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Imbalance of taxes and levies hinders energy transition

A fundamental study by the think tank Agora Energiewende has examined the tax and levy system in the German energy market. The result: Imbalance of the energy price benefits climate-damaging energy carriers.
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Weekend and 1st of May result in record low electricity prices

The price for base load delivery of power was -24.27 EUR/MWh on Monday, 1st of May, its lowest value for 52 months. The reason for this price is low demand combined with high wind feed-in. On both Sunday and Monday, the price for peak load was below the price for base load.
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German Federal Network Agency: 20 GW is not flexible enough to react to negative prices

According to the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) 20 GW of the German conventional power plant capacity also feeds electricity into the grid during times of negative electricity prices, due to technical restrictions. Lignite-fired and nuclear power plants constitute the bulk of this inflexible base (70 percent), which ended up losing money during negative prices and where not necessary for guaranteeing grid stability.
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The end of coal in the EU – at least partly

Sun ries behind coal power station ( Credit: Phil Noble/Reuters ) Eurelectric, the European association of the electricity sector, has decided by a large majority that its members will not build new coal-fired power plants from 2020 onwards. However climate protection goals can only be achieved by decommissioning coal-fired power plants.
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Profitability of non-subsidized offshore wind farms

Projekt Meerwind SÜD | OST (WIND MW) 1380 MW offshore wind power plants forego state subsidies. According to the experts at Energy Brainpool, the average revenue for non-subsidized offshore wind farms will grow from around 53 EUR/MWh in 2025 to around 76 EUR/MWh in 2035.
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Valuation of electricity market revenues of fluctuating renewable energy sources

Energy Brainpool, the independent market specialist for the energy sector from Berlin, published a white paper with the title “valuation of electricity market revenues of fluctuating renewable energy sources”. Therein the analysts illustrate the specially developed parameter of the sales revenue.
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Offshore tender in Germany: Average remuneration rate of only 0.44 cent/kWh

Projekt Meerwind SÜD | OST (WIND MW) The first tender for offshore wind power in Germany ended with a surprising result. The weighted average mean of the price in the auction was 0.44 cent, the lowest bids with 0 cent/kWh and the highest with 6 cent/kWh.
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What will the electricity market of the future look like?

For the sixth time already Energy Brainpool has hosted the symposium “Electricity Market of the Future”. From 21st to 22nd of March 2017 experts from business, science and politics discussed current topics of the German and European energy sector. The symposium revolved around the question how the electricity market could be further developed. In detail, future regulation mechanisms, energy storage, the future of short-term trading, possible price drivers in global commodity markets, as well as opportunities and risks of big data, blockchain and digitalisation were discussed.
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