Germany opens giant new coal plant Lisa Schwarz / pixelio.de

Hamburg » 27.02.2015

Germany opens giant new coal plant

This weekend, the Moorburg coal plant will go into operation just outside of Hamburg – finally. Though it may be misunderstood abroad as a sign that the Energiewende apparently needs coal power to back up renewables, the real story is that renewables are making coal power redundant even during the nuclear phaseout. How else to explain that Vattenfall would have preferred to back away from the project altogether? read more »

New index to “prevent misinterpretations” Foto: Andreas Morlok / pixelio.de

New index to “prevent misinterpretations”

The VIK updated its power price index for medium-voltage connections in November. The question is whether the new index is easier to understand than the old one. But at least we know what misunderstanding was to be prevented. read more »

Concern about eclipse heats up Foto: Franz Metelec/Fotolia

Concern about eclipse heats up

Entso-e, the organization of European grid operators, has released a paper investigating the impact of the upcoming partial eclipse on solar power production in the EU. read more »

Peak China coal update RAG Montan Immobilien

Coal power » 23.02.2015

Peak China coal update

A guest post by James Wimberley on the downturn in China's coal sector. read more »

How much more do carbon emissions need to drop? Bernard Chabot

Statistics » 17.02.2015

How much more do carbon emissions need to drop?

Bernard Chabot is back today with a comprehensive overview of carbon emissions data by GDP and per capita for the 20 biggest emitters. We know of no overview in greater detail. read more »

P2G breakthrough, or PR breakthrough? MuGriFlex

Power to gas » 16.02.2015

P2G breakthrough, or PR breakthrough?

Germany’s fifth largest utility has announced exceedingly high efficiency levels for its power-to-gas system. But a closer look reveals that converting the gas back into electricity ruins the payback. read more »

UK blows its top over Austrian nuclear policy challenge Foto: Engelbert Hosner/pixelio.de

Hinkley » 12.02.2015

UK blows its top over Austrian nuclear policy challenge

Through diplomatic channels, the British government has reacted with threats to the Austrian government’s plans to contest subsidies for a new nuclear plant to be built in the UK. read more »

German wholesale prices continue to plummet EPEX

Power trading » 09.02.2015

German wholesale prices continue to plummet

EPEX has just published the update for power prices on the wholesale exchange for January. In the winter, the spread is the greatest between France and Germany. Year over year, prices in Germany were down by a fifth in January, but the effect is probably partly due to record wind power production. read more »

And the winner is… a small onshore turbine Foto: Gamesa

Gamesa » 06.02.2015

And the winner is… a small onshore turbine

In the fall of 2013, Spanish turbine manufacturer Gamesa reported that it was back in the black for the first time since its crisis began two years ago. It is increasingly becoming clear that the price is right for the firm’s new onshore turbine. read more »

This neighborhood does not make 4x the energy it consumes Craig Morris

Passive House » 03.02.2015

This neighborhood does not make 4x the energy it consumes

An article from 2011 continues to make the rounds on the web with a demonstrably false claim – that a “city” in Freiburg (which is itself a city) somehow “produces four times the energy it consumes.” read more »