2030 or TwentyDirty? Lupo_pixelio.de

EU targets » 24.10.2014

2030 or TwentyDirty?

This morning, Europe agreed to new targets for 2030. You have probably already read the basics elsewhere, so I focus on things that have largely been overlooked. And Claude Turmes has an interesting take on the wheeling and dealing. read more »

Why planes are beating trains Dirk Maus / pixelio.de

Transport » 23.10.2014

Why planes are beating trains

Brussels wants greater freedom of movement across borders between member states for citizens, products, and services. At the same time, there is concern about carbon emissions. So why is the state of cross-border train connections practically an invitation to fly? read more »

2014 German solar media prize goes to… us! Energieblogger.net

Eurosolar » 23.10.2014

2014 German solar media prize goes to… us!

On Saturday, Eurosolar will be awarding its Solar Prizes at a ceremony in Witten. The award in the media category goes to Germany's Energy Bloggers, which includes this website. read more »

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Policy » 21.10.2014

German industry exemptions for 2015

BAFA has published the stats for the industrial firms exempt from the full renewable power surcharge, and the number of companies exempt from grid fees was also leaked. Surprise! The surcharge won’t be affected. read more »

German renewables surcharge could have been 10% lower Foto: fotolia.com

Manipulation » 20.10.2014

German renewables surcharge could have been 10% lower

According to a report in Der Spiegel, the German Industry Ministry headed by Sigmar Gabriel asked the country’s four transmission grid operators (TSOs) not to reduce the surcharge (EEG-Umlage) as much as would have been possible. The question is now why. read more »

German government is right not to protest UK support for nuclear Foto: Ewkaa/Wikipedia

Policy » 19.10.2014

German government is right not to protest UK support for nuclear

On Thursday, the German Parliament voted overwhelmingly against a proposal by the Greens for Germany to take legal action against the British government’s policy support for a new nuclear power plant (Hinkley). The discussion within Germany shows how uninformed some anti-nuclear activists are. read more »

Desertec adieu? BrightSource Energy

Desertec adieu?

The news about Desertec this week caused quite a commotion in the German press. It seems that the project divided the renewables community, and it is hard to write about the issue without taking sides. Today, I take a stab at it. read more »

German coal phaseout: SPD vs CDU Thyssen-Krupp

German coal phaseout: SPD vs CDU

The big news item this week is the behind-the-scenes debate within the governing coalition about whether a number of coal plant owners should be paid a fee in return for shutting down their plants. The direct effect of the move would not be lower coal power production, but higher wholesale prices. The indirect effect might be less coal power. read more »

German government picks target already reached Enklip

Cost debate » 14.10.2014

German government picks target already reached

Renewables have become drastically less expensive in recent years. A new study conducted by Uwe Nestle finds puts specific numbers behind that statement and finds that future renewables growth will hardly make German power supply measurably more expensive. But perhaps we are leaving one thing out. read more »

India may move from auctions to feed-in tariffs for PV Foto: Greenpeace / Peter Caton

Solar power » 14.10.2014

India may move from auctions to feed-in tariffs for PV

Indian Prime Minister Narendi Modi says it may be time for his country to move over to a “fixed-pricing model like the one used in Germany.” The statement comes, ironically, at a time when Germany is moving from feed-in tariffs to auctions. Which direction makes sense? read more »