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Nov 14, 2014

German green power capacity seen rising 23 pct by 2019

FRANKFURT, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Germany’s renewable energy
power capacity is set to rise by 23 percent between 2015 and
2019, while related costs rise by over a fifth, data from its
transmission grid firms showed on Friday.

The annually released data showed progress in the planned
move to a low-carbon economy but also illustrated the cost to
society in the debate over the future of green power subsidies.

Nov 12, 2014

Trading of coal financial instruments in Europe to soar – Prospex

FRANKFURT, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Trading of coal via financial
instruments in Europe is likely to jump 30 percent to 3,800
tonnes this year, boosted by demand from producers, commodity
traders and hedge funds, according to a report by energy
research company Prospex.

Prospex said low prices and volatility had encouraged
traders and power producers to trade bigger positions, more
often, in pursuit of profitability, while improvements in
clearing trades had made the process easier and less risky.

Oct 17, 2014

German industry earns cash from green energy upheaval

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German industry is learning how to profit from the upheaval and costs of the country’s shift towards solar and wind energy.

Greater reliance on renewables in Europe’s biggest power market is making the peaks and troughs of electricity production bigger and less predictable, as the wind picks up or drops and the sun shines or disappears behind the clouds.

Oct 17, 2014

Analysis – German industry earns cash from green energy upheaval

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German industry is learning how to profit from the upheaval and costs of the country’s shift towards solar and wind energy.

Greater reliance on renewables in Europe’s biggest power market is making the peaks and troughs of electricity production bigger and less predictable, as the wind picks up or drops and the sun shines or disappears behind the clouds.

Oct 13, 2014

E.ON wants deep EU emissions cuts, early carbon trade reform

DUSSELDORF (Reuters) – The head of Germany’s biggest utility, E.ON (EONGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), said on Monday an EU package of 2030 targets for tackling climate change looks likely to bring deep carbon emissions cuts and early reforms to the bloc’s Emissions Trading System.

Leaders of the 28 EU countries meet on Oct. 23-24 to agree on a package of 2030 targets for emissions cuts, the deployment of renewable energy and the improvement of energy efficiency, as the bloc prepares for a 200-nation summit in Paris next year to strike a new U.N. deal on tackling climate change.

Oct 1, 2014

Russia gas duel deepens with Slovakia supply cut

PRAGUE/BERLIN, Oct 1 (Reuters) – The cat and mouse game
between Europe and Russia on gas intensified on Wednesday with
Slovakia saying its supply from Russia was down by a half and
its prime minister calling the move part of a political fight.

Since September, Russia’s state-controlled Gazprom
has sent less-than-requested deliveries to Poland, Slovakia,
Austria and Hungary – after the European Union began sending gas
to Ukraine – in a clear warning from Moscow ahead of the winter
heating season which officially starts today, when the industry
switches to higher pricing.

Oct 1, 2014

Winter season heightens Russia-Europe gas game

PRAGUE/BERLIN, Oct 1 (Reuters) – A cat and mouse game is on
between Europe and Russia over gas supplies as the continent
switches into the winter heating season.

Since September, Russia’s state-controlled Gazprom
has sent less-than-requested deliveries to Poland,
Slovakia, Austria and Hungary – after the European Union began
sending gas to Ukraine – in a clear warning from Moscow ahead of
the winter heating season which officially starts on October 1,
when the industry switches to higher pricing.

Sep 30, 2014

Europe LNG terminal capacity seen ample if Russian gas flows stop

BERLIN, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Large unused liquefied natural
gas (LNG) capacity could be brought to play should the row
between Russia and Ukraine disrupt flows of pipeline gas to the
West this winter, European LNG terminal operators’ group GLE
said.

The crisis in Ukraine, an important pipeline route for
Russian gas to the European Union, has triggered worries of a
supply disruption in the forthcoming winter months. LNG
operators, which import the gas from overseas via tankers, say
they could step in if there are disruptions.

Sep 29, 2014

German gas storage full, but operators seen as weak

BERLIN, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Full German gas storage
facilities just ahead of winter mask the fact that operators do
not earn enough to keep them open over the long term, one of the
top players in the industry said on Monday.

Europe’s biggest economy has been looking comfortable in the
midst of worries about potential disruption to winter gas supply
as a result of the row between Russia and Ukraine over unpaid
bills and transit arrangements, raising hopes Germany can also
help supply its neighbours.

Sep 23, 2014

German gas trading grows in 2014, Europe hubs expand

FRANKFURT, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Gas trade is growing in
Germany in line with a continental European trend which has also
boosted growth in the bigger Dutch market, challenging Britain’s
dominance of the sector.

Wholesale natural gas trading volumes in continental Europe
have risen sharply in the past years, bolstered by the common
euro currency and a large industrial and residential client
base.

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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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