Germany is making significant progress in its renewable energy endeavors

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German Renewable Energy Federation highlights the progress that the country has made Germany is making major strides in its ongoing transition toward renewable energy. The German Renewable Energy Federation has announced that it has reached a major milestone. According to the organization, Germany has generated 35% of its electricity from clean power sources between January and June of this year. By comparison, the United States generated approximately 19% of its electricity from renewable sources during the same period. Wind, solar, and hydropower have contributed heavily to Germany’s renewable energy endeavor.…

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Germany to convert large coal mine into a new energy storage system

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New project aims to change an old coal mine into an efficient energy storage solution Germany has launched an ambitious new project that involved converting an old coal mine into a large-scale battery storage system. The Prosper-Haniel coal mine is the subject of the project. The mine was built in 1863 and produces approximately 3 million tons of coal every year. It is one of the few remaining active coal mines in Germany, but is slated for complete closure in 2018, when government subsidies supporting the mine are no longer…

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Europe aims to put a cap on renewable energy production

European Commission draft law seeks to pay companies to stop producing renewable energy Regulators from the European Union are looking to pay energy companies to stop generating electricity in order to create a safeguard against renewable energy blackouts. The European Commission, the legislative arm of the European Union, will be publishing a draft law which will allow for paying more for surplus energy supply. Much of the money set aside by the law will be funneled to renewable energy companies, which will be providing electricity only when it is needed…

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Germany continues to establish itself as a world leader of renewable energy

Germany set a new national record for renewable power. On July 25, the nation met 78% of the day’s electricity demand using renewable energy sources, which exceeded its 74% record that it set last year in May. This was made possible by sunny conditions in southern Germany (where most of the country’s solar panels reside), and storms across northern Europe (most of Germany’s wind turbines have been installed in the north), according to an analysis by Craig Morris, a German energy expert at the Energiewende blog, reported ThinkProgress. Aside from…

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Renewable energy continues to gain momentum in Germany

German Energiewende appears to be on track as the country continues to support clean power Germany’s transition toward renewable energy, also called its Energiewende, has received some criticism over the past few years. The country is distancing itself from fossil-fuels and nuclear power, hoping to derive the majority of its electrical power from renewable sources in the coming years. A new report from Agora Energiewende, shows that the country’s transition may be right on track, despite concerns that the transition is too costly for the country. Report predicts that Germany…

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German utility giant is making the switch to green energy

E.ON is abandoning conventional energy for renewables. One of the largest power suppliers in Germany, E.ON, has recently announced that it intends to gradually make the switch from conventional electricity production methods, such as nuclear, coal and natural gas, to green energy and distribution businesses, a process it intends to begin now. Germany is working toward phasing out nuclear energy by 2022. E.ON’s decision to change is not only in response to its massive debt, but also European and German policies targeted at lowering carbon emissions. In fact, by 2022,…

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Renewable energy reaches new milestone in Germany

Germany energy needs satisfied through clean power over the past weekend Germany continues to make breakthroughs when it comes to renewable energy and efficiency. The country has become one of the most aggressive supporters of clean power in recent years, with a strong focus on solar and wind energy. Some Germany states have managed to generate the majority of their electrical power from renewable sources recently, thanks to energy efficiency practices and trends of low energy consumption among consumers. Over the past weekend, however, the entire country managed to reach…

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Renewable energy continues to gain ground in Germany

Germany’s focus on renewable power is beginning to pay off Germany has been making strides in terms of its renewable energy capacity in recent years. The country has been investing heavily in alternatives to oil, coal, and nuclear power, focusing much of its support on solar and wind energy. Over the past few years, stringent energy efficiency standards and a focus on clean energy have caused the price of wholesale electricity to decline throughout Germany. As the country’s interest in clean energy grows, its energy infrastructure is also improving. Use…

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Germany sets new renewable energy record

Germany has reached a new milestone in its adoption of clean energy Germany has again set a new record in terms of renewable energy, according to the Fraunhofer Institute. The country has become one of the most active markets for clean energy in the world and has regularly set records in terms of renewable energy production. Over the past few years, Germany has served as an example for what can be accomplished with an aggressive focus on clean energy. The country’s energy grid is considered to be one of the…

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Renewable energy is responsible for over 28 percent of power in Germany

Germany set a new green energy record in the first half of 2014. According to a report released last week by Germany’s Federal Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), in the first half of the year, 28.5 percent of its energy that was used in gross domestic power consumptions, was made up entirely of renewable energy, which is quite the increase from the 24.6 percent that was reported for the same time last year. Renewable wind energy production increased and so did solar power. During the first half of…

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Germany reaches a new milestone in renewable energy production

Data shows that Germany’s clean energy production has reached new heights Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute has released data concerning the country’s use of renewable energy during the first half of the year. Six months of favorable weather and the accelerating production of solar and wind energy has had a major impact on Germany’s energy structure. The data shows that, for the first time ever, renewable sources accounted for a larger portion of energy production than coal. Clean energy is expected to see more adoption and implementation throughout Germany in the coming…

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German state aims to be powered entirely by renewable energy

Germany continues to make headlines when it comes to clean energy Germany has been breaking clean energy records lately and is further solidifying itself as one of the world’s most prominent energy markets. Last month, Germany reached a new milestone in terms of clean energy when 74% of its electrical power came from renewable sources on May 15. The country’s most northern state, Schleswig-Holstein, is prepared to set a new standard for Germany as a whole by being completely powered by renewable energy. Schleswig-Holstein to tap into wind power to…

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Renewable energy reaches new milestone in Germany

Germany energy needs satisfied through clean power over the past weekend Germany continues to make breakthroughs when it comes to renewable energy and efficiency. The country has become one of the most aggressive supporters of clean power in recent years, with a strong focus on solar and wind energy. Some Germany states have managed to generate the majority of their electrical power from renewable sources recently, thanks to energy efficiency practices and trends of low energy consumption among consumers. Over the past weekend, however, the entire country managed to reach…

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Renewable energy in Germany is now less expensive than nuclear power

Solar and wind energy are less expensive than nuclear power in Germany When it comes to clean energy, cost is a major hurdle that is not easily overcome. The high cost of clean power and technology has kept its adoption somewhat limited in the past. As technology has become more advanced, however, the cost issue has become less problematic. New, more efficient solar panels and wind turbines have helped make renewable energy more accessible to many people around the world. A new study from Germany’s Agora Energiewende, suggests that these…

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Increased renewable energy production in Germany causes electricity costs to plummet

The price of electricity continues to lower in countries surrounding Germany. According to data that was newly released by Platts Continental Power (CONTI) Index, for five consecutive months, Germany’s neighboring countries have seen a drop in electricity prices due to an increase in German renewable energy generation, especially in relation to wind and solar power production. Prices have steadily decreased since the start of 2014. In March, Platts’s data shows that in Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands, the index dropped to €35.06/MWh (per megawatt hour), which was an…

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Renewable energy adoption creates turbulence in Germany

Germany’s energy transition is an expensive endeavor Germany has been undergoing an energy transition in recent years, called Energiewende. The initiative calls for the country to make more aggressive use of renewable energy and forsake fossil-fuels. The transition away from fossil-fuels has been somewhat turbulent. While the German government believes that embracing renewable energy will be a benefit for the economy in the long run, the upfront costs associated with its adoption are staggering. Germany’s focus on clean power may be doing considerable damage to the country’s economy. Germany aims…

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