German state aims to triple onshore wind capacity to 20 GW Nordex SE

German state aims to triple onshore wind capacity to 20 GW

Lower Saxony is already a wind power house. With more than 5,500 wind turbines and an installed nameplate capacity of 7.8 GW at the end of 2013, it is the #1 wind powered state in Germany. With the goal of keeping this title, the state government has announced the goal of a threefold increase of onshore wind capacity to 20 GW by 2050. read more »

Energy transition vocabulary: residual load Thomas Gerke

Energy transition vocabulary: residual load

In recent years the term residual load (Residuallast) has become a common sight in studies and reports in Germany. At first glance it’s a very basic term that simply describes what is left of the current power demand after s subtracting the output of variable renewable energy sources. But there is more to the term and its associated concepts. read more »

The difference between low-carbon and renewable Energytransition.de

The difference between low-carbon and renewable

The “all of the above” approach to low-carbon energy supply has its charm. In particular, it seems practical. But it is also based on untested hypotheses. Germany’s energy transition aims to test them. Most of all, energy democracy will provide low-carbon energy and a whole lot more. read more »

Conventional plants remain unprofitable throughout July Renewables International

Conventional plants remain unprofitable throughout July

The average day-ahead prices for base and peak remained below four cents in Germany for the entire month. And an interesting divide between French and German prices has become visible. read more »

German utilities want to shut down 7.9 GW Foto: Picture Allianz

Power » 31.07.2014

German utilities want to shut down 7.9 GW

Looking for a long German word? Try “Kraftwerksstilllegungsanzeigenliste,” the list of (conventional) power plants for which a decommissioning request has been submitted. This month, the number reached 49 plants with a total capacity of 7,900 megawatts. read more »

How Germany subsidized SolarWorld... and the Chinese Foto: Solarworld

Policy » 30.07.2014

How Germany subsidized SolarWorld... and the Chinese

A documentary on German television this week portrayed Frank Asbeck, founder and CEO of German solar giant SolarWorld, as an unscrupulous profiteer feeding off of German subsidies for solar. Too bad those "subsidies" were available to the Chinese as well. read more »

Germany overpays solar relative to wind Fraunhofer

Energy policy » 29.07.2014

Germany overpays solar relative to wind

A new study completed last month but only released to the public yesterday calculates the actual returns on investments in PV and wind in Germany. The findings are explosive – and explain a lot, though one main question remains. read more »

European Commission’s energy approach takes shape WindAtlas.dk

Policy » 24.07.2014

European Commission’s energy approach takes shape

A number of announcements have been made in Brussels concerning the EU’s new energy policy. Here, we focus on the efficiency target for 2013 and approval of the amendments to Germany’s Renewable Energy Act, which take effect on August 1. read more »

Capacity markets: small is beautiful Siemens

Policy » 24.07.2014

Capacity markets: small is beautiful

The UK’s new capacity market has received the go-ahead from the European Commission, but a cursory look suggests that the proposal will probably create an unnecessarily large market that insures not just the profitability, but also high margins for conventional power. read more »

Per capita distribution of co2 emissions becomes more equitable Bernard Chabot

Carbon emissions » 23.07.2014

Per capita distribution of co2 emissions becomes more equitable

Though we remain a long way away from an even distribution of per capita carbon emissions worldwide, Bernard Chabot finds in a comparison of 1990, 2000, and 2010 that we are indeed approaching an ideal distribution. Unfortunately, we are doing so by increasing emissions. The challenge will be to merge those lines as we reduce. read more »