German chemicals campaign against Energiewende Finanzen.net

German chemicals campaign against Energiewende

Two recent publications claim that “high energy prices” are driving the chemicals sector out of Germany. But they are asking the Energiewende to do something it cannot deliver. read more »

Did German renewables just peak above 80% of demand? Fraunhofer ISE

Electricity » 27.08.2015

Did German renewables just peak above 80% of demand?

On Sunday, a new record level of renewable power was probably posted in Germany. The devil is in the detail, however. read more »

Germany gets world’s largest green hydrogen system Foto: Bundesregierung

P2G » 26.08.2015

Germany gets world’s largest green hydrogen system

The municipal utility of Mainz has worked with chemicals firm Linde, Siemens, and a local university to produce the largest facility in the world that generates hydrogen from renewable electricity. read more »

German utilities want to shut down more power plants Foto: thinkstock

Planning » 25.08.2015

German utilities want to shut down more power plants

KWSAL is back – no, it’s not a monster. It’s the list of requests from utilities to shut down power plants. But if it keeps growing, it might yet become a monster. read more »

German grid keeps getting more reliable EnergyTransition.de

SAIDI » 21.08.2015

German grid keeps getting more reliable

So much for renewable energy destabilizing the German grid: Yesterday, Germany’s Network Agency published the SAIDI figure for 2014, showing that the number of downtime minutes fell to an all-time low. read more »

Ethiopia's proposal to leapfrog towards renewables IEA, Africa Energy Outlook 2014

Africa » 18.08.2015

Ethiopia's proposal to leapfrog towards renewables

Bernard Chabot is back today with an investigation of Ethiopia's COP 21 contribution offer. The African country has the second largest number of people without grid access. They could all go straight to renewable energy. read more »

Operating reserve shrinks during Energiewende Rainer Sturm/ Pixelio

Power » 13.08.2015

Operating reserve shrinks during Energiewende

Fluctuating wind and solar power are expected to increase the need for dispatchable generators to ramp up and down quickly. So why has the operating reserve shrunk in Germany? read more »

Canadian greenhouse gas emissions bigger than Germany’s? Bernard Chabot

Data » 12.08.2015

Canadian greenhouse gas emissions bigger than Germany’s?

Bernard Chabot is back today with a global overview of greenhouse gas emissions. Once CO2 is reported separately, some countries have a tremendous non-CO2 GHG emission level. The reasons behind the data are not completely clear. read more »

California power data up to end of July 2015 Bernard Chabot

Statistics » 05.08.2015

California power data up to end of July 2015

Bernard Chabot's update shows that, while more renewable electricity is produced in the summer than in the winter in California, power demand grows even faster, so the share of renewable electricity peaked in May. read more »

The Czech nuclear illusion Martin Jäger | pixelio.de

Policy » 03.08.2015

The Czech nuclear illusion

The Czech Republic can serve as a textbook case of how decisions about the future of energy should not be made, explains Martin Sedlák of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. read more »