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Energy prices not making Germany uncompetitive

30 Jul 2015   by   Comments (1)

Most of the talk about high energy prices in Germany focuses only on retail electricity rates. But firms pay different power prices, and their expenses on energy may focus more on fossil fuels for heat than electricity. Furthermore, German labor is expensive and may often be a bigger budget item than energy. Craig Morris summarizes the findings of two recent studies.

Assembly line at Audi Ingolstadr

Germany exported as many goods in 2014 as never before. (Copyright: AUDI AG )

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So far, so good? The French energy transition law in the starting blocks

29 Jul 2015   by editor   Comments (0)

After an unexpected and long battle about its energy transition law, the French Parliament finally adopted the bill on the transition énergétique on 22nd July, just months away from the decisive global climate conference COP21 in Paris. With this final decision in the third reading, the Assemblée Nationale (AN) brought the law proposal back to its origins from 2014 and eliminated some major roadblocks introduced by the conservative Senate. Kathrin Glastra summarizes the law’s goals and the next steps.

Starting Block

France’s ambitious energy transition could get starting soon, but some hurdles remain. (Photo by tableatny, CC BY 2.0)

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Renewables briefly covered 78 percent of German electricity

28 Jul 2015   by   Comments (6)

On July 25, Germany surpassed the old record of 74 percent renewable electricity. But perhaps the most interesting aspect is power trading between France and Germany on that day. Craig Morris explains.

Wind and solar

Lots of sun + lots of wind = new record.  (Photo by bby_, CC BY-NC 2.0)

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Divestment blueprint

27 Jul 2015   by   Comments (0)

The Carbon Tracker Initiative and Energy Transition Advisors recently published recommendations for fossil fuel companies to manage a future in which their assets will be stranded. Craig Morris investigates.

Carbon emissions

Stranded assets vs. stranded humanity.

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What Mexico’s climate goals mean for the energy sector

24 Jul 2015   by   Comments (1)

As the first emerging economy, Mexico presented its INDCs for the COP21 in Paris earlier this year. Lillian Sol Cueva summarizes the good, the bad and the ugly.

Smog over Mexico City

Stricter climate goals should also help to cut back on Mexico City’s endemic air pollution. (Photo by arndw, CC BY 2.0)

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A view from Southern Africa on the nuclear issue

23 Jul 2015   by   Comments (0)

South Africa has the only nuclear power station on the continent. Now, the second biggest economy in Africa, and the most carbon polluting, plans to add another six or eight to the fold. But the cost could run into the trillions – larger, even, than the annual national budget, explains SA-based science writer Leonie Joubert.

Nuclear Power Plant Koeberg

A secretive nuclear deal is looming over South Africa. (Photo by Derek Keats, CC BY 2.0)

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The Energy Union – A chance for 100% RE?

22 Jul 2015   by editor   Comments (0)

Can the Energy Union offer a chance for 100% Renewable Energy (RE) in Europe? The ‘Energy Union with a forward looking climate policy’ has the goal to supply EU consumers with secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy. However, it is uncertain what the Energy Union means in practice and there still remains a huge gap between official claims and reality. Angelika Haaser deliberates on how the Energy Union should be designed in order to promote 100% renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Energy Union

If done right, the Energy Union could be an opportunity for renewables.

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“5 megatrends” for a global energy transition

21 Jul 2015   by   Comments (6)

The WWF and German renewable power provider Lichtblick have joined forces to produce an overview of five ways in which the entire world is transitioning to renewables. Craig Morris reviews the five megatrends, which were published only in German.

Renewable megatrends

You’ll never believe number five!

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What Germany can learn from California’s innovative start-up culture – An Interview with Cem Oezdemir

20 Jul 2015   by editor   Comments (0)

Smart energy infrastructure and an entrepreneurial spirit will play an important role in driving energy transitions around the world. Cem Özdemir, Co-Chairman of the German Green Party, traveled to San Francisco to witness how innovative solutions are driving low-carbon development in the Bay Area. Here he explains how California could serve as a model for German start-ups.

Golden Gate Bridge

California has taken the lead on innovative energy solutions – and Germany can learn a lot from its experience. (Photo by Linh Nguyen, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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Electric vehicles will drive Germany’s Energiewende

17 Jul 2015   by editor   Comments (1)

Transportation in Germany accounts for around 20 percent of total carbon dioxide emissions. With 95% of fuel used in the transportation sector derived from fossil fuels, there is much room for improvement. According to Giovanni Dubon, the solution to this is electrifying the transportation sector.

eMobility

Germany needs more integrated policies for the electrification of its transportation system. (Photo by avda-foto, CC BY-SA 2.0)

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