The changing face of wind farm funding

For the second year running, wind energy industry has been building turbines at a dizzying rate. But, although the numbers are dizzying, it's not getting any easier for wind farm developers to find funding. read more »

A new kind of green investment

The new online trading platform Green-X Money, helps to marry project developers in the renewables industry with investors. Here's how it works. read more »

BASF leaving Germany?

The New York Times reports that the German chemicals giant (the largest in the world) “leans abroad” because “energy prices have jumped as a result of the government’s big push for renewable energy sources.” But the cost of renewables does not affect gas prices, and expansion is not exodus. read more »

Policy » 29.10.2014

German government is right not to protest UK support for nuclear

On Thursday, the German Parliament voted overwhelmingly against a proposal by the Greens for Germany to take legal action against the British government’s policy support for a new nuclear power plant (Hinkley). The discussion within Germany shows how uninformed some anti-nuclear activists are. read more »

Electricity demand drops by 4% in Germany

Preliminary electricity data for the first 9 months of 2014 indicates a significant drop of electricity demand in Germany. So far, the year-to-year gap appears to be in the range of 16-22 TWh, enough to keep several large power plant units idle. read more »

Is BMW leaving Germany?

A report in the Financial Times from May, which has just come to my attention, has apparently led the Anglo world to believe that BMW is closing shop in Germany and moving to the US. Let’s investigate. read more »

Part two » 27.10.2014

Gridlock for PV in Kyushu, Japan

At the end of September, Kyushu Electric Power (Kyuden) announced that they’ll stop processing grid connection applications for non-residential renewable energy projects over worries that too much PV could cause blackouts. Today, we analyze the situation in Kyushu, where Kyuden is also struggling to restart its nuclear power plant fleet. read more »

The big picture » 27.10.2014

"Unexpected" German coal plants

According to a report in Forbes from December, German engineers are able to “unexpectedly” open coal plants. Though the article does not describe the German situation accurately, it does show what it takes to get into Forbes. read more »

EU targets » 24.10.2014

2030 or TwentyDirty?

This morning, Europe agreed to new targets for 2030. You have probably already read the basics elsewhere, so I focus on things that have largely been overlooked. And Claude Turmes has an interesting take on the wheeling and dealing. read more »

Scenarios » 24.10.2014

Advancing wind power as fast as possible

Bernard Chabot is back today with a comparison of three scenarios published by GWEC and two of his own published by the WWEA. The scenarios show that one strategy would be best for the short term; another, for the long term. Chabot says this combination would be a good joint proposal by both organizations at the upcoming climate talks in Lima and Paris. read more »

Transport » 23.10.2014

Why planes are beating trains

Brussels wants greater freedom of movement across borders between member states for citizens, products, and services. At the same time, there is concern about carbon emissions. So why is the state of cross-border train connections practically an invitation to fly? read more »

Eurosolar » 23.10.2014

2014 German solar media prize goes to… us!

On Saturday, Eurosolar will be awarding its Solar Prizes at a ceremony in Witten. The award in the media category goes to Germany's Energy Bloggers, which includes this website. read more »

Part one » 23.10.2014

Gridlock for PV in Japan

Over the past couple of weeks, several of Japan's ten big utilities have announced that they have stopped granting access to the power grid for new renewable energy projects. Today, we look at the general background of the Japanese grid and the country’s FITs. read more »

Country report » 23.10.2014

Renewable energy and its sources in Chile

Renewable energy is currently small in Chile, but there are a lot of proposed projects for wind energy and some already done. This article from the WWEA-yearbook Wind Energy international 2014/15 describes the changes of energy supply in the South American country. read more »

Policy » 21.10.2014

German industry exemptions for 2015

BAFA has published the stats for the industrial firms exempt from the full renewable power surcharge, and the number of companies exempt from grid fees was also leaked. Surprise! The surcharge won’t be affected. read more »