IEA: Policy uncertainty threatens to slow renewable energy momentum

The expansion of renewable energy will slow over the next five years unless policy uncertainty is diminished, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today in its third annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report. According to the report, power generation from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro grew strongly in 2013, reaching almost 22%…

Europe’s installed wind capacity will increase at a slower rate to the end of the decade than previously estimated

European Union countries will have a combined 192.4 gigawatts (GW) of installed wind energy capacity by 2020, 64% higher than 2013 levels, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) said in a report. However, this is almost 40 GW below the EWEA’s previous estimate five years ago of 230 GW by 2020, potentially a disappointment for…

EurActiv: German coalition snubs opposition in renewables reform

On Friday (27 June), the Bundestag is expected to pass reforms to German legislation supporting renewable energies. But after new direction came from Brussels, confusion gripped Berlin’s political scene earlier this week. EurActiv Germany reports. The German Bundestag’s Committee on Economics and Energy approved a controversial amendment to Germany’s Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) on Tuesday (23 June)…