Separating Fact from Fiction In Accounts of Germany’s Renewables Revolution

SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION IN ACCOUNTS OF GERMANY’S RENEWABLE REVOLUTION

I recently wrote about—and debunked—the renewables “disinformation campaign” that spreads misinformed and falsely negative stories about the growth of renewable energy. A special focus of such disinformation has been reportage on Germany’s efficiency-and-renewables revolution. The impressive success so far of the German Energiewende (energy turnaround) is an important existence proof for the world, because Germany is cloudy, high-latitude, heavily industrialized, highly competitive (it More Info »

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US WIND POWER PRICES DOWN TO $0.04 Per kWh

Anyone who tells you wind power is expensive is bad-shit crazy. Wind power is the cheapest option for new electricity generation in many if not most places in the world, including much of the US. That would indeed help to explain why the US installed more wind power capacity than power capacity from any other source in More Info »

Mojave Desert National Preserve May 2011 Black Canyon Campground -photo by Terry Weiner

UPDATE ON UTILITY-SCALE ENERGY PROJECTS IN THE DESERT

Although distributed generation continues to chart a sustainable path to produce clean energy, many poorly-sited renewable energy projects threaten to continue the fragmentation and industrialization of our southwestern deserts.  If all of the projects are built, they would rival the destructive impacts of climate change and urban sprawl on desert species.  As long-time readers of this blog More Info »

Middelgruden Offshore Wind Farm in Denmark Credit: United Nations Photo | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

EUROPE CONTEMPLATING GOAL OF 100% RENEWABLE BY 2050

European legislators have been urged to set a 100% renewable energy target for 2050 by the Global Alliance for 100% Renewable Energy. The Alliance, launched in Europe recently, criticised the EU legislators for not setting aggressive long-term renewable energy targets. Alliance members, which include World Future Council, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, and More Info »

Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, chairperson of the CDU - Armin Linnartz photo, courtesy Wikipedia

MERKEL PROMISES TO CUT RENEWABLE ENERGY SUBSIDIES POST-ELECTION

(The Following article was written by Mridul Chadha and originally published on Clean Technica) If Chancellor Angela Merkel comes to power after elections in September, Germany may become the latest European country to curb support for renewable energy infrastructure. Amidst the poor economic environment in Europe, a number of countries have pulled back support for the renewable More Info »

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UK FINDS WIND ENERGY DOES NOT NEED FOSSIL FUEL BACK-UP

(The Following article was written by Joshua S Hill & published in Clean Technica; Image Credit: UK onshore wind turbines via Shutterstock) An incidental note at the bottom of a wildlife article covering the culling of badgers in the UK newspaper the Daily Telegraph could have explosive results for the energy industry. According to the addendum, a measly four paragraphs More Info »

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California’s Wind Energy Production Reaches Record High

(Zachary Shahan published the following article in Clean Technica on April 17, 2013; Image Credit: Wind Energy via Shutterstock) California’s wind energy production levels recently reached a new all-time high of 4,196 megawatts (MW). The record was achieved on April 7th at 6:44 PM. This is a surge higher than the previous all-time high of 3,944 MW achieved More Info »