Articles from Germany

Wind Energy In the Doldrums: Germany's windmill producers have hit a dangerous lull after a change in the law on subsidies

Producers blame the decline on a loophole in a new law which seeks to minimize the amount of subsidy for new wind projects. New projects are approved in an auction with the lowest bidder getting the nod – at least theoretically. But lawmakers carved out special rules for the so-called “citizens’ energy companies” – cooperative-like entities that allow local communities to own new facilities. 
28 Aug 2017

Germany's long goodbye to coal despite Merkel's green push

Although well over 20 billion euros are spent each year to boost Germany's green energy sector, coal still accounts for 40 percent of energy generation, down just 10 points from 2000. To avoid disruption in the power and manufacturing sectors, coal imports and mines must keep running, say industry lobbies, despite the switch to fossil-free energy.
2 Aug 2017

Nordex says German suppliers left 'high and dry' by tender flaw

The citizens-energy projects – which took 96% of the capacity available in the tender, Germany’s first onshore round under a competitive process – do not need permits and have 54 months to build their wind farm, rather than the two years that is standard in the market, Nordex said. ...“Manufacturers that do not have any business outside Germany have now been largely left high and dry."
28 Jul 2017

Companies complain of lack of acceptance of wind power

Representatives of the wind power sector have complained of a lack of acceptance for this form of energy production in Thuringia. The four dialogue forums, organized by the state government in 2016, were too little to reduce reservations about projects, said Michael Heinrich of plant engineer Enercon on Monday at a meeting in Gotha. Any known planning for a wind farm results in a citizens' initiative being formed.
8 May 2017

The End of the Energiewende?

The prominent German economist Heiner Flassbeck has challenged fundamental assumptions of the Energiewende at his blog site makroskop.eu. According to Flassbeck, the former Director of Macroeconomics and Development at the UNCTAD in Geneva and a former State Secretary of Finance, a recent period of extremely low solar and wind power generation shows that Germany will never be able to rely on renewable energy, regardless of  how much new capacity will be built.
10 Jan 2017

Collapse of wind turbine under investigation

So far the investigation has found that one of three blades failed catastrophically, thus creating a huge imbalance that caused the tower to buckle 15 meters above the ground and led to the structure crashing down. ...The incident comes weeks after a similar turbine collapse in the Mecklenburg Pommeria town of Süderholz.
4 Jan 2017

German renewables expansion slows down in 2016

Onshore wind in the production figures accounted for 10% of Germany’s electricity output in 2016, down from 11% in 2015, while offshore wind expanded to 2% of production, up from 1% a year earlier. Wind on land shrank despite a continued rapid addition of new capacity due to weaker winds this year.
20 Dec 2016

Innogy chief plays down Trump risk to US renewables

European clean power group led by Peter Terium has big plans to invest in the country Donald Trump’s election will have no effect on the growth in US renewables despite his claim that global warming is a “hoax” and his opposition to the Paris climate accord, says the boss of one of Europe’s biggest clean power companies.
12 Dec 2016

Nordex fights with a headwind

Project delays, margin pressure, adjusted forecast: Although the business of the wind turbine builder Nordex is still running well, investors and experts are increasingly doubting the medium-term targets. This is also due to Donald Trump. DUSSELDORF - From the perspective of Nordex boss Lars Bondo Krogsgaard everything is going "as planned". Sales are increasing, profit are up and the annual goals of the Hamburg wind power group are still "readily in reach", said the native Dane on Thursday with the submission of the quarterly figures. But the investors of Germany's third-largest producer of wind turbines are far less optimistic than Krogsgaard.
10 Nov 2016

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