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Long-term Energy Policy Experts Will Leave Bundestag Following Elections

Following the elections on 22 September 2013 a number of long serving energy policy experts will no longer be members of parliament (Bundestag). This includes Green party member Hans-Josef Fell, a member of the Bundestag since 1998. Together with the deceased Social Democrat Hermann Scheer he is considered a founding father of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG).

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German Energy Politics Remain Challenging After Federal Election Results 2013

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU) were the biggest winners in Sunday’s federal election taking 41.5% of the vote, while the largest opposition party, the Social Democrats (SPD), garnered 25.7%. Yet the CDU/CSU missed the absolute majority and lost their coalition partner, the Free Democratic Party (FDP) who missed the 5% minimum threshold for the Bundestag. With Social Democrats, Greens and Left having a mathematical majority, we presently have limited visibility as to where the German Energiewende will turn in the next four years.

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2013 German Election Energy Party Profiles – Final Part 7: German Energy Politics in a European Context

The federal elections shall take place only two days from today. We conclude our series by checking whether and to what extent the competing parties agendas have clear positions on German energy politics in a European context. This covers in particular how they support the integration of the German energy market into the European market and the alignment of German energy policy with European developments.

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2013 German Election Energy Party Profiles – Part 6: Energy Efficiency

In the last posts we focused mainly on the producer’s and supplier’s side of the energy market, including renewables, as well as on gird-related aspects, including smart grids. Today we continue our series on the competing parties’ positions on how to give incentives to consumers directed towards increasing energy efficiency.

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2013 German Election Energy Party Profiles – Part 5: Towards a New Market Design?

In our earlier posts we discussed the concerns resulting from the increase in energy costs following from the “Energiewende” for consumers, including industry if not exempt from such costs. In this context we already analysed some approaches to cut costs for consumers, industry and the government by amending the regulatory framework of feed-in tariffs, exemptions for certain customer groups, and providing incentives for capacity and demand side management measures. However, by this even more parts of the energy sector become subject to state intervention. In this 5th part of our series we focus on the parties’ positions on whether they support a new market design or not, and how such new market design could be constructed.

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2013 German Election Energy Party Profiles – Part 4: The Future of Conventional Power Plants

We continue our series on the competing parties’ agendas for the upcoming federal elections, this time focusing on the parties positions on how to close the supply gap renewable energies leave, what will be the future of conventional power plants, and how to incentivize the availability and construction of back-up power plants.  All German parties are committed to the “Energiewende” and therewith to developing an energy supply system which is mainly fed by renewable energies. But it is also clear that any supply system fed by renewable energies needs back-up to guarantee a steady energy supply and avoid outages, and that storage will not be available at reasonable costs in the near future. However, despite these undisputable economic and technical facts, the role of conventional power plants remains rather controversial. Continue reading ‘2013 German Election Energy Party Profiles – Part 4: The Future of Conventional Power Plants’

2013 German Election Energy Party Profiles – Part 3: Grid Extension, Electricity Storage and Smart Grids

Today we continue our series on the competing parties’ agendas for the upcoming federal elections focusing on the parties positions on the extension of grids and energy storage, the implementation of smart grids and of demand-side-management.  These issues generally relate to system operators’ obligations and therefore are subject to the regulatory framework governing transmission and distribution system operators.

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2013 German Election Energy Party Profiles – Part 2: Future of the EEG Surcharge and Electricity Tax

We continue our series on the competing parties’ agendas for the upcoming federal elections by focusing on the discussion who actually should be burdened with the costs of the “Energiewende”. This includes whether and which types of customers should be exempt therefrom with regard to international competition, and whether or not the increasing costs in particular resulting from EEG surcharge, but also of the extension of the grid, should be set off by reducing the electricity tax. As we have pointed out in the first blog of this series, the cost aspect has become an increasingly controversial issue over the last two years.

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2013 German Election Energy Party Profiles – Part 1: Market Integration of Power Generation from Renewable Energies

In the face of the upcoming federal elections on 22 September 2013, we are analyzing the competing parties’ agendas on key questions concerning German energy politics. The topic of this first post is the question how the parties want to integrate renewable energy into the energy market and therewith expose the production of renewable energy to market risks.

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