Monthly Archive for April, 2015

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Record 25 GW From PV Power Plants Fed into German Grids on 15 April 2015

Based on data from the EEX transparency platform, German PV production reached more than 25 GW on 15 April 2015, setting a new record.

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BNetzA Launches Consultation on Gas Grid Development Plan 2015

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has started a consultation on the draft of the Gas Grid Development Plan 2015 (Netzentwicklungsplan Gas 2015 – NEP Gas 2015).

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BDEW 2015 Power Plant New Build List – 53% of Projects Uncertain

BDEW has published its 2015 list of German new build power plants. 53% of the power plants projects with a net capacity of 20 MW or more and high availability (conventional and offshore power plants) are uncertain, the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) said, when presenting its annual update for the so-called BDEW Kraftwerksliste. If the energy turnaround and the transition to renewable energies as the main pillar of the energy supply was to succeed, reliable back-up by new efficient and climate-friendly (highly available) power plants was needed, Hildegard Müller, chairwoman of the energy trade association BDEW, stressed.

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BDEW: German Household Electricity Costs Fall 1% in 2015 – 3,500 kWh/year for EUR 84.02/month or 28.81 ct/kWh

Electricity prices for households fell slightly for the first time since 2000, first results of a survey show, the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) reports. According to BDEW, a 3-member household with an electricity consumption of 3,500 kWh has to pay EUR 84 per month (28.81 ct/kWh) compared with EUR 85 (29.14 ct/kWh) in 2014 for electricity. This includes 52% in state induced price elements.

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KfW Funding of Energy-efficient Construction and Renovation of Non-Residential Buildings Starts in July 2015

Germany wants to reach an almost climate-neutral building stock by 2050. To promote not only the energy-efficiency of residential buildings, but also of commercial and municipal buildings, the state-owned promotional bank KfW will increase support for energy-efficient renovations of commercial and municipal buildings and the construction of new energy-efficient non-residential buildings.

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99 MWp New PV Capacity in February 2015 – Financial Support for New Installations Reduced by 0.25%

In February 2015 PV capacity in the amount of 98.983 MWp was installed according to the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA). Solar capacity eligible for support under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) reached a total of 38,458 MWp by the end of February. The monthly reduction of financial support for new PV installations has been reduced to 0.25% each month in the period from 1 April to 1 June 2015, BNetzA also informed.

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VDE: Energy Transition Needs Specific Energy Information Network: LTE 450 MHz, Smart Meters, FTTH

The German energy transition needs a specific energy information network, the Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies (VDE) says, recommending a 450 MHz LTE wireless network, smart meters and fiber-optic communication to the home (FTTH).

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Federal Cabinet Approves Legislative Package on Fracking

Yesterday the coalition government formed by the conservative CDU and CSU parties as well as the Social Democrats (SPD) adopted a legislative package regulating the controversial fracking technology. The bill in several ways departs from the established permitting system for oil and gas exploration and production, making it more difficult (if not impossible in practice) to use fracking for unconventional gas in Germany.

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