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Renewable Tariffs in Germany

Germany’s Renewable Energy Auction Model Is Not An Absolute Disaster

July 7, 2017,   by Dr. Karl-Friedrich Lenz

The problem with auctions is that contrary to what they are sold as (more market-based model) they are removing the decision on how much new solar is built from the market to the state. There is no...

Category: Germany FIT

Das Energiewende-Dashboard

May 15, 2017,  

All the stats you ever wanted to know about Germany's energiewende (auf Deutsch)

Category: Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG, Renewable Energy

Lobby group BWE said dropping feed-ins drew 'highly speculative' bids

April 18, 2017,  

German wind industry lobby group BWE president Hermann Albers (pictured) has questioned the soundness of the country’s offshore wind auction results

Category: Germany FIT, Wind Association (BWE)

The true picture of the German Energiewende

March 22, 2017,   by Hans-Josef Fell

Despite broad public acceptance, investments in renewable energy sources in Germany and the EU have been dramatically decreasing. The failing legislation and exclusion of citizen investments in...

Category: Germany FIT

Why auctions? Germany to cut renewables growth in half

February 8, 2017,   by Craig Morris

The main effect of auctions is to prevent growth from surpassing the volume on offer.

Category: Germany FIT, Renewable Energy

What Happened To Germany’s Energy Transformation?

November 29, 2016,   by Roy L Hales

As of October 30, only 0.79 GW of new capacity has been added this year. Germany’s critics are once again hailing the imminent demise of this nation’s renewable revolution. What happened to Germany’s...

Category: Germany FIT

How awesome are renewable energy auctions?

October 25, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Another question is, if the auctions outcomes have been analyzed so little, why are so many policymakers convinced of their greatness?

Category: Germany FIT

Proposals to Bring Down FIT Surcharge

October 15, 2016,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

Two the German States want to stretch the period for paying back the funds invested in renewable over a longer time frame.

Category: Germany FIT

German solar auctions: low prices, little built

August 10, 2016,   by Craig Morris

At the beginning of the month, Germany’s Network Agency announced record-low prices in the least round of bids. But only a quarter of what was auctioned off in April 2015 has gone up at all.

Category: Germany FIT

Mine Gas Feed-in Tariff as Precedent for Hydrogen FiT

July 26, 2016,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

Anyway, if there is a feed-in tariff for mine gas, there is really no reason not to have one for power to gas hydrogen as well.

Category: Germany FIT

Feed-in Tariff for Hydrogen?

July 25, 2016,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

So I was wondering if there was any way to use a feed-in tariff system to boost the power to gas sector, just as a feed-in tariff system has successfully brought solar to scale up quickly.

Category: Germany FIT

Germany: new renewable law does not spell the end of feed-in tariffs

July 21, 2016,   by Jonathan Gifford

The German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) says that while solar PV installation figures will not return to anything like previous levels under the new EEG, FITs will still be in place, although...

Category: Germany FIT

Germany promises more renewables but big utilities take back control

June 27, 2016,   by Arne Jungjohann

But to keep a steady hand on the rise in renewable power, a “deployment corridor” will set limits on how much renewables capacity may be added per year.

Category: Germany FIT, Renewable Energy

Amendments to German Renewable Energy Act (EEG) take shape

June 13, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Last Wednesday, the German cabinet finalized the details of what will become known as the EEG 2016. An astonishingly wide range of commenters agree on one thing: it’s bad.

Category: Germany FIT

German industry energy costs down

May 20, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Öko-Institut and DWI have produced a new cost indicator for industry. The researchers find that German industry bills are down by 10 percent relative to 2010, the year before Chancellor Merkel’s...

Category: Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG

EU General Court Approves Commission Power Grab

May 20, 2016,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

For example, Germany could keep up the feed-in tariffs and completely drop the surcharge system, leaving it to the market to work that part out. The misguided move to an auction system seems to...

Category: Germany FIT

EU court rules against Berlin in dispute with Brussels over renewables policy

May 19, 2016,   by Craig Morris

It’s easy to get this story wrong: a lower EU court has ruled that German feed-in tariffs from the 2012 Renewable Energy Act (EEG) constitute state aid, as do the rules for industry exemptions. One...

Category: Germany FIT

Lessons from Germany’s Energiewende

May 10, 2016,   by Volkmar Lauber and Staffan Jacobsson

This chapter in The Triple Challenge for Europe focuses on the German Energiewende which was designed as a long-term strategy in support of a transition to sustainability in energy supply. It was...

Category: Renewable Energy, Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG

German PV auctions reach record low price, but most bids still lose

April 27, 2016,   by Craig Morris

It’s not hard to understand why the German government is happy about its pilot PV auctions. . . But prices would also have come down to the same extent with feed-in tariffs.

Category: Germany FIT

German and UK PV markets slow down

April 3, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Germany added a mere 50.4 megawatts of solar in February, but much of that was simply newly registered, not newly built. The UK market, Europe’s biggest last year, also slowed down considerably.

Category: News on Solar Energy, Germany FIT, Great Britain

The Resounding Success of German Solar Auctions--Not

March 14, 2016,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

It is also clear that the auction model is further away from a market model than a feed-in tariff. Under a feed-in tariff, the question of how much new capacity is installed is left to decision by...

Category: Germany FIT

Germany now #2 for solar behind China

January 25, 2016,   by Crair Morris

It was fun while it lasted, but China has reportedly reached 43 gigawatts, compared to just under 40 gigawatts in Germany. The Germans have lost their status as the largest PV country in terms of...

Category: Germany FIT, News on Solar Energy

The international perception of the Energiewende

December 16, 2015,   by Arne Jungjohann

However, the international Energiewende reporting makes me want to rub my eyes. If one is to believe those reports, industry is fleeing because energy costs are going through the roof.

Category: Renewable Energy, Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG

German auctions bring down prices of wind power?

October 25, 2015,   by Craig Morris

In an assessment of the German energy transition, US environmentalist Carl Pope says that the policy switch from feed-in tariffs to auctions – which Germany does not yet even have for wind power –...

Category: Germany FIT

How Germany reached one-cent solar through bad policy

August 24, 2015,   by Craig Morris

The second round of auctions for photovoltaics apparently produced the lowest bids in history worldwide – so low that they could not be built. Bidders are gaming the system.

Category: Germany FIT

Second German PV auctions over

August 7, 2015,   by Craig Morris

The winners have not been announced yet, but we do know that there will once again be far more losers than winners. The government nonetheless speaks of a “success.”

Category: Germany FIT

Germany: New charts for 2015 – and evidence that the cost debate is over

August 6, 2015,   by Craig Morris

The chart below shows the breakdown of the renewable energy surcharge. In particular, it highlights that expenditures for renewable energy (the feed-in tariff, green section) were not the main cost...

Category: Germany FIT

What the switch from FITs to auctions means

July 8, 2015,   by Craig Morris

If we are going to talk about the technical need for utilities as aggregators, we should admit that the people who brought about this transition over the past 25 years will be demoted as market...

Category: Germany FIT, News on Community Power

The German Feed-in Tariff is a Revenue-Raising Instrument, not a Subsidy

June 17, 2015,   by R. Andreas Kraemer

The feed-in tariff, or "FiT", is financed through a levy on the electricity bills of households and small enterprises. It is not paid out of public budgets, nor does it diminish fiscal revenue. By...

Category: Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG

Energiewende doesn’t translate as “energy mess”

May 28, 2015,   by Craig Morris

The desperate attempt to reframe the Energiewende as an “energy mess” shows what the real threat is: Germany is poised to prove that a low-carbon future without nuclear is the best option for a...

Category: Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG

Zero German coal plants as a reaction to Fukushima

May 27, 2015,   by Craig Morris

Second, there has been no surge in coal power during the nuclear phase-out. In fact, total coal power production (both lignite and hard coal) fell by six percent last year alone.

Category: Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG, Nuclear Power

German power bills are low compared to US average

May 26, 2015,   by Craig Morris

Germans consume only a third as much electricity as Americans do. Their power bills are thus not so large.

Category: Renewable Energy, Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG

Flaw in German Solar Auction Model

April 30, 2015,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

So I noted with interest the failure of the first test case for the auction model. The auction price turned out to be above what the current feed-in tariff is, as this article at PV Magazine...

Category: Germany FIT

Renewables International: German PV auctions: told you so

April 30, 2015,   by Craig Morris

So the auction has just resulted in a large group of losers, a higher price than with feed-in tariffs, and a two-year postponement of the roughly 150 megawatts just awarded.

Category: Germany FIT, Renewable Energy

Boell: Why is UK wind power so expensive?

April 29, 2015,   by Craig Morris

In a nutshell, the UK overpays wind power in particular because big utilities with big expectations for returns run the show, whereas new players and communities have largely driven the German wind...

Category: Germany FIT, Great Britain, Nuclear Power

Boell: The call for a German coal phaseout

November 25, 2014,   by Craig Morris

The call for a coal phaseout has been in the foreground for the past month in Germany. It all started with a leak about a discussion proposal to switch off between 5 and 10 GW of coal plant capacity,...

Category: Germany FIT, Renewable Energy

Boell: How winning over rural constituents changed the political discussions on renewables in Germany

November 14, 2014,   by Alexander Franke

When it comes to renewable energy however, a large majority of farmers are staunch supporters of the Energiewende and the fast development of renewables – an outcome that may surprise people in...

Category: News on Community Power, Germany FIT

Lenz Blog: Regional Variations in Feed-In Tariffs

November 6, 2014,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

Morris also goes ahead and compares these different costs per kWh to the feed-in tariffs for wind and solar. And he finds that the feed-in tariffs are insufficient for some sites, but way too high...

Category: Germany FIT

Renewables International: Germany to reach more than 30% RE power by 2015

October 31, 2014,   by Thomas Gerke

This would put us at about 185 TWh at the end of 2015. Depending on how domestic demand develops, this should translate into a 31-32% RE share of gross domestic electricity demand. It would not only...

Category: Germany FIT

The Hammelburg Story--The Beginning of Solar FITs

September 29, 2014,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

At the time, Hans-Josef Fell had high hopes. He thought in 1996 that Germany might be able to reach a whopping 80 MW a year if that principle of a feed-in tariff was extended to the whole country.

Category: Germany FIT, News on Solar Energy

Whither Energiewende after dismantling the philosophy of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG)

September 8, 2014,   by Volkmar Lauber

One of two succinct and hard-hitting presentations by Volkmar Lauber explaining the abrupt U-turn of the German government on the use of feed-in tariffs to drive the Energiewende. Lauber has been...[more]

Category: Germany FIT

EEG 2014: Energiewende Lite or Energiewende Backwards?

September 8, 2014,   by Volkmar Lauber

EEG 2014 is a break with the past, not a continuation. It means the victory of those forces that objected to EEG logic in 2000-2004-2008-2011 and almost prevailed in 2012 but were stopped by the...[more]

Category: Germany FIT

Renewables International: “Market” makes German solar up to 30% more expensive

August 22, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Electricity from 40 to 500 kW arrays will then cost 2.64 cents per kilowatt-hour less under feed-in tariffs than under direct marketing – all in the name of phasing out feed-in tariffs in order to...

Category: Germany FIT

SEIA: Solar Energy Support in Germany--A Closer Look [at FITs]

July 29, 2014,  

This report is a comprehensive study taking an in-depth look at Germany’s solar support programs and how the United States can benefit in the long term from the experiences of the world’s leading...

Category: Germany FIT, USA FIT, News on Solar Energy

GEB: German PV Feed-in Tariffs/Marketing Premium Support Basis to Increase in August

July 28, 2014,   by Matthias Lang

This may come as a surprise for many, but the new EEG 2.0 will lead to increased feed-in tariffs/marketing premiums for newly completed PV installations as of 1 August 2014.

Category: Germany FIT

Renewables International: Brussels "steps outside its mandate" [on FITs]

July 23, 2014,  

As Lenz also recently pointed out, a German court ruled last week that German feed-in tariffs are not state aid, though Brussels is not bound to uphold the ruling of a German court. Indeed, as the...

Category: Germany FIT

European Commission Power Grab Failure

July 19, 2014,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

When the feed-in tariff was enacted in the first place, that was done by a democratically elected coalition of the Green and the Social Democrat Parties. When it was ended in 2014, it was done on...

Category: Germany FIT

EP: Germany does not have generous subsidies for renewables

July 16, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Energy Post repeats the unfounded notion that Germany has generous subsidies. This is wrong – and the difference matters: the German system of feed-in tariffs favours small companies and...

Category: Germany FIT

German Federal Court of Justice: EEG is Constitutional

July 15, 2014,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

The German Federal Court of Justice has published a decision from June 25 on an attempt to resist the German feed-in tariff system.

Category: Germany FIT

Renewables International: SPD no longer the party of Hermann Scheer

June 30, 2014,   by Craig Morris

It is becoming increasingly clear that no German politician is holding the baton for renewables policy in Germany, especially after the recent amendments were approved on a Friday. Today, we take a...

Category: Germany FIT, Renewable Energy

Renewables International: EEG (Germany's Renewable Energy Act) RIP

June 27, 2014,   by Craig Morris

The Bundestag just voted overwhelmingly in favor of the governing coalition’s proposes to change the country’s renewables policy. The grand coalition of Social Democrats and Christian Democrats got...

Category: Germany FIT, Renewable Energy

IZES: Auctions Result in Higher PV Prices in France than FITs in Germany

June 26, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Craig Morris at Renewables International has pointed out a startling chart in IZES (Institut für ZukunftsEnergieSysteme) report comparing auction systems to feed-in tariffs in Germnay. (Auctions are...[more]

Category: News on Feed in Tariffs, Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG

Boell: Actual outcomes of auctions in France, Brazil, and the Netherlands

June 26, 2014,   by Craig Morris

In an international comparison, reverse auctions seem to be a useful way of slowing down the transition to renewables and ensuring that a small oligopoly of firms dominate the market.

Category: News on Feed in Tariffs, Germany FIT

Citizen Ownership Remains Foundation of German Renewable Energy Explosion

June 2, 2014,   by John Farrell

placeholderI’ve been posting updates on local ownership of renewable energy in Germany since early 2011, and it’s abundantly clear that the Germans have yet to back down from their commitment to...

Category: News on Community Power, Germany FIT

Solar Sever: German Federal Council weighs in on proposed changes to feed-in tariff

May 28, 2014,  

Germany's Federal Council (Bundesrat) has proposed over 100 changes to Energy and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel's (SPD) legislation to overhaul the nation's system of feed-in tariffs.

Category: Germany FIT

Surcharge Industry Rebate Law Proposal

May 25, 2014,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

The parties of the German government have introduced a proposal for surcharge industry rebates on May 20. I would like to highlight and briefly discuss two points.

Category: Germany FIT

German FIT Surcharge Rebates and Ecotax Rebates For Industry

May 18, 2014,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

Here is yet another reason why the reductions German energy intensive industry gets when paying surcharges are not subsidies, and therefore none of the EU Commission’s business.

Category: Germany FIT

Renewables International: Overview of proposed energy policy changes in Germany

April 9, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Even when the foreign press reports on the correct numbers, a lot of the terms can still be slightly misleading. Today, we focus on a report at Reuters to help the international audience understand...

Category: Germany FIT

Renewables International: Changes for solar in Germany

April 3, 2014,   by Craig Morris

While the German government does not specifically plan to change the design of feed-in tariffs for PV this year, the application of the renewables surcharge to solar power directly consumed does...

Category: Germany FIT

Solar Server: http://www.solarserver.com/solar-magazine/solar-news/current/2014/kw13/german-federal-states-reach-deal-on-feed-in-tariff-surcharge-for-self-consumption.html

March 28, 2014,  

Three German federal states have reached a deal with German Economics and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) whereby only part of the feed-in tariff surcharge will be applied to new solar...

Category: Germany FIT

CSM: Germany's aggressive push for a clean-energy future

March 9, 2014,   by David Unger

Category: Germany FIT

GET: Net-metering not “self-reliant”

March 7, 2014,   by Craig Morris

As an American living in the EU, I sometimes marvel at the ability of Europeans to adopt best practices from each other. Likewise, I marvel at the tendency of Americans to label foreign best...

Category: Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG

Feed-in Tariff and Minimum Wage: Both are NOT State Aid

March 7, 2014,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

In the same way, the feed-in tariff sets a “minimum wage” for solar, wind, and other renewable energy. That means that buyers of that electricity need to pay more than under a model that would leave...

Category: Germany FIT

German Government Just Sued the EU Commission over FITs

March 4, 2014,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

The German government just announced that they have sued against the EU Commission decision to open a “state aid” procedure against the German feed-in tariff law.

Category: Germany FIT

Renewables International: Corridors and ceilings

March 3, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Baake says the proposal would work the same as the current corridor for solar does; there is no limit on how much can be installed, but if more than the upper "limit" is built in a year, feed-in...

Category: Germany FIT

Renewables International: DG Competition's stance would reduce competition

February 24, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Brussels is increasingly investigating feed-in tariffs and says it wants to switch to auctions, ostensibly to keep prices from rising further. Ironically, the outcome of the DG Competition's...

Category: Germany FIT

WFC: Energiewende thwarted: Germany’s course jeopardises global climate protection

February 21, 2014,   by Anna Leidreiter

Some time ago one might have had the impression that the German word Energiewende would make the leap to the English language as Kindergarten, Rucksack and Autobahn have done. Ever since Fukushima...

Category: Germany FIT

German Government on Almunia Power Grab Attempt

February 19, 2014,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

The German Government is also critical of the substance of the draft guidelines. They say that it is too early for transiting to an auction model immediately. - See more at:...

Category: Germany FIT, Renewable Energy

EU Feed-in Tariff Guidelines

February 17, 2014,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

So, in short, the proposals in these “Guidelines” should be firmly rejected. And just as a matter of law, Germany is in no way obliged to follow these Guidelines, since the German feed-in tariff...

Category: Germany FIT

Pushing the citizen out of the renewable sector?

February 14, 2014,   by Molly Walsh

State Aid guidelines should be a tool to help implement agreed EU energy policy. But this proposal contains remarkably restrictive measures for how member states can support renewable technologies in...

Category: Europe FIT, Germany FIT

Renewables International: German Policy proposals bad for energy coops

February 13, 2014,   by Craig Morris

German energy coop lobby group DGRV says that the current proposals for changes in energy policy would put an end to the Energiewende as we know it – as a grassroots movement from the 1970s.

Category: Germany FIT, News on Community Power

GET: German Feed-in tariffs do not guarantee anything

February 11, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Feed-in tariffs only pay for power produced, which depends on the weather – and no one can guarantee that.

Category: Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG, News on Large Wind

Renewables 100: Clearing up another myth about German energy policy: net-metering is not replacing the feed-in tariff

December 12, 2013,   by Diane Moss

MYTH: Germany has figured out that the feed-in tariff does not work, so they are canceling it and opting for net-metering instead. . . FACT: The German feed-in tariff has largely been a remarkable...

Category: Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG

Lenz Blog: Ulrich Kelber Interview on German RE Policy

December 10, 2013,   by Karl-Friedrich Len

Before the election, the CDU was the party advocating a faster transition, and the FDP coalition partner was always hitting the brakes full force. . . Now the CDU is the slower partner, and the SPD...

Category: Renewable Energy, Germany FIT

PressTV: Germans protest against coalition govt. policies in energy sector

December 2, 2013,  

Over 16,000 demonstrators from across Germany took the streets of Berlin to demonstrate for renewal energies. They tired to send a clear signal to the government to move toward the defined goals.

Category: Germany FIT, Renewable Energy

Solar Server: Germany meeting goals, controlling PV market by feed-in tariff reductions, “reform” unnecessary

November 12, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

Renewable Energy Consultant Bernard Chabot has published his latest analysis of the German solar photovoltaic (PV) market and policies, showing that PV market control is possible by carefully...

Category: Germany FIT

Open Letter to Germany's SPD from Environmental Leaders Urging More Development of Renewables with Feed-in Tariff Program (auf Deutsch)

November 6, 2013,  

As coalition discussions between Germany's CDU/CSU and SPD progress, a coalition of leading renewable and environmental leaders urges the SPD to remember its roots and continue the rapid development...

Category: Documents auf Deutsch

The EEG (Feed-in Tariff) Surcharge in Germany in 2014

October 15, 2013,   by BEE

The real costs of supporting renewable energy have only increased from 2.39 to 2.54 cents/kWh, i.e. by just 6.3%.

Category: Renewable Energy Association (BEE), Germany FIT

SmartPlanet: Myth-busting Germany’s energy transition

October 12, 2013,   by Chris Nelder

Major English-language media have been propagating a false narrative about the stunning success of Germany’s transition to renewable energy: the Energiewende. To hear them tell it, the transition has...

Category: Renewable Energy, Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG

Renewables International: German PV roars on

October 5, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Germany's Network Agency has announced the PV installation figures for August, confirming that the country remains on course to greatly exceed the government's target corridor of 2.5-3.5 gigawatts...

Category: Germany FIT, News on Solar Energy

Renewables International: "Technology-neutral," what's that?

October 3, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Last month, I mentioned the recent proposal that Germany should throw out its feed-in tariffs and switch to a quota system. Via e-mail (would everyone please use the comment boxes below so we can...

Category: Germany FIT, Feed-in Tariffs: The Economic Case

The EEG Surcharge for 2014: Background Paper on Components of the Surcharge, Development and Expected Level

September 4, 2013,   by BEE

According to calculations by the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE), the EEG surcharge for 2014 will increase from its current level of 5.27 cent/ kilowatt-hour to 6.42 cent/ kilowatt-hour...

Category: Renewable Energy Association (BEE), Germany FIT

REW: Lessons from Germany: Solar Energy Opportunities for Farmers

August 26, 2013,   by Mary Stonaker, Chad Laurent, and Neil Veilleux, Meister Consultants Group

A huge opportunity exists for landowners, especially farm owners, to band together and not only offset their own energy usage (to generate savings) but also to earn additional revenue in the long-run...

Category: Germany FIT, News on Solar Energy

REA: German Electricity Exports 1990-2012

June 11, 2013,  

Since 2003, electricity exports from Germany have increased considerably. Imports declined sharply in 2012 from their relatively high 2011 levels. Winter months are traditionally characterised by...

Category: Germany FIT

Renewables International: "No additional coal plants in Germany"

May 14, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Over the past two years, Renewables International has repeatedly argued that there will be no shift to coal power as a result of the nuclear phaseout. So it's nice to see that other independent...

Category: Renewable Energy, Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG

German PV feed-in tariff drops to 15 cents max

May 2, 2013,   by Sven Ullrich & Craig Morris

Germany's Network Agency has announced that feed-in tariffs for solar will be reduced by 1.8 percent each month over the next three months because the country continues to install more solar than the...

Category: Germany FIT

BMU: Stats on German Renewable Energy Development 2012 (auf Deutsch)

April 30, 2013,  

Auch der Ausbau der Windenergie konnte 2012 einen deutli-chen Schub verzeichnen. Neuanlagen mit einer Leistung von 2.440 MW wurden zugebaut – eine beträchtliche Steigerung gegenüber 2011 (2.007 MW)....

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

Renewables International: "A spectacular fail by command economists"

April 23, 2013,   by Craig Morris

In English, the current German energy policy debate sounds like no one likes the Energiewende. The Social Democrats and the Greens, who first implemented the Renewable Energy Act, don't like what...

Category: Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG, Renewable Energy

CAP Again Plugs FITs: Learning From The German Transition To Renewable Energy

March 27, 2013,   by Julius Fischer

For one thing, German policy-makers played a dominant role in the evolution of feed-in tariffs (FITs) for renewables (the term is actually an Anglicization of the German “Stromeinspeisungsgesetz”)....

Category: News on Feed in Tariffs, Germany FIT

2012 German Nuclear & Gas-Fired Generation Falls Further While Renewables Grow

March 17, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Apparently my article last October documenting the growth of renewables in Germany while nuclear generation continues to decline got under the skin of pro-nuclear bloggers. So at the request of a...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Germany FIT

Doubts About RPS as Renewable Policy Grow

January 31, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Jordan's recent move toward feed-in tariffs adds to the controversy surrounding the role of Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) in future energy policy. The respected German Institute of Economics...[more]

Category: Germany FIT, Renewable Energy

PBS: Germany's green revolution

January 18, 2013,  

What would it take to transform the whole country’ electric grid–to shut down all of its old power plants, and move to a system that generates electricity exclusively from renewable resources? Rick...

Category: Germany FIT

Dave Toke: British increase in coal generation is much bigger than Germany's

January 4, 2013,   by David Toke

The latest energy statistics suggests that Germany is doing much better in restraining coal used to generate electricity compared to the UK. Yet, to read the British press you would automatically...

Category: Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG, Nuclear Power

The Local: Nuclear power will 'never return' to Germany

January 4, 2013,  

German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier said on Friday his country would never return to nuclear energy, hitting back at a top EU official who doubted Berlin's commitment to phase out nuclear...

Category: Nuclear Power, Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG

Development of renewable energy sources in Germany in 2011 - Graphics and tables

January 1, 2013,  

Using current data of the Working Group on Renewable Energy - Statistics (AGEE-Stat)

Category: Germany FIT, German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

Germany Sets New Solar PV Record for 2012

January 1, 2013,  

Germans installed 1.3 million solar systems last year and generated 28 TWh of electricity in 2012, setting a new installation record. . .

Category: Solar Association (BSW), News on Solar Energy

Schleswig-Holstein Will Double Wind Capacity on Land

December 27, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Nearly 2% of Land Area Set Aside for Wind Energy Not 100%, Not 200%, But 300% Renewable Energy by 2020 Says Government   The German state of Schleswig-Holstein recently approved doubling the land...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind, Germany FIT, Nuclear Power

Boell: The German Energy Transition--Arguments for a renewable energy future

November 29, 2012,  

Over the past decade, Germany has successfully boosted renewable energy resources which today power 25% of all electricity demand. . . “The Energiewende is a bottom up switch that is driven by...

Category: Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG

Truthdig: How Germany Is Getting to 100 Percent Renewable Energy-

November 15, 2012,  

Since 2000, Germany has converted 25 percent of its power grid to renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass. The architects of the clean energy movement Energiewende, which translates...

Category: Germany FIT

Bloomberg: Germany Gives Citizens a Stake in Clean Energy Switch

November 14, 2012,  

"Our big utilities completely ignored renewables," he explained. "In the beginning, the Energiewende was driven almost entirely by individuals. Over half of our renewable power is still produced by...

Category: News on Community Power, Germany FIT

Renewables International: German power exports reach record level

November 12, 2012,   by Craig Morris

According to preliminary figures not yet published by the BDEW, an association representing power and water providers, Germany exported 12.3 terawatt-hours of electricity in the first 9 months of...

Category: Germany FIT

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: The German nuclear exit: Introduction

November 1, 2012,  

The German decision to pursue a nuclear-free future was, however, anything but precipitous or unmindful of climate change. Because of a combination of historical and political factors, Germany has in...

Category: Nuclear Power, Germany FIT

Renewables International: Grid parity still the goal?

October 22, 2012,   by Craig Morris

That quote comes from a presentation given by an IEA representative at the 27th PV-SEC in September, where the keynote address was "What is a fair price for PV electricity?" and a number of...

Category: Germany FIT, News on Solar Energy

Lenz Blog: German Feed-in Tariff Costs Invisible Without Magnifying Glass

October 19, 2012,  

The German Environment Ministry has compiled a helpful page on recent development of energy costs for use in school lessons. For anyone paying attention, there is not ever so much new information....

Category: Germany FIT

Renewables International: Time to celebrate the Energiewende

October 19, 2012,   by Craig Morris

Poor Energiewende – no one seems to love it. The current governing coalition consists of the two parties that have traditionally opposed the switch to renewables over the past two decades, and lots...

Category: Germany FIT

Renewables International: Warnings about possible power outages in Germany overstated

October 12, 2012,   by Craig Morris

An article today in German weekly Die Zeit reveals how completely overblown the likelihood is of power outages resulting from the country's Energiewende. . .

Category: Grid Integration, Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG

How the German System of Feed-in Tariffs is More Egalitarian than the US System of Tax Subsidies

October 10, 2012,   by Jeffrey Michel

The constant necessity for federal investigations to prevent fraud (see Treasury watchdog probes solar tax grant program) in the US tax credit and grant program would generally not arise under a...[more]

Category: USA FIT, Germany FIT

AOL: The Green Republic? Germany's Wind Energy Boom

October 8, 2012,  

In the case of wind energy in Germany, the race to develop new capacity has been accelerated by access to a feed-in-tariff and by policies that prioritize delivery of renewable power. . .

Category: Germany FIT, News on Wind Energy

German Coal-Fired Generation of Electricity Falls While Renewable Generation Rises

October 3, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Debunking Another Myth about Germany's Electricity Revolution--Solar Energy Now Rivals Hydro Generation--Renewable Generation Now Exceeds Generation from Hard Coal . . .[more]

Category: Germany FIT, Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG, Renewable Energy

Renewables International: German PV market shrinks in August

October 1, 2012,  

Energy expert Bernard Chabot takes a look at the PV installation data released on Friday by Germany's Network Agency for August, which shows that both the market volume and average system size...

Category: News on Solar Energy, Germany FIT

Wind Energy on Land has an Essential Role to Play in Germany's Energiewende

September 18, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

The following text accompanies the brief presentation by Paul Gipe at 2012 Husum WindEnergy exhibition and conference in Husum, Germany. [more]

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines, Germany FIT

Presentation on Onshore Wind's Essential Role in the Renewable Energy Revolution at Husum WindEnergy

September 18, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Category: News on Large Wind, Germany FIT, Presentations by Paul Gipe

Deutsche Bank: The German Feed-in Tariff: Recent Policy Changes

September 12, 2012,  

German feed-in tariffs (FITs) for the generation of electricity from renewable sources, under the Act on Granting Priority to Renewable Energy Sources ("the EEG"), are entering their third phase of...

Category: Germany FIT

Renewables International: Is Germany Switching to Coal?

August 31, 2012,   by Craig Morris

No, but you wouldn't know that from the press. Craig Morris explains what really is going on with German's coal plants. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG

National Catholic Reporter: Public policy pathways to renewable energy

August 28, 2012,  

That model adopted by Ontario and many European countries, most successfully in Germany, is a fixed price model. Or as it is more commonly known, a feed-in tariff. Feed-in tariffs guarantee a set...

Category: Germany FIT, USA FIT

Renewables International: The shift towards large systems

August 26, 2012,   by Bernard Chabot

French expert Bernard Chabot analyzes and comments on the potential impacts on PV arrays size diversity of the PV installations in Germany from 2009 to the end of June 2012. . .

Category: News on Solar Energy, Germany FIT

REA: Comparison of electricity prices and cost of EEG in Germany

August 22, 2012,  

Currently, renewable energy on average is still more expensive on electricity markets than fossil power whose external costs are not considered in market prices. While private households as well as...

Category: Germany FIT

Frances Moore Lappe: From Global Pariah to Green Giant: Does Germany Hold a Key to Our Sustainable Future?

August 10, 2012,  

In the early 1990s, Germany had virtually no renewable energy, so I was astonished to learn that in 2010 Germany -- slightly smaller in area than Montana and hardly a Sunbelt--generated almost half...

Category: Germany FIT

David Jacobs: The Evolution of Feed-in Tariffs in Germany, Spain and France

August 1, 2012,  

The author traces the evolution of feed-in tariffs - the most successful and most widely used support mechanism for renewable electricity - in Germany, Spain and France. He reveals increasing...

Category: Debunking Myths about Feed-in Tariffs, Spain FIT, Germany FIT, France FIT

Jérôme Guillet: The Economist's sad hack job about German energy policy

July 31, 2012,   by Jérôme Guillet

A thorough evisceration of a poorly researched, poorly written, sneering critique of Germany's energiewende by someone who actually knows what he's talking about--a must read. . .

Category: Germany FIT, Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG

BSW: Summary of Key Changes in Support for Solar Power in Germany

July 16, 2012,  

Category: Germany FIT, Solar Association (BSW)

Craig Morris: Germany has new solar FITs

July 2, 2012,  

For the first time ever, Germany has implemented retroactive changes to its feed-in tariffs, though there are a few exceptions. Ground-mounted systems, for instance, that were connected to the grid...

Category: Germany FIT

Halfhearted Corrections to Support Measures for Solar Power

June 28, 2012,  

Solar industry welcomes the selective changes to cuts in support achieved throughobjections by federal states. Corrections, however, do not go far enough. . .

Category: Solar Association (BSW)

German Energy Blog: Mediation Committee Compromise for Solar Feed-in Tariff Reduction

June 27, 2012,  

The Mediation Committee of the Bundestag (Parliament) and the Bundesrat (Federal Council) has finally reached an agreement on the controversial issue of solar feed-in tariff cuts. The agreement...

Category: Germany FIT

Bloomberg: Renewables Make German Power Market Design Defunct

June 26, 2012,  

Electricity generation from renewable energy in Germany is reducing power prices and has left the country with a market whose design no longer works, according to Stadtwerke Leipzig GmbH. Renewable...

Category: Germany FIT, Grid Integration

Renewables International: PV system size still diverse in Germany

June 25, 2012,   by Bernard Chabot

French consultant and sustainable energy expert Bernard Chabot updates Germany's PV installation data in terms of system size vis-à-vis market share, compares it with the 2009-2011 distribution and...

Category: News on Solar Energy, Grid Integration, Germany FIT

“Renewable Energy: a major player in the European energy market” BEE-Positionspapier zur Mitteilung der EU-Kommission

June 6, 2012,  

BEE-Positionspapier zur Mitteilung der EUKommission 06. Juni

Category: Renewable Energy Association (BEE)

Guardian: Only renewables - not nuclear - could be too cheap to meter

June 5, 2012,  

Germany's long support for wind and solar energy is delivering zero-cost electricity at times. In contrast, the UK's new energy policy seeks to underwrite the rising cost of nuclear. . .

Category: Nuclear Power, Germany FIT, Renewable Energy

Renewables International: Diversity in solar array size is advantageous: the German Experience

May 31, 2012,   by Bernard Chabot

French consultant and sustainable energy expert Bernard Chabot analyzes Germany's PV installation data in terms of system size vis-à-vis market share and draws some generally applicable conclusions....

Category: News on Solar Energy, Germany FIT

Craig Morris: Bundesrat forces review of slashed solar FITs

May 13, 2012,   by Craig Morris

On Friday, the German chamber of Parliament that represents states' rights overwhelmingly rejected the governing coalition's proposal to drastically change feed-in tariffs for photovoltaics. Now, the...

Category: Germany FIT

Angst or Arithmetic? Why Germans are so Skeptical about Nuclear Energy-

May 11, 2012,   by Paul Hockenos

The fact that Germany, in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, redoubled its efforts to phase out nuclear energy has nothing to do with hysteria or postwar angst. On the contrary, a majority...

Category: Germany FIT, Nuclear Power

BSW: Overview of changes in EEG remuneration rates for PV systems as of

April 1, 2012,  

New payment rates for solar PV systems in Germany 2012. . .

Category: Solar Association (BSW), Germany FIT

Germans Revise Solar PV Tariffs for 2012 and Set New Degression Schedule

March 30, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Homeowners, Small Businesses, and Farmers Penalized[more]

Category: Germany FIT

Why power generators are terrified of solar

March 27, 2012,   by Giles Parkinson, of RenewEconomy

Here is a pair of graphs that demonstrate most vividly the merit order effect and the impact that solar is having on electricity prices in Germany; and why utilities there and elsewhere are desperate...

Category: News on Solar Energy, Grid Integration, Germany FIT

Myths and Facts: The German Switch from Nuclear to Renewables

March 16, 2012,   by Craig Morris

Germany’s decision to phase out nuclear power after Fukushima has been painted by some international observers as “environmental vandalism” and a “panicked overreaction." Critics argue that the...

Category: Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG

Is the End of Renewables Nigh as Fukushima Anniversary Nears?

March 8, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Yes, the Germans Are Cutting Solar PV Tariffs Yes, the Solar PV Tariffs Do Need to Be Cut No, It's Not the End of the World[more]

Category: Germany FIT, Nuclear Power, USA FIT

Feed-in tariffs for photovoltaics: What Lomborg gets wrong

February 22, 2012,   by Craig Morris

In an article published at Slate.com, Danish political scientist Bjørn Lomborg chimes in on how Germany is allegedly abandoning solar. He may not describe the situation in Germany well, but his...

Category: Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG, News on Solar Energy

EEG Aktuell--Developments on Germany's Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz 2012

February 21, 2012,  

Category: Wind Association (BWE), Documents auf Deutsch

Bundesverband Erneurebare Energie (BEE)

February 21, 2012,  

Category: Renewable Energy Association (BEE)

React's German Renewable Energy Sources Act Case Study (Overview)

February 21, 2012,  

Category: Policy Overview & History

The Economic Value of Predictability or How France could become Europe's No. 1 Wind Country

February 21, 2012,   by by Jörg Böttcher, Landesbank Kiel

Category: Germany FIT, France FIT

New Swiss FITs in March

February 20, 2012,   by Craig Morris

Category: Germany FIT

Renewables Helped France Avoid Freezing in the Dark

February 10, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

In a startling development widely reported across Europe in the English-, French-, and German-language press, France imported electricity to meet peak demand during a brutal cold snap February 7,...[more]

Category: France FIT, Germany FIT, Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Craig Morris: German power exports to France increasing

February 6, 2012,   by Craig Morris

Category: Germany FIT

Karl-Friedrich Lenz: Germany exporting electricity to France

February 5, 2012,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

Category: Germany FIT

Craig Morris: Merit order effect of PV in Germany

February 2, 2012,   by Craig Morris

Category: Germany FIT

Solar Server: Pathways Towards a 100% Renewable Electricity System

February 2, 2012,  

Category: Germany FIT

Craig Morris: Blinded by the German Mirror

January 20, 2012,   by Craig Morris

Category: Germany FIT

Germans willing to pay for green power

January 10, 2012,   by Craig Morris

Germany currently has the highest power prices within the EU – by far, in fact. But a recent survey conducted by the German Association of Municipal Utilities finds that an overwhelming majority of...

Category: Germany FIT

"Citizen Power" Conference to be held in Historic Chamber Where World's First Feed-in Law Was Enacted

January 6, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

  International Community Power Conference Set for 3-5 July in Bonn, Germany   51% of German Renewables Now Owned by Its Own Citizens January 5, 2012 By Paul Gipe Germany, a country where 51%...[more]

Category: Germany FIT

"Citizen Power" Conference to be held in Historic Chamber Where World's First Feed-in Law Was Enacted

January 5, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

International Community Power Conference Set for 3-5 July in Bonn, Germany 51% of German Renewables Now Owned by Its Own Citizens[more]

Category: Germany FIT, News on Community Power

Bloomberg: Germany Abandons Coal... Slowly

December 20, 2011,   by Nathaniel Bullard

Category: Germany FIT

Bloomberg: Germany’s Renewable Output Beats Nuclear, Hard Coal in Power Mix

December 16, 2011,   by Stefan Nicola

Category: Germany FIT

Don Shelby: As U.S. dawdles, Germany is thinking 40 years out

December 14, 2011,   by Don Shelby

Category: Germany FIT

Power Engineering: Wind surge pushes two German gas fired plants to the brink-

November 30, 2011,   by y Piers Grimley Evans

Category: Germany FIT

Energy Matters: Germany's Millionth Solar Power System Installed-

November 29, 2011,  

Category: Germany FIT

Craig Morris: Storing excess renewable power as gas-

November 25, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Germany FIT

Craig Morris: Solar debate heats up in Germany

November 17, 2011,   by Craig Morris

Category: Germany FIT

Craig Morris: Renewables under fire in US

November 17, 2011,   by Craig Morris

Category: USA FIT, Renewable Energy, Germany FIT

New German Solar PV Tariffs the Price to Beat Worldwide

November 11, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

Solar PV will be cheaper than German Offshore Wind California Equivalent Tariffs Reach 16 US cents/kWh 57% Reduction in Solar Tariffs in 8 Years German 2011 Solar PV Installations to Approach...[more]

Category: Germany FIT

Craig Morris: Citizen-owned green power in Germany

November 1, 2011,   by Craig Morris

Category: Germany FIT

Craig Morris: Cost of renewables remains stable in Germany

October 16, 2011,   by Craig Morris

Category: Germany FIT

Solutions: How Germany Became Europe’s Green Leader: A Look at Four Decades of Sustainable Policymaking

October 1, 2011,   by Ralph Buehler, Arne Jungjohann, Melissa Keeley, Michael Mehling

Category: Germany FIT

Craig Morris: Germany's FIT surcharge

September 28, 2011,   by Craig Morris

Category: Germany FIT

Germany Continues Exporting Electricity--Renewables Driving Down Power Prices--Despite Closing Reactors

September 27, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

  Recent data shows Germany continues to export electricity despite closing seven nuclear reactors. Meanwhile Bloomberg reports that continued renewable energy expansion in Germany is driving down...[more]

Category: Germany FIT

Legal sources on renewable energy

September 23, 2011,  

Here you will find a collection of and information on the most important legislation on the support schemes for electricity from renewable sources and grid issues within the EU 27. . .

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

Germany Sets New Renewable Energy Record in 2011

September 2, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

Solar PV Generates More Electricity than Hydro Renewable Energy Nears 21% of Supply[more]

Category: Germany FIT

Deutsche Bank Examines German PV FITs

August 15, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

Gives Germany "Best-in-Class" Rating for Transparency, Longevity, & Certainty Renewables to Contribute 217 TWh in 2020[more]

Category: Germany FIT

Epoch Times: Tallying the Unknown Costs of Germany's Nuclear Power Sector

August 3, 2011,   by Christian Watjen

Category: Germany FIT

Germany Passes New Renewable Energy Law for 2012

July 22, 2011,  

Ups Renewable Energy Target: Between 35% and 40% by 2020 Raises Payments for Biomass, Geothermal, & Offshore Wind Applies Standard Degression to Wind on Land and Solar PV[more]

Category: Germany FIT

Craig Morris: Small German solar roofs still cheaper than US utility PV-

July 12, 2011,   by Craig Morris

Category: Germany FIT

Reuters: What the U.S. can learn from Germany to promote clean power-

July 12, 2011,   by Ucilia Wang

Category: Germany FIT

Germany: A cleantech case study for a post-Fukushima world

July 5, 2011,   by Chris Turner

Category: Japan FIT, Germany FIT

Developmentof Renewable Energy Sources in Figures: National and International Development

July 1, 2011,  

116-page official report on the progress and cost of Germany's renewable energy revolution. . .

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

Germany to Substantially Increase Geothermal Feed-in Tariffs

June 28, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

Expects to Boost Distributed Generation May Raise Geothermal Tariffs €0.10 ($0.14) per Kilowatt-hour[more]

Category: Germany FIT, News on Geothermal

Craig Morris: German FITs for PV to reman unchanged in 2011

June 17, 2011,   by Craig Morris

Category: Germany FIT

"We Can Do It" Says German Environment Agency on Nuclear Phase Out

June 7, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

  The Conservative German government has issued a 14-page document outlining how Germany can close all its reactors by 2017 and keep the lights on. The report, Hintergrundpapier zur...[more]

Category: Germany FIT, Nuclear Power

Craig Morris: Up in arms over new German FITs

June 7, 2011,   by Craig Morris

Category: Germany FIT

Craig Morris: Can renewables replace nuclear? More nuclear plants off-line in Spain and Germany

May 24, 2011,   by Craig Morris

Category: Germany FIT, Nuclear Power

The Local: German Power grid going increasingly nuclear-free

May 20, 2011,  

Category: Germany FIT, Nuclear Power

Craig Morris: Berlin is slowing down the switch to renewables

May 18, 2011,   by Craig Morris

Category: Germany FIT

PV Magazine: True cost of nuclear insurance examined in new study-

May 11, 2011,   by Sandra Enkhardt/Alan Faulcon

Category: Germany FIT, Nuclear Power

Craig Morris: German Ethics Commission Calls for End of Nuclear Power by 2021-

May 11, 2011,   by Craig Morris

Category: Germany FIT, Nuclear Power

Grist: Germans pay extra for clean energy—is it worth it?

April 19, 2011,   by David Roberts

Category: Germany FIT

Solarserver: Conergy builds 2.2MW solar PV park in northern Germany in record time

April 15, 2011,  

Category: Germany FIT, News on Community Power, News on Solar Energy

Fukushima Nuclear Year-to-Year Reliability and German Wind

April 14, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

German Wind more Stable Year-to-Year than Fukushima Reactors[more]

Category: Nuclear Power, Japan FIT, Germany FIT

Reuters: German utilities group favours 2020 nuclear exit

April 8, 2011,  

Category: Germany FIT

New Record for German Renewable Energy in 2010

March 24, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

One-Quarter Million New Solar-Electric Systems Installed New World Record: 7,400 MW of Solar Photovoltaics Installed in One Year Renewable Electricity Penetration More than 30% of Supply on...[more]

Category: Germany FIT

Guardian: UK can learn from Germany's feed-in tariff lessons-

March 21, 2011,   by Greg Barker

Category: Great Britain, Germany FIT

Heinrich Boell Foundation: Fukushima: Learning from Experience-

March 21, 2011,   by Ralf Fücks

Category: Germany FIT, Nuclear Power

German Institute for Economic Research: German Electricity Prices: Only Modest Increase Due to Renewable Energy expected

March 16, 2011,   by German Institute for Economic Research

Category: Germany FIT

Böll Foundation Takes on Right-Wing Think Tank: Get the Facts Right: Germany has seen a Boom in Green Jobs-

March 15, 2011,   by Arne Jungjohann

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) has recently published a new report: The Myth of Green Jobs - The European Experience. It claims that clean energy technologies increase energy prices and...

Category: Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG, Debunking Myths about Feed-in Tariffs

Wuppertal Institute: Economic Success of Renewable Energy in Germany

March 1, 2011,   by Stefan Lechtenböhmer and Sascha Samadi

Brief Analysis on the Current Debate about Costs and Benefits of Expanding the Use of Renewable Energies in Electricity Generation (Wuppertal's English-language rebuttal to right-wing, think tank...

Category: Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG

North German State to Double Wind Energy on Land

February 21, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

Conservatives Increasing New Renewables from 50% to 100% of Electricity Highest Concentration of Wind in Germany--Most Locally Owned As Much Wind Generation as California[more]

Category: Germany FIT, News on Large Wind, News on Community Power

Germany's Renewable Energy Agency Current Facts and Figures

January 1, 2011,  

Category: Germany FIT

Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) 2009 (English)

December 22, 2010,  

Act Revising the Legislation on Renewable Energy Sources in the Electricity Sector and Amending Related Provisions – Renewable Energy Sources Act – EEG 2009

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

Craig Morris: Backlash against solar in Germany?

December 16, 2010,   by Craig Morris

Category: Germany FIT

Germany Adds Nearly 1% of Electricity Supply with Solar in Eight Months

October 4, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

World's Largest Solar Plant Completed in Ontario[more]

Category: Germany FIT, Ontario FIT

Bloomberg: Solar Doubling Drives Down German Power Prices

September 22, 2010,   by Lars Paulsson

Category: Germany FIT

Global Finance: World's Safest Bank is Germany's KfW

September 2, 2010,  

The German Bank for Reconstruction (KfW), the same bank that backs much of Germany's wind and solar plants, has been named the world's safest bank.

Category: Germany FIT

Germany Ups Renewable Target--Again

August 4, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

  In what is becoming a regular occurrence, Germany has again increased its target for renewable energy. In a meeting today the German cabinet voted to up the target to 20% of renewable energy in...[more]

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

German Energy goal for 2050: 100% renewable electricity supply

July 7, 2010,   by UBA

Category: Germany FIT

Germany Installs More Solar PV in First Quarter than US in 2009

July 7, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

Installing More per Month than California per Year[more]

Category: Germany FIT

Giant Germany Utility Swears Off New Coal

June 15, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

  RWE, one of Germany's biggest utilities, has announced it will not build any more new coal plants. RWE currently gets 2/3 of its generation from coal. RWE by 2025 will get only 1/4 of its...[more]

Category: Germany FIT

Germany to Raise Solar Target for 2010 and to Adjust PV Tariffs

June 1, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

New German Solar PV Target: 2,500 to 3,500 MW per Year! Expects another Record Year--4,500 MW or More Possible[more]

Category: Germany FIT

UPI: German renewable industry booming

March 24, 2010,   by STEFAN NICOLA

Category: Germany FIT

Reuters: German CSU wants delays in solar incentive cuts

January 26, 2010,   by Thorsten Severin

Category: Germany FIT

BMU on the Potential of Renewable Energy in Germany: PV and Onshore Wind 100 TWh Each

December 23, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

  In 2008 Germany produced 15% of its electricity with renewables. The German government estimates that it can supply 92% of its electricity from renewables in the future. Of the 93 TWh or...[more]

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

Reuters Blogs: Catching rays + cutting emissions

November 27, 2009,   by Erik Kirschbaum

Category: Germany FIT

Summary Statistics of Emissions Avoided, Fossil Fuels Offset, Imports Avoided, and Overall Cost Savings in Germany during 2008 from Feed-in Tariffs

November 26, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

  The following are just some of the data found in a report by the German government on the development of renewable energy. The data should put the lie to (but probably won't) il-informed or...[more]

Category: Germany FIT, German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

Craig Morris German PV Investment Summary

November 2, 2009,   by Craig Morris

Craig Morris German PV Investment Summary     [more]

Category: Germany FIT

Michael Eckhart, ACORE, on the RWI "study" of German FITs

November 2, 2009,   by Michael T. Eckhart

  The government in Germany has changed from the coalition that created the Feed-In Tariffs to a conservative coalition that opposed the FIT at the time, and favors a return to nuclear power and...[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG, Debunking Myths about Feed-in Tariffs

Germany Installs 2.34GW, FIT to Decline 9-11%

October 30, 2009,   by Ucilia Wang

Category: Germany FIT

Grist: Why solar won’t topple in Germany

October 13, 2009,   by Craig Morris

Category: Germany FIT

Reuters: New German government won't slash solar power rates

October 11, 2009,   by Erik Kirschbaum

Category: Germany FIT

German Energy Consumer Association opposes cuts in solar rates-

October 8, 2009,  

Category: Germany FIT

CDU opposes strong cut in solar rates-

October 8, 2009,  

Category: Germany FIT

Germany Cuts Carbon Emissions 106 Million Tons with Renewables

October 8, 2009,  

  The following is a translation of a press release from the German Ministry of the Environment. The full report can be found at the link below. In a report on the "energy balance of renewable...[more]

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

Craig Morris: What solar will cost in Germany

September 21, 2009,   by Craig Morris

The RWI study is therefore roughly 50 percent off the mark according to her calculation, i.e. solar is not that expensive. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG, Debunking Myths about Feed-in Tariffs

German libertarians go green (again)

May 21, 2009,   by Craig Morris

Category: Germany FIT

German Renewable Energy Development in 2008: Summary

April 24, 2009,  

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

Germany Reduces Carbon Dioxide with Renewables

April 16, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

  The amount of Carbon Dioxide Offset in Germany during 2007 by Germany's Renewable Energy Sources Act and other sources by the German Ministry of the Environment, page 16.   German renewable...[more]

Category: Germany FIT

Germany: The World's First Major Renewable Energy Economy

April 3, 2009,   by Jane Burgermeister

Category: Germany FIT

Germany: The World's First Major Renewable Energy Economy

April 3, 2009,   by Jane Burgermeister

Category: Germany FIT

Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources: What Does it Cost Us?

April 1, 2009,  

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources: What does it cost?

April 1, 2009,   by BMU

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

280,000 Jobs in Renewable Energy in Germany 2008

March 15, 2009,  

Category: Documents auf Deutsch

IEA: Feed-in Tariffs More Effective and Cheaper than Quotas for Renewable Energy

October 7, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

  The International Energy Agency (IEA) has never been known as a hot bed of progressive thought--it has long been dismissive of renewable energy for example--or accurate oil price forecasts for...[more]

Category: Germany FIT

German House of Commons Approves Higher Wind Tariffs, Stabilizes Solar Tariffs

June 6, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

  The Bundestag, Germany's House of Commons, has approved new renewable energy tariffs. The revised tariffs now move to the Bundesrat, Germany's upper chamber. The action is an expected part of the...[more]

Category: Germany FIT

Important Changes to Feed-in Tariffs for Photovoltaics: EEG 2009

June 6, 2008,  

Category: Solar Association (BSW)

Developent of the PV Industry in Germany (BSW 2008)

June 6, 2008,  

Category: Solar Association (BSW)

The German FIT for Renewable Energy -- A Bargain!

April 14, 2008,   by Marcus Maedl

Category: USA FIT, Germany FIT

Josef Pesch's Brief Review of Germany's Renewable Policy in 2008

February 5, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

  February 5, 2008 Strom Rebel Josef Pesch listened to a BBC radio discussion titled "Costing the Earth" on the cost of renewable energy programs in Europe that led him to the following...[more]

Category: Germany FIT

Support Systems and Their Influence on PV Markets

January 16, 2008,   by Gerhard Stryi-Hipp

Category: Solar Association (BSW)

German Experience with its Renewable Energy Sources Act 2007

November 30, 2007,  

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

Reuters: Cloudy Germany unlikely hotspot for solar power

July 30, 2007,   by Erik Kirschbaum

Category: Germany FIT

Germany Upholds Groundbreaking Renewable Energy Law

July 5, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

Substantially Increases Tariffs for Some Technologies and Further Increases Renewable Targets[more]

Category: Germany FIT

German Renewable Employment Reaches 214,000 in 2006

June 24, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

  Direct and indirect employment in the German renewable energy industry reached 214,000 in 2006 according to a recent study by Germany's Ministry for the Environment (BMU). The study also found...[more]

Category: Germany FIT

German Solar PV for Free Says Walter Fischer

April 3, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

Protecting creation. Lutheran church with a roof top of solar PV in the village of Schönau, Baden-Württemberg.   In Germany, Walter Fischer argues, you can install solar for free. Yes,...[more]

Category: Germany FIT

Germany Installed 1,150 MW of Photovoltaics in 2006 Says Magazine

March 12, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

  Photon magazine is reporting that 1,150 MW of solar photovoltaics were installed in Germany in 2006. If confirmed this another world record for the German solar industry and the first time that...[more]

Category: Germany FIT

German Feed Laws Power Nation to New Renewable Record in 2006

February 2, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

Architect of German Feed Law Begins North American Tour[more]

Category: Germany FIT

EEG Cost Calculations methodologies: Extract from EEG Progress Report 2007,

January 1, 2007,  

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU), Renewable Tariff Design & Model Policies

UPI: Germany model for U.S. market?

September 29, 2006,   by STEFAN NICOLA

Category: News on Feed in Tariffs, Germany FIT, USA FIT

How the German EEG System Works

May 10, 2006,  

Category: Renewable Energy Association (BEE)

Staggering Solar PV Growth in Germany in 2005

March 9, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

  In a powerful display of how electricity feed laws can drive rapid development of solar energy, Germany installed $4 billion CAD of solar photovoltaics (PV) last year. This follows nearly $3...[more]

Category: Germany FIT

Bundesverband WindEnergie's Model Wind Contract under Germany's EEG

December 20, 2005,  

Category: Wind Association (BWE)

EEG Solarstrom Stromeinspeisungsvertrag Vordruck by Photon Magazin

November 1, 2005,  

Sample contract for solar PV proposed Photon magazine. . .

Category: Documents auf Deutsch

Minimum price systems compared with British and Italian Quota Model

August 10, 2005,  

Category: Wind Association (BWE)

Vertrag zur ergänzenden Regelung der Rechte und Pflichten nach EEG (BWE)

July 12, 2005,  

Category: Documents auf Deutsch

Burden on electricity intensive industry by the EEG

July 8, 2005,  

  This is an English abstract of the original German document. Abstract: Electricity in Germany is today approximately one-third cheaper than in middle of the 1990s. This is due to the...[more]

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

Workshop on Renewable Energy Tariff Cooperation between Spain & Germany

June 15, 2005,  

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

Minimum price system compared with the Quota Model by BWE

June 1, 2005,  

In comparison to quota systems, minimum price systems clearly perform better; they do not only perform better; they are more efficient too. And all the more so when it comes to wind energy. . .

Category: Feed-in Tariffs: The Economic Case, Germany FIT

The Experience of Germany with Photovoltaic Incentives

April 18, 2005,   by Christof Stein

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

German Energy Agency (Dena) on Renewable Energy Sources Act

April 15, 2005,   by Corinna Kleismann and Markus Kurdziel

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

Experience with the German Performance-Based Incentive Program by Gerhard Stryi-Hipp

April 15, 2005,   by Gerhard Stryi-Hipp

Category: Solar Association (BSW)

Einspeisetarife und Quoten-/Zertifickatsysteme by Volkmar Lauber und David Toke

March 21, 2005,  

Category: Documents auf Deutsch

German Renewables Near 10% of Supply

February 25, 2005,   by Paul Gipe

  In 2004 renewable sources of energy generated 55.9 TWh, or 9.3% of electricity consumption. This was up from 7.9% in 2003. Last year for the first time wind generation exceeded generation from...[more]

Category: Germany FIT

Summary of Feed-in systems in Germany and Spain--A Comparison

January 1, 2005,   by Energy Economics Group of the Fraunhofer Institute

Category: Germany FIT

Full Report of Feed-In Systems in Germany and Spain--A Comparison

January 1, 2005,   by Mario Ragwitz

Category: Germany FIT, Spain FIT

Summary of Main Elements of German Renewable Energy Sources Act

September 8, 2004,   by Martin Schöpe

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

Drucksache 15/2864 Deutscher Bundestag – 15. Wahlperiode

August 4, 2004,  

Category: Documents auf Deutsch

Summary of Main Elements of German Renewable Energy Sources Act (2004)

July 21, 2004,  

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

Renewable Energy Sources Act (2004) in English, Final

July 21, 2004,  

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

The Effect of the EEG on Photovoltaic Development in Germany

July 16, 2004,   by Gerhard Stryi-Hipp

Category: Solar Association (BSW)

Comparison of the external costs of electricity production in reference to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG)

July 14, 2004,   by Olav Hohmeyer

  This is an English abstract of the original German document by Dr. Olav Hohmeyer. Abstract: In this paper Dr. Hohmeyer explores whether the model of external costs can serve as a justification...[more]

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

Renewable energy sources in figures: national and international development

July 12, 2004,  

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

Report on the status of the market introduction and the cost of development for the production of electricity from renewable sources (EEG implementation experience)

July 12, 2004,  

  This is an English abstract of the original German document: Bericht über den Stand der Markteinführung und der Kostenentwicklung von Anlagen zur Erzeugung von Strom aus erneuerbaren Energien...[more]

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

The German Market Promotion Initiatives for Renewable Energy

July 7, 2004,   by Johannes Lackmann

Category: Renewable Energy Association (BEE)

Renewable Energy Sources Act (2004) in English)

June 23, 2004,  

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

Renewable Energy Sources Act (2004) in Spanish

June 23, 2004,  

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

Renewable Energy Sources Act (2004) in French

June 23, 2004,  

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

Ecologically Optimized Extension of Renewable Energy Utilization in Germany

April 1, 2004,  

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

Current experience with supporting wind power in European electricity markets by ISET, Kassel

March 28, 2004,   by Martin Hoppe-Kilpper

Category: Germany FIT, Europe FIT, News on Large Wind

REnewable Energy: The Way Forward

March 1, 2004,  

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

Three decades of renewable electricity policy in Germany by Volkmar Lauber

January 1, 2004,   by Volkmar Lauber

Category: Policy Overview & History

The Economic Value of Predictability

September 1, 2002,   by , by Jörg Böttcher, Landesbank Kiel

Category: Germany FIT

German Renewable Energy Feed In Tariffs Policy Overview

July 1, 2002,   by Wilson Rickerson

  Copyright 2002 by Wilson Rickerson. All rights reserved. This paper is an introduction for English speakers to Germany's successful wind energy policies. The author, Wilson Rickerson, worked as...[more]

Category: Policy Overview & History

The Original Electricity Feed Law (Stromeinspeisungsgesetz) December 1990

January 1, 1991,  

The following is a translation of the actual text of the original German Electricity Feed Law or Stromeinspeisungsgesetz. I have long since forgotten who translated the text. My apologies to the...[more]

Category: German Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU)

Renewables International: Renewables raise German retail power rate by 7 percent but lower industry prices by 18 percent-

January 7, 1970,   by Craig Morris

Opponents of renewables are using the increase to claim that renewables are too expensive and should be stopped, and they are suddenly concerned about the impact on the poor – even as German power...

Category: Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG

The Local: Merkel--we will meet green energy goals

January 2, 1970,  

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she was determined to push forward with a plan for rapidly expanding Germany’s renewable energy supply, despite criticism from within her own government. . .

Category: Germany FIT

Effectiveness through Risk Reduction: A Comparison of the Renewable Obligation in England and Wales and the Feed-In System in Germany

by Catherine Mitchell

A Comparison of the Renewable Obligation in England and Wales and the Feed-In System in Germany. . .

Category: Great Britain, News on Feed in Tariffs, Germany FIT, Feed-in Tariffs: The Economic Case

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