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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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Hildegard Müller on the difficult market situation for many operators of conventional power stations

Several media have today reported on the difficult market situation for many operators of conventional power stations. Reports are also circulating of deliberations about power station shut-downs. Hildegard Mueller, Chairwoman of the General Executive Management Board of the BDEW explained: more

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BDEW: EU Parliament Vote on Backloading:

Müller: Important Signal for EU Climate Policy

Further steps towards fundamental reform of emissions trading must follow

“We welcome the fact that the members of the European Parliament have voted in favour of the proposed compromise on backloading. This has now paved the way for a comprehensive reform of emissions trading”, explained Hildegard Müller, Chairwoman of the General Executive Management Board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft - BDEW) after today’s vote in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The decision on the delayed auctioning of emissions certificates, so-called backloading, is an important signal for the future of the joint European Union climate policy. more

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BDEW: meeting of the EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council:

Financial market regulation must take into account the special characteristics of energy trading

BDEW: disadvantaging of communal procurement platforms must be avoided

“The experience of the crisis in financial markets has shown that making such markets more transparent and regulating them more strictly is an eminently important objective, and this is also supported by the energy industry. However, this regulation should not spread into areas such as the European wholesale energy trade, which is not relevant to the system”, said Hildegard Müller, Chairwoman of the General Executive Management Board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft - BDEW) in Berlin today, following the position adopted by the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN Council) of the European Union on the revision of the EU Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II). From the perspective of BDEW, the position of the council contains several positive points, however also some areas of criticism: more

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EU Commission removes water from the planned Concession Directive:

BDEW welcomes EU Commission decision

Decision is also the result of intensive BDEW discussions with European institutions

“We can only welcome the decision of the European Commission. Water in Germany thus remains under the care of the local authorities who are in the best position to be able to decide how the water supply should best be organised”, said General Executive Manager Water /Wastewater of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft - BDEW) in Berlin today. more

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BDEW Congress 2013 “Markets and Systems in Transition”

Industry expects politicians to make decisions after the German election on the energy market of the future

Müller: we have proposed solutions and can provide more detail if necessary / record numbers expected to take part in the largest industry gathering

The motto of this year’s BDEW Congress is “Markets and Systems in Transition”. “The design of a sustainable energy market of the future is the dominant topic. The economic situation for our member companies is already very difficult now. Increasingly, business models are proving to be no longer sustainable. Many power stations across Germany can no longer be operated at a profit. The more time passes, the more obvious it becomes that the present market design is reaching its limits. Ever more fundamental questions on the future of energy provision and energy providers are being raised. After the German general election, we expect answers and decisions from the German government, however it is composed, on the development of a sustainable energy market. The industry has already proposed solutions and is prepared to provide greater detail as necessary.” These were the words of Hildegard Müller, Chairwoman of the General Executive Management Board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft - BDEW), in the run-up to the Congress in Berlin. more

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BDEW: Today’s meeting of the EU Energy Council of Ministers:

Meeting of European Energy Ministers lacks impulses for internal energy market

Step-by-step harmonisation of support schemes for renewable energies necessary

“The EU energy ministers today stressed how important the completion of the European internal energy market is, however, they failed to call more clearly for a prompt end to the de facto state regulation of energy prices which still exists, for example, in several EU Member States. This is regrettable as the completion of the European internal market would be a significant factor in ensuring that the supply of energy remains affordable for citizens and for industry in future”, said Hildegard Müller in Berlin in relation to today’s meeting of the EU Energy Council of Ministers in Luxembourg. more

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BDEW: Tomorrow’s meeting of the European Council:

European Internal Energy Market may not be counteracted by unilateral national actions

Energy industry demands ambitious and binding targets for CO2 reduction by 2030

“On the subject of the internal energy market there is urgent need for action. The European Union must return to its aim of completing the internal energy market. Contrary tendencies in some Member States threaten to destroy the realisation of the internal market. Efforts to obtain more national energy self-sufficiency, state influence on wholesale and final consumer prices and unilateral actions in the pricing of CO2 as in Great Britain, for example, prevent the markets in the EU from merging”, said Hildegard Müller, Chairwoman of the General Executive Management Board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft - BDEW) in the context of tomorrow’s meeting of the European Council. She explained that the introduction of national capacity mechanisms discussed in several European states, in particular, runs counter to the aim of creating an integrated European internal energy market. “Capacity mechanisms may not be allowed to lead to a situation whereby national markets are walled off or disadvantages are suffered by neighbouring countries. In the interests of a functioning internal market, cross-border solutions should always take precedence over national interventions.” more

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