About us: CLEW – Motivation

Transforming the energy system of the world's fourth largest economy has entered a new phase. Rapid growth of renewable energy and the broad consensus to phase out nuclear power have opened up new opportunities, added fresh challenges and increased complexity. The country's so-called Energiewende project changes not only markets and business models but reaches deep into society and well beyond Germany's borders.


The Clean Energy Wire provides well-researched, fact-based and unbiased information as well as support for international journalists reporting on the energy transition. We are convinced that quality journalism plays a key role in productive domestic and international debates, which are essential for a successful move to a low-carbon economy.

The Clean Energy Wire is committed to the highest standards in journalism. Our charter sets out the principles that govern our own work.


Our correspondents and freelance contributors deliver an overview of the debate in Germany and write about relevant developments to keep users up to date. A regular digest provides a snapshot of how the media covers the Energiewende and a collection of other materials, such as studies or new data.

The Clean Energy Wire team provides facts, figures and analysis on the broader themes of the Energiewende in regularly updated dossiers. We tell the stories of the energy transition using a range of journalistic formats, aiming for a 360° view of this generational project. All dossiers contain contacts, sources and resources for journalists who want to produce their own take on the sweeping changes in Germany.

We support journalists covering German energy policy in other ways, too. We help with research, dig out data, and establish contacts with experts, energy-related projects and policymakers. We publish a carefully curated database of experts online and help on request to find the right people to talk to in companies, ministries or individual energy projects.

The best reporting is still done on the ground. Therefore, we offer study tours and workshops that put international journalists right at the heart of the energy transition and its issues. We create opportunities to see the changes, to visit individual projects and to speak with experts, politicians and the people who make the Energiewende happen.

As a non-profit organisation, the Clean Energy Wire can offer its services free of charge thanks to its funders, Stiftung Mercator (stiftung-mercator.de) and the European Climate Foundation (europeanclimate.org).

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