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The BDEW on the meeting of the European Council:

Agreement is an important signal for the climate conference.

Müller: Reduction of CO2 emissions by at least 40 per cent a positive result / market based approach to energy security strategy correct

The European Council last night debated climate and energy policy for 2030 as well as the future energy security strategy of the European Union. "The agreement of the European heads of government and heads of state is a positive result. The agreed target, to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40 per cent by 2030 is ambitious and sends out an important signal ahead of the 2015 International Climate Conference in Paris. As such, the EU continues to lead the way in climate protection. At the same time, the energy industry now has more planning certainty in relation to investments post-2020. However, the open issues need to be clarified as soon as possible. Consequently, the negotiations on the reform of European emissions trading need to be brought quickly to a satisfactory outcome", explained Hildegard Müller, Chairwoman of the General Executive Management Board of the BDEW. more

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BDEW on today's announcement of the 2015 EEG levy:

Various factors influence electricity prices

In many regions increasing network charges are foreseeable / share of electricity price which can be influenced by suppliers is now just 25 per cent.

"The slight reduction in the EEG levy is a welcome development. However, the reduction in the consumer burden is only very marginal. In addition, no general prognosis as to short term price developments can be derived solely from the future level of the EEG levy. Numerous other factors also influence the electricity price. In many regions, for example, continued increases in network charges are to be ex-pected", said Hildegard Müller, Chairwoman of the General Executive Management Board of BDEW today, in reaction to the announcement of the 2015 EEG levy. The levy will fall slightly next year for the first time, from 6.24 cents per kilowatt hour to 6.17 cents/kWh - a reduction of just over 1.1 per cent. However, the future level of other state levies, such as the levy for interruptible loads, has not yet been determined. more

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Securing the European electricity supply together

Germany and France have intensified talks on the future electricity market design

Leading energy experts from France and Germany met in Berlin for discussions about how to secure the electricity supply in Europe. At the centre of the talks was the issue of what challenges are presented as as result of the politically desired change in the energy systems in both countries and from the expansion of renewable energies. The conference was organised by the German Energy Agency (dena), the Association of the French Electricity Industry, UFE (Union Française de l'Électicité) and the German Association of Energy and Water Industries, BDEW. more

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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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BDEW publishes electricity and gas data for the first half year of 2014:

Renewable energies reach new record levels

Renewable energy plants and facilities account for 28.5 per cent of electricity consumed / electricity and gas consumption falls due to mild weather

The share of regenerative energies in the gross domestic electricity consumption increased in the first half of 2014 to a predicted 28.5 per cent. This was revealed in a preliminary survey conducted by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW). The continued expansion of regenerative plants and the favourable weather conditions enabled renewable energies to achieve new record levels at the mid-point in the year. In the first half of 2013, the share of regenerative energies in gross domestic electricity consumption was only 24.6 per cent. 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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