Monthly Archive for March, 2015

German Greenhouse Gas Emissions Down 4.3% in 2014 – Energy Related Emissions Down 5.2%

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%.

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E.ON Informs Regulator of Plans to Shut Down Highly Efficient CCGT Irsching Power Plants – Legal Action Considered in Case of Prohibition

E.ON, HSE, Mainova, and N-ERGIE have announced that they informed the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) of its plans to take the high-efficiency combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plants Irsching 4 and 5 offline effective 1 April 2016. The utilities said that the two CCGTs had no prospect of operating profitably when the current contract with the network operator expires in March 2016. They announced to consider legal action if the shutdown would be prohibited based on the Ordinance on Reserve Power Plants.

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EU ETS – Environment Minister Hendricks Calls for Faster Reform

The representatives of the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) adopted a negotiation mandate for reforming the European Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) paving the way for a trilogue between the Latvian Presidency, the EU Parliament and the Commission, German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks informed. She welcomed part of the compromise but demanded a faster pace.

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European Commission Takes Germany to Court for Coal-fired Power Plant in Hamburg on Habitats Directive Arguments

Only about a month after the first 827 MW unit of Vattenfall’s coal-fired power plant in Hamburg-Moorburg started commercial production, the European Commission announced to launch proceedings against Germany before the Court of Justice of the EU over its alleged failure to apply the requirements of the Habitats Directive when authorising the plant.

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Federal Cabinet Adopts Bill Amending Laws Regulating Power Line Expansion

Yesterday the Federal Cabinet adopted a bill amending various laws concerning power line extension. The main aspects are an extension of the annual obligation to evaluate the need for grid expansion to a two-year period and more possibilities to install underground cables.

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Electricity Prices for 4-Member Household Rose by 37% Since 2008 – State Induced Elements Account for 53% – EEG Surcharge Increase of 437%

According to calculations by the price comparison website Check24, a 4-member household with an electricity consumption of 5,000 kWh has to pay EUR 1,417 today, EUR 382 or 37% more than 2008 (EUR 1,035). State induced price elements meanwhile account for 53% (EUR 747.39) compared with 41% in 2008, with the Renewable Energy Sources Surcharge (EEG Surcharge) even rising by 437%. The actual electricity costs rose by only 10% in the period under review.

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BMWi: Opinion on Future of Provisions for Nuclear Power Decommissioning and Long Term Disposal Costs – Combination of Internal Funds and External Funds

An opinion commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economics Affairs and Energy (BMWi) recommends revising the current system of provisions for decommissioning and disposal costs of nuclear power plants. It suggests extending liability after termination of a control and profit and loss transfer agreement, maintaining the decommissioning provisions at the operating company level in a special security  fund, and securing the provisions for long term disposal costs using an external fund model.

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Key Points for Additional 22 Million CO2 Reduction by Conventional Power Plants Unconstitutional and in Violation of EU ETS?

The December 2014 “Action Programme on Climate Protection 2020″ contained the announcement that the German power plant fleet should be made to contribute to saving CO2 by reducing its emissions by an additional 22 million tonnes up to 2020. A key point paper from the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) released yesterday provides first information on how this shall be done. However, despite obvious legal concerns, without addressing why the proposal complies both with the German constitution and the European emissions trading regime.

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Dena Proposal to Tap Potential of Demand Side Management by German Companies to Help Balance the Electricity System

Demand side management by German companies is still rarely used to help balance the German electricity system, e.g. by providing operating reserve or interruptible loads, a working group established by the ManyElectronics Agency (dena) found. A dena paper proposes various measures to improve demand side management, but warns that potential may not be as high as some predict.

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Today’s Solar Eclipse Secondary Control Reserve Power Tender – Average Capacity Prices 546.58/579.70 EUR/MW

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.

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