Backing up wind and nuclear power Foto: Urgixgax - pixelio.de

Statistics » 26.03.2015

Backing up wind and nuclear power

Bernard Chabot is back today with a comparison of how backup plants react to two very different power sources: wind in Denmark and nuclear in France. read more »

Halftime for the Energiewende Simsilabims | pixelio.de

Research » 25.03.2015

Halftime for the Energiewende

35 years ago, the first book was published with the word "Energiewende" in its title. And 35 years from now, we will know whether Germany has reached its Energiewende targets for 2050. Tonight, the Öko-Institut, which published that book, is celebrating its role in the energy transition. And today, we have a little surprise for them. read more »

How a municipal utility remains profitable during Energiewende Foto: Max/Fotolia.de

Germany » 24.03.2015

How a municipal utility remains profitable during Energiewende

It’s not just the Big Four utilities that are suffering during the Energiewende. German municipal utilities also are. But not all of them. A comparison of those in the black and those in the red is revealing. read more »

Conventional power hardly reacted to eclipse Fraunhofer ISE

Hard coal » 23.03.2015

Conventional power hardly reacted to eclipse

Yesterday, I wrote about how small the impact of the solar eclipse seems to have been on conventional power plants. Today, I take a look at each individual type – and find nothing unusual at all. read more »

Solar eclipse: how big was the success? Badenova

Germany » 22.03.2015

Solar eclipse: how big was the success?

The eclipse on Friday came close to the maximum test of the German grid, and the grid passed the exam in flying colors. The success is now being hailed as evidence that Germany can transition largely to wind and solar power in the power sector. A closer look suggests that the event may not have been quite so unusual. read more »

Energy Union overstates share of nuclear Lupo_pixelio.de

Statistics » 20.03.2015

Energy Union overstates share of nuclear

Will the Energy Union to be good for renewables – or good for the conventional sector? A guest post by Eva Stegen. read more »

US renewable energy data 2014 USDA

Statistics » 19.03.2015

US renewable energy data 2014

Bernard Chabot is back today with a visualization of data that are obviously available, but no US organization has yet seen fit to make them available in such a readable form for the public. read more »

Towards local autonomy in Japan AiPOWER

Towards local autonomy in Japan

The Great East Japan Earthquake and the TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident on March 11th, 2011 affected Fukushima seriously. 3 years after the crisis, still dozens or hundreds of problems affect the life of people living in Fukushima. However, led by a man with local tradition of Aizu area, a community power initiative has risen. A guest post by Shota Furuya. read more »

Kaya identity in Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, and South Africa Bernard Chabot

Statistics » 17.03.2015

Kaya identity in Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, and South Africa

Bernard Chabot is back today with an overview of four emerging countries in the group of the 20 largest CO2 emitters. One obvious take away is that, with the exception of South Africa, oil is a bigger source of carbon than coal. read more »

New visualizations of solar eclipse Fraunhofer ISE

Photovoltaics » 16.03.2015

New visualizations of solar eclipse

On Friday, Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE produced its own short study on the upcoming eclipse along with two videos investigating the best and worst case next Friday morning. read more »

#SolarEclipse Foto: Franz Metelec/Fotolia

Photovoltaics » 13.03.2015

#SolarEclipse

Next Friday, Germany will experience a nearly 80 percent solar eclipse. In the run-up to the event, you can follow a tweet fest to keep up with events. read more »

The race between wind and nuclear Illu: Eno Energy Systems

Statistics » 12.03.2015

The race between wind and nuclear

Bernard Chabot is back today with a comparison of the growth of wind and nuclear power in China, India, South Africa, and Brazil. Are these countries moving more towards nuclear or wind power? The answer is best expressed in kilowatt-hours, not kilowatts. read more »

Ukraine to backtrack on green energy? Foto: sb_b / fotolia.com

Policy » 11.03.2015

Ukraine to backtrack on green energy?

At its regular meeting held on 27 February 2015, the National Commission for State Energy and Public Utilities Regulation (known as NERC) decreased the "green" tariff by 55% for solar energy and by 50% for other renewable energy sources, invoking the current extraordinary situation that the energy sector is facing now. A guest post by the Ukraine Wind Energy Association. read more »

Big suppliers of dirty energy Craig Morris

Statistics » 10.03.2015

Big suppliers of dirty energy

Bernard Chabot is back today with a review of four countries that produce a lot of the world's dirtiest energy but are often not the focal point of such investigations: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Canada, and Australia. read more »

How does the focus of climate activism in the US differ from that in Germany? Renewables International

Survey analysis » 09.03.2015

How does the focus of climate activism in the US differ from that in Germany?

In 2015, American climate activists want to focus on fighting fossil fuels, to enforce existing legislation, and most importantly to build their movement stronger. How does that differ from their German peers and what does that tell us about the state of the politics in both countries? By Craig Morris and Arne Jungjohann. read more »