The Climate Protection Emergency Programme was adopted at the end of June, although less ambitiously than expected in advance. Other topics in June 2021 are the results of the first wind tender since 2017 with more than 1000 MW awarded and the lower share of renewables in the first quarter of 2021. Moreover, prices on the futures market reach new highs.
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 aging power plants are forcing the European Union and many countries to change their energy policies. In addition, there are market changes: rising CO2 certificate prices lead to higher profitability of renewable energies, Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) are the key word here. What do these developments mean for power prices, revenue potential and risks for photovoltaics and wind?
A lot happened in the energy sector in May. The targets for CO2 emission reductions in the Climate Protection Act were tightened. A full exemption from the EEG levy for green hydrogen is in sight. The CO2 lead contract has reached record prices.
Although the economy suffered a slump in the first few months of last year, electricity consumption rose by almost 300 TWh over the year 2020 as a whole. The shares of renewable energies in electricity generation increased. Especially in the last quarter of 2020, more PV and wind capacity was added than is installed in Germany up to now.
The CO2 price is becoming increasingly important for the electricity market. Therefore, we take a closer look at the CO2 market and the discussed changes in the European Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). In this first article, we look at the current developments and the envisaged changes in the course of the new EU climate protection package “Fit for 55”.
The targets of the new climate protection law are ambitious. For example, CO2-emissions from the energy industry must fall to 108 in 2030 instead of 175 million metric tons (Mt) as previously planned. Energy Brainpool’s latest modelling shows that such a reduction can only be achieved with an early coal phase-out. In this article, we take you through the key findings of the calculations.
The EU Commission ratifies the German renewable energy act 2021. Hydrogen also continues to boom, with energy giants planning their hydrogen strategies. The EU’s increased climate target agreed on in April could lead to a tightening of the EU ETS in June. Commodity and CO2-prices continued to rise in April, and strong winds caused negative prices on the spot market during Easter.
There are currently numerous debates about the potential of hydrogen. The question is which role hydrogen will play in the energy transition. In this article, you can find out which political regulations have already been made and which changes are just around the corner.