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Germany opens first commercial offshore wind farm

Germany opens first commercial offshore wind farm

After some 18 months of construction, the eighty 3.6 MW turbines have gone begun producing power.

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Energy storage will replace many peaker spinning reserve plants

Energy storage will replace many peaker spinning reserve plants

The move to battery storage is inevitable, and enables the incorporation of much larger amounts of intermittent energy such as wind and solar.

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Why we may not need fossil fuels for grid stability any more

Why we may not need fossil fuels for grid stability any more

Younicos battery storage system is faster and more precise than fossil fuel plant used for frequency regulation. Conventional power plants can block the grid. Batteries match it perfectly.

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German coal power generation falls to 10-year low

German coal power generation falls to 10-year low

In each of the first 8 months of 2014, coal generators in Germany were unable to match or surpass the output of the respective month in the previous year.

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How Germany may get 6-fold boost in wind power from fewer turbines

How Germany may get 6-fold boost in wind power from fewer turbines

Germany expected to increase share of wind power from 15% fewer turbines, with overall power consumption remaining basically unchanged. What would that look like?

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Germany’s green grid is one of world’s most reliable

Germany’s green grid is one of world’s most reliable

In terms of grid reliability, the only nations that rival Germany are Japan (another “green” leader) and Singapore.

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German solar feed-in tariffs shown to be wildly successful

German solar feed-in tariffs shown to be wildly successful

Brattle Group says Germany has been remarkably successful, given the goal – shared by great majority of population – of ‘de-fossilising’ its electricity sector.

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What does solar energy mean to Germany’s big utilities?

What does solar energy mean to Germany’s big utilities?

Renewable sector is flexing its muscles in Germany, with solar production up 28% and wind up 19% during the first half of 2014.

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Energy policies turned Fukushima into a loss for Japan and a win for Germany

Energy policies turned Fukushima into a loss for Japan and a win for Germany

Japan has nine times Germany’s renewable energy resources, but produces nine times less electricity from renewables. That’s because Japan’s government allows utility monopolies to protect their profits by blocking competitors.

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Renewables in German state produce 120% of electricity

Renewables in German state produce 120% of electricity

The German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern generates 120% of its electricity from renewable sources.

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Germany hits 50% solar, Ireland 50% wind

Germany hits 50% solar, Ireland 50% wind

… but reports about new record shares of renewable power are understandably celebratory, but they also confuse the public – and even experts.