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Policy » 21.10.2014

German industry exemptions for 2015

BAFA has published the stats for the industrial firms exempt from the full renewable power surcharge, and the number of companies exempt from grid fees was also leaked. Surprise! The surcharge won’t be affected. read more »

German renewables surcharge could have been 10% lower Foto: fotolia.com

Manipulation » 20.10.2014

German renewables surcharge could have been 10% lower

According to a report in Der Spiegel, the German Industry Ministry headed by Sigmar Gabriel asked the country’s four transmission grid operators (TSOs) not to reduce the surcharge (EEG-Umlage) as much as would have been possible. The question is now why. read more »

German government is right not to protest UK support for nuclear Foto: Ewkaa/Wikipedia

Policy » 19.10.2014

German government is right not to protest UK support for nuclear

On Thursday, the German Parliament voted overwhelmingly against a proposal by the Greens for Germany to take legal action against the British government’s policy support for a new nuclear power plant (Hinkley). The discussion within Germany shows how uninformed some anti-nuclear activists are. read more »

Desertec adieu? BrightSource Energy

Desertec adieu?

The news about Desertec this week caused quite a commotion in the German press. It seems that the project divided the renewables community, and it is hard to write about the issue without taking sides. Today, I take a stab at it. read more »

German coal phaseout: SPD vs CDU Thyssen-Krupp

German coal phaseout: SPD vs CDU

The big news item this week is the behind-the-scenes debate within the governing coalition about whether a number of coal plant owners should be paid a fee in return for shutting down their plants. The direct effect of the move would not be lower coal power production, but higher wholesale prices. The indirect effect might be less coal power. read more »

German government picks target already reached Enklip

Cost debate » 14.10.2014

German government picks target already reached

Renewables have become drastically less expensive in recent years. A new study conducted by Uwe Nestle finds puts specific numbers behind that statement and finds that future renewables growth will hardly make German power supply measurably more expensive. But perhaps we are leaving one thing out. read more »

India may move from auctions to feed-in tariffs for PV Foto: Greenpeace / Peter Caton

Solar power » 14.10.2014

India may move from auctions to feed-in tariffs for PV

Indian Prime Minister Narendi Modi says it may be time for his country to move over to a “fixed-pricing model like the one used in Germany.” The statement comes, ironically, at a time when Germany is moving from feed-in tariffs to auctions. Which direction makes sense? read more »

Brussels’ “illegal overreach” into Member State policy Christian Horvat

Energy law » 13.10.2014

Brussels’ “illegal overreach” into Member State policy

On Thursday and Friday, German legal experts met at a conference held by Würzburg’s Environmental Law Foundation. Not everyone was of one opinion, but there was a clear consensus – and a reluctant recognition that the legal community may be right, but its influence is probably limited. read more »

Effective Climate Action is a Building Project Foto: Max Bögl Wiesner GmbH

Policy » 13.10.2014

Effective Climate Action is a Building Project

To address the dependence of our societies on fossil fuels will be an enormous undertaking, despite the recent re-appearance of often well-meaning analyses and reports emphasizing how comparatively easy and inexpensive it will be. A guest post by Michael Hoexter. read more »

EU approves state aid for new nuclear in UK Lupo_pixelio.de

Brussels » 08.10.2014

EU approves state aid for new nuclear in UK

Today, the European Commission published a press release announcing what was already rumored: the British government can go ahead with its plans to provide special support for the construction of a new nuclear plant. Contradictions abound. read more »