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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.

Ten years of the turbine in our backyard has shown we can coexist with wind energy

April 6, 2022,   by Michelle Lewis

Germany’s economy and climate ministry today announced a more ambitious target of clean energy making up 80% of its power mix by 2030 – a bump up from its previous target of 65%. Currently, 40.9% of...

Category: Renewable Energy, Germany FIT

The EU energy policy has long been a mess - here's why

March 14, 2022,   by Jérôme Guillet

As we grapple how to urgently do something about the EU’s dependency on Russian oil&gas, it is worth reminding everybody that this situation is a direct, obvious result of longstanding core elements...

Category: Renewable Energy

A massive expansion of domestic Renewable energy stops wars, not just climate change

February 28, 2022,   by Hans-Josef Fell

Firstly, 70% of Russia’s state revenues come from oil, natural gas, coal and nuclear energy deals. State revenues fund its military. Secondly, an EU dependent on imports from any geopolitical...

Category: Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Breaking News: Germany aims to get 100% of energy from renewable sources by 2035

February 28, 2022,  

Economy Minister Robert Habeck has described the accelerated capacity expansion for renewable energy as a key element in making the country less dependent on Russian fossil fuel supplies.

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power

Breaking News: Germany aims for 100% renewables by 2035

February 28, 2022,   by Carrie Hampel

“This not only benefits climate protection but also makes us independent of Putin’s gas, oil and coal,” tweeted Oliver Krischer, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Ministry of Economics and Climate...

Category: Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Germany Doubles Pace of Energy Transition

February 26, 2022,   by David Waterworth

“All suitable roof surfaces are to be used for solar energy.” Rooftop solar will be mandatory on new commercial buildings and near-mandatory on new residential buildings. German solar has been...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels

Electricity prices fall to lowest level in years

December 13, 2021,   by David Crowe

The decrease in wholesale electricity costs reflects falls in wholesale spot market prices. This fall in wholesale spot prices was driven by higher solar and wind generation, lower fuel costs for...

Category: Renewable Energy

Three Myths About Renewable Energy and the Grid, Debunked

December 9, 2021,   by Amory B. Lovins and M. V. Ramana

As wind and solar power have become dramatically cheaper, and their share of electricity generation grows, skeptics of these technologies are propagating several myths about renewable energy and the...

Category: Renewable Energy

Feed-in Tariffs Needed Now to Meet Paris Climate Targets Says Report

November 1, 2021,   by Paul Gipe

If we are to meet the Paris climate targets, feed-in tariffs for renewable energy are needed now more than ever says a report by Toby Couture and colleagues at Proseu, Prosumers for the Energy Union....[more]

Category: News on Feed in Tariffs, Europe FIT, Renewable Energy

Are coupled renewable-battery power plants more valuable than independently sited installations?

May 1, 2021,   by Will Gorman, Cristina Crespo Montañés, Andrew D Mills, James Hyungkwan Kim

This result implies that renewable-battery power plants will play an increasing role in electricity systems if they can be built for $2–$13/MWh less than independent projects of comparable size.

Category: Renewable Energy

Some say we can ‘solar-engineer’ ourselves out of the climate crisis. Don’t buy it

April 22, 2021,   by Ray Pierrehumbert and Michael Mann

So-called “solar geoengineering” doesn’t actually modify the sun itself. Instead, it reduces incoming sunlight by other means, such as putting chemicals in the atmosphere that reflect sunlight to...

Category: Renewable Energy

U.S. Power Sector is Halfway to Zero Carbon Emissions

April 13, 2021,   by Ryan Wiser

Business-as-usual projections saw annual carbon dioxide emissions rising from 2,400 to 3,000 million metric tons (MMT) from 2005 to 2020,” said Berkeley Lab scientist Ryan Wiser, lead author of the...

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables Surcharge the Best Way to Protect the Planet

March 30, 2021,   by Hans-Josef Fell

Renewables currently provide about half of Germany’s electricity. Two decades ago, the energy industry wouldn’t have considered that possible. The technology revolution unleashed by the EEG has...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Feed in Tariffs

Renewable energy growth must speed up to meet Paris goals, agency says

March 15, 2021,   by Jillian Ambrose

Renewable electricity production needs to grow eight times faster than the current rate to help limit global heating, according to a report.

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables are Ready to Deliver a Renewable World: Time for Action for 100% Renewable Energy Globally

March 10, 2021,   by WWEA

Renewable energy organisations representing different spheres of the renewable energy community have gathered today on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and...

Category: Renewable Energy

US conservatives falsely blame renewables for Texas storm outages

February 17, 2021,   by Martin Farrer

Lawmakers and the Murdoch media target wind and solar but grid operator says fossil fuel generators suffered biggest problems

Category: Renewable Energy

Proud to be a co-signer of the joint declaration of the global 100% renewable energy strategy group

February 16, 2021,   by Paul Gipe

It was quite an honor to be asked to join a distinguished group boldly stating that “A World Based on 100% Renewables is Possible” now.[more]

Category: Renewable Energy

Severe weather, blackouts show the grid's biggest problem is infrastructure, not renewables

February 15, 2021,   by Jonathan Shieber

Citing a market participant, Jenkins noted on Twitter that roughly 26 gigawatts of thermal energy is offline because natural gas is being diverted to provide heat instead of power. Only about 4...

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels, News on Large Wind, Grid Integration

Energy company wants to build nation’s largest battery storage plant in Morro Bay Read more here:

February 10, 2021,   by John Lindt

An energy company that pulled a plan to build a battery storage plant in Morro Bay is back with a new proposal — and it’s far more ambitious than the first go-round.

Category: Renewable Energy

FITs Drive 9,000 MW Boom in Vietnamese Solar Rooftops

January 15, 2021,   by Toby Couture

Vietnam has just witnessed a veritable solar tsunami, with installations jumping from about 400MW in 2019 to 9.500MW by the end of 2020. This is unprecedented for the rooftop solar PV market in any...[more]

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

Major New Study Criticizes Auctions: Recommends More Equitable Policies to Spur Rapid Renewable Energy Development

December 21, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

In a sign that Feed-in Tariffs as a policy mechanism for the rapid—and equitable—development of renewable energy are not dead and that their proponents have not given up the hope of a brighter post...[more]

Category: News on Feed in Tariffs, Renewable Energy

The lazy (and incorrect) use of the word "subsidy"

December 4, 2020,   by Jérôme Guillet

A "subsidy" is a straightforward allocation of taxpayer money by a public authority to prop up the production of a good or service by the private sector, used to offset market failures and...

Category: Essays, Renewable Energy

2020 Democratic Party Platform on Renewable Energy

September 8, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

The campaign for President of the United States is in full swing. We've endured two--mostly virtual--national party conventions. (Full disclosure: I didn't watch either.) And the parties have issued...[more]

Category: Essays, Renewable Energy

Emerald City 100% Renewable Energy Plan for Traverse City, Michigan

August 3, 2020,   by Steve Smiley

Paper by energy economist Steve Smiley for the American Solar Energy Society's “Solar 2020” virtual conference on how to move Traverse City, Michigan to 100% renewable energy. The proposes a mix of...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy

A Series of Disasters Shows How Renewable Energy Helps Us

June 2, 2020,  

What’s most important is a medium/long-term policy that clearly steers phasing out of fossil fuels (particularly coal) and nuclear power. What is needed is a Japanese ‘Green New Deal’ that would grow...

Category: Renewable Energy, Japan FIT

Japan to launch ‘green recovery’ platform and ministerial meeting

June 1, 2020,  

Japan is seeking to bolster global momentum for climate action by hosting an online platform and high-level political event on greening the post-coronavirus economic recovery.

Category: Japan FIT, Renewable Energy

Michael Moore’s new movie production, Planet of the Humans--A critique

May 11, 2020,   by Michael Totten

One fully expects a Moore movie to be in-your-face contentious, provocative, and highly controversial. That it certainly is, but not in an accurate way, riddled as it is with out-of-date information,...

Category: Renewable Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment, Fossil Fuels

My Feedback on the Film "Planet of the Humans"

April 25, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

Neal Livingston called and asked me to watch the film Planet of the Humans and provide some context on the environmental benefits of renewable energy. Neal's an award-winning documentary film maker...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment, Renewable Energy

Environmentalists demand that Michael Moore’s anti-EV film be retracted

April 24, 2020,   by Bradley Berman

On Earth Day, a documentary entitled “Planet of the Humans” appeared on Michael Moore’s YouTube channel. You might expect a film from the acclaimed rabble-rousing film director, who served as...

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment, News on Solar Energy, Renewable Energy

Michael Moore’s dangerous documentary

April 24, 2020,   by Paul Scott

Anyone interested in saving the planet who watched this poor excuse of a film, would come away thinking solar and wind energy were bad, and electric cars were horrible. I’m not kidding.

Category: News on Solar Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment, Renewable Energy, Electric Vehicles

Distributor pulls Michael Moore’s (@MMFlint’s) #PlanetOfTheHumans due to truthiness & errors

April 24, 2020,   by Adam Siegal

Gibbs’ and Moore’s truthiness and falsehood-filled product isn’t helpful because they created something that is being leveraged by climate deniers/delayers to attack (not complete, need to improve,...

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment, Renewable Energy, News on Solar Energy

Film Review: Forget about PLANET OF THE HUMANS by Jeff Gibbs and Michael Moore

April 24, 2020,   by Neal Livingston

Shame on these filmmakers for making a film like this, full of misinformation and disinformation, to intentionally depress audiences, and make them think there are no alternatives.[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Electric Vehicles, Wind Energy & the Environment, News on Solar Energy

Green Hydrogen Pipeline Surges on a Wave of Announced Mega-Projects

April 9, 2020,   by Jason Deign

In its first report, titled Green Hydrogen Production: Landscape, Projects and Costs, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables counted 3.2 gigawatts of planned electrolyzer capacity, a twelvefold increase...

Category: Fossil Fuels, Renewable Energy

Last year’s European tidal power generation 50% higher than 2018

March 30, 2020,   by Tami Hood

European tidal power capacity continued rising throughout 2019. This brought it to a cumulative 27.7 MW. That figure represents nearly four times as much as the total figure from the rest of the...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Feed in Tariffs

Text: A Vote for Sanders is a Vote for Our Renewable Future

February 12, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

A decade ago Bernie Sanders was the only US Senator who understood what the Germans were doing and how we could do it here. He was the only one who would listen. I know, because I am the one who told...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Essays

COMMUNITY VOICES: A vote for Sanders is a vote for our renewable future

February 12, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

A decade ago Bernie Sanders was the only senator who understood what the Germans were doing and how we could do it here. He was the only one who would listen. I know, because I am the one who told...

Category: Essays, Renewable Energy

Wood McKenzie Confirm Gipe-Freehling Estimate of Missed Opportunity from Middle East Wars

February 4, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

Research by the consulting firm Wood McKenzie confirms the approximate opportunity cost of converting the US to 100% renewable energy in electricity lost to wars in the Middle East that I and Robert...[more]

Category: Essays, Renewable Energy

Beating Swords into Plowshares or Wind Turbines & Solar Panels--We Could Have Done It

December 31, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

We Could Have 100% Renewable Electricity If We Had Invested in Wind and Solar Instead of War in the Middle East. Yes, the United States could be generating 100% of its electricity from renewable...[more]

Category: Essays, Renewable Energy

Beating swords into plowshares or wind turbines & solar panels: We could have done it

December 19, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Yes, the United States could be generating 100% of its electricity from renewable energy if we had used the money spent on our ill-advised wars in the Middle East to build wind and solar systems, as...

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

Fukushima to be reborn as $2.7bn wind and solar power hub

November 10, 2019,   by SHIKO UEDA and SUGURU KURIMOTO

A plan is under way to develop 11 solar power plants and 10 wind power plants in the prefecture, on farmlands that cannot be cultivated anymore and mountainous areas from where population outflows...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Unplugging PG&E Is Easier Said Than Done

November 7, 2019,   by Marisa Endicott

People have long criticized PG&E’s uncomfortably close ties with former Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration and the revolving door between the California Public Utilities Commission and the utilities...

Category: News on Community Power, Renewable Energy

California Mayors Back Plan to Make PG&E a Cooperative

November 5, 2019,   by Ivan Penn

Frustrated with wildfires and intentional blackouts caused by Pacific Gas & Electric, more than two dozen California mayors and county leaders are calling for a customer-owned power company to...

Category: News on Community Power, Renewable Energy

Letter from a Coalition of Northern California Cites to the California PUC Calling for Converting PG&E to a Cooperative

November 4, 2019,  

Based on a foundation currently in the Public Utilities Code, we will propose transforming PG&E into a mutual benefit corporation –in essence, a cooperative owned by its customers.

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Community Power

US energy giant says renewables and batteries beat coal, gas and nukes

October 9, 2019,   by Giles Parkinson

The head of NextEra Energy, the biggest and most successful utility in the United States says the energy industry is in the grip of massive change, with the cost of renewables and battery storage –...

Category: Renewable Energy

German Government clearly misses all three self-imposed renewable energy goals associated with auctions

September 10, 2019,   by Stefan Gsänger, WWEA Secretary General

“The German Government has missed all three goals, which it has linked with the introduction of auctions: Neither has it reached its installation targets nor have the auctions achieved...[more]

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

German Climate Bond Proposal

August 26, 2019,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

But the interesting thing here is that the KfW bonds would offer better conditions for investors than the state issued bonds. All things equal that should lead to more demand for these compared to...

Category: Renewable Energy

China storms past US and Japan to take lead in wind and solar power

August 17, 2019,   by YUKINORI HANADA

China has come to dominate worldwide solar and wind energy generation, in terms of both its own capacity and its companies' share of global markets, leaving previous powerhouses -- particularly the...

Category: Renewable Energy

The Green New Deal doesn't require a tsunami of government funding

August 13, 2019,   by Paul Hockenos

Critically, the clean energy boom here in Europe was not ignited foremost by government spending, which the Green New Deal implies is critical for the United States to do the same. Rather,...

Category: Renewable Energy

Ohio just passed the worst energy bill of the 21st century

July 27, 2019,   by David Roberts

Amid a flurry of ambitious state action on climate change policy, the Republican-controlled Ohio legislature has just passed an energy bill that represents an enormous step backward. It is the most...

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

The Price of a Fully Renewable US Grid: $4.5 Trillion

June 28, 2019,   by Chloe Holden

Shifting to 100 percent renewables in the U.S. is an attainable goal, Wood Mackenzie analysts say. Three major hurdles must be overcome.

Category: Renewable Energy

What we really need: Priority for renewable energy and an emissions ban

May 17, 2019,   by Stefan Gsänger

Higher prices, as we know from behavioural psychology and from real life, do not automatically lead to behavioural changes. Rather, habituation effects often occur at a higher price level. Smoking is...

Category: Renewable Energy, Germany FIT

Renewables produced 77% of Germany’s electricity on Easter Monday

May 6, 2019,   by L. Michael Buchsbaum

Awash in sunshine and gentle breezes, over the spring Easter holiday, renewable energy production throughout Germany began to climb, hitting a record on Easter Monday as roughly 77% of electricity...

Category: Renewable Energy

We must have a green industrial revolution. And Labour will lead it

April 27, 2019,   by Rebecca Long-Bailey

We must draw on our history to find a way through the environmental crisis that faces us

Category: Renewable Energy

Corbyn launches bid to declare a national climate emergency

April 27, 2019,   by Toby Helm

Labour will this week force a vote in parliament to declare a national environmental and climate change emergency as confidential documents show the government has spent only a fraction of a £100m...

Category: Renewable Energy

Indiana House defeats proposed moratorium on new renewable power plants

April 11, 2019,   by John Russell

The proposed moratorium was widely seen as an effort to delay the plans of several large utilities to retire aging, coal-fired generating units and replace them with renewable energy and natural gas.

Category: Renewable Energy

Indiana utilities want to move away from coal. The legislature could slow them down. Here's how.

March 5, 2019,   by Emily Hopkins

The new amendment, which was added to Senate Bill 472 on Wednesday without testimony, would prohibit the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission from approving plans written by electric utilities to...

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

One on One: World-renowned wind energy expert Paul Gipe talks about California's energy future

February 19, 2019,   by Robert Price

World-renowned wind energy expert Paul Gipe of Bakersfield joined The Californian's Robert Price for his weekly "One on One" webcast to talk about California's energy future. Gipe said PG&E's...

Category: News on Large Wind, News on Wind Energy, Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

‘Merkel deceived us on climate’, says Germany’s Energiewende godfather

January 14, 2019,   by Claire Stam

Berlin lacks the political will to bring the energy transition forward, said Hans Josef Fell, the initiator of Germany’s world-renowned 2000 renewable energy feed-in tariff legislation, in an...

Category: Renewable Energy

Carbon Crossroads: Can Germany Revive Its Stalled Energy Transition?

December 13, 2018,   by Paul Hockenos

Although Germany has been a global leader in moving to decarbonize its massive economy, the country’s ambitious clean-energy transformation is faltering. Now, a broad spectrum of energy experts are...

Category: Renewable Energy

A Rapid Transition to 100% Renewable Energy Across Europe is Possible

December 1, 2018,   by Energy Watch Group

In Europe, a full transition to 100% renewable energy across all sectors--power, heat, transport and desalination is feasible. Existing renewable energy potential and ...

Category: Renewable Energy

Understanding the German energy transition: from leader to laggard

November 20, 2018,   by Rebecca Bertram

Germany is often praised as being the frontrunner in the transition to renewable energy. It is shutting down its nuclear power plants by 2022, and their capacity will be replaced by renewables....

Category: Renewable Energy, Germany FIT

In Nova Scotia, tidal energy receives $30 million vote of confidence

October 28, 2018,   by David Hume

Natural Resources Canada, a federal agency, recently announced C$29.8 million of funding for Halagonia Tidal Energy, a subsidiary of DP Energy, to develop a 9-megawatt tidal array demonstration...

Category: Nova Scotia FIT, Renewable Energy

Nova Scotia issues permit for new tidal energy project in Bay of Fundy

September 19, 2018,  

The Nova Scotia government is moving ahead with a project that aims to harness the immense power of the Bay of Fundy’s tides, despite the uncertain future of the Cape Sharp Tidal venture.

Category: Renewable Energy

Taiwan urged to seek 100% renewable energy by 2030

August 2, 2018,  

"Transiting to 100 percent renewable is not a far away target. It is the main strategy in many nations," Hans-Josef Fell, founder and president of the Berlin-based Energy Watch Group, said in a...

Category: Taiwan FIT, Renewable Energy

California 100% renewable energy bill heads to Assembly

July 3, 2018,   by Christian Roselund

The bill to set California on a path to 100% renewables and “zero-carbon” sources in electricity by 2045 has passed out of an Assembly committee, following a groundswell of support.

Category: Renewable Energy

Unprecedented Political Consensus On Renewable Energy Initiative In Denmark

July 2, 2018,   by Jesper Berggreen

A month ago, I wrote about the ruling party Venstre launching its energy initiative called “Energy — for a green Denmark,” to which the opposition party Socialdemokratiet replied one week later with...

Category: Renewable Energy

Wave generating companies pull the plug on 'economic sinkhole'

April 26, 2018,  

Carnegie has stated that grant support and the feed-in tariff support for wave energy had been removed over the last two years "and that has led to the situation we have today where we have a...

Category: Great Britain, Renewable Energy

How many new power lines will Germany need?

April 3, 2018,   by Craig Morris

Researchers at Germany’s Öko-Institut have published a review of nearly a dozen previous studies on the need for new power lines in a future renewable electricity supply. The main finding is that the...

Category: Renewable Energy

Portugal: March 100% renewable - first month of XXI Century fully supplied by renewable electricity sources

April 2, 2018,   by APREN

According to data from REN (the Portuguese TSO), the renewable electricity produced in March (4,812 GWh) exceeded the consumption of Mainland Portugal (4,647 GWh). The renewable electricity...

Category: Renewable Energy

SLO County could be a 'renewable energy hub' after Diablo closes. Here's how, Congressman Carbajal says

April 2, 2018,   by Kaytlyn Leslie

Congressman Salud Carbajal announced a new bill Monday to encourage investment in renewable energy businesses in San Luis Obispo County. The bill, called the Energy Opportunity Zone Act, is targeted...

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

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

PREPARING A PUBLIC PATHWAY Confronting the Investment Crisis in Renewable Energy

February 12, 2018,   by Sean Sweeney and John Treat

Inadequate levels of investment in renewable energy are a major obstacle standing in the way of the transition to a new, renewables-based energy system.

Category: Renewable Energy

High German power prices, low monthly bills?

February 5, 2018,   by Craig Morris

According to the most recent data, German retail power rates are the highest in the EU along with Denmark’s. The monthly power bill is, however, exaggerated in reports.

Category: Renewable Energy

German Renewable Energy Revival

January 17, 2018,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

It mentions a “special auction” (Sonderausschreibung) of 4 GW onshore wind and 4 GW solar distributed over 2019 and 2020, in addition to offshore wind projects. I think that the transition to an...

Category: Renewable Energy

Germany’s energy consumption in 2017

January 11, 2018,   by Craig Morris

Based on preliminary figures for 2017, electricity from renewables grew by a record amount. Coal power production also fell noticeably even as nuclear power fell – despite record exports. But one big...

Category: Renewable Energy

Paul Fenn Wants to Give Your Electric Company the Boot

January 9, 2018,   by Brian Eckhouse

He’s spent a quarter century advocating for making power a local matter. Now communities that want more renewable energy can buy their own.

Category: Renewable Energy

KunstlerCast 298 — Solar and Wind in Vermont with David Blittersdorf of All Earth Renewables

January 4, 2018,   by David Blittersdorf

"Grind up the SUVs and build wind turbines with them," says David Blittersdorf, founder of AllEarth Renewables. Podcast with more provocative thoughts on renewables, transit, and energy policy in...

Category: Fossil Fuels, News on Large Wind, Renewable Energy

Environmental Costs of Electric Power Generation in Germany

January 2, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Oy Vey! It appears I've been following scientific estimates of the environmental costs from conventional electric power generation for at least 30 years. It's probably been longer, but I found...[more]

Category: Fossil Fuels, Renewable Energy

New study: Germans still support the Energiewende

December 18, 2017,   by Craig Morris

The results of the most comprehensive survey of what the Germans think of their energy transition were published in November.

Category: Renewable Energy

Response to ‘Burden of proof: A comprehensive review of the feasibility of 100% renewable-electricity systems’

December 5, 2017,   by T. W. Browna, T. Bischof-Niemz, K. Blok, C. Breyer, H. Lunde, B.V. Mathiesen

A more thorough review reveals that all of the issues have already been addressed in the engineering and modelling literature. Nuclear power, as advocated by some of the authors, faces other, genuine...

Category: Renewable Energy

‘We are the Energiewende’: German villages go 100% renewable

November 24, 2017,   by Pavol Szalai

Neuerkirch and Külz are two small villages in Western Germany – of 300 and 500 souls respectively. And yet, they feel a part of something bigger that goes even beyond the country’s energy transition,...

Category: Renewable Energy, Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen)

United States - Brazil | Energy Collaboration

November 15, 2017,  

Fernando de Noronha
 would be the first region in Brazil, and among the first in Latin America, to change its energy supply from being almost entirely dependent on imported fossil fuels to one...

Category: Renewable Energy

California Utilities Exceeding Renewable Requirements

November 14, 2017,   by Jason Fordney

California electricity suppliers have met the state’s 25% renewable generation requirement, in many cases exceeding it substantially, state regulators said.

Category: Renewable Energy

China retains top spot in renewable energy market attractiveness ratings

October 10, 2017,   by Craig Richard

New targets to defer or cancel 106GW of coal-fired capacity, substantial improvement in wind curtailment rates, and a potential ban on internal combustion engine sales, make China the most...

Category: Renewable Energy

The state of auctions in Germany

October 9, 2017,   by Craig Morris

Germany has now conducted auctions for wind, solar, and biomass. But if the headlines are optimistic, the outcome is massively oversold.

Category: Renewable Energy

Störfall mit Charme—The Story of the Schönau Electricity Revolt--A Review

September 27, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

The title, Störfall mit Charme, is a playful thumbing of the nose in German at the critics of a movement by citizens in a small village in the deepest reaches of Germany’s Schwarzwald or Black Forest...[more]

Category: book Reviews, Book Reviews of Books auf Deutsch, Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen), Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Nuclear cannot keep up with wind, and solar is coming next

September 25, 2017,   by Craig Morris

Even countries with long-standing nuclear aims are adding wind power much faster, as Brazil, China, and India show. Those interested in the fastest way to mitigate climate change can forget nuclear.

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Quiet energy revolution underway in Japan as dozens of towns go off the grid

September 19, 2017,   by Aaron Sheldrick, Osamu Tsukimori

A northern Japanese city’s efforts to rebuild its electric power system after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami mark a quiet shift away from the country’s old utility model toward self-reliant, local...

Category: Renewable Energy

Comments by Bernard Saulnier on the Book Energy Democracy

September 8, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

In response to my review of Energy Democracy, a new book on Germany’s energy revolution by Craig Morris and Arne Jungjohann, long-time colleague Bernard Saulnier contacted me with his thoughts.[more]

Category: book Reviews, Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power, News on Large Wind, Fossil Fuels

Germany must go back to its low-carbon future

September 6, 2017,   by Claudia Kemfert

Once a world leader in renewables, the nation will miss all of its environmental goals unless the next government realigns its energy policies.

Category: Renewable Energy

An Overlooked Solution for Competitive and Local Renewable Power

September 6, 2017,   by Karlee Weinmann

The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), which dates to 1978, requires all utilities to buy power from qualifying small-scale clean energy producers when the price roughly matches what a...

Category: Renewable Energy

Energy Democracy, by Craig Morris & Arne Jungjohann: A Review

August 28, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Is one of the most powerful books on the renewable energy revolution in decades. It’s a chronicle of the remarkable transformation underway in the world’s fourth-largest industrial economy.[more]

Category: book Reviews, News on Large Wind, News on Solar Energy, Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels, Debunking Myths about Feed-in Tariffs, Germany FIT

Solar & Wind Subsidies = Less Than $0 In USA … Because Clean Energy Saves Lives!

August 27, 2017,   by Zachary Shahan

This article is focused on just a few externalities and subsidies related to the production of electricity — including the economic costs of premature death from pollution.

Category: Renewable Energy

Japan: Certifications of Solar/Wind, Biomass Power Plants Reach 4-5GW, 8GW in FY 2016

August 26, 2017,   by Kenji Kaneko

Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced the total capacity of power plants certified under the feed-in tariff (FIT) policy (as of the end of fiscal 2016 ending on March 31,...

Category: Renewable Energy, Japan FIT

Energy and Policy Institute Exposes Three Ways Electric Utilities Stomp Innovation and Competition

August 15, 2017,   by John Farrell

If you work to secure Americans’ rights to solar energy or to accelerate the deployment of inexpensive renewable energy, you understand that not everyone is in favor. In particular, incumbent...

Category: Renewable Energy

4 Reasons Nuclear and Fossil Fuel Supporters Criticizing 100% Renewable Energy Plan Are Wrong

August 8, 2017,  

Proponents of 100% renewable energy face harsh criticism, even well-respected scientists like Mark Jacobson. He has been arguing for countries to switch to an all-renewables grid for years, both...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels

How the renewable energy transition could usher in an economic revolution

July 27, 2017,   by Felix FitzRoy

The key, he says, is not in any single renewable energy source — which alone would be insufficient — but in the way multiple renewable sources can be effectively combined and integrated through a...

Category: Renewable Energy

Tamil Nadu all set to generate 30 to 35 per cent power from renewable sources

July 26, 2017,  

Tamil Nadu is going green in power generation as nearly 30 to 35 per cent of power supplied to the State is generated from renewable energy sources like wind and sun, according to Tamil Nadu energy...

Category: Renewable Energy

Germany’s worse-case scenario in the power sector

July 17, 2017,   by Craig Morris

The Germans know the Energiewende’s weak spot, and they have modeled it, modeled it, modeled it.

Category: Renewable Energy

Japan vows to ramp up efforts to export renewable energy technology

July 13, 2017,  

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida pledged Thursday that Japan will aggressively pursue the export of renewable energy technologies to tap into growth spurred via the worldwide transition to clean...

Category: Renewable Energy

Photo Essay: Japan’s Renewable-Energy Revolution

July 13, 2017,   by Sam Hall and Brian Eckhouse

These images, from a series of flights over the Tokyo and Kobe/Osaka regions of Japan, show a range of photovoltaic projects on former golf courses, quarries, dams, man-made islands and floating...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Solar Energy

Revenge of PURPA

May 19, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

The much maligned Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, PURPA for short, is back in the news. Not that it ever went away. PURPA has been the foundation stone upon which renewable electricity...[more]

Category: USA FIT, Federal Government FIT, Renewable Energy

The US nuclear camp critiques studies for 100% renewables. Without reading them.

May 15, 2017,   by Craig Morris

Craig Morris reviews a few papers by Americans and advises them to tackle the best European studies for 100% renewables head-on, not ignore them.

Category: Nuclear Power, 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

Are solar and wind really killing coal, nuclear and grid reliability?

May 11, 2017,   by Joshua D. Rhodes

So, are wind and solar killing coal and nuclear? Yes, but not by themselves and not for the reasons most people think. Are wind and solar killing grid reliability? No, not where the grid’s technology...

Category: Renewable Energy, Grid Integration

“Too much renewables” is a political decision

May 10, 2017,   by Craig Morris

While Americans chose to curtail wind and solar rather than conventional energy, the Germans say baseload plants (coal and nuclear) are the problem. That’s because the matter isn’t simply technical,...

Category: Renewable Energy

Illegal Failure of German Renewable Policy

April 23, 2017,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

The auction model is supposed to be more market-oriented. It is not. In an auction model, the amount of new installations is decided by the government, not the market. If you have 300 MW of solar...

Category: Renewable Energy

Sub-Surface Pumped Hydroelectric Storage

March 24, 2017,  

Another interesting concept being considered is to locate one or both reservoirs below ground (sub-surface).

Category: Renewable Energy, Grid Integration

Another Proposed Mine Conversion to Pumped Storage: Marmora

March 24, 2017,  

A proposal by Northland Power for a project in Ontario, Canada.

Category: Renewable Energy, Grid Integration

Germany Is Converting a Coal Mine Into a Massive Renewable Energy Battery

March 24, 2017,   by DAVID NIELD

Gemany is turning one of its old coal mines into a giant 'battery station' that will store hydroelectric power and provide energy to around 400,000 homes, with hopes of launching similar facilities...

Category: Renewable Energy, Grid Integration

Sweden is on target to run entirely on renewable energy within the next 25 years

March 17, 2017,   by Diana A. N.

Sweden is planning to run entirely on renewable energy by 2040. 57% of the country’s power came from renewable sources in 2015.

Category: Renewable Energy

Higher Penetration of Wind Energy in Ontario than in California

February 24, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

The Canadian province of Ontario generated a higher percentage of its electricity with wind energy than California in 2015. [more]

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

German renewables sector calls for carbon tax

February 24, 2017,   by Craig Morris

German renewables association BEE has therefore proposed a carbon tax, but critics of the plan say it would only weaken the ETS further.

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

Why The US Army, Navy, & Military Veterans Love Solar Power & Electric Vehicles

February 18, 2017,   by Steve Hanley

Last year, the Navy broke ground on a 4 megawatt (MW) solar array at the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Mississippi and the Army completed a large 30 MW solar array at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Category: Renewable Energy, Electric Vehicles

Marginalizing the “strict-father” camp

February 15, 2017,   by Craig Morris

The pitfall of Lakoff’s suggestions, which his colleague Elisabeth Wehling fell into, is that everyone might drop to the Republican level by playing their framing game. If we are not careful,...

Category: Renewable Energy

Selling the energy transition based on values

February 13, 2017,   by Craig Morris

There is one more aspect about Lakoff’s focus on framing: it is a response to a uniquely American school of conservatism, making it of limited applicability in Germany and possibly elsewhere.

Category: Renewable Energy

Why auctions? Germany to cut renewables growth in half

February 8, 2017,   by Craig Morris

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

Category: Germany FIT, Renewable Energy

Donald Trump Investing Big in Wind Energy?

January 31, 2017,   by Adam Siegel

Last week, we got a peek at Trump’s infrastructure plan, which included infrastructure projects that he considers a priority. Three of those are wind-related projects.

Category: News on Large Wind, Renewable Energy

Clean energy or renewable energy? The label matters!

January 30, 2017,   by Craig Morris

So 12 years ago, Lakoff himself would have told his younger colleague Wehling that trading in “renewables” for “clean energy” is Orwellian.

Category: Renewable Energy

The end of the Energiewende is back

January 23, 2017,   by Craig Morris

Yet again, an expert – this time, a German – says Germany’s energy transition cannot succeed. He has a surprising insight for Energiewende proponents: the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind...

Category: Renewable Energy

Solar provides 4.3% of Japan’s electricity during 2016

January 20, 2017,   by Christian Roselund

Japan’s Renewable Energy Institute has published data on renewable energy’s contribution to the nation’s energy mix, using data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The METI data...

Category: News on Solar Energy, Renewable Energy

German Policy Failure

January 10, 2017,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

As Hans-Josef Fell points out in this comment, renewable sources provided 186 TWh in 2016. That’s not bad, but only 3 TWh over the result of 2015. That’s stagnation. And it shows that the move to an...

Category: Renewable Energy

Germany's Energy Transition A Comparative Perspective

December 31, 2016,  

This book analyzes Germany's path-breaking Energiewende, the country's transition from an energy system based on fossil and nuclear fuels to a sustainable energy system based on renewables. The...

Category: Renewable Energy, book Reviews

Canada well on its way to a renewable-energy future

December 24, 2016,   by Christopher Barrington-Leigh, McGill University

The bottom line: There is plenty of renewable-energy potential near current roads, power lines and population centres. Most of it is wind power, with plenty of hydro and solar as well.

Category: Renewable Energy

Energy New Deal

December 6, 2016,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

So even if you think global warming was a hoax the Chinese invented for April fool’s day in 2016, you should still support a fast transition to renewable. This transition makes sense as a nationalist...

Category: Renewable Energy

Energiewende MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)

December 6, 2016,   by Craig Morris, IASS Potsdam

28 videos on the Energiewende with an emphasis on the Electricity Rebels who sparked a renewable energy revolution in Germany.

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Community Power, Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen), Nuclear Power

Horrible Harmful EU Commission Proposal

December 4, 2016,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

I also note that the proposal still includes “feed-in tariffs” in the definition of “support schemes”, which remains completely unchanged.

Category: Renewable Energy, Europe FIT

Gipe Named to Prestigious Energy Watch Group

November 17, 2016,  

Paul Gipe has been named to the Energy Watch Group, one of only two North Americans on the prestigious panel. He joins Stanford academic Mark Jacobson, internationally known for his work on moving to...[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, Renewable Energy, News on Wind Energy

Energy Democracy Authors Touring US Explaining Germany's Energy Revolution

October 25, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Craig Morris and Arne Jungjohann, authors of of the new book Energy Democracy are touring the upper Midwest and the East Coast, discussing Germany's energy revolution and how it was powered by the...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables made up half of net electricity capacity added last year

October 25, 2016,   by Adam Vaughan

The International Energy Agency (IEA) said the milestone was evidence of a rapid transformation in energy taking place, and predicted capacity from renewable sources will grow faster than oil, gas,...

Category: Renewable Energy

The Political Meltdown That Could Save The Climate

October 9, 2016,   by Charles Komanoff

Democratic control of both the White House and Congress clears a path for a federal carbon tax without having to somehow vault over GOP denialists. Which could make next month’s ballot referendum in...

Category: Renewable Energy

Ontario’s chance to get more from green energy

September 30, 2016,   by David Cork

We have a surplus because Ontario operates three gigantic nuclear plants (including the world’s biggest – the Bruce Nuclear Station). Demand for electricity has fallen over the past decade in...

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Probe into California Democratic Party’s ties to PUC, PG&E and other utilities begins

September 23, 2016,   by George Avalos

The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission has launched a formal probe into the California Democratic Party, sparked by allegations of corruption and a tangle of close ties involving the party,...

Category: California FIT, Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Labour Party Launches Powerful Video on a New Energy Policy for Britain

September 14, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Britain's Labour Party manifesto calls for 1,000 community energy cooperatives in this powerful video by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. He also says Labour will reform the grid so that it acts as a...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Community Power

Why Labour is putting energy reform at the heart of its green agenda

September 8, 2016,   by Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party

No issue better connects the environment to people’s lives than energy. In order to deliver clean, affordable electricity we need to change our undemocratic system of supply

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Community Power

Jeremy Corbyn to set out energy policy 'for the 60m, not the big six'

September 7, 2016,  

Labour leader will vow to create 300,000 jobs in renewables sector, ban fracking and reinstate climate change department

Category: Renewable Energy

State of The Transition, August 2016: Tailwinds for clean energy and the Paris agreement, deepening doldrums for the incumbency

September 4, 2016,   by Jeremy Leggett

“This country can achieve total self-sufficiency in power at viable cost from our own sun, wind, and waters within a generation. Once we shift to electric vehicles as well, we will no longer need to...

Category: Renewable Energy

German public says government is slowing down transition

August 18, 2016,   by Craig Morris

A new poll finds that Germans remain committed to climate protection and see their government as an obstacle.

Category: Renewable Energy

Changing the Language of Renewable Energy, the Electric Monopoly’s Newest Ploy

August 18, 2016,   by Nick-Stumo Langer

Using “clean energy” instead of “low-carbon energy” might seem harmless, but when it refers to nuclear or natural gas power, the term-change intentionally hides the environmental costs of nuclear...

Category: Renewable Energy

The UK’s Levy Control Framework for renewable electricity support: Effects and significance

August 17, 2016,   by Matthew Lockwood

There is a long-standing debate over price vs. quantity approaches to supporting the deployment of renewable electricity technologies. In the context of a recent shift from quantity to price-based...

Category: Renewable Energy, Great Britain

UK green energy sector needs nurturing over nuclear

August 15, 2016,   by Larry Elliott

Technological advances mean the cost of renewables is coming down, representing far better value for taxpayers’ money

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

A World at War

August 15, 2016,   by Bill McKibben

We’re under attack from climate change—and our only hope is to mobilize like we did in WWII.

Category: Renewable Energy

May urged to pull plug immediately on Hinkley C over spying allegations

August 11, 2016,   by Terry Macalister

Name of China General Nuclear Power, which holds stake in the planned new reactors, has appeared in US legal papers

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Solar and wind 'cheaper than new nuclear' by the time Hinkley is built

August 11, 2016,   by Adam Vaughan

UK government’s own projections expect onshore wind power and large-scale solar to cost less per megawatt hour than new nuclear by 2025

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

The Danger of “Clean Energy”

August 5, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

When clean energy doesn’t mean what you think it does.[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels

Renewable Energy, Climate Change and the Democratic Party Platform 2016

August 2, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The Democratic Party Platform calls for a global summit to solve the climate crisis within the first 100 days of the new administration and a WWII-level mobilization to combat climate change. If...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power

Exponential Growth and the Renewable Surprise

July 28, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Critics of renewable energy have a full quiver of objections of why we shouldn’t bother developing wind and solar energy. One of my favorites is when they say, “Well renewables are nice, but they...[more]

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

Renewables will always need support

July 20, 2016,   by Craig Morris

These days, more and more people, especially market analysts, are talking about the success of renewables without “subsidies.” But wind and solar, at least, will always require policy support.

Category: Renewable Energy

Bad news about low renewable prices

July 14, 2016,   by Craig Morris

One major concern in renewable energy auctions is that big players might bid low today to scare away competition tomorrow. Once a small number of companies has scared away the competition, they can...

Category: Renewable Energy

Will Germany reach its 2020 target for renewable power this year?

July 13, 2016,   by Craig Morris

n the first half of 2016, 36.4 percent of the electricity produced in Germany was renewable according to preliminary data. The target for 2020 is only 35 percent – and that figure does not include...

Category: Renewable Energy

Was Nuclear a Winner in Japan’s July 10 Elections?

July 12, 2016,   by Andrew DeWit, School of Economic Policy Studies, Rikkyo University

On July 10, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), under PM Abe Shinzo, won a massive majority in the Upper House elections. A couple of years ago, that result would have been read as...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Japan’s Centre-Right Goes Green

July 8, 2016,   by Andrew DeWit, School of Economic Policy Studies, Rikkyo University

A lot of business elites have clearly thrown in the towel on nuclear and are instead openly lobbying to have Japan vault to global leadership in renewables, efficiency and smart infrastructure.[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Japan FIT, Nuclear Power

Propaganda: Utilities rebuild an aging lexicon to keep pace with change

July 6, 2016,   by Rod Kuckro

The nation's investor-owned electric utilities have settled on a new customer-friendly vocabulary that they hope will influence how their rapidly changing business is perceived.

Category: Renewable Energy

Germany promises more renewables but big utilities take back control

June 27, 2016,   by Arne Jungjohann

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

Category: Germany FIT, Renewable Energy

Don’t Forget Geothermal: San Luis Obispo County Geothermal Resources

June 22, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

This tells us two things. First, that California has been resting on its laurels since the early 1980s, regarding geothermal. Not much has been done since. Second, it tells us because of California’s...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power, News on Geothermal

Critique of wind and solar cannot withstand light of day

June 22, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Australia is in the midst of an extended discussion about the country’s energy future. The timing is bad for critics of renewables, who increasingly have to pick their stats carefully. But not every...

Category: Renewable Energy

Diablo Canyon’s Post Nuclear Future is Blowing in the Wind

June 22, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The following is post-nuclear vision for Diablo Canyon.[more]

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Is Denmark the real energy transition leader globally?

June 17, 2016,   by Craig Morris

For decades, the Danes have been an inspiration to and role model for German and independent proponents. But the story of what they specifically get right is not well understood in the...

Category: Renewable Energy

Parliamentarians can revive German Energiewende

June 13, 2016,   by Anna Leidreiter

In fact, the EEG 2016 hampers any further renewable energy development in the country. It is the paradigm of slowing down installations; handing back the energy system to the corporate utilities and...

Category: Renewable Energy

German cabinet puts brakes on clean energy transition

June 9, 2016,   by Richard Fuchs

Germany's climate policy goals - targets for rapid reductions in carbon dioxide emissions - will be put into serious jeopardy as a result of the government's proposed reforms, according to Claudia...

Category: Renewable Energy

The Evolution of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in Greece: A Synopsis of the Legal Framework

June 8, 2016,   by Marilena Zidianaki

The Greek renewable energy transition has its origin in the 1990s when the country first introduced a feed-in tariff. The road since then has been a bumpy one, yet Greece’s government issued a draft...

Category: Renewable Energy

Portugal – Moving to 100% renewables

June 6, 2016,   by Rita Antus and Francisco Ferreira

In 2016, Portugal’s electricity came almost entirely from renewable energies. A transition to 100% renewable energies is thus closer than ever in the country.

Category: Renewable Energy

Grid operator says 80% renewables no problem / Environment ministry turns 30

June 6, 2016,   by Kerstine Appunn, Julian Wettengel

“The idea that the integration of renewable energy immediately calls for more system flexibility [is] a myth. We have much more flexibility in the system than we need. […] it will last until 2030 or...

Category: Renewable Energy

Why is Green Pricing a Premium When Wind Power is Cheap?

June 3, 2016,   by John Farrell

It’s terrific that so many utility customers are willing to pay more for 100% renewable electricity, but it’s also clear that supporting clean energy doesn’t necessarily require paying more,...

Category: Renewable Energy

Is Denmark slowing down its energy transition?

June 1, 2016,   by Craig Morris

The Danes announced plans in May to cut back on the cost and speed of their energy transition. The debate sounds practically identical to the one in Germany, where the government also aims to slow...

Category: Renewable Energy

German legislators fight over policy rollback on renewables

May 25, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Berlin wants to dramatically slow down the energy transition, and some states will have none of it.

Category: Renewable Energy

Ontaraio Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Economy Act is Passed

May 19, 2016,   by Joanna Rosengarten and Selina Lee-Andersen

As we reported in an earlier blog post, the government introduced the Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Economy Act (the Act) on February 29, 2016. The Ontario Government has now passed this...

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables Produced More than Half Portugal’s Electricity in 2015

May 18, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

In light of the recent Guardian story that Portugal generated all its electricity with renewables for four days, I thought I’d re-examine how well Portugal is doing overall.[more]

Category: Renewable Energy

Portugal runs for four days straight on renewable energy alone

May 18, 2016,   by Arthur Neslen

Portugal kept its lights on with renewable energy alone for four consecutive days last week in a clean energy milestone revealed by data analysis of national energy network figures.

Category: Renewable Energy

Did Germany just surpass 100% renewable power?

May 16, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Just a week after reporting a peak of more than 90 percent renewable power, Agora now shows for the first time that green electricity may have briefly touched and slightly surpassed 100% yesterday.

Category: Renewable Energy

We are all Albertans now

May 15, 2016,   by Kurt Cobb

The source of the current catastrophe is that the boreal forest which surrounds the tar sands has been turned into a tinderbox because of increasingly warm, dry weather that used to be...

Category: Renewable Energy

UK renewable energy auctions system discredited by offshore windfarm contract fiasco

May 12, 2016,   by Dave Toke

The Government's much vaunted 'contracts for difference' (CfD) auction system for funding renewable energy has been thrown into disrepute after a key project awarded a contract has had its contract...

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewable Windfall as Germany's Green Energy Meets 90 Percent of Demand

May 11, 2016,   by Lauren McCauley

Sunday's milestone was made possible because of a people-powered "energy revolution."

Category: Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen), Renewable Energy

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

Renewables 'too much power' problem is really nuclear's fault

April 19, 2016,   by Dave Toke

So let's get this right, the Torygraph is saying that nuclear power plant can't or won't turn down their power stations, so it's windfarms and solar farms that are the problem?

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Two German states already 100 percent renewable net for electricity

April 7, 2016,   by Craig Morris

In 2015, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Schleswig-Holstein generated more renewable power than households and businesses in each state consumed.

Category: Renewable Energy

Energiewende: killing the right industries

April 6, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Overall, some things in the Energiewende are going well; others, less so. But we have only just begun: the Energiewende is a generational project, with 35 years left until 2050.

Category: Renewable Energy

The Miserable Failure of the German 2014 Renewable Energy Law Reform

March 27, 2016,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

The good thing about this development is that it clearly shows what happens when you phase out feed-in tariffs and use an auction model instead. A massive breakdown of the market, making the climate...

Category: Renewable Energy

Global energy transition conference bigger than ever

March 22, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Undersecretary Rainer Baake praised the German government’s implementation of auctions, in which markets set prices but the government sets the volume – and the German government is using the policy...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Community Power, News on Feed in Tariffs

German retail power rate stable as share of renewables increases

March 9, 2016,   by Craig Morris

For the past four years, the average retail power rate in Germany has been stable, even though the share of renewable electricity rose from nearly 25 percent to 32.5 percent.

Category: Renewable Energy

Dutch Transplant Wants to Save a Czech Watermill

March 9, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Wherein we reconnect with a Dutch miller and learn of his campaign to preserve his adopted country’s watermills.[more]

Category: History of Wind Power, Renewable Energy

New Page Posted of Photos of Paul Gipe's Career in Renewable Energy

March 8, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

I've finally taken the time to post some pictures from my career in renewable energy and energy policy. Some date from 1976, possibly earlier. My memory of those days is fuzzy as they say.[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Small Wind folder, News on Community Power, News on Wind Energy, Renewable Energy

“Base load” power: a myth used to defend the fossil fuel industry

March 2, 2016,   by Giles Parkinson

As the network operator builds out its clean power sources, they noted, coal-fired generators could only serve as “reserve power” to supplement renewables. “The only hurdle to overcome is ‘mindset’,”...

Category: Renewable Energy

Does France really need solar roads?

February 25, 2016,   by Olivier Daniélo and Richard Robert

So it is time to raise not very pleasant, though serious questions. If one accepts that in the context of the French energy transition, the Wattway solution has absolutely no economic relevance...

Category: Renewable Energy

Can utilities be trusted with the energy transition?

February 23, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Utilities are building giant wind and solar projects everywhere, but largely in competitor territory, not their own. And they see community projects built by citizens as a threat within their own...

Category: Renewable Energy

100% Renewable Energy: What We Can Do in 10 Years

February 23, 2016,   by Richard Heinberg

The most important thing to understand about the energy transition is that it’s not optional. Delay would be fatal. It’s time to make a plan—however sketchy, however challenging—and run with it,...

Category: Renewable Energy

Can Germany's renewable energy revolution be replicated in the United States?

February 18, 2016,   by Beate G. Liepert

But cloudy Germany, not sunny California, has the advantage when it comes to solar electricity, with a capacity of 38 gigawatts compared to a mere 11 in the Golden State as of 2015.

Category: Renewable Energy

Do French Solar Roads consume more energy than produced ?

February 5, 2016,   by Olivier Danielo

L’énergie grise des routes solaires pourrait les empêcher de tirer plus vite que leur ombre. Après la forte émulsion médiatique des dernières semaines, elles pourraient retomber rapidement à plat...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Solar Energy

Why clean tech inspires a new magnitude of wrongness

January 31, 2016,   by Ketan Joshi

Renewable energy, presented as environmentally friendly and clean, must turn out to be harmful to humans and the environment. There's an ironic, vindicating righteousness in believing, as intensely...

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

1,000 km of solar roads in France?

January 29, 2016,   by Craig Morris

It’s enough to make you despair: French Energy Minister Ségolène Royal has announced the construction of 1,000 kilometers of solar panels, which would be fine if she didn’t plan to pave roads with...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Solar Energy

Returns from offshore wind: too high?

January 27, 2016,   by Craig Morris

In its fifth year of operation, Germany’s first offshore wind farm, Alpha Ventus, once again surpassed expectations. The first people (besides me) now say that feed-in tariffs for offshore wind are...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind

NOAA: Rapid, affordable energy transformation possible

January 25, 2016,  

The United States could slash greenhouse gas emissions from power production by up to 78 percent below 1990 levels within 15 years while meeting increased demand, according to a new study by NOAA and...

Category: Renewable Energy

Wind and solar records tumble as China and India accelerate energy transition

January 22, 2016,   by Tim Buckley

Key developments in China and India this week provide more confirmation that the global electricity markets are transforming a great deal faster than anyone expected.

Category: Renewable Energy

What a smart response! - wind cheaper than fossil fuels

January 19, 2016,   by Dave Toke

So we are backing up the cheap renewables with fossil fuels that are not so cheap, and the solution to that is to use the fossil fuels that are not so cheap all the time? That sum does not quite add...

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

Japan Approved 85,550 MW of Renewable Energy Projects Since 2012

January 18, 2016,   by Chisaki Watanabe

Japan has given the go-ahead to 85,550 megawatts of clean energy projects since the introduction of an incentive program in July 2012, with solar comprising the vast bulk of the new capacity.

Category: Renewable Energy

Why cheap hydro was too good to be true

January 16, 2016,   by Martin Regg Cohn

Are we paying too much for electricity now, or were we just paying too little before?

Category: Renewable Energy

Can Germany reach its renewables target for the energy sector for 2020?

January 14, 2016,   by Craig Morris

In terms of final energy, the share of renewables grew from 11.9 percent in 2011 to 15.3 percent in 2015, an increase of 3.4 percentage points over five years. At that rate, Germany would overshoot...

Category: Renewable Energy

Congratulations to the German Government on Throttling Renewable Energy Growth

January 14, 2016,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

The 2014 reform of the Act on Renewable Energy (formerly the Act on Priority for Renewable Energy) has reduced investment in Germany to a measly $10.6 billion, down 42% from 2014.

Category: Renewable Energy

Germany is 20 years away from 100 percent renewable power – not!

January 5, 2016,   by Craig Morris

In 2015, Germany added more renewable electricity than ever before in a single year, bringing the share of green power in total supply up to 33 percent. But the government seems keen on slowing down...

Category: Renewable Energy

WWEA: Paris defines 100% renewable energy as the new normal

December 17, 2015,   by Stefan Gsänger

This is the paradigm shift we have been working for, and now it is even part of the official UN climate change agreement, supported by all governments of the world. In other words: Paris has in fact...

Category: Renewable Energy

Paris defines 100% renewable energy as the new normal

December 17, 2015,   by Stefan Gsänger

The UN Climate Change Conference COP21 ended last weekend with 195 governments agreeing on a new climate treaty, and this Paris agreement is a big breakthrough! . . What makes me so confident is the...

Category: Renewable Energy

The international perception of the Energiewende

December 16, 2015,   by Arne Jungjohann

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

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

From Vision to Law - San Diego Adopts Legally Binding Climate Action Plan With Provision for 100% Renewable Electricity

December 15, 2015,  

he City of San Diego voted today to approve the Mayor's Opens external link in new windowClimate Action Plan, which establishes a legally binding goal to reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions...

Category: Renewable Energy

Being clean and green comes with a cost

December 14, 2015,   by Dalton McGuinty

A big reason Canada has residual credibility in the climate change talks is because shutting down Ontario coal plants was the biggest single CO2 reduction in all of North America.

Category: Renewable Energy, Ontario FIT

Alberta Look to Germany to reach renewable energy target

December 10, 2015,   by Rob Harlan

In 2000, the German government launched its Renewable Energy Sources Act. This visionary initiative enabled Germany to increase its percentage of renewable electricity from six to 31 in only 15 years.

Category: Renewable Energy, Alberta FIT

How the Silent Wind Power Revolution May Contribute to the Danish Energy and Climate Plan

December 2, 2015,   by Bernard Chabot

Chabot examines Denmark's 2012 policy to address climate change and finds, surprise, that the Danes are well on their way to meeting their objectives--ahead of schedule.[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind

SaskPower to use wind, solar, geothermal to hit 50% renewable mark by 2030

November 23, 2015,   by CBC

Saskatchewan's power company has confirmed that it will double the percentage of electrical renewable energy used in the province by 2030, 15 years from now.

Category: Renewable Energy

Alberta just became Canada’s carbon leader. Yes, really.

November 23, 2015,   by The Globe and Mail Editorial

Canada’s leader on climate change is now Alberta. Just like that, the province has gone from pariah to paragon. On Sunday, Premier Rachel Notley’s New Democratic government unveiled a program to...

Category: Fossil Fuels, Renewable Energy

Gov. Cuomo to Order Large Increase in Renewable Energy in New York by 2030

November 22, 2015,   by PATRICK McGEEHAN

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo plans to order state regulators to mandate that, by 2030, half of all power consumed by New Yorkers be generated from renewable sources that emit much less carbon dioxide, people...

Category: Renewable Energy

Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan

November 22, 2015,  

Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan accelerates the transition from coal to renewable electricity sources, puts a price on carbon pollution for everyone, and sets emissions limits for the oil sands.

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

Saskatchewan energy to be 50 per cent renewable by 2030

November 19, 2015,   by Emma Graney

By 2030, half of Saskatchewan’s power will come from renewable sources, with wind, solar and geothermal energy all thrown into the mix.

Category: Fossil Fuels, Renewable Energy

German power exports more valuable than imports

November 12, 2015,   by Craig Morris

Germany exports more electricity when demand (and hence prices) are high; it imports when demand and prices are low.

Category: Renewable Energy

Contemporary US Political Party Energy Politics – still a lot to play for

November 10, 2015,   by Catherine Mitchell

One of the lessons learnt from KP, is that it is easier to get across a focused environmental issue to the USA public. It is harder to communicate to the USA people what a sensible energy policy is,...

Category: Renewable Energy

All electricity in Austria's largest state now produced from renewables

November 6, 2015,  

The state in northeastern Austria now gets 63% of its electricity from hydroelectric power, 26% from wind energy, nine percent from biomass and two percent from solar.

Category: Renewable Energy, Austria FIT

The Leap Manifesto isn't radical. It's a way out of Canada's head-in-the-sand politics

October 30, 2015,   by Martin Lukacs

Environmental activist David Suzuki, Naomi Klein and several others speak during a news conference to launching “Leap Manifesto--to transition the country off fossil fuels while simultaneously...

Category: Renewable Energy

The $25 trillion free lunch of the Dwarfs

October 29, 2015,   by James Wimberley

The great free lunch. . . Net cash cost of energy transition to 2040 ≈ $0.

Category: Renewable Energy

Germany hardly needs industry demand management

October 28, 2015,   by Craig Morris

As in other countries, German industry can be asked to change power consumption in order to stabilize the grid. Now, it turns out that the policy option is used so seldom that it is to be done away...

Category: Renewable Energy

Climate Reserve Agreement on Closing 2.7 GW of German Lignite Fired Power Stations

October 25, 2015,  

The Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) said that an agreement has been reached with the lignite power station operators Mibrag, RWE and Vattenfall on putting 2.7 GW first into a...

Category: Renewable Energy

The right lessons from the Energiewende: Energy Democracy

October 21, 2015,   by Craig Morris

People are becoming “prosumers,” increasingly making their own energy as well as consuming it. As citizens, they have a right to do so. we should not even be asking what big companies need to do. We...

Category: Renewable Energy

Does Germany even have enough space for renewables?

October 12, 2015,   by Craig Morris

A new study finds that Germany has physical space for roughly 50 percent more onshore wind capacity than the country would need for 100 percent green electricity.

Category: Renewable Energy

Japan’s Bid to Become a World Leader in Renewable Energy

October 5, 2015,   by Andrew DeWit

For nearly three years, global attention has focused on the three arrows of Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s “Abenomics” as well as his aggressive new security policies. Yet beneath the radar,...

Category: Renewable Energy

Poll: Most Albertans want stronger climate change policies

September 30, 2015,   by Pembina Institute

Two-thirds of Albertans (66 per cent) think the government should prioritize diversifying the province’s economy over helping the oil and gas industry be more competitive (29 per cent).

Category: Renewable Energy

Are we losing Denmark next?

September 30, 2015,   by Craig Morris

This month, I have focused on the pushback against renewable energy growth in Spain and Italy along with the UK. Now, it seems that Denmark is teetering as well.

Category: Renewable Energy

Albertans support strong action on climate change, including carbon tax: poll

September 30, 2015,   by Sheila Pratt, Edmonton Journal

The NDP government’s push to phase-out coal-fired electricity has strong support among Albertans, who also want to see more renewable power, says a new poll commissioned by the Pembina Institute, an...

Category: Renewable Energy

North America’s largest environmental organization honours Ontario's former Premier Dalton McGuinty

September 28, 2015,   by Sierra Club du Canada

Former Ontario Premier, Dalton McGuinty, received the Sierra Club Distinguished Service Award at a ceremony in San Francisco. . . Mr. McGuinty is responsible for closing Ontario’s coal-fired power...

Category: Renewable Energy, Ontario FIT

Nordhaus Versus the Pope: Why Francis Is Right

September 28, 2015,   by Daniel Lazare

So while the pope may have gotten a good deal wrong, this is one thing he gets right. Not only does cap-and-trade promote speculation, but Francis is correct in pointing out that, in practice, it has...

Category: Renewable Energy

Alberta will turn away from coal power, Rachel Notley tells Montreal business crowd

September 28, 2015,   by CBC

"We will be looking for a strategy to phase out the use of coal as quickly as we reasonably can — without imposing unnecessary price shocks on consumers, or risking security of supply, or...

Category: Renewable Energy

Britain: Soaring renewable energy generation having little impact on energy prices, DECC figures show

September 25, 2015,  

The figures are contrary to government reasoning behind substantial cuts to the small-scale feed-in tariff and early closure of other renewable energy support mechanisms, which has been to protect...

Category: Renewable Energy

Britain: The Corbynomics of energy policy

September 11, 2015,   by Alan Simpson

While Republican wannabes in the USA seek to live in denial of climate change, and Blairites in Britain wish to live in denial of leadership change, Corbyn prefers to focus on the realities of...

Category: Renewable Energy

Four reasons Jeremy Corbyn’s innovative energy policy is no 80s throwback

September 11, 2015,   by Stephen Hall

Throughout, the manifesto argues for more citizen influence over the energy system – and not just through supposed consumer “choice”.

Category: Renewable Energy

UK: next renewable energy market to go?

September 10, 2015,   by Craig Morris

For political reasons, the UK seems poised to phase out policy support for wind and solar at a lower level. Based on DECC’s figures (PDF), wind (offshore and onshore) and solar together made up just...

Category: Renewable Energy

Happy with 25 percent wind and solar? The case of Italy and Spain

September 9, 2015,   by Craig Morris

Denmark (40 percent wind power and counting) and Germany (20 percent wind + PV and counting) are the exceptions. They share a grassroots movement of community renewable energy projects. Without that...

Category: Renewable Energy

Solar bigger than nuclear for the first time in California

September 8, 2015,   by Bernard Chabot

New renewables--wind, solar, biomass, biogas, and geothermal-- generated 2.6 times more electricity than nuclear in August 2015.

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Solar Energy

The US Federal Solar Tax Credit Extension: Can We Win if We Lose?

September 8, 2015,   by John Farrell

But the use of tax credits always had its drawbacks. Many potential solar owners were ineligible because they lacked sufficient tax liability (40% of Americans still don’t have enough annual tax...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Solar Energy

Safe, sustainable uranium and thorium in California

September 4, 2015,   by Bernard Chabot

This document describes and analyses the main characteristics of electricity production, imports and demand in California since 2001. Comparisons are made for Nuclear and renewables, with the clear...

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Alberta: The government is creating a plan to address climate change

September 4, 2015,  

Alberta's Climate Change Advisory Panel is engaging Albertans, Aboriginal communities, and technical stakeholders on key issues related to climate change. This online survey is one of several...

Category: Renewable Energy

What NRDC Gets Wrong about Carbon Taxes

September 2, 2015,   by Charles Komanoff

We at CTC have long since abandoned the hope that NRDC or the other big green giant, the Environmental Defense Fund, would lead the charge for a U.S. carbon tax. We’re okay with that, but we ask our...

Category: Renewable Energy

USA: 100% Renewable Energy: Fact or Fantasy?

August 28, 2015,   by John Farrell

What would it take to power the entire U.S. economy on renewable resources alone? Three big things: Only build wind, solar, or hydro power plants after 2020; Reduce energy use compared to business as...

Category: Renewable Energy

Earth to [Bill] Gates: we are good to go

August 24, 2015,   by Craig Morris

Gates says current technologies are too expensive. Someone should tell him that solar power now costs less than nine cents in Germany, less than six cents in Dubai. It is expected to reach 4-6 cents...

Category: Renewable Energy

Load Shifting With Electric Vehicles Is A Great Match To Wind In Many Areas

August 21, 2015,   by Clayton Handleman

EVs are poised to play an important dual role of both reducing carbon from transportation and enabling higher penetration of renewable energy. The pieces are falling into place for a disruptive...

Category: Renewable Energy, Electric Vehicles

How France could go nearly 100 percent renewable

August 20, 2015,   by Craig Morris

The authors have a hierarchy of steps to take. First, “sufficiency” and efficiency reduces energy demand. Second, renewable energy cover

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Climate protesters shut down German lignite field

August 18, 2015,   by Craig Morris

There is no doubt that the protest was illegal. But so were many of the nuclear protests. The first one in Wyhl (1974) immediately brought together some 25,000 people, and as many as 80,000 came...

Category: Renewable Energy

French Proposed 100% Renewable Energy Policy for 2050 Released in English

July 31, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

French energy activists, Association négaWatt, have released their plan for France to reach nearly 100% renewable energy by 2050 in English. The move is a dramatic step by the French NGO to draw the...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

New German coal plant worth one euro

July 29, 2015,   by Craig Morris

The new hard coal plant going up in Hamm, Germany, is apparently worthless and may never go into operation.

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables briefly covered 78 percent of German electricity

July 28, 2015,   by Craig Morris

This situation once again disproves the common notion that Germany can “rely” on French nuclear when it needs power. In reality, trading takes place based on price, not dire need to prevent...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Great Britain: A Plea for a No-Regrets Energy Policy

July 28, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Catherine Mitchell launches a series of articles on designing a “no-regrets” energy policy that is as much a plea for sanity in Great Britain as it is an explanation why no resource is 100%...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Britian: What are we to do with this Government’s incredible energy policy?

July 27, 2015,   by Catherine Mitchell

So far, as said elsewhere, we are witnessing a Government which is dismantling sustainable energy policies. The energy world is broadly going in one direction – and as said before that’s not the same...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

New York Times almost gets it right

July 13, 2015,   by Craig Morris

Hans-Josef Fell, co-author of the 2000 Renewable Energy Act, is not working to restrict wind farms in his home state of Bavaria. Otherwise, the article does not contain too many factual inaccuracies.

Category: Renewable Energy

Rebutting Recent Darwell Critiique of Renewables

July 11, 2015,   by Diane Moss

Climate change skeptic and PR consultant Rupert Darwall recently wrote an editorial called “Obama’s Renewable Energy Fantasy” that spins a dire depiction of renewable power as a threat to economies...

Category: Renewable Energy

Guardian: Exxon knew of climate change in 1981, email says – but it funded deniers for 27 more years

July 8, 2015,   by Suzanne Goldenberg

ExxonMobil, the world’s biggest oil company, knew as early as 1981 of climate change – seven years before it became a public issue, according to a newly discovered email from one of the firm’s own...

Category: Renewable Energy

France’s EDF finds wind & solar reducing baseload

July 6, 2015,   by Craig Morris

In a brief study, the French operator of the country’s nuclear plants unsurprisingly finds that backup generation capacity for fluctuating wind and solar will need to be as flexible as possible. The...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Coal power down, renewables up in Germany

July 2, 2015,   by Craig Morris

Overall, electricity from lignite dropped by 3.6 percent, mainly because so much wind power was produced during the winter that it actually cut into this baseload electricity. In contrast, power from...

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

Is Germany reliant on foreign nuclear power?

June 30, 2015,   by Craig Morris

In a nutshell, France relies on Germany to cover its peak demand, not vice versa. There is, however, a risk of Germany decommissioning so much coal and nuclear capacity over the next seven years as...

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Power to heat gets going in Germany

June 23, 2015,   by Craig Morris

The city of Münster plans to use excess electricity on the grid to generate heat, which can be easily stored.

Category: Renewable Energy

Busting myths: a practical guide to countering science denial

June 11, 2015,   by John Cook

How do we practically achieve that? There are two key elements to refuting misinformation. The first half of a debunking is offering a factual alternative. To understand what I mean by this, you need...

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

Germany to miss its renewable energy target for 2020

June 10, 2015,   by Craig Morris

The main takeaway is that the growth corridor – 2.4 to 2.6 GW of annual new capacity net for onshore wind – will produce a much higher share of renewable electricity, but the target will not be met...

Category: Renewable Energy

The Danish system of electricity policy-making and regulation

May 31, 2015,   by Matthew Lockwood

Denmark is a global leader in transforming its energy system to a more sustainable model, with high levels of renewable electricity and heat, and high energy efficiency. Its transformation is not...

Category: Wind in Denmark, Renewable Energy

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

Germany proving skeptics wrong on renewables

May 21, 2015,   by Craig Morris

With more than a quarter of the country’s electricity now coming from renewable sources, Germany’s energy transition – or Energiewende – is delivering reliable electricity, reducing emissions, and...

Category: Renewable Energy

Fossil Fuel Feed-In Tariffs

May 17, 2015,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

It would work exactly like the successful solar tariff, with one small change. There would be a cap on the fossil fuel electricity bought under the system. That cap would be calculated from the...

Category: News on Feed in Tariffs, Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

Energy Myths Exposed: Renewables do NOT increase emissions

May 8, 2015,   by Antonio Antonopoulos

What this graph shows, unequivocally, is that solar and wind do reduce fossil fuel usage and greenhouse gas emissions. The data is clear, publicly available in the Eurostat database. Bernard Chabot...

Category: Renewable Energy

Britain: The election everyone lost

May 8, 2015,   by Alan Simpson

Former parliamentarian Alan Simpson bemoans the paucity of serious debates of public paucity in the recent British election concluded today. Beginning in Churchillian tones, he laments "What...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Renewables International: German PV auctions: told you so

April 30, 2015,   by Craig Morris

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

Category: Germany FIT, Renewable Energy

Parties promise to close Alberta coal plants, encourage renewable energy

April 29, 2015,   by Sheila Pratt

While political parties differ widely on their approach, most call for phasing out coal-fired electricity

Category: Renewable Energy

Guardian: Shell lobbied to undermine EU renewables targets, documents reveal

April 27, 2015,   by A key part of EU’s emissions cuts agreement – to not have binding clean energy

Shell successfully lobbied to undermine European renewable energy targets ahead of a key agreement on emissions cuts reached in October last year, newly released documents reveal.

Category: Renewable Energy

Does the Wynne Government of Ontario Get It?

April 25, 2015,   by Glen Estill

If we are to tackle climate change, we need all hands on deck. Subsidizing imported natural gas and its associated emissions is going the wrong direction.

Category: Renewable Energy

Boell: Suppressed French report says 100% renewables is possible

April 23, 2015,   by Craig Morris

What are the findings? The leaked PDF has two blank pages where the executive summary should be. So I wrote my own.

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Managed disruption – the push and pull of policy in Germany

April 22, 2015,   by Catherine Mitchell

Given GB’s disastrous auction policy in the 1990’s, one can understand the scepticism of this from the German renewable energy industry. Again, this may have unforeseen impacts.

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Great Britain: Getting our act together

April 17, 2015,   by Catherine Mitchell

If the Act is not replaced, the UK will be treading energy water until four or so years time when we will be forced to rethink a new Act anyway. Yes, this means putting EMR on hold until new...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Asahi Simbun: A more ambitious renewable energy target is feasible

April 10, 2015,  

To raise the rate of self-sufficiency in energy supply without depending on nuclear power while trying to stop global warming, it is vital to make renewable energy a major power source as quickly as...

Category: Renewable Energy

John Perlin PV Miniseries #14: How Public Policy Matters

April 9, 2015,   by Glenn Meyers

In our 13th post, Mr. Perlin said, “Reagan came into office and declared war on solar technologies, which led the National Science Foundation’s chief scientist Lloyd Herwig to declare, instead of...

Category: Renewable Energy

The politics of renewable electricity in the UK

March 31, 2015,   by Matthew Lockwood

The politics of renewable electricity in the UK: the roles of policy feedback and institutional context

Category: Renewable Energy

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, Fossil Fuels

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, Fossil Fuels

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, Fossil Fuels

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, Fossil Fuels

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, Fossil Fuels

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, Fossil Fuels

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, Fossil Fuels

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

My Indecent Offer to the Chancellor--Because We Cannot Let the Energy Transition Fail!—A Review

November 24, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I’d already marked up my version of Matthias Willenbacher’s book My Indecent Offer to the Chancellor in the faint hope of some day posting a review from the German—it’s difficult and time consuming...[more]

Category: book Reviews, Book Reviews of Books auf Deutsch, Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind, News on Solar Energy, Germany FIT

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