Critique of wind and solar cannot withstand light of day Bernard Chabot

Rebuttal » 22.06.2016

Critique of wind and solar cannot withstand light of day

Australia is in the midst of an extended discussion about the country’s energy future. The timing is bad for critics of renewables, who increasingly have to pick their stats carefully. But not every number from the past applies to the future. read more »

Remember the Kyoto Protocol? Foto: Paul Langrock / Zenit / Greenpeace

Policy » 21.06.2016

Remember the Kyoto Protocol?

In 2012, the first phase of the Kyoto Protocol ended, and the data for the last countries were submitted at the end of 2015. Now, the first review has been published. Why is so little attention being paid to this matter? read more »

Like Tesla? You'll love Passive House Elrond Burrell

Passive House » 20.06.2016

Like Tesla? You'll love Passive House

Tesla has made EVs sexy by focusing not on only clean energy, but on acceleration and comfort. Architect Elrond Burrell says Passive House proponents should do that as well. read more »

US media fail to report Watts Bar reactor downtime Foto: Hannover Messe

Nuclear » 19.06.2016

US media fail to report Watts Bar reactor downtime

Weeks after the first new US reactor in decades failed to ramp up for the first time, the Washington Post has run two articles on how important the reactor will be in combating climate change. There is no mention of any failure to switch the thing on. And an MIT expert is quoted! read more »

German Environmental Agency calls for end to gas and diesel cars by 2050 Gabi Eder / pixelio.de

Mobility » 18.06.2016

German Environmental Agency calls for end to gas and diesel cars by 2050

Before you all rush out to post on social media that “Germany is banning non-EVs,” let’s get one thing straight: it’s just a proposal, the Agency has essentially made it before, and the UBA has no way of implementing it. But one thing is clear: momentum is building up. read more »

Germany not about to ban non-EVs Foto: VDE

Germany not about to ban non-EVs

Translations of recent statements made by top German officials make it sound like the country is about to do the right thing. Reality is a bit messier. read more »

Court rolls back municipal utility takeover in Germany Rudis-Fotoseite.de | pixelio.de

Court rolls back municipal utility takeover in Germany

A town in the Black Forest took over its grid back in 2012, but the old utility took the town to court over the matter. At the beginning of the year, the court ruled in favor of the utility. read more »

43 years after construction start, Watts Bar 2 shut down after 2 days TransnetBW

Nuclear » 14.06.2016

43 years after construction start, Watts Bar 2 shut down after 2 days

The reactor is apparently still offline. And the original document from the early 1970s shows how the nuclear sector claimed it had to override environmental reviews to prevent blackouts. Although the reactor took decades to go online, power supply remained reliable. A guest article from the World Nuclear Industry Status Report. read more »

Nuclear and coal power when renewables are curtailed © Hartmut910 / PIXELIO (www.pixelio.de)

Germany » 12.06.2016

Nuclear and coal power when renewables are curtailed

Consultants from Energy Brainpool have taken a look at curtailment in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein to see what is meant by “too much renewable electricity.” Their findings will surprise Californians. read more »

Eggbeater wind turbine "total flop," says German newspaper Yeru 314

Eggbeater wind turbine "total flop," says German newspaper

The Rheinischen Post reported that the installation of a small Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) was a total flop and removed. A guest post by Paul Gipe. read more »

Are the long-term costs of lignite mining in Germany covered? Thyssen-Krupp

Coal » 09.06.2016

Are the long-term costs of lignite mining in Germany covered?

A new study by Green Budget Germany and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies looks at the price tag for the long-term cost of lignite mining and comes up with some recommendations for policy makers. read more »

Earth to MIT: is that really what you guys think? USDA

Rebuttal » 09.06.2016

Earth to MIT: is that really what you guys think?

[UPDATE] To judge from reactions to my work from some Americans, “less is more” is not yet widely known as a concept in the US. You don’t have to agree with it, but you should be familiar with the basic idea – especially when you are an energy expert at an elite US university. read more »

World’s tallest wind turbine going up now in Germany Grafik: Nordex SE

Nordex » 08.06.2016

World’s tallest wind turbine going up now in Germany

The hub height alone is 165 m. Add on another 65 for the blades, and the top blade tip will reach 230 m into the sky. read more »

Norway not planning ban on gas & diesel car sales flickr, Bjarte Hoff

Mobility » 07.06.2016

Norway not planning ban on gas & diesel car sales

Just when you thought Twitter was only good for cat GIFs comes a tweet from Norway’s Climate Minister confirming that the global media have gotten the story all wrong. read more »

British bird protection group speaks out on renewables CarbonBrief

British bird protection group speaks out on renewables

There’s good news and bad news. The good news is that the UK has several times more renewable energy potential than its current energy consumption, even with consideration of conservation requirements. The bad news is that the British can't quite seem to get their heads around efficiency and energy democracy. read more »