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Green No More: Germany Rejects EU’s Green Energy Ambitions

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 5:43
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Voters across Europe have lost faith in politics partly because of “unachievable targets” on renewable energy, said German Energy Minister Peter Altmaier, who rejected calls from a group of other EU countries to boost the share of renewables to 33-35% of the bloc’s energy mix by 2030. —EurActive, 12 June 2018

The German government is about to concede officially that the country is on course to widely missing its 2020 climate target. —Clean Energy Wire, 12 June 2018

For all the bravado, Germany’s Energiewende may be more cautionary tale than a success story for other nations looking to modernize their energy sectors. At the heart of the policy lies a fundamental hypocrisy: despite Germany’s commitment to expanding its renewable energy capacity to replace lost nuclear plants, the country’s carbon emissions are currently on the rise. —Colin Stevens, EU Reporter, 12 June 2018 

Thermal coal, tagged the least-loved major commodity by analysts, is defying skeptics, with prices rising to the highest level since 2012 thanks to strong Asian demand. —Financial Times, 11 June 2018

U.S. coal use declined for the eighth year in a row. American electric producers are switching to cleaner sources like natural gas and renewables. That doesn’t mean American coal producers are suffering, though. American coal is finding new homes abroad. After years of falling exports, 2017 marked a dramatic shift. —Banyan Hill, 12 June 2018

Wind power output in the United Kingdom since the end of May has been at low and extremely low levels, confirming, yet again, the observation that wind power contributes little or nothing to security of supply, and so requires a duplication of resources implying a reduction in overall system productivity and so higher costs to consumers. —GWPF Energy, 12 June 2018


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