LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Tougher European financial regulations have prompted banks to leave power and gas trading, meaning greater dominance by utilities and trading houses and less appeal for investors.
The global commodities market for banks has shrunk to about $4 billion from as high as $12 billion at the end of the last decade, partly as a result of reflecting stricter restrictions on banks trading with their own money.
ESSEN, Germany Feb 13 (Reuters) – German utility RWE’s
trading subsidiary is seeking to expand in North
American and Asian energy and commodities markets because of
Europe’s slow growth and increased regulation, a senior manager
Within five years, operating profit from overseas activities
will account for 50 percent of RWE Supply & Trading’s overall
result, compared with 15 to 25 percent now, Peter Krembel, head
of global power and gas trading and origination, said in an
interview earlier this week.
ESSEN, Germany (Reuters) – Weather-driven surges of German solar and wind power may lead to higher costs for Austria as its grid is forced to take measures to avoid breaking down, a Austrian energy regulator said, calling for a region-wide solution to excess flows.
Martin Graf, who shares leadership of the Vienna-based E-Control authority with Walter Boltz, said Austria already must deal with a constant unwanted supply of 2,000 megawatts of power from northern Germany that flows into its grid via Poland and the Czech Republic, he said.
FRANKFURT, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Germany’s gas industry says it
needs shale to halt a sharp decline in domestic output, but
behind its pleas lies private acknowledgement that environmental
and political opposition is just too strong.
Frustration is compounded by Germany’s lead in fracking
technology, which it has been quietly using for over 50 years.
BERLIN, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Big problems are prompting big
ideas about reforming Germany’s utility sector ranging from a
super-merger among players in the “big four” to creating a “bad”
utility to take over loss-making plants.
The business model for German utilities has crumbled over
the last three years, rocked by the country’s decision to drop
nuclear energy by 2022, record-low wholesale power prices and a
boom in solar and wind power capacity that is pushing coal and
gas plants off the grid.
BERLIN, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Germany risks undermining its
industrial base if it fails to undertake radical reform of
incentives for the country’s renewable energy sector, its new
economy minister said on Tuesday in a clear signal of his
support for industry.
German firms had to stay competitive, Sigmar Gabriel said a
day before he outlines planned changes to a renewable energy law
to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet, which sources say will
involve deep cuts in green energy support.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s energy sector gets its first major speech from new economy and energy minister Sigmar Gabriel this week with utilities and households both hoping he can ease the cost burden imposed on them by Berlin’s push for greener energy.
Germany is undergoing Europe’s deepest energy transformation as it exits nuclear, renewables surge and cheap coal plays havoc with plans to switch to cleaner natural gas.
FRANKFURT, Jan 19 (Reuters) – The southern German town of
Goeppingen, set in the Alpine foothills, is a magnet for
tourists and famous for being the home of toy train maker
For activists in the German “Rekommunalisierung” movement
that wants to take local electricity networks away from the big
utilities and put them back in public hands, picturesque
Goeppingen now has another reason to be proud.
LONDON/FRANKFURT, Jan 9 (Reuters) – North Europe’s
devastating storms sent wind turbines spinning and helped
strengthen a new winter phenomenon for the region – negative
Damaging for utilities losing money making electricity,
delighting traders who cash in on price swings, they will not,
however, mean cheap power for households.
FRANKFURT, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Power grid operator TenneT
has failed to persuade Germans to fund a wind power
line along the North Sea coast, the company said on Friday,
raising a fraction of the targeted cash in a campaign that cost
TenneT signed up just 142 people for a total 833,000 euros
($1,100,000) of shares, having hoped to raise up to 40 million
euros, or 15 percent of its total investment budget for a 150-km
(90-mile) north-to-south line in Schleswig-Holstein state.