Incumbents and disruptors struggle in new energy market Rudis-Fotoseite.de | pixelio.de

Guest post » 26.05.2016

Incumbents and disruptors struggle in new energy market

The energy world is changing fast. Investments into renewable energy are outpacing investments into conventional energy. The incumbents, unused to this pace of change and tied down by large asset bases and long-term investment strategies, are struggling. But they are not the only ones. The disruptors are also finding it difficult to build new energy businesses. In fact, many of the companies that will in the end be able to benefit from the energy revolution probably don’t exist yet. A guest post by Tobias Engelmeier. read more »

2 cent solar? Foto: Heidelberger Energiegenossenschaft

PV » 24.05.2016

2 cent solar?

A new analysis by Germany’s Photon Magazine finds that solar might be the cheapest source of electricity already today – not in sunny regions, but in cloudy Germany. read more »

EU debates nuclear Lupo | pixelio.de

Policy » 23.05.2016

EU debates nuclear

A leaked paper suggests that the EU might bank on nuclear, but a Commissioner now says it won’t. And the ITER reactor gets pushed back. read more »

German industry energy costs down Öko-Institut / DIW

Study » 20.05.2016

German industry energy costs down

Öko-Institut and DWI have produced a new cost indicator for industry. The researchers find that German industry bills are down by 10 percent relative to 2010, the year before Chancellor Merkel’s nuclear phaseout. read more »

Four days of 100% renewable electricity in Portugal: impressive? RTE

Guest post » 19.05.2016

Four days of 100% renewable electricity in Portugal: impressive?

In addition to the (somewhat misleading) news about record peak levels of renewable electricity in Germany, there are now reports about a new streak in Portugal. In this guest post, US expert Paul Gipe reminds us, however, that the annual share is more important – and Portugal relies heavily on hydropower. read more »

Power-to-heat gets going in Germany AEE/Paul Langrock

P2H » 17.05.2016

Power-to-heat gets going in Germany

What to do about all that excess electricity at times of low or negative spot market prices? Use it to generate heat in a district heat network! read more »

Reports of 100% renewable power in Germany vastly overstated Agora Energiewende

Reports of 100% renewable power in Germany vastly overstated

It turns out that the Agorameter only estimates the current load, and repeatedly the estimate has come in around 10 GW too low. The alleged 100% renewable power peak on Sunday now looks closer to 82%. read more »

Did Germany just surpass 100% renewable power? Agora Energiewende

Stats » 16.05.2016

Did Germany just surpass 100% renewable power?

Just a week after approaching 90 percent renewable power or more, Germany may have reached 100% yesterday. But the data estimates are still moving. read more »

United States does not count energy poverty GG-Berlin | pixelio.de

Stats » 13.05.2016

United States does not count energy poverty

The Federal Reserve produced a report last year on household poverty in the US. It investigates numerous aspects, including rent/mortgages. But energy expenses are not mentioned at all. read more »

Bloom Energy loses steam Foto: Damm/pixelio.de

Fuel cells » 12.05.2016

Bloom Energy loses steam

Back in 2010, the US company made headlines for an allegedly new technology that, upon closer inspection, turned out to be a solid-oxide fuel cell. Six years later, the firm does not look healthy. read more »

UK’s National Grid calls for 200 megawatts of storage Siemens

Power » 10.05.2016

UK’s National Grid calls for 200 megawatts of storage

To compensate for fluctuations on the grid, the British are to start installing grid-attached storage facilities. read more »

Renewables replace natural gas in Europe Öko-Institut

Study » 09.05.2016

Renewables replace natural gas in Europe

In April, Germany’s Öko-Institut reviewed the situation in Europe’s power sector and found that, as renewable electricity grows, coal power largely remains untouched. Electricity from natural gas is being offset. read more »

Does nuclear help the integration of renewables? RTE

Stats » 08.05.2016

Does nuclear help the integration of renewables?

“French nuclear exports help Germany, the UK, Italy and Spain accelerate their renewable uptake,” writes shale gas proponent Nick Grealy. What do the data show? read more »

The big turbines are coming Grafik: Siemens

Wind power » 06.05.2016

The big turbines are coming

Increasingly, there are signs that the offshore and onshore wind sectors are moving in different directions technologically. On land, generator sizes are not growing as quickly as rotor diameters, for instance. But offshore, generators are reaching new records. read more »

More German industrial firms exempt from renewables surcharge Rudis-Fotoseite.de | pixelio.de

Policy » 04.05.2016

More German industrial firms exempt from renewables surcharge

In April, the Greens requested disclosure of the list of companies that have applied for an exemption to the full renewable energy surcharge. The number has now reached 2,305. Eligibility is a disincentive for efficiency, a problem the government is trying to fix. read more »