Germany opens giant new coal plant Lisa Schwarz / pixelio.de

Hamburg » 27.02.2015

Germany opens giant new coal plant

This weekend, the Moorburg coal plant will go into operation just outside of Hamburg – finally. Though it may be misunderstood abroad as a sign that the Energiewende apparently needs coal power to back up renewables, the real story is that renewables are making coal power redundant even during the nuclear phaseout. How else to explain that Vattenfall would have preferred to back away from the project altogether? read more »

New index to “prevent misinterpretations” Foto: Andreas Morlok / pixelio.de

New index to “prevent misinterpretations”

The VIK updated its power price index for medium-voltage connections in November. The question is whether the new index is easier to understand than the old one. But at least we know what misunderstanding was to be prevented. read more »

IRENA explores incorporating consumer label Windmade Foto: eno energy

Renewables label » 25.02.2015

IRENA explores incorporating consumer label Windmade

Windmade was the world’s first consumer label for a renewable energy source. Now the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) task force, Coalition for Action, explores incorporating the consumer label into IRENA. read more »

Concern about eclipse heats up Foto: Franz Metelec/Fotolia

Concern about eclipse heats up

Entso-e, the organization of European grid operators, has released a paper investigating the impact of the upcoming partial eclipse on solar power production in the EU. read more »

Overview of German wind power statistics from 2014 uschi dreiucker / pixelio.de

Data » 24.02.2015

Overview of German wind power statistics from 2014

The country in Europe with the lowest capacity factor for wind turbines is nonetheless the second biggest wind power producer. Bernard Chabot investigates. read more »

Peak China coal update RAG Montan Immobilien

Coal power » 23.02.2015

Peak China coal update

A guest post by James Wimberley on the downturn in China's coal sector. read more »

PV overview for Germany 2014 Foto: Grüne Energie Bürgersolarpark

Statistics » 22.02.2015

PV overview for Germany 2014

Bernard Chabot is back today with an overview of German solar stats from last year. read more »

15% return on solar investments in Germany for Saudis? Foto: Trina

Profit margins » 20.02.2015

15% return on solar investments in Germany for Saudis?

An obscure report from Saudi Arabia claimed that a German governmental representative offered Saudi investors a 15 percent return on investments in solar in Germany. German citizens currently get closer to zero percent. But the German governmental official denies he made any such offer during his visit. read more »

8 Reasons to be Skeptical of the “Tree” Wind Turbine New Wind

Small wind » 18.02.2015

8 Reasons to be Skeptical of the “Tree” Wind Turbine

The Wind Tree by NewWind is making the social media rounds. Videos, blogs, pictures and ecstatic exclamations of “Huzzah! The future is now!” are blanketing the internet. The Wind Tree will be on display in Paris for the lead up to the Paris climate conference later this year. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to be skeptical of everything on the internet, this is a good place to start. Here are eight reasons to be skeptical of the Wind Tree. A guest post by Simon Mahan. read more »

Steve Sawyer from GWEC speaks about global wind situation Foto: GWEC

Steve Sawyer from GWEC speaks about global wind situation

Globally, 51,477 MW of new wind generating capacity was added in 2014 according to the global wind market statistics released by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). Total cumulative installations stand at 369,553 MW at the end of 2014. Steve Sawyer, GWEC Secretary General, comments. read more »

How much more do carbon emissions need to drop? Bernard Chabot

Statistics » 17.02.2015

How much more do carbon emissions need to drop?

Bernard Chabot is back today with a comprehensive overview of carbon emissions data by GDP and per capita for the 20 biggest emitters. We know of no overview in greater detail. read more »

P2G breakthrough, or PR breakthrough? MuGriFlex

Power to gas » 16.02.2015

P2G breakthrough, or PR breakthrough?

Germany’s fifth largest utility has announced exceedingly high efficiency levels for its power-to-gas system. But a closer look reveals that converting the gas back into electricity ruins the payback. read more »

UK blows its top over Austrian nuclear policy challenge Foto: Engelbert Hosner/pixelio.de

Hinkley » 12.02.2015

UK blows its top over Austrian nuclear policy challenge

Through diplomatic channels, the British government has reacted with threats to the Austrian government’s plans to contest subsidies for a new nuclear plant to be built in the UK. read more »

Overview of Dutch energy market EnTranCe

Overview of Dutch energy market

In 2014, installed solar grew in the Netherlands by around 50 percent, crossing the one-gigawatt threshold. In contrast, wind capacity grew by only six percent. The new statistics were published by the Energy Transition Center. read more »

The future of wind, part 2 credit: www.ldeo.columbia.edu

The future of wind, part 2

Stephen Norman, Renewable consultant at the Met Office, looks at long-range weather forecasting and its impacts for the future of the renewable wind energy industry. He asks: What is ‘The Future of Wind?’. Read the second part today. The first part was published yesterday. read more »