What does the German Energy Transition mean for Jordan?

Yesterday in Amman Jordan’s renewable energy leaders discussed Germany’s energy transition. The key questions were how does the German Energy Transition work, what are the international reactions and what does it actually mean for Jordan? The workshop was organized by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and EDAMA.

I was honored to share the international reactions to Germany’s decision to phase out nuclear power and look at what have other countries done to accelerate the deployment of renewable energies. My conclusion: Policies are actually the driver of the energy transition not only in Germany but around the world. [Read more →]

September 26, 2012   1 Comment

Japan gives green light for feed-in tariffs as well as nuclear reactors

Last month we wrote about Japan’s energy policy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. This included new feed-in tariff (FiT) proposals for wind, geothermal, hydro, solar photovoltaics, biogas, and biomass technologies. On Monday, it was announced that the FiT proposals have been approved by Japan’s Minister of Industry Yukio Edano and will come into effect on 1 July, 2012. [Read more →]

June 22, 2012   1 Comment

Frenzy in post-Fukushima energy policies

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For a long while, the Japanese government had based its prosperity on its nuclear industry. As one can imagine, the catastrophes of March 2011 compelled it to rethink its energy sources in terms of sustainability. The progress in that field has been such that today the country is on its way to shutting down its last (54th) nuclear power plant, thus achieving a complete nuclear phase-out and a “zero output”. [Read more →]

May 14, 2012   4 Comments