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Articles by Craig Morris

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People want fewer cars in cities – not everyone knows it yet

People want fewer cars in cities – not everyone knows it yet

We only think we like cars when we can’t imagine getting around without them. In German town of Freiburg, citizens are taking their streets back.

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What people just don't get about electric vehicles

What people just don’t get about electric vehicles

Germany’s election campaign shows we still have to get our heads around how fundamentally different electric vehicles will be.

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The French experiment - and the shift from nuclear to renewables

The French experiment – and the shift from nuclear to renewables

Macron has appointed his cabinet, but the direction of the country’s energy transition remains unclear. The energy portfolio is now known as “ecology and solidarity”.

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“Too much renewables” is a political decision

“Too much renewables” is a political decision

While Americans chose to curtail wind and solar rather than conventional energy, the Germans say baseload plants (coal and nuclear) are the problem.

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March was a record month for renewable power in Germany

March was a record month for renewable power in Germany

Renewable energy made up just over 41% of Germany’s power supply last month, the most ever at around 19.5 TWh, as nuclear continues its decline.

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Here comes the end of the Energiewende. Again

Here comes the end of the Energiewende. Again

Yet again, an expert – this time, a German – has announced that Germany’s energy transition cannot succeed.

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France can’t meet its own power demand

France can’t meet its own power demand

As expected, France was heavily dependent on power imports during the first cold spell of this winter, even with most of its nuclear reactors back online. And it is paying twice as much for peak power as Germany.

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Renewable energy production stagnates in Germany in 2016

Renewable energy production stagnates in Germany in 2016

There were only minor changes in the share of renewables in Germany last year. The most surprising being the change in natural gas..

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Swiss try to give away nuclear plants, but find no takers

Swiss try to give away nuclear plants, but find no takers

Swiss reactor operator Alpiq reportedly could find no buyer for its two nuclear plants and is therefore hoping to give them to the Swiss state.

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Guess which big EU country might have blackouts this winter?

Guess which big EU country might have blackouts this winter?

France faces sky-rocketing power prices and supply shortages with 21 of its 58 nuclear reactors offline due to safety concerns. Just as well it can rely on imports of renewable energy from Germany.

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Swiss ban new nuclear reactors

Swiss ban new nuclear reactors

Another setback for the “nuclear renaissance”: Switzerland voted on Friday to focus on renewables and efficiency, and to ban new nuclear plants.