In Germany, utility revenues are spiraling down the rabbit hole. Will American (and Australian) power companies follow?
Feldheim, a small town in the corner of rural eastern Germany, has become a model for decentralized self-sufficiency and is 100% powered by renewables.
While foreign press repeatedly speaks of guaranteed profits from feed-in tariffs, German investors in wind and solar power have a different story to tell.
Worldwide wind energy capacity has more than doubled over the past five years and is set to gust ahead in 2014 led by installation booms in China and US.
Utilities attack solar tariffs because they are the main policy to promote solar. What they actually oppose is solar photovoltaics.
Wind and solar power are transitioning from marginal to central players in the grid, and there is a case for them to replace traditional peaking plants.
The past few weeks have brought new wind generation records in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
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.