Electric cars to stabilize the grid Foto: Manfred Witt

Storage » 05.02.2016

Electric cars to stabilize the grid

German green power provider Lichtblick has announced plans to incentivize the charging of electric vehicles at times of low power demand. In doing so, the firm also explains why this is not already happening. read more »

Germany misses PV target for 2015 Foto: Sonneninvest AG

Solar » 04.02.2016

Germany misses PV target for 2015

It’s official: Germany’s Network Agency has announced the number of newly installed PV arrays for December. Or is it the number of newly registered arrays? read more »

EWEA’s 2015 update of offshore wind in Europe Foto: Siemens

Wind power » 03.02.2016

EWEA’s 2015 update of offshore wind in Europe

The European Wind Energy Association has produced a review of the offshore wind sector last year, but once again it is impossible to even guess at capacity factors. read more »

Does less nuclear mean more coal in Germany? EnergyTransition.de

Policy » 02.02.2016

Does less nuclear mean more coal in Germany?

In a compelling article, a Swedish academic takes an unusual look into the past few years of German policy, asking what seems to be an obvious question – yet, few have posed it before: when Germany resolved to change its nuclear plans in 2010 and then again in 2011, why didn’t it change its plans for renewables accordingly? read more »

How Germany combines wind and solar Chabot

Statistics » 01.02.2016

How Germany combines wind and solar

Bernard Chabot is back today with German power data from 2015, particularly with a focus on solar and wind power in June and December. The capacity factors of onshore and offshore wind are also compared. read more »

1,000 km of solar roads in France Gerry Lynch

Rant » 29.01.2016

1,000 km of solar roads in France

It’s enough to make you despair: French Energy Minister Ségolène Royal has announced the construction of 1,000 kilometers of solar panels, which would be fine if she didn’t plan to pave roads with them. Put solar on stuff, not stuff on solar, y’all (I'm looking at you, Netherlands). read more »

First auctioned PV array online Foto: Solarcentury (solarcentury.co.uk)

Solar » 28.01.2016

First auctioned PV array online

British solar installer Solarcentury announced yesterday the completion of a 4.7 MW array in Saxony-Anhalt. It is apparently the first system to go into operation under the new auction policy. read more »

Returns from offshore wind: too high? Foto: wpd AG

Wind power » 27.01.2016

Returns from offshore wind: too high?

In its fifth year of operation, Germany’s first offshore wind farm, Alpha Ventus, once again surpassed expectations. The first people (besides me) now say that feed-in tariffs for offshore wind are too high, but they are calling for a switch to auctions, not lower feed-in tariffs. read more »

German power trading examined Agora Energiewende

Electricity » 26.01.2016

German power trading examined

Today, we take a look at the recent data on power trading and power lines. One thing is still missing: the exact capacity of interconnections. read more »

Germany now #2 for solar behind China EnergyTransition.de

PV » 25.01.2016

Germany now #2 for solar behind China

It was fun while it lasted, but China has reportedly reached 43 gigawatts, compared to just under 40 gigawatts in Germany. The Germans have lost their status as the largest PV country in terms of installations in the world for good. read more »

Italian power stats for 2015 Italy power imports

Electricity » 22.01.2016

Italian power stats for 2015

Italy has published its power statistics for last year. Solar now comes in at just below eight percent, the largest share of any country in the world. read more »

Guest post » 21.01.2016

The highs and lows of community energy across Europe

Paul Monaghan of Up The Ethics says that Germany and Denmark have been models for community ownership of renewable energy for a long time, but the rollback is severe at present. What's worse, no other European countries are picking up the baton. read more »

Germans don’t like electric car subsidies VDE

Policy » 20.01.2016

Germans don’t like electric car subsidies

Industry Minister Sigmar Gabriel has spoken of a 5,000 euro bonus for electric cars. The idea has met with criticism, however. read more »

Canada’s huge wind year Foto: Vestas

Wind power » 19.01.2016

Canada’s huge wind year

Last week, CanWEA, the Canadian Wind Energy Association, announced impressive growth in 2015, with roughly 50 percent capacity additions – and some form of community (co-)ownership in most projects. read more »

Denmark blows past old wind record Foto: Vestas

Wind power » 18.01.2016

Denmark blows past old wind record

2015 was another record year for wind power in Denmark, where turbines generated 42 percent of demand, topping the old record of 39 percent from the previous year. No other country has such a large share of wind power. read more »