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Today, the Federal Ministry of Economics published its white paper entitled "An electricity market for the Energiewende". Hildegard Müller, President of the General Executive Management Board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) stated in an initial position statement:

"The long awaited white paper can now be used as the basis for a more detailed discussion. From our point of view, the fundamental political decision made regarding the further development of an Energy Only Market 2.0 does not resolve the essential problems of the energy industry. Our companies urgently need an economic perspective on modern, efficient gas-fired power stations, for example. We continue to see the exclusive further development of the electricity market 2.0 as insufficient for guaranteeing a secure energy supply at all times in the medium term. more

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BDEW Congress 2015:

Energy industry calls on Federal Government to hold a structured dialogue

Müller: It can’t go on as it is now / For the first time, the majority of the public no longer believe politicians will resolve these problems

Energy industry calls on Federal Government to hold a structured dialogue. "We are currently experiencing a backlog in the energy policy decision-making process. As a result, a considerable amount of economic pressure is now being exerted on the operators of conventional power stations or combined-heat-and-power plants, for example. A multitude of basic issues regarding the transformation of the energy system in Germany have so far remained unanswered. Politicians should start actively shaping the Energiewende and begin a structured dialogue with all parties concerned," explained Hildegard Müller, President of the General Executive Management Board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) at the largest industry meeting, the BDEW Congress, held from 23 to 25 June in Berlin. more

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On the margins of the EU Energy Council in Luxembourg today, twelve countries signed a joint declaration on the electricity market based on a German initiative. In so doing, the signatory states have committed themselves to, among other things, leaving the energy markets open during periods of short supply and, generally, doing away with or not introducing price caps. In this respect, the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) states:

"The agreement concluded today is important for strengthening the cooperation between the European states with regard to energy issues. However, it is only the first step. Further, more intensive efforts are required to finally make the single energy market a Europe-wide reality and guarantee mutual supply. The Federal Government should use the agreement as a basis for designing the future energy market structure in harmony with the other states, for example. This is particularly sensible against the background of the capacity market that has already been introduced in France. Furthermore, it should also be jointly considered how infringements of single market regulations are to be handled in future. more

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New VEWA study on water and waste water prices:

German water and waste water prices found to be appropriate compared to other European countries

BDEW: When making price comparisons, it is necessary to consider service and quality standards, as well as financial framework conditions

What do consumers in Europe really pay for water and waste water? How much would households in European countries have to pay on top if all of the high service and quality standards of Germany were implemented in other EU member states? These questions were analysed by the third edition of the "VEWA - Comparison of European Water and Waste Water Prices" study commissioned by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) that was published by the association today. more

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BDEW on extending the infrastructure for electric vehicles:

Extension of the charging infrastructure for electric cars in Germany is on track

North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is the federal state with the most charging points / Stuttgart frontrunner among the cities / BDEW develops industry proposal for customer-friendly access

In Germany, the number of charging points for electric vehicles is constantly on the increase. Last year, a total of 5,500 publicly accessible charging points were available. This means that more than 800 new charging points have been added since mid-2014, which represents an increase of 18 per cent. These figures have been taken from the results of a new survey conducted by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) among its members and other market participants. more

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BDEW updates information on 2014 energy mix:

Renewable energies generate more electricity

The proportion of renewable energy sources in energy production increases to 26.2 per cent / The pressure to act in terms of market and system integration is growing

The proportion of renewable energy sources in gross energy generation in Germany rose to 26.6 per cent in 2014. Thanks to the continued additional construction of renewable energy systems and in particular the favourable weather conditions, renewable energies are producing ever more electricity. In the previous year, the proportion of renewable energy sources in gross energy generation was 24.1 per cent, according to the calculations of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW). BDEW had already published its initial estimates on the energy mix at the end of the previous year. This information has now been updated. more

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BDEW on the Commission’s Communication on an Energy Union:

New impetus for Europe's energy policy

Single market regulations must be implemented consistently / A market economy approach is the best way of ensuring a reliable natural gas supply

"The strategy document on the Energy Union unveiled today by the European Commission is an important framework for the restructuring of Europe’s energy policy. If the European Commission sets the priorities of the planned ventures correctly, the Energy Union project will be able to give the urgently required new impetus to the European energy policy." So says Hildegard Müller, President of the General Executive Management Board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), on the occasion of today’s Communication from the European Commission regarding a strategic framework for an Energy Union. more

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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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