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Is Germany Abandoning The Fight Against Global Warming?

A disturbing report in Unearthed this morning suggests one of the world’s champions may joining the recalcitrant nations. Is Germany Abandoning The Fight Against Global Warming?

Originally Published in Unearthed.

By Zach Boren

The European Commission has reportedly given up on plans to raise the EU’s 2030 carbon emissions target — with critics blaming the German government for ‘torpedoing’ the move.
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The Data contradicts several Myths about Renewable Energy

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The biggest news to come out of the US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) report for August, is that utility solar’s production of electricity is up 93.6% over last year. This is the principal reason that the renewable contribution is up 9.6% and only half of the story. The EIA does not record production from rooftop solar (which means solar’s overall contribution is significantly higher) and production figures are down in every fossil fuel sector. This trend is also seen in the latest figures  from Germany, where solar production is up 7.7%, wind 8% and biomass 11% over last year. The data contradicts several myths about Renewable energy.

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Germany obtained 31% of its electricity from renewable sources YTD

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMGermany’s wholesale electricity prices have been declining for years. Look at the graph above and you will notice they have not been this low since 2002. If that appears to contradict some of the stories the media has been circulating, remember those stories are based on retail prices.  A recent study found EU electricity prices have fallen 35%-40% since 2008, but those savings have not been passed on to consumers.  The data from Frauenhofer ISE gives a very different perspective from what you find in Bloomberg or the Wallstreet Journal. Germany’s grid appears to be getting more more stable and Germany obtained 31% of its energy from renewable sources YTD.

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Germany’s Renewables Set A New Record

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Germany’s renewables have set a new record. According to the  Fraunhofer institute, they produced about 81 TWh, or 31% of the nation’s electricity during the first half of 2014. Solar production is up 28%, wind 19% and biomass 7% over last year. Meanwhile, with the exception of nuclear energy, all conventional sources are produced less. The output from gas powered plants was half of what it had been in 2010 and brown coal powered plants are produced at a similar level to 2010-2012.

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