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Call for Franco-German Energy Transition Alliance

The ECOreport reposts a proposal from three European think tanks, Call for Franco-German Energy Transition Alliance

Originally Published on Agora Energiewende

By Matthias Buck

Berlin, 14 July 2017 – Germany and France should forge an energy transition alliance – this is the key conclusion of a call to action by three think tanks published shortly before the French-German summit in Paris yesterday. The Institut de developpement durable et des relations internationales (or IDDRI, in Paris), together with Agora Energiewende and Agora Verkehrswende (both in Berlin), argue that France and Germany share the same climate goals, face similar challenges, and that an alliance for a clean-energy transition could “be at the core of a joint initiative for reviving European integration.”
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Reducing Grid Bottlenecks with Smart Markets

The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed from Germany, reducing grid bottlenecks with smart markets 

Press release from Agora Energiewende

The number of wind turbines and photovoltaic panels installed across Germany continues to rise as part of the country’s ambitious Energiewende, or energy transformation. The vast majority of new renewable energy systems are connected to local distribution grids, thus increasing the volume of electricity that must be transported between regions using high-voltage transmission lines. However, grid bottlenecks often prevent transmission between certain regions from taking place. To address this problem, Germany’s grid operators are forced to throttle the production of wind energy and/or activate alternative sources of power. The costs associated with redispatch and feed-in management exceeded one billion euros in 2015. With the further progression of the energy transformation, grid bottlenecks are expected to become an increasingly frequent occurrence.

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What Happened To Energiewende?

The ECOreport looks at the decrease in the number of Germany’s solar installation in a larger context. What happened to Energiewende? 

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Germany led the world for the number of solar installations during 2012. This relatively small European nation added 7.60 GW of capacity to the grid. Then their numbers started going downward: 3.30 GW of new solar capacity in 2013; 1.56 GW in 2014; 1.4 GW in 2015. As of October 31, only 0.79 GW of new capacity has been added this year. Germany’s critics are once again hailing the imminent demise of this nation’s renewable revolution.  What happened to Energiewende?

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The Second Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue

The ECOreport reposts The Second Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue: Energiewende 2016

Originally Published on the Federal Government

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel opened the second Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin on Thursday, 17 March. The two-day international conference was organized in cooperation with the German Renewable Energy Federation (Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energie – BEE). On the second day of the event, Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks spoke on behalf of the Federal Government. Ministers from numerous countries, including Norway, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia were in attendance as were high-level representatives and guests from 74 countries.

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Questioning Thomas Grigoleit About Energiewende

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMI finally met Thomas Grigoleit last week. The Director of Energy and Environmental Technology for Germany’s economic development agency (Germany Trade and Invest) peddled up to the restaurant where we were waiting. He had left the office for the day and, folding his suit into a rucksack, set off on his bicycle to meet the North American journalists. This was probably going to be my best opportunity for questioning Thomas Grigoleit about Energiewende.

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Future Energy World Drifted Far From Classical One

Reprinted from Energy Post.

In one of the first in-depth interviews given by Johannes Teyssen, CEO of Eon, after the company announced its radical new strategy in December last year, Teyssen says that “the energy world of the future” and “the classical energy world” have “drifted so far apart that they require different entrepreneurial approaches”. He notes that the company’s new strategy is not based on German or even European politics, but “on more fundamental, global trends”. The interview was The interview was conducted by Alex Forbes and published by World Energy Focus, the free global monthly magazine of the World Energy Council (WEC), on 5 March. Teyssen is former European Chairman of the WEC.

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How E.ON’s Transformation will Change The Energy Debate in Europe

Originally Posted on Energy Post

By Simon Skillings

With Eon’s historic decision to restructure we now for the first time will have  a large energy supplier not being pulled in two directions, but acting on the single imperative of bringing new energy solutions to customers. This removes one of the key obstacles that has been hindering the energy transition, writes Simon Skillings, former Director of Strategy and Policy at Eon UK and now independent consultant and associate at environmental think tank E3G. But Skillings warns that other obstacles remain: the energy market is riddled with rules and regulations that lock in a future for assets that, he says, “will not be required in the new world”.
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Will 2015 Be The Year Of The Energiewende?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In the nine months to September 2014, the renewable sector had replaced lignite as the main source of the nation’s power. They supplied 27.7% of Germany’s electricity demand, as opposed to 26.3%. By the end of the year, the offshore wind sector broke through the 1 GW barrier. Another 1.3 GW was waiting to be connected, which makes it virtually certain there will be 3 GW by the end of this year. Is Hermann Albers, president of the German Wind Energy Association, right? Will 2015 be the year of the Energiewende?

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Energiewende Will Succeed

The ECOreport Part Three of the Five Most Attractive Nations for Renewable Investments, Energiewende Will Succeed

Bye Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1American critics of Energiewende regularly announce its approaching  demise.  A hypocritical article in the Wallstreet Journal announced that Germany will spend €1 trillion on its’ renewable energy experiment by 2040, without mentioning that a large portion of that money was for electric grid upgrades that would be needed anyway. Nor did the author disclose the fact an even larger sum (€90 billion a year) would have gone to fossil fuels. Similarly, Forbes mocked Germany’s slight rise in CO2 levels, without mentioning they are already 23% lower than the 1990 benchmark set by the Kyoto Accord. (The author’s country, the US, is still 5% above that target.) Their carping does not explain how Germany became Europe’s powerhouse and the fourth largest economy in the World. Nor does it do justice to the nation the  Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) ranks #3 for renewable investments. Energiewende will succeed because it is embraced by the German people.

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Germany has one of the World’s most Efficient Grids

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Close to 29% of Germany’s electricity, during the first half of 2014 came, from renewable sources. It was a new record. Ironically, the story was released the same day that Bloomberg  published: German Utilities Bail Out Electric Grid at Wind’s MercyListening to some of the critics of Energiewende, one sometimes gets the impression the nation’s utilities are on the verge of collapse. In reality,  Germany has one of the World’s most efficient grids.

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