Climate policy » 24.11.2014

Does the 2°C target really matter?

The world is on target for a level of carbon emissions that will make it impossible to stay within the two degrees Celsius of warming generally considered to be threshold for the worst consequences. What happens when that threshold is surpassed? read more »

The best measure of progress

REN21 recently released the latest edition of its Global Status Report, and there are some small changes that may have escaped your attention. read more »

German Energy Agency Dena under fire

The German Accounting Office apparently believes that Dena pays its executives too much – and that the agency itself is not doing its job well. read more »

Batteries for private photovoltaic systems

Market analysts expect a tenfold increase in the market for small solar power storage systems over the next three years. In the same period, they expect the hurdles preventing the integration of power storage into private photovoltaic systems to be overcome. read more »

Last gasp for biogas in Germany

Germany's biogas industry managed to add 41 MW of capacity before the amended Renewable Energy Act took effect in 2014. In 2015 the industry expects to install less than 10 MW of capacity for the entire year. read more »

Policy » 20.11.2014

Bavaria against wind power

Last week, the Bavarian government implemented the long-awaited 10-H rule, which will effectively put an end to wind power in the state. Yet, public support for wind power among Bavarians remains quite high. read more »

German electricity demand forecast for 2014-2019

Every year, the German transmission service operators (TSO) are obligated by law to draw up and publish a 5-year forecast for electricity sector developments that are relevant to the future of the EEG surcharge. Today, we look at the findings concerning the changes in domestic electricity demand. read more »

Germany will miss 2020 carbon target with focus only on power sector

German economic research institute DIW published a study today which finds that the proposal to start shutting down coal plants will not reduce carbon quickly enough. But Germany is not the only EU member state about to miss its carbon target for 2020. read more »

Country Report » 19.11.2014

Mexicos wind energy and its energy economy

Wind power increased its contribution in Mexico. Since 2007 several parks were built in the middle of America. The Yearbook from the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) "Wind Energy International 2014/2015" shows, how the future market of Mexican wind power looks and which projects are planned. read more »

Research in renewables

The transition of our energy supply — electricity, heat, and transportation — to a carbon-free future is not only a technological and economic challenge, there are social challenges as well. Dr. Ortwin Renn of the University of Stuttgart explains how to meet those challenges. read more »

Will Germany abandon carbon target for 2020?

A misleading headline at Der Spiegel (redundant, I know) has caused quite a bit of commotion: “Gabriel announces abandonment of climate protection targets.” Here’s the real story. read more »

Lithium-Ion storage systems

Reports about the fire risks of lithium-ion storage systems has inspired the international battery and energy storage association and manufacturers to contribute to the safety of their industry. The association will be writing a white paper over the coming months to restore customer confidence in the safety of lithium-ion systems. read more »

Experiences from Japan's Karuizawa Passive House

Karuizawa Passive House, my home, is Japan's most energy efficient house. It is the first certified Passive House (Passive House) in Nagano Prefecture and the sixth in all of Japan. Located in Karuizawa Town, Japan's premier mountain resort, we are about an hour from Tokyo by bullet train. read more »

Development » 16.11.2014

Germany opens first commercial offshore wind farm

This month, Meerwind Süd|Ost went into operation with a total capacity of 288 megawatts. One of the two major investors is Blackstone of the US, a firm that a German minister called “locusts” less than a decade ago. read more »

Global warming » 16.11.2014

Two scenarios for carbon emissions

Bernard Chabot is back today with an analysis of two scenarios. The first, Factor 1 (F1), is close to the 2030 peak in greenhouse gas emissions as agreed recently by the US and China. Factor 4 (F4) shows what we would need to keep global warming within two degrees Celsius. read more »