at the beginning of February hits, the moment of truth. The Commission on growth, structural change and employment – often called the coal Commission will then submit its master plan to the Coal phase-out, for a project that will shape the Federal Republic in the coming decades.

There are tens of thousands of Jobs. The re-design of entire regions. To landscape, structural, acquisition, and cultural change. It is also a matter of votes, because in the East German brown coal fields come to the end of the year, state elections. And then it comes to saving the planet, environmental protection, at least to the German contribution.

It is so much, that there was in the coal Commission last big fight, especially about money: The Eastern countries are calling for 60 billion euros for the coming decades in order to cope with structural change. Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) does not want to tell you but by 2021, more than 1.5 billion euros. The energy companies are calling for, meanwhile, compensation for the decommissioning of their power plants. The Greens say, however, that one could turn off the old reactors.

The 28-member Commission, among others, politicians, companies, as well as economic and environmental associations are represented, has therefore still needs to be major clarification.

electricity prices

The high electricity prices are likely to be in 2019, the second major issue in the energy sector. Although the so-called green power will be the levy, the consumer in the Expansion of renewable energy Finance, a little lower. The German Renewable energy Federation (BEE) anticipates that it drops by a good 6.8 to about 6.5 cents per kilowatt-hour.

the Bottom line will increase electricity prices, according to a forecast by the German Association of energy and water industries (BDEW). The mega watt-hour of electricity at the electricity exchange, EEX, for two reasons significantly more expensive: Fossil fuels such as coal and Gas costs more. And the certificates for the CO2 emissions, the cost of.

The high burden for consumers and businesses are likely to employ the policy in the coming year. Because it is regularly made new proposals on how to reduce the price of Electricity.

Recently requested BDEW boss Stefan Kapferer, to throttle the rate at the current tax solid on the Europe legally possible Minimum of 0.1 cents. The cost for the government: around 5.5 billion euros. Savings for the consumer: large. The electricity tax makes up about seven percent of the retail price.

breaks for renewable energy

The promotion of the German green electricity is in the final stages. By 2021 wind installations with a capacity of four gigawatts from the promotion until the end of 2025, also plants with a capacity of 16 gigawatts.

The question of how, without promotion is still possible to make money in the green energy sector is already a large topic. The electricity supplier Enyway for example, intends to lease the pizza box large shares of solar energy systems to customers. The owner of the wind farm Ellhöft want to restore your electricity in a more climate-neutral hydrogen, and a gas station for fuel cell cars supply.

The race is on to the business models of the future has only just begun. In 2019 many more companies are expected to present their concepts for the electricity market of the future.

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