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Apr 18, 2013

German regulator steps in on E.ON Bavaria gas plants

FRANKFURT, April 18 (Reuters) – Germany’s energy network
regulator has stepped in in an attempt to keep two gas power
units open to ensure reliable power supply in the wake of the
deep upheaval caused by the nation’s strategic shift away from
nuclear.

The Federal Network Agency said on Thursday that talks were
underway with utility E.ON on how to keep its two unprofitable
blocks in Bavaria state online, as the need to maintain grid
stability makes their further operation a public issue.

Apr 17, 2013

E.ON trading unit to seek U.S., Asia growth

DUESSELDORF, Germany, April 17 (Reuters) – German utility
E.ON SE will seek more energy trading opportunities
out of the United States and Asia from its soon-to-be created
Merchant Trading unit, aiming for growth in an increasingly
globalised sector.

“We will be taking our European business further because
energy markets are globalising,” Klaus Schaefer, head of the
unit, told a briefing on Wednesday at the company’s Duesseldorf
headquarters.

Apr 15, 2013

Germany subsidises cheap electricity for its neighbours

FRANKFURT/LONDON, April 15 (Reuters) – Germany’s neighbours
enjoy cheap imported power subsidised by Berlin’s green energy
policy and paid for by German households, analysts say.

Generous subsidies have boosted renewable electricity
generation, and created a German green power glut. But Germans
themselves do not see lower prices, which are restricted to the
wholesale market – in fact the opposite. Instead it is their
neighbours whose bills benefit thanks to cheap imports from
Germany.

Mar 18, 2013

Eastern German gas distributor VNG acquires retailer goldgas

FRANKFURT, March 18 (Reuters) – Eastern German gas
distributor VNG, part-owned by Russia’s Gazprom
which has long sought a greater share of Europe’s gas
retail market, said on Monday it acquired gas retailing company
goldgas.

Gazprom, which has a 10.52 percent stake in VNG, inched
closer to its target of better access to lucrative nearby
European markets when it bought small retailer Envacom in late
2011 after failing to link up with RWE.

Mar 14, 2013

Statkraft to close another German gas plant

FRANKFURT, March 14 (Reuters) – Weak demand and generating
losses have forced Norwegian power firm Statkraft to
shut down another German gas plant, the company said on
Thursday.

The move is more bad news for gas-fired generation, once
feted for its relatively low carbon dioxide emissions but now
struggling in a market heavily distorted by subsidies for
renewables plants. Other utilities face the same problem.

Mar 13, 2013

Weak demand may force E.ON to mothball new power stations

DUESSELDORF, Germany, March 13 (Reuters) – German utility
E.ON said it expected demand for electricity and gas
in its core European region to be so weak in 2013 that it might
have to mothball some of its most modern power stations.

Power demand in Germany, Europe’s biggest economy and energy
market, fell 1.4 percent in 2012 to 552.3 billion kilowatt hours
(kWh), according to industry data.

Mar 6, 2013

German power breaks ruled unlawful, EU to investigate

FRANKFURT, March 6 (Reuters) – Power grid charge exemptions
which saved big industry in Germany 300 million euros ($390
million) last year were ruled unlawful by a German court on
Wednesday.

The European Commission separately said it would investigate
the exemptions, which were granted to big companies in sectors
such as metals, chemicals, glass, cement and building materials.

Mar 5, 2013

RWE says unlikely to repeat record CO2 output of 2012

ESSEN, Germany, March 5 (Reuters) – The modernisation of
German utility group RWE’s brown-coal-fired power
plants makes it unlikely that Europe’s biggest carbon dioxide
emitter will this year repeat its 179.8 million-tonne CO2 output
in 2012, RWE said on Tuesday.

RWE’s huge demand for CO2 certificates factors in the EU’s
mandatory carbon trading scheme (ETS), which requires that power
generators cover their output with emissions allowances.

Mar 4, 2013

Green investors take fright at German bid to cap power prices

FRANKFURT, March 4 (Reuters) – Germany’s plan to curb rising
energy costs for consumers before a September election may
backfire if it scares off the investors desperately needed to
fund an ambitious shift from nuclear to renewable energy.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s 550-billion euro ($714 billion)
energy shift, dubbed “Energiewende”, was unveiled nearly two
years ago after Japan’s Fukushima disaster and depends on the
financial firepower of pension funds, infrastructure investors
and utilities, including the likes of Allianz, Munich
Re, E.ON and RWE.

Mar 1, 2013

German local utilities present plan to reorganise power market

FRANKFURT, March 1 (Reuters) – German local utility group
VKU on Friday proposed reforms to make the power market more
competitive to integrate the rising share of renewable power at
reasonable cost and safeguard steady supply.

Wholesale power prices are teetering near eight-year lows
due to weak demand and overcapacity in Europe’s biggest power
market of 517 terawatt hours (TWh) a year, partly caused by an
unhindered renewables expansion.

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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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