Monthly Archive for May, 2015

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BNetzA: Winter Electricity Grid Capacity Reserve for 2015/2016 Rises Again to at Least 6,700 MW – Longterm Forecast with Many Caveats

Following an analysis of the necessary back-up capacity to ensure grid stability in winter 2015/2016 by the four German transmission system operators (TSOs), the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has declared back-up capacity of at least 6,700 MW necessary in winter 2015/2016 and at least 6,600 MW in winter 2016/2017. Making various caveats BNetzA estimated the necessary reserve capacity in 2019/2020 to be 1,600 MW.

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Latvian EU Presidency: Council and Parliament Negotiators Agree to Start EU ETS Market Stability Reserve in 2019

Council and European Parliament representatives reached an agreement in principle on the decision concerning the establishment and operation of a market stability reserve (MSR) for the European Emission Trading System (EU ETS), the Latvian Presidency informed. MSR shall start in 2019 and correct supply-demand imbalances due to an surplus of emissions allowances in the EU ETS of about 2.1 billion allowances.

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Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Presents Energy Efficiency Incentive Programme Instead of Tax Relief

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has announced a new Energy Efficiency Incentive Programme providing support in the amount of EUR 165 million per year. The energy efficiency programme shall replace a previously proposed tax incentive regime for energy-efficient renovations that could not be agreed on with the Länder (federal states).

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Tesla Teams up with Lichtblick to Integrate Tesla’s New Powerwall Home Battery into Energy Markets

California-based Tesla Motors and the German energy and IT company Lichtblick announced that they have entered into a global energy partnership to integrate Tesla’s new Powerwall Home Batteries into the energy market with the help of Lichtblick’s IT platform „SchwarmDirigent“.

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97 MWp PV Capacity Installed in Germany in March 2015 – 38,555 MWp Total

New PV capacity installed in March 2015 amounted to 97.178 MWp, bringing PV capacity eligible for support under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) to a total of 38,555 MWp by the end of March, the regulator, Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), reported.

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