Helpful studies, policy documents and reports.
The German Energiewende and its Climate Paradox, Agora Energiewende (2014)
Think-tank Agora Energiewende looks at the paradox that sees German carbon emissions rising even though energy production from renewable sources has reached record levels.
Coal Power Endangers Climate Targets: Calls for Urgent Action, DIW (2014)
The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) looks at ways of reducing coal power generation in Germany and analyses the impact of different measures to curb the use of fossil fuels on the country’s CO2 emissions.
Risks of Vattenfall's German Lignite Mining and Power Operations – Technical, Economic, and Legal Considerations, DIW (2014)
An overview of the advantages and disadvantages of the proposed market stability reserve as an instrument to fix the EU ETS.
Energy Charts, Fraunhofer ISE (2014)
Provides the most recent data on electricity production in Germany.
Development of renewable energy sources in Germany 2013, BMWi (2013)
One of the most authoritative overviews of German renewable energy activities from the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
Negative Strompreise: Ursachen und Wirkungen, Agora Energiewende (2014) -- In German
On behalf of think-tank Agora Energiewende, consultancy Energy Brainpool analysed why negative power prices in the German electricity market occur and how better aligning conventional electricity production with renewable energy sources could help solve this problem.
Aktionsprogramm Klimaschutz 2020 Eckpunkte des BMUB (2014) -- In German
The official outline of measures envisaged by the Federal Ministry for the Environment on how to address the so called “climate gap”– the discrepancy between Germany’s 2020 climate goals and the CO2 reduction the country is likely to achieve by then through current efforts. The government decision on actual measures is to follow in November 2014.
Klimaschutzszenario 2050 1. Modellierungsrunde, Öko-Institut, Fraunhofer ISI (2014) -- In German
A comprehensive, 438-page study of Germany’s climate targets 2050 and different possible scenarios to reduce carbon emissions.