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Blog by Energy Brainpool GmbH & Co. KG

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Germany: Trends PV-PPAS – Looking for the “Fair Value”

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After photovoltaic (PV) PPAs have already established themselves in Southern Europe in recent years, the ball is rolling in Germany as well. While current market conditions indicate that PV PPAs will play an increasingly important role in the course of the energy transition, the question of “fair value” – the price that is fair to all sides – is increasingly being asked. It quickly becomes clear that consistent, long term electricity market scenarios are indispensable when assessing key performance indicators.


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EU Energy Outlook 2050 – how will Europe evolve over the next 30 years?

With the current “EU Energy Outlook 2050” Energy Brainpool shows long-term trends in Europe. Climate change and aging power plants are forcing the European Union and many countries to change their energy policies. In addition, there are market changes. What do these developments mean for electricity prices, revenue potential and risks for photovoltaics and wind?


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EU Energy Outlook 2050 – How will Europe evolve over the next 30 years?

Figure 1: Installed generation capacities in EU 28 (incl. NO and CH) by energy carrier; Source: Energy Brainpool,
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With its current “EU Energy Outlook 2050”, Energy Brainpool shows long-term trends in Europe. The European energy system will change dramatically in the coming decades. Climate change and aging power plants are forcing the European Union and other countries to change their energy policies. What do these developments mean for electricity prices and revenue potential for photovoltaics and wind?


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Update: Trends in electricity price development – EU Energy Outlook 2050

Installed generation capacities in EU-28 (plus NO and CH) by energy sources; Source: Energy Brainpool,
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Energy Brainpool shows long-term trends in Europe with its “EU Energy Outlook 2050”. The European energy system will change dramatically in the upcoming decades. Climate change and an aging powerhouse are forcing the European Union and other countries to readjust their energy policies. What do these developments mean for electricity prices and revenue potential for photovoltaics and wind?


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Potential future loss of renewable energy plants through the six hour rule

Figure 1 Annual lost revenues (market value and market premium) for wind and solar plants in percent of total annual revenues
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If the electricity prices on the spot market are negative for at least six consecutive hours, the payment of remuneration for renewable energies will cease. This matter of fact is determined by §51 of the EEG 2017. Nevertheless already this year in the period of the 28th to the 29th of October, 21 consecutive hours with negative prices have been recorded. As a result the future assures that renewable energy systems will be denied by compensation payments. Energy Brainpool has published a white paper which examines this risk over the period 2016-2036.


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Too little sun: The gloomy September brakes the production of solar power

The “gloomy” September 2017 lead to a decline in solar production of around 33 percent compared to the previous month. Baseload prices are rising, due to the decline in production from variable renewable energy sources (vRES).


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Are post-EEG wind turbines economically viable?

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Starting with the year 2021, the first wind turbines will leave the EEG subsidy regime. From a technical perspective, a further operation of some plants is possible. However, is this feasible under economic conditions?


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Sales values and revenues of wind and PV – Ex-post analysis August 2017

Despite a slight decline in the production of variable renewable energies sources (vRES) of around 3 per cent, the baseload price in Germany fell by around 2.2 EUR/MWh in August 2017 compared to the previous month. The reason for this was…


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