photo Kevin Dooley

IEA: Solar costs heading to 4c/kWh, rooftop solar “unbeatable”

The traditionally conservative International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts the cost of solar energy will fall to around 4c/kWh in coming decades as the sun becomes the largest source of power generation across the world. The latest “Solar Roadmap” published by the IEA on Monday shows that the speed with which solar is reaching “socket parity” has taken the world by surprise, writes Giles Parkinson of Reneweconomy.com.au.

Rosatom's nuclear power project in Kaliningrad: unfinished business

How the Russian nuclear plant in Kaliningrad can help Baltic States integrate with EU power grid

The three Baltic States want to move out of the Russian-dominated IPS/UPS area power system and into the EU’s CE system. This will require billions of euros in investment not just in transmission networks but also in new baseload generating capacity. One way to reduce these costs, writes Professor Rudolf Dolzer, is for the Baltic countries to link up with the new nuclear power station currently being constructed in the…….

Lippendorf power station (photo: dé.wé)

German lignite thrives on policy ambivalence

Germany has justly become world famous for its Energiewende. What is less well known is that the German lignite industry is continuing to wreak its environmental havoc on a large scale. On the basis of current German energy policies, writes Jeffrey Michel, there is no “lignite Ausstieg” in sight.

Andrei Belyi

“Everything depends on how much more Europeans are ready to pay for alternative sources of gas”

When he passed through Brussels recently, Russian researcher Andrei Belyi gave Energy Post his analysis of the crisis between Moscow and Brussels. For him, it’s a lose-lose situation, because he doubts the European sanctions will make Russia change tack on Ukraine, even if they are costing Moscow influence at international level, especially in negotiations with China. At the same time he questions whether European are prepared to pay for alternative…….

Günther Oettinger and Russian energy minister Alexander Novak (photo: Voice of Russia)

Winter gas supply crunch in Europe unlikely, experts say

Major investment in European gas storage, transmission and emergency planning make a repeat of the 2009 gas shock unlikely this winter, market observers say, even if Russia trims exports to retaliate against western sanctions. That should be comforting news to EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger, who is meeting with energy ministers from Ukraine and Russia (Yuriy Prodan and Alexander Novak) on Friday in Berlin. But analysts do caution that the…….

Buzek

VIDEO: Jerzy Buzek, “Europe can enhance security of supply by opening gas market to US”

Jerzy Buzek - Chair of the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) - discusses the energy priorities for the new parliamentary term with Hughes Belin for viEUws.eu.

TTIP protest in June 2013, Photo Jakob Huber, Campact

In defence of TTIP: Good for the economy – and for the climate

The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States may deliver significant benefits not just in terms of greater economic competitiveness, but also as regards energy security and even environmental sustainability, writes Carlo Stagnaro, senior fellow at the Italian think tank Istituto Bruno Leoni and advisor to Italy’s Minister for Economic Development.  According to Stagnaro, there is no reason to believe…….

Dr Michael Fübi, Chairman of the VGB Board of Directors, opening the Power Plants 2014 congress

Conventional generators: prepare for the unimaginable!

Coal, gas and nuclear plants cannot be thrown overboard overnight in favour of 100% renewables, warned energy executives at a conference in Hamburg. The mood was downbeat, but the electricity and heat producers tried to keep their spirits up: “It’s about conventional AND renewables”. Futurist Lars Thomsen advised companies to think Beyond Power: “energy suppliers will have to start thinking about selling intelligence and prepare for the unimaginable.”

Old Katoomba coal mine in Australia, now a tourist attraction (photo Sebastian Bergmann)

King Coal dethroned: future looks black

New research by the Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI), the London-based NGO that invented the concept of “stranded assets” (aka the “carbon bubble”), claims that “the tide is turning against coal exporters”. After taking on the oil and gas industry, CTI has for the first time calculated the risks faced by the coal sector from slowing demand in combination with climate change policies. It concludes that most new coal mines will…….