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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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Norbert Röttgen Designated New Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Dr. Norbert Röttgen (CDU – Christian Democratic Union) will take over as Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety from Sigmar Gabriel (SPD – Social Democratic Party) in the second Coalition Cabinet headed by Chancellor Andrea Merkel (CDU), which is supported by the Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CSU) and the Free Democratic Party (FDP). Continue reading ‘Norbert Röttgen Designated New Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety’

German Government Plans for 40 Offshore Wind Farms

Shortly before the Federal Election scheduled for 27 September 2009 the CDU/SPD coalition government wants to promote wind energy.  According to Wolfgang Tiefensee (SPD), Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs, the Federal Government is planning to have 40 off-shore wind farms constructed in the North and Baltic Sea.  He announced to present a draft ordinance (Verordnung) on wind farm locations on Wednesday.  Locations in the North Sea would be decided about first. Continue reading ‘German Government Plans for 40 Offshore Wind Farms’

Munich Wants to Reach 100% Renewable Energy Supply by 2025

The renewable energy activities of cities and municipalities in Germany gather momentum.  The government of the Bavarian capital of Munich lead by the Social Democrat mayor Christian Ude wants all 750,000 private household to be supplied with renewable energy until 2015 and all enterprises as of 2025 at the latest, the renowned daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reported.  The energy shall be generated in city-owned power plants.  To this end the city is involved in the construction of a wind farm in the North Sea and a solar thermal power plant in Spain. Continue reading ‘Munich Wants to Reach 100% Renewable Energy Supply by 2025’