Monthly Archive for January, 2015

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Key Official of Ministry of Economics Open on Capacity Markets in Germany, but Rejects Need to Subsidize Existing Thermal Power Plants

The second key presentation on the first day of the Handelsblatt Annual Energy Conference was from Rainer Baake, Secretary of State in the Federal Ministry of Economics,  an influential aide to Minister of Economics, Siegmar Gabriel. He explained the Ministry’s position regarding the potential introduction of capacity markets in Germany, but refused efforts to use this as an instrument to subsidize unprofitable thermal power plants.

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E.ON CEO Johannes Teyssen Presents Further Details of Split in Handelsblatt Energy Conference Keynote

In today’s opening presentation of the Handelsblatt annual Energy Conference in Berlin, Dr. Johannes Teyssen, CEO of E.ON rejected allegations that the intended split up of E.ON will create a “Bad bank” for its nuclear and thermal power plants. In a very strong and self-confident presentation he highlighted the great potential of the split-up to unleash powers of both parts of E.ON. He showed the belief that this will be best for E.ON and its customers.

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Revocation of Permit for Nuclear Interim Storage Site Brunsbüttel Binding – State will Tolerate Operation until 2018

The Federal Administrative Court (BVerwG) has rejected an appeal by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) against an earlier judgement that revoked the permit for the nuclear interim storage site in Brunsbüttel, Schleswig-Holstein. The revocation is therefore legally binding. However, due to a decision issued by Energy Minister Dr. Robert Habeck of Schleswig-Holstein, the operation of the interim storage site will be tolerated until the beginning auf 2018.

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Federal Network Agency Lauches New Webpages Concerning REMIT and Market Transparency Agency

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has launched a new web presence containing information on Regulation (EU) No 1227/2011 on wholesale energy market integrity and transparency (REMIT) and the obligations thereunder for market participants as well as the competences of BNetzA in monitoring compliance with the regulation. At the same time BNetzA also launched the new web presence of the Market Transparency Agency.

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German Offshore Capacity Exceeds 1 GW, Further 1.3 GW Completed But Not Yet Connected to Grid

German offshore wind power capacity exceeded the 1 GW mark at the end of 2014, when 258 plants with a total capacity of 1,049 MW were feeding into the grids, Deutsche Windguard established on behalf of various wind power associations and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA). A further 1,300 MW are installed, but not yet fully connected to the grid.

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BDEW: Further Energy Market Reforms Needed – Situation of Utilities with Conventional Plants Deteriorates

After the reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) in 2014, reforms and regulations regarding the energy market design, combined heat and power, the incentive regulation, grid expansion, renewable energy, CO2 savings in power plants and energy efficiency, had to be tackled, the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) demanded at the beginning of the new year. In a BDEW survey 39% of those surveyed saw their economic conditions worsening over the last two years. Utilities with conventional power capacity were hardest hit.

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Crash Course Greenhouse Gas Emissions Law – EU ETS and EEG

Prof. Säcker again organised one of his excellent energy seminars at the Institute for Energy and Regulatory Law Berlin. On 12/13 January, it was his  energy law crash course. I had the pleasure of speaking on greenhouse gas emissions law.

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IWR: Stormy Weather Leads to New Wind Power Record that Beats December 2014 Record

Due to the windy weather one wind power record is following another, the Renewable Energy Industry Institute Münster (IWR) informed. The wind power record set in December 2014 has already been broken on Friday 9 January 2015 when wind power plants with a capacity of almost 31,300 MW were generating electricity for some time in the afternoon, IWR said based on preliminary data for wind power capacity (mean hourly data) by the power exchange EEX.

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Information on Direct Marketing of Renewable Power in 2014 by TSOs – Highest Degree for Wind Power

An overview on direct marketing of renewable power by the operators in 2014 published by the four German transmission system operators (TSOs) shows that onshore wind power output has been mostly sold directly by operators and offshore wind power to a large extent by December 2014. Under the Renewable Energy Sources Act 2012 (EEG 2012) and the EEG 2014 that became effective as of 1 August 2014, operators can claim a market premium in addition to the sales revenue obtained (cf. Section 34 EEG 2014).

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