Renewables

Youth Solar of Greenpeace, together with a secondary school class of Lauperswil, install a 480 m2 / 80 kWp photovoltaic system on the roof of the farm of Simon Hertig in Zollbrück, Lauperswil. In the first phase of construction the substructure gets installed. In the second phase the cables get installed. After this the first panels can be mounted - a total of 384 pieces.
Zollbrück, 8. Mai 2012: Jugendsolar baut mit einer 9. Klasse aus Lauperswil BE eine 480 qm2 grosse und ca. 80 kWp starke Photovoltaikanlage auf dem Stall von Bauer Simon Hertig. In der 1. Bauphase wird die Unterkonstruktion verlegt und befestigt. In der 2. Bauphase wird in erster Linie verkabelt, danach können bereits die ersten Panels montiert werden (insgesamt 384 Stück!). © Greenpeace / Phillip Rohner

Economist criticises renewable energy expenditure

A leading Australian economist has criticised the cost of renewable energy. The economist, Judith Sloan, highlighted the huge amounts of money spent on renewable energy. She said: “hundreds of millions of dollars annually to subsidise renewable energy companies. “With very few exceptions, governments all over the world have fallen into […]

Germany to miss emissions targets

Germany to miss emissions targets

Despite spending billions on renewables Germany is behind its emissions reduction timeline, it has emerged. Germany has spent over €650 billion on renewables which will now not be able to deliver the intended 40% reduction in CO2 by 2020. The climate research group Agora Energiewende has labelled this a “booming […]

Portrayal of wind power costs – “misleading” 

Portrayal of wind power costs – “misleading” 

Academics and critics have questioned the real cost of offshore wind power following claims that a cheaper than predicted wind project would change the solve the problem of high energy costs in the UK.  Director of the Scientific Alliance, Martin Livermore, called statements that the new, cheaper contracts issued for offshore wind […]

Renewables will create increased price volatility – energy market specialist

Renewables will create increased price volatility – energy market specialist

A leading energy market specialist has produced forecast data which shows energy prices, and the volatility of energy prices increasing as the share of renewables in the energy mix increases. The data, processed by Berlin based, Energy Brainpool is from national targets and the World Energy Outlook 2016 from the […]

WERDER, GERMANY - OCTOBER 30:  Wind turbines stand behind a solar power park on October 30, 2013 near Werder, Germany. The German Social Democrats (SPD) and Christian Democrats (CDU and CSU) are currently in the midst of negotiations to form a new German government and renewable energy policy is among their main points of discussion.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

RET distorts energy markets – Wood Mackenzie

Leading international group Wood Mackenzie has criticised the Australian Renewable Energy Target (RET) for distorting the energy markets. The Study by the group said that the RET created artificial incentives to move toward renewable energy without managing the impact on the grid of the intermittency of renewables. Saul Kavonic, an […]

Concept: High Energy Costs

1 in 3 people worried about energy prices ahead of winter

A new survey has revealed that one in three people in Britain are concerned about the cost of energy as winter rapidly approaches. The findings by consumer group uSwitch show that more than 50 percent of those surveyed were struggling to pay their bills. uSwitch’s findings come as British Gas, […]

British gas to raise bills by 12.5%

British gas to raise bills by 12.5%

The CEO of British Gas’s parent companny Centrica has blamed renewables for British Gas’s September 12.5% rise in energy bills. The average annual bill will rise by 7.3%, £76 to £1120 for those on dual fuel standard tariffs. The increase in cost will effect 3.1 million customers. The parent company […]

Empty seats seen during assembly session at Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore on Friday. –KPN

Solar Targets are “unrealistic” – Influential Indian Parliamentary committee

The Indian Parliament’s standing committee on energy has called the Indian government’s solar plans “unrealistic.” The comments were made in a report called ‘National Solar Mission – An Appraisal’ by the standing committee on energy to the Lok Sabha. The report noted that progress on wind power was satisfactory, “However, […]