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Impressive First Quarter Results for American Wind Power released by AWEA

27 May 2016   by editor   Comments (0)

There are now more than 48,800 wind turbines operating in the US, across 40 states. American wind power has had its most productive first quarter for installations since 2012, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has announced. Robin Whitlock takes a look.

There's a cactus in the foreground and windmills on desert hills in the background.

Texas remains the leader for total installed wind power capacity and reported construction activity. (Public domain)

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German legislators fight over policy rollback on renewables

25 May 2016   by   Comments (1)

This month, the German government met with state representatives but failed to reach an agreement. The second meeting is scheduled for May 31. At the moment, both sides have simply agreed to disagree. Berlin wants to dramatically slow down the energy transition, and some states will have none of it. Craig Morris explains.

A onshore wind farm in Lower Saxony, Germany

Onshore wind power – the cheapest source of renewable electricity in Germany by far. (Photo by Philip May, modified, CC BY-SA 3.0)

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Pushback against onshore wind power in Germany gets real

23 May 2016   by   Comments (1)

Up to now, public support for wind power has been very strong in Germany. But recent changes to German law have encouraged local groups that oppose wind farms. The relegation of competence from the national to the state level means that smaller groups have a larger impact. Craig Morris explains.

Two wind turbines, a blue and cloudy sky, in the left top corner a bird.

Have wind turbines become the main killer of birds? (Public domain)

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Fracking is thirsty technology – a look at Latin America

20 May 2016   by   Comments (0)

Given the significance of securing water supply for human and non-human life, it is important to understand the potential devastating consequences that fracking has on the contamination and waste of water. Lillian Sol Cueva takes a look.

Silhouttes of people sitting in rows in the foreground, in the background a banner with a statement against fracking.

Argentina is considered the Latin American fracking capital number one. (Photo by Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung México, Centroamérica y el Caribe, modified, CC BY-SA 2.0)

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EU court rules against Berlin in dispute with Brussels over renewables policy

19 May 2016   by   Comments (1)

Last week, the EU General Court sided with the European Commission in all respects. At issue were German feed-in tariffs and the industry exemption to the surcharge that finances them. Craig Morris spoke with two of Germany’s experts on the issue: Severin Fischer and Matthias Lang.

A red building, it's the European Court of Justice.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg. (Photo by Cédric Puisney, modified, CC BY 2.0)

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Creative accounting, creative coal

17 May 2016   by   Comments (2)

The Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło has announced a milestone on the path towards saving Poland’s mining industry: on May 1, a company called ‘The Polish Mining Group’ (PGG) was established. It will take over 11 coal mines, four bankruptcy-threatened plants and debts of mines and plants. Michał Olszewski takes a look. 

The lignite mine Belchatow in Poland

(Photo by MaKa~commonswiki, modified, CC BY-SA 3.0)

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What does EU power market reform mean for Central and Eastern Europe power markets?

16 May 2016   by   Comments (4)

The current market fails to generate pricing signals allowing full cost recovery of power generation. The European Commission decided to introduce a set of measures to ensure generation adequacy and supply security. The measures are further detailed in network codes, explains Jan Ondřich.

The Berlaymont building in Brussels with flags of the European Union in front of it.

The headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels. (Photo by Gérard Colombat, modified, CC BY 2.0)

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Why EU renewable energy figures are misleading

13 May 2016   by editor   Comments (0)

The EU is confident it will reach its target of 20% renewable energy by 2020. But according to Martien Visser, this 20% is in reality more like 14%. This is because a large part of our energy consumption is simply ignored in the calculations for renewable energy.

A man is sitting at a desk in front of a huge window where the sun is shining through.

The sun can heat up a room through windows even in winter, but that doesn’t count as renewable energy. (Photo: Public domain)

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Understanding record-low 3-cent solar in Dubai in context

12 May 2016   by   Comments (1)

In April, a renewable energy auction in the United Arab Emirates produced an astonishingly low price. At 2.99 cents per kilowatt-hour, solar power suddenly costs half as much as it did a year ago. It has thus practically reached the level experts hoped for 2030. Craig Morris explains.

The skyline of the city Dubai from a helicopter.

A winning bid of a record-low 5.8 cents in Dubai drew international attention in late 2014. (Photo by Tim.Reckmann, modified, CC BY-SA 3.0)

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Germany nearly reached 100 percent renewable power on Sunday

11 May 2016   by   Comments (10)

After surpassing 80 percent renewable electricity for a few hours last year, Germany may have briefly reached around 95 percent on May 8. But the news is not only cause for celebration – a boundary has also been crossed. We are now entering the hard territory. Craig Morris explains.

A grassland and windmills

For a few hours, renewable electricty in Germany reched a new peak on Sunday. (Photo by Dirk Ingo Franke, modified, CC BY-SA 1.0)

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