Sign up | Login with →

germany

NSA Spying Scandal Sparks a New European Smart Home Platform to Protect Privacy

April 29, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Data and Privacy and Smart Homes

In Germany, a country considering broad new regulations to prevent citizens’ data from being passed through U.S.-based servers, a new consortium is promising a home automation platform that will keep its customers’ data within European borders.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Technology is a Competitive Advantage'

March 19, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Technology and Energy

German oil and gas producers are urging the government to overturn a de facto four year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. A law that has been proposed would allow for commercial scale fracking at depths below 3000 meters.[read more]

Germany, Turkey, and Russia: Strange Energy Bedfellows

February 23, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Partnerships and Conflicts

The recent Munich Security Conference brought together – as it does every year – important decision-makers in international politics, including heads of state and government along with foreign and defense ministers to discuss “hot” foreign and security policy issues.[read more]

Unintended (Intended) Consequence of More Frequent Severe Weather: Record German Wind Energy

January 19, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
1

Weather and Wind in Germany

One of the unintended – or by some measure a definitely intended and thus foreseen – consequences of the increasing occurrence of severe weather over Europe showed up in the latest data from December on German wind power generation.[read more]

Germany's Energiewende Requires Sophisticated Governance, Political Stamina

December 31, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
49

Seeing the Energiewende Through

Conceptualizing a change in energy policy as broad and ambitious as Energiewende – Germany’s goal to transition nearly 100 percent of its electricity supply to renewable energy by 2050 – is one thing. And implementing such a policy is another thing entirely.[read more]

Texas & Germany: Energy Twins?

November 10, 2014 by Ben Paulos

Energy in Germany and Texas

In many respects Germany and Texas could not be more different. One is cold and northern and Old World, the other hot and dry and New World. Yet Germany and Texas have some intriguing similarities when it comes to their electricity systems, and may share a common future.[read more]

Germany's Energiewende is Shifting the Energy Paradigm, Now it's Time to Optimize

November 4, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
4

Energiewende Optimization

Revolutionary paradigm shifts will quite often require the complex and cohesive development of many moving parts, some of which advance more quickly than others in practice. Germany’s revolutionary Energiewende (or “energy transition”) is no exception.[read more]

While Critics Debate Energiewende, Germany is Gaining a Global Advantage

October 8, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
108

German Energy Planning and the Future

Economics is the focus of many debates surrounding Germany’s aggressive “energy transition” (or Energiewende), which plans to move the country to nearly 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. Critics say Energiewende’s costs are unjustifiable, and at first glance, it’s hard to argue with them.[read more]

Will Germany Join the International Community and Restrict Overseas Coal Finance?

September 22, 2014 by Justin Guay

Germany Coal Finance

If Germany is so coal friendly, why is it contemplating a significant move away from international coal financing? Because the international community has moved swiftly and quickly to end coal financing, and Germany doesn't want to be an outlier.[read more]

Energy Reality Meets Climate Reality

September 19, 2014 by David Hone
10

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
5

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
26

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]