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  • 9 News

August 2015

19.08.2015 – ZEW (pma/fkr/jpr)

Energy Market Experts Forecast Medium-Term Risks for Energy Providers as a Result of the Energy Transition

The turnaround in German energy policy, the energy transition (“Energiewende”), is considered one of the major energy policy projects in German history. Such an ambitious project will bring about notable changes in many areas of the German business landscape. Over the medium term, the energy transition will have a significant impact on the economic situation of companies in the energy sector, as well as on companies involved in the construction of power plants. The resulting opportunities and risks, however, are unevenly distributed. This is a finding from the current Energy Market Barometer carried out by the Mannheim Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). More than 200 energy market experts participated in the survey. They were asked to assess the consequences of the energy transition on the economic situation of companies in the energy sector and on the German economy as a whole on a five-year horizon. read more

February 2014

19.02.2014 – ZEW (nwo/kbo)

ZEW Energy Market Barometer - German Energy Policy Should Take Greater Account of IT Security

IT is of growing importance to companies in the energy economy. Many processes are automated and connected using control software. This creates a risk for companies in the energy economy to be attacked by hackers; software errors or computer viruses can cause large-scale power blackouts. Germany’s major power supply facilities, however, seem to be well or at least sufficiently protected from IT errors and cyber attacks. This view is maintained by the majority of the approximately 170 energy market experts from science and business surveyed by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) for the semi-annual Energy Market Barometer. read more

July 2013

29.07.2013 – ZEW (alo/kbo)

ZEW Energy Market Barometer: Current Energy Policy Is too Fixated on the Distribution of Energy Cost

The German energy policy is too fixated on the question how households and companies can be relieved from increasing energy costs. Instead, improving cost-efficiency in terms of energy supply and energy use would be a starting point to mitigate growing energy costs and to promote climate protection. These are the findings of the ZEW Energy Market Barometer, a semi-annual survey among some 200 experts from the energy economy conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). read more

January 2013

16.01.2013 – ZEW (ggr)

EU Commissioner for Energy Oettinger Visits ZEW for an Exchange of Ideas on Energy Policy in Germany and in Europe

The European Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger, visited the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim today. In a round table, he discussed the future design of German and European energy policy with personalities from the areas of business and politics from the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region and with ZEW researchers. read more

July 2011

27.07.2011 – ZEW (alo/kbo/ggr)

ZEW Survey Among Energy Experts – Abandoning Nuclear Energy is Possible but Electricity Prices Will Rise

In Germany the exit from nuclear energy within ten years is possible. Due to the exit period chosen, there is no reason to fear power supply instabilities. However, the change in energy policy connected with the exit from nuclear energy is not possible without price increases in electricity. In the coming years, the crucial factors for the price development of electricity will presumably be the further development of renewable energy sources, the expansion of the power supply system, the exit from nuclear energy and the development of the gas prices. These are the findings of the current ZEW Energy Market Barometer, a survey conducted semi-annually by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim among around 200 energy experts. read more

20.07.2011 – ZEW (alo/tme/kbo)

ZEW Energy Market Barometer - Experts Expect Medium-Term Energy Price Increases on a Broad Front

Industrial energy consumers, especially energy-intensive companies – e.g. in the chemical industry or in steel production or aluminium production – larger business enterprises, local authorities and other final consumers with high energy needs should expect rising costs of electricity, natural gas, oil and coal. However, in the short-term, that is until around the end of 2011, customers can assume that prices for the energy sources listed above, except for electricity, will remain relatively stable. These are the findings of the ZEW Energy Market Barometer conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)in Mannheim among around 200 energy market experts. They were interviewed about the short- and medium-term trends for energy prices for wholesale customers. read more

March 2010

22.03.2010 – ZEW (kre/kbo)

New European Union Energy Label Slows Down Sales of Energy-Saving Appliances

The European Commission makes a second attempt to introduce a new energy label for electric appliances. This label is to encourage the European consumers to buy energy-saving appliances. However, there are some signs that the second attempt will not be successful either. If an appliance carries the new energy label instead of the existing European Energy Label, low energy consumption does not have a great impact on the consumer decision. Consumers are not willing to pay more for an energy-saving appliance if it is labelled with the new energy label. These are the findings of a study by Stefanie Heinzle and Rolf Wüstenhagen (University of St. Gallen) within the research project seco@home that is coordinated by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) Mannheim. The study compares TV sets with the existing European Energy Label and the new energy label as well as the labels’ impacts on consumers. read more

July 2009

30.07.2009 – ZEW (nwo/kbo)

ZEW Energy Market Barometer - Climate Change Causes Blackouts in European Power Stations

In the face of climate change, power stations in Europe are likely to increasingly reduce their energy production in the future. On the basis of global warming, which also causes heat waves and droughts in Europe during the summer, especially atomic power plants will be forced to curb electricity production. At this point, however, the question whether the loss of production will impair the security of power supply cannot be clearly answered. This is the result of the latest ZEW Energy Market Barometer survey among around 200 energy market experts from science and industry, which is conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) on a biannual basis. read more

January 2009

09.01.2009 – ZEW (nwo/ggr/kbo)

ZEW Energy Market Barometer – The security of natural gas supply will worsen over the mid-term

The dispute between Russia, a gas producer, and the Ukraine, a transit country for gas delivery, has had consequences in particular for Eastern European EU member states, and has shifted energy security to the forefront of political concern in Europe. The ZEW Energy Market Barometer is a survey of energy-market experts conducted on a biannual basis by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). In November and December of 2008, the participating experts were asked to assess supply security with regard to various energy sources. "Over the mid-term a worsening of supply security for gas and oil is to be expected. Experts anticipate that the current dispute over natural gas supplies will not have a dramatic impact on Germany. The country should take heed of recent events, however, and boost energy security by increasing the use of liquefied natural gas and by investing in new pipelines and storage reservoirs", says Dr Andreas Löschel, head of the ZEW-research department "Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management". read more


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