Wind power price fall to 25 $/MWh in the US

According to a new study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory the average levelized wind PPA price in the US has fallen to just 25 $/MWh in 2013. read more »

Part III: The value of wind power - balancing costs

In this last part of our series after the analysis of wind power cost and price we think about the value of wind power. There is value in wind power for consumers which is not reflected directly through electricity prices, and is only remotely related to the actual cost of wind. Which brings us to our last point, the 'value' of wind power, which has to include wind's other impacts on the system, which are not captured by monetary mechanisms. read more »

Chinas 13 GW PV target for 2014

In 2014 China wants to add 13 GW of PV. In the first half of the year, it however only added 3.3 GW so far. read more »

Small turnkey ground mounted PV-system

Innovation is all about developing better solutions that meet new requirements or existing market needs. These step by step improvements aim to create more effective products, services, technologies or ideas that are readily available to markets. In this sense, the new “10-KiloWattBlock” from Belectric is a great example for innovation read more »

Part II:The cost of wind

Yesterday we published the first part of a text on wind energy costs. Now, in the second part we take a look at the prices. read more »

Germany meets 75% of the domestic electricity demand with renewables

At 2 pm on August 18th the combined output of renewables in Germany amounted to 41 GW, enough to provide 75% of all the domestic power needed at that time. While such high shares of renewables are a positive testament of the energy transition, they are also evidence of the upcoming challenges. read more »

India aims to add 10 GW of wind power annually

The new Indian government has hinted to significantly accelerate the deployment of wind power. According to statements made by Piyush Goyal, Minister of Power & Energy, annual capacity additions are to be increased to 10 GW – a 5 fold increase over the current rate. read more »

The cost of wind, the price of wind, and the value of wind

The economics of wind power are surrounded by confusion – often nurtured and used by the opponents of wind the better to dismiss it. Even the basic economics of energy markets are often misinterpreted by commentators. read more »

RWE to shut down 1 GW of coal power in Germany

Conventional power generation is an increasingly bad business in Germany. Due to overcapacity in the market, wholesale prices for electricity are now so low that an increasing number of power plants are no longer profitable. Now, RWE has announced it wants to reduce its conventional power plant capacity by shutting down 1050 MW of coal power. read more »

Japan's energy policy track record

Last year, Japan announced that it would abandon its goal to reduce emission by 25% below 1990 levels by 2020. Many observers were quick to make a direct connection between this decision and the de facto nuclear phase out that followed the Fukushima nuclear disaster. But is this actually an adequate explanation for Japans failure to meet its climate goals? read more »

Nuclear legacy » 14.08.2014

San Onofre nuclear power plant decommissioning

It’s been one year since the decision was made to close the San Onofre nuclear power station in California. Last week, the plant’s owner, Southern California Edison (SCE), presented a 20-year plan for decommissioning. It comes with a hefty price tag of 4.4 billion dollars and a surprisingly simple solution for the spent nuclear waste accumulated at the site. read more »

Italy imposes retroactive changes to the feed-in tariff for PV

Last Thursday the Italian parliament and senate in Rome have voted in favor of retroactive changes to the feed-in tariff scheme for solar power. Among other changes, operators of PV systems larger than 200 kW must now choose one of three options for changes. read more »

German state aims to triple onshore wind capacity to 20 GW

Lower Saxony is already a wind power house. With more than 5,500 wind turbines and an installed nameplate capacity of 7.8 GW at the end of 2013, it is the #1 wind powered state in Germany. With the goal of keeping this title, the state government has announced the goal of a threefold increase of onshore wind capacity to 20 GW by 2050. read more »

A closer look at Japans “Easy PV” potential

The notoriously import-dependent island nation of Japan could install 170 GW of “easy PV”, enough to generate roughly 20% of its current electricity needs. Today, we’ll take a closer look at this potential. read more »

The essence of the Energiewende

Nowadays the use of the term “Energiewende” or energy transition has become relatively common when discussing energy issues and especially energy politics in Germany and abroad. Overall this is a good development, but as so often with new buzzwords for complex topics, the term is often used to describe a variety of issues. read more »