The split between Angela Merkel’s two potential junior coalition parties over Germany’s green energy disaster seems to be unsolvable. That could mean that the days of Angela Merkel may be numbered, and those of the Energiewende as well. —P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, 29 September 2017
Germany’s federal elections on 24 September saw no changes at the top as Angela Merkel retained the Chancellorship. But the nature of the country’s future energy policy will be shaped by the horse-trading currently taking place to decide which parties will be in the ruling coalition. —Petroleum Economist, 29 September 2017
Wood burning is set to be banned in some urban areas to reduce air pollution under proposed restrictions that would be the strongest in Europe. Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, is seeking powers to prohibit all burning of wood in parts of the capital with poor air quality. He also wants tighter curbs on wood-burning stoves, with only low-emission versions allowed to stay on sale. —The Times, 29 September 2017
In response to the London smog alert, the Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF) is calling on the Government to abolish all support for diesel engines and wood-burners which are posing a growing threat to the health of urban populations. —Global Warming Policy Forum, 24 January 2017
Hot on the heels of the uncritical media fuss around the recent Contracts for Difference awarded to offshore wind (for comment see “Forget the Spin: Offshore wind costs are not falling”) comes an equally misleading set of headlines falsely claiming that Solar Photovoltaic generation is on the brink of operating without market distortions and coercion. The truth, unsurprisingly, is quite otherwise. —GWPF Energy, 26 September 2017
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