German Environment minister Altmaier, a member of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party, foresees a reduction of 1 percent to 1.5 percent in the so-called feed-in tariff that owners of renewable-power generators receive as he seeks to shift some of the cost to producers from consumers to stem a surge in electricity prices. His plan is due to be discussed with state environment ministers on Feb. 14.
St Valentine’s Day Eco News
This flies in the face of what we heard yesterday – though in fairness it’s a Bloomberg report. An automatic bias I fear.
Interestingly Obama is now telling Americans that they should be following China’s lead !!!
Obama’s support for renewables; Renewableenergyworld.obama-reinforces-support-for-renewable-energy
Some countries are worth highlighting for their solar adoption even in the face of less than friendly regulatory environments. France and the UK, for example, each installed over 1 GW of solar capacity in 2012; Greece installed just shy of 1 GW during its crippling economic recession.
Good table here of countries (Ireland isn’t even mentioned) installing solar.
Irish Onshore wind-map county by county (I wanted some of the slides from yesterday’ seminar in WIT Waterford – here’s a good place to start); iwea.com/windenergy_onshore
Wind Energy Myths; http://www.iwea.com/index.cfm/page/windenergymyths1