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Storage not needed until renewables are 60% of German power: Agora. “Until recently, the going orthodoxy among supporters of Germany’s Energiewende, or clean energy transition, was that storage capacity for electricity was vital to expanding renewables in Germany’s power supply.”… Read-more
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Germany’s clean energy costs decline on domestic bills for the first time. “German electricity consumers will for the first time see a drop in the fee added to their bills to fund renewables, a boost for Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has pledged to curb the cost for voters.”… Read-more
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“Sun and wind alter global landscape, leaving utilities behind.”

NYT: “Of all the developed nations, few have pushed harder than Germany to find a solution to global warming. And towering symbols of that drive are appearing in the middle of the North Sea.”… Read-more
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Swedish parties pledge to ban Vattenfall’s German coal mine plans.

Guardian:  “The coal mining ambitions of Swedish state energy giant Vattenfall have been thrown into doubt after the leaders of all eight major parties promised to ban its planned new operations in Germany.”… Read-more
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Germany drops proposed green pylon route amid strong opposition.

FT: “Germany’s plans for new network of electricity pylons to distribute green power around the country have suffered a setback after the government scrapped a proposed route in the face of intense local opposition.”… Read-more
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UK economy less energy efficient than China’s.

Guardian: “Germany is the world’s most energy efficient country with strong codes on buildings while China is quickly stepping up its own efforts, an environmental group said Thursday.”… Read-more
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Germany relaxes fracking ban to allow “scientific trials”.

FT: “Germany is to relax its outright opposition to fracking by allowing field trials of the controversial technology in a step towards tapping the country’s vast reserves of shale gas.… Read-more
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German renewables in electricity generation exceeded 30% in first half.

Solarserver: “Energy generation of German solar PV installations increased by 28% compared to the first half of 2013, wind grew by around 19% according to new figures published by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE, Freiburg).”… Read-more
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Solar and wind leaving “a trail of blood” on German utility balance sheets.

Bloomberg: “Germany is headed for its biggest electricity glut since 2011 as new coal-fired plants start and generation of wind and solar energy increases, weighing on power prices that have already dropped for three years.”… Read-more
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German parliament votes in revisions of clean-energy law. “German lawmakers backed an extensive revision of the country’s EEG clean-energy law to curb subsidies and slow gains in power prices that are the second-costliest in the European Union.”… Read-more
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