Last week, the German government approved some fundamental amendments to the renewable energy law (the EEG 2016). After the 16 States adopted an overhaul of the famous German Renewable Energy Source Act (also referred to as the German Feed-in Tariff law) in May, the cabinet has now also given the green light. Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel and his colleagues have pointed to a paradigm shift. Indeed, the events mark the beginning of a new phase of the Energiewende. However, contrary to the government, I do not see any reason to applaud. In fact, the EEG 2016 hampers any further renewable energy development in the country. It is the paradigm of slowing down installations; handing back the energy system to the corporate utilities and making sure renewable energy does not become too successful in pushing fossil energy out of the system. [Read more →]
June 13, 2016 Comments Off on Parliamentarians can revive German Energiewende
Marc Théry is the Energy Manager in Le Mené, a municipality in Brittany, France who can be named substitutional for a movement which is rapidly gaining momentum globally: The Community Energy Movement. As renewable energies unfold their impact locally, it in fact mostly cities and communities investing in renewable sources to ensure that revenues stay in the region. “We want to produce the energy we use and not export energy and buy it back from EDF (French Utility) which is completely crazy as an economic model.” says Marc Théry. With this opinion, he is not alone. [Read more →]
June 1, 2016 Comments Off on Renewables Rising – Community Energy Rising
Morocco, the fifth largest economy in Africa, and the host of 2016 Marrakesh Climate Conference (COP 22), is clearly making a steady progress to transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy. In Morocco, as well as globally, the energy sector is one of the major drivers of climate change. Forecasts suggest that precipitation in the Northern Africa country is likely to decrease between 10 and 20%, while temperatures are likely to rise between 2 and 3 °C by 2050. Regardless of the climate change scenarios, Morocco will suffer from water scarcity by 2020-2030. [Read more →]
June 3, 2015 Comments Off on Momentum in Morocco for 100% Renewable Energy?