EU targets » 24.10.2014

2030 or TwentyDirty?

This morning, Europe agreed to new targets for 2030. You have probably already read the basics elsewhere, so I focus on things that have largely been overlooked. And Claude Turmes has an interesting take on the wheeling and dealing. read more »

Scenarios » 24.10.2014

Advancing wind power as fast as possible

Bernard Chabot is back today with a comparison of three scenarios published by GWEC and two of his own published by the WWEA. The scenarios show that one strategy would be best for the short term; another, for the long term. Chabot says this combination would be a good joint proposal by both organizations at the upcoming climate talks in Lima and Paris. read more »

Transport » 23.10.2014

Why planes are beating trains

Brussels wants greater freedom of movement across borders between member states for citizens, products, and services. At the same time, there is concern about carbon emissions. So why is the state of cross-border train connections practically an invitation to fly? read more »

Eurosolar » 23.10.2014

2014 German solar media prize goes to… us!

On Saturday, Eurosolar will be awarding its Solar Prizes at a ceremony in Witten. The award in the media category goes to Germany's Energy Bloggers, which includes this website. read more »

Part one » 23.10.2014

Gridlock for PV in Japan

Over the past couple of weeks, several of Japan's ten big utilities have announced that they have stopped granting access to the power grid for new renewable energy projects. Today, we look at the general background of the Japanese grid and the country’s FITs. read more »

Country report » 23.10.2014

Renewable energy and its sources in Chile

Renewable energy is currently small in Chile, but there are a lot of proposed projects for wind energy and some already done. This article from the WWEA-yearbook Wind Energy international 2014/15 describes the changes of energy supply in the South American country. read more »

Policy » 21.10.2014

German industry exemptions for 2015

BAFA has published the stats for the industrial firms exempt from the full renewable power surcharge, and the number of companies exempt from grid fees was also leaked. Surprise! The surcharge won’t be affected. read more »

Policy » 21.10.2014

German government is right not to protest UK support for nuclear

On Thursday, the German Parliament voted overwhelmingly against a proposal by the Greens for Germany to take legal action against the British government’s policy support for a new nuclear power plant (Hinkley). The discussion within Germany shows how uninformed some anti-nuclear activists are. read more »

Manipulation » 20.10.2014

German renewables surcharge could have been 10% lower

According to a report in Der Spiegel, the German Industry Ministry headed by Sigmar Gabriel asked the country’s four transmission grid operators (TSOs) not to reduce the surcharge (EEG-Umlage) as much as would have been possible. The question is now why. read more »

Climate neutral at the Melbourne Zoo

Despite government backpedaling on climate policy, the Melbourne Zoo takes steps to reduce its climate impact. read more »

Desertec adieu?

The news about Desertec this week caused quite a commotion in the German press. It seems that the project divided the renewables community, and it is hard to write about the issue without taking sides. Today, I take a stab at it. read more »

German coal phaseout: SPD vs CDU

The big news item this week is the behind-the-scenes debate within the governing coalition about whether a number of coal plant owners should be paid a fee in return for shutting down their plants. The direct effect of the move would not be lower coal power production, but higher wholesale prices. The indirect effect might be less coal power. read more »

Renewables take top share in the German power mix

During the first nine months of 2014, non-hydro renewables increased their electricity production by 8.6 TWh or 9% compared to the same period in the previous year. Since all other power sources were down, this increase was enough to make non-hydro renewables the number one power source in Germany for the first time. read more »

Cost debate » 14.10.2014

German government picks target already reached

Renewables have become drastically less expensive in recent years. A new study conducted by Uwe Nestle finds puts specific numbers behind that statement and finds that future renewables growth will hardly make German power supply measurably more expensive. But perhaps we are leaving one thing out. read more »

Solar power » 14.10.2014

India may move from auctions to feed-in tariffs for PV

Indian Prime Minister Narendi Modi says it may be time for his country to move over to a “fixed-pricing model like the one used in Germany.” The statement comes, ironically, at a time when Germany is moving from feed-in tariffs to auctions. Which direction makes sense? read more »