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Paul Gipe

Justice in America: If You're Going to Steal--Steal Big

April 14, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Charles Keating died recently. His death marked a milestone in American political history. His crimes and those of my nephew illustrates one of the truisms in America often attributed to Al Capone....[more]

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Paul Gipe on the Writing Life

April 9, 2014,  

I began writing as a way to explore the world, learn something new, and make a difference. It has been that--and more. I've been more or less freelancing since the mid 1970s when I published an...[more]

Category: Other Articles

Renewables International: German nuclear and coal Closing sooner than expected: baseload power

March 31, 2014,   by Craig Morris

On Friday, German power provider Eon confirmed that it will shut down a nuclear plant ahead of schedule. The premature discontinuation of lignite excavation also announced that day, however, is a...

Category: Renewable Energy

Wind Blog: Update on Gas in Storage

March 27, 2014,   by Glen Estill

Natural gas in storage in the US continued its decline in the most recent update from the US Energy Information Agency. (Why doesn’t Canada publish this type of data?) The ongoing cold winter reduced...

Category: Renewable Energy

Bloomberg: Japan Added 7,044MW of Clean Energy Capacity Since July 2012

March 20, 2014,   by Chisaki Watanabe

Japan added 7,044 megawatts of clean energy capacity since it began an incentive program in July 2012 through the end of last year.

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: Carbon emissions from German power sector "balanced" in 2013

March 19, 2014,   by Craig Morris

In any normal situation, such hard facts would simply be reported – it's not like there's no way to say "carbon emissions are slightly down year-over-year" in German.

Category: Renewable Energy

Russia, Gas, and Electricity

March 17, 2014,   by Glen Estill

Some have forecast that the fracking boom may be close to running it’s course. The depletion rates for fracked gas are very high – that is, the well stops producing very quickly. We may not have the...

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: Renewable electricity in California in 2013

March 16, 2014,   by Bernard Chabot

Bernard Chabot is back today with an update of his overview of power data from California for 2013 as a whole. The statistics are taken from CAISO, but you may find slightly different data elsewhere....

Category: Renewable Energy

Gas in storage continues to decline at an alarming rate

March 13, 2014,   by Glen Estill

We should get on with building the pipeline of wind and solar projects now.

Category: Renewable Energy

CTC: Making An Energy Revolution Where It Matters Most

March 13, 2014,   by Charles Komanoff

Why can’t the U.S. propose and take the lead in a new Marshall Plan — this one targeting Eastern Europe — that would: weatherize millions of homes; install combined heat-and-power systems in tens of...

Category: Renewable Energy

Netherlands Council for Environment and Infrastructure: Clogs in the works

March 12, 2014,   by Jan Paul van Soest

The transition to a sustainable energy economy and its deliberate and unconscious sabotage . . .

Category: Renewable Energy

100% renewable energy is only a matter of political will

March 11, 2014,  

Three years after the Fukushima/Daiichi nuclear disaster, the Global100RE Ambassadors are highlighting the need to refrain from using hazardous nuclear and fossil energy sources and instead shift...

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: The right to make your own energy--Liebreich's Law, meet Craig's Lists

March 10, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Over at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), Michael Liebreich now claims responsibility for the cost breakthroughs of renewables. Adding insult to injury, he then argues that the policy that...

Category: Renewable Energy

IGov: Learning from Merkel’s approach to energy politics

March 10, 2014,   by Matthew Lockwood,

Angela Merkel’s visit to London yesterday is being widely reported in the context of David Cameron’s efforts to secure EU reform.However, the presence of Europe’s electorally most successful leader...

Category: Renewable Energy

Foreign Policy: Did America teach the world to ignore climate change?

March 10, 2014,   by Kate Galbraith

The United States, where powerful industries are skilled at downplaying environmental risks, appears to have embraced the skeptic movement first, in the run-up to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. Back then,...

Category: Renewable Energy

RenewEconomy: The cost of coal puts renewable myths in perspective

March 3, 2014,   by Ketan Joshi

At the same time, the open cut coal mine that provides fuel to the power station is burning; a slow, intense fire that sits at the coal seam face. The fires, suspected to have been deliberately lit,...

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: The Power Grab--Citizens as producers, not just consumers

February 26, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Beckman writes that "analysts" speak of "gross inefficiencies" in national schemes: "wind and solar power get built where subsidies are highest rather than where there is most wind or sun in Europe."...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Community Power

GET: What future role for today’s utilities?

February 18, 2014,   by Craig Morris

The push against renewables is also a desperate attempt to protect incumbent firms on a market that might trend away from big business and towards small producers if market forces and democracy...

Category: Renewable Energy

Natural Gas Less than Reliable in a Country “Awash” in Gas

February 7, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

California’s over reliance on fossil fuels for generating electricity, notably natural gas, led the state’s electricity system operator to call an emergency on Thursday, 6 February. The move called...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy

CalISO: Electricity conservation needed due to natural gas shortage curtailing fuel supplies to power plants

February 6, 2014,  

A shortage of natural gas triggered by extreme cold weather in much of the United States and Canada is impacting fuel supplies to Southern CA power plants and reducing electricity generation. The...

Category: Renewable Energy

Midwest Energy News: Time to scrap shale gas ‘game-changer’ myth

February 3, 2014,   by Michael Vickerman

Most Americans now believe that there is enough recoverable natural gas lurking under our feet to heat and power this country well into the next century. A fairy tale to be sure, but as long as it is...

Category: Renewable Energy

WWEA: Japanese regions transition to 100% renewable energy

January 31, 2014,  

Local governments across Japan are seeking to supply their regions with 100% renewable energy, three years after the major earthquake which resulted in a nuclear disaster. At the Community Power...

Category: Renewable Energy

ILSR: Natural Gas isn’t a Bridge Fuel, it’s a Gateway Drug

January 30, 2014,   by John Farrell

In his State of the Union, President Obama added to the conventional wisdom that supplanting coal with natural gas will act as a bridge toward a climate solution. Unfortunately, gas is more of a...

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: German carbon emissions: Kyoto and 2030

January 16, 2014,   by Craig Morris

The German Environmental Agency announced official figures today, unfortunately for 2012, not 2013. They confirm that Germany exceeded its Kyoto target by a wide margin. Nonetheless, it remains...

Category: Renewable Energy

Health Care US Style

January 13, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Note: January 14, 2014; Miracle of Miracles. We’re in. Our payment has cleared. They’ve taken our money. We received our "cards" 20 January and the first invoice. I went on line to pay for the next...[more]

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No More Coal Being Burned in Ontario: Happy New Year

January 1, 2014,   by Glen Estill

Between 1 and 2 PM, December 31 2013, the last coal fired generating station in Ontario stopped producing power. No more coal will be burned in Ontario to produce power. The coal shutdown is the...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind, Ontario FIT

Guardian: Former BP geologist: peak oil is here and it will 'break economies'

December 23, 2013,   by Nafeez Ahmed

Richard Miller was particularly critical of the UK government's policies, including abandoning large-scale wind farm projects, the reduction of feed-in tariffs for renewable energy, and support for...

Category: Renewable Energy, Great Britain

Boell: Robert Habeck--Germany’s First and Only Minister for the Energiewende

December 20, 2013,   by Paul Hockenos

The fact that Robert Habeck is the first Energiewende minister in Germany – in its northern-most state, Schleswig Holstein – is only one of the attributes that distinguishes the 43-year-old,...

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: German renewables generate a terawatt-hour of wind power in two days

December 12, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

In a remarkable display of how renewable energy has come of age in Germany, renewables--primarily wind and biomass--generated one billion kWh in two days.

Category: Renewable Energy

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

DECC: Increasing the use of low-carbon technologies

December 9, 2013,  

Speeches, press releases, and announcements by DECC and its ministers.

Category: Great Britain

GET: Something to copy from Germany: transparency of energy data

December 4, 2013,   by Craig Morris

One marvels at how different the situation is in Germany, where both historic power production and forecasts are available from the Transparency EEX website (in English and German), and you can also...

Category: Renewable Energy

DECC: Investing in renewable technologies – CfD contract terms and strike prices

December 4, 2013,  

This document sets out decisions on the Contract for Difference (CfD) strike prices for renewable technologies for the period 2014/15-2018/19, and provides an update on the key CfD contract terms

Category: Great Britain

IGov: Uncompetitive Competition: From Privatisation Ideals to the Big Six in Great Britain

December 2, 2013,   by Caroline Kuzemko

Early visions of what a competitive market would look like included the separation of generation and supply, liquid and transparent energy wholesale markets as well as real consumer choice between...

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: Der Spiegel and its “4,000 subsidies for renewables”

November 13, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Sometimes, Der Spiegel misconstrues issues so well that even experts have trouble understanding what is meant.

Category: Renewable Energy

Solar Server: Welcome to the Energiewende: An interview with Craig Morris on his new documentary celebrating Germany's Energy Transition

November 12, 2013,   by Christian Roselund

"I wanted to step back and celebrate what has been achieved so far by reminding everyone that Germany is not only switching to renewables and lower consumption, but also to energy democracy -- normal...

Category: Renewable Energy

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 coal in a downward spiral

October 9, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Over the past year, we have heard a lot of charges that Germany is switching to coal. Many of us have noted that this effect is quite temporary. Now, Germany’s most prominent coal field, Garzweiler,...

Category: Renewable Energy

Wind Action Group: NY' State's Unicorn Problem...

October 3, 2013,   by Dave Bradley

Japan's electricity customers are seeing this electricity folded into their rates, and prices ARE rising. Of course, as the saying goes, necessity can be a real mother..... and no electricity, no...

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: German wind + solar push power prices way down on Sunday

October 1, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

Based on our best estimate, Germany managed to get 34 percent of its electricity from wind and solar over a 24-hour period on Sunday – measured in gigawatt-hours, not gigawatts. Prices on the...

Category: Grid Integration

Renewable Energy Action Coalition of Hawaii (REACH) Calls for 100% Renewable Energy in Hawaii

September 27, 2013,   by Erik Kvam

The logic of asking for plans to achieve 100% renewable generation is the certainty that, as imported fuels get scarcer and more expensive, sooner or later these imported fuels will stop flowing to...

Category: Renewable Energy

Comments of Paul Gipe to the 100 Percent Champions League, Kassel Germany

September 24, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I am here today because this past spring we held a small conference in San Francisco. At the conference, Pathways To 100% Renewable Energy,  we heard from Europeans, such as Bertram Fleck from the...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: How Wind and Solar PV Production Complement Each Other from Winter to Summer and How to Improve this Advantage? Analysis and Conclusions for France and Germany

September 23, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

Sustainable renewable energy (RE) policies must be based on a wise mix between technologies and applications. In the case of variable but predictable RE technologies such as wind power and solar PV,...

Category: Grid Integration

Enemy of Renewable Energy FDP Out of German Bundestag

September 23, 2013,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

With the FDP out, that leaves exactly zero parties in the Bundestag supporting the proposal of replacing the successful feed-in tariff with a renewable portfolio standard, recently floated again by...

Category: Renewable Energy

The Economic and Political Consequences of the Last 10 Years of Renewable Energy Development

September 6, 2013,   by Jérôme Guillet

But the cat is out of the bag: once renewable energy reaches a critical mass, its impact on power systems is pretty much irreversible and no amount of lobbying by utilities is going to get them their...

Category: Renewable Energy

Lenz Blog: Renewable Reducing Electricity Prices in Germany

September 3, 2013,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

One of the topics in this election season is the price of electricity. There is a lot of confusion around. Many people don’t understand that the renewable revolution caused by the German feed-in...

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: Renewable Energy for Electricity in California in 2012 and its Future Role

August 19, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has published on August 1, 2013 the 2012 data for the whole California power system [1]. This analysis completes the preliminary analysis from the California...

Category: Renewable Energy, Grid Integration

Baseload power is a myth: even intermittent renewables will work

August 10, 2013,   by Mark Diesendorf

In a previous article for The Conversation I reported on the initial results of computer simulations by a research team at the University of New South Wales that busted the myth that renewable energy...

Category: Grid Integration, Renewable Energy

Governance, Innovation and the Transition to a Sustainable Energy System: Perspectives from Economic Theory

July 26, 2013,   by Matthew Lockwood

Moreover, comparative evidence from Europe on non-technology specific quota mechanisms and technology specific feed-in tariffs for wind energy suggests that the former have higher costs, are less...

Category: Renewable Energy

Why 100% Renewable Energy?

July 17, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy is inevitable. It will happen whether we take action or not. Fossil fuels are—by definition--finite. They are a one-time gift to humanity. Long...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy

CleanTechnica: New "Breakthroughs" in Anti-Solar Propaganda

July 9, 2013,   by Christian Roselund

Anyway, it’s progress that the enemies of solar like the Breakthrough Institute are now reduced to hoping that other countries will be unable to match Germany’s cost reductions. A couple of years...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Solar Energy

Renewables International: Renewables and California's heat wave

July 2, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

Just as power demand is peaking in the area, California is losing its nuclear plants. At the beginning of June, a decision was made not to reopen the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant, and just this...

Category: Renewable Energy, Grid Integration

IGov: The (German) tortoise and the (British) hare

July 1, 2013,   by Matthew Lockwood

Between 1990 and 2000, the UK’s grid carbon factor fell by almost 30%, but in the decade 2000 to 2010, it fell only 3%. By contrast, while Germany’s decarbonisation trend has been slower, is has been...

Category: Renewable Energy

German Association of Rural Women on the Energy Transition and Increasing Energy Efficiency

July 1, 2013,  

Recent translation of the position statement by LandFrauen on the phase out of nuclear power in Germany and the role of rural women in the energy transition and increasing energy efficiency in...

Category: Renewable Energy

CleanTechnica: 100% Renewable Energy And Beyond!

June 26, 2013,   by Thomas Gerke

While many countries still discuss whether or not a 100% renewable energy system – or “just” a 100% renewable electricity supply – is even theoretically possible, Germans seem no longer bothered by...

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: Impact of Germany's Energiewende on the poor

June 25, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Overall, the Left generally speaks out for the poor in Germany. . . Yet, their study entitled "Poverty risks from the Energiewende" is subtitled "myths, lies, and arguments." It addresses 20 claims –...

Category: Renewable Energy

Toronto Star: Doctors urge province to ramp-up renewable energy

June 21, 2013,   by Dr. David Colby Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, and Gideon Forman

Solar and wind generation do not contribute to climate change, respiratory illness, brain damage or cancer.

Category: Renewable Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

ZeeNews.com: India can follow Japan's solar energy harnessing model to end power shortage

June 11, 2013,  

Since the introduction of the Feed-in-Tariff in 2011 in Japan, the demand for Solar PV has risen for industrial and business purposes. . . Countries like India can follow this model to beat the...

Category: Renewable Energy

OME: Reviewing Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan

May 29, 2013,  

“It’s clear that we’ve made real progress. But the energy sector is constantly evolving, especially as energy consumption habits and economic conditions change. So our Long-Term Energy Plan must also...

Category: Renewable Energy, Ontario FIT

WRF: "There are no technical barriers for a future without oil, gas or coal" says Martin Faulstich

May 23, 2013,  

"There are no technical barriers for a future without oil, gas or coal", Martin Faulstich, Chair of the German Advisory Council on the Environment, said in his speech for the WRF Energy Conference,...

Category: Renewable Energy

RMI: Is a High Renewables Future Really Possible? (Part 1)

May 22, 2013,   by Peter Bronski

Category: Renewable Energy

Penetration of Renewable Energy in Selected Markets

May 15, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Inter-annual Wind Variability Less than that of Hydro--Steady Growth of Non-Hydro Renewable Penetration in European Markets--US Renewable Energy Penetration: Little Progress Since 1983 . . .[more]

Category: Renewable Energy

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

The implication for climate change and peak fossil fuel of the continuation of the current trend in wind and solar energy production

May 3, 2013,   by Mark Leggett and David Ball

The study finds that the peak fossil fuel risk will start to be critical by 2020. If however the future growth rate of wind and solar energy production follows that already achieved for the world...

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy at Your Fingertips

April 19, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

The Energy Transition is becoming a fashion item! Painted fingernails are a popular adornment for women of all ages. Kirsten Hasberg announced the launch of her crowd-sourced venture...

Category: Renewable Energy

RMI: Germany's Renewables Revolution

April 17, 2013,   by Amory Lovins

Germany has doubled the renewable share of its total electricity consumption in the past six years to 23% in 2012. It forecasts nearly a redoubling by 2025, well ahead of the 50% target for 2030, and...

Category: Renewable Energy

Cost-minimized combinations of wind power, solar power and electrochemical storage, powering the grid up to 99.9% of the time

April 8, 2013,   by Willett Kempton

At 2030 technology costs and with excess electricity displacing natural gas, we find that the electric system can be powered 90%e99.9% of hours entirely on renewable electricity, at costs comparable...

Category: Grid Integration, Renewable Energy

Reuters: Renewables turn utilities into dinosaurs of the energy world

April 8, 2013,   by Geert De Clercq

Every new solar panel installed on European rooftops chips away at power utilities' centralized production model. Unless they reinvent themselves soon, these giants risk becoming the dinosaurs of the...

Category: Renewable Energy

Opportunities Forsaken: The Iraq War and Renewable Energy

April 8, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

For the Amount Spent on the Iraq War the US Could be Generating 40% to 60% of its Electricity with Renewable Energy[more]

Category: Renewable Energy

100 Percent Renewable Vision Building

April 2, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Increasingly countries and regions are leapfrogging timid renewable targets and moving toward full 100% integration of renewables into electricity supply. Some thought leaders, politicians, and...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy

IMF: Energy Subsidy Reform: The Way Forward

March 27, 2013,   by David Lipton

Yet, in absolute terms, the top three subsidizers across the world are the United States (US$ 502 billion), China (US $279 billion) and Russia (US$ 116 billion). . .

Category: Renewable Energy

Write to your MP to demand a decent deal for community renewables!

March 20, 2013,   by Dave Toke

You can see some arguments in favour of a 'Fixed' Feed-in Tariff on the FOE website, http://www.foe.co.uk/blog/energy_bill_will_give_more_38654.html, and a report I wrote for Friends of the Earth on...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Community Power

Bloomberg: Los Angeles Halts Using Electricity From Coal Plants

March 19, 2013,   by Mark Drajem

The city’s Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest municipal-owned utility, will phase out the electricity it imports from the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona and Intermountain Power...

Category: Renewable Energy

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

Carbon Brief: "We've managed these things in the past, and managed them quite well" - an interview with Richard Smith of National Grid

March 8, 2013,   by Robin Webster

Dismissing this as one of the "flakier arguments" in the renewables debate, Smith points to a recent analysis National Grid undertook for the Scottish Parliament. It concluded that over an 18 month...

Category: Grid Integration, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Why German Conservatives Should Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Renewables

February 27, 2013,   by Paul Hockenos

Category: Renewable Energy

Scurvy and What it Can Tell Us About Opposition to Climate Change & Renewable Energy

February 26, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Just Because a Better Mousetrap is Known Doesn’t Mean it will be Used When There’s a Vested Financial Interest in the Status Quo . . .[more]

Category: Renewable Energy

Creating a New Renewable Energy Future for Japan

February 26, 2013,  

Presentations at the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation's International Conference

Category: Renewable Energy

When Euphemisms and Rebranding Obscure the Message

February 25, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Whether it is Climate Change or Feed-in Tariffs for Renewable Energy . . .[more]

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: IWR says coal will shrink in Germany in 2013

February 25, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Overall, the total amount of lignite power production capacity in Germany fell from 19,100 megawatts in 2012 to around 17,800 megawatts at present. The IWR therefore expects power production from...

Category: Renewable Energy

100% Renewable Energy: Becoming the New Normal?

February 22, 2013,   by Diane Moss

A decade ago, cities, regions, and businesses aiming for 20% renewable energy were on the cutting edge. Few believed that a higher target in a few decades was an achievable goal. Anyone even...

Category: Renewable Energy

Boell: The German Coal Myth

February 21, 2013,   by Christian Roselund

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: Europe's coal renaissance – the end is nigh

February 20, 2013,   by Craig Morris

An unpublished briefing paper drawn up by the European Climate Foundation (ECF) takes a look at charges of a "coal renaissance" in the EU and confirms our recently published findings for Germany,...

Category: Renewable Energy

The Future of Electricity Markets

February 19, 2013,   by Toby D. Couture, IFOK GmbH and Dr. David Jacobs, Institute for Advanced Sustain

As solar and wind energy grow in market share, electricity markets will need to change.

Category: Renewable Energy

12 Insights on Germany’s Energiewende

February 18, 2013,  

Since the long-term targets are in place – the big question remaining to be answered is how to accomplish these goals. Namely, how to manage the transition from a fossil nuclear system to a mainly...

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: US to have 100 percent renewable power by 2180

February 1, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Yes, you read that right. At the current rate the US will meet 100% of its electricity demand within 170 years--give or take a few decades. . .

Category: Renewable Energy

Boell: Why California is to Blame for Germany's "Energiewende"

January 31, 2013,   by Paul Hockenos

Germany is currently in the forefront of this transition - their Energiewende - but this was not always the case. Only a few short decades ago, it was the United States who was leading the world away...

Category: Renewable Energy

An 80% Carbon Reduction: It’s Not Just Business as Usual

January 21, 2013,   by Ralph Torrie

An 80% reduction in Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions is achievable by 2050, according to the Trottier Energy Futures Project (TEFP)’s review of low-carbon scenario research from eight industrialized...

Category: Renewable Energy

Dawn of a New Day--Grocery Shopping in Oildale

January 16, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

More on the changes brought by the closure of our local grocery story. . .[more]

Category: Other Articles

Scientific American: Ontario Phases Out Coal-Fired Power

January 11, 2013,   by Christa Marshall

All the provinces coal-burning power plants will be shuttered by 2014, making the Canadian province the first coal-free jurisdiction in North America . . .

Category: Renewable Energy

Pembina reacts as Ontario announces early end to coal power use

January 10, 2013,   by Tim Weis

“In announcing the closure of Lambton and Nanticoke, by the end of this year Ontario will become the first jurisdiction in all of North America to shut down its coal fleet. . .

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: How wind and solar complement each other in California

January 9, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

For the first time ever, power production from PV and CSP were separately reported in December for California. French energy expert Bernard Chabot took a look at the figures, especially to determine...

Category: Grid Integration

Renewables International: 25% wind and PV in December

January 2, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

As French energy expert Bernard Chabot explains, December was a strong month for wind power in Germany, and in the last week of the month, when power demand was low because of the holidays and...

Category: Grid Integration

Death in the Family--Green Frog is Closing

December 28, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Comments on the closing of our local grocery store. . .[more]

Category: Other Articles

BDEW: Renewable Energy in Germany Increased 23% in 2012

December 18, 2012,  

Category: Renewable Energy

NREL How To Design Geothermal Feed-in Tariffs

December 13, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) issued a long-delayed report this past summer on Geothermal FIT Design. . .[more]

Category: News on Geothermal

Heating and Cooling an Up-Scale Hotel with Geothermal Energy in Bonn Germany

December 13, 2012,   by Nancy Nies and Paul Gipe

When we think of geothermal energy we immediately have visions of Old Faithful Geyser or the modernistic geothermal power plants of Iceland. But our view doesn't have to be so limited. . . [more]

Category: News on Geothermal

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

Global Cooling Strategies for climate protection--A review

November 17, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

We were returning to San Francisco from the World Wind Energy Association conference in Bonn this past July. As we boarded the plane we met Hans-Josef Fell. Fell was the reason we had to get back to...[more]

Category: book Reviews

Biomass Magazine: What about Biogas in the USA?

November 16, 2012,  

I touch on the fact that Germany, which in 2011 had 7,090 digesters, is the leading country for both the quantity of plants and the amount of installed capacity of 2,394 MW of electricity. Most of it...

Category: Renewable Energy

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

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

Japan again turns to geothermal energy to replace nuclear power

October 7, 2012,  

The Japanese government believes that the country has more than 20 gigawatts of energy potential in terms of geothermal energy. The country already boasts of 17 geothermal power plants, which...

Category: News on Geothermal, Japan FIT

10,000 miles per gallon of gasoline: Shell's Ecomarathon

April 11, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

On Aprill 11 and 12, 2008 teams from highschools, colleges, and universities from across the continent were scrambling in the garages at the Fontana raceway preparing their cars for the Shell's...[more]

Category: Other Articles

Lettre pour les aveugles à l'usage de ceux qui voient ou l’énergie éolienne expliquée à Monsieur Nicolas Sarkozy

April 11, 2008,   by Planète éolienne, fédération des énergies du vent

Category: News on Wind Energy, Dispelling Myths en Francais

Beating Swords into Wind Turbines–or Solar Panels if You Like

December 29, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

  The following op-ed was originally posted on July 4, 2005 and then appeared at Renewable Energy Access.com on July 11, 2005. This version has been updated with current figures for the cost of...[more]

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Impeach, Convict, Arrest, & Imprison George W. Bush

June 25, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

George W. Bush has violated his oath of office to faithfully enforce the country's laws. He has admitted to illegal domestic spying on Americans, itself a felony. His administration has condoned...[more]

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Just War and Iraq

September 6, 2002,  

An unprovoked attack on Iraq would be un-American, and a disgrace to fallen American soldiers who gave their lives fighting the Axis powers after an unprovoked attack December 7th, 1941.[more]

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Get to Know Your Neighbors

January 15, 2002,  

Lupe knocked at the door yesterday. Lupe's our postman. If anyone knows what's going on in our neighborhood, it's Lupe. Lupe was concerned that a reclusive neighbor hadn't picked up her mail, nor...[more]

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Tule Fog or Three Strikes and You Could Be Out

January 12, 2002,   by Paul Gipe

You've read about those massive chain-reaction accidents. Miles of mangled vehicles on Germany's autobahn, Italy's autostrada, New Jersey's Turnpike, or California's I-5 in the San Joaquin Valley....[more]

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Sustainable Future Beckons Renewable Rich New Zealand

May 22, 2001,  

New Zealand could become the world's first nation with a sustainable energy system based on renewable resources.[more]

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Etats-Unis : le calme après la tempête?

January 1, 2000,   by Paul Gipe

(From Systèmes Solaires ~1999-2000) L'industrie éolienne aux Etats-Unis est aujourd'hui en pleine ébullition. En termes de puissance installée, le développement est comparable a celui que l'on a...[more]

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Believing Cassandra: An Optimist Looks at a Pessimist's World

January 1, 1999,   by Paul Gipe

Having been disparaged as a "Cassandra," I was reluctant to read a book on the topic, especially one with a subtile about optimism. "Oh no," I thought, "another enviro bashing book catering to...[more]

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Wind Energy Advocate Honored at World Conference

October 3, 1998,  

The World Renewable Energy Congress hailed long-time wind energy advocate Paul Gipe as a "pioneer in renewable energy" at its recent international conference in Florence, Italy. The designation, one...[more]

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The Land of the Living: The Danish Folk High Schools and Denmark's Non-Violent Path to Modernization

January 1, 1997,  

A Review of Land of the Living by Paul Gipe A Dutch colleague, Rinie van Est, referred me to a fascinating book by American anthropologist Steven Borish. The book, Land of the Living, is based on...[more]

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Jules Verne Looks at Wind

January 1, 1995,   by Paul Gipe

Jules Verne's long lost novel "Paris in the 20th Century" contains an interesting passage on windmills by the father of science fiction. Set in the 1960s, a mere 100 years into the future when Verne...[more]

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