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AGEB: 3% Higher German Energy Consumption in Q1/Q2 2015 – Coal Down, Renewables and Natural Gas Up

German energy consumption rose by 3% in the first six months of 2015 compared with the same period last year, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Energiebilanzen (Working Group Energy Balances – AGEB) said based on preliminary figures. AGEB cited the colder weather as the main reason. Renewable energy sources moved up one place in the table of the most important energy sources, ranking fourth.

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New Ministerial Draft for Combined Heat and Power Act (KWKG) 2016: First Key Elements

A revised ministerial draft on the planned amendment of the Combined Heat and Power Act (KWKG 2016) is currently being discussed. The draft has not yet been officially released, but some key elements are already being discussed. Reportedly, the draft will provide for a phasing-out of the coal-fired combined heat and power (CHP), a change in the CHP expansion target and an increase of the CHP support for electricity from CHP plants. The previous support for electricity from CHP which is not fed into the grid for the general supply shall be dropped, with a few exceptions. In addition, mandatory direct marketing of electricity from CHP plants with more than 100 kilowatts shall be introduced.

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Bundestag Debate About Fracking Bill Postponed Until Autumn

The debate about a legislative package regulating the controversial fracking technology seems to become an never ending story. The ruling coalition government composed of Conservatives (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD) has withdrawn bills concerning the controversial fracking technology. Parliament (Bundestag) was supposed to debate this Friday. The withdrawal is due to concern from within the parties, in particular against the involvement of an expert commission. The bill shall now be submitted to Parliament in autumn media sources say.

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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 and BKartA Publish Update of Joint Guideline for Electricity and Gas Concession Agreements

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) and the German Cartel Office (BKartA) have published an update of their joint guideline on electricity and gas concession agreements between municipalities and utilities for the use of public property when laying and operating power and gas lines. The update was necessary in view of legislative changes. It also takes new case law into account.

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Federal Network Agency Presents Annual Report 2014

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has presented its Annual Report 2014 for the telecoms, postal services, railway, gas and electricity sectors. Rendering infrastructure investments attractive, promoting competition and ensuring consumer protection were the key aspects of its work, the agency said. President Jochen Homann stressed the need for a modern infrastructure, calling it the lifeline of an industrial society.

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E.ON 2.0: Uniper in Düsseldorf and New E.ON in Essen

As of 1 January 2016 E.ON spin-off Uniper will start operations at the current E.ON headquarters in Düsseldorf managed by long-term E.ON manager and CFO Klaus Schäfer. The new company will encompass conventional power generation, energy trading, and exploration and production. E.ON CEO Johannes Teyssen will continue to head the company that wants to focus on renewables, energy networks, and customer solutions. Michael Sen, currently CFO of Siemens Healthcare, will become E.ON’s CFO effective June 1, 2015. Headquarters will be in Essen.

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BNetzA Launches Consultation on Gas Grid Development Plan 2015

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has started a consultation on the draft of the Gas Grid Development Plan 2015 (Netzentwicklungsplan Gas 2015 – NEP Gas 2015).

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Federal Cabinet Approves Legislative Package on Fracking

Yesterday the coalition government formed by the conservative CDU and CSU parties as well as the Social Democrats (SPD) adopted a legislative package regulating the controversial fracking technology. The bill in several ways departs from the established permitting system for oil and gas exploration and production, making it more difficult (if not impossible in practice) to use fracking for unconventional gas in Germany.

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German Greenhouse Gas Emissions Down 4.3% in 2014 – Energy Related Emissions Down 5.2%

Germany’s greenhouse gas emission for 2014 were down 41.3 million tonnes, or 4.3% compared to 2013, the Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt – UBA) reported. Energy related emissions were down even further at minus 5.2%.

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