German Energy Agency Dena under fire Foto: Ewkaa/Wikipedia

German Energy Agency Dena under fire

The German Accounting Office apparently believes that Dena pays its executives too much – and that the agency itself is not doing its job well. read more »

Germany will miss 2020 carbon target with focus only on power sector DIW

Germany will miss 2020 carbon target with focus only on power sector

German economic research institute DIW published a study today which finds that the proposal to start shutting down coal plants will not reduce carbon quickly enough. But Germany is not the only EU member state about to miss its carbon target for 2020. read more »

Research in renewables Foto: Uni Stuttgart

Research in renewables

The transition of our energy supply — electricity, heat, and transportation — to a carbon-free future is not only a technological and economic challenge, there are social challenges as well. Dr. Ortwin Renn of the University of Stuttgart explains how to meet those challenges. read more »

Will Germany abandon carbon target for 2020? Foto: Paul Langrock / Zenit / Greenpeace

Will Germany abandon carbon target for 2020?

A misleading headline at Der Spiegel (redundant, I know) has caused quite a bit of commotion: “Gabriel announces abandonment of climate protection targets.” Here’s the real story. read more »

Experiences from Japan's Karuizawa Passive House Kevin Meyerson

Experiences from Japan's Karuizawa Passive House

Karuizawa Passive House, my home, is Japan's most energy efficient house. It is the first certified Passive House (Passive House) in Nagano Prefecture and the sixth in all of Japan. Located in Karuizawa Town, Japan's premier mountain resort, we are about an hour from Tokyo by bullet train. read more »

Two scenarios for carbon emissions Bernard Chabot

Global warming » 16.11.2014

Two scenarios for carbon emissions

Bernard Chabot is back today with an analysis of two scenarios. The first, Factor 1 (F1), is close to the 2030 peak in greenhouse gas emissions as agreed recently by the US and China. Factor 4 (F4) shows what we would need to keep global warming within two degrees Celsius. read more »

First industrial firm leaves Germany Thorsten Zoerner

First industrial firm leaves Germany

In the midst of reports about how Germany is switching to coal power and how industry is leaving the country, we finally get an example of the latter – but it contradicts the former. read more »

What a coal phasout in Germany would (not) mean VIK

Policy » 14.11.2014

What a coal phasout in Germany would (not) mean

Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel railed against “green illusions” this week at a Dena press conference that Greenpeace protesters tried to disturb. But neither Gabriel nor Dena correctly describe what Greenpeace and others calling for a coal phaseout want. read more »

German government postpones coal phaseout Foto: SPD

Policy » 12.11.2014

German government postpones coal phaseout

Yesterday, Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel reiterated his stance that there can be no coal phaseout during the nuclear phaseout. It seems that Undersecretary Baake is isolated. And it gets worse: The government wants to keep Vattenfall in German lignite. read more »

Solar doesn’t pay right now in Germany Prognos

Solar doesn’t pay right now in Germany

Market researchers at Prognos have calculated the LCOE of various types of renewable energy in for German regions. A German blogger compared the data to German feed-in tariffs for solar and came to an interesting conclusion: Germany needs (better) regional feed-in tariffs for solar and wind. read more »