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Renewable Energy & Other Topics

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.

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

February 25, 2013,   by Craig Morris

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

Category: Renewable Energy

100% Renewable Energy: Becoming the New Normal?

February 22, 2013,   by Diane Moss

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

Category: Renewable Energy

Boell: The German Coal Myth

February 21, 2013,   by Christian Roselund

Category: Renewable Energy

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

February 20, 2013,   by Craig Morris

An unpublished briefing paper drawn up by the European Climate Foundation (ECF) takes a look at charges of a "coal renaissance" in the EU and confirms our recently published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

Category: Renewable Energy

The Future of Electricity Markets

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

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

Category: Renewable Energy

12 Insights on Germany’s Energiewende

February 18, 2013,  

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

Category: Renewable Energy

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

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

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

Category: Renewable Energy

Yomiuri Shimbun: Japan Aims to Triple Wind Power

February 4, 2013,  

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

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind

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

February 1, 2013,   by Craig Morris

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

Category: Renewable Energy

Doubts About RPS as Renewable Policy Grow

January 31, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: Germany FIT, Renewable Energy

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

January 31, 2013,   by Paul Hockenos

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

Category: Renewable Energy

Ohio solar project hit with setback while Ontario boosts renewable power

January 22, 2013,   by Steve Bennish

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

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Solar Energy

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

January 21, 2013,   by Ralph Torrie

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

Category: Renewable Energy

Renewables International: A lot of common ground despite criticism

January 16, 2013,   by Craig Morris

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

Category: Nuclear Power, Grid Integration, Renewable Energy

Scientific American: Ontario Phases Out Coal-Fired Power

January 11, 2013,   by Christa Marshall

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

Category: Renewable Energy

Pembina reacts as Ontario announces early end to coal power use

January 10, 2013,   by Tim Weis

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

Category: Renewable Energy

Schleswig-Holstein Will Double Wind Capacity on Land

December 27, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

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

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

Lenz Blog: BDEW Estimates on German Electricity Generation in 2012

December 19, 2012,   by K. Lenz

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

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

BDEW: Renewable Energy in Germany Increased 23% in 2012

December 18, 2012,  

Category: Renewable Energy

Biomass Magazine: What about Biogas in the USA?

November 16, 2012,  

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

Category: Renewable Energy

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

October 5, 2012,  

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

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

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

October 3, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

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

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

Mainichi: Biomass could turn tables around for renewable energy

August 13, 2012,  

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

Category: Japan FIT, Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

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

June 5, 2012,  

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

Category: Nuclear Power, Germany FIT, Renewable Energy

Denmark 50 Percent Wind by 2020

March 25, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

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

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

Renewables Helped France Avoid Freezing in the Dark

February 10, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

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

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

Craig Morris: Renewables under fire in US

November 17, 2011,   by Craig Morris

Category: USA FIT, Renewable Energy, Germany FIT

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

September 12, 2011,   by MARTINE AUBRY

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

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

FT: France aims to rebalance its energy mix

July 10, 2011,  

Category: France FIT, Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Coal's Assault on Human Health

December 9, 2009,  

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

Category: Renewable Energy

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

June 30, 2009,  

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

Category: France FIT, Renewable Energy

European Union Directive on Renewable Energy 23 April 2009

April 23, 2009,  

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

Category: Renewable Energy

Imported Lies: Debunking the Spanish Green Jobs Smear

April 16, 2009,   by Pete Altman

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

Category: Job Effects from Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy

Craig Morris: RE = 2.2 jobs lost

April 16, 2009,   by Craig Morris

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

Category: Job Effects from Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy

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

December 29, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

The United States could now be generating from 1% to 15% of its electricity supply if the direct costs of the Iraq war had been invested instead in wind or solar energy.[more]

Category: Other Articles, Renewable Energy

Energy Switch: Proven Solutions for a Renewable Future by Craig Morris--A Review

July 28, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

How North America Can Learn From Renewable Energy Success Stories in Europe[more]

Category: book Reviews, Books on Feed-in Tariffs, Renewable Energy

Sustainable Future Beckons Renewable Rich New Zealand

May 22, 2001,  

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

Category: Other Articles, Renewable Energy

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

January 1, 1999,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: Other Articles, Renewable Energy, book Reviews

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