Archive for the 'Grid' 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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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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German Smart Metering Roll-Out: Digitisation of the Energy Turnaround Act Promulgated

The new Digitisation of the Energy Turnaround Act (Gesetz zur Digitalisierung der Energiewende) has been published in today’s  Federal Law Gazette. It will therefore enter into force tomorrow, 2 September 2016.

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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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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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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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Revision of Incentive Regulation Ordinance

After the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy launched its consultation on the proposed revision of the Incentive Regulation Ordinance (ARegV), it is now looking at the comments. For the most part, the revision shall bring changes for distributions system operators, encouraging modernisation of the distribution grid to make it better suited to deal with increasing amounts of renewable energy. Continue reading ‘Revision of Incentive Regulation Ordinance’