Siemens CEO badmouths Energiewende

According to a report in German daily FAZ, Joe Kaeser questions whether his firm is still German. In front of a crowd from the oil sector, he emphasized his firm’s commitment to oil and gas. Getting more carbon out of the ground. Yea, that's what we need... read more »

Five reasons why the wind industry will make your day Foto: Structura

Five reasons why the wind industry will make your day

Let's face it - extreme weather, floods and droughts, melting ice and disappearing species as a result of climate change are enough to ruin anyone's day. So here's some good news for a change, brought to you by the wind industry. read more »

German electricity exports still more valuable than imports Foto: EEX Leipzig, Christoph Busse

Power trading » 21.04.2015

German electricity exports still more valuable than imports

DeStatis has updated its power trading figures for 2014, and the result remains difficult to explain for those who claim that Germany is dumping its renewable electricity on neighboring countries at low cost. read more »

Germany’s new solar record: 25 or 27 GW? Foto: Solar Dynamics Observatory NASA

Photovoltaics » 20.04.2015

Germany’s new solar record: 25 or 27 GW?

Last Wednesday, Germany once again drew attention for a record level of solar power production, but the numbers diverge quite widely – by as much as 10 percent. We can’t know yet what the exact number is, but the lower number is probably more accurate. read more »

Global PV market in the 50s IEA

Photovoltaics » 16.04.2015

Global PV market in the 50s

Not the 1950s, but gigawatts – two market research institutes estimate that more than 50, but less than 60, GW of PV will be installed this year as the market enters the solar age. read more »

Slightly positive net effect on jobs from Energiewende DIW

Employment » 15.04.2015

Slightly positive net effect on jobs from Energiewende

German economic research institute DIW has published a paper in German investigating the net job creation from renewables. The paper was presented at the Hanover Trade Show, which is currently taking place. read more »

Eon to become PV service provider for municipals Foto: BUSO Bund Solardach eG

Germany » 14.04.2015

Eon to become PV service provider for municipals

German municipal utilities are to offer their retail and commercial customers PV arrays – from Eon. read more »

What German power bills would look like if Germany were in the US Uschi Dreiucker | pixelio.de

Electricity » 13.04.2015

What German power bills would look like if Germany were in the US

Last week, German utility lobby group BDEW announced a slight reduction in the average monthly power bill in Germany. Time for a comparison with US levels. read more »

A tale of two turbines and Eiffel's tower Foto: UGE

Wind power » 10.04.2015

A tale of two turbines and Eiffel's tower

By now everyone has seen the fawning news accounts—several times, no doubt—that a US company has installed two wind turbines inside—yes, inside—the Eiffel Tower. A guest post by Paul Gipe. read more »

Kids show up energy experts in school efficiency project Foto: Ewkaa/Wikipedia

Germany » 09.04.2015

Kids show up energy experts in school efficiency project

At a school in Berlin, a project encouraged pupils to investigate energy conservation. The result was embarrassing for building management. read more »

New Zealand’s wind power, Part 2 Foto: Phillip Capper

country report » 09.04.2015

New Zealand’s wind power, Part 2

In 2012, approximately 72% of New Zealand’s total electricity generation came from Renewable Energy (RE) sources with the balance being made up by fossil-fuelled thermal generation. The Yearbook from the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) "Wind Energy International 2014/2015" shows the sharing of New Zealand's markets and planned projects. read more »

country report » 09.04.2015

New Zealand’s Renewable Energy

In 2012, approximately 72% of New Zealand’s total electricity generation came from Renewable Energy (RE) sources with the balance being made up by fossil-fuelled thermal generation. The Yearbook from the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) "Wind Energy International 2014/2015" shows the sharing of New Zealand's markets and planned projects. read more »

Collective action better incentive than climate idealism Foto: Morgenwelt Rocks

Cycling » 07.04.2015

Collective action better incentive than climate idealism

What lessons can we learn from the cycling success in Denmark? Charles Komanoff explains that appealing to convenience is more effective than calls for environmental protection. read more »

Tennet live blog on solar eclipse Craig Morris

Power grids » 04.04.2015

Tennet live blog on solar eclipse

One of Germany’s four transmission grid operators allowed Manager Magazine to report live from its control room during the eclipse on March 20. Today, we review some of the main statements. read more »

“Supply security ensured” Rainer Sturm/ Pixelio

Grid stability » 02.04.2015

“Supply security ensured”

At the beginning of March, the Pentalateral Energy Forum found that there is no risk of a shortfall in power generation capacity in the area it represents: Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, and Switzerland. read more »