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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Guest post » 21.01.2016

The highs and lows of community energy across Europe

Paul Monaghan of Up The Ethics says that Germany and Denmark have been models for community ownership of renewable energy for a long time, but the rollback is severe at present. What's worse, no other European countries are picking up the baton. read more »

Germans don’t like electric car subsidies VDE

Policy » 20.01.2016

Germans don’t like electric car subsidies

Industry Minister Sigmar Gabriel has spoken of a 5,000 euro bonus for electric cars. The idea has met with criticism, however. read more »

Overview of French power sector Bernard Chabot

Statistics » 15.01.2016

Overview of French power sector

Today, Bernard Chabot is back with an overview of his home country's power sector in 2015 – in French. To soften the blow, we sum up a few of the main findings in English. read more »

German emissions adjusted Foto: Paul Langrock / Zenit / Greenpeace

CO2 » 14.01.2016

German emissions adjusted

This month, Germany’s Environmental Agency UBA published a revision of greenhouse gas emissions for the past few years. From all energy consumption, they were revised downwards, but for the power sector they rose. read more »