What the press say

This month in ‘What the press say’: Answers to the following questions: who can benefit from switching to a smart meter already? Why it is usually cheaper to use a heat pump than a gas-fired heating system? To what extent did the share of renewables in global electricity generation capacity increase in 2023?

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International Economic Forum for Renewable Energies (IWR), 11 January 2024: Renewables expansion leads to global increase of 50% and more than 500 GW in 2023 (in German only)

According to the ‘Renewables 2023’ annual market report published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the expansion rate of electricity generation capacities based on renewables was almost 50% higher in 2023 than in 2022. The International Economic Forum for Renewable Energies (IWR) explains the most important aspects covered by the report.

fr.de, 20 January 2024: ‘New smart meters: Who will have to install them soon?’ (in German only)

„Smart meters will become obligatory in 2032. However, it can make good sense to make the switch early, as the new meters are designed to help conserve electricity’, writes the Frankfurter Rundschau daily, explaining the prerequisites.

solarserver.de, 25 January 2024: ‘Study: using a heat pump is cheaper than using gas for heating (in German only)

How expensive are different types of heating systems over a period of 20 years, including the cost of investment and the operational cost? Solarserver has drawn upon a study of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) to find answers.