Is Portugal finally going solar? Foto: Sunovis

PV » 26.07.2016

Is Portugal finally going solar?

The Portuguese are now talking about gigawatts of solar in the pipeline, several times more than it has installed. read more »

Will German offshore wind screech to a halt? Stiftung Offshore-Windenergie

Wind power » 24.07.2016

Will German offshore wind screech to a halt?

In the first half of 2016, 43 offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of 258 megawatts were newly connected to the grid, bringing the total up to 835 units with 3,552 megawatts. But the sector says that the legal changes taking effect on January 1 will slow down further growth. read more »

Only Climate Darkness at End of GOP Tunnel? Martin Günther | pixelio.de

Carbon taxation » 23.07.2016

Only Climate Darkness at End of GOP Tunnel?

The Republican Convention is over. And it’s fair to wonder if the dream of a bipartisan carbon tax is over as well. A guest post by Charles Komanoff. read more »

German researchers study bird deaths in wind farms PNE Wind AG

German researchers study bird deaths in wind farms

It’s the largest such study ever conducted in Germany. Every 27 km, a bird was found to have died from a collision. Is that good or bad? read more »

Renewables will always need support Foto: Deutscher Bundestag/Katrin Neuhauser

Policy » 20.07.2016

Renewables will always need support

These days, more and more people, especially market analysts, are talking about the success of renewables without “subsidies.” But wind and solar, at least, will always require policy support. Here are a few reasons why. read more »

What Eon thinks about current state of affairs Bloomberg

Utilities » 18.07.2016

What Eon thinks about current state of affairs

A recent article with the firm’s CEO suggests that the company’s analysis of what policies are needed is still based on its own business case. read more »

Bad news about low prices Benjamin Klack / pixelio.de

Auctions » 14.07.2016

Bad news about low prices

One major concern in renewable energy auctions is that big players might bid low today to scare away competition tomorrow. Once a small number of companies has scared away the competition, they can raise prices later. The news from Abu Dhabi is therefore discouraging. And the news from the Netherlands might soon be as well. read more »

New nuclear charts WNA

Visuals » 12.07.2016

New nuclear charts

The World Nuclear Association has taken a new foray into infographics. The result is worth seeing. read more »

Global data for power sector Bernard Chabot

Visualization » 11.07.2016

Global data for power sector

Bernard Chabot is back today with a global overview of the power sector based on BP data. Nuclear is the only power source that has decreased in recent years, while non-hydro renewables skyrockets. Nonetheless, the carbon content of electricity globally is going nowhere. read more »

Denmark prepares wind turbine test site for tallest turbines Foto: Structura

Wind power » 08.07.2016

Denmark prepares wind turbine test site for tallest turbines

The largest units can be up to 250 meters tall measured from the ground to the tip of the top blade. Simply setting the things up is an engineering challenge, as a recent 230-meter unit in Germany shows. read more »

Community energy » 06.07.2016

Number of new energy coops in German dwindles

The data are in for 2015, and they don’t look good. The German government’s new policies are pushing back community energy. Perhaps the outcome can still be viewed as unintended, but only if it the situation is remedied soon. read more »

Fracking in Germany? Foto: PR

Comment » 05.07.2016

Fracking in Germany?

In June, the German government adopted a new shale gas law. Numerous reports claim that the law restricts fracking, but there are several ways that shale gas firms will be able to continue doing business in the country. A comment by Nicole Weinhold. read more »

Sweden approves sale of Vattenfall’s lignite assets in Germany Foto: Christiane Eisler

Coal » 02.07.2016

Sweden approves sale of Vattenfall’s lignite assets in Germany

Climate protectionists have had hoped for a deal between the German and Swedish governments to leave the coal in the ground, but on Saturday Sweden’s Social Democratic government chose to sell these assets to Czech investors who wish to commercialize it. read more »

PV crosses two symbolic milestones in UK and Germany Foto: Solarcentury (solarcentury.co.uk)

Solar » 01.07.2016

PV crosses two symbolic milestones in UK and Germany

Solar has trickled across the 40 GW threshold in Germany, while the UK now has 10 GW, according to data just published in each country. But both markets are slowing down. read more »

Electric mobility news update VDE

Sustainability » 29.06.2016

Electric mobility news update

Sweden is testing an all-electric highway, Norway leave sits oil sector out in order to reach its targets, and the Swiss postal service goes a little electric. read more »