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Prices stable, less gas from the Netherlands and coal commission started – review June 2018

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Both the Germany Energy-Agency (dena) and the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) show in publications that an increased expansion of renewables is necessary for an energy transition with sector coupling. News from the gas industry: Less gas from the Netherlands and market area consolidation. Prices at the long end stabilise in June and less wind raises spot levels.


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Technologies of the energy transition 1: smart meter

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The new tutorial series outlines technologies and trends that are to drive the energy revolution, starting with the topic “Smart Meter”. Which electricity meters and measuring systems are available? How must the smart meter rollout (SMR) look like and what is the legal basis for the SMR? What is mandatory and optional equipment of measuring points/measuring locations?


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Electrolysis gases of renewable origin – on the way to competitiveness

The importance of electrolysers for energy transition research is steadily increasing these days. But can electrolysis products compete with fossil fuels in practice? This question is the subject of a brief analysis conducted by Energy Brainpool on behalf of Greenpeace Energy eG.


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April showers bring forth May flowers? – the energy industry in May 2018

May 18 review: Still no clarity on special tenders and the German coal commission. On the other hand, more news on blockchain projects, slump in the onshore wind tenders, while there is only one direction on the price side: Bullish upwards.


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ETS emissions, renewables and amendments to the EEG and KWKG – April 2018 in retrospect

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CO2 emissions from the European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) increased in 2017. In Germany, on the other hand, they declined. With PPAs, companies are increasingly focusing on renewable energies, while China made almost half of all investments in wind and PV last year. German Minister Altmaier is striving for an urgent reform of the EEG and the KWKG. Power derivatives rise to 4.5-year highs with strong commodity support.


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A day in 2030: How digitalisation and the energy transition can influence our everyday life.

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In the following article, the guest-author Maximilian van Beuningen outlines a near energy future. The questions behind this scenario are as follows: What can everyday life look like as digitisation and the energy transition continues? Which megatrends and technologies will influence everyday life in 2030? Can people take advantage of the opportunities? And which business models will result from this? The answer is a progressive short story about the fictional protagonist Julia Müller.


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Jamaica and the coal

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“Jamaica in the coal dilemma”, “Black-Green quarrel over coal”, “coal phase-out is the taboo word in the Jamaica debate”. During the exploratory talks on a possible Jamaica coalition, the coal phase-out demanded by the Greens was a central point of discussion. How did the electricity market react to this? Can the struggle for coal capacities to be (not) decommissioned be read off from the electricity price? And what does that say about the energy-only market?


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Nuclear power in Eastern Europe – how do controllable renewable alternatives look like?

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New nuclear power plants with a total capacity of 15.6 GW are planned in Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary (Visegrád Group “V4”). The purpose has been to ensure security of supply while remaining highly energy-independent from fossil imports. In a study commissioned by Greenpeace Energy eG, Energy Brainpool examines the energy economic perspective and comes to the following conclusion.


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