Numerous studies tell us that 100% renewables is possible, and cost effective. But how to structure an energy market where there is no fuel cost? Germany is already grappling with this dilemma, and the world is watching with interest.
How are Germany’s Eastern neighbors Poland and the Czech Republic reacting to the German renewable energy surge? Badly, but without sound evidence.
The German city of Freiburg has an Australian-born mayor and an ambitious plan for renewables and urban sustainability. Like most green initiatives in Germany, it has its origins in the hatred of nuclear, but its approach is fast becoming mainstream.
Germany’s push into battery storage has already unlocked some $70m in investment in rooftop solar with storage in homes and businesses in its first six months. Storage is seen as critical to the German grid as the country heads towards 40% renewables.
Germany’s largest power producer has decided to shift from large-scale coal and nuclear to lead the transition to decentralised renewable energy production.
As Australia prepares to axe its carbon tax, a new report from the OECD says carbon markets may be far more effective at reducing emissions.
Germany’s commitment to a low-carbon energy sector is not new, but the nuclear phase-out and Energiewende targets have created new urgency – and hurdles.