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Energy Reality Meets Climate Reality

September 19, 2014 by David Hone
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Climate and Energy Reality

 

In recent years and as part of the overall push to generate more renewable energy in Germany, considerable wind energy capacity has been installed in this region. While the current level of generation from wind is laudable, it is far from 100% renewable energy.[read more]

Has Ukraine Shot Itself in the Foot With Gas Pipeline Deal?

September 8, 2014 by Igor Alexeev

Ukraine and Pipelines

Last week, Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk pushed a bill through the Verkhovna Rada that would see his country’s gas transportation system sold off to a group of international investors. This decision may hurt the fragile industrial recovery in Germany and finish off Ukraine’s potential as a gas transit route to Europe.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "Whatever Difficulties Arise this Winter, Gazprom is Helping you Prepare"

August 12, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Gazprom Energy Projects

Relations between Moscow and the West have deteriorated to the lowest levels since the Cold War over Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. Strict economic sanctions have been initiated by western governments and intergovernmental organizations against strategic sectors of Russia’s economy.[read more]

'Germany, Want to Rid Yourself of Russian Gas? Turbo-Charge the Energiewende!'

August 7, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Germany and Fuel Supply

Last week, the US and the EU hit Russia with a new sanctions regime in order to punish its continued meddling in destabilizing Eastern Ukraine. The economic restrictions are dubbed ‘Stage Three’ sanctions, indicating the increased level of severity meant to further ratchet up costs to the Russian economy.[read more]

International Scorecard Highlights Room for Improvement in Energy Efficiency

July 27, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

International Energy Efficiency

A recent scan of energy efficiency in 16 nations showed that all fall short of their potential. But the collective wisdom among these countries offers a path forward. Following close upon their World Cup win in Brazil, Germany also comes in first in the latest International Energy Efficiency Scorecard.[read more]

German Lesson for Renewable Power Policies

May 19, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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German Renewables Policies

The EU Commission recently unveiled new regulations for the period 2014 to 2020 to gradually phase out support for renewable energy technologies. In a press release the commission stated the guidelines are intended to “promote a gradual move to market-based support for renewable energy.”[read more]

German Demand Response: Almost Ready for Prime Time

April 16, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

When the wind blows and the sun shines in Germany, electricity prices in the country plummet. Natural gas peaker plants are not needed, as the peaks are erased and they cannot compete with renewables. But the grid still needs a lot of balancing resources during times that renewables dominate.[read more]

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Germany's Energiewende Troubles Prove That Renewable Energy Has Failed. And Other Strange Ideas

February 4, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Germany and the Energiewende

What has been obvious to me for a long time now appears to have become obvious to many others: Germany's energy policy is a confused mess. Germany's energy revolution is, in the words of New Scientist, "on the verge of collapse." And it was all rather predictable.[read more]

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Why Germany's Nuclear Phase Out is Leading to More Coal Burning

January 20, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Germany Nuclear Phase Out

In 2012 Germany's Environment Minister opened a new lignite power plant, arguing the following: “If one builds a new state-of-the-art lignite power plant to replace several older and much less efficient plants, then I feel this should also be acknowledged as a contribution to our climate protection efforts.”[read more]

The Effect of Intermittent Renewables on Electricity Prices in Germany

January 9, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Germany and Intermittent Renewables

Falling electricity prices offer a good demonstration of how quickly the market discounts intermittent renewables as penetration increases, thereby further eroding the already-poor competitiveness of these types of electricity sources.[read more]

Time-Lapse Image of 27GW of PV [VIDEO]

December 14, 2013 by Nigel Morris
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German PV Development

Here is an awesome time-lapse video that shows both the deployment and the geographic spread of PV in Germany since January of 2009. The video is short, sharp, sweet, and powerful. Unless, of course, you own a coal fired power station.[read more]

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Renewables and Natural Gas are Partners, Part II: Proof of Concept

December 9, 2013 by Edward Dodge
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Renewables and Natural Gas Partnership?

In Germany a test has been successfully conducted of a 100% renewable energy power plant to provide round the clock electric power. The Kombikraftwerk 2 is a “Combined Renewable Energy Power Plant” that links together geographically dispersed assets into a virtual power plant.[read more]

Making Petrochemicals From CO2

December 9, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles
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A recent article in Chemical & Engineering News described current German research and development work focused on devising new industrial processes for making organic chemicals from CO2. These public/private partnerships capitalize on that country’s long expertise in industrial chemistry.[read more]

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

November 14, 2013 by America's Power Plan
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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]

Under Threat, German Utility Says It Will Create a New 'Prosumer Business Model'

October 25, 2013 by Stephen Lacey
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Challenged by the surge in distributed renewables and a strong decline in revenues, one of Europe's largest largest utilities, RWE, is reportedly planning to completely transform itself from a traditional electricity provider into a renewable energy service provider.[read more]