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How Germany's Second-Biggest Utility Is Adapting to a Distributed Energy World

July 6, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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German Utility Adaptation

German utility RWE is a victim of the so-called “utility death spiral,” with its central-power-plant-reliant business losing billions of dollars in Germany’s renewables-rich energy market. But distributed energy technologies and business models could help turn its fortunes around.[read more]

How Might Clean Power Plan Impact Your Electricity Bill? German Situation May Offer Valuable Clues

June 3, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Electricity Costs and EPA Regulation

The US Energy Information Administration’s newly released analysis of the impacts of the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan finds a mixture of technology, market forces and policy could result in a significant carbon emissions reductions if the rule is ultimately passed.[read more]

Denmark Outstrips Germany as the 'Energiewende' Model Country

January 12, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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Energiewende Models in Europe

 

In October 2014, EU leaders agreed on the 2030 framework for climate and energy policies – aimed at making both the EU economy and its energy system more sustainable, secure and competitive – with a ‘domestic’ 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of at least 40 per cent compared to 1990 levels.[read more]

A Snapshot of Germany's Electricity Mix: Solar Capacity Reigns, but Coal Generation Sustains

December 26, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Germany Energy Sources

Germany was one of the few countries in the world to take a no-excuses approach to developing renewable energy by creating a highly ambitious set of policies to promote localized, distributed generation. In many ways, the policies were a resounding success. But Germany is also facing some hard realities.[read more]

Germany's Biggest Utility, E.ON Is Divesting Fully From Centralized Power Plants

December 3, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Executives from E.ON, Germany's biggest utility, announced plans to leave the centralized power business in order to focus exclusively on distributed energy and "empowering customers." In a strategy approved by the utility's advisory board yesterday, E.ON is preparing to split into two separate companies.[read more]

Two Political Lessons from Germany's Energiewende

November 19, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Lessons of the Energiewende

 

Political actors in countries with coordinated market economies, such as Germany, prefer a process giving rise to decisions unanimous among main stakeholders. But for the Energiewende – Germany’s plan to transition to nearly 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 – unanimity is constrained.[read more]

Germany's Energiewende Proves Electricity Can Be Clean and Reliable

October 21, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Germany's Energy Transition

Since 2004, the year of the first major revision of Germany’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the country has added at least 35 gigawatts (GW) of solar and 35 GW of wind to its electric grid, which is enough energy to offset upwards of 35 coal plants.[read more]

Rise of Renewables in Germany

October 4, 2014 by Ripudaman Malhotra
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Germany and Renewable Energy

 

The release of the report 'Better Growth, Better Climate' just last week and the People’s Climate March just before the United Nations Climate Summit recently has focused a great deal of public attention on the ever-growing crisis of climate change.[read more]

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Reality Check: Germany Does Not Get Half of its Energy from Solar Panels

August 18, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Germany and its Energy Sources

The rise of the Internet means that simple factual issues can be checked quicker than would have been believed possible a generation ago. The rise of social media means that facts are not checked, they are retweeted. Such is the case with renewable energy in Germany, where anything is to be believed.[read more]

Global Ranking for Energy Efficiency: US Near Bottom, Germany Near Top

July 21, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Many industry observers will not be surprised to find out that Germany outranks the U.S. in terms of energy efficiency, according to the second International Energy Efficiency Scorecard. But it’s not just the Germans that best the U.S. in this category.[read more]

Writing Off Germany's Energiewende as a Failure Is Unwise

March 17, 2014 by Luke Currin
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Energiewende a Failure?

"I think we need to start over,” Germany’s new Minister of Economics and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel, told a popular German weekly newspaper at the close of 2013. Gabriel’s about-face shocked those committed to seeing the Energiewende through.[read more]

High Renewable Energy Costs Damage the German Economy

February 12, 2014 by Willem Post
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In September 2010, the German government announced a new energy policy with the target of increasing the relative share of renewable energy in gross electrical generation to 35% by 2020, 50% by 2030, 65% by 2040, and 80% by 2050.[read more]

Dissecting Germany's EEG Surcharge

January 15, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Germany EEG Surcharge

The EEG surcharge for 2014 will be €64.2/MWh (~$88/MWh) - an amount almost double the wholesale electricity price. This surcharge causes Germans pay about quadruple the actual market value for the ~25% renewable electricity on their grid.[read more]

Welcome To The Energiewende: The Movie

December 1, 2013 by Thomas Gerke

Energiewende, the Movie

The accelerated phase-out of nuclear power following the nuclear disaster in Japan has put German energy policy on the map for many people. Since then, the word “Energiewende” has even become a new loanword in the English language.[read more]

The Official Explanation for the German Energy Transition

November 4, 2013 by America's Power Plan
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Examining the German Energy Transition

Critics abroad seem convinced that German leaders will come to their senses and change course on energy. But, based on what the leaders actually say in their official documents, these critics are very likely to be disappointed.[read more]