2014 renewable energy data for EU-28 Bernard Chabot

Statistics » 27.04.2015

2014 renewable energy data for EU-28

Bernard Chabot is back today with probably the first overview of ENTSO-E power data from last year published anywhere. My favorite chart shows how the growth of renewables has directly offset fossil fuels in the power sector since 2007. read more »

Siemens CEO badmouths Energiewende Siemens

Siemens CEO badmouths Energiewende

According to a report in German daily FAZ, Joe Kaeser questions whether his firm is still German. In front of a crowd from the oil sector, he emphasized his firm’s commitment to oil and gas. Getting more carbon out of the ground. Yea, that's what we need... read more »

German electricity exports still more valuable than imports Foto: EEX Leipzig, Christoph Busse

Power trading » 21.04.2015

German electricity exports still more valuable than imports

DeStatis has updated its power trading figures for 2014, and the result remains difficult to explain for those who claim that Germany is dumping its renewable electricity on neighboring countries at low cost. read more »

Slightly positive net effect on jobs from Energiewende DIW

Employment » 15.04.2015

Slightly positive net effect on jobs from Energiewende

German economic research institute DIW has published a paper in German investigating the net job creation from renewables. The paper was presented at the Hanover Trade Show, which is currently taking place. read more »

What German power bills would look like if Germany were in the US Uschi Dreiucker | pixelio.de

Electricity » 13.04.2015

What German power bills would look like if Germany were in the US

Last week, German utility lobby group BDEW announced a slight reduction in the average monthly power bill in Germany. Time for a comparison with US levels. read more »

Kids show up energy experts in school efficiency project Foto: Ewkaa/Wikipedia

Germany » 09.04.2015

Kids show up energy experts in school efficiency project

At a school in Berlin, a project encouraged pupils to investigate energy conservation. The result was embarrassing for building management. read more »

Collective action better incentive than climate idealism Foto: Morgenwelt Rocks

Cycling » 07.04.2015

Collective action better incentive than climate idealism

What lessons can we learn from the cycling success in Denmark? Charles Komanoff explains that appealing to convenience is more effective than calls for environmental protection. read more »

Tennet live blog on solar eclipse Craig Morris

Power grids » 04.04.2015

Tennet live blog on solar eclipse

One of Germany’s four transmission grid operators allowed Manager Magazine to report live from its control room during the eclipse on March 20. Today, we review some of the main statements. read more »

“Supply security ensured” Rainer Sturm/ Pixelio

Grid stability » 02.04.2015

“Supply security ensured”

At the beginning of March, the Pentalateral Energy Forum found that there is no risk of a shortfall in power generation capacity in the area it represents: Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, and Switzerland. read more »

Nuclear and renewables: past, present, and future Bernard Chabot

Statistics » 01.04.2015

Nuclear and renewables: past, present, and future

Bernard Chabot is back today with an overview of installed capacity and power production data. The nuclear renaissance has failed to materialize, but it looks like the renewable era is getting started. read more »