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Germany to pull plug on solar subsidies

Solar energy is notoriously unreliable as a power source and Germany has seen its market hobbled by oversupply and ferocious competition from players such as China. Merkel, campaigning for a third term, has promised an overhaul of subsidies for renewable energy after the September general election ...Berlin "has so far invested 216 billion euros ($A308.24 billion) in renewables
9 Jul 2013

Green Energy Bust in Germany

Germany is indeed avoiding blackouts—by opening new coal- and gas-fired plants. Renewable electricity is proving so unreliable and chaotic that it is starting to undermine the stability of the European grid and provoke international incidents. The spiraling cost of the renewables surge has sparked a backlash, including government proposals to slash subsidies and deployment rates. Worst of all, the Energiewende made no progress at all in clearing the German grid of fossil fuels or abating greenhouse emissions—nor is it likely to for at least a decade longer.
1 Jul 2013

Germany burning wood, paying huge bills for green energy plot

When the wind is blowing strong, Germans often have less use for the electricity being created by it - and no way to store. As a result, they dump the excess electricity onto neighboring nations at a loss. This effectively means the surcharge on household electric bills within Germany are being used to reduce the price of electricity sold to businesses and other customers OUTSIDE of Germany.
24 Jun 2013

Merkel warns on energy costs

Speaking at an energy conference in Berlin, Ms. Merkel said she still supports further expansion of renewable energy such as wind and solar power to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. But she said the costs need to be contained as global rivals are benefiting from lower energy prices. Utility executives welcomed her recognition, but criticized her for remaining vague on specifics.
13 Jun 2013

War on Subsidies: Brussels Takes Aim at German Energy Revolution

The costs of start-up financing for green energy and the compensation for expansion of the power grid are added to customers' electricity bills in the form of a special tax. The entire subsidy system is supposed to come to an end when green energy becomes competitive. That, at least, is the theory. But the reality is different. No longer can one simply describe the tax as a way to get renewable energies off the ground. Indeed, following Berlin's decision two years ago to shelve nuclear energy and accelerate the expansion of renewables, the EEG has become a giant redistribution machine.
29 May 2013

German energy shift faces headwinds

There has also been a resurgence of cheap coal, considered a dirtier energy source, abetted by a market failure in the European carbon emission trade. An oversupply in the right-to-pollute certificates has seen their price fall from an envisioned 15-18 euros per tonne of CO2 to just two to three euros -- making coal plants an economically attractive option once more.
19 May 2013

Germany debates fracking as energy costs rise

Subsidies for renewable-energy producers that are financed in part through household electricity bills are causing electricity prices for ordinary consumers and industry to rise. Germany's biggest industrial power consumers have seen electricity prices per kilowatt hour rise nearly 40% in the past five years.
1 Mar 2013
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