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BMWi Presents Key Points of New Regulatory Framework for Distribution Grid Operators

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has presented key points for a “Modern Regulatory Framework for Modern Distribution Networks”, the core element of which is an amendment of the Incentive Regulation Ordinance (ARegV). A focus lies on improving investment conditions and energy efficiency. The planned amendment is particularly relevant for future renewables growth, as about 80% of the electricity generated by renewable power plants is fed into the distribution networks. With the growing amount of renewable energy in Germany this creates the need to invest in the distribution networks to equip them for Germany’s energy transition (Energiewende).

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Energy Efficiency and Implementation of Energy Transition Among Top Priorities of Annual Economic Report 2015

Energy efficiency and the implementation of the Energiewende figure among the top priorities of the Annual Economic Report 2015 entitled “Investing in Germany’s and Europe’s Future”, which the German government presented yesterday. The government raised its 2015 growth forecast for the gross national product from 1.3% to 1.5%.

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Conference “Energy Market in Transition” by Federal Network Agency and Consumer Protection Agency

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) and the Federal Association of Consumer Protection Agencies (vzbv) hosted a joint conference on the “Energy Market in Transition” (Energiemarkt im Wandel). It dealt with the impact of the energy policy shift towards a renewable energy supply for consumers, in particular rising electricity prices, and the reluctance of consumers to switch the supplier in view of cases of untrustworthy providers. Besides, vzbv and BNetzA made interesting comments on the regulation of the distribution networks, which shall be the topic of this blog post.

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Dena: Need to Expand and Modernise Distribution Grids – Returns on Equity Not Always Sufficient

The German distribution networks need to be extended by 135,000 to 193,000 km until 2030. In addition, some 21,000 to 25,000 km of the existing grids need to be modernised. Costs will range between EUR 27.5 and 42.5 billion, the German Energy Agency (dena) said yesterday, presenting a  study on the need for expansion and modernisation of the low-, medium- and high-voltage grids until 2030.

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RWE Distribution Network Operators Report 50% Increase in Renewable Power Plants Connected to Grid in 2010

With 60,000 new renewable power plants connected to the grids of its distribution network operators in 2010, Essen-based utility RWE AG, reported a 50% increase year-on-year.

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Dena to Conduct Study of German Distribution Networks

After two studies concerning the transmission networks, the German Energy Agency dena announced that it is to conduct a study regarding the need for modernisation and expansion of the German distribution networks by 2015, 2020 and 2030.

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