UK economy less energy efficient than China’s.

July 18, 2014 Clean Energy 

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.”
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Germany relaxes fracking ban to allow “scientific trials”.

July 4, 2014 Gas 

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.
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German renewables in electricity generation exceeded 30% in first half.

July 3, 2014 Clean Energy 

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).”
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Solar and wind leaving “a trail of blood” on German utility balance sheets.

June 27, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal 

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.”
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German parliament votes in revisions of clean-energy law.

June 27, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate 

REW.com: “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.”
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Berlin accuses Brussels of trying to scupper the Energiewende.

June 26, 2014 Clean Energy 

FT: “Brussels and Berlin traded barbs on Thursday amid a bitter row over EU competition rules allegedly scuppering reforms to Germany’s prized renewable energy programme.”
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UK and Germany beat solar records as community schemes multiply.

June 24, 2014 Change for Good, Clean Energy 

TreeAlerts (no url): “As EU Sustainable Energy Week begins, the UK and Germany have demonstrated what can be achieved, announcing they have both broken records for generating solar electricity this month.”
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Odds seem to be stacked against the frackers in Germany.

June 17, 2014 Gas 

Guardian: “Germany consumes 90bn cubic metres of natural gas a year, making it the world’s eighth biggest user. Only 12% of its consumption is home-produced – with 37% imported from Russia, a trade that has been increasingly perceived as a problem as the crisis in Ukraine has escalated. The EU energy commissioner, Günther Oettinger, claimed in March that fracking could free Germany from its dependency on Russian imports “for decades to come”.”

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Germany now has a smart grid of Volkswagen mini-generators.

June 13, 2014 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “Volkswagen car engines purr in the basement of German green power company Lichtblick’s test site in a church across the street from Berlin’s Jewish Museum.”
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Tourist guidebook to German renewables sites sells out.

June 11, 2014 Change for Good, Clean Energy 

Guardian: “….growing numbers of German communities think they have found a silver lining: they’re touting renewables as tourist attractions.” Read more

Berlin prepares to allow fracking as early as next year.

June 4, 2014 Gas 

FT: “Germany is set to lift its ban on fracking as early as next year, after caving in to business demands that it should reduce its dependency on Russian energy and boost competitiveness with US manufacturers.”
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Big energy pushback in Germany posing increasing danger to renewables.

June 2, 2014 Clean Energy 

REW.com: “There’s bad news in the pipeline for Germany’s small-scale producers of renewable energy, the backbone of the country’s heralded Energiewende, or clean-energy transition.”
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Renewables hit a record of just under 70% power in Germany.

Renewables International: ”….an overview of Sunday, when renewables made up nearly 3/4 of domestic German power demand. Power prices in Germany were negative for much of the afternoon yesterday, as our latest Distributed Renewables chart shows.”

RWE CEO says company should have invested in renewable sooner.

April 15, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

REW.com:  ”The story of German power giant RWE AG exemplifies the crisis facing the nation’s utility industry — and those of many countries across Europe — as nuclear power plants get shuttered in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, renewables steal away revenue, and consumers and companies complain about rising power costs that are three times higher than in the U.S.”
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Solar Power Begins to Shine as Environmental Benefits Pay Off

November 11, 2013 Clean Energy 

NYT: “Amid polemics over rising electricity prices in Europe and the level of green energy subsidies in various countries, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that the growth in clean-energy generation is a huge success story.” Read more

Is RWE considering a complete turnaround of their business plan?

October 23, 2013 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

Greentechgrid.com: “We may be about to witness one of the most profound transitions ever to occur in the utility industry. Challenged by the surge in distributed renewables and a strong decline in revenues, one of Europe’s largest largest utilities, RWE, is reportedly planning to completely transform itself from a traditional electricity provider into a renewable energy service provider.” Read more

3 reasons why Germans are going renewable “at all costs”.

REW.com: Germany is racing past 20 percent renewable energy on its electricity grid, but news stories stridently warn that this new wind and solar power is costing “billions.” But often left out (or buried far from the lede) is the overwhelming popularity of the country’s relentless focus on energy change (energiewende).” Read more

Conflict in Germany between utilities and Greens on bills.

October 15, 2013 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

REW.com: “Germany’s power grid operators boosted the surcharge consumers pay for renewable energy by 18 percent to a record, adding to pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to act against rising electricity bills.” Read more

A response to US critics of Germany’s Energiewende: Mark Jacobsen.

October 7, 2013 Clean Energy 

REW.com: “In 2009, Jacobson caught people’s attention with his co-authored article A Plan To Power 100 Percent of the Planet With Renewables, which was the cover story of November’s Scientific American.” Read more

Centre-right “sabotage” leads to renewables job losses: German politician.

September 6, 2013 Clean Energy 

Recharge: “Germany last year lost jobs in the renewable energy sector for the first time in more than a decade – a trend that is about to worsen dramatically due to the crisis in the PV sector, claims a leading Green politician. While the number of people employed in green energy jumped more than tenfold from 30,000 in 1998 to 372,000 in 2011, it receded slightly to 368,000 in 2012, says Green Party MP Hans-Josef Fell.” Read more