TSO « German Energy Blog The four German transmission operators 50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT and TransnetBW (TSOs) provide joint information no longer on the “EEG-KWK.net” website, but on www.netztransparenz.de. This includes important information regarding the EEG account that balances the expenses for renewable transfer payments to renewable power plant operators against the revenue obtained from the sale of the renewable energy by the TSOs. Continue reading ‘Joint Information By German TSOs on New Website’ On 6 August the four German Transmission System Operators published their latest figures regarding renewable energy transfer payments. In July 2013, the TSOs received EUR 1,831,497,864.24 for 6,687 GWh of electricity from renewable sources.
Blog – Art in Odd Places By Matthew Morowitz Exhibition view of Carmel Ni’s “Folded Relativity,” 2013. Photo courtesy of Kaitlyn A. Kramer. Holiday Travel Scams Make a Blue Christmas An estimated $465 billion will be spent this holiday season. A big chunk of a family’s expenses come from holiday travel. The American Automobile Association (AAA) projects that U.S. travel during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday weekends will increase 1.4 percent from 2010 to the highest level in five years. Fossil fuel subsidies: a tour of the data Fossil fuels are subsidised in much of the world, causing billions of tonnes of addition CO2 emissions. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images One of the most surprising and alarming issues in the climate and energy arena is the fact that the fossil fuels causing global warming continue to receive substantial government support, making them artificially cheap and encouraging more of them to be consumed. It's a form of madness that my colleague Damian Carrington put his finger on recently when he wrote that "the house is ablaze and we are throwing bucket after bucket at it – buckets of petrol." What's particularly baffling is that while government support given to environmentally beneficial renewable power sources is subject to seemingly endless media and political scrutiny, the 500% larger subsidies given to oil, gas and (to a much lesser extent) coal rarely get much attention. Oil
Higgs Boson Found? Without "God Particle," No Galaxies—And No Life Just hours from now, physicists could announce they're 99.9936 percent sure the Higgs boson exists, according to experts on the hunt for the so-called God particle. The combined findings of two teams at the proton-smashing Large Hadron Collider (LHC) should help explain why objects in our universe have mass — and in so doing, why galaxies, planets, and even humans have any right to exist. ( Explore a Higgs boson interactive. ) Just what the scientists—from the ATLAS (A Toroidal LHC Apparatus) and CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) experiments—will reveal, though, is a closely guarded secret. "There are very few people even in ATLAS and CMS who know what's going to be presented on Wednesday. It's kept that secret," said particle physicist David Evans , leader of the U.K. team that works on the LHC's ALICE experiment.
Mission Growth: Europe at the Lead of the New Industrial Revolution - Enterprise and Industry EU industrial structure report 2013: Competing in Global Value Chains Please find the full report on a dedicated page. Commission calls for immediate action for a European Industrial Renaissance The European Commission is urging Member States to recognise the central importance of industry for creating jobs and growth, and of mainstreaming industry-related competitiveness concerns across all policy areas. Social inclusion How can we open up the circle of decision-makers to include regular citizens? How can governments better respond to citizen’s concerns? How can people and decision-makers cooperate for a better future in the coming decade?
Understanding Change - A Paper by Scott London Social change is an elusive concept. It is inevitable and yet, paradoxically, it depends on the will and the actions of ordinary individuals. We embrace change, yet something in our nature fiercely resists it. We structure social movements, political campaigns and business strategies around the need for change, yet we hardly understand how it works. This paper surveys a number of change theories in the fields of history, the philosophy of science, anthropology, sociology, and management theory. It concludes by offering some strategies for promoting change in organizations and communities.
Rethinking ‘normal’ in technology: Q&A with Justin Hall-Tipping On stage at TED Global 2011 Justin Hall-Tipping set forth a bold agenda for funding innovation – one that makes room for radical changes and complete re-thinking of what’s possible. TED’s Ben Lillie tracked him down to follow up on the process of innovation, and his plans for the future. You made this point that we often get stuck on this idea of what normal is. Do you think that really impedes our sense of progress? If we have too strong a sense of what normal is, or if we have a normal thing available — like the example of if we have serviceable solar cells — does the fact that we have those available keep us from reaching further and making them better? Yes, I think it does.
How Jellyfish Relaxation Can Lead to Energy-Efficient Vehicles In the popular imagination, jellyfish are just blobs—listless drifting things, without eyes, ears, or even a brain for figuring out how to get from one place to another. Scientists have long argued against this misguided notion. They say the familiar medusa-style (or bell-shaped) jellyfish are highly effective at getting where they need to go, employing both jet propulsion and a rowing motion. They travel efficiently enough, in fact, that jellyfish often outcompete the fish that appear to be their bigger, faster, smarter rivals.