Energy companies are controllable

The energy and climate week show: e.On knicks; it corporations and cebit discover the color grun for themselves

German energy policy is made of politicians or in the chief days of the energy companies? So happened on the last thursday in dusseldorf. The big german electricity supplier e.On broke out of the phalanx of the four coarse network operators (e.On, rwe, enbw, vattenfall).

During chancellor merkel nor in the morning in her speech on the ceremony for the 10th-year existence of the federal network agency, the rehearsed line declared, networks and power plant park of the large four were not separated, published e.On his euphemistic press declaration. The network should be sold and 4800 megawatt power plant performance is the same:

E.On the european commission proposed structural measures in order to end all ongoing disputes with the eu commission in the electricity sector and to give even stronger impulses in the interest of household and industrial customers in the german electricity market in the interest of the household and industrial customers. E.On offers own transfer networks to an operator that is not in the area of power generation or power supply.

E.On press release from 28.02.08 the transmission networks in germany are divided into four rule zones. Transtract network operators are the power companies e.On, rwe, enbw, vattenfall. The dominant four electricity companies and power plant operators have a share of approximately 80 percent of electricity generation. Graphic: brake / source: vdn


A power demonstration had no weaker could not be dropped, who has energy policy in germany that, on line politicians did not say that. Too very much are influenced by the effective lobbying of the corporations, which draws all the registers, from threaten bonds to friendly alimenting with highly doped age spurts. Greenpeace made the too rough entanglement of politicians and energy companies a few time ago on the subject:

There are also 28 among the former politicians and high officials, who now relate their salary from an energy group. Among them are eight former federal or state ministers. Prominent examples are the two ex-ministers of economics wolfgang clement, spd, today supervisory board at rwe and werner muller, partilos, now chief executive board of the rag


Since the eu commission in response to the ever-gross power concentration of the electricity companies, the potential separation of the networks from power generation on the topic and initiated the first procedures initiated the board of directors of the large four against one "threatening expropriation". And tens in particular german politicians in front of their carts. These repeated as applied the message, the separation of network and production was not to be more competition and must therefore be avoided.

Composition of the electricity price – for private households in germany for a pattern household with a power consumption of 3500 kwh / year. Graphics: brake

By changing the "strategy", the previously uniform argumentation line of the remaining "coarse three" is called into question. Apparently it had e.But so hurried that the action could not be agreed with the other oligopol partners.

What solute the seemingly abrupt pan of e.On? Probably two events: the federal network agency has corrected the high of network charges downwards and thus reduces the profitability of the energy companies. This will not be so uncontrolled with the networks do not earn a lot as soon as possible. Which in the end probably gave the final rash for the current relays of the networks were the evidence of the eu commission for competitive behavior. There are threatening procedures in which pits of up to 10 percent of sales could be prompted. These were at e.On about 7 billion euros.

The now proposed cow trade showed itself as cheaper in the calculation. The example shows: energy policy is not made in germany by the chosen berlin politicians, but even from those in brussel. Was demonstrated by the fact that the power of the energy companies is controllable. For the former comrades of e.On it gets hard to continue the old line. And another impact could be e.Have ons swing. German politics will hopefully be more cautious, which affects the influencing of the coarse corporations and that could probably also affect the question of nuclear phase-out.

Who can e.Buy ons network? According to press release, it should not go to a competitor. Interested were certain government funds of the olstatoes or gazprom, which is currently swimming in the money due to high energy prices. Although the divertings are limited by the federal network agency, and the maintenance of the networks also costs money. But who owns the networks has a key position, which may not be so fast profits, but highly regularly speaking means. This could be interesting for long-term investors as the pension funds from america or australia.

Green it

Energy is currently in hanover a focus on this-year cebit. "Green it is the megatrend at the fair", says fair board harsh. The exhibition program is dedicated to the green it village (hall 9) with a congress program and installations of energy-efficient use of electricity. At the fair sailing strand a "grunes" data center should be ied. A green it guide as a reference book has also been published.

Main topics of the fair are the energy efficiency of computers and the use of computer science to increase energy efficiency in corporate processes. The motto was able to heave: "more value chip per kwh". For further increasing energy prices, the savings potential is high. With the data centers alone, the power supply causes half of the costs.

In germany, the electricity requirement for it and consumer electronics is approximately eight percent of total power consumption. According to calculations of the federal environmental agency, in data centers, the avoidance of idle losses and the increased use of thin clients (computers with minimal equipment without hard disk and without drives) in company networks save about six million tonnes of climate gas carbon dioxide. That alone is already 15 percent of the 40 million tonnes, which the federal government has set itself the goal by 2020. The conversion of a third of the pcs in germany on thin clients has been a million tonnes of co2 and around 100 000 tonnes of material according to uba per year. A study of the "energy saving trust" toppt the whole thing and has counted that by environmentally friendly behavior of energy consumption can be reduced again on modern advice on a sixth.

Skeptical and not so euphoric is the fraunhofer institute. It expects energy consumption for it and consumer electronics in germany to increase by 5 percent in germany and to rise to around 56 billion kilowatt hours by 2010 to around 56 billion kilowatt hours. These were almost 11 percent of total german power consumption and corresponded to the power generation of seven coarse power plants. Up to 20 percent of the resulting electricity requirements are often saving themselves. Some like a similar scenario, however, think that it could still be practicable that e.On one day after his contemptuous mains sale, the message from cooperation with gazprom pushed behind and together with the russian state company on the german landscaping point of the baltic sea pipeline at lubmin a 1.2 mw gas power plant will build.

Google and co

During private consumers, the high electricity consumption of electronics do not yet perceive, more and more it companies and corporations discover the cost but also possible image factor for themselves. Google made the pioneer and paved his roof with solar cells:

Google has installed over 90% of the 9,212 solar panels that comprise the 1,600 kilowatt project. Panels cover the rooftops of eight buildings and two newly constructed solar carports at the googleplex. This installation is projected to produce enough electricity for approximately 1,000 california homes or 30% of google’s peak electricity demand in our solar powered buildings at our mountain view, ca headquarters.

Google solar panel project

Energy companies are controllable

googleplex – google covers 30 percent of electricity consumption in its headquarters of "googleplex" with in-house solar cells on the roof.

Strato as a large provider in this country now formed imagewise on gruntrom and refers its electricity from hydropower plants to the rhine. The transition to regenerative electricity is expected: the price difference between conventional and regenerative electricity is minimal and the image gain roughly. The provider also optimizes its it infrastructure. Energy-saving processors, a new operating system and an optimized building technology that drives cowle and warm air separately, are to bring 30 percent energy savings per customer.

The world-growing chip manufacturer intel now also rose to the new trend and merged the transition to gruntrom, unfortunately only nominally via recs certificates (freely tradable proof of origin), which does not demolish the new green image. Because hardly anyone will ask exactly.

The purchase placed intel at the top of epa’s latest green power partners top 25 list, and so at the no. 1 spot on epa’s fortune 500 green power partners list.

Intel press release

Intel but does not want to be a role model. The group introduced his "skulltrail" calculator for passionate computer players with in-house processors. The pc is intended to transfer all players to the market performance-maker – even in power consumption. During normal pcs in operation with 80 to 200 watts of power consumption begen the skull trail with 1000 watts a decent swallow more. Maybe then at least okostrom …