Tag Archive for 'Energiewende'

Bloomberg: German Electricity Wholesale Prices Tumbled to 12-Year Low on Monday

A recent Bloomberg article points out that German electricity wholesale prices keep falling, reaching a 12-year low on Monday. The article also talks about reasons and names winners and losers.

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IW/Handelsblatt: Energy Transition Costs EUR 28 Billion per Year – Shutdown of 57 Power Plants

According to calculations by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) for the business daily Handelsblatt, Germany’s transition towards a renewable energy supply (Energiewende) costs consumers EUR 28 billion annually. Using a standard 3 person household with 3,500 kWh consumption as a basis, this would mean EUR 270 per year . Dividing the EUR 28 billion by the number of inhabitants, this would mean EUR 345 per person and EUR 1,035 per 3 person household.

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New Foreign Office Brochure “Who is Who of the Energiewende in Germany”

The Foreign Office has published an English language brochure “Who is Who of the Energiewende in Germany” that is intended to serve as a guide to better understand the Energiewende (energy transition) in Germany. It informs briefly about the goals of the Energiewende and provides helpful information on contact partners in politics, industry and society.

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Energy Think Tank Agora Energiewende Provides Online Electricity Information

To give interested parties the opportunity to monitor progress of the German Energiewende (policy shift towards a mainly renewable energy supply) the energy think tank Agora Energiewende provides online electricity information visualizing current data, but also providing information on the past.

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Australian Energy Policy and German Energiewende Costs in the German Press

German media, including Der Spiegel and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), have widely reported on the fact that the Australian conservative Liberal-National coalition government is in the process of reversing many aspects of the renewables friendly energy and climate policy of its Labour predecessor. Political discussion in Australia are reported to point to high costs of the German energy policy transition, the papers stress.

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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 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’

BDEW Presents Post Election Demands and Highlights Taxes and Duties on Electricity Bills

On the occasion of this year’s annual meeting, the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) presented its energy policy demands for the federal government to be elected in September 2013. It expected taxes and duties on the electricity bills to reach the record sum of EUR 31.6 billion, exceeding a 50% share of the bill for household customers for the first time, the association pointed out.

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Germany and Nine Other Countries Set Up Energiewende Club

Nine other countries and Germany have founded the “Club der Energiewendestaaten” (Club of the Countries Striving for an Energy Transformation).

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Overhaul of Internet Portal “Efficient Energy Systems”

The German Energy Agency announced an overhaul of the internet portal “effiziente-energiesysteme.de” on efficient energy systems. The site strives to provide information drawn from various sources to inform stakeholders and other interested parties about the German energy policy shift (Energiewende) towards a renewable energy supply, thus facilitating the exchange of information between market players for the benefit of the Energiewende.

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