German coalition leaders have reached a compromise on several thorny climate action and energy transition measures, including a watered-down alternative to energy minister Sigmar Gabriel's climate levy, a capacity mechanism for old fossil plants and priority for underground cabling at major new high-voltage transmission lines.
An alliance of ten municipal and independent renewables utilities in Austria and Germany is taking legal action against state aid for the planned Hinkley Point C British nuclear plant, claiming the support will massively distort competition in European power markets to the detriment of green electricity.
02 July 2015 10:08 GMT
After vociferous protests by mining unions and resistance from state governments and his Christian Democrat coalition partner, German energy minister Sigmar Gabriel has suggested an alternative to a levy on heavy-polluting fossil-fuel power plants.
25 June 2015 10:14 GMT
French semiconductor specialist Soitec has set a new record for concentrating PV (CPV) efficiency, with its four-junction SmartCell being integrated in a module shown to convert 38.9% of the solar energy into electrical power.
24 June 2015 08:02 GMT
As Germany prepares to this Saturday switch off E.ON's 1.35GW Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power station, wind power federation BWE called on the federal government in Berlin to take legal action against the UK's intention to pay elevated subsidies to the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear plant.
17 June 2015 09:34 GMT
German energy minister Sigmar Gabriel cautiously hinted at the possibility of raising renewable energy targets again in the future, after the country’s various efforts to transform its energy mix to one based on renewables have been coordinated into a more coherent system.
12 June 2015 01:22 GMT
Germany-based solar group Conergy is venturing into utility-scale PV storage, with multi megawatt pilot projects lined up in Germany and Australia, Alexander Gorski, the company's chief operating officer and chief executive for Europe told Recharge.
11 June 2015 01:51 GMT
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