The difference between low-carbon and renewable Energytransition.de

The difference between low-carbon and renewable

The “all of the above” approach to low-carbon energy supply has its charm. In particular, it seems practical. But it is also based on untested hypotheses. Germany’s energy transition aims to test them. Most of all, energy democracy will provide low-carbon energy and a whole lot more. read more »

Conventional plants remain unprofitable throughout July Renewables International

Conventional plants remain unprofitable throughout July

The average day-ahead prices for base and peak remained below four cents in Germany for the entire month. And an interesting divide between French and German prices has become visible. read more »

German utilities want to shut down 7.9 GW Foto: Picture Allianz

Power » 31.07.2014

German utilities want to shut down 7.9 GW

Looking for a long German word? Try “Kraftwerksstilllegungsanzeigenliste,” the list of (conventional) power plants for which a decommissioning request has been submitted. This month, the number reached 49 plants with a total capacity of 7,900 megawatts. read more »

How Germany subsidized SolarWorld... and the Chinese Foto: Solarworld

Policy » 30.07.2014

How Germany subsidized SolarWorld... and the Chinese

A documentary on German television this week portrayed Frank Asbeck, founder and CEO of German solar giant SolarWorld, as an unscrupulous profiteer feeding off of German subsidies for solar. Too bad those "subsidies" were available to the Chinese as well. read more »

Germany overpays solar relative to wind Fraunhofer

Energy policy » 29.07.2014

Germany overpays solar relative to wind

A new study completed last month but only released to the public yesterday calculates the actual returns on investments in PV and wind in Germany. The findings are explosive – and explain a lot, though one main question remains. read more »

European Commission’s energy approach takes shape WindAtlas.dk

Policy » 24.07.2014

European Commission’s energy approach takes shape

A number of announcements have been made in Brussels concerning the EU’s new energy policy. Here, we focus on the efficiency target for 2013 and approval of the amendments to Germany’s Renewable Energy Act, which take effect on August 1. read more »

Capacity markets: small is beautiful Siemens

Policy » 24.07.2014

Capacity markets: small is beautiful

The UK’s new capacity market has received the go-ahead from the European Commission, but a cursory look suggests that the proposal will probably create an unnecessarily large market that insures not just the profitability, but also high margins for conventional power. read more »

Per capita distribution of co2 emissions becomes more equitable Bernard Chabot

Carbon emissions » 23.07.2014

Per capita distribution of co2 emissions becomes more equitable

Though we remain a long way away from an even distribution of per capita carbon emissions worldwide, Bernard Chabot finds in a comparison of 1990, 2000, and 2010 that we are indeed approaching an ideal distribution. Unfortunately, we are doing so by increasing emissions. The challenge will be to merge those lines as we reduce. read more »

Brussels "steps outside its mandate" Lupo | pixelio.de

Policy » 22.07.2014

Brussels "steps outside its mandate"

A new paper published by Germany’s Environmental Energy Law Foundation (EELF) investigates whether European state aid rules require Germany to switch from feed-in tariffs to a bidding process. read more »

Is nuclear being squeezed out of power markets? DG Energy

Is nuclear being squeezed out of power markets?

Wholesale prices are down in Germany, but they are even lower at the moment in neighboring countries, and the phenomenon has spread to the UK, where demand is down and production of renewable power is up. Nuclear plants in numerous countries have been switched off this month. Is there a connection? read more »