State of French and Swiss nuclear Kernkraftwerk Neckarwestheim

Setbacks » 30.07.2015

State of French and Swiss nuclear

The flaws at the EPR reactor still under construction in Flamanville were apparently known way back in 2006. Now, the Swiss are finding similar fissures as those detected in Belgium – because they are only now investigating using the Belgian methods. read more »

New German coal plant worth one euro Foto: thinkstock

Bad investments » 29.07.2015

New German coal plant worth one euro

The new hard coal plant going up in Hamm, Germany, is apparently worthless and may never go into operation. read more »

CO2 overview for COP21 Foto: Hansesun

Data » 27.07.2015

CO2 overview for COP21

Bernard Chabot is back today with a massive (314-page) overview of carbon emissions worldwide. For the first time, he has broken down emissions by energy source and country. Most sources lump fossil fuels together. Now, we can see per country what the difference between oil, gas, and coal is. The analysis suggests more attention needs to be paid to oil. read more »

France’s new energy transition law RTE

Policy » 23.07.2015

France’s new energy transition law

Last night, the French Parliament adopted a law to do what President Hollande proposed years ago: reduce the share of nuclear power from 75 to 50 percent by 2025 and double the share of renewables in the next 25 years. But the devil is in the detail. read more »

German government quietly expands industry energy subsidies Foto: chrisdesign/pixelio

Policy » 22.07.2015

German government quietly expands industry energy subsidies

Germany allows energy-intensive industry to be largely exempt from the renewable energy surcharge. Brussels has attempted, somewhat halfheartedly, to clamp down on the subsidies. Now, a report says Berlin expanded the exemptions effective 3 July 2015. read more »

Conferences on 100% renewable energy Foto: Eurosolar

Events » 20.07.2015

Conferences on 100% renewable energy

On 10-11 November 2015, a International Dialogue will be held in English in Kassel as a follow-up to the Renewable Cities’ Global Learning Forum held in Vancouver in May. Likewise, the Energy Bloggers will once again be holding their Barcamp on 11-12 September. read more »

Feed-in tariff reform in Ukraine Foto: pixabay.com

Feed-in tariff reform in Ukraine

Early in June 2015, the Ukrainian parliament adopted the Law of Ukraine in relation to changes regarding energy production from alternative energy sources. read more »

ENTSO-E reviews solar eclipse ENTSO-E

Grid management » 17.07.2015

ENTSO-E reviews solar eclipse

The organization of European transmission grid operators has published an official overview of the recent event it calls “a world’s first.” And while we have had the data for a while, this publication shows us what grid operators did throughout Europe. read more »

Growth of energy co-ops slows down in Germany Foto: Energiegenossenschaft Starkenburg

Policy » 16.07.2015

Growth of energy co-ops slows down in Germany

German cooperative association DGRV says new registrations of energy cooperatives fell by 60 percent in 2014. The organization says amendments to the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) from 2014 are the reason, but there was another as well. read more »

Global manufacturing could realize substantial savings Foto: Siemens

More from less: » 15.07.2015

Global manufacturing could realize substantial savings

Facing challenges posed by ambitious climate targets and soaring electricity costs, manufacturing companies worldwide increasingly recognize the need to cut down on energy consumption in production processes. IEA says, the manufacturing sector currently accounts for more than 40 percent of overall global energy usage. read more »