable’s support. It looks like the government may have a very ambitious timetable in mind to get the bill through the legislative process.  Continue reading ‘Federal Cabinet Clears EEG 2016 Bill – Starting the Parliamentary Race to Meet EU State Aid Law Deadlines’

90% Agreement on Key Points of the Renewable Energy Act 2016 Reform

Cabinet members and state premiers have reportedly agreed on key points of the Renewable Energy Act 2016 reform (EEG 2016). According to Chancellor Angela Merkel, final agreement has not been reached yet, but outlines and orientation points are clearly recognisable. Energy minister Gabriel said that agreement was reached on 90% of the issues.

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More Than 90% Renewable Energy in Germany on 8 May 2016 12:45, Negative Prices Down to -178 EUR/MWh

Last Sunday at 12:45 it was sunny and windy, and the end of a long holiday weekend. It looks like this resulted in more than 90% renewable energy, a whopping 13.6 GW of power exports, and EPEX spot intraday continuous power prices down to -178.01 EUR/MWh, with a weighted average of -144.78 EUR/MWh during that time.

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