Germany consumes more oil than coal Foto: Christiane Eisler

Stats » 02.05.2016

Germany consumes more oil than coal

Actually, that’s nothing new – but this is: the AGEB has published its overview in English for the first time. read more »

Only five nuclear reactors running in Germany now Energy-Charts.de

Only five nuclear reactors running in Germany now

Three of Germany’s eight remaining nuclear reactors have been off for most of April (and you thought they ran reliably 24/7...). What does power production look like now? read more »

Czech utility CEZ goes renewable (abroad) CEZ

Expansion » 27.04.2016

Czech utility CEZ goes renewable (abroad)

The Czech utility aims to invest 2.2 billion euros in renewable energy – outside the country. It is another example of a utility going renewable outside of its own territory. read more »

How I almost bought an EV VDE

How I almost bought an EV

Update: Germany is implementing a 4,000 euro bonus on the purchase price of an electric vehicle. That would bring the price of a Renault Twizy down from 7,700 and 3,700. Who wouldn’t buy that? Me. read more »

Renewable energy versus nuclear: dispelling the myths Illu: Eno Energy Systems

Guest post » 25.04.2016

Renewable energy versus nuclear: dispelling the myths

Clean, safe renewable energy technologies have the potential to supply 100% of the world's electricity needs - but the first hurdle is to refute the deliberately misleading myths designed to promote the politically powerful but ultimately doomed nuclear industry. read more »

Bringing the market to Chinese power plant dispatch Foto: CECEP

Merit order » 25.04.2016

Bringing the market to Chinese power plant dispatch

In this guest post from the Regulatory Assistance Project, Max Dupuy explains how China is implementing the merit order for conventional power with priority dispatch for renewables. read more »

Nuclear and renewables up to 2015 Bernard Chabot

Statistics » 19.04.2016

Nuclear and renewables up to 2015

Bernard Chabot is back today with a global comparison of nuclear and renewables including 2015. When we left off in 2014, wind had just overtaken nuclear in China. Did nuclear catch up? read more »

EU exceeds target for car emissions Gabi Eder / pixelio.de

EEA » 18.04.2016

EU exceeds target for car emissions

The European Environment Agency (EEA) reports this week that cars in the EU are becoming more fuel-efficient. Germans continue to drive relatively dirty cars, though they are not last. read more »

The future of wind turbines up to 2050 Illu: Siemens

Scenarios » 17.04.2016

The future of wind turbines up to 2050

200-meter rotor blade diameters on 150-meter towers? Bernard Chabot says it will happen by midcentury. The result will be capacity factors 10 percentage points higher. read more »

Study finds needed investments in renewables available twice over in Germany Uschi Dreiucker | pixelio.de

CPI » 15.04.2016

Study finds needed investments in renewables available twice over in Germany

More than half of the total investments by 2020 could come from private households, farmers, and energy cooperatives. read more »

Austria could ban new gas and diesel cars by 2020 Foto: Engelbert Hosner/pixelio.de

Servus! » 14.04.2016

Austria could ban new gas and diesel cars by 2020

The end of the internal combustion engine may be nearer than carmakers think. The Austrian Ministry of Agriculture and Environment is working on a study that would mean an end to conventional cars sales… four years from now. And it’s the fourth country doing so, though the dates differ. read more »

Enercon breaks record for rotor diameter ENERCON GmbH

Enercon breaks record for rotor diameter

The German manufacturer of direct-drive turbines has built a prototype of its 4.2 megawatt unit recently announced. But the important thing is not the generator size, but the 126-meter rotor. It is the first of a new platform for turbines that harvest even weaker wins. The second model to be built by the end of the year will even have 141 meters in diameter. read more »

First US shale gas reaches Europe Foto: PR

Trading » 11.04.2016

First US shale gas reaches Europe

Up to now, fracking in the US has not impacted the European natural gas market much simply because the gas could not be shipped across the ocean. But last month, the first ship full of US shale gas reached European shores in Norway. read more »

Easter weekend knocked out German conventional power Fraunhofer ISE

Electricty » 10.04.2016

Easter weekend knocked out German conventional power

It was power exports to the rescue over the Easter weekend, when conventional power generation hovered at 10 gigawatts for some 15 hours – half the must-run level. Power exports brought the country’s conventional fleet backup to that level. read more »

Two German states already 100 percent renewable net for electricity PI-Berlin

Two German states already 100 percent renewable net for electricity

In 2015, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Schleswig-Holstein generated more renewable power than households and businesses in each state consumed. read more »