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.
Monthly Archive for August, 2013
In the so-called Cuxhaven Appeal, several politicians, industrialists and trade unionists appealed to the federal government and highlighted the importance of offshore wind energy for the energy transition.
The Energy Research Centre Lower Saxony (Energie-Forschungszentrum Niedersachsen – efzn) is organising a conference on unconventional pumped storage for energy on 21/22 November 2013 in Goslar, Germany. I will give a presentation on the German permitting regime for unconventional pumped storage.
Due its higher than average electricity production from renewable energy sources, Eastern Germany benefits in the area of employment, but its citizens have to bear higher than average grid costs. Having a generally lower income than their peers in former West Germany, the citizens of the five German states that formerly constituted East Germany are also harder hit by the rapidly rising electricity costs in the wake of Germany’s energy transition (Energiewende). These are the mains conclusions of a study on the effects of the Energiewende on the five Eastern German states, presented by the federal government’s Commissioner for Eastern German Affairs, parliamentary state secretary Dr. Christoph Bergner. Electricity prices for private households in all of Germany will rise from currently below 29 ct/kWh to almost 40 ct/kWh by 2020, the study also predicts.
Yesterday the 400 MW BARD Offshore 1 wind farm located 100 km north-west off the island of Borkum was officially inaugurated by Federal Environment Minister Dr. Philipp Rösler.
An ordinance amending the electricity and gas grid charges ordinances (StromNEV and GasNEV), the Incentive Regulation Ordinance (ARegV) and the Electricity Grid Access Ordinance (StromNZV) has been published in the Federal Law Gazette of 21st August 2013. The amendments include changes to the network charges for large electricity consumers.
A recent study by Wolf-Peter Schill from the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) analyses the connection between more flexible electricity generation and surpluses on the electricity market. Surpluses can lead to negative prices on the electricity market as long as the electricity cannot be stored. The study looks into how a more flexible fleet of conventional plants could substantially reduce surpluses on the market. Additionally, the study calls for research and developments into storage facilities to absorb overproduction and to cover peak load periods. Continue reading ‘DIW Study: Higher Energy Production Flexibility Reduces Surpluses’
On 21st August 2013 the ordinance amending the 26th Ordinance Implementing the Federal Immission Control Act Concerning Electromagnetic Fields (26th BImSchV) and the Ordinance Concerning Electromagnetic Fields in the Telecommunications Sector (BEMFV) was published in the Federal Law Gazette. It entered into force the following day. The ordinance shall improve protection and precautionary measures regarding health risks caused by electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields. It has considerable importance for the energy sector.