Can the Energy Union offer a chance for 100% Renewable Energy (RE) in Europe? The ‘Energy Union with a forward looking climate policy’ has the goal to supply EU consumers with secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy. However, it is uncertain what the Energy Union means in practice and there still remains a huge gap between official claims and reality. So how should the Energy Union be designed in order to promote 100% renewable energy and energy efficiency? …continue reading →
July 14, 2015 No Comments
Today, news not related to the Greek referendum made it into the German headlines. News with outrageous content: The German government decided that profits of Germany’s dirtiest coal companies are more important than the people and more important than climate change risks. Chancellor Merkel and Minister for Economics and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel agreed to drop the plan for a coal levy that had been discussed for months. Instead, they agreed to compensate (!) coal companies like RWE for lignite power plants that will go off-grid. More precisely, potential loss of profits from old coal-fired plants with a capacity of up to 2.7 Gigawatts that will have to go offline will be compensated with tax payers money. …continue reading →
July 2, 2015 No Comments
How do you know that the world is changing? The following facts might give you an indication: Renewable energy broke another record last year, accounting for over 60% of net addition to the world’s power capacity, providing more than 19% of the global final energy consumption (REN21 Renewables 2015 Global Status Report). Since 2000, renewable energy capacity has grown 120% (IRENA) and the number of countries with renewable energy targets and policies increased again in 2014: At least 164 countries have renewable energy targets, and an estimated 145 countries have renewable energy support policies in place. World leaders, including the G7 and Pope Francis call for a phase out of fossil fuels and the divestment movement is growing almost on a daily basis. While this is already great news, you see even stronger evidences of change when looking at the local level: Hundreds of local governments across the world have 100% renewable energy or electricity targets in place, with many municipalities already achieving such targets. The leaders of this local movement are mainly European cities and municipalities.
June 26, 2015 No Comments