Key publications on Germany’s Energiewende

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Reporting on Germany’s generational Energiewende can be challenging for even the most seasoned journalist. Government institutions, NGOs and researchers publish a myriad of studies, reports, data collections and analyses every year. This factsheet provides a chronological overview to help navigate the key recurring publications that provide a wealth of Energiewende data.

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Key data: Household/industry power prices
German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW)

BDEW updates its data on household and industry power prices several times per year. It’s broken down into components such as acquisition/sales charges, grid fees, taxes and the EEG surcharge.
BDEW is the largest energy industry association in Germany. It has 1,800 members, including local and municipal utilities and Germany’s “big four” energy companies. 

When: several times per year, unregularly
CLEW content:   Factsheet What German households pay for power

 

 

Key data: Daily power generation and consumption
Agora Energiewende

Agora Energiewende provides details of Germany’s power generation and consumption in this interactive chart. Generation data is broken down into solar, wind, water and biomass, and it is possible to adjust the displayed time frame. It includes preliminary data for the current day. Detailed data on conventional power generation is available only on the following day.
Agora Energiewende is a think tank – funded by the European Climate Foundation and the Stiftung Mercator – that focuses on dialogue with energy policymakers. It initiates and commissions research and uses the results to identify the challenges of the Energiewende, present possible solutions and define strategies for transforming Germany’s electricity sector.

When: on a rolling basis
CLEW content:   Factsheet Germany’s renewable generation peaks remain shrouded in data fog

 

 

Key data: Net power generation, installed power capacity
Energy Charts / Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE)

Fraunhofer ISE, through the project Energy Charts, provides data on net power generation of power plants for public power supply, net installed power generation capacity, power exchanges (imports/exports) and power prices, updated year-round, using other institutions' data.
Fraunhofer ISE is the largest solar energy research institute in Europe.

When: on a rolling basis
CLEW content: Factsheet Germany’s energy consumption and power mix in charts

 

 

Key data: Green energy account (EEG income and expenditures)
TSOs – Netztransparenz.de

Every month, the TSOs release the national green energy account, an overview of the incomes and expenditures incurred according to the Renewable Energy Act (EEG). Furthermore, an overall balance of the EEG-surcharge account is given.
Netztransparenz.de is a joint information platform by Germany's four transmission system operators (TSO) 50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT and TransnetBW, used to publish information the TSOs are obliged to make publicly available.

When: monthly
CLEW content: Factsheet Balancing the books: Germany's "green energy account", Factsheet Defining features of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG)

 

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Key data: Greenhouse gas emissions in penultimate year; Particulate matter (PM10)/nitrogen dioxide NO2)/ozone (O3) in year X-1
Federal Environment Agency (UBA)

Early each year, UBA releases two separate reports, one with final data on Germany's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the penultimate year broken down by sector, and the other on air quality. UBA's data forms the basis for Germany's GHG emissions reports to the UN under the Kyoto Protocol.
The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) is a scientific government agency. Its work centres around gathering data concerning the state of the environment, investigating the relevant interrelationships and making projections – and then, based on these findings, providing federal bodies such as the Ministry of the Environment with policy advice. It also implements environmental law by making sure that it is applied in areas such as CO₂ trading.

When: Last week in January/first week in February
CLEW content: Factsheet Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets, Dossier The energy transition and climate change, Dossier The Energiewende and German carmakers

 

 

Key data: GHG emissions (first estimate for previous year)
Federal Environment Agency (UBA)

UBA releases first estimates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data for the previous year.
The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) is a scientific government agency. Its work centres around gathering data concerning the state of the environment, investigating the relevant interrelationships and making projections – and then, based on these findings, providing federal bodies such as the Ministry of the Environment with policy advice. It also implements environmental law by making sure that it is applied in areas such as CO₂ trading.

When: Mid-March
CLEW content: Factsheet Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets

 

 

Key data: Data on past year’s renewables development (first estimates for previous year)
Working Group on Renewable Energy Statistics (AGEE-Stat)

AGEE-Stat releases first estimates of the previous year’s data on renewables development, including gross power production from renewable energies and share of renewables in primary energy consumption.
AGEE-Stat is made up of experts from various federal ministries and agencies, and consolidates data on the development of renewable energy in Germany.

When: end of March (mid-year update in July/August, final data in December)
CLEW content: Factsheet Germany’s energy consumption and power mix in charts

 

 

Key data: Green energy account (EEG income and expenditures)
TSOs – Netztransparenz.de

Germany’s four TSOs publish the previous year’s final green energy account.
Netztransparenz.de is a joint information platform by Germany's four transmission system operators (TSO) 50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT and TransnetBW, used to publish information the TSOs are obliged to make publicly available.

When: Last week of July
CLEW content: Factsheet Balancing the books: Germany's "green energy account", Factsheet Defining features of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG)

 

 

Key data: Up-to-date series on renewables development 1990 – previous year (share in gross power production, primary energy consumption, installed capacity, etc.)
Working Group on Renewable Energy Statistics (AGEE-Stat)

AGEE-Stat releases first estimates of the previous year’s data on renewables development, including gross power production from renewable energies and share of renewables in primary energy consumption.
AGEE-Stat is made up of experts from various federal ministries and agencies, and consolidates data on the development of renewable energy in Germany.

When: End August, beginning September (first estimates in March, finalised data in December)
CLEW content: Factsheet Germany’s energy consumption and power mix in charts

 

 

Key data: Poll results regarding the public support and acceptance of renewable energy in Germany
Renewable Energies Agency (AEE)

Since 2012, pollster TNS Emnid, on behalf of AEE, asks around 1,000 Germans each year on how important they regard “increased use and expansion of renewable energy […]”, as their key phrase to gauge citizens’ support for the Energiewende. Interviewees are also asked about their support for renewable energy installations in their neighbourhood and the overall advantages of renewable energy.
The Renewable Energies Agency is a communication platform funded by a group of companies from the renewable energy sector, renewable energy associations and two federal ministries. According to their website, their objective is to: “[…] communicate the most important advantages of a sustainable energy supply on the basis of renewable energy […]”.

When: End of September, mid-October
CLEW content: Factsheet Polls reveal citizens' support for Energiewende

 

 

Key data: EEG surcharge for upcoming year
TSOs – Netztransparenz.de

Germany’s four TSOs release the following year’s renewables levy (EEG surcharge), which is paid by consumers with their power bill. (Agora Energiewende provides its EEG-surcharge calculator to calculate an estimate for the amount of the renewables levy for the years up until 2035.)
Netztransparenz.de is a joint information platform by Germany's four transmission system operators (TSO) 50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT and TransnetBW, used to publish information the TSOs are obliged to make publicly available.

When: October, latest by the 15
CLEW content: Factsheet Defining features of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG)

 

 

Key data: Current year’s data on developments in power and gas markets, grid expansion, grid fees, supply security, etc.
Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur – BNetzA)

BNetzA together with the Federal Cartel Office jointly publish a Monitoring Report on Germany’s power and gas sectors. The report focuses on the developments in Germany's power and gas markets in the current year and includes analyses of power and gas generation, grids, trans-border exchanges, and wholesale (spot) and retail markets.
BNetzA supervises operators of energy supply networks together with federal state regulatory bodies. It ensures all users can access and use the energy supply network on a non-discriminatory basis. The agency is also responsible for tasks related to expanding the electricity grid.

When: Mid November
CLEW content: Dossier The energy transition and Germany’s power grid

 

 

Key data: GHG emissions  
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)

In 2014, the federal government initiated Germany’s Climate Action Programme 2020 to ensure the country meets its goal of reducing CO₂ emissions by 40 percent by 2020, compared to 1990. Until then, BMUB is obliged to publish its report on the impact of Climate Action Programme measures and expected GHG reductions on an annual basis.

When: Mid December
CLEW content: Factsheet Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets, Factsheet Details of new Climate Action Programme

 

 

Key data: Renewables development, energy efficiency, GHG emissions  
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

BMWi publishes a comprehensive Energiewende Monitoring Report on an annual basis. It covers and analyses the most crucial developments and targets of the Energiewende in the current year, such as share of renewables in power production, primary energy consumption, GHG emissions and energy efficiency.
Every three years (next in 2017), BMWi releases a Progress Report instead of the Monitoring Report. In contrast to the latter, the Progress Report provides broader context and more in-depth analysis with a more medium/long-term time horizon.
BMWi is the federal ministry in charge of Germany’s energy transition. It regularly publishes data, press releases and background information on the Energiewende.

When: Mid December
CLEW content: Factsheet Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets

 

 

Key data: Renewables development, energy efficiency, GHG emissions
Independent expert commission on Energiewende monitoring

The experts, commissioned by the federal government, publish their in-depth opinion together with the BMWi’s Monitoring Report, evaluating the energy transition’s progress and giving recommendations for future policy decisions.
The independent expert commission is currently made up of four renowned energy experts and publishes an opinion with each year’s Monitoring Report.

When: Mid December
CLEW content: Factsheet Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets

 

 

Key data: Finalised time series on renewables development 1990 – previous year (share in gross power production, primary energy consumption, installed capacity, etc.)
Working Group on Renewable Energy Statistics (AGEE-Stat)

AGEE-Stat finalises its time series data on renewables development 1990 – previous year, e.g. on gross power production from renewables, share of renewables in primary energy consumption, installed renewable power capacity, avoided GHG emissions, and investment in construction of renewable energy facilities.
AGEE-Stat is made up of experts from various federal ministries and agencies, and consolidates data on the development of renewable energy in Germany.

When: Mid December (first estimates in March, mid-year update in July/August)
CLEW content: Factsheet Germany’s energy consumption and power mix in charts

 

 

Key data: Primary energy consumption, gross power production for current year
AG Energiebilanzen e.V. (AGEB)

At the end of the year, AGEB publishes data for Germany's primary energy consumption and gross power generation in the current year, including the relative share from different energy sources. The first estimates are released in October and November. AGEB also provides separate files with graphs and data for each energy source individually.
AGEB is an energy market research group set up by several major German energy industry associations and economic research institutes. Its purpose is to evaluate current statistics in all areas of the energy market and to publish their results.

When: End of December
CLEW content: Factsheet Germany’s energy consumption and power mix in charts

 

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