German Offshore Wind Law Draft

Just published by the Federal Economy Ministry and approved by the Cabinet. Germany wants to achieve 20 GW until 2030 and 40 GW until 2040. As usual now prices are set by auctions, with a new twist. Since people are starting to bid 0 cents (meaning no feed-in tariff payments at all) the new lawContinue reading “German Offshore Wind Law Draft”

Fossil Fuel Overdose

European Union High Representative and Vice President Josep Borrell just apologized for his choice of words when discussing climate. He recently used the term “Greta Syndrome” when talking about this question. If I understood him correctly, he wanted to say something like “people are very much for climate measures until they are actually asked toContinue reading “Fossil Fuel Overdose”

Japan and Germany Failed Transition to Auction Models

(repost, copied from the backup at the LIbrary of Congress Archive of this blog, because I lost posts between 2016 and 2020 when moving to this new site. First posted October 23, 2018). Japan and Germany have one thing in common. Both countries managed to record declining investments in renewable energy in 2017. As the GlobalContinue reading “Japan and Germany Failed Transition to Auction Models”

Auctions in German Coal Exit Law

The German cabinet approved the draft law for the coal exit yesterday. That law wants to use an auction model for deciding which coal plants are switched off at what time. The shift to an auction model in German renewable policy over the last couple of years was one of the main reasons for developmentContinue reading “Auctions in German Coal Exit Law”

Wind in Germany Down 80 Percent

The German wind energy industry association released numbers for 2019. Installations are down 80 percent compared to 2017. This is the lowest record since 2000, the year the law on priority for renewable energy was enacted. That does not look like success. This drastic failure comes after the support policy was changed to an auctionContinue reading “Wind in Germany Down 80 Percent”

Bitcoin as a Metaphor for Fossil Fuel

Repost, first written in 2013. Bitcoin has been getting some initial attention lately. Much of that comes from the fact that someone buying bitcoins at $2 only about two years ago would have made a profit of 10,000% if they had sold at the latest record high of over $200. That’s not bad for twoContinue reading “Bitcoin as a Metaphor for Fossil Fuel”

Japanese Self Defense Forces Renewable Energy Plan

According to Asahi Shimbun, Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono wants to get the Defense Ministry and the Self Defense Forces to 100 percent renewable energy. I think that is a great idea. If you think that the climate emergency is the biggest threat to security right now and there is an urgent need to doContinue reading “Japanese Self Defense Forces Renewable Energy Plan”

Tesla Wins Drag Race against Lamborghine Huracan

If you study the history of electric cars and wonder why they lost out to gasoline, one of the factors is that a hundred years ago they were slower than CO2 emitting noisy gasoline cars. Those days are gone. Now even the most expensive gasoline cars only get to view the rear side of aContinue reading “Tesla Wins Drag Race against Lamborghine Huracan”