Realpolitik is not always a mess Aleh Cherp

Realpolitik is not always a mess

Today, Aleh Cherp responds to my critique of his recent blog post on baseload power in Germany and the role of reneweables in a guest post. read more »

63 GW of new wind installations in 2015 uschi dreiucker / pixelio.de

63 GW of new wind installations in 2015

According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), which just released its overview of statistics from last year, China made up nearly half of the world market for wind farms last year. read more »

Low oil prices hurt pellet heater sales in Germany DEPV

Bioenergy » 09.02.2016

Low oil prices hurt pellet heater sales in Germany

Worldwide, prices for oil, coal, and gas have plummeted over the past year, but investments in wind and solar roar on. But while renewable electricity continues to grow, there are signs of bad news in the heat sector. Fortunately, 2015 was the last year in which oil-fired heating systems could be installed in Germany without restriction. read more »

Divided French reactions to 1,000 km of solar roads RTE

PV » 08.02.2016

Divided French reactions to 1,000 km of solar roads

Journalist Olivier Daniélo is not happy about French Environmental Minister Royal’s plans for a megameter of PV. Today, we review his collection of French and other voices and analyses. read more »

Electric cars to stabilize the grid Foto: Manfred Witt

Storage » 05.02.2016

Electric cars to stabilize the grid

German green power provider Lichtblick has announced plans to incentivize the charging of electric vehicles at times of low power demand. In doing so, the firm also explains why this is not already happening. read more »

Germany misses PV target for 2015 Foto: Sonneninvest AG

Solar » 04.02.2016

Germany misses PV target for 2015

It’s official: Germany’s Network Agency has announced the number of newly installed PV arrays for December. Or is it the number of newly registered arrays? read more »

EWEA’s 2015 update of offshore wind in Europe Foto: Siemens

Wind power » 03.02.2016

EWEA’s 2015 update of offshore wind in Europe

The European Wind Energy Association has produced a review of the offshore wind sector last year, but once again it is impossible to even guess at capacity factors. read more »

Does less nuclear mean more coal in Germany? EnergyTransition.de

Policy » 02.02.2016

Does less nuclear mean more coal in Germany?

In a compelling article, a Swedish academic takes an unusual look into the past few years of German policy, asking what seems to be an obvious question – yet, few have posed it before: when Germany resolved to change its nuclear plans in 2010 and then again in 2011, why didn’t it change its plans for renewables accordingly? read more »

How Germany combines wind and solar Chabot

Statistics » 01.02.2016

How Germany combines wind and solar

Bernard Chabot is back today with German power data from 2015, particularly with a focus on solar and wind power in June and December. The capacity factors of onshore and offshore wind are also compared. read more »

1,000 km of solar roads in France Gerry Lynch

Rant » 29.01.2016

1,000 km of solar roads in France

It’s enough to make you despair: French Energy Minister Ségolène Royal has announced the construction of 1,000 kilometers of solar panels, which would be fine if she didn’t plan to pave roads with them. Put solar on stuff, not stuff on solar, y’all (I'm looking at you, Netherlands). read more »

First auctioned PV array online Foto: Solarcentury (solarcentury.co.uk)

Solar » 28.01.2016

First auctioned PV array online

British solar installer Solarcentury announced yesterday the completion of a 4.7 MW array in Saxony-Anhalt. It is apparently the first system to go into operation under the new auction policy. read more »

Returns from offshore wind: too high? Foto: wpd AG

Wind power » 27.01.2016

Returns from offshore wind: too high?

In its fifth year of operation, Germany’s first offshore wind farm, Alpha Ventus, once again surpassed expectations. The first people (besides me) now say that feed-in tariffs for offshore wind are too high, but they are calling for a switch to auctions, not lower feed-in tariffs. read more »

German power trading examined Agora Energiewende

Electricity » 26.01.2016

German power trading examined

Today, we take a look at the recent data on power trading and power lines. One thing is still missing: the exact capacity of interconnections. read more »

Germany now #2 for solar behind China EnergyTransition.de

PV » 25.01.2016

Germany now #2 for solar behind China

It was fun while it lasted, but China has reportedly reached 43 gigawatts, compared to just under 40 gigawatts in Germany. The Germans have lost their status as the largest PV country in terms of installations in the world for good. read more »

Italian power stats for 2015 Italy power imports

Electricity » 22.01.2016

Italian power stats for 2015

Italy has published its power statistics for last year. Solar now comes in at just below eight percent, the largest share of any country in the world. read more »