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Germany already has more green power than it ever had nuclear

24 Aug 2016   by   Comments (2)

The Governor of New York State says Americans will be reading by candlelight unless nuclear is subsidized. The state’s Public Service Commission (NYPSC) implemented such subsidies at the beginning of August, claiming it “learned a lesson from Germany.” Craig Morris takes a look at the data.

Indian point nuclear power plant

The Indian point nuclear power plant will not benefit from the planned subsidies, as it is considered too dangerous (Photo by Tony, edited, CC BY-SA 2.0)

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China’s Energy Transition: Rapid Growth on a Long Road

22 Aug 2016   by editor   Comments (0)

China set a world record, again, in 2015 by adding more installed capacity of both wind and solar in a single year than any other country (32.5 GW of wind and 18.3 GW of solar). By the fourth quarter of 2015, China overtook Germany with the largest installed capacity of solar power in the world (with a total of 43 GW). Though China’s increasingly ambitious policies have ushered in rapid gains in renewable energy, Rebecca Coombs examines the country’s continued over-reliance on coal, which suggests a long road ahead towards a true clean energy transition.

Wind farm in Xinjiang, China, on a sunny day.

Wind farm in Xinjiang, China. (Photo by Chronus, edited, CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Coal jobs down, but renewable jobs also flat in Germany

18 Aug 2016   by   Comments (1)

Today, Craig Morris covers the last major new chart in the update of our e-book for 2016. It shows that the worst is over in terms of job losses for coal power—and that there are already far more jobs related to renewables. What it doesn’t show is that Germany will fail to reach its 2020 target for green jobs by a wide margin.

Ende Gelände protesters

Ende Gelände protesters call for a coal phaseout, but have been met with great resistance (Photo by Paul Wagner, edited, CC BY 2.0)

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What if all German households went renewable?

17 Aug 2016   by   Comments (3)

Today, Craig Morris explains our updated graphics on German energy consumption. Private consumers may support the further growth of renewables, but they also make up a relatively small part of total energy consumption.

PV rooftop panels in Berlin

PV rooftop panels in Berlin; private households consume very little energy relative to industry (Photo by Georg Slickers, edited, CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Uruguay: Revolution Rather than Energy Transition?

15 Aug 2016   by editor   Comments (2)

In less than a decade, Uruguayan citizens have been privileged witnesses of a fast change, a true revolution, in the energy sector, and they are beginning to perceive its results. Wilson Sierra examines Uruguayan policy and its tremendous progress.

sunset on the southern coast of Uruguay; the country has the natural resources for an energy transition

Sunset on the southern coast of Uruguay. The country has the perfect natural resources for a clean energy transition (Photo by Jime Zorilla, edited, CC BY-SA 4.0)

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Germany is the biggest clean tech funder worldwide

10 Aug 2016   by   Comments (3)

Today, Craig Morris is back with a new chart added to our e-book this year. It concerns Germany’s development bank—and it stems from coverage of solar in Germany at the Economist.

The KfW Central Office in Frankfurt, the KfW is the world's largest green tech enabler

The KfW, a German government-owned development bank, is the world’s biggest green tech lender (Public Domain)

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Comparing “energy poverty” in Germany with other countries

08 Aug 2016   by   Comments (2)

We have created a slew of new charts in the annual update of this website. Today, Craig Morris focuses on two of them concerning power prices and so-called energy poverty.

Main Street in Lake Mills, Iowa

Main Street in Lake Mills, Iowa; 7% of households in the state had their power shut off in 2015 (Photo by Brandonrush, edited, CC BY-SA 3.0)

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The best nuclear year followed by an immediate slump

05 Aug 2016   by   Comments (2)

This year’s World Nuclear Status Report was published in July. 2015 turns out to have been the best year for new nuclear builds in a quarter of a century, but nothing at all has been completed yet in 2016. Craig Morris takes a look.

Ikata Nuclear Powerplant, Japan

Ikata Nuclear Powerplant, Japan; the country only had 2 reactors online in 2015. (Photo by Newsliner, edited, CC BY-SA 2.5)

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Nuclear weapons and nuclear power in the UK

04 Aug 2016   by   Comments (0)

What would Brexit mean for the proposed nuclear reactor at Hinkley and England? No one really knew—until the new government in Downing Street announced the refurbishment of its nuclear submarines. Shortly thereafter, London confirmed that it remains committed to Hinkley—before postponing a final decision once again. Craig Morris explains.

Hinkley power station viewed from Dunkery

Hinkley power station in the distance ; the proposed reactor is running into problems from all sides (Photo by Nilfanion, edited, CC BY-SA 3.0)

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Germany gets new “Transport Transition” think tank

01 Aug 2016   by   Comments (2)

On July 1, Agora Verkehrswende officially went into business. A sister organization of Agora Energiewende, a think tank for Germany’s energy transition, Verkehrswende will focus (as the German name indicates) on the transport transition. If the organization truly pursues environmental policy, it will fill a gap. If it mainly concerns itself with industrial policy, it will be redundant. Craig Morris explores the possibilities.

Biking in Wilmersdorf, Berlin

Biking in Berlin. The city is in desperate need of better bike lanes, which may not happen until think tanks like Agora Verkehrswende pursue environmental policy. (Photo by Bukk, edited, CC0 1.0)

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