Info Papers

"Carbon free" power stations: No protection against climate change

EUROSOLAR Info Paper, Status: March 2007


With catchwords like "Carbon free" power stations or "clean coal", operators of fossil fuel power plants suggest a contribution to protect against climate change. The very phrase "clean coal" is misleading however...

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The success of feed-in tariffs in Europe.

EUROSOLAR Info Paper, Status: June 2006


The success of feed-in tariffs in Europe .

In the European Union fixed feed-in tariffs take off as an instrument to promote the development of Renewable Energies. Besides Germany, where a system for Renewable electricity feed-in, purchase and payment was already introduced in 1991, also Estonia (1998), Finland, France (2001), Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, the Netherlands (2003), Austria (2003), Portugal (1988), Slovenia (2002), Spain (1994), the Czech Republic (2002), Hungary (2003) and Cyprus (2004) use feed-in tariffs to date.

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Five reasons for a feed-in model, five reasons against quota systems

EUROSOLAR Info Paper, Status: June 2006


Five reasons for a feed-in model, five reasons against quota systems

In the European Union, two opposing concepts of legislative frameworks for Renewable Energies are in effect. While most of the Member States have followed and instituted the Germany’s model of fixed feed-in tariffs, as laid down in its Renewable Energy Sources Act (Erneuerbare-Energien Gesetz) (“EEG”), some few apply quota systems with tradable certificates.

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Amendment to the Renewable Energy Sources Act ("EEG") .

EUROSOLAR Info Paper, Status: June 2006


Amendment to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (

The revised legislation on granting priority to Renewable Energy Sources passed the German Bundesrat on 9 July 2004 and entered into force on 1 August 2004. Its aim is to increase the percentage of Renewable Energies in power supply to at least 12.5% by 2010, and to at least 20% by 2020.

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The costs of nuclear energy

EUROSOLAR Info Paper, Status: April 2006


The costs of nuclear energy

Using nuclear energy for electricity generation is irresponsible in many respects. Given the accident hazards, the detrimental health effects of radiation exposure, the unsolvable problem of nuclear waste and the dwindling uranium resources, immediate replacement of nuclear energy by Renewable Energies is required. Irrespectively, this is to present an overview on the economic and societal dimensions of extensive costs arising from the use of nuclear energy.

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