History » 27.11.2014

Did the Greens take down nuclear?

Increasingly, the Internet is dividing us up into our respective groups. The process is natural; people read things they are interested in, and we tend to focus on sources we agree with. The outcome is myopic. read more »

Auctions » 27.11.2014

Solar in Dubai reaches record low price

Last week, the results of an auction held by Dubai’s state utility were published, and the winner came in at a price of 5.98 cents/kWh. But is this outcome really surprising given the country’s solar conditions? read more »

On the trail of toxic substances

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart want to find out how toxic substances in photovoltaic modules end up in the environment. They are looking for ways to prevent the escape of toxic waste in manufacturing, operation and disposal of modules. read more »

A matter of the Hertz

Have a ball! The traditional anemometer gets a new competitor – here's how it works. read more »

Target setting » 26.11.2014

Targets, huh, what are they good for? (Absolutely something)

Politically, targets may be useful, but they are practically never based on any real data or evidence. We set targets like "30 percent by 2030" simply because "31 percent by 2029" is not catchy. So targets are about marketing, not science. They are nonetheless useful. read more »

State aid » 26.11.2014

EU largely approves German renewable energy policy

Yesterday, Brussels announced the outcome of its investigation into German feed-in tariffs and industry exemptions. With a few exceptions, where the outcome deviated from the target, the European Commission is happy. read more »

German renewable electricity generation forecast for 2015-2019

Every year, the German transmission service operators (TSO) are obligated by law to draw up and publish a 5-year forecast for electricity sector developments that are relevant to the future of the EEG surcharge. Today, we take a look at the forecast for renewables under the EEG for 2015-2019. read more »

Coal phaseout » 25.11.2014

German coal roller coaster

It seemed that German Industry Minister had firmly put his foot down and opposed the beginnings of a coal phaseout, but news has trickled in over the past few days that he is negotiating with the coal sector over more or less what was proposed the entire time. Interestingly, the coal phaseout looks a lot like the nuclear phaseout of 2002. read more »

Energy policy » 25.11.2014

How Germany drives away industry (not)

Two weeks ago, paper maker UPM announced that it was closing four plants in three European countries and “centralizing” business activities in a fourth EU country. Guess which one it is… read more »

Energy politics 'after the Milk Round'

The news this week that Areva, the French firm that is to build the new nuclear plant in the UK, is in financial trouble has sent ripples through British media. Today, Adam Simpson, a former MP turned independent energy consultant, chimes in with his own analysis. read more »

Climate policy » 24.11.2014

Does the 2°C target really matter?

The world is on target for a level of carbon emissions that will make it impossible to stay within the two degrees Celsius of warming generally considered to be threshold for the worst consequences. What happens when that threshold is surpassed? read more »

The best measure of progress

REN21 recently released the latest edition of its Global Status Report, and there are some small changes that may have escaped your attention. read more »

German Energy Agency Dena under fire

The German Accounting Office apparently believes that Dena pays its executives too much – and that the agency itself is not doing its job well. read more »

Batteries for private photovoltaic systems

Market analysts expect a tenfold increase in the market for small solar power storage systems over the next three years. In the same period, they expect the hurdles preventing the integration of power storage into private photovoltaic systems to be overcome. read more »

Last gasp for biogas in Germany

Germany's biogas industry managed to add 41 MW of capacity before the amended Renewable Energy Act took effect in 2014. In 2015 the industry expects to install less than 10 MW of capacity for the entire year. read more »