The fact that the expansion of wind power in Germany struggles is shown by the results of the tender of August 2019. Meanwhile, e-mobility is making inroads in Germany. A law for supporting the structural change for the coal region is formulated and only needs to be passed. Besides that prices on the futures market in August 2019 were pointing downwards.
With the current “EU Energy Outlook 2050” Energy Brainpool shows long-term trends in Europe. 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. What do these developments mean for electricity prices, revenue potential and risks for photovoltaics and wind?
In September 2019, the German government wants to present a new package of climate protection measures. The pricing of CO2-emissions in the sectors not covered by the EU-ETS will play a major role here. But what are the basic CO2-pricing options in the transport and heating sectors? What are the differences between the political options discussed and what are the respective advantages and disadvantages?
While renewables were the largest source of new electricity generation on a global level, rising use of gas, oil and coal led to CO2-emissions being two percent higher in 2018 than in 2017. The disquieting truth about the global energy system: growing energy hunger outpaces renewable expansion. The increasing demand of 2.8 percent was primarily met by fossil fuels. This process puts climate goals to risk with the fastest growth of carbon emission in seven years.
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.
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is on the way to enable a global gas market with growing consumption and trade during 2018. The largest regional market for the LNG is Asia, especially Japan, China and South Korea. Increasingly, Europe also seeks to diversify its gas supply and LNG import terminals are being upgraded or constructed. This article covers the most important developments and trends in today´s LNG markets.
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.
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.