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.
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.
The currently rising wholesale price for electricity is particularly pronounced in Poland. As before (e.g. August 2015), the old Polish power plant park is not in a position to cover the entire demand for electricity in times of shortages. Where the demand is high, there follows the price.
The decisive topic for the energy industry in August 2018 was the record temperatures, which together with new record high prices for CO2-certificates of over 20 EUR/ton boosted electricity prices. It seems that higher prices for commodities and electricity will become the new “normal”.
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.
In the following article, the guest-author Maximilian van Beuningen outlines a near energy future. The questions behind this scenario are as follows: What can everyday life look like as digitisation and the energy transition continues? Which megatrends and technologies will influence everyday life in 2030? Can people take advantage of the opportunities? And which business models will result from this? The answer is a progressive short story about the fictional protagonist Julia Müller.
E.ON and RWE divide Innogy among themselves. How will the full integration of the RWE subsidiary into the two largest German energy companies change the energy market? According to a court ruling, the Federal Network Agency must increase the returns on equity investments in energy grids. And what about Blockchain two years after the hype about this new technology? Also in this monthly review: the development of electricity prices is largely dependent on rising CO2-prices.