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.

Solar Power

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.

Energy Policy

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.

Nuclear

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, and the timing of its release, indicates the intense political debate within and without the ruling coalition of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and her junior partner the neoliberal Free Democrats. As noted by Craig Morris for Renewables International, the report was issued by an agency within the German Ministry of the Environment, but it was not “commissioned” by the ministry …

Nuclear

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 permanently by 2022. Not to be outdone on the right, the country’s opposition parties say that’s not fast enough. The conservative party in the state of Bavaria has gone even further and says that while it was first in German nuclear power, it will now be first in exiting nuclear. Bavaria, known as the “Texas of Germany” for its conservatism, …

Cleantech

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 consultant to the Golden State. California recently passed new legislation requiring the state to provide 33 percent of its electricity from renewable energy and newly elected Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed the bill into law. Geothermal energy is a renewable resource using the heat of the Earth to generate electricity and heat homes, offices, and factories. California leads the world …

Das ist gut

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 ahead of public attitudes toward nuclear power in the run-up to regional elections, issued its annual report on the contribution of renewable energy to the German energy market in 2010. Wind turbines, hydroelectric plants, solar cells, and biogas digesters now provide nearly 17 percent of Germany’s electricity. Meanwhile, the German network agency Bundesnetzagentur issued its final update on the installation …

fit > rps

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.

donut warm your heart

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.

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