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  • 28 Jun 2020 |
    Gas

    U.S. LNG showcases transatlantic rift on climate and energy

    28 Jun 2020, 17:00 Natural gas has a special role in the debate about the global transition to a decarbonised energy system to combat climate change thanks to its reputation as the greenest of fossil fuels. Pushed by the recent oil and gas boom, the U.S. ...
  • 25 Jun 2018 |

    Industry bets on gas as last trump card in Energiewende

    The role of gas in Germany's energy transition 25 Jun 2018, 15:05 Does the energy transition seal the fate of natural gas in Germany? Europe's biggest economy will have to virtually phase out all fossil fuels to fully decarbonise by 2050. But ...
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  • 16 Oct 2020 |

    Natural gas provides half of German industry's power generation

    16 Oct 2020, 13:32 Expert Destatis Federal Statistical Office- Statistisches Bundesamt Energiewende Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Industry Clean Energy Wire Natural gas has become by far the most important energy source for power generation of Germany's ...
  • 28 Sep 2020 |

    Green party wins several big city mayor posts in Germany’s most populous state

    28 Sep 2020, 13:42 The Green party crowned a recent surge in local elections in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous federal state, with wins in mayoral run-offs in several big cities, including Bonn, the seat of the UN’s climate body, the ...
  • 28 Sep 2020 |

    US sanctions against Nord Stream 2 no clear breach of international law – German parliament research service

    28 Sep 2020, 13:41 Julian Wettengel Security FAZ / Tagesspiegel Background The German national parliament’s (Bundestag) research service does not regard US sanctions against German companies in connection with the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline as a ...
  • 25 Sep 2020 |

    German econ min warns Nord Stream 2 stop could damage trust in large-scale projects

    25 Sep 2020, 13:43 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Julian Wettengel Gas Security Handelsblatt German economy minister ...
  • 18 Sep 2020 |
    Gas

    Majority of Germans oppose halt to Nord Stream 2

    18 Sep 2020, 13:30 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas Bild / dpa / ZDF A large majority of Germans and the country's eastern states oppose an exit from the controversial Russian-German gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 following the poisoning of ...
  • 08 Sep 2020 |

    Germany's econ min sceptical about Nord Stream 2 sanctions in reaction to Navalny poisoning

    08 Sep 2020, 13:53 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Security ARD / Der Spiegel / Deutschlandfunk ...
  • 07 Sep 2020 |

    Merkel does not rule out impact of Navalny poisoning on Nord Stream 2

    07 Sep 2020, 13:55 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert Left Party Die Linke EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Gas ...
  • 03 Sep 2020 |

    German politicians call to halt Nord Stream 2 following Navalny poisoning

    03 Sep 2020, 13:49 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Climate & CO2 Electricity market EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Benjamin Wehrmann Julian Wettengel Gas Security ...
  • 31 Aug 2020 |

    German-Russian resources forum discusses joint hydrogen economy

    31 Aug 2020, 13:51 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Hydrogen Security Clean Energy Wire Business and government representatives and researchers from Russia and Germany want to establish a bilateral cooperation on hydrogen, the  German-Russian ...
  • Must accelerate climate action over coming years – Germany’s Merkel

    28 Aug 2020, 13:21 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire Germany has made decisive steps in regards to the climate challenge in past years, but efforts have to increase, Chancellor Angela Merkel told journalists ...
  • 27 Aug 2020 |

    Ukraine and Germany ink energy partnership to 'modernise' Ukraine's energy sector

    27 Aug 2020, 11:49 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Energiewende Security Clean ...
  • 21 Aug 2020 |
    Gas

    German municipal gas pipe leaks cause more than 1 mio t CO2 emissions

    21 Aug 2020, 13:59 Edgar Meza Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas Der Spiegel Methane leaks in municipal gas pipe systems produce an estimated 1.3 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents annually in Germany, according to Der Spiegel, which cites a new study by an ...
  • 12 Aug 2020 |

    Nord Stream 2 pipeline could be delayed or fail, Uniper risk report says

    12 Aug 2020, 13:55 Expert Uniper SE Uniper SE Utilities Alex Dziadosz Gas Security Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Süddeutsche Zeitung Utility Uniper says there could be further delays to the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, or possibly ...
  • 07 Aug 2020 |

    Outrage in Germany as US senators threaten "crushing" sanctions on port over Nord Stream 2

    07 Aug 2020, 14:42 Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Security Die Welt / WirtschaftsWoche / Tagesspiegel Three Republican senators have threatened the US will impose "crushing legal and economic sanctions" on the port of Sassnitz on the German Baltic Sea ...
  • 06 Aug 2020 |

    Environmental NGO sues to stop Nord Stream 2 over methane leakage concerns

    06 Aug 2020, 14:13 Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche Umwelthilfe Climate & CO2 Society Alex Dziadosz Gas International Clean Energy Wire The environmental group Environmental Action Germany (DUH) says it is suing to stop the ...
  • 04 Aug 2020 |

    US's Nord Stream 2 threats pose 'difficult gray area' for German diplomats- legal expert

    04 Aug 2020, 14:24 Edgar Meza Gas Security Die Welt The US government's threat of sanctions against companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project has led to angry calls of defiance by government officials and business leaders in ...
  • 30 Jul 2020 |

    Nord Stream 2 companies seek political help against US sanctions threat

    30 Jul 2020, 13:34 Expert Uniper SE Uniper SE Utilities Alex Dziadosz Gas Security Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Clean Energy Wire The companies involved in the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project, which connects Germany with ...
  • 29 Jul 2020 |

    Russia ponders adding hydrogen to Nord Stream 2 gas deliveries to Germany

    29 Jul 2020, 13:29 Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Hydrogen Handelsblatt / TASS The Russian government is urging the country's leading energy companies to quickly expand their hydrogen production capacities and is considering using the controversial offshore ...
  • 17 Jul 2020 |

    LNG price drop dampens enthusiasm for import terminals in Germany

    17 Jul 2020, 13:49 Expert Uniper SE Uniper SE Utilities Alex Dziadosz Gas International Handelsblatt Tumbling prices for liquefied natural gas (LNG) due to the coronavirus pandemic are worsening conditions for planned gas import terminals in Germany, ...
  • 17 Jul 2020 |

    German industry warns Nord Stream 2 sanctions by US mean 'serious stress' for transatlantic partnership

    17 Jul 2020, 13:31 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Security Clean Energy Wire / Reuters The Federation of German Industries (BDI) has ...
  • 01 Jul 2020 |

    U.S. Nord Stream 2 sanctions encroachment on EU sovereignty – German officials, experts

    01 Jul 2020, 13:15 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas International Security Clean Energy Wire German government officials, MPs and experts have criticised U.S. plans to tighten sanctions on the contentious natural gas pipeline project Nord ...
  • 18 Jun 2020 |

    Every party in German parliament says US sanctions on Nord Stream 2 inacceptable

    18 Jun 2020, 14:32 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas Security Clean Energy Wire All of the parties represented in the German parliament reject the economic sanctions threatened by the United States over the construction of the controversial ...
  • 16 Jun 2020 |
    Gas

    Gas price plunge resuscitates hopes for fossil fuel's role in German energy transition

    16 Jun 2020, 14:59 Expert Uniper SE Uniper SE Utilities Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Clean Energy Wire / Spiegel Online CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this article, the authors's name was misspelled as "Heckling". The correct name is " ...
  • 08 Jun 2020 |

    Germany denounces further US sanctions planned against Nord Stream 2

    08 Jun 2020, 13:14 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Freja Eriksen Gas Security Handelsblatt German officials have ...
  • 15 May 2020 |

    German MPs critical of setting up domestic LNG import infrastructure

    15 May 2020, 14:17 Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche Umwelthilfe Climate & CO2 Society Julian Wettengel Gas Hydrogen Security Clean Energy Wire Several German parliamentarians have criticised government plans to set up a domestic ...
  • 15 May 2020 |
    Gas

    Unravelling the climate footprint of U.S. liquefied natural gas

    15 May 2020, 16:34 The U.S. administration is aggressively promoting the country’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) to European partners, portraying it both as a supply that would help them diversify away from Russian gas and as a way to reduce greenhouse gas ...
  • 28 Apr 2020 |

    Coronavirus crisis highlights risks of U.S.-European LNG deals diplomacy

    28 Apr 2020, 10:59 The coronavirus crisis has put a spotlight on deteriorating transatlantic relations as both continents focus on the well-being of their own populations and U.S. President Donald Trump continues to push his America First strategy. Over ...
  • 09 Apr 2020 |

    German strategy should not bet on hydrogen made with renewables alone – Uniper CEO

    09 Apr 2020, 13:58 Expert Uniper SE Uniper SE Utilities Sören Amelang Gas Hydrogen Tagesspiegel Background Germany should not focus exclusively on "green hydrogen" made with renewable electricity in its highly anticipated strategy for creating a ...
  • 27 Mar 2020 |

    Russia deploys new vessel to finish Nord Stream 2, gas 'price war' looms

    27 Mar 2020, 13:56 Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Security WirtschaftsWoche Russia is defying threats from the U.S. over the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, making plans to finish the German-Russian project despite American pressure on companies working ...
  • 17 Mar 2020 |

    Domestic gas production in Germany down as consumption increases

    17 Mar 2020, 14:20 Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Hydrogen Clean Energy Wire Consumption of natural gas by Germany's private households and industry customers increased in 2019, while domestic production of the fossil fuel continued to decline, the national ...
  • Gas-fired power generation reaches record high in Germany

    26 Feb 2020, 13:55 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Sören Amelang Electricity market Gas Hydrogen Frankfurter ...
  • 19 Feb 2020 |

    IEA urges Germany to focus on hydrogen, import LNG

    19 Feb 2020, 18:30 To further its landmark energy transition, the Energiewende, Germany must concentrate on hydrogen technology to support the rollout of renewables, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). In an in-depth review of Germany' ...
  • 19 Feb 2020 |

    German economy minister defies Nord Stream 2 sanctions, says more Russian gas needed

    19 Feb 2020, 14:13 Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Hydrogen International Die Welt The importance of Russian gas for Germany is set to grow further amid the latter country's energy transition, economy minister Peter Altmaier said at a German-Russian industry ...
  • 17 Feb 2020 |

    US pledges one billion dollars for Eastern Europe energy projects, argues against Nord Stream 2

    17 Feb 2020, 13:53 Rachel Waldholz Fossil fuels Security Handelsblatt / Deutsche Welle U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced one billion dollars in funding to support energy projects in Eastern and Central Europe as part of an effort to reduce ...
  • 05 Feb 2020 |

    New sanctions against Nord Stream 2 looming – media report

    05 Feb 2020, 13:17 Julian Wettengel Gas Security Handelsblatt United States lawmakers could introduce new sanctions against the natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 to further delay the current construction in the Baltic Sea, diplomatic sources in ...
  • 19 Dec 2019 |

    Gas to become energy transition’s 'second pillar' – German energy industry

    19 Dec 2019, 13:19 The use of gas from all sources will become more important as Germany seeks to decarbonise its economy and phase out nuclear power, the new head of Germany's largest energy industry lobby group, BDEW, has said. The Energiewende& ...
  • 19 Dec 2019 |

    Merkel criticises US sanctions on Russia-Germany gas pipeline Nord Stream 2

    19 Dec 2019, 13:16 Julian Wettengel Security Clean Energy Wire / Deutsche Welle / ZDF German Chancellor Angela Merkel has criticised the US sanctions to be imposed on companies working on the natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, recently approved by the US ...
  • 'The world needs Russia' to solve climate crisis- German development minister

    29 Nov 2019, 13:39 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire Global climate action and environmental protection can only work with an active Russian engagement, Germany's development minister Gerd Müller said at the German ...
  • On energy policy, Germany thinks itself an island in Europe – opinion

    16 Aug 2019, 12:13 Julian Wettengel Energiewende International Die Zeit The German government's energy policy often lacks an appropriate and necessary coordination with European neighbours, writes Michael Thumann in an opinion piece in Die Zeit. ...
  • 29 May 2019 |
    Gas

    Planned LNG import terminal in northern Germany faces opposition

    29 May 2019, 12:16 Julian Wettengel Gas Die Welt The German government has promised financial support for the construction of Germany’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, but one potential site has run into a hurdle, reports Die Welt. The ...
  • 26 Apr 2019 |

    Germany has enough supply to cope with Russian oil pipeline halt

    26 Apr 2019, 12:56 Julian Wettengel Fossil fuels Reuters / Tagesspiegel Background German refineries have adequate oil stocks if import flows on the Russian Druzhba pipeline were to be halted, a spokesman for industry group MWV ...
  • 24 Apr 2019 |

    Leading candidate to head European Commission says he would block Nord Stream 2

    24 Apr 2019, 13:41 Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Rachel Waldholz Gas Security Reuters Manfred Weber, a leading candidate to become the next president of the European Commission, told ...
  • 04 Apr 2019 |

    US repeats Nord Stream 2 criticism as pipeline project runs into new trouble

    04 Apr 2019, 13:26 Benjamin Wehrmann Gas International Security Bloomberg / Politico US Vice President Mike Pence has reiterated his administration’s criticism of the controversial German-Russian Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project in the Baltic ...
  • 27 Mar 2019 |

    Affordable natural gas essential to give up nuclear and coal – European Commission

    27 Mar 2019, 12:22 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Kerstine Appunn Gas International Clean Energy Wire The EU ...
  • 27 Mar 2019 |
    Gas

    Cabinet drafts regulation to reduce costs for LNG terminal operators

    27 Mar 2019, 12:19 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Julian Wettengel Gas Clean Energy Wire The cabinet has agreed on a ...
  • 26 Mar 2019 |
    Gas

    EnBW expects construction of new gas power plants in Germany

    26 Mar 2019, 13:10 Expert EnBW EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG Electricity market Business & Jobs Utilities Julian Wettengel Gas Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Clean Energy Wire Energy company EnBW’s CEO Frank Mastiaux said Germany will build a ...
  • 22 Mar 2019 |

    Economy minister says Nord Stream 2 and LNG will reduce energy dependence

    22 Mar 2019, 13:16 Benjamin Wehrmann Gas International Security Tagesspiegel Background The parallel construction of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline and a sea terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) will reduce Germany’s dependence on individual ...
  • 20 Mar 2019 |
    Gas

    Environmental NGOs step up opposition to Germany’s first LNG terminal

    20 Mar 2019, 13:23 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas Clean Energy Wire / Bizz Energy A group of environmental NGOs in Germany has intensified its resistance to the construction of the country’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, ...
  • 13 Mar 2019 |

    Germany’s oil and gas production slides in 2018

    13 Mar 2019, 14:10 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Clean Energy Wire Germany’s domestic extraction of oil and natural gas has slumped last year, further  increasing the country’s already heavy dependence on imported fossil fuels. ...
  • 28 Feb 2019 |

    Russia announces plans to bypass Ukraine in gas trade, reigniting Nord Stream 2 controversy

    28 Feb 2019, 13:53 Benjamin Wehrmann Gas International Security Handelsblatt Russian energy minister Alexander Novak’s announcement that Ukraine may no longer serve as a transit country for gas exports to Western Europe has irritated German policymakers, ...
  • 18 Feb 2019 |

    Pence, Merkel face off over Nord Stream 2 at Munich Security Conference

    18 Feb 2019, 13:47 Rachel Waldholz Gas International Security Die Welt / Reuters US Vice President Mike Pence has issued a warning to Germany over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline at the Munich Security Conference this weekend, reports Die Welt.  His comments ...
  • 15 Feb 2019 |

    Nord Stream 2 is a failure for EU energy policy – opinion

    15 Feb 2019, 12:16 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas International Security Financial Times The new rules for natural gas pipelines to and from third countries agreed by EU institutions mark the failure to find “a robust and coherent” joint ...
  • 14 Feb 2019 |

    Nord Stream 2 “not close to my heart” but cannot simply be reversed – CDU leader

    14 Feb 2019, 13:58 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas International Internationale Politik A u-turn on the controversial Russian-German natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 – currently under construction in the Baltic Sea – is unlikely, Christian ...
  • 13 Feb 2019 |

    "Currency for secure energy"- Russian ambassador dismisses Nord Stream 2 critics

    13 Feb 2019, 13:55 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas International Security Rheinische Post The Russian-German Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is a “win-win” project that will benefit both Europe and Russia, Moscow’s ambassador in Germany, Sergey ...
  • 12 Feb 2019 |

    Germany and US attempt to smooth tensions over Nord Stream 2 with LNG

    12 Feb 2019, 18:04 Against the backdrop of escalating tensions over the Russian-German gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, Germany and the US aim to boost industry cooperation on liquefied natural gas (LNG). German economy minister Peter Altmaier invited US ...
  • 11 Feb 2019 |

    Climate change important security policy issue – Chancellor Merkel

    11 Feb 2019, 14:19 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Security Clean Energy Wire German Chancellor Angela Merkel said climate change was one of the major security policy issues of today, in a video podcast ahead of the Munich ...
  • 13 Feb 2019 |

    Germany to stay in command on Nord Stream 2 after deal with France on EU directive

    13 Feb 2019, 10:15 Representatives of European Union member states endorsed a last-ditch German and French proposal to amend some of the language of the new rules on how to regulate pipeline projects such as Nord Stream 2. The deal would introduce tougher ...
  • 08 Feb 2019 |

    Stop Nord Stream 2 for EU solidarity – opinion

    08 Feb 2019, 14:10 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas Security Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The contentious Russian-German gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2 is a political issue – contrary to what some German industry representatives say – and ...
  • 08 Feb 2019 |

    France, Germany compromise on Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline – media

    08 Feb 2019, 13:39 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas International Security France and Germany have struck a compromise allowing Berlin to remain the lead negotiator with Russia on the Nord Stream II gas pipeline to Europe, reports news agency ...
  • 07 Feb 2019 |

    France ceases to support Germany on Nord Stream 2 – media report

    07 Feb 2019, 13:39 Benjamin Wehrmann Gas International Süddeutsche Zeitung Germany cannot count on French to help it block an amendment to an EU regulation which would give the a Union greater say in the construction of the contentious Russian-German ...
  • German minister plays down US threats over Nord Stream 2

    22 Jan 2019, 13:15 The German government is playing down US threats against companies involved in the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project connecting Germany to Russia. Energy minister Peter Altmaier said the government was “not impressed” by ...
  • 21 Jan 2019 |

    Nord Stream 2 “wrong scapegoat” – energy minister

    21 Jan 2019, 13:48 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas Security Handelsblatt The ...
  • 16 Jan 2019 |

    Nord Stream 2 contractor OMV criticises “completely unacceptable threat” from US ambassador

    16 Jan 2019, 13:26 Kerstine Appunn Gas Security Handelsblatt Rainer Seele, chairman of Austrian oil and gas company OMV, has criticised the US ambassador to Germany’s letter to contractors of Russian-German gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 as a “completely ...
  • 14 Jan 2019 |

    US warns German companies of possible sanctions over Nord Stream 2

    14 Jan 2019, 13:29 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Security Reuters The United States has warned German companies involved in the Russian-led Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline they could face sanctions, reports news agency Reuters. US ...
  • 11 Jan 2019 |

    Global move to renewables may reduce energy-related conflicts – report

    11 Jan 2019, 10:27 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Renewables Security The global energy transition and the shift to renewables from fossil fuels is likely to reduce energy-related conflicts, says a report published by the Global Commission on the ...
  • 08 Jan 2019 |

    Germany wobbles on Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

    08 Jan 2019, 13:02 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas Security Bloomberg / Handelsblatt Global Support within German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition for the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea gas pipeline is slipping as frustration with the Kremlin’s ...
  • 18 Dec 2018 |

    Wintershall board member says US LNG cannot compete against Nord Stream 2 gas

    18 Dec 2018, 14:01 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas International Clean Energy Wire Liquefied natural gas shipped from the US currently cannot compete economically with natural gas that is transported to Europe via pipelines, Wintershall board ...
  • 13 Dec 2018 |

    German Conservatives’ foreign policy expert urges government to “reconsider” Nord Stream 2

    13 Dec 2018, 14:41 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas Security The Guardian The head of Germany’s parliamentary foreign affairs committee, Norbert Röttgen of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU party, has urged the government to ...
  • 07 Dec 2018 |

    Nord Stream 2 “a German foreign policy disaster” – opinion

    07 Dec 2018, 14:31 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Security Zeit Online New tensions between Russia and the Ukraine have reinvigorated critics of the natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, linking Russia and Germany via the Baltic Sea, ...
  • 04 Dec 2018

    Germany backs Nord Stream 2 despite Ukraine-Russia tensions

    04 Dec 2018, 15:32 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW EurActiv Germany will not withdraw its political support for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with Russia, its foreign minister said, as some lawmakers suggested curtailing the project to punish Moscow ...
  • 29 Nov 2018 |

    Tension between Russia and Ukraine puts Nord Stream 2 in spotlight

    29 Nov 2018, 16:31 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas International Security Handelsblatt The looming escalation of an armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia has reinvigorated critics of the planned Russian-German natural gas pipeline project ...
  • US ambassador to EU threatens sanctions to halt construction of pipeline Nord Stream 2

    The US has “not deployed the full set of tools yet” to thwart the completion of the natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 that connects Germany with Russia, the US ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, said according to an article by news agency Reuters. ...
  • German econ min stresses potential for German-Russian trading cooperation in energy transition

    Russia will continue to be an important trading partner also in a future that gradually substitutes fossil energy sources with renewables, Germany’s economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier has said at a the German-Russian Resource Conference in Potsdam ...
  • 07 Dec 2018 |

    Climate and energy views of candidates to follow Merkel at helm of CDU

    07 Dec 2018, 09:13 With her decision not to seek re-election as party chair and chancellor, Angela Merkel has kicked off what is a novelty for her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU): an organised internal election campaign for the party’s ...
  • Gas

    German government looking into financing options for domestic LNG terminal

    The German government is considering providing financial support to the construction of what would be the country’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, according to spokesperson Steffen Seibert. While private investors are currently examining ...
  • Polish President Andrzej Duda calls for stop to Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline during Germany visit

    On a visit to Germany, Polish President Andrzej Duda said the planned Russian-German gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 “should not be realised”, reports Deutsche Welle. At a joint press conference with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin, Duda ...
  • Nord Stream 2 right to secure German power supply – coal commission co-head

    The planned Russian-German natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, currently under construction in the Baltic Sea, can contribute to German power supply security during the country’s coal exit, said coal commission co-head Ronald Pofalla during a speech at ...
  • Germany should build LNG terminals to increase supply security – opinion

    The dual phase-out of nuclear and coal power in Germany means the country has to increasingly rely on natural gas to complement its power production from renewable sources but unlike other major European countries, the world’s second largest gas importer ...
  • German energy state sec says Hambach Forest must go for supply security

    The embattled Hambach Forest has to be cut down to ensure a secure power supply for Germany, energy state secretary Thomas Bareiß said at an event organised by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) in London, Adam Vaughan writes in The Guardian. Bareiß said ...
  • Germany to build LNG plant in 'gesture' to US drive to sell more

    Germany will choose where to build its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal by the end of 2018 as a gesture to the United States, which wants to ship more gas to Europe, economy minister Peter Altmaier said after a meeting with Maros Sefcovic, the ...
  • US government’s op-ed “a shameless diplomatic sales pitch“ – opinion

    In an opinion piece, David Reay reacts to the op-ed on liquefied natural gas (LNG) by US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell and US deputy secretary of energy Dan Brouillette in the Handelsblatt on 13 September. “The pair offers up a shameless ...
  • US ambassador flags American natural gas as “helpful” to German energy transition

    Europe and Germany should “share in America’s abundance” and cooperate with the US in energy policy by buying natural gas from America, the US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, writes together with US deputy secretary of energy Dan Brouillette in a ...
  • Government works on advancing LNG infrastructure in Germany – Merkel

    Germany is already connected to liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals in neighbouring countries, but the government “is working on advancing the [LNG] infrastructure in Germany itself,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a German-Qatari ...
  • RWE secures substantial capacity of planned German LNG terminal

    German energy company RWE has secured a “substantial annual capacity” of a planned German terminal to import liquefied natural gas (LNG), reports news agency Reuters. RWE reached an agreement with LNG Terminal GmbH, the joint venture that aims to build ...
  • Qatar Petroleum in talks with Uniper and RWE over German LNG terminal

    Qatar Petroleum, the world’s largest supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG), is in talks with German energy companies about cooperating on a potential LNG terminal, writes Mathias Bruggmann in an article in Handelsblatt. “We have a serious interest in ...
  • Russian gas company Novatek plans LNG terminal on German Baltic Sea

    Russian gas company Novatek and Belgian group Fluxys, a natural gas transmission system operator, are planning to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the German Baltic port city of Rostock, Andreas Meyer writes in the Ostsee-Zeitung. According ...
  • German government supports gas pipelines to Europe from Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan

    The German federal government supports the expansion of gas pipelines from Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan to Europe via Turkey, a government official said, the Handelsblatt reports. The Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) and Trans Adriatic Pipeline ...
  • Russia ready to defy "illegal" US sanctions against Nord Stream 2 operators

    The Russian government has said it is ready to resist "illegal" attempts to intervene in the completion of the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project that it plans together with Germany, as the US government has reiterated its ...
  • Nord Stream 2 is more than a pipeline – commentary

    Nord Stream 2 is not just a natural gas pipeline – it is a controversial energy project that has significant geopolitical implications, Michael Stürmer writes in a commentary published in Die Welt. The pipeline divides the EU and the military alliance ...
  • Putin and Merkel meet to find solution on gas pipeline Nord Stream 2

    18 Aug 2018, 20:13 Russia and Germany are set to proceed with the completion of a second natural gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea between the two countries. At a meeting with Russian President Putin near Berlin, German Chancellor Merkel sought to dispel ...
  • Putin to make surprise visit to Germany to discuss Nord Stream 2

    Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Germany on Saturday, 18 August to discuss the controversial gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2 with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the New York Times reports. Apart from talks about the ongoing conflicts in ...
  • To avoid “energy wars,” Germany should continue with energy transition – interview

    The importation of more liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States would make the EU less dependent on Russia for energy, but American LNG is associated with significant environmental damage due to its extraction method, economist Claudia Kemfert ...
  • US LNG not yet competitive in European market – BDEW head

    Germany could import liquefied natural gas (LNG) via its neighbouring countries, but this depends on the wholesale market prices of both LNG and pipeline gas, said Stefan Kapferer, head of utilities association BDEW, writes Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ...
  • Nord Stream 2 would deepen Europe’s reliance on Russia – opinion

    Moving forward with Nord Stream 2, the controversial natural gas pipeline, would increase “European dependence on Russia’s goodwill,” Jean-Pierre Riou writes in an opinion piece in The European Scientist. “The strengthening of this dependence, in this ...
  • New LNG terminal could weaken Trump's argument about German dependence on Russian gas – analysis

    Plans to open a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein could weaken arguments about the country's dependence on Russian gas- a key criticism of US President Donald Trump, Klaus Stratmann writes in the ...
  • Gazprom exports to Germany increase significantly in first half of 2018

    Russian state-run Gazprom’s natural gas exports to Germany increased 12.2 percent (3.5 billion cubic metres- bcm) in the first half of 2018, compared to the same period in the previous year, Gazprom Export writes in a press release. Both 2016 and 2017 ...
  • Talks on Nord Stream 2 begin in Berlin

    Ministerial discussions between Ukraine, Russia, and the EU regarding the future delivery of Russian gas to Western Europe began yesterday in Berlin, Tagesspiegel reports. Economy minister Peter Altmaier is “optimistic” that a resolution to the dispute ...
  • 27 Jul 2018 |

    Elephants and aliens- a cartoonist's take on the Energiewende

    27 Jul 2018, 13:55 Germany's coal mines seen from space, the talk on electric cars and Chinese-German battery production cooperation- CLEW's 2018 visiting cartoonist Mwelwa Musonko presents his view of the Energiewende and its many big and small ...
  • Germany under increasing pressure to cancel Nord Stream 2

    Germany is facing greater pressure from the United States, central and eastern European countries, and the European Commission to cancel Nord Stream 2, the controversial pipeline project that would lead to more German imports of Russian natural gas, ...
  • Germany's cooperation with countries from the East under scrutiny

    First a Chinese battery factory in Thuringia (and renewed interest of the Chinese state grid in German network operator 50Hertz), then the Nord Stream 2 controversy – Germany’s energy cooperation with the East is coming into focus, something our visiting ...
  • German business group objects to threat of U.S. sanctions due to links to Gazprom

    The German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations Chairman Wolfgang Büchele called U.S. President Donald Trump’s claim that Russia would be able to control German gas markets following the pipeline’s completion “factually wrong and politically ...
  • German consumers not Russian captives – opinion

    It is true that Russia is Germany’s biggest energy supplier but German consumers are not “captives”, writes Andreas Mihm in an opinion piece in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “To the dismay of climate politicians, an abundancy of oil, gas and coal is ...
  • Trump lashes out at Nord Stream 2, says Germany is “totally controlled” by Russia

    US President Donald Trump has lambasted the German reliance on Russian energy resources, saying the country is “totally controlled by” and “captive of” the fossil fuel exporting giant, according to international media reports. “Germany is totally ...
  • Natural Gas Supply: No Need for Another Baltic Sea Pipeline - DIW

    The planned construction of a second Baltic Sea natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, known as Nord Stream 2, is not necessary to secure natural gas supplies for Germany and Europe, according to a study by the German Institute for Economic Research ...
  • Gov advisors say Energiewende will only thrive in European framework

    28 Jun 2018, 16:17 The German government’s Energiewende advisors say the country must put much greater emphasis on the project’s European dimension to achieve the shift to renewables and the necessary emissions reduction during the next decade. The group ...
  • Sweden greenlights construction of German-Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2

    The Swedish government has given the green light for construction of the controversial natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 that connects Germany with Russia via the Baltic Sea, news agency dpa reports in an article carried by Focus Online. While Sweden has ...
  • Nord Stream 2 - “economically and politically unnecessary” or prevailing benefits?

    The benefits of the planned Russian-German gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 outweigh the drawbacks, writes Josef Auer in a commentary for Deutsche Bank Research. It would increase supply security, as fewer countries are involved in transporting gas than before, ...
  • Ukrainian President says Russian-German gas pipeline will “feed the beast“ in Moscow

    Diverting part of European gas supply from Russia around Ukraine via the Nord Stream 2 offshore Baltic Sea pipeline would empower Moscow to “attack our common values” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko writes in a guest article in the Frankfurter ...
  • Germany calls on Russia to guarantee Ukraine gas transit once Nord Stream 2 is launched

    The German economy and energy minister, Peter Altmaier, has called on Russia’s government to guarantee the continued transmission of natural gas via Ukraine’s territory after the completion of the planned Nord Stream 2 offshore pipeline through the Baltic ...
  • Green Party leader says German government aware of Nord Stream 2's "political dimension"

    The German government no longer regards the pipeline project Nord Stream 2 as a purely private economic endeavour and is aware of the concerns in other EU countries regarding the German-Russian pipeline, Green Party leader Annalena Baerbock said. The ...
  • German government pushes for gas infrastructure investments in Ukraine

    In the debate about the controversial planned direct Russian-German pipeline Nord Stream 2 and its effects on Ukraine, the German federal government wants to help ensure that the requisite modernisation of Ukraine’s gas infrastructure takes place. Germany ...
  • Merkel says Ukraine must not be excluded from Nord Stream 2 pipeline

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has intervened in a dispute between Russia and Ukraine over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Kate Connolly writes for the Guardian. Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin he cannot exclude Ukraine from the pipeline, ...
  • German authorities fully approve Nord Stream 2 pipeline

    With the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH), the last German authority has approved the construction and operation of the contentious Russian-German Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline. The interests of shipping and the maritime environment do ...
  • Germany’s lead in energy transition comes at a cost to its neighbours – report

    Germany’s experiences with its energy transition have made the country a global leader in the shift from fossil fuels to renewables, but many of its neighbours are not satisfied with the way Europe’s biggest economy exercises this leadership, business ...
  • We cannot prevent Nord Stream 2 if we don’t massively reduce gas use – former env. min

    The European Union should do more to reduce natural gas consumption, rather than focusing on finding new suppliers and preventing the construction of the Russian-German pipeline Nord Stream 2, Green Party member and former environment minister Jürgen ...
  • German NGO NABU takes action against gas pipeline Nord Stream 2

    The German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) is taking legal action against the controversial natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, which is supposed to connect Germany with Russia via the Baltic Sea. The NGO says the offshore pipeline will ...
  • Nord Stream 2 financial investors say discussion about pipeline project “superficial, emotion-driven”

    Europe’s reliance on natural gas imports- as a “partner for renewables” – is growing, and the contentious Russian-German Nord Stream 2 pipeline project is needed to supply the continent with gas cheaper than the liquefied natural gas (LNG) imported from ...
  • Germany needs Nord Stream 2 pipeline – guest commentary

    Germany needs the new Russian-German natural gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2 because ambitious climate targets make gas “an even more important energy source” and reserves in Germany and the Netherlands are decreasing, write Christian Democratic (CDU) ...
  • Cross-party German alliance opposes Nord Stream 2 pipeline

    Influential members of parliament of Germany’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance, the Green Party, and the pro-business FDP have voiced their opposition to the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is meant to pump Russian gas to  Germany via the Baltic Sea. ...
  • US politicises Russian-German gas pipeline project - Nord Stream 2 CEO

    The United States government politicises the Russian-German Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project because it wants to sell its gas in Europe, Matthias Warnig, the company’s CEO told WirtschaftsWoche in a long interview. “They abuse the unfounded fear ...
  • Nord Stream 2: green light for 55-kilometre section in German territorial waters

    The contentious Nord Stream 2 Russian-German natural gas pipeline project has cleared an important hurdle, reports the news agency dpa. Mining authority Bergamt Stralsund has granted a permit for the construction and operation of a 55-kilometre section of ...
  • Environmental organisations urge German parties to scrap Nord Stream 2 pipeline

    Environmental organisations NABU and WWF have urged Germany’s parties, currently negotiating to form a government, to stop the natural gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2, a joint press release by the two organisations says. In an open letter to party ...
  • Federal armed forces oppose Nord Stream 2 route near German coast

    Germany’s federal armed forces are among the critics of the Russian-German natural gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2, and call for the pipeline to be built along a different route than planned, writes Alan Posener in Die Welt. According to current plans, ...
  • Preview2018- Next German government faces urgent coal choice

    22 Dec 2017 After a year filled with events that put Germany’s climate policy in the limelight, such as the G20 summit in Hamburg, the COP23 in Bonn, or the debate over coal in the ill-fated ‘Jamaica coalition’ talks, the country’s political life gets off ...
  • “Nord Stream is the opposite of diversification” – opinion

    It is in the interests of both Europe and the Russian people to halt the German-Russian natural gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2, writes Gerhard Gnauck in an opinion piece on Welt Online. It would increase the EU’s dependence on Russia as a major energy ...
  • US government increases pressure on Germany to halt Nord Stream 2

    The US administration has increased efforts to persuade Germany and other EU countries to drop support for the planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to connect Russia with Germany, Andreas Mihm reports for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). The US state ...
  • German politicians “remarkably open” to Gazprom lobbying on Nord Stream 2

    The controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, which would connect Russia with Germany via the Baltic Sea, is affected by intense lobbying, especially by former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, a personal friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, ...
  • German authorities issue first partial permit for Nord Stream 2 pipeline

    Authorities in the German city of Stralsund have issued the first partial permit for construction of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project, public broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) reports. The local mining authority licensed construction ...
  • Pipeline project Nord Stream 2 divides Berlin and Brussels

    A recent decision by the Danish parliament allowing a ban on construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Germany and Russia on Danish maritime territory in the Baltic Sea highlights divisions between Berlin and other European states over the ...
  • EU Commission continues to seek influence in Nord Stream 2 negotiations

    Against resistance from the German government, the EU Commission continues to seek participation in negotiations over Nord Stream 2, the gas pipeline between Russia and Germany, Daniel Brössler and Alexander Mühlauer report for Süddeutsche Zeitung. The EU ...
  • Danish law draft and German coalition talks hurdles for Nord Stream 2

    Opposition to the planned Russian-German gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 is growing as Denmark drafts a new law that would allow the government to prevent the construction on the country’s continental shelf, writes Andreas Mihm in Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • “Berlin and the EU fight about Nord Stream 2”

    The EU Commission plans to ask EU member states to grant it the mandate to negotiate the legal operating conditions of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project with Russia, reports Daniel Brössler for Süddeutsche Zeitung. According to a draft, seen by ...
  • “Energy is political”

    It is unclear whether the Russian-German gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2 will retain political backing following the German federal election, Anna Sauerbrey writes for Tagesspiegel. The Social Democrats supported the project and it would "likely ...
  • US sanctions would have “negligible overall impact on European markets”

    Even if US sanctions lead to a cancellation of the Russian-German Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and the Baltic LNG liquefied natural gas terminal projects, Europe’s import capacities are sufficient to meet demand, writes Aurora Energy Research in a brief. ...
  • “Gazprom can count on Wintershall”

    Germany’s largest oil and gas producer Wintershall is sticking to plans to build the Russian-German gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 despite possible US sanctions, reports Bernd Freytag in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “Even in times that are not easy, ...
  • “Merkel bets on ‘Germany first’”

    Germany is not the “poster child” it likes to portray itself as, writes Ursula Weidenfeld in an opinion piece in Tagesspiegel. She points to the German government’s Nord Stream 2 policy, years of electricity loop flows through neighbouring countries, and ...
  • “Federal Network Agency calls for changes of gas grid development plan”

    Germany’s Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) called for the removal of five gas grid development measures from current plans because the expansion of the German-Russian pipeline Nord Stream was “still too uncertain”, the agency said in a press release. The ...
  • “Brussels prepares to bite back at US over Russia sanctions”

    EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is concerned about energy-related measures in the sanction proposals by the US against Russia, reports Ryan Heath for Politico. Juncker believes they could be used unfairly against European energy companies, ...
  • “How America’s sanctions against Russia affect Germany“

    The sanction proposals directed at Russia, which the US House of Representatives will vote on on Tuesday, endanger the German-Russian gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2, writes Winand von Petersdorff in an opinion piece in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. ...
  • “Collateral damage included”

    Germany is at risk of being caught in the middle of a looming conflict between Russia and the US over natural gas supplies to Europe, Klaus Stratmann writes in Handelsblatt. “The USA is intent on competing with Russia to become the dominant energy power” ...
  • “No new pipeline in the Baltic Sea”

    The German government should come to realise that the planned gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea “will not be implemented” and “save Europe further disputes on this matter”, Green politician Reinhard Bütikofer writes in a ...
  • “Germany is addicted to Russian gas”

    Russian natural gas supplier Gazprom’s plan to expand existing direct pipelines to Germany, a project known as Nord Stream 2, is facing international, regional and local opposition, while the German government continues to support it, report Weixin Zha ...
  • EU Commission critical of Nord Stream 2

    The vice-president of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič, told weekly news magazine Der Spiegel that the EU wants to negotiate with Russia over the gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, instead of the German government, write ...
  • Nord Stream 2 "raw example of how Berlin captures the EU machinery"

    The planned Russian-German natural gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2 “is a raw example of how Berlin captures the EU machinery,” writes Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in an article for The Telegraph. “Brussels set aside EU law on Nord Stream, yet enforced it on ...
  • Nord Stream “most controversial” EU energy security issue – Munich Security Conference chairman Ischinger

    The planned Russian-German natural gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2 is currently the “most controversial and difficult question of EU energy security”, said Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference (MSC), at the German energy ...
  • “With sun and wind against Putin and Trump”

    The row between Germany, Austria and the US Senate over a planned expansion of US sanctions on Russia has renewed the energy transition’s importance as a means to achieve greater energy supply security, Petra Pinzler writes in a column for Zeit Online. ...
  • Merkel calls US gas sanctions against Russia “irregular behaviour”

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has backed her foreign minister’s criticism of US Senate plans to further tighten economic sanctions on Russia, Thorsten Knuf writes in the Frankfurter Rundschau. “This is, to put it mildly, irregular behaviour by the US ...
  • Germany and Austria say US sanction plans against Russia threaten Europe’s energy security

    A new draft US Senate bill that is meant to tighten economic sanctions on Russia could threaten Europe’s energy supply security, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern have said in a joint press release. “The threat ...
  • “European Commission warns Moscow”

    The European Commission wants to directly negotiate with Russia a skeleton agreement on the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea gas pipeline, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. Otherwise, the project would “end up in court”, Commission Vice President Maros ...
  • “New Baltic Sea pipeline could face months-long delay”

    The construction of the  natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2  from Russia to Germany – scheduled to start this year – could be put back by months or years. The delay could be caused by plans by the EU Commission to negotiate a separate regulatory framework ...
  • “Nord Stream 2 AG and European energy companies sign financing agreements”

    Financing issues regarding the contentious offshore gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 could be resolved with the signing of agreements for the project with ENGIE, OMV, Shell, Uniper and Wintershall. The five European energy companies will together provide 50 ...
  • “EU should block Nord Stream 2 on climate grounds”

    The EU should block the Russian-German gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2 not only for reasons of energy security,  but also on climate grounds, writes Marcin Stoczkiewicz, head of Central & Eastern Europe at ClientEarth in a guest commentary on ...
  • “Wintershall clings to Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline”

    German oil and gas exploration company Wintershall continues its involvement with the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline  from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea, despite resistance from eastern European states, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. ...
  • “Poland’s black curse”

    German chancellor Angela Merkel said during a visit to Poland in February that she hoped the neighbouring country would “ cooperate in terms of climate protection ”, Ulrich Krökel writes in Rheinische Post. But neither Poland’s current national ...
  • “Gazprom and Uniper reaffirm commitment to deliver Nord Stream 2 on time”

    Russian and German energy companies Gazprom and Uniper confirmed their intention to bring the contentious offshore gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 into operation on schedule, Gazprom said in a press release. In a separate article, Financial Times (FT) reported ...
  • “EU demands stronger regulation of Nord Stream 2”

    The natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 from Russia to Germany bolster's the role of Russian supplier Gazprom, thereby harming competition and supply security in the region, according to the European Commission. Tom Weingärtner writes in Energie & ...
  • US-Russian politics influence the EU’s natural gas supply

    Donald Trump’s wish for a better relationship with Russian president Vladimir Putin could have a big impact on Europe’s natural gas supply, writes Daniel Wetzel in Die Welt. The impact would be felt if the new US president “gave up the Ukraine” and ...
  • “Gazprom cuts flows via Opal gas pipeline after Polish challenge upheld”

    Gas deliveries from Russia to Germany via the Opal pipeline fell by around 30 percent after Poland successfully appealed before the European Court of Justice. The ruling suspended a deal that would give Gazprom greater access, removing a key hurdle to the ...
  • “Wintershall determined to take part in Nord Stream 2“

    Wintershall, Germany’s largest crude oil and natural gas producer, is determined to take part in the Euro-Russian gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports. BASF subsidiary Wintershall said that, like its partners- ...
  • “Brandt’s pipelines, Putin’s gas”

    The pipeline for natural gas that connects Germany and Russia via the Baltic Sea is not an instrument devised by Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder to circumvent Eastern Europe’s energy provision, historian ...
  • 23 Dec 2016 |
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    Preview2017 – Elections, G20 set to dominate Energiewende policy

    23 Dec 2016 Germany is heading into a year filled with international top-events and elections that will determine the future course of the country’s Energiewende project. The uncertainties about the new US administration and the exact details of Britain’s ...
  • Call for closer EU energy cooperation at event of conservative group in German Bundestag

    Members of the Christian Democratic and Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU) parliamentary group in the German Bundestag have called for closer cooperation on energy policy within the European Union at the group’s 8 th Energy Policy Dialogue on Monday in ...
  • “Gazprom gets greater access to Germany’s Opal gas pipeline”

    Under a new agreement, Russia's Gazprom will have greater access to the German OPAL connection pipeline in eastern Germany, removing a key hurdle to Gazprom’s plan to double Nord Stream capacity in Nord Stream 2, writes EurActiv. “The latest ...
  • “Nord Stream – a threat to European solidarity?”

    The expansion of the gas pipeline Nord Stream, linking Germany and Russia via the Baltic Sea, angers Poland and the Baltic States as they fear Russia’s influence in Europe will be made stronger by the project, WirtschaftsWoche Online reports. “This is no ...
  • “Business with good friends”

    Criticism of the planned gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 to connect Russia and Germany is mounting, while former chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD) continues to support the project as chair of its board of directors, writes Markus Wehner in an in-depth article ...
  • “The Wrong Way”

    The planned extension of the Nord Stream gas pipeline that links Germany with Russia via the Baltic Sea has come under fierce criticism from environmental and conservation organisations, the dpa news agency reports. Doubling the number of pipelines would ...
  • “Who is afraid of Nord Stream 2?”

    The EU should welcome the controversial gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, despite deteriorating relations with Russia, writes Karel Beckman in an in-depth article for Energy Post. “For Europe, there seems no reason to be afraid of Nord Stream 2,” writes Beckman ...
  • “Röttgen: Federal government must stop Nord Stream 2”

    Norbert Röttgen (Christian Democratic Union), chairman of the foreign affairs committee in the German Bundestag, demands that the federal government stop plans to construct the contentious gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 between Germany and Russia, according ...
  • “Green politician demands halt to construction of Nord Stream pipeline”

    Robert Habeck, one of the Green Party’s primary candidates for the upcoming federal elections, has demanded a halt to construction of the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project in light of Russian airstrikes in Syria, reports Spiegel Online. ...
  • “Full throttle”

    German gas company Thyssengas is planning a new pipeline that would connect its grid with the proposed Russian project Nord Stream 2- even while the latter is strongly disputed, writes Jürgen Flauger in Handelsblatt. The company argues that gas supplies ...
  • “Gas business with Putin”

    Despite opposition for geostrategic, budgetary, economic and environmental reasons, the EU should go ahead with the Baltic natural gas pipeline project with Russia ‘Nord Stream 2’, writes Andreas Mihm in an opinion piece for FAZ. Imposing a construction ...
  • “Explaining Germany’s contradiction: Energy Union and Nord Stream 2”

    Germany’s foreign policy with Russia is one of the reasons why the federal government backs the creation of an EU Energy Union at the same time as the construction of the contentious pipeline Nord Stream 2 that is to connect the two countries, writes ...
  • 14 Jun 2016

    Fossil fuel peak forecast for 2025 / Investors eye Energiewende

    14 Jun 2016 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Bloomberg “The world nears peak fossil fuels for electricity” The era of ever expanding global demand for fossil fuels to generate power comes to an end in less than a ...
  • 12 May 2016

    Offensive for energy efficiency / Germany rejects carbon floor price

    12 May 2016 Sören Amelang Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Ministry for Energy and Economic Affairs (BMWi) Germany aims to give energy efficiency new push The German government has launched a new offensive to increase energy efficiency. Energy ...
  • 03 Mar 2016

    Government seen missing energy policy targets / A new gas pipeline?

    03 Mar 2016 Sören Amelang Ruby Russell McKinsey “Energiewende Index Germany 2020 – Tour de Force nuclear exit” According to consultancy McKinsey, the government risks missing most of its 2020 energy transition targets. “A majority of indicators are ...
  • 17 Nov 2015

    Utilities want shared nuclear responsibility / No political will for Paris?

    17 Nov 2015 Ruby Russell Clean Energy Wire CLEW WirtschaftsWoche “Can E.ON survive alone?” Writing for WitschaftsWoche, Christof Schürmann says there are doubts over whether the new E.ON, which will split from its fossil-fuel business in a few weeks, will ...
  • 13 Nov 2015

    EnBW's stable development / No bonus for e-cars

    13 Nov 2015 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW EnBW “Stable development and progress with restructuring” Germany’s third largest utility EnBW has achieved revenue of around 15.3 billion euros and an operating result (adjusted EBITDA) of around 1.64 ...
  • 12 Feb 2019 |

    Liquefied gas – Does LNG have a place in Germany’s energy future?

    12 Feb 2019, 14:40 Germany has a well-developed natural gas pipeline grid, but so far does not have its own import terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG). Following harsh criticism by US President Donald Trump over the contentious Russian-German natural ...
  • 07 Sep 2020 |

    Gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 links Germany to Russia, but splits Europe

    07 Sep 2020, 10:01 The construction of the controversial natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 has been delayed for months and completion is increasingly at risk after the US imposed sanctions on involved companies and threatened further steps. The pipeline ...
  • 06 Feb 2019 |

    The main stories of Germany's Energiewende

    06 Feb 2019, 11:00 The energy transition is turning many parts of German society upside down. In this factsheet we highlight the main storylines of the generational project Energiewende as a starting point for further research. Energiewende Ruby Russell ...
  • 09 Jun 2016 |

    E.ON shareholders ratify energy giant's split

    09 Jun 2016 [UPDATE with shareholder vote and media comments]- E.ON was the first of Germany's major utilities to announce a split into two companies to adjust to the sweeping changes triggered in the sector by the country’s Energiewende. The new E ...
  • Germany’s dependence on imported fossil fuels

    19 Jun 2020, 14:00 In the midst of the Energiewende, Germany relies still heavily on imports of fossil fuels, as its domestic resources are largely depleted, or their extraction is too costly. This factsheet provides an overview of the current status of ...
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  • 13 Feb 2020 |
    Gas

    Off to shale boom country, with more than a little help

    13 Feb 2020, 15:07 Julian Wettengel Gas The United States administration is promising to bring freedom to Europe with its exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG), while the industry touts it as a tool reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reach the EU’s ever ...
  • WINGAS

    WINGAS is a gas distribution company located in Kassel, Germany. A subsidiary of Russian state-owned enterprise Gazprom, WINGAS operates throughout Europe. The company buys natural gas from producers in the North Sea and from Russia, the majority of which ...
  • 15 Sep 2017 |

    What’s the climate for future policies around the Baltic Sea?

    15 Sep 2017 Berlin A journalism programme on environmental, energy, and climate policy: Confrontation or cooperation- What’s the climate for future policies around the Baltic Sea? October – December 2017 Grant Amid the unfolding Brexit, the war in Ukraine ...
  • Germany’s landfall facilities of the gas pipelines Nord Stream 1 and 2

    Nord Stream, completed in 2012, is a 1,200 kilometre offshore twin pipeline system running through the Baltic Sea, from Portovaya Bay near Vyborg (Russia) and Lubmin near Greifswald (Germany). It has an annual capacity of 55 billion cubic metres of ...
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