More German industrial firms exempt from renewables surcharge Rudis-Fotoseite.de | pixelio.de

Policy » 04.05.2016

More German industrial firms exempt from renewables surcharge

In April, the Greens requested disclosure of the list of companies that have applied for an exemption to the full renewable energy surcharge. The number has now reached 2,305. Eligibility is a disincentive for efficiency, a problem the government is trying to fix. read more »

Germany consumes more oil than coal Foto: Christiane Eisler

Stats » 02.05.2016

Germany consumes more oil than coal

Actually, that’s nothing new – but this is: the AGEB has published its overview in English for the first time. read more »

Czech utility CEZ goes renewable (abroad) CEZ

Expansion » 27.04.2016

Czech utility CEZ goes renewable (abroad)

The Czech utility aims to invest 2.2 billion euros in renewable energy – outside the country. It is another example of a utility going renewable outside of its own territory. read more »

How I almost bought an EV VDE

How I almost bought an EV

Update: Germany is implementing a 4,000 euro bonus on the purchase price of an electric vehicle. That would bring the price of a Renault Twizy down from 7,700 and 3,700. Who wouldn’t buy that? Me. read more »

Renewable energy versus nuclear: dispelling the myths Illu: Eno Energy Systems

Guest post » 25.04.2016

Renewable energy versus nuclear: dispelling the myths

Clean, safe renewable energy technologies have the potential to supply 100% of the world's electricity needs - but the first hurdle is to refute the deliberately misleading myths designed to promote the politically powerful but ultimately doomed nuclear industry. read more »

Bringing the market to Chinese power plant dispatch Foto: CECEP

Merit order » 25.04.2016

Bringing the market to Chinese power plant dispatch

In this guest post from the Regulatory Assistance Project, Max Dupuy explains how China is implementing the merit order for conventional power with priority dispatch for renewables. read more »

Nuclear and renewables up to 2015 Bernard Chabot

Statistics » 19.04.2016

Nuclear and renewables up to 2015

Bernard Chabot is back today with a global comparison of nuclear and renewables including 2015. When we left off in 2014, wind had just overtaken nuclear in China. Did nuclear catch up? read more »

EU exceeds target for car emissions Gabi Eder / pixelio.de

EEA » 18.04.2016

EU exceeds target for car emissions

The European Environment Agency (EEA) reports this week that cars in the EU are becoming more fuel-efficient. Germans continue to drive relatively dirty cars, though they are not last. read more »

Study finds needed investments in renewables available twice over in Germany Uschi Dreiucker | pixelio.de

CPI » 15.04.2016

Study finds needed investments in renewables available twice over in Germany

More than half of the total investments by 2020 could come from private households, farmers, and energy cooperatives. read more »

Austria could ban new gas and diesel cars by 2020 Foto: Engelbert Hosner/pixelio.de

Servus! » 14.04.2016

Austria could ban new gas and diesel cars by 2020

The end of the internal combustion engine may be nearer than carmakers think. The Austrian Ministry of Agriculture and Environment is working on a study that would mean an end to conventional cars sales… four years from now. And it’s the fourth country doing so, though the dates differ. read more »