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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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BNetzA: Again High Security of German Gas Supply

“The reliability of German gas supply remains at a consistently high level”, Jochen Homann, president of Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) said. The so-called SAIDI index (System Average Interruption Duration Index), which indicates the average time of interruptions of the gas supply per connected end consumer, fell from 1,03 min/a in 2016 to 0,988 min/a in 2017, the second lowest level since the start of systematic record taking by BNetzA in 2006.
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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’

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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German Cabinet Decisions on Nuclear Post Spin-Off Liability, Cross-Border Renewables Support and DSO Incentives

The German Federal Cabinet last week agreed on three energy projects items on its energy turnaround agenda. This included the (very limited) opening of tenders for the support of renewable energies for other EU Member States, the revision of the Incentive Regulation Ordinance amending incentives towards investments into distribution networks, and the decision to implement the KFK-proposal regarding the financing of the nuclear power phase-out, including post spin-off liability.

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EU Commission Approves State Aid for Closure of Lignite-Fired Power Plants

The European Commission has declared German plans to grant EUR 1.6 billion public financing for decommissioning and subsequently closing eight lignite-fired power plants to be in line with EU state aid rules.

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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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Oslo: IBA Conference on Opportunities and Challenges for the Oil & Gas Business on 22-24 June

The IBA Oil and Gas Law Committee is organising a conference on “Opportunities and Challenges for the Oil & Gas Business: from a North Sea and Atlantic Perspective” in Oslo from 22 to 24 June 2016. I will be on the panel discussing the Paris Agreement and its impact for the oil and gas business.

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The Electricity Market Act Bill – A New Electricity Market Design for the German Energy Turnaround?

With its Electricity Market 2.0 project, the German government wants to take an important step towards enhanced integration of renewable energy sources into the electricity market. Renewables in 2015 already constituted about one third of Germany’s electricity consumption. The challenge is to integrate an increasing amount of intermittent renewable energy with feed-in priority into the system, in a secure, cost-efficient and sustainable way.

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Platts 7th Annual European Power Summit: Germany – New Market Design Examined

Platts is currently holding its 7th Annual European Power Summit in Amsterdam. I had the pleasure of speaking on “Germany: New Market Design Examined“.

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