The Energy Gang: Understanding the Political Turmoil Surrounding Renewables in Australia and Spain [PODCAST]

July 16, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Two countries with great renewable energy resources in the world -- Australia and Spain -- are also hostile to the industry. Australia just changed its national policies for renewables, upsetting project development plans. And Spain proposed yet another tax on storage systems to discourage self-consumption.[read more]

122% Wind Power?: A Postcard from the Future of Energy

November 14, 2013 by America's Power Plan

Wind Energy and the Future

Denmark has gotten over 100% wind power in ninety different hours this year. How do they handle that kind of energy, and what does it portend for the United States? A "Postcard from the Future" from America's Power Plan.[read more]

Spain In Trouble For Solar Energy Cuts

June 17, 2013 by Zachary Shahan

Firms Upset With Spain

The Spanish government has stepped on a few toes with its recent retroactive solar power incentive cuts. Now those toes are stepping back.[read more]

An Irrational Pro-Renewables Policy: Harming Spain's Economic Recovery?

December 20, 2012 by John Wheeler

Spain’s electrical supply industry is caught in a decade long death spiral of failed energy policy, over-reliance on imported fuels, and massive debt. Their new taxes on nuclear energy, an attempt to reduce utility debt, are likely to worsen their economy.Spain imports fuel for about 51% of their electricity production in the form of...[read more]

Here comes the sun... not!

April 9, 2012 by Marc Gunther

Germany, once the world’s leading market for solar power, is pulling back its subsidies.Q Cells, once the world’s largest solar company, just went bankrupt.This isn’t happy news. If the country that birthed the Green Party cannot sustain its support for solar, what does that tell the rest of us?It should tell us that it’s time (actually...[read more]

Impact of CSP and PV Solar Feed-In Tariffs in Spain

November 8, 2010 by Willem Post

  The purpose of this study is to show the impact of concentrated solar power, CSP, and PV Solar feed-in-tariffs, FITs, in Spain which has the largest installed base of CSP and the second largest installed base, after Germany, of grid-connected PV solar systems in the world about which much data is available.[read more]

Spain’s erratic energy policy

October 6, 2010 by Dan Yurman

The government can’t make up its mind to support gas, solar, nuclear, or none of the above(NucNet contributed to this report.) Spain is an energy island in Europe with less than 2% of its power coming across the border from France. This fact makes energy policy a critical success factor in forging the economic future of the country where...[read more]

Spain plays politics with reactor re-licensing

May 26, 2010 by Dan Yurman

Government ties renewal to election cycle (NucNet) May 25 - Spain needs to renew the licenses of its eight commercially operational nuclear reactor units and plan for the construction of three new units by 2035 if it is to maintain a competitive and sustainable electricity mix, the president of the Spanish nuclear industry group Foro...[read more]

Shifting policy extinguishes short-lived Spanish solar boom, fortunately

March 10, 2010 by Michael Giberson

The New York Times has a fascinating story on the solar power industry boom and bust in Spain created by shifting public policies. Similar effects have been observed from shifts in subsidy support for renewable power development in the United States, though because the subsidy was smaller and spread over a larger area the consequences...[read more]

Spain’s variable wind and stable electricity networks

December 19, 2009 by Big Gav

Carbon Commentary has an excellent article on how renewables can provide large amounts of electricity into an electrical grid - in this case Spain's - (Spain’s variable wind and stable electricity networks. Yet if you listened to some people spouting PR for the nuclear power industry, you'd believe this is impossible. One of the frequent...[read more]

TCASE 7: Scaling up Andasol 1 to baseload

December 6, 2009 by Barry Brook

Andasol 1 is Europe’s first parabolic trough solar thermal power station, which went online in Nov 2008. It is located on a high desert site in Granada, Spain, which enjoys a high level of direct insolation – an average of 2,136 kWh / m2 / year. The mirror field — turbine infrastructure can yield a peak electricity generation capacity of...[read more]

Spain gets 53% of its energy from wind!

November 14, 2009 by Tom Raftery

Ok, not all the time, but last weekend at 5:50am on Sunday morning (8th Nov) Spain set a new record, hitting 53.7% of its energy requirements being supplied by wind energy. As you can see from the graph above, the amount of electricity being supplied by wind, the light green portion of the graph, doesn’t go below 30% at any point in...[read more]

Big News (4.8MW to be Exact) in Spain!

September 29, 2009 by Arno Harris

Today Recurrent Energy made some news with the announcement of our first 4.8MW of rooftop projects in Spain. These projects are the first projects to emerge from our efforts in Europe that were started last year. But what's really remarkable about these projects is how they were developed and what they indicate about the sizable...[read more]

Europe's Largest Onshore Wind Farm Switched on in Scotland

May 23, 2009 by Big Gav

Renewable Energy World has a report on a new Scottish wind farm - Europe's Largest Onshore Wind Farm Is Switched on in Scotland. Today, the final phase of Europe's largest onshore wind farm is being turned on in Scotland. The 322-megawatt (MW), 140-turbine Whitelee wind farm was built by ScottishPower Renewables, which is part of the...[read more]

Another Spain study critic

May 14, 2009 by Doris de Guzman

I got this email from the Washington News Observer (sort of like TMZ except covering politics instead of celebrity news *lol*) and they send several YouTube clips about their exclusive interview with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) criticizing Obama's emulation of Spain's renewable energy industry. This topic seems to be getting a lot of...[read more]