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Deutschland: Vermittlungsausschuss verständigt sich auf eine Kürzung der Einspeisevergütung für Solarstrom in zwei Schritten

Bundesumweltminister Norbert Röttgen hat die Einigung im Vermittlungsausschuss zur Kürzung der Solarförderung im Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz begrüßt. "Das ist ein wichtiges Signal: Investoren und Unternehmer haben jetzt Klarheit für ihre...

Germany: Mediation Committee agreed on a two-step process for reducing the feed-in tariff for solar electricity

Federal Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen has welcomed the agreement reached in the Mediation Committee on lowering the support rate for solar power under the Renewable Energy Sources Act. "This sends an important signal. Investors and...

Innovative responsible housing for the Mediterranean: the IRH-Med project

ACC1Ó leads the actions of the project that will be developed together with  public and private institutions from Mediterranean countries such as Italy, France, Greece and Croatia. The project is co-financed by the European...

Energy balances and indicators of EU Member States for 2008 now available

Scotland: Home renewables grants successful

Energy Minister Jim Mather said: "The Energy Saving Scotland home renewables grant scheme has been extremely successful in helping householders to generate their own green energy, cut carbon and stimulate the market for small scale...

Australia moves to clean energy future

The Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Bill to implement the Commercial Building Disclosure scheme was passed by the Australian Parliament on 24 June 2010. It is anticipated that the requirement to disclose information will commence...

Carbon Detectives: Schools use little grey cells to go green

To become involved, schools simply register at www.carbondetectives.org.uk. They are then provided with their initial carbon footprint, and access to a range of new teaching materials, planning tools and carbon calculators to help reduce...

International Energy Agency: Launch of Energy Technology Perspectives 2010

Presenting ETP 2010 in Washington DC, IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka said “after sowing the seeds for such a revolution in our last edition in 2008 by demonstrating that greater reliance on low-carbon technologies can transform the...

Deutschland: Schwankendes Stromangebot zwingt zu Flexibilisierung

Ein negativer Preis und die Stromerzeugung aus erneuerbaren Energien hängen eng zusammen. Strom aus Windenergie muss nach dem Erneuerbaren-Energien-Gesetz (EEG) vorrangig ins Netz eingespeist werden. Unter normalen Umständen passt sich die...

Renewables account for 62% of the new electricity generation capacity installed in the EU in 2009

Cautious optimism In 2009, and in absolute terms, about 19.9% (608 TWh) of Europe’s total electricity consumption (3042 TWh) came from renewable energy sources. Hydro power contributed with the largest share (11.6%),...

ELENA facility supports cities and regions in developing sustainable solutions

At present urban areas are responsible for 70 to 80% of energy consumption and CO2 emissions in Europe. For this reason, EU initiatives at the local level, such as the Covenant of Mayors, are encouraging towns and cities to take the lead...

U.S.Green Building Council supports greening of ICC's international codes

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, winner of the Solar Decathlon Europe 2010 competition

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college named Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, Virginia Tech is now a comprehensive, innovative research university with the largest full-time student population in Virginia. Through a...

UK: Insulation for the nation – 3.5 million more homes to be lagged

Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne is today demanding that energy suppliers work harder to insulate lofts and walls ensuring that consumers, especially low income vulnerable households, receive measures which can offer significant energy...

Scotland: Farms pave way to beat climate change

Richard Lochhead said: "Scotland's farmers are ready to play their part in moving towards a low carbon society and not only can the industry cut emissions but farming businesses can save costs at the same time and earn new income. "Our...

Scotland: Eco-Schools landmark

While visiting the school, the Education Secretary also launched Scotland's second Action Plan under the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD), which promotes and outlines the education actions needed to ensure our...

An American study finds that smart meters are not enough to lead consumers to save energy

ACEEE based its findings on a review of 57 different residential sector feedback programs between 1974 and 2010. To realize potential feedback-induced savings, ACEEE conclusion is that advanced meters must be used in conjunction with in-...

Forschungsförderung für Erneuerbare Energien

Deutschland ist auf dem Weg in das regenerative Zeitalter. Hierzu haben technologische Innovationen aus der Energieforschung entscheidend beigetragen. In 2009 hat das BMU die Forschung zu Erneuerbaren Energien mit insgesamt 109,5 Mio. Euro...

BMU and KfW Entwicklungsbank launch global climate protection fund

The German Minister of the Environment, Dr. Norbert Röttgen explains: "As a result of the BMU providing equity capital and hence taking on some of the commercial risk, we are creating the necessary incentives for private investors to take...

BMU und KfW Entwicklungsbank geben Startschuss für globalen Klimaschutzfonds

Bundesumweltminister Dr. Norbert Röttgen: „Indem das BMU Eigenkapital bereitstellt und einen Teil der wirtschaftlichen Risiken übernimmt, schaffen wir die für private Investoren notwendigen Anreize, sich in Form von Fremdkapital zu...