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Surcharge on self-consumption deferred

Surcharge on self-consumption deferred | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
After a somewhat rushed and hasty legislative process, revisions to the German Renewable Energy Act (EEG) went into force on August 1st. One of the more controversial amendments is the introduction of a surcharge on self-consumption of locally generated solar power. Now, the transmission grid operators (TSO) have announced that they'll defer the collection of this surcharge until further notice..
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German power exports still more valuable than imports - 100% renewable - Renewables International

German power exports still more valuable than imports - 100% renewable - Renewables International | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Last year, the electricity Germany exported was 6.3% more valuable per unit than the power it imported – the exact opposite of the narrative that Germany is dumping excess renewable electricity on neighboring countries at low cost. France faces a particularly dire imbalance financial; German electricity is 24.4 percent more valuable..
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Complete Renewable Energy Goal Announced

Complete Renewable Energy Goal Announced | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

The Global Alliance for 100% Renewable Energy recently called on European leaders to make firmer commitments to make a transition to renewable energy. The statement was made during the inauguration of the Alliance in Munich when member organizations stated that renewable energy has become the key to Europe’s future economic and industrial development.

The alliance highlighted “there is still a huge gap between the overwhelming socio-economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy and the political will to set adequate targets.” Members of the Alliance include the World Future Council, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and World Wind Energy Association. They called for regional, national and European wide 100% renewable energy targets within the next four decades.

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Energy efficiency improvements can increase the value of your home by 38%, Government report claims

Energy efficiency improvements can increase the value of your home by 38%, Government report claims | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Insulating cavity walls, upgrading double glazing, and putting solar panels on the roof could increase the value of some properties by 14 per cent, while others could rise by as much as 38 per cent, it claims.

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Richard W J Brown's curator insight, June 18, 2013 4:26 AM

Improve the energy rating and improve the property value is the claim...oh and you also help to improve the planet in the process!

 

Lower energy bills and improved property values are the financial wins resulting from improving the energy rating in the home, so why is there such a small conversion rate from inquiry to completed project with the Green Deal?

 

Well the answer is probably that in actual fact the energy bill will not in the short-term reduce and also that as a result of the Green Deal loan being attached to the property's energy supply could also put off would-be purchasers and renters.

 

Looking at the improved house values another possible explanation also springs to mind - many of the higher rated A-B homes are new homes (build in the last ten years).  First of all new homes tend to carry something of a price premium in any event and secondly, there are some other factors that could contribute to a higher value; such as being covered by a warranty like the NHBC and from lower initial repair, improvement and maintenance requirements.  Older Victorian stock are the worst offenders and will also probably require a lot more in terms of improvement expense to put them right, leading to lower valuations for those that have not been improved in particular.

 

That all said, the incentive is clear - increase the energy rating and increase the home value.  The only question then is whether of not to use the Green Deal to do it.  As a landlord, I understand that tenants will be focussed on the running costs of their property and so will be interested in it's energy rating.  But they will probably not be too excited once they realise that whilst their rental achieves say a C rating say that in fact they are still paying the same as with say a G rating due to a Green Deal loan being attached to it.

 

My conclusion therefore is to introduce energy saving measures (with roof and cavity wall insulation being the biggest and easiest wins) but to finance this in an alternative way to the Green Deal loan.  Cash, increase in the mortgage of another type of loan not attached to the energy bill would be my recommendation.  After all, it is clear to see that everyone is a winner when we reduce the energy consumption of our properties, especially mother Earth.

 

Green improvements = yes...Green Deal Loan = no from me therefore

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Siemens to Europe: You're about to waste 45 billion euros!

Siemens to Europe: You're about to waste 45 billion euros! | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Working in conjunction with the Technical University of Munich, industrial and electric power giant Siemens has determined that Europe is incorrectly siting its renewable power projects -- and wasting an estimated 45 billion euros in the process. Siemens claims the projects should be shifted to locations with higher yields, calling the choice of site "crucial to the efficiency and economy."

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Equitable solar

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The French speaking part of Belgium has passed what may be the world's first PV support policy with different rates based on household income. Furthermore, recent reports from Denmark and Australia show that more attention is being paid to infrastructure costs in implementing PV support policies.

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Only use gas for back-up power finds report

Only use gas for back-up power finds report | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Gas plants should only be used as back up for renewable energy in future while the UK should put in place a 2030 decarbonisation target in the imminent Energy Bill.

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Belgium to Build Artificial Island for Wind Energy Storage

Belgium to Build Artificial Island for Wind Energy Storage | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Belgium is planning to build an artificial island in the North Sea that will be used as storage for wind energy.
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Europe - Renewable Energy Profile

Europe - Renewable Energy Profile | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
An annual review of the Renewable Energy market in Europe

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Joan Tarruell's curator insight, December 30, 2012 1:57 PM

In 2011, Europe had a total installed renewable capacity (bm+hy+s+w) of 357.583Mw, an increase 11,5%on the previus year

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Is Europe on target for energy efficiency?

Is Europe on target for energy efficiency? | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

The EU's Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) was adopted last week by the EU Council, a package of mandatory measures the EU claims could help cut energy consumption by 20% and save €50 billion a year.


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The ups and downs of EU energy efficiency policy

The ups and downs of EU energy efficiency policy | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
This week the EU Parliament will vote on the Energy Efficiency Directive, with the Council due to follow in October. Both votes are expected to be a formality – no-one wants another row over the text.

But before savings from the Directive can actually begin in 2014, the Commission and member states must work out the exact requirements it sets. Make no mistake: this process may be just as tough as the political negotiations on the text of the Directive.
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EU confronts post-2030 renewables policy vacuum

EU confronts post-2030 renewables policy vacuum | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
The EU is facing an energy policy vacuum after a firm set of policy goals for
renewable energy, carbon cutting and energy saving expires in 2020.
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Denmark Passes Legislation: 100% Renewable Energy by 2050!

Denmark's Parliament has passed the most ambitious green economy plan in the world: it will generate 35% of its energy from renewable energy by 2020 and 100% by 2050.

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Energy efficiency targets: what are they good for?

Energy efficiency targets: what are they good for? | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

At the current rate of improvement, Europe is on course to miss its goal of a 20% energy efficiency saving by 2020.All the same, officials are developing plans for a 2030 energy efficiency target.



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Norm Miller's curator insight, July 9, 2014 12:15 PM

The key in Europe has been disclosure and high energy costs.  If the US had a carbon tax and or more disclosure we would quickly see behaviors affected.

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Plan to Reduce Carbon in Britain to Nothing

Plan to Reduce Carbon in Britain to Nothing | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Leading environmental charity the Centre for Alternative Technology has released a report in which it attempts to show that it is possible for the UK to decarbonise rapidly using the current level of technological development.

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Solar Energy and Durability Testing

Solar Energy and Durability Testing | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

This first report covered tests of five of 2012′s top eight crystalline silicon PV modules, from among SunPower (SPWR), Suntech (STP), Yingli (YGE), Trina (TSL), Canadian Solar (CSIQ), Sharp (SHCAY), Hanwha SolarOne (HSOL), and Kyocera (KYO).

The results showed “a substantial spread in thermal cycling durability, while all tested module types proved very good stability in the damp heat/UV test sequence.” And though some participants wanted to remain anonymous, all the data acquired under the PVDI will continue to be used to provide a comprehensive comparison in years to come.

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Since the massive use of solar photovoltaics is a relatively recent trend, there is little information on the long-term performance of PV panels. This report provides a welcome piece to the sustainable energy puzzle.

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French village shows way to have wind take them out of debt

The wind of fortune has swept into Arfons, a village in the Tarn region of southwestern France, whose budget has rocketed fivefold in the past three years from 400,000 euros to 2.3 million euros (£1.94 million) – or 12,169 euros per person.

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EU needs integrated system to promote renewables

EU needs integrated system to promote renewables | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
The need for a more integrated system at EU level for promoting renewables - adopting new targets for the period after 2020 and possible solutions that could help boost investments - were highlighted in the non-binding resolution on renewable...
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Duane Tilden's curator insight, March 25, 2013 12:25 AM
"We all expect the share of renewables to grow, but we will only be able to accommodate such growth if the required infrastructures are in place," he said. "Intermittent renewables need not only flexible back-up and energy storage, but also a modernization of the existing grid-infrastructure. That is quite expensive, so we should do everything we can to bring costs of renewables down."
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Figures for PV in Flanders and RE in France for 2012

Figures for PV in Flanders and RE in France for 2012 | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Last week, the statistics for solar installations in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium were published, as were statistics for renewable electricity in France. The Flemish now nearly have two gigawatts of PV, while the French have crossed the three-gigawatt threshold.

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Well - almost as much PV installed in the mighty Flanders as in the whole of France.

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Why Solar Panel Installation Is Three Times Costlier in the U.S. than in Germany

Why Solar Panel Installation Is Three Times Costlier in the U.S. than in Germany | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

In 2011, residential solar system installers paid a little over $1.80 per watt for solar panels in both Germany and the United States. In Germany, installers added $1.20 to the cost of the solar panel to complete an installation. But in the U.S., they tacked on $4.36 per watt, more than three times as much.

A report released this month by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory explains why.

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A $370 Billion Idea for European Buildings

A $370 Billion Idea for European Buildings | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
According to a new study presented by the Renovate Europe Campaign, weatherizing European buildings in an important way could boost local GDP by up to 291 billion Euros ($370 billion) by 2017.

Furthermore, gross annual investments of €41 to €78 billion per year in the EU could bring ongoing annual returns of €104 to €175 billion.
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Hungary's Odooproject prefab home produces twice the amount of energy it consumes

Hungary's Odooproject prefab home produces twice the amount of energy it consumes | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
The prominent south-facing wall features a considerably large surface area that is entirely fitted with photovoltaic panels. During the summer months when the sun is high, solar energy is produced by the roof panels, while during the cooler months when the sun is lower, energy is produced by the south-facing wall. “Ultimately, owing to this system, the house generates twice as much energy in Hungarian conditions and three times as much in Madrid as the house itself spends,” the Odooproject team states. “This amount is able to serve two other house’s needs, or provide a 70-kilometer (43.5-mile) long travel distance – daily – for an electric car.”
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Breakthrough on energy efficiency deal

Breakthrough on energy efficiency deal | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

"Although the text in Article 6 on the energy efficiency obligation schemes is not as strong as the Parliament wanted, it is an important achievement that for the first time ever Member States will have to have a long term strategy with policy and measures in place for dealing with the energy efficiency of their buildings.

 

"In addition, the Parliament secured an early review of the deal in 2016 including of the exemptions that currently weaken Article 6.

 

"Thanks to the changes insisted upon by the Parliament, the directive will now achieve 17% of the 20% energy efficiency savings needed by 2020 - as compared to less than 15% before last night.

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Centre for European Reform: Energy efficiency: Made in Denmark ...

Successive governments have implemented ambitious and consistent policies on energy efficiency since the oil shocks of the 1970s. As a result, Denmark today only uses 60 per cent of the energy per unit of GDP of the EU ...

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