Hydrogen is and remains a hot topic in February 2021 with new project announcements. Furthermore, there were outright records in the prices for CO2-certificates. Commodity prices also rose in February, while renewable power generation was weak compared to the same month last year.
There are more and more indications that the increased use of hydrogen from renewable or non-CO2-emitting sources is necessary for increased climate protection efforts. The Federal Government’s National Hydrogen Strategy aims to set the framework for hydrogen production and utilisation in Germany.
12. February 2021 / Sila Akat / Comments Off on Review of the turbulent energy year 2020: Corona, PPAs and hydrogen Series
The year 2020 was marked by the Corona pandemic. The energy industry was also strongly affected by the impact of the pandemic and the various lockdowns. As things stand, the winners are renewables, especially in the PPA sector, but also hydrogen as the industry’s new favourite topic.
While the EEG amendment for 2021 has still not been finally adopted, the new energy balancing market started in Germany on 2 November 2020 and the EU Commission has approved the German coal phase-out. Prices on the futures market rose again in November 2020.
While the renewable energy levy for 2021 was politically capped in advance at 6.5 ct/kWh, there were major changes in the scenarios of the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2020. With rising Corona figures, the commodity markets also plummeted again towards the end of October.
The energy market in September 2020 was dominated by political announcements. The major topics were the amendment to the German Renewable Energy Act 2021 and the ideas to tighten the European climate targets. At the long end the electricity prices went up and down, while peak prices appeared on the European short-term market.
While tenders for onshore wind continue to be undersubscribed, there are indications of an amendment of the German renewable energy law in fall this year. At the same time, the first tender for the shutdown of hard coal-fired power plants was launched in August. At the long end, prices in August 2020 rose along with commodities.
The coal phase-out was decided in July 2020, as was the Building Energy Act. The EU Commission has published a hydrogen strategy and the half-year statistics for the electricity sector show strong renewables of over 50 percent. On the price side things continued upwards in July.