Anyone who thought the energy year 2021 would be rather quiet after the turbulent Corona year 2020 was proven wrong by September 2021 at the latest. While climate protection was the main topic in the first half of the year, the second half brought record prices in almost all markets.
While the coalition agreement of the new German government sets the course for the German climate policy, the UN climate conference agreed on global measures for climate protection. The expected operation of Nord Stream 2 is paused indefinitely as the Federal Network Agency has halted the certification process. The CO2 price is at an all-time high and there is also a new record on the spot market.
In October 2021, new record prices on energy markets are prevailing. The EU Commission launches a toolbox as short-term response to high energy and commodity prices. Another consequence of the price rally: A switch took place from natural gas to oil and oil products in the energy sector. Besides that, there will be a reduction of the EEG levy for 2022.
High prices on the energy markets have been the hot topic in recent weeks. However, the long-term development of the German energy industry will be shaped much more by the coalition negotiations currently taking place between the Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens and the Liberals (FDP). In this article, we present the initial results and potential points of conflict of the energy and climate policy agenda of the future German government.
With the 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 ageing power plants are forcing the European Union and several countries to change their energy policies. In addition, there are significant market changes: rising CO2 certificate prices lead to higher profitability of renewable energies, keyword: Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). What do these developments indicate for power prices, revenue potential, and risks for photovoltaics and wind?
The offshore wind auction clears subsidy free. The new federal government will set the course for climate policy in Germany. Preparations for the start of national emissions trading are in full swing. New record prices for gas & co. have been set on the short-term and futures markets.
In August, the results of the third round of innovation tenders have been published. The federal government receives record revenues on emissions trading. The starting signal was given for the first tender round for fast charging stations. New record prices on both short-term and futures markets.
Emission reductions alone are not enough to achieve ambitious climate goals. Therefore, negative emissions and carbon removal are increasingly being discussed as possible additional climate protection measures. In this guest article, Simon Göß from cr.hub explains what is behind the terms negative emissions and carbon removal. After analysing five global scenarios in relation to negative emissions, Simon Göß explains the implications for policy and highlights some private sector initiatives.