Free universities in Germany Sebadorn CC 2.0

The big picture » 12.10.2014

Free universities in Germany

Recent news about Germany having “abolished” tuition has gone viral on social media in English – and left Germans scratching their heads. The story fits in well with the general cheerleading about Germany as a model for the US, but it is also a good example of how greater familiarity with the country would improve reports. read more »

Schadenfreude about RWE unwarranted RWE Innogy

Schadenfreude about RWE unwarranted

RWE has posted its first loss since World War II. Everyone – not only proponents of renewables – now claims that the firm's management failed to see how renewables would affect its bottom line. That's true, but even if they had, what should they have done? More importantly, what should they do now? read more »

Overview of grid reliability in EU CEER

Saidi » 20.12.2013

Overview of grid reliability in EU

The CEER has updated its overview of grid downtime and provided a comparison of underground versus overhead power lines in the various member states. read more »

Emotional technocrats not honestly engaging EnergyTransition.de

Emotional technocrats not honestly engaging

Criticism of Germany's energy transition comes from various quarters, and much of it is justified. But no camp produces lengthier, more obviously flustered arguments than those from proponents of nuclear. And no one refuses an honest discussion more. They present our charts as their own new findings – when in fact, these are challenges Germany has already identified. It's working on solutions now. read more »

Changes needed to feed-in tariffs? EnergyTransition.de

Part two » 12.11.2013

Changes needed to feed-in tariffs?

Felix Matthes of the Institute of Applied Ecology and Hermann Falk, Head of German renewables organization BEE, talk about what the renewables surcharge is and isn't. read more »

The right price tag for the Energiewende Foto: Nicole Weinhold

Part one » 12.11.2013

The right price tag for the Energiewende

Felix Matthes of the Institute of Applied Ecology and Hermann Falk, Head of German renewables organization BEE, talk about what the renewables surcharge is and isn't. read more »

Deregulation and the Energy Revolution Craig Morris

Deregulation and the Energy Revolution

The regulation got off to a shaky start in the US in the 1990s, but guest author Clint Robertson says more recent events suggests that deregulation can be good for renewables. read more »

Austrian power provider lowers prices by 10% Foto: Engelbert Hosner/pixelio.de

Austrian power provider lowers prices by 10%

Austria's largest lower provider has announced it will be reducing power rates by a whopping 10 percent on September 1. Will the falling cost of wholesale power finally be passed on to consumers? read more »

Helping the poor invest in efficiency Ö-quadrat

Helping the poor invest in efficiency

German energy contractor and efficiency expert Dieter Seifried went to Cuba years ago with an idea and some support from the German Environmental Ministry: a pilot project for new appliances to reduce power consumption. Today, we look at similar projects Seifried conducted at home in Germany. read more »

The world's biggest efficiency experiment Ö-Quadrat

The world's biggest efficiency experiment

In 2004, German energy expert Dieter Seifried went to Cuba with funding from the German Environmental Ministry – and with an idea. Could Cuba become a giant "energy contracting" experiment? read more »