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07.09.2022 By Stephen Lorenzen, Georg Benhöfer and Lars Zimmermann

The merit-order effect and the coupling of electricity and gas prices

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Gas prices are not only skyrocketing, but electricity prices are also at record highs. That is because the price of the two is coupled as a result of the merit-order effect, the electricity market regulation that is subject to much debate at the moment. We will explain what the merit-order effect is and how it contributes to the coupling of gas and electricity prices in this blog post.

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In a previous blog post, we already summarised the reasons and consequences of the second stage of the ‘Emergency Plan for Gas’. In this blog post, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear and coal-powered plants.

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26.08.2022 By Stephen Lorenzen, Georg Benhöfer and Lars Zimmermann

Farewell to the unbridled use of electricity

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Electricity is available anytime we need it. That has been a given for decades, and it is something that we rarely if ever think about. As the power grid has grown in complexity because of the energy transition and the increased flexibility in generation and consumption that has come with this, grid operators will now be given the opportunity to influence the consumption of controllable consumption devices. We will be presenting the newly amended Section 14a of the EnWG [Energiewirtschaftsgesetz – German Energy Industry Act] that is set to enter into force on 1 January 2023 in our blog post.

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12.08.2022 By Zoe Holdt, Julius Glaser and Rabab Bettache

Technical hurdles for the use of hydrogen technologies in Germany

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Hydrogen is currently seen as the energy of the future. While that may be the case, there are a number of challenges that come with it. You will find out what these hurdles are and how they can be overcome in our blog post.

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09.08.2022 By Stephen Lorenzen, Georg Benhöfer and Lars Zimmermann

An analysis of the gas levy

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Last week, the federal government decided on enacting a gas levy. Read our blog post to find out what the gas levy is, how it is calculated and what the underlying goals are.

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27.07.2022 By Stephen Lorenzen, Georg Benhöfer and Lars Zimmermann

How Europe has responded to the threat of cuts to its gas supply – a comparison

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We have already gone into more detail on the German government’s response with regard to its dependence on Russian gas in our previous blog posts. In this blog post, we will explain how other EU countries are responding and why the key to overcoming the crisis lies in solidarity.

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15.07.2022 By Stephen Lorenzen, Georg Benhöfer and Lars Zimmermann

Easter in summer – Habeck’s Easter Package approved

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Last week, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection passed the Easter Package through the Bundestag and Bundesrat. We’ll give you an overview of what the package involves and explain its implications for energy suppliers and consumers.

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29.06.2022 By Stephen Lorenzen, Georg Benhöfer and Lars Zimmermann

Update on the smart meter rollout: withdrawal of the general ruling of 7 February 2020

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The German Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, BSI) withdrew the pronouncement for the rollout of smart metering systems a good month ago. This has once again slowed down the smart meter rollout following on from the reoccurring issues it had encountered recently. This blog post will explain why the pronouncement has been withdrawn and what impact this has had on the smart meter rollout.

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27.06.2022 By Jonas Schnorrenberg and Lars Zimmermann

Emergency Plan for Gas – Robert Habeck declares alert level

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On 30 March 2022, Robert Habeck, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, declared the early warning level of the Emergency Plan for Gas. This was followed on 23 June 2022 by the alert level, which is the second of three levels in the Emergency Plan for Gas. What does the alert level mean and what steps will be taken now? In our blog post, we will give you a brief overview as to why Habeck made this decision and what the impact will be.

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