Monthly Archive for December, 2014

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Government Approves Amendment of Equalisation Scheme and Execution Ordinances

The government has adopted an amendment that shall bring the Equalisation Scheme Ordinance (AusglMechV) and the Execution Ordinance (AusglMechAV) in line with the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG 2014) that entered into force on 1 August 2014.

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First Progress Report on Energy Transition: Much Has Been Achieved, Still a Lot on the Agenda

Much has been achieved, but there is still a lot on the agenda (Viel erreicht, viel vor) says the headline of a summary by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) of the main facts of the first progress report on the German energy transition (Energiewende) towards a mainly renewable energy supply (Fortschrittsbericht Energiewende). The government adopted the report last week together with the new Climate Action and Energy Efficiency Programmes. The BMWi summary also contains information on the next steps.

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National Electromobility Initiative Presents Progress Report 2014 – Registrations of Electric Cars Decline in November

On Tuesday the National Electromobility Initiative (NPE) presented its Progress Report 2014. The presentation occurred amid reports about declining registrations of new electric cars and the announcement of the closure of Germany’s only lithium ion battery cell manufacturer, Li-Tec Battery GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of Daimler AG, by the end of 2015. At the end of the market ramp up phase (2010 to 2014) Germany was on the right track with 17 electric cars offered by German manufacturers and 12 more to come in 2015, but more needed to be done if Germany wanted to reach the government’s goal of having one million electric cars on Germany’s roads by 2020, the report says.

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Government Adopts Climate Action and Energy Efficiency Programmes to Reach 2020 CO2 Goal

In an effort to reach Germany’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2020, the government has adopted the “Action Programme on Climate Protection 2020″ (Climate Programme 2020). The National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NAPE) is an important element of this action programme and was also approved. Without the various measures contained, including additional CO2 savings of another 22 million tonnes by the German power plant fleet, Germany would miss the target by 5 to 8%, the government said. Climate protection efforts shall triple compared to the last fifteen years.

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Electricity and Gas Monitoring Report 2014: Energy Transformation in Electricity Generation Sector Well Underway, Grid Expansion Lags Behind

The 2014 Monitoring Report on the energy markets published by Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) and the German Cartel Office shows that the energy transformation was well underway in the power generation sector in 2013. Renewable power production again increased, but so did coal-fired power production. Grid expansion was, however, still lagging behind. The number of times in which transmission operates had to intervene to secure grid stability and maintain the security of supply rose once again In the electricity markets competition further improved. Yet electricity prices for household consumers are the second-highest in Europe.

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German PV Installations Hit Record Low: Only 75.431 MWp Installed in Oktober 2014 – 38,022 MWp in Total

New German PV installations hit a record low of 75.431 MWp in October 2014. This is the lowest amount in the last four years. Only February 2011 comes somewhat close with 99.710 MWp. In total 38,022 MWp of solar capacity were eligible for support under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) at the end of the month, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) informed.

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E.ON to Spin off Conventional Power and Other Activities and Focus on Renewables, Distribution Networks and Customer Solutions

In an effort to “respond to dramatically altered global energy markets, technical innovation, and more diverse customer expectations” E.ON SE announced yesterday that it wants to “focus on renewables, distribution networks, and customer solutions and combine its conventional generation, global energy trading, and exploration and production businesses in a new, independent company” (“New Company”), the majority of which shall be spun off to shareholders. It appears as if nuclear power shall also be spun off into the the New Company

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