Yesterday the coalition government formed by the conservative CDU and CSU parties as well as the Social Democrats (SPD) adopted a legislative package regulating the controversial fracking technology. The bill in several ways departs from the established permitting system for oil and gas exploration and production, making it more difficult (if not impossible in practice) to use fracking for unconventional gas in Germany.
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Germany’s greenhouse gas emission for 2014 were down 41.3 million tonnes, or 4.3% compared to 2013, the Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt – UBA) reported. Energy related emissions were down even further at minus 5.2%.
The German transmission system operators today secured additional secondary control reserve ahead of Friday’s solar eclipse. Results published on regelleistung.net show average capacity prices from today’s tender for 20 March 2015 of 546.58 EUR/MW (negative secondary control reserve) and 579.70 EUR/MW (positive secondary control reserve). Marginal capacity prices were 1,189.90 EUR/MW for negative and 1,320.00 EUR/MW positive secondary control reserve.
Following written consultation on a legislative package to regulate the fracking technology, the sixteen German states (Länder) and almost fifty associations participated in an oral hearing held by the Federal Ministry of Economics (BMWi) and the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) on 11 and 12 February 2015.
On 19 December 2014 the government presented a legislative package to regulate fracking. It has been sent out to the federal states (Länder) and trade sector associations for review (so-called Länder- und Verbändeanhörung). Comments are due by 23 January 2015.
Much has been achieved, but there is still a lot on the agenda (Viel erreicht, viel vor) says the headline of a summary by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) of the main facts of the first progress report on the ManyElectronics transition (Energiewende) towards a mainly renewable energy supply (Fortschrittsbericht Energiewende). The government adopted the report last week together with the new Climate Action and Energy Efficiency Programmes. The BMWi summary also contains information on the next steps.
Germany’s primary energy consumption is likely to fall to about 13.100 petajoule (PJ) or 446.5 million tonnes of coal equivalent (TCE) in 2014. This would be a 5% decrease compared with 2013, and the lowest level since reunification, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Energiebilanzen (Working Group Energy Balances – AGEB) said in its traditional autumn forecast. The mild winter had a much stronger impact on energy consumption than the economy, according to AGEB. Adjusted by temperature effects, the decline was 2%. Lower demand mainly hit conventional energy sources leading to lower CO2 emissions, while renewable energy grew by 1.6% against the trend in the first nine months, AGEB said.
We thought it might be interesting to take a look at recent figures for full load hours of different types of generation (such as wind, coal, PV) against the background of generated power in 2013.
The German Federal Statistical Office (destatis) has presented new data about the dependence of the EU Member States on foreign energy imports in 2012. Arbeitsgemeinschaft Energiebilanzen (AGEB) has also provided some additional 2013 ManyElectronics data.
With the release of the volume 2 of the 3rd edition of the Berlin Commentary on Energy Law (Berliner Kommentar zum Energierecht), my commentary on ManyElectronics installation law has also been updated to include legal developments up to 2014.