California power data updated for April 2015 Craig Morris

Statistics » 22.05.2015

California power data updated for April 2015

Bernard Chabot is back today with an update of his chart set, including figures for maximum and minimum wind, solar, and wind up + solar. He also breaks down solar power into PV and CSP. And of course, the charts include conventional sources as well. read more »

Germany proving skeptics wrong on renewables Fraunhofer ISE

Germany proving skeptics wrong on renewables

With more than a quarter of the country’s electricity now coming from renewable sources, Germany’s energy transition – or Energiewende – is delivering reliable electricity, reducing emissions, and even decreasing overall costs. To see that, all we need to do is look at the data. read more »

Germany drastically increases “winter reserve” Foto: Ingo Bartussek/fotolia

Power sector » 13.05.2015

Germany drastically increases “winter reserve”

At the beginning of the month, the German grid regulator announced roughly a tripling of the emergency backup capacity for the power sector. read more »

Are the poor paying for the rich in the Energiewende? Andreas Hermsdorf, pixelio.de

Policy » 12.05.2015

Are the poor paying for the rich in the Energiewende?

A new study in Germany looks into the social impact of the country’s energy transition – not only how much is being paid, but whether specifically low-income families are subsidizing green pet projects for the rich. read more »

Record solar pushes peak price average below baseload for first time Foto: Andreas Hermsdorf  / pixelio.de

Photovoltaics » 06.05.2015

Record solar pushes peak price average below baseload for first time

In April, power prices on the EEX electricity exchange continued to drop. Both baseload and peak prices fell below three cents, partly because last month was also a near record for solar power production. read more »

Managed disruption: the push and pull of policy in Germany Foto: Deutscher Bundestag/Katrin Neuhauser

A guest report » 05.05.2015

Managed disruption: the push and pull of policy in Germany

British policy expert Catherine Mitchell takes a look at a recent series of articles investigating the German power market and policies behind it. She finds that the secret to Germany's success is its ability to stay the course despite dynamic changes. read more »

California power data Q1 2015 Siemens

Statistics » 04.05.2015

California power data Q1 2015

Bernard Chabot is back today with an overview of California's power sector in the first three months of this year. Despite the ongoing drought, hydropower production was up year-over-year. read more »

How are power markets similar in California and Germany? Foto: Eva Pilz | pixelio.de

Electricity » 29.04.2015

How are power markets similar in California and Germany?

Germany is not ahead in every respect. In a guest post today, Diane Moss explains what the overlapping is between Germany and California – and where Germany can learn something from the Americans. read more »

2014 renewable energy data for EU-28 Bernard Chabot

Statistics » 27.04.2015

2014 renewable energy data for EU-28

Bernard Chabot is back today with probably the first overview of ENTSO-E power data from last year published anywhere. My favorite chart shows how the growth of renewables has directly offset fossil fuels in the power sector since 2007. read more »

Siemens CEO badmouths Energiewende Siemens

Siemens CEO badmouths Energiewende

According to a report in German daily FAZ, Joe Kaeser questions whether his firm is still German. In front of a crowd from the oil sector, he emphasized his firm’s commitment to oil and gas. Getting more carbon out of the ground. Yea, that's what we need... read more »