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AGEB: 3% Higher German Energy Consumption in Q1/Q2 2015 – Coal Down, Renewables and Natural Gas Up

German energy consumption rose by 3% in the first six months of 2015 compared with the same period last year, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Energiebilanzen (Working Group Energy Balances – AGEB) said based on preliminary figures. AGEB cited the colder weather as the main reason. Renewable energy sources moved up one place in the table of the most important energy sources, ranking fourth.

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New Ministerial Draft for Combined Heat and Power Act (KWKG) 2016: First Key Elements

A revised ministerial draft on the planned amendment of the Combined Heat and Power Act (KWKG 2016) is currently being discussed. The draft has not yet been officially released, but some key elements are already being discussed. Reportedly, the draft will provide for a phasing-out of the coal-fired combined heat and power (CHP), a change in the CHP expansion target and an increase of the CHP support for electricity from CHP plants. The previous support for electricity from CHP which is not fed into the grid for the general supply shall be dropped, with a few exceptions. In addition, mandatory direct marketing of electricity from CHP plants with more than 100 kilowatts shall be introduced.

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Government Scraps Climate Levy – Agreement Also on Grid Expansion, Nuclear Power and Energy Efficiency

Yesterday the government announced what it called a milestone decision for the German energy transition towards renewables and its CO2 savings goal. The government agreed to scrap its controversial (in our view unlawful) plans to impose a climate levy for conventional power plants to save CO2. Instead some of the oldest coal-fired plants with a capacity of 2.7 GW shall become back-up plants. Besides the government wants to promote energy efficiency, speed up grid expansion and ensure that the decommissioning provisions made by the nuclear power operators cover Germany’s nuclear exit costs. Costs for consumers still remain largely unclear. Information regarding state aid implications was also not provided.

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Reportedly Alternative Proposal to Controversial Climate Levy – Government Decision on 1 July?

Reports are increasing about an alternative proposal for the controversial climate levy. A a number of coal-fired power plants shall allegedly be made part of a pool of back-up power plants, for which the operators would receive a remuneration. The government is to decide on 1 July, various media sources say.

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Energy Consumption in Germany up by Almost 5% in Q1 – High Growth of Natural Gas and Wind Power, Solar Power Loses Against the Trend

Mainly due to colder weather energy consumption in Germany rose by almost 5% in Q1 2015, compared with the same period last year, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Energiebilanzen (Working Group Energy Balances – AGEB) reported. Heating fuels like natural gas and mineral oil benefitted in particular. Wind power gained even more, while solar power lost against the trend.

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Delay Publication of White Paper on Electricity Market Design / Update Climate Levy Project

According to an answer to a minor interpellation by Green Party member and energy expert Oliver Krischer, the government is now planning to present the White Paper with specific proposals for the future energy market in Germany “in June or July”. Besides the answer contains information as to the increase of electricity costs for consumers if a climate levy for conventional power plants is introduced as the government plans.

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Climate Levy for Conventional Power Plants Remains Controversial Despite Softened Proposal

Plans by German Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) to impose a climate levy (Klimabeitrag) on CO2 emissions of conventional power plants to reach the government’s political goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 40% by 2020 remain controversial. Despite a proposed lowering of the electricity industry’s additional reduction target from 22 million tonnes to 16 million tonnes, RWE and Vattenfall as well as members of the Conservatives continue to oppose the plan. We continue to doubt that the proposed climate levy will be compliant with European and German constitutional law.

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E.ON 2.0: Uniper in Düsseldorf and New E.ON in Essen

As of 1 January 2016 E.ON spin-off Uniper will start operations at the current E.ON headquarters in Düsseldorf managed by long-term E.ON manager and CFO Klaus Schäfer. The new company will encompass conventional power generation, energy trading, and exploration and production. E.ON CEO Johannes Teyssen will continue to head the company that wants to focus on renewables, energy networks, and customer solutions. Michael Sen, currently CFO of Siemens Healthcare, will become E.ON’s CFO effective June 1, 2015. Headquarters will be in Essen.

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German Greenhouse Gas Emissions Down 4.3% in 2014 – Energy Related Emissions Down 5.2%

Germany’s greenhouse gas emission for 2014 were down 41.3 million tonnes, or 4.3% compared to 2013, the Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt – UBA) reported. Energy related emissions were down even further at minus 5.2%.

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European Commission Takes Germany to Court for Coal-fired Power Plant in Hamburg on Habitats Directive Arguments

Only about a month after the first 827 MW unit of Vattenfall’s coal-fired power plant in Hamburg-Moorburg started commercial production, the European Commission announced to launch proceedings against Germany before the Court of Justice of the EU over its alleged failure to apply the requirements of the Habitats Directive when authorising the plant.

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