Der Energieversorger RWE will seinen Stromkunden im kommenden Jahr 2008 so etwas wie eine Preisgarantie, also eine Strompreisgarantie geben. Die regionalen Gesellschaften die den großen Konzern vertreten sind damit beauftragt.
Alles soll ganz einfach sein: Der Kunde schließt einen Vertrag über 3 Jahre ab, bekommt dafür eine Strompreisgarantie (http://www.strompreisgarantie.org), kann aber, wie die FTD meldet, schon nach 12 Monaten wieder kündigen.
Man ist jetzt schon gespannt darauf, wie viele der mehr als 5 Millionen Kunden der RWE das Angebot annehmen werden.
Allerdings gibt es auch warnende Stimmen. Diese kommen meist von den Verbraucherzentralen. Dort sagt man, dass solche Offerten der Energieanbieter mit Vorsicht zu genießen sind. Gerade das RWE Angebot muss wettbewerbsfähig bleiben und man wisse daher nicht, wie sich der Preis nach den 3 Jahre entwickele.
Immer wieder geraten die Stromkonzerne wegen Preiserhöhungen unter Kritik. Bundeswirtschaftsminister Glos (CSU) fordert besser Preismodelle. Leider bestimmen immer die Konzerne den Preis, der Verbrauche muss nur zahlen.
The geomagnetic field was quiet to unsettled on December 9. Solar wind speed ranged between 452 and 548 km/sec. Solar flare activity was low. Solar flux was 156.3, the planetary A index was 8 (STAR Ap – based on the mean of three hour ap indices: 9.4). Three hour interval K indices: 32122322 (planetary), 21212212 (Boulder). The background x-ray flux is at the class C1 level. At midnight there were 13 spotted regions on the visible disk, 1 of which has not yet been numbered. A total of 9 C class flares were recorded during the day. Region 10205 rotated over the northwest limb. Flare: C1.1 at 22:04 UTC. Region 10207 rotated quietly over the southwest limb. Region 10209 decayed slowly and quietly. Region 10212 decayed and lost about half of its penumbral area. Region 10213 was quiet and stable. Region 10214 decayed into spotless plage at the northwest limb. Region 10215 developed a few new spots but lost some of its penumbral area. Region 10216 decayed slowly and quietly and could soon become spotless. Region 10217 decayed slowly as the only penumbra split off its smallest spot. Region 10218 was mostly quiet and stable. Flare: C1.9 at 17:13 UTC. New region 10219 emerged in the southeast quadrant on December 6 and was finally noticed by SEC on December 9. The region developed a few small spots early in the day, however, these spots had disappeared by midnight. Flare: C1.5 at 06:32 UTC. New region 10220 emerged in the southeast quadrant on December 8 and developed very quickly on December 9. The region has a magnetic delta in the large trailing penumbra. M class flares are likely. Flares: C2.4 at 20:00, C4.1 at 21:37, C1.0 at 22:13 and C2.0 at 23:38 UTC. The region produced a C5.5 flare at 01:32 on December 10. New region 10221 rotated into view at the northeast limb on December 8 and was numbered on Dec.9. Spotted regions not yet numbered by SEC: [S49] A new region emerged in the southeast quadrant on December 9. Location at midnight: S24E31. Comment added at 11:22 UTC on December 10: A new region has emerged in the southeast quadrant and will be located at S07E15 at noon. This DAO region had 7 spots a short while ago. Currently 10 spotted regions are visible with several of the regions decaying. Region 10220 continues to develop but at a slower pace than yesterday. Comment added at 12:48 UTC: Region 10220 produced an M1.1 flare at 12:26 UTC. It is not yet known if there was a CME associated with this event. Further M class flares are likely as long as the current magnetic delta configuration is present.
Coronal mass ejections (CMEs)
December 7-9: No obviously geoeffective CMEs noted.
Coronal hole history (starting late October 2002) Compare today’s report with the situation one solar rotation ago: 28 days ago 27 days ago 26 days ago A fairly small, decaying, recurrent coronal hole in the southern hemisphere will rotate into a geoeffective position on December 10-11. Processed SOHO EIT 284 image at 19:06 UTC on December 9. Any black areas on the solar disk are likely coronal holes.
The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet to unsettled on December 10-13. A weak coronal stream will likely begin on December 13. Long distance medium wave (AM) band propagation along east-west paths over high and upper middle latitudes is fair to poor.