Austria is 100 percent nuclear-free Kernkraftwerk Neckarwestheim

Policy » 27.01.2015

Austria is 100 percent nuclear-free

On 1 January 2015, Austria’s “ban” on imports of nuclear power went into effect as planned. The event has gone as unreported in the English-speaking world as was the original announcement. read more »

“Cities will be the energy storage centers of the future” Foto: Mainova

Interview » 22.01.2015

“Cities will be the energy storage centers of the future”

Like so many municipal utilities, Frankfurt’s energy provider Mainova has seen the profitability of its conventional power plants vanish into thin air. Nonetheless, it remains one of the utilities that is quite profitable. CTO Peter Birkner explains what successful utilities have to do to navigate the Energiewende. read more »

Germany's largely unsung success with efficiency Foto: max/fotolia

Statistics » 21.01.2015

Germany's largely unsung success with efficiency

Bernard Chabot is back today with an overview of the German power sector up to 2014. Aside from the AEEE, which recently found Germany to be #1 in terms of efficiency, few have pointed out as Chabot does how greatly German economic growth has outstripped energy consumption. The country's energy intensity continues to improve. read more »

US could nearly quadruple share of renewables IRENA

Study » 16.01.2015

US could nearly quadruple share of renewables

A country report published by IRENA finds that the United States could have 27 percent renewable energy (not just electricity!) by 2030, up from 7.5 percent in 2010 – and much higher than the 10 percent it would have under business as usual. read more »

Does Germany endanger UK power reliability? RTE

Statistics » 15.01.2015

Does Germany endanger UK power reliability?

The impact of the Energiewende apparently cannot be overstated. Add the UK, with which Germany does not have a direct power connection, to the list of countries suffering from “excess German wind and solar power.” read more »

Live stats are just guesstimates EEX

Data » 13.01.2015

Live stats are just guesstimates

One of our readers noticed a discrepancy between the figures given at the EEX Transparency website and on Agora’s visualization. Today, we explain how the difference comes about. read more »

Was 2014 the turning point for the Energiewende? Foto: chrisdesign/pixelio

Statistics » 09.01.2015

Was 2014 the turning point for the Energiewende?

In its presentation of the latest statistics for 2014, Berlin-based think tank Agora Energiewende speaks of a “turnaround.” Has Germany’s energy transition truly left behind its troubled days, or are the experts a bit too hopefully celebrating a minor uptick? read more »

The underreported change in German law Agora

The underreported change in German law

A tiny change in Germany’s Renewable Energy Act could theoretically have a great impact. It concerns the distinction between domestic power consumption and gross production including net exports. read more »

Main indicators for Japan, Germany, UK, and France Bernard Chabot

Kaya Identity » 07.01.2015

Main indicators for Japan, Germany, UK, and France

Bernard Chabot is back today with a comparison of the carbon emissions focusing on these four countries relative to their economic performance and population. One salient finding is that Japan's carbon emissions have continually been on the rise since the beginning of the 1970s, contrary to the trend in the other three countries. read more »

Going off-grid might mean staying on grid in Germany Rainer Sturm/ Pixelio

Going off-grid might mean staying on grid in Germany

An upcoming ruling may allow Germans to get around the renewable energy surcharge without going off-grid. In other news, the number of industrial firms exempt from the renewable energy surcharge was announced just before Christmas. read more »