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Energy market review May 2019: Wind auction flops, discussion about CO2 pricing and the consequences of coal phase-out

While the wind auction in May 2019 was heavily undersubscribed, the discussion about additional CO2 pricing is entering a hot phase. In particular, the need for measures to increase the use of renewable energies and reduce greenhouse gas emissions make this clear. On the price side, May 2019 was less decisive and, after initial gains, did not provide any long-term impetus.

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Energy market review April 2019: CO2-limits in transport, rising bid values and negative prices at Easter

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The bid values increased in the first tenders in Germany for renewable energies in 2019. In contrast, CO2-limits for new cars and trucks are intended to reduce the emissions of the EU. New German power lines and power-to-gas plants should be easier to set up and plan. On the price side, the trend in April 2019 was mainly upwards. The exception: Easter holidays brought many negative prices.

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EU Politics, re-communalisation in Germany and renewable records: March 2019 in retrospect

At the end of March 2019, the European Parliament has given green light to the last regulations and directives of the “Clean Energy Package”. Both in Berlin and in Hamburg, the re-communalisation of energy infrastructures is imminent. While renewable energies can show new records in March, the high time of storage just starts. At the long and the short end of the electricity market, prices went down in March 2019.

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E-mobility in Germany (IV): the international comparison

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When considering e-mobility in Germany, an international comparison should not be omitted. German car manufacturers are not exactly known for their large number of electric models and their commitment to e-mobility. Battery cell production is also located primarily in Asia, with German or European companies playing a subordinate role.

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PPAs and the new Network Development Plan – February 2019 in retrospect

In the coming years, PPAs and non-subsidised renewables will also come to Germany. This became clear in February 2019. In addition, the transmission system operators have published the first draft of the new network development plan for 2030. The expansion of the grid will become more expensive. While the tender values for Photovoltaics (PV) and wind remained high in the first tender in 2019, the long-term prices on the futures market declined in February.

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What will happen with renewables and coal? November 2018 in the review

Figure 1: Average award value for tenders for onshore wind and solar in Germany in 2018
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A new law for the energy sector has been agreed on with some delay. It has important changes in store for the coming period. The Coal Commission also has new findings. At the long end, the prices, driven by global economic uncertainties, mainly went down. But they caught up again in the end of November 2018.

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E-Mobility in Germany (III): Players at the charging station

Who are the players in the electric car charging business? When it comes to pure charging station operation, three players emerge: the charge point operator (CPO), the e-mobility provider (EMP) and the electricity supplier. Let’s take a closer look at the individual roles.

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E-Mobility in Germany (II): Problems with charging stations and tariffs?

Why is it that the proportion of new registrations of electric vehicles is so low compared to that of combustion engines? The fear of a low range is still making the rounds. And user unfriendliness is common in the jungle of charging cards and tariffs. But is the worry of not arriving justified? What solutions are there to simplify the charging process? All this in the second part of our series on e-mobility.

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