Figure of the Month

12.37 ct/kWh

For the first time since 2017, the EEG levy for 2020 has risen again compared to the previous year. At 6.76 ct/kWh, it now reaches its third highest level after 2017 and 2018. The increase amounts to 0.35 ct/kWh, which corresponds to an increase of 5.5 %. The main reasons given for the increase are the melting EEG account and the new offshore wind turbines with high remuneration.

For end consumers, the sum of the wholesale price and the EEG assessment is particularly relevant. To simplify matters, a rising wholesale price has a dampening effect on EEG assessments. On the basis of forward contracts, however, it can be stated for 2020 that not only the EEG levy but also wholesale prices will rise. The sum of the wholesale price and the EEG levy thus reaches a historic record of 12.37 ct/kWh.

The average stock exchange price in 2020 (and partly also in 2019), averaged according to H0 (supply profile for household customers), is based on our own estimate on the basis of forward prices.

544 Mt CO2

Contribution of SUVs to CO2 emissions 2010. Further Information: Commentary: Growing preference for SUVs challenges emissions reductions in passenger car market.

20 €/MW/day

Since the beginning of July, the primary control power price has risen on average by a good €20/mW/day due to the new tender rules. Further information: New tender procedure for primary control power since 1 July 2019 - a first interim balance.

9th place

The GiraFFEntennis-Team of the FfE reaches the 9th place at the Bavarian Beach Cup.

2nd place

For the FfE team at the Munich City Run 2019.


In 4,036 research projects funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi), scientists worked in 2018 on shaping the energy supply system of the future. Source: BMWi report "Innovation through research".


- 155,83 €/MWh

On Easter Monday, high RES feed-ins led to average hourly prices of - 155.83 €/MWh on the continuous intraday market. This corresponds to the lowest volume-weighted electricity price on continuous hourly intraday trading since 2012.

475 people


475 persons participated in at least one day of the FfE Energy Days 2019.

1.000,-- €

In order to honour excellent students in the field of energy economics and technology and thus also the lifetime achievement of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helmut Schaefer, the long-standing Scientific Director of the Research Centre for Energy Economics, the Helmut Schaefer Prize will be awarded for outstanding master's theses every year starting in 2019. A total of 1000 euros in prize money will be awarded.


This year FfE employees donated € 9504.16 to the Blessed Gérard's Care Centre in South Africa. The Blessed Gérard's Care Centre in Mandeni, South Africa, consists of a hospice with a care area and outpatient care for sick people and a children's home. There is also a kindergarten, but it is not directly located at the central location. FfE employees have been supporting the Blessed Gérard's Care Centre for years with donations and energy analyses on site.


In the new study "Applications of blockchain technology in the energy industry", FfE shows the potential of blockchain technology in the energy industry. A total of 161 experts were involved in 11 workshops to identify and analyse a total of 91 potential use cases.

405.5 ppm

According to measurements by climate researchers, the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is higher than ever before. According to the World Meteorological Organization of the United Nations (WMO) in Geneva, the average global CO2 concentration last year rose to 405.5 ppm (particles per million particles), after 403.3 in 2016 and 400.1 in 2015.

805 points

Michael Hinterstocker won this year's FfE autumn sheephead tournament. He took first place with an incredible 805 points.

6.41 Cent / kWh

The EEG levy for 2019 is 0.38 ct lower than in the previous year.

The EEG levy has been falling since 2017, but wholesale electricity prices are rising. All in all, a rising trend can be observed, which is expected to slow down in 2019. The 2019 (and partly also 2018) stock exchange price averaged according to H0 (supply profile for household customers) is based on an own estimate based on forward prices.

9th place

Saturday, 21 July 2018 - Team GiraFFEntennis mbH impressed with a strong team performance in the final round of this year's beach volleyball tournament "Bavarian Beach Cup" - Bavaria's largest corporate & leisure beach volleyball tournament. Last but not least, the spectacular "Three Giraffes Monster Block" taught the opponents fear. At the end the team reached an excellent 9th place.


The Federal Motor Transport Authority published the registration statistics for the first half of the year in its press release of 3 July 2018. 1,839,031 new passenger cars were registered, 2.9 percent more than in the same period last year.

With 17,234 newly registered electric vehicles, this type of drive achieved a share of 0.9 %. In addition, there are 16,683 plug-in hybrids, also with a share of 0.9 %.

In the case of passenger cars powered by fossil fuels, petrol engines account for 63.1 % or more than two thirds. Diesel passenger cars account for about one-third, down 20 % on the same period last year. In addition, there are 7,194 natural gas-powered (0.4 %) and 2,517 liquid gas-powered (0.1 %) passenger cars.

At 129.5 g/kg, CO2 emissions from new cars rose by 1.3 % over the same period last year (127.9 g/kg).

Source: Federal Motor Transport Authority. Press release No. 15/2018 "Vehicle registrations in June 2018 - Half-year balance".



Gross onshore wind power capacity increase of 5,333 megawatts (MW) or 1792 turbines in 2017 as a whole

"In 2017 as a whole, gross additions to onshore wind turbines were high as expected at 5,333 megawatts (MW) and 1,792 turbines, respectively. The increase corresponds to an increase of 15 percent compared to 2016 as a whole. The figures collected by Deutsche WindGuard confirm the forecast of the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) and VDMA Power Systems." [...]

Source: German Wind Energy Association e.V. (BWE); Expansion figures for the full year 2017 in Germany Onshore wind energy: Strong expansion path in transition year, repair EEG and strengthen climate protection


36 %

Renewables share to exceed 36 percent in 2017

"Renewable energies are expected to cover more than 36 percent of Germany's gross electricity consumption in 2017. This is the result of an initial estimate by the Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft (BDEW). According to this estimate, almost 217 billion kilowatt hours (billion kWh) of electricity could be generated from the sun, wind and other renewable sources by the end of the year. This would be a significant increase over the previous year: in 2016, the share of renewable energies at 188 billion kWh was still 31.6 percent of gross electricity consumption." [...]

Source: BDEW: Renewable energies account for more than 36 percent of gross electricity consumption in 2017


The EEG levy for 2018 is 0.088 ct lower than in the previous year.

With the exception of the two slight declines in 2015 and 2018, the EEG levy has risen continuously. The expansion of renewable energies tends to lead to falling prices on the electricity wholesale markets (merit order effect). This is one reason why the percentage increase in the sum of the wholesale price and the EEG levy has not been so pronounced in the last five years. Wholesale electricity prices have fallen every year since 2011. For 2017 a trend reversal is emerging. The now rising wholesale electricity prices are again the main reason why the EEG levy for the year is falling despite further expansion of renewable energies.


The electricity consumption for air conditioning in the USA is as high as the electricity consumption of Africa as a whole.



The power consumption for all Bitcoin calculations is estimated at 13.47 TWh per year according to digiconomist.



+23 / -85
23 cents is the social benefit of every kilometre of road. On the other hand, each kilometre driven by car costs our society 85 cents.

Quote of the traffic and city planners Copenhagen from SZ from 13.05.2017


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