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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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Tesla Teams up with Lichtblick to Integrate Tesla’s New Powerwall Home Battery into Energy Markets

California-based Tesla Motors and the German energy and IT company Lichtblick announced that they have entered into a global energy partnership to integrate Tesla’s new Powerwall Home Batteries into the energy market with the help of Lichtblick’s IT platform „SchwarmDirigent“.

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CDU/CSU and SPD Present Coalition Agreement – 55% to 60% Renewables by 2035 and More

The conservative CDU/CSU, the winners of the Federal Election of 22 September 2013, and the Social Democrats (SPD), who emerged second in the election, have presented a coalition agreement for a grand coalition in Germany that provides inter alia for a binding expansion corridor of 55% to 60% renewable energy by 2035. The partners announce to present a reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) by Easter 2014. As a novelty, the SPD will present the draft to its members for vote between 6 and 12 December before proceeding further with the coalition.

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2013 German Election Energy Party Profiles – Part 3: Grid Extension, Electricity Storage and Smart Grids

Today we continue our series on the competing parties’ agendas for the upcoming federal elections focusing on the parties positions on the extension of grids and energy storage, the implementation of smart grids and of demand-side-management.  These issues generally relate to system operators’ obligations and therefore are subject to the regulatory framework governing transmission and distribution system operators.

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Unconventional Pumped Storage – efzn Conference in Goslar November 2013

The Energy Research Centre Lower Saxony (Energie-Forschungszentrum Niedersachsen – efzn) is organising a conference on unconventional pumped storage for energy on 21/22 November 2013 in Goslar, Germany. I will give a presentation on the German permitting regime for unconventional pumped storage.

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BMW Launches First Pure Electric Car i3

Yesterday BMW officially launched its first pure electric car, the four seater  i3, in London, New York and Beijing.

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DHL Makes Bonn Pilot City for Electric Delivery Vehicles

The postal service provider Deutsche Post DHL has announced to convert its fleet of delivery vehicles in the city of Bonn and its surroundings to electric cars, making the city the first German CO2-free DHL location.

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Röttgen Calls For Master Plan to Implement Energy Policy Shift

In an article for the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), Federal Environment Minister Dr. Norbert Röttgen called for a master plan to implement this summer’s decisions by the Bundestag (Parliament) and Bundesrat (Federal Council) to phase out nuclear energy in Germany by 2022 and gradually replace it by more renewable energy.

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MoU signed for new European Association for Storage of Energy

On the occasion of a European conference concerning European energy research, a Memorandum of Understanding for the foundation of the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) was signed, the German utilitiy RWE AG, one of the signatories, announced.

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German Energy Blog Reaches 250 Posts

We are happy to report that we have reached 250 blog posts! Continue reading ‘German Energy Blog Reaches 250 Posts’