The German government has made it official: The proposed “strompreisbremse” or electricity price protection as it is loosely translated, will not materialize since both the states and federal government have failed to come to an agreement. The brake on rising electricity prices is not expected until the next elections in September.
Given the number of world leaders gathering to argue over topics such as the global economic malaise and whether Britain really wants to be in the EU or not, you might imagine enough hot air would be spouted annually at the World Economic Forum in Davos to power the Swiss city without the need for renewables.
President Obama’s plans to extend a US$16 billion renewables stimulus package for another year are set to be another bone of contention in his ongoing battle with the U.S.’ Republican-dominated Congress.
U.S. Secretary of State for the Interior, Senator Ken Salazar, has announced the designation of more than 192,000 acres of public land in Arizona as suitable for utility-scale solar and wind projects as part of the Restoration Design Energy Project.
The CEO of solar testing company TÜV Rheinland has called on politicians in Germany and the European Union to make a huge effort to upgrade grids because, he told an audience at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, “our current network is our lifeline”.
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