The Feed-in Tariff is better than is commonly understood

Renewable Energy in the German 100% RE region Trier

Renewable Energy in the German 100% RE region Trier

The Feed-in Tariff (FiT) has proven to be the most successful policy for climate protection and sustainable development. As the cornerstone of overwhelming renewable energy development worldwide, it has resulted in significant greenhouse gas emission reductions, green jobs, revenues for governments and citizens and cost-competitive alternatives to harmful fossil fuels. Despite all that, the FiT is currently under attack. This is especially so in frontrunner country Germany, where the government has approved the phase out of the FiT through recent reform. But the Feed-in Tariff is a better policy than is commonly understood. [Read more →]

July 17, 2014   No Comments

100 % Renewable Power in San Francisco, US

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Maximizing San Francisco’s high solar potential

This is the fourth in a six-part series featuring case studies that illustrate what regenerative urban development looks like in practice.

In 2010 the mayor of San Francisco, US announced a 100 % renewable electricity target to be achieved within ten years. The target – building on the 51% Renewable Portfolio Standard set in 2007 for 2017 – can be seen as one instrument to fulfil the Climate Change Goals Ordinance, adopted in 2008, which set high greehouse gas reduction targets. While the ordinance only stipulates greenhouse gas-free electrictiy production by 2013, the 100% goes one step further.

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June 12, 2014   No Comments

Regenerative urban development in practice: Renewable Wilhelmsburg

Energy Hill Georgswerder, Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg © IBA Hamburg

Energy Hill Georgswerder, Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg © IBA Hamburg

This is the first in a six-part series featuring case studies that illustrate what regenerative urban development looks like in practice.

The districts of Wilhelmsburg and Veddel are located on the Elbe Islands in Hamburg, Germany and have historically been on the social outskirts of the city. Deciding that this formerly industrial area was ripe for redevelopment, the city framed its new urban development as an International Building Exhibition (IBA). [Read more →]

May 19, 2014   1 Comment