renewable energy

Fossil fuel still subsidies up to 4 times renewable energy

A frequent criticism of renewable energy is the amount of Government subsidy it attracts. Hard-earned tax-payers money is used to fund Feed-in-Tariffs for solar panels, pay land-owners for Wind energy and other forms of renewable energy infrastructure. Isn’t it terrible shout the sceptics, by now, renewable energy should be self-funding and succeed or fail by the strict rules of the free market. In practice energy is too crucial to modern

Germany sets new high, generating 74 percent of energy needs from renewable energy, solar, wind and hydro etc

On Sunday 11 May 2014, Germany’s impressive streak of renewable energy milestones continued, with renewable energy generation surging to a new record — nearly 75 percent — of the country’s overall energy demand by midday. With wind and solar in particular filling such a huge portion of the country’s power demand, electricity prices actually dipped into the negative for much of the afternoon, according to Renewables International. In the first

One day in June: solar and wind renewables in Germany slash energy prices

While the UK has just committed to a huge taxpayer spend on a new nuclear power station and supine politicians wring their hands over our rigged energy market, Germany’s controversial renewables policy is showing signs of delivering cheap power in the future. On JUNE 16th 2013 something very peculiar happened in Germany’s electricity market. The wholesale price of electricity fell to minus €100 per megawatt hour (MWh). That is, generating

Public backs renewable energy

A recent Ipsos-Mori poll found that 43% see the UK subsidy for wind power as good value for money against 18% who do not. Another survey has also found a big majority in favour of renewable energy. The subject of wind energy can become noisily controversial with local concerns over wind farm applications being weighed against the wider considerations of UK’s energy mix in the future. Those who criticise wind