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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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Affects of volatile Co2-prices on the electricity price – what does the future hold?

Graphical representation of the fuel switch [Source: own representation according to Montel, EEX]
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European CO2 prices have developed very dynamically in 2018. They rose to over 25 EUR/ton in September and then fell sharply again within a few days. Prices however have also fluctuated considerably in recent years. How does this affect the price of electricity? And what can we expect in the future, especially in view of upcoming fourth phase of the ETS (Emissions Trading System)? Guest author: Michael Claußner (Junior Expert at Energy Brainpool)


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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 (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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Stabilisation in the energy market – October 2018 in review

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The split of the German-Austrian price zone has been carried out. As expected, it has resulted in higher electricity prices for the Alpine country. The terms of the special tenders for renewable energies were announced, while the renewable tenders for October led to higher levys again. The fact that the EEG levy for 2019 is lower than in 2018 is mainly due to the higher prices on the electricity market.


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Political announcements and sustained high prices – September 2018 in review

September 2018 showed its might. High commodity prices with subsequent corrections, as well as a series of political announcements at EU and German level. In addition: The condemned live longer. Blockchain technology is not yet at an end.


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Where does the energy transition stand? Findings from electricity generation and energy efficiency

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Renewable energies are on a record course during the first half of 2018 in Germany, with around 41 percent of net electricity generation coming from renewable sources. This makes it easy to forget that other parameters are also important for the success of the energy transition. In particular, the goals of climate protection and efficiency are pushed to the background, as the monitoring report on the state of the energy transition and an accompanying statement of an expert commission shows.


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Prices stable, less gas from the Netherlands and coal commission started – review June 2018

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Both the Germany Energy-Agency (dena) and the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) show in publications that an increased expansion of renewables is necessary for an energy transition with sector coupling. News from the gas industry: Less gas from the Netherlands and market area consolidation. Prices at the long end stabilise in June and less wind raises spot levels.


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