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Germany renewable energy policy designed to keep industries at home

Germany renewable energy policy designed to keep industries at home

Large industrial power users in renewable-focused Germany will pay 35% less for their electricity next year than those in nuclear powered France.

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Graph of the Day: World solar capacity up 35% in 2013

Graph of the Day: World solar capacity up 35% in 2013

With about 37,007 megawatts (MW) of solar PV power installed in 2013, world solar PV power capacity increased about 35% to 136,697 MW.

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McKinsey: Solar PV is disruptive and world-changing

McKinsey: Solar PV is disruptive and world-changing

The future for solar power is looking bright, disruptively bright, according to a new analysis from McKinsey.

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Italy, Spain, Germany hit commercial solar grid parity in 2013

Italy, Spain, Germany hit commercial solar grid parity in 2013

Commercial solar power hit grid parity in Italy, Germany, and Spain in 2013, meaning it was cheaper than retail electricity prices.

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E.ON threatens premature closure of nuclear plant

E.ON threatens premature closure of nuclear plant

Germany is continuing to shut down their nuclear plants as they become increasingly unused and unprofitable.

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Germans face high fossil fuel costs

Germans face high fossil fuel costs

Germans are increasingly investigating “energy poverty” – and discovering that electricity is a smaller item than motor fuel and heat.

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This is what the utility death spiral looks like

This is what the utility death spiral looks like

In Germany, utility revenues are spiraling down the rabbit hole. Will American (and Australian) power companies follow?

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Renewables power a rural German village

Renewables power a rural German village

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.

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What happens in Germany will affect us all

What happens in Germany will affect us all

The utility and coal industry is determinaed to strangle growth of wind energy in Germany. If successful, they will also delay the Energiewende.

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Feed-in tariffs do not amount to guaranteed revenue

Feed-in tariffs do not amount to guaranteed revenue

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.

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2013 wind energy installations stall in US, surge in China

2013 wind energy installations stall in US, surge in China

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.