I just finished reading the first couple of chapters of a new book by Jeremy Leggett released today. I recall having reviewed (favorably) his 2013 book “The Energy of Nations” on this blog.
The title of this book is “The Winning of the Carbon War”. Leggett has released the first part as a free download today and plans to publish later parts once a month. The whole thing will then be condensed into a book some time next year.
I found the first part interesting and inspiring. Le
According to SPIEGEL (in German), the German government has sued the EU Commission over their decision to treat the German feed-in tariff as “State aid”, with the consequence of requiring approval by the EU Commission for all German legislation in this area. Thanks to this Tweet by Energiewende Germany for the link.
I applaud this move. How Germany legislates on renewable energy is none of the business of the EU Commission. They have been engaged in an illegal power grab that is incom
As Spiegel and many others report, the German Wind Energy Association BWE has announced figures for 2014. They are a new record 4.75 GW, breaking the 12 year old record of 2002 (3.2 GW).
That sounds like good news, and it is.
The bad news is that much of that is built by people who think that the 2014 reform of the Renewable Energy Law will make projects harder to build. They have finished their projects early to avoid being hit by these changes.
I have just written a
Thanks to J.L. Morin for writing about the oil price at Huffington Post. That’s a good occasion for me to break my recent silence on this blog.
Morin explains the recent downward trend in oil prices with the fact that fossil fuel will be phased out because of global warming policy concerns.
All things equal, less demand for fossil fuel means lower prices. Therefore a scenario where fossil fuel prices go down because of global warming concerns is quite possible.
I recall my Japanese translation of the 2012 decision of the German Constitutional Court on the European Stability Mechanism, which I published last year on this blog.
That decision was about the plaintiffs’ request for a temporary injunction.
Now I will be talking again at the Japanese Association for the Study of German Constitutional Cases on the final decision in this case next month. I have prepared a complete Japanese translation of that decision as well for the occasion
Craig Morris at Renewables International discusses some interesting numbers on the regional differences in the cost of wind and solar energy in Germany.
The big picture is that wind is cheaper in the north, and solar is cheaper in the south.
For solar, that makes sense. Solar resources are better in the south.
For wind, it makes sense in the big picture. There are more good wind sites in the north, but that doesn’t mean there are no windy places in southern Germany.
Green Member of the European Parliament Claude Turmes says last week’s conclusions of the European Council amount to a “coup”, taking over powers from the Parliament.
He is worried about this passage in the first paragraph of the conclusions:
The European Council will keep all the elements of the framework under review and will continue to give strategic orientations as appropriate, notably with respect to consensus on ETS, non-ETS, interconnections and energy efficiency.
The decision to reduce CO2 emissions in the EU by 40% until 2030 comes with a nice qualification:
The European Council endorsed a binding EU target of an at least 40% domestic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990.
As EU Climate Change Commissioner Connie Hedegaard pointed out in talking to the dpa news agency, that means that in contrast to the 20% goal of 2020 the EU can’t rely on buying carbon credits from cou
Says this article at PV-Tech. They cite Munich Re renewable energy spokesman Stefan Straub like this:
“The concept phase is closed and something new needs to be developed. The three main companies that remain in Dii will continue this development as they are industrial companies and project leading companies, which we are not.”
But he added that Munich RE was not done with projects in the region, as it just reinsured Noor 1, one of the biggest solar projects in North Africa, w
Most of the participating companies in the “Desertec industrial initiative (Dii)” have decided not to extend their membership over the end of this year.
After this decision, Dii is left only with the World’s largest electric utility company (SGCC), one of the largest German utilities (RWE), and ACWA from Saudi Arabia. These are still some serious players. Especially the Chinese grid company SGCC has experience with energy from the desert. There is already quite a lot of wind powe