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Nov 8, 2012

SMA Solar to cut more costs ahead of dire 2013

FRANKFURT, Nov 8 (Reuters) – SMA Solar, Germany’s
No. 1 solar group, said it was to cut costs further given that
margins may evaporate next year because of falling subsidies for
solar power.

SMA, the world’s largest maker of solar inverters – a key
component in solar installations, said on Thursday it would
further cut the price of inverters by slashing production costs
and purchasing prices.

Oct 31, 2012

German solar power boom continues despite tariff cuts

FRANKFURT, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Germany’s solar power systems
market continued to grow strongly in September, putting Europe’s
biggest economy on track for a new installation record this year
and increasing pressure on the ruling coalition to curb the
spiralling costs to consumers.

In September nearly 1 gigawatt (GW) of new solar power
generating capacity was installed, the energy network regulator
Bundesnetzagentur said on Wednesday, bringing the total of new
installations in the January-September period to about 6.2 GW.

Oct 25, 2012

RWE may have to adjust asset sale goals: CEO

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The chief executive of Germany’s second-biggest utility RWE (RWEG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) signaled on Wednesday that it may take longer to sell up to 7 billion euros ($9.08 billion) in assets which it currently plans to dispose of by the end of next year.

In an interview with Reuters, Peter Terium said there were more sellers than buyers in the market for utility assets and that this was depressing prices.

Oct 15, 2012

German green power surcharge to rise 47 pct in 2013

FRANKFURT, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Subsidies levied on German
consumers to support renewable power will rise by 47 percent
next year, putting pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling
coalition to keep energy costs in check ahead of a federal
election next year.

Merkel’s decision to abandon nuclear power following last
year’s Fukushima disaster has led to a growing need for
alternative energy sources, causing higher charges that are
tagged on to consumers’ energy bills.

Aug 14, 2012

RWE recovery lags peer E.ON partly due to gas deals

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Profit growth at RWE (RWEG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) lagged that of its main peer E.ON (EONGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), reflecting a slower adjustment by Germany’s No.2 utility to the country’s exit from nuclear power and underlining the group’s need to renegotiate expensive gas contracts.

RWE said on Tuesday its core earnings (EBITDA) rose 9 percent year-on-year to 5.04 billion euros ($6.23 billion) compared with E.ON’s 55 percent increase posted on Monday.

Aug 14, 2012

RWE earnings recovery lags peer E.ON

FRANKFURT, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Profit growth at RWE
lagged main peer E.ON on Tuesday, reflecting a slower
adjustment by Germany’s No.2 utility to the country’s exit from
nuclear power.

RWE’s first-half earnings before interest, tax, depreciation
and amortisation (EBITDA) rose 9 percent year-on-year to 5.04
billion euros ($6.23 billion), compared with E.ON’s 55 percent
increase posted on Monday.

Jul 29, 2012

German energy U-turn powers EU Saharan dream

BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT, July 29 (Reuters) – Germany’s decision
to abandon nuclear energy and dwindling domestic subsidies for
renewables have stoked a dazzlingly ambitious plan to expand
Europe’s energy market into North Africa, with an array of giant
solar and wind plants glinting in the desert sun.

Desertec, a German consortium set up in 2009, envisages
Europe will import up to a fifth of its electricity from solar
and wind parks in North Africa and the Middle East by 2050.

Jul 25, 2012

SolarWorld files anti-dumping complaint in EU-source

DUESSELDORF/FRANKFURT, July 25 (Reuters) – The solar
industry’s ongoing trade war reached Europe after a group of
solar companies, led by Germany’s SolarWorld, filed an
anti-dumping complaint against Chinese rivals with the European
Commission, a person familiar with the matter said.

A spokesman for SolarWorld — which had previously signalled
its intention to submit a complaint — declined to comment,
saying only that the group would publish a press release on the
matter at the end of the week.

Jul 17, 2012

Germany counts the costs as it buries nuclear past

WUERGASSEN, Germany, July 17 (Reuters) – Peter Klimmek has
spent his entire career at a nuclear plant in Germany. Next
year, he will retire — just months before his workplace does.

The nuclear plant in the small and remote village of
Wuergassen, halfway between Frankfurt and Hamburg, has been
Klimmek’s passion for the past 37 years.

Jul 11, 2012

German prosecutors investigate Morgan Stanley banker

FRANKFURT, July 11 (Reuters) – German prosecutors have
opened preliminary proceedings into alleged links between Morgan
Stanley’s top dealmaker in Germany and the former premier
of the regional state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, relating to the
state’s purchase of shares in German utility EnBW in
2010.

The Stuttgart public prosecutor’s office said “sufficient
and actual clues have emerged” suggesting ex-premier Stefan
Mappus could have made himself liable to prosecution for breach
of trust, while Morgan Stanley’s Dirk Notheis could have made
himself liable to prosecution for aiding and abetting breach of
trust.

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      "I'm responsible for the coverage of German renewable companies, mainly solar, at Reuters News. Previously, I have worked as a correspondent at Thomson Financial News, covering German technology and construction companies."
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