Paul Gipe

Paul Gipe is an author, advocate, and renewable energy industry analyst. His latest book is Wind Energy Basics.

Germany passes new renewable energy law for 2012, raises targets and payments

Despite widespread rumors in North America that Germany was abandoning its system of Advanced Renewable Tariffs, the country's upper chamber of parliament, the Bundesrat, approved the latest revision of its pioneering Renewable Energy Sources Act on July 8, 2011.

Should California adopt the German solar model?

When it comes to luxury cars, beer, chocolate, and solar power, we should just acknowledge that Germans do it better. But if sunny California adopts their tariff system, they could pay even less for solar energy than cloudy Deutschland.

Germany to substantially increase geothermal feed-in tariffs

Higher payments should boost distributed generation, doing for geothermal energy what Germany has already done for wind, solar, and biogas.

Germany can phase out nuclear by 2017

The conservative German government has issued a 14-page document [PDF] outlining how Germany can close all of its nuclear reactors by 2017 — sooner than the government’s official proposal of 2022 — and still keep the lights on. The report, …

Nuclear power is expensive and uninsurable

The world’s beleaguered nuclear industry continues to take a battering. The “nuclear renaissance” juggernaut that once seemed unstoppable now appears dead in its tracks. The cabinet of Germany’s conservative government on Monday voted to take the country out of nuclear …

Distributed geothermal could supply 7 percent of California’s electricity

With the right policies in place, geothermal could play an active role in reaching California’s renewable energy goals.Small, geographically dispersed geothermal power plants could provide 7 percent of California’s electricity supply, according to an analysis of data collected by a …

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Germany continues breaking clean energy records

A German wind farm.Photo: Dirk Ingo FrankeAs the nuclear reactor accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant continues to dominate the world’s attention, Germany has quietly broken more renewable energy records. The conservative government of Chancellor Angela Merkel, struggling to stay …

Britain abandons renewable power mandates, embraces feed-in tariffs

In a potentially precedent-setting move for the English-speaking world, the UK proposes abandoning its "market reforms" of the 1990s.

Ontario feed-in tariffs creating solar jobs at the cost of a donut per month

A new report says the impact of Ontario's feed-in tariffs for solar photovoltaics, which will create 70,000 jobs, is no more than one donut per month.