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Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG

Auctions didn’t make wind power cheaper, study finds

March 8, 2018,   by Craig Morris

The study thus basically further documents the real reason for the shift from feed-in tariffs to auctions: it wasn’t about price, as lots of people assume; the goal was to give policymakers a way to...

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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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...

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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

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

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...

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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...

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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: "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

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

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

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

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

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: 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

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

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...

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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

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...

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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

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

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...

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