Blockchain – a technology that promises a democratic energy world without traditional retailers. It is not surprising that the energy industry has been dealing with blockchain technology since the beginning of the hype in 2016. In a changing energy world, the search for new business models is becoming increasingly important.
E.ON and RWE divide Innogy among themselves. How will the full integration of the RWE subsidiary into the two largest German energy companies change the energy market? According to a court ruling, the Federal Network Agency must increase the returns on equity investments in energy grids. And what about Blockchain two years after the hype about this new technology? Also in this monthly review: the development of electricity prices is largely dependent on rising CO2-prices.
The term sector coupling is used four times in the coalition agreement between CDU/CSU and SPD forming the new German government. This article analyses the key points of the new German government in terms of sector coupling and presents key figures and scenarios for the European heating markets.
Compared to the city and all the possibilities it offers its inhabitants, rural areas often remain in the background. Are topics such as E-Mobility and digitalisation therefore only being developed further in and for cities? Will the countryside remain a “Dumb Country”?
In the following guest contribution Kyle Pennell digs into the issue of lithium availability for battery electric vehicles. Lithium ion batteries have several advantages over other battery types. And while they’re still more expensive than their lead-acid counterparts, lithium ion batteries have been steadily declining in price.
Both the negotiations on the German coalition agreement and the prices on commodity exchanges were very volatile in February 2018. PPAs are becoming increasingly attractive and the results of the tenders for renewable energies speak for themselves.
The ideas for a new edition of the Grand Coalition fall behind those of the Jamaica negotiations. Changes to the Renewable Energies Act and larger tender volumes will be unavoidable. Long-term Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) could develop to be the main compensation form next to the EEG. After the earthquake in the Netherlands, the gas sector must adjust to further cuts in L-gas imports. The electricity prices at the long end go down according to political announcements to postpone a coal exit and due to lower coal prices.