German parliament approves climate protection plan

From DW Germany’s parliament voted on Friday to formally accept most of a climate protection packet. The legislation aims to cut Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions to 55% of the 1990 levels by 2030. German lawmakers voted to enshrine climate protection in law on Friday. The new legislation will target sectors like energy, transport and housing.…

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Germany’s Giant Windmills Are Wildly Unpopular

From Bloomberg Local politics are a bigger problem for renewable energy growth than competition from fossil fuels. By Leonid Bershidsky October 31, 2019, 12:00 AM EDT Despite their surging popularity in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, the Greens did badly in last Sunday’s election in the German state of Thuringia, and the nationalists from the…

The decline of Weather Dependent Renewables in Europe: 2008 – 2018

Reposted from edmhdotme Introduction The EurObserv’ER organisation publishes data annually on all types of EU28 Renewable installations and their productivity.  EurObser’ER is backed by the EU and promotes the transition to Renewables.  Their report for Solar power in 2019 here is a typical example of their annual data output for each technology. Photovoltaic barometer 2019…

Why Germany’s Green Party Is So Strong: A Wake-Up Call

From The GWPF Date: 27/05/19  Rainer Zitelmann, Tichys Einblick The Greens have long been defining the cultural and political agenda in Germany. The more the other parties have been currying favour with them, the stronger the Green Party has become: voters now choose the original, not the imitators. “On many issues today, the Greens are…

Germany tests its first ‘electric highway’ for trucks

From Engadget Surprise: it’s on an Autobahn. Jon Fingas, @jonfingas 05.12.19 in Transportation Germany is joining the ranks of those countries betting on “electric highways” to foster eco-friendly trucking. The country has started real-world tests of an eHighway system on a 3.1-mile stretch of the Autobahn between Frankfurt and Darmstadt, with an electric-diesel hybrid truck…

Why Did France Just Save Nord Stream 2?

From Forbes Why Did France Just Save Nord Stream 2? Dave Keating Contributor Energy   What a difference a day makes. Yesterday, things were looking bleak for Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project. After months of insisting it didn’t want to get involved in the pipeline dispute, a French foreign ministry spokeswoman suddenly announced…

Official: Germany Could Slow Phase-Out of Coal

From VOA News Europe Official: Germany Could Slow Phase-Out of Coal February 02, 2019 10:07 PM Reuters FILE – Water vapor rises from the cooling towers of the Jaenschwalde coal-fired power plant of Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG in Jaenschwalde, Germany, Jan. 24, 2019. Germany’s phasing out of coal-fired power stations could be delayed beyond 2038…

Planned German coal exit boosts case for Nord Stream 2

From euobserver Anti-coal protest in Germany in June 2018, days ahead of the coal commission’s first meeting. The commission published its report over the weekend (Photo: mw238) By Peter Teffer Brussels, 28. Jan, 09:24 Germany should gradually close down its coal-fired power plants by 2038, an advisory commission has said in its final report, published…