Monthly Archive for August, 2013

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BNetzA Consultation on Allocation and Transfer of German Offshore Grid Connection Capacity

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has asked for comments by 3 September 2013 on a key issues paper on the procedure for the allocation and transfer of offshore grid connection capacity. The procedure covers the new system for the allocation and reallocation grid connection capacity introduced by the 3rd amendment of the German Energy Act (EnWG).

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Fraunhofer Study Reviews Increase of Negative Price Periods on German Electricity Market

As a recent analysis by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems points out, the hours in which buyers on the EEX spot-market get paid for consuming energy doubled to 36 hours in the first half-year of 2013.

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Biogas Monitoring Report 2013: Targets Difficult to Reach, Despite Strong Growth

According to the 2013 Biogas Monitoring Report presented from the Federal Network Agency, 108 biogas power plants fed 413 million m³ of biogas into the German gas grids in 2012, a 50% increase compared with 2011 (77 plants; 275 million m³). However, this represents only 6.9% of the target of feeding 6 billion minto the German gas grids by 2020 pursuant to Section 31 Gas Access Ordinance  (GasNVZ).

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KfW: Fewer Financing of PV Projects, Increasing Commitments for Offshore and Considerable Demand for Energy Efficiency Loans

The latest information published by the state-owned KfW development bank for the first half of 2013 shows a considerable decline in the financing of PV projects. Commitments for offshore wind farm projects picked up after the standstill of last year, and demand for loans for energy efficiency measures increased markedly.

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FAZ: RWE Announces Shut-Down of Power Plants in Germany and The Netherlands

After the announcement of E.ON to shut down power plants in Europe with a total capacity of 11,000 MW by 2015, the second largest German energy supplier is likely to follow. RWE plans to close plants with a total capacity of 3.100 MW in Germany and the Netherlands, with further cuts under consideration, as newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports.

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European Commission: Increase of Intra-European Energy Trade Despite Decreased Energy Consumption

The European Commission published its “Quarterly Report on European Electricity Markets”. Energy consumption decreased by 0.7% in 2013 compared to the first three months of the previous year. The development is to be explained primarily by the continuing economic recession, as also the GDP decreased by o.7%. A closer examination of the respective sectors reveals that the recession hit the important energy consumers industry and construction even harder, leading to a reduction of 4.8%.

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BMWi: Revised Guideline on Compensation of Indirect CO2 Expenses

After publication on 6 August 2013 in the Federal Register (Bundesanzeiger), the revised guideline on state aid measures regarding indirect CO2 expenses has come into force. The revised guideline was approved by the European Commission.

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VZBZ: German Consumers Still Support Energy Turnaround – but Critical of Implementation

82 % of the German consumers still support the phase-out of nuclear energy and the expansion of renewable energies, but only 40% agree with the implementation of the energy turnaround, the Federation of German Consumer Organisation (Verbraucherzentrale  Bundesverband – vzbz) says.

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Federal Network Agency Published Monitoring Information on New Federal Requirement Plan and EnLAG Projects

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has released additional monitoring information on the progress of various German electricity transmission system expansion projects on its website www.netzausbau.de. In addition to an update from the monitoring of the progress of grid expansion projects pursuant to the Energy Line Extension Act (EnLAG), the website now also provides information on the status of projects pursuant to the new Federal Requirement Plan (Bundesbedarfsplangesetz – BBPlG)

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German Primary Energy Consumption Increased 4.1% in First Half of 2013

According to preliminary information by Arbeitsgemeinschaft Energiebilanzen (Working Group Energy Balances – AGEB), Germany’s primary energy consumption amounted to 7,177 petajoule (PJ) or 245 million TCE in the first half of 2013. This is an increase of 4.1% compared to the same period in 2012. Weather conditions – the long winter and the cold spring – are the determining factor for the increase. The economic development hardly affected energy consumption.

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