Monthly Archive for August, 2015

New PV Capacity in July 2015 Rises to 159.780 MWp – Total PV Capacity Promoted by EEG Amouts to 39 GWp

pIn July 2015 new PV capacity in the amount of 159.780 MWp was installed, bringing solar capacity eligible for support under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) to a total of 39,009 MWp by the end of the month, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) reported.

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Energy Efficiency Including Renovations of Buildings and NAPE Climate Measures Among the Biggest Items to Increase State Aid

Measures to increase energy-efficient renovations of buildings and energy efficiency in general as well as other measures included in the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NAPE) are the biggest items aside from broadband expansion that increased state aid in the federal budget for 2016, the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF) said. Government approved the ministries 25th report on state aid yesterday.

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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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Another Biogas Operator Launches Constitutional Complaint Against Biogas Provision in EEG 2014

Another operator of a biogas plant has launched a constitutional complaint against a provision in the Renewable Energy Sources Act as applicable since 1 August 2014 (EEG 2014). The operator is again supported by the renewables assocation Nachhaltige Energie e.V.

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BNetzA: SAIDI Security of Supply Results for Electricity Improved in 2014 – Hot Weather Requires Grid Management at High Cost

The security of supply in the electricity sector remained on a high level, even improving again in 2014, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) informed. System disruptions per connected end customer measured according to the System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI) fell from 15.32 minutes in 2013 to 12.28 minutes in 2014, the lowest level since BNetzA started SAIDI records in 2006. Yet the management of the grids is getting increasingly costly for consumers, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports.

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New IT Requirements for Electricity and Gas Grid Operators: BNetzA Publishes IT Security Requirement List

The Federal Network Operator (BNetzA) and the Federal Office for Information Security (BSIG) have jointly published a list of requirements for the safe operation of telecommunications and electronic data systems necessary for operating energy supply networks.

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Parliament Advisors Express Doubt About EU Law Compatibility of Lignite Capacity Reserve

In early July the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) presented key points for measures to further promote the ManyElectronics transition (Energiewende) towards a mainly renewable energy supply. They included the proposal to gradually transfer some of the oldest coal-fired plants with a capacity of 2.7 GW to a capacity reserve (for which a cost-based remuneration would be paid) and close down the plants four years thereafter. The department of European Affairs that advises Parliament (Bundestag) has expressed doubt about the compatibility of the plans with EU law, the spokeswoman for climate policy for the Green Party and media sources said citing from the unpublished report.

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Second German PV Auction: 33 Bids with Total Capacity of 160 MW Awarded

In the second German tender concerning financial support pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG 2014) for 150 MW of freestanding PV capacity, 33 bids with a total capacity of 159.735 kW were selected by the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA). The exact financial support is yet unclear as a uniform pricing method applies.

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Three Negative Monthly Balances Reduce EEG Account Surplus to EUR 3.75 Billion

Three negative monthly balances in May, June and July 2015 have reduced the surplus on the Renewable Energy Account (EEG account) managed by the transmission system operators (TSOs) to EUR 3.75 billion by the end of July 2015. On 15 October 2015 the TSOs have to inform whether the EEG surcharge for consumers will be reduced in 2016.

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