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Germany Continues Exporting Electricity: Renewables Driving Down Prices Despite Closing Reactors

September 30th, 2011 by Paul Gipe

Re-posted from Renewable Energy World.
Recent data shows Germany continues to export electricity despite closing seven nuclear reactors. Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports that continued renewable energy expansion in Germany is driving down power prices.
Germany’s bureau of statistics reports that the country exported more electricity than it imported during the first half of [...]

Distributed Geothermal Can Add 7% of Californian Supply

June 8th, 2011 by Paul Gipe

Small, geographically dispersed geothermal power plants could provide 7% of California’s electricity supply, according to an analysis of data collected by a consultant to the Golden state.
California recently passed new legislation requiring the state to provide 33% of its electricity from renewable energy and newly elected Governor Jerry Brown signed [...]

German Wind More Stable Year-to-Year than Fukushima Reactors

April 20th, 2011 by Paul Gipe

Critics of wind energy often charge that wind energy is too “unreliable” to generate a large portion of a nation’s electricity and suggest that base load needs “reliable” sources of generation such as nuclear power.
While wind is a “variable” resource, that is, the wind doesn’t always blow and when it does it [...]

Germany Continues Breaking Clean Energy Records

March 25th, 2011 by Paul Gipe

As the nuclear reactor accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant continues to dominate the world’s attention, Germany has quietly broken more renewable energy records.
The conservative government of Chancellor Angela Merkel, struggling to stay ahead of public attitudes toward nuclear power in the run-up to regional elections, issued its annual report on [...]

Community Power Report Calls for FITs in California

February 25th, 2011 by Paul Gipe

In a new 61-page report, San Francisco Bay area activists call for developing the distributed generation of renewable energy in California through a system of feed-in tariffs.
The Bay Area’s Local Clean Energy Alliance published Community Power–Decentralized Renewable Energy in California to frame the debate about how the state can meet its renewable energy [...]

Hawaii’s New Feed-in Tariff for Solar PV Finding Limited Adoption So Far

January 4th, 2011 by Paul Gipe

Expected interest in Hawaii’s feed-in tariff program has not materialized, says a report by the program’s independent observer.
Accion Group found that in the first month of operation, Hawaii’s long-awaited feed-in tariff policy had generated little activity, and much of the allocated capacity remains to be filled.
Hawaii’s experience contrasts markedly with successful programs in [...]

Britain abandons renewable power mandates, embraces feed-in tariffs

December 22nd, 2010 by Paul Gipe

In a potentially precedent-setting move for the English-speaking world, Great Britain’s ruling coalition proposes abandoning its long-running experiment with so-called “market reforms” of the 1990s. Included in the proposal released by Chris Huhne, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Dec. 16, 2010, is wholesale revision of the country’s Renewable Obligation, the British version of Renewable Portfolio [...]

Thailand Feed-in Tariff Program Harvests Large Crop of Projects

December 8th, 2010 by Paul Gipe

Since the introduction of its small-power program in 2006, Thailand has signed contracts to develop 4,300 megawatts of renewable generation. Nearly half of the contracts – 1,800 megawatts – are for solar energy alone.
Currently 850 megawatts of generation are online as a result of the program, says Chris Greacen, a former consultant to the Thai [...]

Ontario feed-in tariffs creating solar jobs at the cost of a donut per month

November 24th, 2010 by Paul Gipe

Using a measure of cost that all Canadians understand, a provocative new report says the impact of Ontario’s feed-in tariffs for solar photovoltaics (PV), which will create 70,000 jobs, is no more than one Tim Hortons donut per month.
Tim Hortons is a popular Canadian coffee-shop chain found in even the smallest village.
The confidential report comes [...]

Provincial feed-in tariffs spurring community power

November 5th, 2010 by Paul Gipe

The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has signed feed-in tariff contracts for 384 megawatts of community-owned renewable energy projects in the Canadian province.
When completed, Ontario will have the largest installed base of community-owned renewable generation in North America, surpassing community ownership of renewable generation in Minnesota. Nearly one-third of the capacity will be built by [...]