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My specialty is wind energy, but I work with all forms of renewable energy. Over the years I've written about a number of renewable technologies, including solar and geothermal energy. In recent years I've focused on comprehensive renewable energy policies that develop a mix of renewable resources.

The links below lead to articles on renewable energy policy. 

The links to the left lead to more specific topics.

Paul Gipe

News & Articles on Renewable Energy Policy

After Ozymandias: Will Britain's Labour Party Miss the Energy Revolution?

March 13, 2015,   by Alan Simpson

Alan Simpson has posted another insightful and witty skewering of British political elites--this time in the Labour Party. As a former Labour MP himself, his essay is as much a cri de coeur from one...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: No time for fact checking at the New York Times

March 4, 2015,   by Craig Morris

The NYT has published another grossly inaccurate article about the European Union, and Germany in particular, in which the author mainly displays her personal agenda. She claims an EU study...

Category: Renewable Energy

Phoenix Sun: Did Germany’s shift from nuclear power cause a rise in coal-fired electricity?

March 4, 2015,   by

I’ll focus on what seems to me to be the error with the most important implications: that the anti-nuclear component of Germany’s energy transition has caused a rise in CO2 emissions.

Category: Renewable Energy

Toke Calls for 150% Renewable Electricity in Scotland

March 3, 2015,   by Dave Toke

So don't we need some new, more radical targets for Scotland? 150 per cent by 2025 would seem moderate (perhaps even puny) in this scenario. Actually Scotland is making rapid progress towards its...

Category: Renewable Energy


February 26, 2015,   by Toby D. Couture , David Jacobs, Wilson Rickerson, Victoria Healey

A number of policies have been used historically in order to stimulate the growth of the renewable electricity sector. This paper examines four of these policy instruments: renewable electricity...

Category: Renewable Energy

More on Regulatory Corruption: Whistle blower--Former Arizona Utility Regulator Threatened Him Not to Reveal Inappropriate Activity

February 24, 2015,   by Osha Gray Davidson

Former Chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission Gary Pierce held about a dozen private meetings with executives of APS, the state’s largest electrical utility (and which is regulated by the...

Category: Renewable Energy

Mainichi: Japan can produce 295 billion kWh of renewable energy in 2030

February 21, 2015,  

That equates to about 31 percent of Japan's total energy production in fiscal 2013, which stood at 939.7 billion kWh. In fiscal 2013, renewable energy accounted for just 2.2 percent of the total.

Category: Renewable Energy, Japan FIT

Boell: Renewables have made power cheaper for German industry

February 11, 2015,   by Craig Morris

The best news about this study is not its findings, though they will no doubt be widely circulated. Rather, it is a sign that Siemens has moved from unrealistic criticism of the Energiewende to...

Category: Renewable Energy

Guardian: 'It's never the science itself': why the right questions climate and vaccines

February 5, 2015,   by Suzanne Goldenberg

Creationism, climate denial and anti-vaccination rage: long before the measles outbreak in the US, a deep mistrust of scientists infected some strands of the American conservative movement.

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

San Francisco Chronicle: Agents search Michael Peevey’s home in PG&E judge-shopping case

January 28, 2015,   by Jaxon Van Derbeken

In an e-mail to Brown in January 2014, Cherry dangled PG&E’s backing for CPUC Chairman Peevey’s pet project — a $4 billion coal-gasification plant planned in Kern County — as a possible reward for...

Category: California FIT, Renewable Energy

Guardian: Fossil fuel firms accused of renewable lobby takeover to push gas

January 22, 2015,   by Arthur Neslen

Big energy firms such as Total, Iberdrola, E.On and Enel have together adopted a dominant position in trade bodies such as the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and European Photovoltaic...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind

Renewables International: US could nearly quadruple share of renewables

January 16, 2015,   by Craig Morris

A country report published by IRENA finds that the United States could have 27 percent renewable energy (not just electricity!) by 2030, up from 7.5 percent in 2010 – and much higher than the 10...

Category: Renewable Energy

2014 Wind & Solar Generation in France Less than 5%

January 7, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

In comparison to its European neighbors, France has fallen off the renewable energy bandwagon, according to the most recent report by Bernard Chabot. In 2014 wind produced 3.6% and solar PV only 1.3%...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy

SF Chronicle: Guidelines for the post-Peevey era of the California Public Utility Commission

January 6, 2015,   by Loretta M. Lynch, former CPUC President

Despite lavish talk about increasing renewable energy and the start of renewable mandates in 2002, the PUC has authorized more fossil-fueled energy than renewable energy during Peevey’s tenure, with...

Category: Renewable Energy

So why is renewable energy so much more expensive in the UK compared to other countries?

December 31, 2014,   by Dave Toke

So, in short, the new CfD system replicates the existing ability of the electricity majors to siphon off up to 30 per cent of the incomes supposedly paid by electricity consumers for renewable...

Category: Renewable Energy

Blinded by the lights? Or Just Blinded--British Energy Policy

December 30, 2014,   by Alan Simpson

Alan Simpson blasts Britain's ruling party and government bureaucrats for an ideologically driven rush to a "capacity market" in response to a "manufactured," that is, imaginary, crisis.[more]

Category: Renewable Energy

Why Germany Has No Need for North-to-South Power Lines

December 25, 2014,   by R. Andreas Kraemer

The North-to-South transmission lines are not needed; they are a waste of money, designed to increase the cost of the rnergiewende and thus do discredit it, and to split the environmental community...

Category: Renewable Energy

Asahi Shimbun: City in Okayama on track to become self-sufficient with biomass energy

December 23, 2014,   by TORU ISHII

This mountainous city has moved another step toward its goal of supplying all of its energy needs with the area’s most visibly abundant resource.

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: Plummeting demand, renewables slightly up and fossil power generation at a 35 year low

December 22, 2014,   by Thomas Gerke

All these developments have resulted in Germany generating less electricity from fossil fuels in 2014 than in the last 35 years.

Category: Renewable Energy

Capacity Markets: Sugar Plum Fairies

December 19, 2014,   by Catherine Mitchell

DECC’s auction reflects GB’s current energy policy: wasteful, thoughtless, parochial and supporting the status quo. This was a real opportunity to implement a radically different, demand focused...

Category: Renewable Energy

Britain’s dinosaur capacity market will worsen energy ‘trilemma’

December 19, 2014,   by Catherine Mitchell

The government could have chosen a better way, by prioritising measures that really do solve the energy trilemma – incentivising interconnection, treating demand-side management as a priority,...

Category: Renewable Energy

Vancouver Sun: Positive news overlooked: 2014 has seen significant movement toward renewable energy

December 16, 2014,   by Merran Smith

Climate disruption jumped to the fore of the global political agenda in 2014 and a series of developments cemented both renewable energy and carbon pricing as lead solutions to the crisis.

Category: Renewable Energy

More on Japan’s Energy Technocrats and their Smart Communities

December 14, 2014,   by Andrew DeWit

The institutions through which Japan’s energy technocrats are adapting Germany’s lessons to Japanese circumstances are potentially very powerful. They may be rebooting some of the mechanisms that...

Category: Renewable Energy

Egypt's Scorched Earth Energy Policy Leaves Clean Power Behind

December 13, 2014,   by Isabel Esterman

Steps such as the feed-in tariff, though still incomplete, are generally viewed as progress toward increasing green energy in Egypt. The rapid advance of coal projects has shown what can be...

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: What happens when the price of oil starts to rise again?

December 9, 2014,   by Philipp Schmagold

For example, in mathematical terms, if over a 20 year period a wind turbine produces 7 million kWh of electricity annually, its construction will consume approximately 3.5 million kilowatt hours — or...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind

PV Tech: Canada launches anti-dumping investigation into Chinese solar

December 8, 2014,   by John Parnell

The investigation is in response to complaints from four Ontario-based firms; Eclipsall Energy Corporation, Heliene, Silfab Ontario and Solgate. Ontario removed the 60% domestic content requirement...

Category: Renewable Energy

NYT: Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General

December 6, 2014,   by ERIC LIPTON

Attorneys general in at least a dozen states are working with energy companies and other corporate interests, which in turn are providing them with record amounts of money for their political...

Category: Renewable Energy

Asahi Shimbun: Diverse data needed to discuss actual cost of renewable energy

December 3, 2014,   by ATSUSHI KOMORI

We seem to have been scared into believing that a further increase in the use of renewable energy would cost us dearly.

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: How to draw the right lessons from the Energiewende

December 2, 2014,   by Craig Morris

The more an article contains evidence-based findings, the more it moves away from propaganda to professional analysis.

Category: Renewable Energy

New study highlights enthusiasm of British farmers for renewable energy

November 30, 2014,   by Dave Toke

'Forum For the Future', in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University, blow away the alleged conservatism of British farmers by indicating how large quantities of British electricity supply (much...

Category: Renewable Energy

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

Renewable energy: does it need critically rare materials?

November 21, 2014,   by Ugo Bardi

The use of wind energy (both onshore and offshore) was investigated with regard to the consumption of neodymium (Nd) and dysprosium (Dy), which are increasingly being employed in high field strength...

Category: Renewable Energy

This German Energy Expert Says Canada is Perfect for a Clean Energy Transition

October 18, 2014,   by Erin Flegg

German clean energy policy expert Dr. David Jacobs paid Canada a visit this week to dispel a few myths about the Energiewende. While addressing potential downsides, Jacobs talked about the lessons...

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: German coal phaseout: SPD vs CDU

October 15, 2014,   by Craig Morris

If the policy is implemented... The renewables sector has come to see the current Social Democrats as a party of coal power; the party traditionally represents unions, including coal miners. But this...

Category: Renewable Energy

JREF: Grid Access Requests Denial - Transparency and Neutrality are Essential in Grid Operation

October 7, 2014,   by Mika Ohbayashi

Indeed, the law of the Japan’s Feed-in Tariff system allows utilities to refuse requests of renewable electricity producers for grid access “when securing a smooth supply of electricity by said the...

Category: Japan FIT, Renewable Energy

Mainichi: Gov't must not leave promotion of renewable energy to private utilities

October 7, 2014,   by Editorial

To accelerate the spread of power generated from renewable energy sources, the government must take responsibility for expanding the capacities of utilities to take on energy.

Category: Renewable Energy

Boell: Can the energy transition make Germany independent of Russian gas?

September 30, 2014,   by Craig Morris

A new study by Fraunhofer IWES investigates how much natural gas could be offset by renewables and efficiency, and one graphic indicates the implicit message that the energy transition could make...

Category: Renewable Energy

Can the Big Island of Hawaii Get All of Its Electricity From Renewables?

September 29, 2014,   by Tam Hunt

Hawaii’s utilities just resubmitted long-term energy plans to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, and there was at least one very nice surprise: Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO), the utility...

Category: Hawaii FIT , Renewable Energy

Renewables International: “We need all hands on deck”

September 25, 2014,   by Craig Morris & Toby Couture

Meeting 100% requires citizen and business engagement, no question. It will also require institutional innovation, like renewable energy cooperatives and green bonds that allow people to invest...

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: What 100% local renewables looks like globally

September 23, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Publications investigating a 100 percent supply of renewable energy continue to pour in. Last week, the World Future Council produced a Policy Handbook that is unique in two ways. First, it covers...

Category: Renewable Energy

Boell: Energy Transition may proceed without electricity storage for 20 years – transport, heat and chemicals markets will drive growth

September 23, 2014,   by Craig Morris

A recent study commissioned by Agora Energiewende comes to the conclusion that the German Energiewende does not need new electricity storage within the next 20 years. Instead, flexible fossil-fueled...

Category: Renewable Energy

World Future Council: How to Achieve 100% Renewable Energy

September 22, 2014,   by Toby Couture

The goal of fully transitioning the world’s total energy mix toward renewable energy sources is no longer a utopian ideal: it is being achieved in a number of places around the world today. Hundreds...

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: German coal power generation at 10-year low in August

September 9, 2014,   by Thomas Gerke

This year electricity generation from coal is down in Germany and last month only 14.45 TWh. This is not only a hefty 20% decline compared to the previous year, but also the lowest monthly coal power...

Category: Renewable Energy

U.S. Renewable Energy Industry Dominated By Monopolism and Cronyism

September 3, 2014,   by S. Michael Holly

the U.S. has made renewable energy mandates an option for the states, who in turn have almost all given control of the mandates to their electricity monopolies (e.g., utilities). Typically, these...

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: 100 percent renewable power investigated in Germany

August 25, 2014,   by Craig Morris

The results of a three-year project investigating what a purely renewable power supply would look like have been published. The findings could be a roadmap for the coming years bar unforeseen...

Category: Renewable Energy

Boell: German grid more stable in 2013

August 25, 2014,   by Craig Morris

In other words, since 2006 we have witnessed a stabilization of Germany’s impressively reliable grid even as some 35 gigawatts of solar and 35 gigawatts of wind were installed on a grid with peak...

Category: Grid Integration, Renewable Energy

Guardian: Global warming denial rears its ugly head around the world, in English

August 18, 2014,  

There is a pattern among these examples of politicians rejecting the full body of available scientific evidence and the consensus among climate experts – each is in an English-speaking country.

Category: Renewable Energy

OSEA: My journey to the end of the world to see the impossible: 100% self-sufficient and renewable

August 13, 2014,   by Kris Stevens

The people of El Hierro envisioned a new possibility for their island community and have achieved self-reliance supplying their electricity demand with a combination of wind and hydro-power.

Category: Renewable Energy

ReNewEconomy: Wind energy to rescue as EDF takes part of UK’s nuclear fleet offline

August 12, 2014,   by Giles Parkinson

According to the FT, National Grid said the closures should not affect the UK’s energy supply. “Demand is low at this time of year, and a lot of wind power is being generated right now,” it said.

Category: Grid Integration, Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Conservative Forces at Work: The Opposition to Wind power in Australia

August 6, 2014,   by Neil Barrett

In the short to medium term the fossil fuel interests and their supporters – both witting and unwitting — are fighting the battle of their corporate lives to preserve the privileged position they’ve...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind

Guardian: The strange relationship between global warming denial and... speaking English

July 23, 2014,   by The English language media in three of these four countries are linked together

Nonetheless, some pretty significant patterns are apparent. Perhaps most notably: Not only is the United States clearly the worst in its climate denial, but Great Britain and Australia are second and...

Category: Renewable Energy

Asahi Shimbun: 80% of Japanese municipalities eager to promote renewable energy

July 22, 2014,  

“The popularization of renewable energy has increasingly allowed local municipalities to produce electricity on their own,” said Tetsunari Iida, director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Community Power

Mother Jones: The Strange Relationship Between Global Warming Denial and…Speaking English

July 22, 2014,   by Chris Mooney

Nonetheless, some pretty significant patterns are apparent. Perhaps most notably: Not only is the United States clearly the worst in its climate denial, but Great Britain and Australia are second and...

Category: Renewable Energy

RMI: How Opposite Energy Policies Turned The Fukushima Disaster Into A Loss For Japan And A Win For Germany

July 8, 2014,   by Amory Lovins

Japan is indeed poor in fossil fuels—but among all major industrial countries, it’s the richest in renewable energy like sun, wind, and geothermal. For example, Japan has nine times Germany’s...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Putting the Brakes on Renewable Deployment in Germany?

July 6, 2014,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

Rejecting the previous idea of “the faster the better” sure sounds like putting on the brakes.

Category: Renewable Energy

Fraunhofer: Germany Generates 31% of Electricity with Renewables in First Half 2014

July 2, 2014,   by Bruno Burger

The renewable energy sources solar, wind, hydro and biomass produced a total of about 81 TWh and accounted for approximately 31% of electricity production.

Category: Renewable Energy

Resource Crisis: Lessons from a failed energy revolution: the real reasons of the nuclear failure

June 30, 2014,   by Hugo Bardi

I argue that nuclear energy ceased to be a viable option in the world's energy mix as the result of the disappearance of the subsidies it received in the form of plutonium purchases by the military....

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

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

Renewables International: Germany hits 50 percent solar, Ireland 50 percent wind

June 25, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Interestingly, Ireland recently saw its share of wind power peak at 50 percent of power demand, an issue that went largely unreported (why is everyone so focused on Germany?).

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Solar Energy, News on Large Wind

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern First German State to Produce 100 Percent RE

June 24, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

The former East German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern became the first German state to generate more electricity with renewable energy than its own domestic consumption. In 2013 the state on the...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind

Durango Herald: LPEA board glows ‘green’

June 18, 2014,   by Dale Rodebaugh

It remains to be seen how board members will vote on upcoming issues. But philosophically, renewable-energy proponents seem to hold a 7-5 advantage.

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: German state to go 100% renewable power… this year

June 17, 2014,   by Craig Morris

On the border to Denmark, Schleswig-Holstein is a largely rural state – and Germany’s windiest area. It is home to the country’s only Energiewende Minister, and it will produce as much green...

Category: Renewable Energy

Wind Action Group: Ontario 2014 Election - The Wind Turbines Won!

June 13, 2014,   by Dave Bradley

Looks like the Wind Turbines won! Overall, supporters of renewable energy landed almost 70% of the vote, and the PC's, who made a big campaign issue of killing off renewable energy via the Green...

Category: News on Large Wind, Renewable Energy

Grist: Germans spend vacations at wind farms and solar arrays because, duh, they’re Germans

June 12, 2014,   by Jim Meyer

A tongue-in-cheek review of Baedeker's new guidebook: Deutschland--Erneuerbare Energien erleben (Germany--Experience renewable energy) by geographer Martin Frey. The book is an update of his...

Category: Renewable Energy

BCSEA: Webinar: Germany's Path Towards 100% Renewable Energy Regions

June 11, 2014,  

Germany has experienced a boom in local energy initiatives aiming at 100% renewable energy. The webinar will offer an overview of progress, and highlight the strategies that have worked, including...

Category: Renewable Energy

Boell: The German Coal Conundrum: The status of coal power in Germany's energy transition

June 10, 2014,  

Here, we have the coal conundrum of the Energiewende: is Germany building new coal plants to replace nuclear despite the country’s green ambitions? This paper finds that the concern is based largely...

Category: Renewable Energy

Boell: The German Coal Conundrum

June 6, 2014,   by Craig Morris and Arne Jungjohann

An in-depth look reveals that coal is not making a comeback in Germany. The current addition of new coal projects in Germany is a one-off phenomenon. Recent projects started in 2005-2007 as part of...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Renewables International: Obama's coal proposal--The great climate shell game

June 6, 2014,   by Christian Roselund

I frequently find myself feeling somewhat schizophrenic in the world of the American media. I will be looking at a reality which has very clear features (to me), and I will find it being nearly...

Category: Renewable Energy

Edmonton Journal: Alberta needs to kick its coal habit

June 5, 2014,   by Sheila Pratt

A large-scale shift away from coal to a variety of electricity sources including solar, wind, and geothermal power, could be accomplished in 20 years with only a slight price increase in the first...

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: Carbon emissions--Obama's seven percent proposal

June 4, 2014,   by Charles Komanoff

President Obama plans to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. At first glance, it sounds impressive – but the reference year is 2005, and emissions from electricity are...

Category: Renewable Energy

Danish Energy Agency: An energy system without fossil fuels is technically possible

May 20, 2014,   by Ture Falbe-Hansen

The Danish Energy Agency has published an energy-scenario report and five sub-analyses on the energy system of the future and the challenges that need managing up to 2050 as fossil fuels are phased...

Category: Renewable Energy

Mainichi: Ex-PMs Koizumi, Hosokawa launch body to seek end of nuclear power

May 8, 2014,  

Former prime ministers Junichiro Koizumi and Morihiro Hosokawa on Wednesday established a new entity to promote renewable energy as part of a joint antinuclear campaign that previously led Hosokawa...

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Total Italian Solar PV System Size Distribution 2013

May 7, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

System size distribution of total Italian solar PV installations through 2013. 17% of total installed solar PV capacity is in systems less than 20 kW in size. Another 21% of capacity is in the range...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy

Spanish Renewble Generation in 2013

May 7, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

In 2013 Spain generated nearly 44% of its electricity with renewable sources, 30% from new renewables. Wind energy alone provided nearly 21% of Spain's electricity--as much as nuclear. [more]

Category: Renewable Energy

Italian Renewable Generation 2008-2013

May 7, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

In 2013 Italy generated nearly 34% of its electricity with renewable sources, 17% with new renewables. Solar PV provided nearly 5% of Italy's electricity. [more]

Category: Renewable Energy

Japan Focus: Could a US-Japan “Green Alliance” Transform the Climate-Energy Equation?

May 2, 2014,   by Andrew DeWit

As retired Navy Rear Admiral David Titley, an expert on climate change, wrote in a Fox News editorial in an effort to shake some sense into the heads of denialists: “The parallels between the...

Category: Renewable Energy

ILSR: An Enormous Question for ‘Solar Choice’

May 1, 2014,   by John Farrell

This week, a coalition of companies that provide leasing contracts for solar to home and business customers declared war on this “value of solar” policy, and pretty much every financial model for...

Category: USA FIT, Renewable Energy

DECC survey reveals massive support for onshore wind compared to nuclear and fracking

April 29, 2014,   by Dave Toke

As detailed below, the Government's survey shows that the public is much more supportive of onshore wind - the technology they are determined to curb - compared to the technologies to which they want...

Category: Renewable Energy, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Renewables International: The energy transition: a German religious consensus

April 17, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Some thoughts about the role of the church in Germany’s switch to renewables and lower consumption driven by citizens, energy cooperatives, and communities. While energy policy is a divisive issue in...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Community Power

Is The New York Times Missing The Decade’s Most Affirmative Climate-and-Energy Story?

April 16, 2014,   by Chales Komanoff

Alone among the major economies, Germany is moving purposefully to phase out fossil fuels while also shuttering nuclear power. Germany’s energy makeover, or “energiewende,” appears to be thriving, as...

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: New EU rules on renewables

April 15, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Last week, the EU adopted new rules on “public support for environmental protection and energy.” The outcome is a clear compromise; though still containing misleading labels such as “market-based,”...

Category: Renewable Energy

Stiftung Umweltenergierecht On EU Commission Guidelines on RE

April 15, 2014,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

The Stiftung Umweltenergierecht has published an 89 page analysis (in German language) explaining how the recent move by the European Commission to violate Germany’s legislation competences is...

Category: Renewable Energy

New Merit Order

April 13, 2014,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

“Merit” should not be based simply on price.

Category: Renewable Energy

SPP: UK successfully lobbies for fossil fuel protection in state aid guidelines

April 10, 2014,   by John Parnell

The UK has successfully lobbied to have a clause removed from the new EU state aid guidelines that would have hampered support for fossil fuels.

Category: Renewable Energy

Germany’s Energiewende reforms are a step towards giving renewables back to corporations

April 10, 2014,   by Craig Morris

On Tuesday, Germany announced some new policy reforms to its high-profile 'energy revolution'. Some reports have suggested the country is slamming on the brakes to prevent renewable energy further...

Category: Renewable Energy

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

Wind Power and Water

March 24, 2014,   by Glen Estill

Areas with periodic droughts, like California, Australia, and even the US and Canadian west (remember the dust bowl) need to preserve their rivers and aquifers, or face severe economic consequences....

Category: Nuclear Power, 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: Feed-in tariffs – do they discourage efficiency?

February 20, 2014,   by Craig Morris

As someone with a moderately open mind, I promote the sharing of best practices. If you support renewables, feed-in tariffs (FITs) seem an obvious choice; they have been used successfully – even...

Category: News on Feed in Tariffs, Renewable Energy

Gipe Endorses “Wind Moves Us” Campaign in Germany

February 20, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

In solidarity with BWE, I’ve endorsed their campaign by taking the small step of including one of their themes in the banner of my web site. I’ve posted one banner in the original German and one...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Renewable Energy

IGov: Achieving energy transitions – Which RES policies are best applied when?

February 19, 2014,   by Lena Kitzing and Catherine Mitchell

We show, using policy analysis and socioeconomic considerations including uncertainty, that in the first phase, it is beneficial to focus on establishing support policy instruments which reduce risk...

Category: News on Feed in Tariffs, Great Britain, Renewable Energy

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

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

Down East Maine Renewable Energy Working Group Suggests Feed-in Tariffs as Possible Game Changer

January 18, 2014,   by Asher Woodworth, et al.

Several discussions of the working group pointed to feed-in tariffs (FITs) as an important tool with which to approach price-parity between incumbents and newcomers in the renewable energy...

Category: Maine FIT , 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

ILSR: The High Cost of the Solar Middleman

January 9, 2014,   by John Farrell

In other words, we pay twice for bad solar policy in America. Complicated tax incentive, interconnection, and contract policy makes solar cost more to install than in mature markets like Germany....

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

Renewables International: Carbon emissions from German power consumption to drop in 2014

January 7, 2014,   by Craig Morris

You heard it here first, because the forecast is mine – CO2 emissions from German power consumption are likely to decline this year for a number of reasons. But the coal phaseout is unlikely to begin...

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: Spanish preliminary report for power in 2013

January 7, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Just before Christmas, Spanish grid regulator REE published a PDF in English with quite a bit of interesting information. The bit of news that has gone viral is that wind power was the biggest source...

Category: Renewable Energy

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

JREF: Recommendation for the “Basic Energy Plan”--Towards New Growth without Nuclear Power

December 25, 2013,  

Japan’s energy policy is at a watershed; the country must now decide which form of energy to adopt as its foundation of the society. Japan Renewable Energy Foundation is urging the government to take...

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

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

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

Renewables International: Socrates didn't invent solar architecture--Review of John Perlin's Let it Shine

December 3, 2013,   by Craig Morris

The knowledge from Faust’s book was translated into an active solar building program in the 1820s through the 1850s in Lower Bavaria, Hessen and Prussia. . . Faust’s ideas were implemented in...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Solar Energy, book Reviews, Book Reviews on Solar Energy

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

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

Wind Energy and Friends of the Earth in Kassel, Germany--Some Observations

October 31, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Over the years I’ve noted more than once the observation that most major environmental groups in Germany give a full-throated endorsement of renewable energy, the energiewende, and wind energy in...[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, Renewable Energy, News on Community Power, Book Reviews of Books auf Deutsch, Reviews of Wind Books auf Deutsch

Wind Power history blows away Ed Davey's excuse for giving short contracts to renewables

October 30, 2013,   by Dave Toke

Ed Davey's excuse for limiting wind power contracts to 15 years whilst Hinkley C gets a whopping 35 year contract is blown away by some elementary history checking. Lots of wind turbines in Altamont...

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

Hinkley- deal or no deal?

October 26, 2013,   by Dave Elliott

The UK government’s announcement of a preliminary deal with EDF and its financial partners on the Hinkley Point C European Pressurised-water Reactor (EPR) project, was met with a mixed response. ...

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

REW: Ontario Kills Coal, But Local Renewables Program Falters

October 15, 2013,   by John Farrell

It was one of the most ambitious renewable energy programs in the world when it launched in 2009, committing the Canadian province to buy power from thousands of new renewable energy systems. It was...

Category: Ontario FIT, 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

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

Renewables International: More evidence of popular support for German Energiewende

September 27, 2013,   by Craig Morris

A survey taken last month and published in the week before Germany's parliamentary elections over the weekend provides even more evidence that the Germans stand behind their energy transition, though...

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: German elections: best result for renewables

September 23, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Supporters of renewables have reason to rejoice this week, for the FDP has failed to get 5% of the vote, the limit required to enter parliament. It is the first time in the history of the German...

Category: Renewable Energy

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

Reneswables International: What the New York Times does not tell you Poverty an issue for social policy, not energy policy

September 20, 2013,   by Craig Morris

The New York Times published an astonishingly misleading article, depicting Germany as a country in which poor people are suffering from the high cost of renewables. Here's what you need to know.

Category: Renewable Energy

Report Questions Both Ontario’s Nuclear--and Solar Prices

September 10, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

In a report released today, the Pembina Institute and Greenpeace Canada questions Ontario’s commitment to new and refurbished nuclear plants. The groups say that a mix of conservation and renewables...[more]

Category: Ontario FIT, Nuclear Power, 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

Renew Economy: How wind displaced coal in Spain

August 18, 2013,   by Giles Parkinson

Goldman Sachs says Spain is a good example of how increases in renewable energy production has to be offset by a lower average load among fossil fuel plants. “Rising generation from solar plants in...

Category: Renewable Energy, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

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

LA Times: Putting more wind power on the grid

July 22, 2013,   by The Times editorial board

Wind turbines tend to be overshadowed by solar power projects, which get most of the attention from the public and policymakers. . . Despite its second-class status, wind is a much bigger producer of...

Category: Grid Integration, Renewable Energy

Excerpts from British Survey of Attitudes Toward Energy Market Reform

July 21, 2013,  

Below are some excerpts from are recent public opinion survey on attitudes toward energy policy. Renewable Energy Among the British public we find a strong preference for a shift to renewable...[more]

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Public prefers reductions in room temperature to nuclear power as an energy solution says key survey

July 20, 2013,   by Dave Toke

A comprehensive survey published by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) of attitudes of the British public has found low support for nuclear power as a solution to the UK's problems compared to...

Category: Nuclear Power, 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

Graph of the Day: Women prefer solar, old men like nuclear

July 16, 2013,   by Giles Parkinson

Solar and wind are by far the most popular, and wind gained the most support from the previous year, jumping from 59 per cent to 67 per cent. Coal and nuclear were the least popular, with nuclear...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

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 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

IMS: Japan Set to Become World’s Largest Solar Revenue Market in 2013 as Installations Boom in Q1

May 30, 2013,   by Sam Wilkinson

A total of 1.5 gigawatts (GW) worth of PV systems were installed in Japan in the first quarter of 2013, up from 0.4 GW during the same time last year, according to a new report entitled “The...

Category: News on Solar Energy, 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

Boell: The Energiewende - the Result of a Powerful Mass Movement from Below

May 10, 2013,   by Paul Hockenhos

Fifteen years ago, processes were set in motion that would turn Germany’s energy market on its head. The main catalysts: liberalization of the energy market and passage of the Renewable Energy...

Category: Renewable Energy

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

Renewables International: The "technical maximum" of wind power – in 1995

April 30, 2013,   by Craig Morris

18 years ago, a skeptic of wind power reviewed a German book on the history of wind power in the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ). The journalist still publishes for the paper. His comments...

Category: Renewable Energy, Grid Integration

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

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

Sharp decline in 2012 [Danish] CO2 emissions

March 22, 2013,  

Danes are consuming more renewable energy and less fossil fuels and emitting less CO2, 2012 energy statistics show. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, 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,, 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

IGov: The New Energy System is Winning the Fight for the Future

March 11, 2013,   by Caroline Mitchell

It is almost common place to hear statements like ‘Germany is in trouble’; or that ‘the energiewende is going to have to be significantly cut back’. This is, however, wishful thinking on the part of...

Category: Renewable 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, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Debunking Myths about Wind 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

Guardian: Secret funding helped build vast network of climate denial thinktanks

February 14, 2013,   by Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent

Anonymous billionaires donated $120m to more than 100 anti-climate groups working to discredit climate change science

Category: Renewable Energy

Yomiuri Shimbun: Japan Aims to Triple Wind Power

February 4, 2013,  

The government aims to triple the nation's supply capacity of electricity generated through wind power to 7.5 million kilowatts by developing transmission grids in Hokkaido and the Tohoku region, it...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind

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

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

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

Ohio solar project hit with setback while Ontario boosts renewable power

January 22, 2013,   by Steve Bennish

Days after Ohio regulators set back the largest proposed solar power installation in the eastern U.S., the Canadian province of Ontario announced that it will shut down its last coal-fired power...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Solar 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

Renewables International: A lot of common ground despite criticism

January 16, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Germany likes to sell itself as a leader in environmental protection, but not everyone is convinced. In particular, the Anglo world remains devoted to nuclear power and criticizes Germany for not...

Category: Nuclear Power, Grid Integration, Renewable Energy

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

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

Lenz Blog: BDEW Estimates on German Electricity Generation in 2012

December 19, 2012,   by K. Lenz

BDEW says that renewable energy has now a share of 23%, which would mean around 136 TWh generated over the year, assuming with BDEW a 594 TWh electricity consumption. Solar is up the most, to 28.5...

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

BDEW: Renewable Energy in Germany Increased 23% in 2012

December 18, 2012,  

Category: Renewable Energy

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

Paul Gipe Answers WNET's Need To Know Questions about Renewable Energy

October 5, 2012,  

WNET: We want to ask you some questions about alternative energy. Gipe. Whoa. Stop right there. "Alternative energy?" Wind, solar, and biomass haven't been called "alternative energy" for three...[more]

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

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

Mainichi: Biomass could turn tables around for renewable energy

August 13, 2012,  

Renewable energy sources are commonly believed to be incapable of offering a stable power supply, but biomass, made from wood and animal-based materials such as livestock waste, is a source that has...

Category: Japan FIT, Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

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

Denmark 50 Percent Wind by 2020

March 25, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

New policy agreement by Denmark to dramatically expand renewable energy. . .[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind in Denmark, Renewable Energy

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: Renewables under fire in US

November 17, 2011,   by Craig Morris

Category: USA FIT, Renewable Energy, Germany FIT

Candidate for French Presidency Martine Aubry says France must phase out nuclear in her lifetime

September 12, 2011,   by MARTINE AUBRY

and build more wind and solar, increase efficiency, implement reverse block rate structure, and in effect emulate German industrial development. . . However, Aubry has to win her party's nomination,...

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

FT: France aims to rebalance its energy mix

July 10, 2011,  

Category: France FIT, Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Coal's Assault on Human Health

December 9, 2009,  

Physicians for Social Responsibility has released a groundbreaking medical report, “Coal’s Assault on Human Health,” which takes a new look at the devastating impacts of coal on the human body. Coal...

Category: Renewable Energy

EU Template for National Renewable Energy Action Plans under Directive 2009/28/EC-

June 30, 2009,  

France will have to submit a detailed plan by June 2010 for how it plans to meet its EU renewable targets.

Category: France FIT, Renewable Energy

European Union Directive on Renewable Energy 23 April 2009

April 23, 2009,  

The Directive binds EU members to renewable energy targets. The target for France is 23% of final energy consumption, that is, heat, electricity, and liquid fuels, by 2020.

Category: Renewable Energy

Imported Lies: Debunking the Spanish Green Jobs Smear

April 16, 2009,   by Pete Altman

Our good friends at Media Matters jumped right on the case yesterday when Fox News cited a Spanish "study" about how green jobs somehow destroy other jobs. . .

Category: Job Effects from Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy

Craig Morris: RE = 2.2 jobs lost

April 16, 2009,   by Craig Morris

A brilliant and scathing critique of the so-called Spanish "study" on renewable energy and jobs

Category: Job Effects from Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy

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]

Category: Other Articles, Renewable Energy

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]

Category: Other Articles, Renewable Energy, book Reviews

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