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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: 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’

Federal Cabinet Clears EEG 2016 Bill – Starting the Parliamentary Race to Meet EU State Aid Law Deadlines

The German Federal Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the EEG 2016 bill. Federal Minister Gabriel speaks of a paradigm shift for the renewable’s support. It looks like the government may have a very ambitious timetable in mind to get the bill through the legislative process.  Continue reading ‘Federal Cabinet Clears EEG 2016 Bill – Starting the Parliamentary Race to Meet EU State Aid Law Deadlines’

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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Bavarian Constitutional Court Clears 10H Minimum Distance Requirement for Wind Power Plants

The Bavarian Constitutional Court today decided that the controversial 10h minimum distance requirement for wind power plants in Bavaria is in line with the constitution. Pursuant to the so called 10h-regulation (10H-Regelung) contained in the revised Bavarian Building Code, wind power plants have to maintain a minimum distance from residential housing of ten times the total height of the wind power plant.

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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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Revision German Renewable Energy Sources Act – BMWi Starts Consultation on Draft EEG 2016

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has started the consulting process on the 2016 revision of the German Renewable Energy Sources Act EEG. With this bill the government will use auctioning as the standard system to establish support levels for renewable energy, starting mainly in 2017.

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Bavarian Constitutional Court Hearing on Controversial 10H Minimum Distance Requirement for Wind Power Plants

On Tuesday, the Bavarian Constitutional Court heard the parties on the controversial 10h minimum distance requirement for wind power plants. Pursuant to the so called 10h-Regulation (10H-Regelung) contained in the revised Bavarian Building Code, wind power plants have to maintain a minimum distance from residential housing of ten times the total height of the wind power plant.  Continue reading ‘Bavarian Constitutional Court Hearing on Controversial 10H Minimum Distance Requirement for Wind Power Plants’

4,600 of 6,500 MW Offshore Grid Connection Capacity Completed – Offshore Surcharge on Steady Level, Costs EUR 162.7 million

The offshore transmission system operators 50Hertz and TenneT have completed offshore grid connections with a capacity of over 4,600 MW in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. That brings the offshore grid expansion closer to the EEG expansion target of 6,500 MW for offshore wind by 2020. The four TSO have published the new offshore surcharge for 2016 to reallocate expected costs of EUR 162.7 million.

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