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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’

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’

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’

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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EU General Court: Germany’s 2012 Renewable Energy Source Act Involves State Aid

The EU’s General Court today sided with the Commission’s view that the EEG 2012 involved state aid. It rejected Germany’s arguments to the contrary, seeking annulment of a Commission decision of 25 November 2014 on a scheme for the support of renewable electricity and of energy-intensive users.

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