Opinion on Energy and Utilities in Germany

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Gas-fired generation profit outlook provides little hope for European utilities

Datamonitor Energy's review of generation costs and wholesale power price expectations to 2020 highlights the challenges facing European utilities. In light of this, RWE's recent impairment announcement of EUR3.3bn is likely to herald similar moves by other utilities with exposure to conventional generation.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jan 2014
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German solar market drives European demand for smart inverters

Datamonitor's "European Solar Integration Issues" (EN00037-084) looks at strategies used in European power markets for coping with the rapid growth of PV and the role of smart inverters.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jul 2013
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2030: conventional thermal to fill nuclear gap in Germany

Germany's dependence on fossil fuels - namely gas and coal-fired generation - will continue beyond 2030 according to Datamonitor's 2030 power forecast, driven by the assumed exit from nuclear generation by the end of 2022 when some 4GW of nuclear capacity comes offline.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jun 2013
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German manufacturer Bosch exits solar PV market

A saturated market and continued degression of solar feed-in tariffs in Germany are pushing equipment manufacturers out of business, a trend that appears set to continue amid concerns about the costs of the country's renewable support act. This trend is symptomatic of a global solar PV market that is seeing only the most solid manufacturers remain.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Mar 2013
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Germany steps closer to shale gas fracking

Angela Merkel's government has agreed a draft law to allow shale gas fracking under certain circumstances, while at the same time reassuring the public by restricting it to zones where no potable groundwater is present. Cost pressures on electricity in the context of an exit from nuclear mean an inevitable turn to gas, but desire to reduce dependency on imports means shale is seen as unavoidable.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Feb 2013
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Wind blows strongly towards long-term offshore services for Siemens

Siemens has won a contract to supply 80 turbines to a 288MW offshore project in Germany situated near the North Sea. This marks the first-ever offshore project with a long-term service level agreement in Europe, indicating the emergence of a new trend towards flexible service packages combined with equipment capability.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Feb 2013
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Major French electricity users unhappy at cost disadvantage compared to Germany

French large energy users are lobbying the government to restructure electricity tariffs. Comparisons with Germany appear to reveal large disparities, placing French industry at a disadvantage; however, no action has yet been taken by the French regulator to address these concerns.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Feb 2013
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Calls for action as networks struggle with German energy revolution

Support is growing for the German federal government to take a greater role in pending grid development projects that will increase the connectivity of scattered renewable sources, with calls even for part-privatization.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jan 2013
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Germany shifts to coal to tackle its installed capacity shortfall

Angela Merkel shut down eight of Germany's 17 nuclear plants in 2011 in response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, removing some 10% of Germany's installed capacity. It is not surprising that in light of this shortfall and the delays seen in grid investment, Germany must turn to coal- and gas-fired capacity.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Oct 2012
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Geothermal could account for a significant amount of UK energy if government support is increased

Deep geothermal energy in the UK has the potential to accommodate an installed capacity of 9.5GW of electrical power and 100GWth of heat to the nation's consumers, according to the Renewable Energy Association and a new report by engineering consultants Sinclair Knight Merz. Realizing this, however, will require government buy-in.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jun 2012

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