Articles filed under Energy Policy from Europe

Sweden may be Europe’s hottest onshore wind market, but for how long?

Despite all the favourable conditions for onshore wind development in Sweden, the ongoing build-out faces a range of potential roadblocks, according to SWEA. “What we have seen is that it is getting more and more difficult to get permits,” Unger tells Recharge. “One of the reasons is connected to the [traditional, indigenous] Sami population. But it also has to do with defence, and regulations covering birds and bats.” The current permitting system in Sweden is bureaucratic, time-consuming and, some would argue, unfavourably skewed against wind power.
19 Mar 2019

Renewable energy - a wrong concept that is neither scientific nor accurate

The term "renewable energy" is so flimsy that a number of Finnish researchers have started a critical discussion on the subject. We who work in the energy profession have long questioned the concept, but it has stuck with those who read  the media or listen to politicians as if it were science. The concept of renewable energy is wrong in several ways. It is not scientific and not accurate.
5 Mar 2019

Why renewables can’t save the planet

I think it’s natural that those of us who became active on climate change gravitated toward renewables. They seemed like a way to harmonize human society with the natural world. ...But it’s high time that those of us who appointed ourselves Earth’s guardians should take a second look at the science. Now that we know that renewables can’t save the planet, are we really going to stand by and let them destroy it?
27 Feb 2019

Ukraine’s green tariff attracts investors, yet hurts economy

In 2015, Ukraine adopted the ambitious goal of producing 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2035. The green tariff, which is higher than in any other European country, was meant to attract investors into the sector to help achieve the government’s goal. However, the increase in energy output from renewable sources has mainly been beneficial for large players. The benefits also are financially unsustainable for the country in the long run, as the price at which the government buys renewable energy is pegged to above-market prices.
24 Feb 2019

Germany awards 476 megawatts in latest undersubscribed onshore wind auction

“This is now the 3rd German onshore wind auction in a row that’s been under-subscribed,” explained WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson. “It’s clear the permitting process is not fit for purpose. It’s taking longer and longer to get a permit. The Bundesländer are reluctant to identify new locations for wind farms. And even if wind farms do get a permit, many then get caught up in legal disputes, which is pushing up costs.
21 Feb 2019

Polish government: wind turbines will be scrapped within 17 years

All wind farms operating today in Poland will be scrapped by 2035, with no new turbines built to replace them, stipulates draft “Energy Policy of Poland until 2040” presented by Ministry of Energy on Friday. This is a political decision, the Minister explained. ... on Friday Ministry of Energy presented the draft Energy Policy of Poland, which reads that all existing wind turbines will be scrapped by 2035, with the ones just contracted by the government a few years later. No new wind farms will be built to replace them.
28 Nov 2018

Wind takes a beating from solar

Solar PV projects won the entire 200MW of capacity offered in a technology-neutral tender pitting it against onshore wind. ...Sixteen solar projects have been selected at an average price of €54.94/MWh. Winners were selected purely on the basis of price... A similar technology-neutral tender in Germany in April yielded the same result with solar projects winning all of the available capacity.
8 Nov 2018

Is the UK's clean energy transition stumbling?

Since 2015 there has been a steady erosion of this policy framework: energy efficiency spending has been cut, the cheapest forms of renewables have been locked out of the CfD auctions, support for small scale renewables has been slashed, and plans for renewable heat, new nuclear, and CCS have edged forward at the most glacial of paces.  
8 Nov 2018

Windfarms paid £5M a day to turn off turbines

More than 60 wind farms – most in Scotland – were compensated on October 8. The payouts topped the previous high of £3.4million, sparking fresh criticism of the Scottish Government’s ‘green’ agenda. In very windy conditions, the National Grid cannot cope with the extra energy turbines produce, so firms get ‘constraint payments’ to temporarily shut them down.
29 Oct 2018

With the energy turnaround, Germany threatens to finally lose control

The consumption of resources to implement the energy transition is "unparalleled". The federal ministries and the subordinate authorities employed around 675 full-time people last year, 300 of them in the Federal Ministry of Economics alone, spread over 34 divisions and four departments. In addition, there are at least 45 committees at federal and state level that deal with the energy transition. The effort that is made here almost contradicts one of the main goals of the energy transition: the economical and efficient use of scarce resources.
28 Sep 2018
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