Monthly Archive for November, 2013

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German Council of Economic Experts Calls for Moratorium of Renewables Law and Search for Consistent Energy Policy Approach

Today the German Council of Economic Experts (GCEE) presented its Annual Economic Report 2013/2014. One chapter is dedicated to energy policy matters, providing food for thought for the new coalition government that is in the process of being created between the conservative CDU and CSU sister parties and the Social Democrats (SPD). The energy policy shift in 2011 away from nuclear power towards a renewable energy supply is currently being implemented without a consistent overall approach, the authors say. Inter alia they propose a freeze of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) while developing a conclusive policy.

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First Energy Results of German Coalition Talks

Another round of coalition talks between the conservative CDU and CSU sister parties and the Social Democrats (SPD) brought further convergence on energy policy matters, the CDU secretary-general Hermann Gröhe said. Negotiators agreed that the energy policy shift of 2010/2011 towards a renewable energy supply could only become a success and role model for others if it did not harm but strengthen German industry. Hence, financial support should help renewables to penetrate the market, but should not be granted indefinitely. Support for renewables should be declining over time. Growth should occur within fixed corridors, leading to predictable and speedy, but not excessive growth. Climate and environmental compatibility, security of supply and the affordability of electricity prices were considered equally important. In light of the above, various aspects of a reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) that curbs EEG-related costs have emerged. Amendments shall in particular be made with regard to onshore and offshore wind power as well as biomass.

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Renewables Surcharge Account Deficit Shrinks in September and October

According to the latest figures published by the four German transmission system operators (TSOs) for the so-called EEG account that records German renewable energy transfer payments, the months of September and October ended with surpluses of EUR 91,310,797.63 respectively EUR 715,283,198.03. This reduced the overall deficit on the account to EUR – 1,481,641,807.45.

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EU Commission Calls for Predictable, Cost-efficient and Market-integrating Support of RES – Some Potential Consequences for Germany

Supporting renewables in a predictable, cost-efficient and market integrating way that does not hurt investor confidence by making retroactive changes, this in a nutshell seems to be the stance the EU Commission takes in its new Communication “Delivering the internal electricity market and making the most of public interventions”.

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EU Commission: Communication “Delivering the internal electricity market and making the most of public intervention”

The European Commission has today released its Communication “Delivering the internal electricity market and making the most of public intervention”, together with a set of Staff Working Documents on important aspects of the Communication. The package shall give guidance to Member States on state interventions aimed at preventing market distortions and providing secure and affordable energy. The documents cover in particular generation adequacy, the design of renewables support schemes, the use of and model agreements for renewable energy cooperation mechanisms, and demand side flexibility mechanisms.

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CDU/CSU/SPD Coalition Negotiations: Reform of Renewables Law for 2015?

After the first round of discussions on energy topics in the ongoing negotiations between the conservative CDU and CSU sister parties and the Social Democrats (SPD) to form the new German government, little specific information emerged. However, the parties reportedly strive to agree on a reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) by Easter 2014. Following Parliament and Federal Council approval the reform could then enter into force at the beginning of 2015, media reports say.

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Berlin Electricity Remunicipalisation Referendum: Majority in Favour, but 25% Quorum Missed

In today’s referendum, a clear majority of Berliners voted in favor of remunicipalising the Berlin electricity network and setting up a new state energy utility. However, the necessary quorum of consent of 25% by all those entitled to vote was not met. The “Volksentscheid Neue Energie” (Referendum New Energy) therefore was not accepted by the required majorities.

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Solar Feed-in Tariffs Decrease by 1.4% for November 2013 to January 2014 – 290.894 MWp Installed in September

290.894 MWp of new PV capacity were installed in September 2013, leading to a total German PV capacity eligible for feed-in tariffs of 35,082 MWp*, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) announced. Furthermore the agency informed that solar feed-in tariffs for the period of November 2013 to January 2014 will decrease by 1.4% per month.

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Offshore Research: Nature and Environment Friendly Offshore Expansion Possible

A nature and environment friendly expansion of offshore wind energy is possible, the Federal Ministries for the Environment and Transport said when presenting the results of the ecological research carried out over the last five years at the alpha ventus offshore wind farm in the North Sea, Germany’s first offshore wind farm.

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