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Biogas - Flexibilisierung ist eine echte wirtschaftliche Perspektive

04.07.2017

Biogasanlagen für die Anforderungen der Energiewende fit zu machen, ist einer der Hauptgründe für die Flexibilisierung. Im neuen Strommarkt 2.0 spielen Biogasanlagen, die nur Grundlastenergie produzieren, keine Rolle mehr. Lediglich Anlagen, die ihre Produktion bewusst auf die Zeiten verlagern können, in denen infolge von zu wenig Einspeisung aus Wind und Sonne ein Mangel an Strom herrscht, spielen in der Zukunft noch eine Rolle. Darauf zielt auch das Ausschreibungsmodell im EEG 2017 ab. In der Juliausgabe des Fachmagazins „JOULE“ wird natGAS in einem Beitrag über die Flexibilisierung von Biogasanlagen zitiert. COO Detlef Siebert äußert sich darin u. a. zu der Frage, was sich seit 2014 am Strommarkt aus Sicht der Biogasanlagenbetreiber verändert hat.

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Siebert: Kraft-Wärme-Kopplung neu denken

18.05.2017

In der KWK-Branche finden Auktionen wenig Beifall - wie zuvor schon bei der Photovoltaik und der Windenergie. Laut "Energie & Management" lassen der damit verbundene Aufwand, aber auch der sich abzeichnende überschaubare Ausbaupfad niemanden in Euphorie verfallen. Daher sei ein Umdenken in der KWK-Branche angesagt...

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Lesetipp: So wahren Biogasbetreiber ihre Chancen

20.04.2017

In der Aprilausgabe des Magazins „ERNEUERBARE ENERGIEN“ hat Uwe Welteke-Fabricius von den Flexperten im Fachbeitrag „Richtig flexibel“ beschrieben, wie Betreiber von Biogasanlagen ihre Chance zur Vergütungsverlängerung wahren können. Schließlich sei die Umstellung von der Grundlast auf einen Fahrplanbetrieb nach Spotmarktpreisen ein großes Investitionsprojekt, das mehr als die Hälfte der Ursprungsinvestitionen erfordert.

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natGAS auf der Hannover Messe

12.04.2017

natGAS ist auf der Hannover Messe (24. bis 28.04.2017) am Gemeinschaftsstand für Energieeffizienz durch erneuerbare Energien, Kraft-Wärme-Kopplung und virtuelle Kraftwerke präsent. Hier wollen wir unsere Kunden informieren und inspirieren – etwa dazu, die Vermarktung von frei verfügbaren Flexibilitäten von Biogas-, Windenergie- oder Solaranlagen zu optimieren und zusätzliche Erlöse zu erwirtschaften.
 

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natGAS auf der new energy world in Leipzig

09.03.2017

In diesem Jahr ist natGAS auch auf der new energy world mit einem Stand vertreten: Die Konferenz und Fachausstellung für Energiemanagement, -services und vernetzte Systeme feiert am 5. und 6. April 2017 in Leipzig Premiere.
Im Fokus der new energy world stehen Aspekte, die für das Gelingen der Energiewende von großer Bedeutung sind – zum Beispiel Digitalisierung, Vernetzung, Speicherung und innovative Dienstleistungen. Für natGAS die ideale Gelegenheit, sich als Energielösungsanbieter und Kostenoptimierer zu präsentieren.

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natGAS auf der E-world 2017 in Essen

09.01.2017

Neues Jahr, neue Energie: Im Februar trifft sich die Branche traditionell auf der E-world in Essen, um aktuelle Trends und Tendenzen, künftige Challenges und mögliche Strategien zu diskutieren. Auch natGAS ist wieder mit seinem Flagship-Stand vertreten: Sie finden uns in Halle 1, Stand 200, wo wir Sie gerne zur Vermarktung dezentraler Erneuerbaren- und KWK-Anlagen sowie zu unseren klassischen Lieferprodukten beraten.

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"natGAS: Hier wird ein Kraftwerk virtuell", das eMagazin „Perspektiven“ der Postbank

23.12.2016

Das eMagazin „Perspektiven" der Postbank informiert den deutschen Mittelstand über interessante Themen aus Wirtschaft und Finanzen. Insbesondere digitale Trends werden hier für die Leserschaft aufbereitet: Unternehmer und Manager, die sich täglich den Herausforderungen einer immer komplexeren Wirtschaftswelt stellen. In der aktuellen Ausgabe wird natGAS als Fallstudie vorgestellt: Hier wird ein Kraftwerk virtuell!

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natGAS auf der Energy Decentral

24.10.2016

Vom 15. bis 18. November 2016 findet in Hannover die EnergyDecentral statt, Deutschlands wichtigste Plattform für dezentrale Energiesysteme. Auch natGAS wird auf der EnergyDecentral ausstellen: Sie finden uns in Halle 25, Standnummer K30, wo wir Sie gerne zur Vermarktung von Flexibilitäten bzw. zusätzlich installierter elektrischer Leistung bei Biogasanlagen beraten.

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EEG 2017 – Gute Chancen für Biogas-Bestandsanlagen

18.10.2016

Mit der neuen Reihe „natGAS Positionen“ wollen wir den Freunden, Kunden und Stakeholdern unseres Unternehmens eine Diskussionsgrundlage zu dringenden Fragen der Energiewende an die Hand geben. So geht es in der ersten Ausgabe um die Frage, welchen Chancen das Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz 2017 birgt und wie Betreiber von Biogasanlagen davon profitieren können. Unser Positionspapier beleuchtet unterschiedliche Aspekte und dürfte das Kompakteste an Information sein, das es derzeit auf dem Markt gibt. Das Zauberwort ist „Anschlussförderung“: Mit der Aussicht auf weitere zehn Jahre ebnet eine Umgestaltung den Weg in eine Zukunft jenseits des EEG. Investitionen in Modernisierung, bessere Wärmenutzung oder in die Flexibilisierung der Stromerzeugung werden damit wieder interessant.

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natGAS auf der WindEnergy Hamburg

29.08.2016

Vom 27. bis 30. September 2016 findet die WindEnergy in Hamburg statt. Auch natGAS wird im Rahmen des Firmengemeinschaftsstands der Hauptstadtregion Berlin-Brandenburg ausstellen. Im Fokus stehen dabei natGAS Dienstleistungen rund um die Optimierungs- und Flexibilitätspotenziale von Unternehmen aus Industrie, Gewerbe und Handel sowie von Stadtwerken.

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Optimierungsdienstleister auf Digitalisierungskurs

24.08.2016

natGAS Aktiengesellschaft entwickelt sich vom reinen Commodity-Lieferanten zum Spezialisten in der Flexibilitätsvermarktung. Zu diesem Zweck setzt das Unternehmen einen starken Schwerpunkt auf IT und Technik: „Energie & Management“ hat sich in seiner August-Ausgabe mit Vorstand Jörg Bauth über die Digitalisierungsstrategie des Unternehmens unterhalten.

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The flexibility of independence

08.04.2016

What do the Austrian alpine ski racer Anna Fenninger, the city of Zurich and natGAS have in common? They are all introduced in the latest April issue of the business and lifestyle magazine "Discover Germany". In its preliminary reports on the Hannover Messe 2016, the magazine reports on the history and services of natGAS.

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natGAS at the Hannover Messe

17.03.2016

The Hannover Messe will take place from 25 to 29 April 2016. At the exhibition, natGAS will participate in the joint stand "Decentralised Energy Supply". The focus will be on natGAS services in connection with the optimisation and flexibility potential of enterprises from the fields of industry, commerce, trade and municipal utilities.

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Important Factors: Natural Gas and Co-Generation

01.03.2016

The reduction of carbon emissions by about a third to 524 million t/year by 2035: According to a market forecast of Nymoen Strategieberatung, this would be possible by increasing the focus on efficient natural gas technologies.

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natGAS at the E-world 2016 in Essen

09.02.2016

From 16 to 18 February 2016, natGAS will exhibit its solutions at the E-world energy & water, providing visitors with information on its new products and services.

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2015: Only 200 new biogas plants

20.11.2015

The construction of new biogas plants is slowing down. Only 200 new biogas plants with a total electrical output of 36 MW were built in 2015. Instead, the industry is focusing on plant upgrade and optimisation.

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Declining gas prices for industrial customers

20.11.2015

Natural gas prices for industrial customers have dropped 6.4 percent, on average. This is due to the weaker pricing on the wholesale market.

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2015: Record feed-in of renewable energy

05.11.2015

According to an initial estimate of the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) and the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), about 33 percent of the gross power consumption is expected to come from renewable energies in 2015, about a fifth more than in the prior year.

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Natural gas as carbon avoidance option

02.11.2015

According to a study conducted by the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (ewi), natural gas could play a key role in cutting carbon emissions. The authors of the studies examined the potential in the power and heat market and in the transport sector.

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High gas imports, empty natural gas storage facilities

27.10.2015

Gas imports total 98.4 billion kWh: In August 2015, Germany again imported gas in excess of 90 billion kWh. At the same time, the fill levels of the natural gas storage facilities are very low.

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What is the future of gas?

27.10.2015

What role will gas play in the energy industry in the future? This question was discussed in early June 2015 at the World Gas Conference in Paris. ERIG, a newly established European network for gas and energy innovation, wants to find an answer to this question.

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Marketing of flexible power generation

21.10.2015

"Flexible power generation and its marketing on various marketplaces" is the title of the panel discussion that will be held on 26 November 2015 at the 10th Biogas Expert Conference in Hitzacker, Germany. natGAS will also participate in the discussion.

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Need for Action in the Field of Biogas

16.10.2015

The German Renewable Energies Act (EEG) 2014 has curbed the development of the biogas industry significantly. At a conference held in Fulda, Germany, on 2 October 2015, the ministers of agriculture thus welcomed the idea of improving the framework conditions for this industry in the next amendment to the EEG.

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natGAS at the Agritechnica trade fair

12.10.2015

From 10 to 14 November 2014, the Agritechnica trade fair ‒ the largest event of the agricultural industry ‒ will take place in Hanover, Germany. At the joint stand of the Biogas Association, natGAS will also exhibit its new, innovative solutions in the field of direct marketing of power from biogas and wind power.

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DIHK Energy Transition Barometer 2015

01.10.2015

Enterprises have adopted a less negative view of the energy transition than in 2014, but still believe it involves more risks than opportunities. To reduce their energy costs, enterprises mainly rely on energy efficiency measures and optimisation of their procurement strategy.

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Direct marketing records growth

04.09.2015

The market premium model is headed towards a total capacity of 50,000 MW: In August, the operators of renewable energy plants reported a total generation capacity of 49,787 MW for the market premium model. This figure is 2 percent higher than in the previous month of July. 

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Gaspool and NCG determine balancing neutrality charges

04.09.2015

The market area coordinators NetConnect Germany (NCG) and Gaspool recently determined the balancing neutrality charges according to the Network Code on Gas Balancing (GABi Gas 2.0). These charges will be introduced as of October 1, 2015.

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Visit natGAS at the Bioenergy Day in Schwindegg

25.08.2015

By means of direct marketing, biogas plant operators can generate additional income. In September, natGAS will introduce its integrated direct marketing concept for biogas plant operators at the Bioenergy Day in Schwindegg, Germany. 

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natGAS to participate in HUSUM Wind

25.08.2015

Direct marketing and portfolio management for wind power plant operators: natGAS will present its marketing concept at the HUSUM Wind from 15 to 18 September 2015. 

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ICE Endex: New trading platform for control energy

13.08.2015

The Federal Network Agency has approved the ICE Endex energy exchange as relevant control energy trading platform.

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Fachbeitrag zum Regelenergiemarkt

04.08.2015

Für wen lohnt sich die Teilnahme an der Regelenergievermarktung? Wie funktioniert die Teilnahme? Dies sind nur zwei Fragen, denen wir in unserem Beitrag zum Regelenergiemarkt in der aktuellen Ausgabe der Zeitschrift energiespektrum nachgehen. 

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Biogas study: Direct marketing pays

03.08.2015

A newly published study of the Leuphana University of Lüneburg confirms that direct marketing improves the income of biogas plants. The key aspect is the smart combination of various forms of marketing. 

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France says "Yes" to energy transition

29.07.2015

In France, the National Assembly has conclusively adopted the energy transition. The next step is the implementation of the ambitious goals for the reduction of carbon emissions and for the production of power from renewable energies. 

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Significant energy saving potential in the industry

23.07.2015

According to a study conducted by Siemens Financial Services, manufacturing enterprises around the globe have substantial energy saving potential. Despite Germany's leading role in the field of energy efficiency, the potential of enterprises in Germany is 14.5 percent. 

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Increase in 15-minute trading

10.07.2015

A remarkable year-on-year increase of 48 percentage points: As reported by the power exchange EPEX SPOT, 15-minute contract trading in June 2015 underwent a significant increase compared to June 2014. Since the end of last year, natGAS has been one of the first registered participants in the trading segment.

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Weniger Investitionen in Energieeffizienz

03.07.2015

Industrie-Unternehmen in Deutschland planen in den nächsten 12 Monaten anteilsmäßig weniger in Energieeffizienz zu investieren. Das ist zumindest das Fazit des 4. Energieeffizienz-Index des Stuttgarter Universitätsinstituts für Energieeffizienz in der Produktion (EEP). Unternehmen haben aber auch andere Möglichkeiten, den Energieeinsatz und die Energiekosten zu optimieren. 

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Renewable energies: Europe on track

25.06.2015

A renewable energies share of 20 percent in the energy consumption by 2020: This is the target that the EU has set. Now, the EU Commission has published its latest progress report. The conclusion: Europe is progressing according to plan.

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Energy transition the French way

23.06.2015

Less nuclear power, more renewable energies, 100,000 new jobs and reduction of the final energy consumption by 50 percent: These are the ambitious goals of the French energy transition, which is to be adopted before the summer break.

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Study on the development of EEG costs until 2035

23.06.2015

Will it drop or will it rise? According to Agora Energiewende and the Eco Institute, the EEG levy will rise in coming years. The levy will only start to drop in 2023, when the expensive plants are no longer eligible for compensation.

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EU approves exemption from EEG levy

17.06.2015

In the future, blacksmiths and hardening shops can look forward to a partial exemption from the EEG levy. The European Commission recently approved the amendment to the German Renewable Energies Act (EEG) planned by Germany's Federal Government.

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Increased energy consumption

05.06.2015

Germany started into 2015 with a higher level of energy consumption. Especially natural gas and wind increased. According to the Working Group on Energy Balances (AGEB), the reason for the higher consumption in the first quarter 2015 compared to the same period in 2014 was the much cooler weather.

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natGAS ist Mitglied im DFBEE

04.06.2015

Das Deutsch-französische Büro für erneuerbare Energien (DFBEE) sieht sich als Wissensvermittler für erneuerbare Energien zwischen Deutschland und Frankreich. Seit April ist auch natGAS Mitglied im DFBEE.

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Negative mood in the bioenergy industry

26.05.2015

The mood in the renewable raw materials industry has seldom been so bad. This is the conclusion drawn by the latest economic performance survey published by the Central Agricultural Raw Material Marketing and Energy Network (C.A.R.M.E.N.) for the first quarter of 2015.

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Pilot Study Power Market 2015: Flexibility instead of capacity mechanisms

13.05.2015

It is necessary to ensure the security of supply through further development of the Power Market 2.0 instead of capacity mechanisms – this is one of the conclusions drawn by the "Pilot Study Power Market 2015", which was introduced by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) on 4 May 2015.

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Enormous differences in power and gas network charges

04.05.2015

400 percent price difference among power network charges and up to 500 percent among gas network charges: This is the conclusion delivered by a recently presented comparison of network charges that was conducted by the German Federal Association of Energy Consumers (VEA).

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Das Beste aus Biogasanlagen rausholen

28.04.2015

„Neue Ertragspotenziale für Biogasanlagen durch Flexibilisierung im Fahrplanbetrieb“, so der Titel des Informationstages in Kassel am 29. April 2015, bei dem auch natGAS Anlagenbetreiber darüber informieren wird, welche Potenziale in bestehenden Biogasanlagen stecken. Veranstalter und Organisator des Infotages ist KWK kommt UG.

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natGAS donates €5,000 to Oberlin School

10.04.2015

From 23 to 27 March 2015, the Oberlin School in Potsdam, Germany, celebrated two anniversaries: the 115th anniversary of schooling in the Oberlin House, and the 25th anniversary of the naming of the Oberlin School. Apart from the stage presentation prepared by the students, the programme features the expansion of the donator tile panel. With a donation of €5,000, natGAS was also among the donators.

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Incentive regulation for modern distribution networks

20.03.2015

The generation of power from renewable energies represents a major challenge for the energy infrastructure – reason enough for the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) to amend the incentive regulation for modern distribution networks.

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Green power market model

19.03.2015

Green power for power customers directly from the producer or provider: under the German Renewable Energies Act 2014 (EEG 2014), this model is hardly feasible from the economic perspective. An initiative of companies and associations from the energy industry now wants to change this. natGAS is one of them.

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Power direct marketing continues to grow

05.03.2015

More and more plant operators are registering regenerative energy for direct marketing. In March 2015, further growth of almost 2 percent was recorded.

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Solar energy – the most inexpensive power source

26.02.2015

More economical than coal or gas power: By 2025, solar energy is to deliver the most inexpensive power, as shown by a recent study of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) that was conducted on behalf of Agora Energiewende. In Central and Southern Europe, the generation costs are to amount to €0.04 to €0.06/kWh in 2025 and as little as €0.02 to €0.04/kWh in 2050.

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Demand side management in Germany

19.02.2015

How can the flexibility of the power market be supported on the consumer side? For example, this can be done with the help of demand-side management (DSM). The German Energy agency (dena) has now published a result paper in which it recommends measures for the market development of demand-side management.

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Energy reform: Smart meters

18.02.2015

How can the power supply and demand be controlled if the power system is increasingly affected by volatile, decentralised generation situations? By means of a networked, smart metering system. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) has now published a paper that formulates seven key issues for the "Ordinance Package Smart Networks".

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natGAS on E-world in Essen

06.02.2015

In a few days, the leading names of the energy industry will converge on Essen, Germany: On Tuesday, 10 February 2015, the leading European fair "E-world energy & water" will be held for the 15th time. More than 600 exhibitors from about 25 countries are expected to discuss and present developments from the energy industry. natGAS will also be on site in hall 1 with a new stand (stand 1-200) and new topics, such as control energy marketing, direct marketing and new services in the field of energy cost optimisation.

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Construction of new biogas plants to come to a standstill

06.02.2015

For 2015, the German Biogas Association (FvB) predicts only 8 MWe of additional electrical output. By comparison: The figure in 2011 had amounted to 600 MWe. Thus, the construction of new biogas plants will almost come to a standstill in 2015. The framework conditions under the last amendment to the German Renewable Energies Act (EEG) are considered to be responsible for this development.

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E-world energy & water in Essen, Germany

30.01.2015

From 10 to 12 February 2015, the world of energy will again welcome visitors in Essen, Germany. For us too, this means: time for the E-world! The leading European fair of the energy and water industry again expects thousands of professional visitors who are eager to get information on the latest products, services and developments in the energy industry. This is also possible in hall 1, stand 200, where natGAS will present itself with its power and gas-related services and solutions.

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Power storage: Needs and development

23.01.2015

The development of storage technologies is a central issue of the energy reform. Moreover, it is closely linked to the subject of building additional renewable and conventional generation capacities, the network development at the national and European level and the opening up of additional flexibility options. The Renewable Energies Agency (AEE) recently submitted a meta-analysis of the topic of storage technologies. In this meta-analysis, 15 studies on storage technologies were examined and compared.

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Direktvermarktung: Vorträge auf BIOGAS Jahrestagung

21.01.2015

Im Rahmen der BIOGAS Jahrestagung und Fachmesse, die vom 27. bis zum 29. Januar 2015 in Bremen stattfindet, wird natGAS auch zwei Vorträge zum Thema Direktvermarktung halten. Dabei sollen neue Konzepte in der Direktvermarktung von Strom aus Biogas vorgestellt werden. Die Vorträge finden am 28. Januar von 10:45 Uhr bis 11:20 Uhr und am 29. Januar von 10 Uhr bis 10:35 Uhr im Aussteller-Fachforum in Halle 5 statt.

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Security of supply thanks to Energy Union

16.01.2015

Is a European "Energy Union" necessary in order to ensure the success of the energy reform and thus the security of supply? In a position paper to the EU Commission, the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) has picked up this approach, which had previously been promoted mainly by Donald Tusk, a Polish politician. The paper mentions six priorities to achieve the "Energy Union" and the energy reform.

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natGAS at the BIOGAS international convention and trade fair in Bremen

09.01.2015

We are only a few days into 2015 and we have already started preparing for important trade fairs, such as the BIOGAS international convention and trade fair from 27 to 29 January 2015, at which we will provide information on new concepts for the direct marketing of power from biogas.

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Renewables in the lead in 2014

08.01.2015

2014 was an excellent year for renewable energies: According to the preliminary calculations of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), regenerative energies accounted for the greatest share of the power mix in Germany, totalling 25.8 percent/157.4 billion kWh.

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Erdgas- und Stromverbrauch gesunken

29.12.2014

2014 wurden 823 Milliarden Kilowattstunden (kWh) Erdgas und 534 Milliarden kWh Strom verbraucht. Das sind die vom Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft (BDEW) ermittelten Zahlen. Demnach sank der Verbrauch im Vergleich zum Jahr 2013 bei Erdgas um ca. 14 Prozent und im Bereich Strom um 4 Prozent. Als Grund wird vor allem die warme Witterung im zweiten Halbjahr genannt.

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Average gas proceeds increased in 2013

19.12.2014

Year on year, the average gas proceeds (price ceiling) increased 2.2 percent from €0.0414/kWh in 2012 to €0.0425/kWh in 2013. This information was provided by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) on Monday, 15 December 2014.

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Negative electricity prices

19.12.2014

Strategic shutdown of plants, loss of carbonless energy and increased hardships with regard to the financing of renewable energy plants: These are just some of the consequences that a short study prepared by the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) and Energy Brainpool fears. The authors of the study consider the so-called "six-hour rule" of Section 24 of the German Renewable Energies Act (EEG) 2014 to be one of the main reasons for the said consequences.

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National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NAPE)

12.12.2014

The second pillar of the energy reform, not a mere buzzword ‒ this how the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NAPE) describes energy efficiency. Among other things, the action plan, which was adopted by Germany's federal government on 3 December, contains three central measures that constitute the core of the efficiency strategy.

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EPEX launches 15-minute intraday trading

12.12.2014

At 3 p.m. sharp on 9 December 2014, the European Power Exchange (EPEX SPOT SE) launched the 15-minute intraday trading with delivery to the four German control zones. The traded volume amounted to 4.4 GWh (17,690 MW), compared to 894 GWh that were auctioned off in the hourly auction. Against the backdrop of an increasingly flexible power market, the 15-minute contracts represent an important trading instrument. natGAS is one of the first registered participants for the new trading segment.

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Monitoring Report 2014: Gas

05.12.2014

High security of supply, positive developments in the liquidity of the wholesale gas markets and almost entirely filled natural gas storage facilities: These are just some of the results of the Monitoring Report 2014 for gas. The report was submitted in Berlin by the Federal Network Agency and the Federal Cartel Authority on 2 December 2014.

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Monitoring Report 2014: Power

05.12.2014

Capacity growth in renewable energy sources and great need for action in the field of network development: These are two major results that the Federal Network Agency and the Federal Cartel Authority presented in the latest Monitoring Report 2014. The report was submitted in Berlin on 2 December 2014.

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South Stream pipeline to be cancelled

04.12.2014

Up to the Black Sea and no further: As Bulgaria has so far refused to grant permission for the continuation of the South Stream pipeline, the billion-Euro natural gas project is to be cancelled. During a visit to Turkey, the Russian President Vladimir Putin severely criticised the behaviour of Bulgaria and the EU.

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Natural gas consumption affects capacity needs

27.11.2014

A recent study conducted by Forschungsgesellschaft für Energiewirtschaft mbH (FfE) on behalf of the Association of Transmission Network Operators (FNB Gas) confirms the connection between the natural gas consumption and the transport capacity needs of transmission and distribution network operators. Key conclusion: Lower natural gas consumption reduces the capacity needs.

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France: Positive gas storage situation

21.11.2014

The storage facilities are full, and the dependence on Russian gas can be compensated with alternatives. This is the conclusion drawn by the latest report for the upcoming winter 2014/15 from the French transmission system operator GRTGaz.

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Energy reform: Municipalities still see great need for action

21.11.2014

What is missing is a clear course and thus also the planning security that enterprises need in order to make investments. This is just one of the conclusions of a survey that investigates the challenges that municipalities are faced with in connection with the energy reform. 58 municipalities answered the questions of the survey conducted by the Competence Centre Public Economy, Infrastructure and Services for the Public of the University in Leipzig in cooperation with Commerzbank AG and Stadtwerke Leipzig GmbH.

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How reliable is the gas supply in winter?

14.11.2014

The gas network is robust enough to maintain the supply/demand balance even in peak situations during a long, cold winter. This conclusion is drawn by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG) in its "Winter Supply Outlook 2014/15", which was published on 3 November 2014. However, the report also pinpoints a number of vulnerable spots in the European gas supply.

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natGAS France listed on Energy-Info

14.11.2014

With immediate effect, natGAS France is listed on the French energy service website "Energie-Info" as a gas supplier for commercial customers. Energie-Info is an information website for consumers which is also recommended by bodies such as the French regulator CRE (Commission de régulation de l'énergie) on its website.

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The future of the power market

07.11.2014

On 31 October 2014, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) published the greenbook "A Power Market for the Energy Reform". The greenbook presents measures and solution approaches for structuring the power market reliably and efficiently in the future. The growing proportion of the power from solar and wind energy represents major challenges: How can energy sources whose output is difficult to predict be balanced with flexible capacities for reliable, efficient power supply? 

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natGAS at the Energy Decentral/EuroTier 2014

07.11.2014

The Energy Decentral/EuroTier trade fair will be held in Hanover, Germany, from 11 to 14 November 2014. natGAS will exhibit together with its partner AEV Energy GmbH in hall 21, stand H07 and inform interested plant operators about their potential in the field of control energy marketing, direct marketing, price-optimised power generation, power supply and the flexibility premium. 

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Power and gas consumption

03.11.2014

It is a well-known fact that the energy consumption is affected by the weather. Nevertheless, the latest information of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) is interesting: Year on year, the gas consumption in the first quarters of 2014 is reported to have dropped 18 percent and the power consumption 4 percent.

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Incentive regulation

30.10.2014

How can the network charges be structured effectively? Which incentives can be created? These are the questions that the participants of the workshops organised by the Federal Network Agency examined. The fourth and last one was held in Bonn on 23 October 2014. The results of the evaluation of the Incentive Regulation Ordinance (ARegV) were presented at this workshop.

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Could an e-mobility law help?

23.10.2014

Can the goal of one million e-mobiles on Germany's roads by 2020 still be reached? According to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), merely 12,200 e-vehicles were on the road on 1 January 2014. Politicians now intend to speed up the development with an e-mobility law.

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More heat pumps

23.10.2014

Reduced carbon emission through efficient technologies: The real estate sector also increasingly makes use of new technologies. One such example is the heat pump. In 2013, its share in new builds amounted to 32.2 percent, says the Federal Statistical Office. Though this is 2 percentage points more than in the prior year, the industry agrees that there is still a huge need for action.

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EEG levy is to drop slightly in 2015

16.10.2014

Thanks to the high balance that currently exists on the EEG levy account, the EEG levy of €0.0624/kWh drops for the first time in 2015, to €0.0617/kWh. According to experts, this is due to various reasons, which however do not include the new German Renewable Energies Act (EEG).

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Natural gas mobility in Europe

16.10.2014

To reduce emissions and the dependence on crude oil: These are the key objectives of the EU directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure, which came into force in October 2014. Now it's the turn of the member states: They have time until 2016 to define and adopt goals.

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Höhe der Umlage für Marktraumumstellung veröffentlicht

10.10.2014

Die Marktgebietsverantwortlichen NetConnect Germany (NCG) und Gaspool haben kürzlich die Kosten für die Netzbetreiber veröffentlicht, die sich durch die Marktraumumstellung von L-Gas (Low Caloric Gas) auf H-Gas (High Caloric Gas) ab dem 1. Januar 2015 ergeben. Im Marktgebiet Gaspool werden sich die Kosten auf 0,00007726 €/kWh/h/d belaufen, was einem Jahreswert von 0,0282 €/kWh/h/a entspricht. Im NCG-Marktgebiet fallen für Netzbetreiber 0,00001101 €/kWh/h/d an. Damit beläuft sich der Jahreswert hier auf rund 0,00402 €/kWh/h/a.

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Renewable record

09.10.2014

In the field of power generation, renewable energies have surpassed lignite for the first time. This is indicated by the data of the Agora Energiewende initiative on the power generation in Germany in the first nine months. The proportion of renewable energy in the power consumed in Germany amounts to 27.7 percent, 1.4 percentage points above the share of lignite.

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Renewable Energies

09.10.2014

A central goal of the energy reform is to replace power plants that run on fossil fuel with renewable energies.

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Natural gas mobility

02.10.2014

How can carbon emissions be further reduced in the field of road transportation? Politicians, the industry, environmental associations and the population alike are striving for an answer to this question. One of the options that are being focused on is liquefied natural gas (LNG). In a study, the German Energy Agency (dena) demonstrates that under certain market-related and technical preconditions, an annual amount of 240,000 t of CO2 could be avoided in the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Municipal generation

02.10.2014

The increasing feed-in of power from solar and wind energy is making it difficult for conventional power plants to operate economically. Nevertheless, the German Association of Local Utilities (VKU) reports that in 2013, German municipal utility providers were able to boost generation capacities by almost 11 percent. This was due to the greater involvement in the fields of renewable energies and combined heat and power generation.

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Network survey

25.09.2014

The new figures of the network development survey are impressive: According to forecasts by experts of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), additional expenses amounting to €49 billion for at least 130,000 km of new lines are expected up to 2032. However, the experts have also identified potential for saving as much as 60 percent.

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Offshore wind plants

24.09.2014

The consultants of GlobalData are confident that offshore power generation could experience growth of more than 560 percent by 2020, reaching a total capacity of 40 GW. Especially Germany, the United Kingdom and China could become the leading technology drivers. Yet, there are also obstacles that could hinder this development.

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Municipal utility providers reduce investments

18.09.2014

Year on year, investments have dropped 12.6 percent or €1.25 billion. This information is based on a survey conducted by the German Association of Local Utilities (VKU) among its 1,432 members.

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Gas industry to meet in Karlsruhe

18.09.2014

"Energy efficiency", "power to gas", "security of supply" and "transition from L-gas to H-gas" are just some of the topics that experts will discuss at the gat Karlsruhe, the annual conference for the gas industry, which will be held from 30 September to 1 October.

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Security of supply

12.09.2014

The security of the power supply boasts a constantly high level. According to the Federal Network Agency in Bonn, Germany, last year's average interruption of supply in Germany amounted to 15.32 minutes per connected end consumer. During this period, a total 868 network operators reported short outages in 878 networks.

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Pumped-storage hydroelectric power plants

05.09.2014

Pumped-storage facilities play a key role in the expansion of renewable energies. They are replenished mainly where there is a lot of power in the grid, and they generate and feed in power when the voltage is low.

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Eco power record

05.09.2014

A combination of the right framework conditions makes for new records. This also applies to the proportion of renewable energies in the power production. Thus, a new record value was reached on 17 August, when favourable weather conditions coincided with a lower consumer demand. On that day, the sun, wind, water and biomass accounted for 75 percent of the power consumed.

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List of power plants

27.08.2014

The growing number of decommissioning applications shows that due to the development of renewable energies, conventional power plants can no longer be operated economically in many cases.

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Biogas

27.08.2014

Biogas has unique ecological advantages. Created from renewable raw materials, this energy source is virtually carbon-neutral, as the amount of carbon dioxide tied up by plants during their growth is the same as the amount that is released later on when the gas is burned.

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Sewage gas

21.08.2014

Among regenerative energies, wind and sunshine are in the public limelight. However, there are also other "sources" that are doubtlessly attractive as "niche products", such as sewage gas.

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Supply quality

21.08.2014

The German gas grid boasts a high level of security of supply. According to the Federal Network Agency, last year's average interruption amounted to a mere 0.64 minutes per end consumer. This clearly demonstrates the mature technical standard and the professional maintenance of the lines.

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Plant register

14.08.2014

To determine the subsidy rates provided for by the German Renewable Energies Act (EEG), it is important to know the exact stock of renewable energy plants.

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Energy consumption

14.08.2014

In the first six months of 2014, the energy consumption in Germany was about 8 percent lower than in the corresponding prior-year period. This development was mainly caused by the much milder weather. 

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Carbon emissions

05.08.2014

The reduction of carbon emissions is the central objective of the energy reform.

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Wind energy

05.08.2014

Wind energy is on the march.

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European agreement

31.07.2014

Just before its adoption, the new German Renewable Energies Act (EEG) was briefly faced with a problem. The EU expressed some concerns in connection with competition law.

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Efficiency Directive

29.07.2014

In terms of energy efficiency, at lot is currently going on in Germany and Europe. The most recent example: Last week, the European Commission of last week communicated its ideas of the energy and climate goals for the period up to 2030.

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Ecodesign directive

24.07.2014

By means of their behaviour, energy consumers can contribute to the reduced use of energy especially if they are able to identify the equipment and technologies with which sustainable success can be achieved.

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Ecopower

24.07.2014

In addition to several record levels that have already been reached this year, power from renewable energies also experienced significant growth in the first half of 2014.

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Ecopower

22.07.2014

In addition to several record levels that have already been reached this year, power from renewable energies also experienced significant growth in the first half of 2014.

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Power price

16.07.2014

The proportion of the statutory taxes and levies in the power price has reached a record level. This is the conclusion drawn by a recent survey of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW). 

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Energy efficiency action plan

14.07.2014

In the struggle for lower carbon emissions, the public interest mainly focuses on the power production side. Yet, the subject of energy efficiency is at least just as important. 

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EEG levy account

07.07.2014

The EEG levy account comprises the income from the EEG levy and the proceeds obtained at the power exchange from the eco-power that is fed in. These amounts are offset against subsidies granted to plant operators, which represent "expenses".

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EEG 2014

07.07.2014

The new German Renewable Energies Act (EEG) is out. Following the last-minute clarification of some disputed issues, the revised act was duly adopted by the German Bundestag on 27 June 2014. In the next step, the act is to enter into force as of 1 August 2014.

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Capacity market

03.07.2014

Due to the low prices on the electricity market and declining power plant utilisation times, more and more existing plants are experiencing economic difficulties, current projects for new plants are suspended, and there are no incentives for new projects. This could result in an impairment of the security of supply.

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Save electricity

03.07.2014

Street lights account for about 30 to 50 percent of the annual power consumption in German communities.

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Energy costs

26.06.2014

Gesetzlich vorgeschriebene Abgaben wie die EEG-Umlage haben die Energiekosten für private Haushalte im Laufe der Jahre deutlich verteuert.

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Negative electricity prices

26.06.2014

A joint initiative of the Mercator Foundation and the European Climate Foundation, negative power prices were quoted at the Franco-German power exchange EPEX SPOT during 97 hours from December 2012 to December 2013.

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Municipal utility providers

18.06.2014

The municipal utility providers consider unclear legal framework conditions in the field of generation and network development to be the greatest obstacle for the success of the energy reform and the establishment of new business Areas.

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Mild winter of 2013/2014

13.06.2014

The mild winter of 2013/2014 left a clear mark on the energy consumption of the first quarter of 2014.

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Federal Cartel Authority

04.06.2014

The energy-only market is deprived of capacities and the competition is thus impaired

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Unconstitutionality of the amendment to the German Renewable Energies Act (EEG)

03.06.2014

Hardly had the draft of the new EEG become available when a plethora of reactions emerged.

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Unconstitutionality of the amendment to the German Renewable Energies Act (EEG)

03.06.2014

Hardly had the draft of the new EEG become available when a plethora of reactions emerged.

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Verschiebungen in der Stromerzeugung

27.05.2014

Die Bruttostromproduktion konventioneller Kraftwerke ist im 1. Quartal 2014 im Vergleich zum Vorjahreszeitraum deutlich gesunken.<br />

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Gashandel

21.05.2014

Im April war der Gashandel ausgesprochen intensiv.

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EEG-Konto

20.05.2014

Ein wind- und sonnenarmer Winter lässt das EEG-Konto steigen, ein sonniger und windreicher Sommer lässt es sinken.

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Federal network agency

15.05.2014

As far as the development of the power networks is concerned, there is significant need for Action.

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Renewable energies

14.05.2014

The development of renewable energies has made significant progress.

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Heat market

07.05.2014

The heat market plays an important role in the energy reform. About 39 percent of the German primary energy consumption are used in buildings to generate room heating and hot water.

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Network Development Plan – Gas

23.04.2014

On 1 April, the German transmission pipeline operators submitted the new Network Development Plan – Gas 2014 to the Federal Network Agency.

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Electromobility

23.04.2014

The field of mobility offers significant potential for saving fossil energies. Take, for example, new mobility concepts that reduce goods and individual traffic or alternative drive technologies.

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Power plants

16.04.2014

Currently, conventional power plants are a special point of interest. On the one hand, they are needed in order to ensure the basic supply, to compensate the absence of wind and cloudy skies and to replace decommissioned nuclear power plants.

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Energy imports

16.04.2014

In view of the dramatic events in the Ukraine, speculations about potential supply bottlenecks are running high especially in the media.

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Carbon costs

16.04.2014

In connection with the containment of the global temperature increase, the main focus is on carbon emissions.

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Biomass

16.04.2014

As evident from the figures of the four German transmission network operators, the output installed for direct marketing according to the German Renewable Energies Act (EEG) went up to 38 GW in April 2014, 2.1 percent more than in March (37 GW).

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Natural gas production

16.04.2014

Last year, about 10 percent of the total German natural gas consumption in the amount of 970 kWh came from domestic sources.

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Gas transport

02.04.2014

The German gas transport network spans about 40,000 km.

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Transmission networks

27.03.2014

A key prerequisite for the integration of power from renewable energies is the development of the transmission networks.

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Carbon reduction

27.03.2014

By 2020, greenhouse gas emissions in Germany are to drop at least 40 percent compared to the level of 1990. The targets for Europe are somewhat less ambitious.

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EU statistics

27.03.2014

The great goal of the energy reform is to push ahead the development of renewable energies in Germany.

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Reform of the German Renewable Energies Act (EEG)

27.03.2014

The reform of the German Renewable Energies Act (EEG) is an important task of the new federal government. Thus, an ambitious time schedule has been set up.

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Own power generation

17.03.2014

As electricity prices rise, the in-house generation of electrical energy becomes more attractive for industrial companies – particularly if the heat arising during production can be utilised.

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Solar Record

05.03.2014

Solar and wind energy are two main pillars in the process of the transformation to regenerative power supply. Thanks to the German Renewable Energies Act (EEG) and long-term guaranteed feed-in tariffs, the capacities have grown continually.

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Renewable Energies

03.03.2014

A central goal of the energy reform is to replace power plants that run on fossil fuel with renewable energies.

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Energy Reform

03.03.2014

For Germany, the energy reform offers great opportunities, though the implementation also depends on the broad approval of the population.

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Natural gas storage facilities

19.02.2014

Natural gas storage facilities are a key element in ensuring the security of supply. They are filled up during low-consumption months in order to serve the higher need in the cold season.

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Southern line

18.02.2014

For the energy reform to be successful, it is vital for the power network to be further developed. Especially a connection from Northern Germany to the consumer centres in the South is necessary.

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Power from natural gas

06.02.2014

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Mobility with natural gas

06.02.2014

As the "erdgas mobil" association reported in late January, the number of natural gas cars newly registered last year in Germany increased about 50%.

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Energy consumption

31.01.2014

In January, the Working Group on Energy Balances (AGEB) presented its first figures for the energy consumption in 2013.

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European Energy Exchange

31.01.2014

Last year, the trade on the energy markets again developed successfully.

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The German Renewable Energies Act (EEG), costs and reform plans

24.01.2014

According to the BDEW, the share of renewable energies in the power generation in Germany climbed to the record value of 23.4 percent in 2013.

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The German Renewable Energies Act (EEG), costs and reform plans

24.01.2014

According to the BDEW, the share of renewable energies in the power generation in Germany climbed to the record value of 23.4 percent in 2013.

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Network Development Plan – Power

24.01.2014

Network development plays a key role in the energy reform.

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