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Germany must shield its consumers from paying too much of the cost of its ambitious switch from nuclear power and fossil fuels towards renewable energy, the International Energy Agency said on Friday.
The IEA also said that Germany, with Europe's biggest economy, should make greater use of natural gas to smoothe the transition.
The company said it was closing two plants - Albacete in Castilla-La Mancha and Tudela in Navarre - and restructuring a third at As Somozas, Galicia. The cuts affect 6% of the total workforce.
For decades visitors to the D-Day beaches on the northwest coast of France have looked out at the English Channel, taking in the journey made by Allied troops that marked a turning point in the Second World War.
The plan to build a huge offshore wind farm within sight of land has upset veterans and their families and has triggered protests from environmentalists ...Seventy-five wind turbines, each almost 190m high, would be built nine to 14km out to sea. Construction is to begin in 2015, a year after the 70th anniversary of the landings.
NTE, a Norwegian small regional energy company, has revealed severe problems with all 13 ScanWind turbines installed at its Hundhammerfjellet R&D onshore project.
A Norwegian source told WPM the issue is in connection with the yaw bearings. ...on 22 April said all of the turbines have been taken out of service until the facts have been clarified.
The success of the turnaround is not only to be evaluated after the volume of the installed solar and wind capacity but also if the energy supply remains safe and affordable, he added.
Most green electricity sources cannot compete with coal and natural gas on their own and require subsidies that are passed on to industry and consumers. The more power they generate, the higher those costs. Direct charges for renewables add about 18 percent to German household electric bills, with indirect costs putting on more.
After the vote, the European Parliament's Environment Committee said that some members felt that "a rise in the carbon price would erode the competitiveness of European industry and be passed on in household energy bills."
Slack demand for electricity because of the recession and an abundance of permits helped push the price of emitting a ton of carbon below €5 ($6.60) earlier this year, from nearly €30 in 2008.
"Today we are looking at climate protection in its entirety, taking into account that energy has to remain affordable for industries and private households," Günther Oettinger, the European commissioner for energy, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
Any new carbon or clean-energy targets should be more "modest and pragmatic" in light of the continent's economic woes, he said.
For nearly 70 years, visitors to the D-Day beaches have stared out to sea and recalled the moment when one of the largest fleets ever assembled emerged from the Channel mist on 6 June 1944.
Within a couple of years that view could be changed forever by an immense off-shore wind-farm.
Coal is cheap not only because U.S. supplies are sold at bargain prices but because the penalty for emitting too much carbon has become almost insignificant.
Europe's cap-and-trade program is meant to make it expensive for industry to pollute. In practice, the economic recession has led to an industrial slowdown, less emissions and an overabundance of permits for sale. Thus, the price of carbon has collapsed to less than €5 per ton.
Italy made its biggest confiscation of mafia assets in history on Wednesday, including dozens of alternative energy companies worth a total of 1.3 billion euros, police said.
A court in Trapani on the island of Sicily ordered the definitive confiscation of assets first seized in 2010 from Vito Nicastri, a 57-year-old businessman, who was deemed a front man for the Sicilian mafia, known as Cosa Nostra.
Italian police on Wednesday said they had seized assets worth 1.3 billion euros ($1.7 billion) from a Sicilian renewable energy developer in the biggest ever seizure of mafia-linked assets.
The assets, including 43 wind and solar energy companies, 98 properties and 66 bank accounts, belonged to Vito Nicastri, a 57-year-old businessman dubbed the "Lord of the Wind".
Haritonova's comments, came in response to the intentions of EVN to sue Bulgaria over the dispute with DKEVR over the obligations for purchasing electricity from renewable energy sources.
Stressing that it had accumulated losses of BGN 100 M in Bulgaria, EVN vowed on March 19 to file a lawsuit with the International Court of Arbitration to protect its investments, unless an agreement was achieved within 3-6 months.
European countries must do more if they are to succeed in meeting their targets to increase the use of renewable energy by 2020, the European Union's executive body said Wednesday, warning that failure to meet the targets would have "major consequences." ...but many voices, including the EU, are starting to call for phasing out incentives, to leave the sector operating more freely according to market dynamics.
Bulgaria's grid is suffering from power overloads caused by a rapid increase in wind and solar capacity coupled with decreasing domestic consumption in the face of a weak economy. Protests against high electricity bills and poverty toppled the government of Boyko Borissov on Feb. 20.
Generous subsidies for renewable energy in Europe widespread. Europe's debt crisis has many nations focused on costs, not climate change. Rocketing prices, infrastructure challenges, budget cutbacks paring renewables push.
That the German government is facing a massive budget shortfall for projects aimed at transforming the country into a model of alternative energy and environmental friendliness is hardly new. The European cap-and-trade system has for months been sliding into inconsequence as prices for CO2 emissions have stubbornly remained below €5 ($6.47) per ton.
The Aland archipelago is part of Finland, but its electric generation company Alands Vindkraft has a wind farm named Oskar and a grid connection to Sweden, not to Finland.
Sweden refused to award Oskar's green energy the subsidies it hands out as an incentive to domestic renewables claiming it would be unfair to Swedish customers if they were effectively paying to help Finland meet its renewable energy targets.
Europe's plans for offshore wind power up to 2020 could be as much as 50 billion euros ($65.55 billion) short of funding, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) said in a study released on Thursday.