Negative prices from priority for renewables Andreas Hermsdorf, pixelio.de

Negative prices from priority for renewables

In an open letter to the European Commission published last spring, leading European economists reviewed a slew of options for future policy changes. They see increased risk everywhere. And greater risk increases the cost of capital. What's more, feed-in tariffs are not the cause of negative wholesale prices. read more »

EU to approve nuclear subsidies in UK Kernkraftwerk Neckarwestheim

Energy policy » 18.09.2014

EU to approve nuclear subsidies in UK

Yesterday, Reuters reported based on unnamed sources that the strike price for a new nuclear plant at Hinkley will receive the go-ahead from the new European Commission. That’s good news for renewables policy. read more »

Global warming solution staring us right in the face Craig Morris

Carbon tax » 17.09.2014

Global warming solution staring us right in the face

Washington remains unable to do anything about climate change. Here's how to finally change that. A guest post by Charles Komanoff. read more »

Battery storage to make reserve coal plants redundant Grafik: WEMAG/Younicos

Battery storage to make reserve coal plants redundant

Yesterday, a new battery storage system went into operation in Germany, and it could mark the end of the need for conventional plants to provide fast backup power to stabilize the grid. Insiders believe this option is already less expensive than conventional plants. read more »

German carbon emissions up in 2013 UBA

German carbon emissions up in 2013

Germany’s Environmental Agency UBA produced its statistics on carbon emissions from 2013 in July, but a relaunch of their website meant that it remained hidden, and there was no press release. But the statistics show that carbon emissions were up by one percent, whereas we had calculated a slightly smaller decrease. (Read: we were wrong.) read more »

Swedish elections impact German coal Craig Morris

Vattenfall » 14.09.2014

Swedish elections impact German coal

Today, Swedes go to the polls to elect a new government. One outcome already seems certain: lower coal production in Germany. And we also learn something about Putin’s Russia. read more »

Power trading volume in Germany up Energy Brainpool

Wholesale market » 13.09.2014

Power trading volume in Germany up

The German power exchange has seen a steep increase in trading over the past few years. Energy Brainpool says the rise of wind and solar is one reason. read more »

Does storage really kill the affordability of 100% renewable power? Thomas Gerke

Does storage really kill the affordability of 100% renewable power?

Over the last two weeks, we wrote a lot about the “Kombikraftwerk2”, 100% renewable power scenario. While the study focused on the technical feasibility, one of our articles questioned the economics of the described storage requirements. But is storage really that expensive? read more »

German wholesale prices down further in August Renewables International

German wholesale prices down further in August

In August, wholesale power prices in Germany were down roughly 30 percent year-over-year. Prices were even lower in France, however. But the streak of days on which power prices remained below the threshold of four cents came to an end this month – after a streak of 46 days. read more »

Stable grids from cow’s milk Foto: Matthias Buehner/fotolia.de

Grid stability » 05.09.2014

Stable grids from cow’s milk

German researchers are looking into ways of stabilizing power grids. What does that have to do with milk? read more »