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WindEnergy Hamburg 2014:

Wind industry makes the most of its role as pioneer of the energy transition

At the leading international wind industry trade fair, VDMA Power Systems and the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) have issued a positive outlook for the development of the wind industry: "New markets, high expansion figures, and a positive cost trend are characteristic for the effective partnership between turbine manufacturers and the power industry", said both Andreas Nauen, chair of VDMA Power Systems and CEO of Senvion SE, and Hildegard Müller, chair of the executive board of BDEW at a joint press conference. Both associations see wind energy both on and offshore as the driving force of the global energy transition. "If Germany is to maintain its pioneering role in restructuring energy supply, the government here must provide better framework conditions", emphasised both association representatives. more

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The BDEW on today's meeting of the European Council:

The EU internal market is the best instrument for strengthening the security of Europe's energy supply

The energy industry is demanding binding climate targets by 2030

The European Council today debated the future energy security strategy of the European Union as well as EU climate policy. "The energy industry expressly supports the demand of the European Council to completely implement the EU internal market for energy. This is the best instrument for strengthening the security of supply. European coordination allows infrastructure, especially transmission networks and gas grids, to be better planned and utilised", said Hildegard Müller, Chairwoman of the General Executive Management Board of the BDEW in Berlin today. This applies, in light of the current debate, in particular to natural gas: "From the perspective of the BDEW, a secure supply of natural gas can best be provided through an open, liquid, well-connected and transparent European natural gas market with a range of sources, intelligent solutions on the consumer side and certainty in the investment environment. The benefits of gas storage facilities and LNG terminals can best be exploited in a joint, competitive market place." more

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BDEW Congress 2014:

Müller: We are seeing movement in energy policy issues - but one EEG reform does not make an Energiewende

Grand Coalition must make further decisions in the coming months

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The BDEW on the implementation of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive in Germany:

Müller: Resolute political action required to foster measures for improving energy efficiency

Existing instruments should be further developed / time limit ends in four weeks

"The German government must take resolute action to foster improvements in energy efficiency, in addition to reforming the German Renewable Energy Sources Act, accelerating network expansion and designing the energy market of the future. The immense potential available in the heating market for reducing CO2 emissions, for example through energy-related building renovation, must now finally be decisively utilised by federal and Land authorities. To this end, it is necessary for federal and Land authorities to coordinate their efforts more effectively than in the past, for example regarding energy-related building renovation work. Increasing energy efficiency is a key factor in the achievement climate policy targets." explained Hildegard Müller, Chairwoman of the General Executive Management Board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), in Berlin today. The reason for these remarks is that Germany only has until 5 June 2014 to implement the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. This time limit ends exactly four weeks from now. more

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BDEW publishes new power station list during the Hannover Messe:

Hildegard Müller: 43 percent of all planned new, large power stations have now been thrown into doubt

Situation for investment has become more acute / On a positive note: more offshore plants are coming online

"The situation on the power station market has become more acute. The uncertainty of investors continues to grow and the economic pressure on existing power stations is constantly increasing. Today, 43 percent of all planned new, large power stations have been thrown into doubt. This affects specifically 32 of a total of 74 facilities planned for the period up to 2020; last year it was just 22", explained Hildegard Müller, Chairwoman of the General Executive Management Board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), at the presentation of the new BDEW power station list at the Hannover Messe. more

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"BDEW Treffpunkt Netze 2014" ("Focus on networks")

BDEW submits industry solution for the improvement of investment conditions for distribution networks and related areas

Unnecessary delays in network expansion should be eliminated

At the industry event, "Treffpunkt Netze 2014" on 25 and 26 March in Berlin, the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) will present an industry solution for the improvement of investment conditions for distribution networks and related areas. This was announced by Roger Kohlmann, member of the BDEW General Executive Management Board, today: "The Energiewende and the expansion of renewable energies will only succeed if the necessary networks to transport the electricity are built.” The BDEW has already repeatedly pointed out that the investment conditions are problematic, in particular for distribution network operators. This leads to unnecessary delays in the urgently needed network expansion. We have created an industry solution which ensures that the investment backlog in relation to distribution networks can be dissolved." more

BDEW publishes electricity and gas data for 2013:

Müller: A fundamental reform of the EEG is a core responsibility for the new German Federal government for 2014

The proportion of electricity production from renewable energy sources increases to 23.4 percent / Politics must utilise the opportunities offered by natural gas in the heating market

The share of renewable energies in the generation of electricity in Germany rose last year to a record level of 23.4 percent (2012: 22.8 percent). Whilst electricity generated from photovoltaics attained a new high, with an increase of 7.3 percent, the proportion generated by wind decreased by 3.5 percent due to unfavourable weather conditions. Consequently, wind represented 7.9 percent of electricity production (2012: 8.0), biomass 6.8 (6.3), photovoltaics 4.5 (4.2), water 3.4 (3.5) and municipal waste 0.8 (0.8) percent. These figures come from preliminary estimates of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) for the year 2013. more

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Recommendations for government action

BDEW presents newly elected German government with a solution for the further development of the en-ergy market

Introduce immediate direct marketing obligation for new plants in the scope of EEG reform / Energy market should be reorganised as a decentralised capacity market more

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The BDEW on Gas and Electricity Consumption in the First Half of 2013:

Gas consumption up due to cold weather

Electricity consumption fell slightly year on year / natural gas consumption rose by 10 percent due to cold weather more

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