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Jun 30, 2015

Lifeline for German coal to be costly for public, markets

FRANKFURT, June 30 (Reuters) – German utilities hope the
government will drop a plan to slap carbon levies on coal-fired
power plants on Wednesday, but compensating the companies to
move aging capacity to a reserve scheme instead would create new
problems.

Analysts warn that safeguarding the utilities’ income stream
could drive up climate protection costs and hurt consumers, and
prevent the depressed power market from shedding overcapacity.

Jun 25, 2015

German reactor closure leaves grid more vulnerable

BERLIN, June 25 (Reuters) – The closure of a big nuclear
power station this weekend will put additional strain on on
Germany’s electricity flows, grid operator TenneT TSO GmbH’s
(IPO-TTH.AS: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Thursday.

The construction of new power lines has failed to keep pace
with a fundamental shift in the way Germany generates energy as
it pursues its strategy of exiting nuclear power by 2022 and
cutting down emissions from fossil fuels.

Jun 25, 2015

German utilities shed old skin as new technology dictates change

FRANKFURT, June 25 (Reuters) – Germany’s utilities are
preparing for their next battle. While fighting to turn a
profit as energy policy hammers their businesses, energy groups
now fear technology companies disrupting what has been seen as a
safe if worthy sector.

Amazon revolutionised retail, Apple is
shaking up the music industry and RWE sees it as only
a matter of time before large technology groups start eroding
market share in power, where customers would jump at the
opportunity to cut their bills and increase efficiency.

Jun 24, 2015

Germany to decide between coal levy and alternative on July 1

BERLIN, June 24 (Reuters) – German Economy Minister Sigmar
Gabriel said on Wednesday he was considering an alternative to a
proposed levy on coal-fired power plants and would decide on
July 1.

Germany is wrestling with how to reduce carbon dioxide
(CO2)emissions from the energy sector to stop it from falling
short of its ambitious climate targets, while safeguarding jobs
and securing its energy supply.

Jun 19, 2015

Moment of truth nears for nuclear waste time bomb

FRANKFURT, June 19 (Reuters) – More than half a century
after the world’s first commercial nuclear plant went into
operation in the United States, the industry may finally be
nearing a way to store radioactive waste underground
permanently.

The world has 270,000 tonnes of used fuel stockpiled, much
of it under water in ponds at nuclear power stations, adding to
the urgency of finding a permanent storage solution for material
that can remain toxic for hundreds of thousands of years.

Jun 5, 2015

E.ON sees more potential for gas-fuelled vehicles

PARIS, June 5 (Reuters) – German utility E.ON
wants to see more gas-fuelled vehicles on the roads, to help
offset falling demand for the fuel and reduce harmful emissions,
and urged the German government to offer tax incentives.

Christopher Delbrueck, chief executive of the E.ON Global
Commodities (EGC) unit, also pointed out that gas-powered
vehicles are cheaper to run than diesel vehicles.

May 13, 2015

New border power flows to shake up West Europe’s prices

FRANKFURT, May 13 (Reuters) – New ways of handling cross
border electricity flows are set to shake up the prices West
European utilities and grids pay in power markets from May 20,
with Germany facing a possible 4 percent rise.

Wholesale prices could fall by 1, 5 and 10 percent in
France, the Netherlands and Belgium respectively as prices
across the region converge, Thomson Reuters Point Carbon
analysis shows.

Apr 17, 2015

Renewable energy surge revives Europe’s power trade

FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) – The rise of renewable energy is delivering a boost to Europe’s declining power market as traders get busy in short term deals to juggle unpredictable supplies of wind and solar.

Exchanges show more trade as suppliers buy and sell power closer to when demand will appear, to meet their delivery obligations, because electricity cannot be stored effectively. New players are also attracted by lower capital requirements and risks.

Apr 17, 2015

Renewable energy surge revives Europe’s power trade

FRANKFURT/LONDON, April 17 (Reuters) – The rise of renewable
energy is delivering a boost to Europe’s declining power market
as traders get busy in short term deals to juggle unpredictable
supplies of wind and solar.

Exchanges show more trade as suppliers buy and sell power
closer to when demand will appear, to meet their delivery
obligations, because electricity cannot be stored effectively.
New players are also attracted by lower capital requirements and
risks.

Mar 20, 2015

European power grids keep lights on though solar eclipse

FRANKFURT, March 20 (Reuters) – Electrical grids in Europe
claimed success on Friday in managing the unprecedented
disruption to solar power from a 2-1/2-hour eclipse that brought
sudden, massive drops in supply.

Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, at the heart of the
event, boasts the world’s biggest solar-powered installations,
which last year supplied 6 percent of national power
requirements.

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      "I report on German power and gas markets in liaison with a team of other specialists in European bureaus. I am based in Frankfurt and previously covered commodities out of Hamburg and London. My aim is to identify market and industry trends and to produce high quality copy which is accessible to expert subscribers as well as to energy and business audiences, and to help shape our energy products."
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