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  • 25 Jun 2015 |

    Germany's energy transition in the European context

    The solo draws to a close 25 Jun 2015 Germany’s energy transition began as a lonely expedition. Expanding green energy rapidly and switching off its nuclear power stations antagonised some neighbours and the European Commission. Germany has now learned ...
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  • Slow progress in transport and efficiency endangers EU climate targets

    10 Apr 2019, 13:34 Kerstine Appunn Energiewende International Clean Energy Wire The European Commission has published its fourth report on the state of the Energy Union, the EU’s framework to overhaul its energy and climate policy to ensure a secure, ...
  • “Europe’s common energy market is an open-ended experiment”

    23 Apr 2019, 13:46 Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Energiewende International Handelsblatt Despite EU Commissioner Maros Sefcovic announcing this month that the European energy union has become reality, unifying Europe’s big energy markets is more an ...
  • “EU energy ministers debate important elements of Energy Union”

    EU energy ministers are attending an informal meeting in Bratislava this week to discuss steering and monitoring mechanisms for the European  Energy Union, sustainable financing structures for low-carbon technologies, energy prices and energy supply ...
  • 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. ...
  • “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 ...
  • “Brexit will sidetrack key energy and climate reforms”

    After the British vote to leave the European Union, the EU’s energy union plans are at risk of being “put on the back-burner until more pressing issues are worked out,” writes Sara Stefanini for Politico. In light of the UK’s presidency of the Council of ...
  • Germany views European Energy Union proposals through Energiewende lens

    25 Feb 2015 Germany’s biggest concerns regarding the European Commission’s energy policy proposals are potential impact on its own transition to renewables power, as well as power market reform. Kerstine Appunn Kerstine Appunn International EEG 2.0 | Law ...
  • 19 Mar 2015

    In the media: No more free coal for miners

    19 Mar 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Bloomberg “RWE said to consider 10 percent stake sale to Abu Dhabi investors” Germany’s second largest utility RWE, grappling with rising debt, is considering selling a ten percent stake to ...
  • 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 ...
  • 25 Feb 2015 |

    Reactions to EU Commission's strategy paper on the Energy Union

    25 Feb 2015 The EU Commission has published its strategy paper on the creation of a European Energy Union. CLEW presents a brief summary of reactions out of Germany to the proposals. Sören Amelang Sven Egenter Clean Energy Wire CLEW International Policy ...
  • “Energy in the German-Polish relationship”

    Germany and Poland are crucial for filling the EU energy union with substance, but controversies over differing interests have stalled progress in energy policy cooperation, according to a paper from the German Institute for International and Security ...
  • German Energy Agency and French counterpart welcome renewal of Élysée Treaty

    The German Energy Agency (dena) and its French counterpart ADEME welcome the initiative to renew the seminal Élysée Treaty between the two countries, and to intensify cooperation in many areas, including energy policy and climate protection, the dena says ...
  • “Afghanistan: Big potential for profitable solar power”

    Solar power generation can play an important role in securing Afghanistan’s future energy supply, the German Solar Industry Association (BSW) says in a press release. Together with the Afghanistan Renewable Energy Union (AREU), the BSW studied the war ...
  • CDU Economic Council calls for global ETS

    German business association CDU Economic Council, associated with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), called on Germany and the EU to work towards a global regime to reduce CO₂ emissions “like the ETS” (European Union Emissions Trading ...
  • Energy Union package before the end of the year

    European Union Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič hopes to be able to present the planned package with proposals to change the EU’s energy and climate regulations before the end of the year. The comprehensive energy union package would include ...
  • EU energy ministers agree on joint negotiating position for future energy laws

    The EU is committed to reaching a target of at least 27 percent renewable energy of its overall energy consumption by 2030, the member states’ energy ministers agreed in Brussels. This formed part of a package of agreements on the Renewable Energy ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Mapping the Energy Union: new ENTSO-E 10-year network development plan”

    To secure the transport of large quantities of renewable power to the main consumption centres in Europe, an extension of the current electricity grid is needed, according to the ten-year network development plan (TYNDP) published by European Network of ...
  • “Neighbour’s dirt”

    A study by environmental groups adding up premature deaths caused by coal power stations in neighbouring countries is a horrifying calculation reminiscent of war times, writes Marlene Weiss in Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Has the European Energy Union really ...
  • “Gabriel demands more speed of EU in energy policy”

    Federal economy minister Sigmar Gabriel calls on the European Commission to publish a legislative catalogue regarding the “central challenges” of the EU’s energy policy this autumn, writes Andreas Mihm in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). In a letter ...
  • “Germany and France seek agreement on EU carbon market reform”

    The governments of France and Germany intend to reinforce European carbon trading in the electricity sector and aim to initiate a reform of the EU’s emissions trading system (ETS) before the UN’s COP 23 in November, news agency Reuters reports. Brune ...
  • 26 Feb 2015

    In the media: Energy Union under scrutiny, power lines on hold

    26 Feb 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Tagesspiegel “Energy Union: In concert, not solo” One of the main priorities of the EU Commission's Energy Union framework is the development of renewable energies – but the ...
  • “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 ...
  • 10 Dec 2014

    In the media: Hopes for South Stream, trade union on nuclear and coal, the Energy Union

    10 Dec 2014 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung/dpa “Economy minister Gabriel has still hopes for gas pipeline South Stream” “It would be better for Europe if the project still had a chance,” Germany’s Minister for ...
  • “EU demands radical change of auto industry“

    EU Commissioner in charge of Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič says that the auto industry “must finally get moving” and make considerable progress in the area of zero emission vehicles, according to an article in Die Welt. “With the combustion engine the ...
  • 25 Feb 2015

    In the media: A brave new world of integrated energy

    25 Feb 2015 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Handelsblatt “Brave new world” The single market for European energy that EU citizens have been waiting for for years, is now called the Energy Union, Thomas Ludwig writes in an opinion piece for the ...
  • German economy minister Altmaier and EU Commissioner Šefčovič call for European "Airbus for batteries"

    German economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier and Maroš Šefčovič, vice President of the EU Commission and head of the "Energy Union" project, say Europe has to develop joint battery production capacities to ensure the continent retains its ...
  • 04 Feb 2015

    In the media: Floating wind turbines, RWE restructuring plans

    04 Feb 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Ruby Russell Clean Energy Wire CLEW Tageszeitung "Wind turbines that can float" The Dresden-based Gicon group is producing a prototype for a floating wind turbine (see picture above), Bernward Janzig ...
  • 18 Mar 2015

    In the media: Fresh money for Chernobyl, how to deal with nuclear waste

    18 Mar 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW   taz / dpa “The concept has definitely failed” Germany’s Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks considers negotiations between the federal government and state governments over which states ...
  • 05 Feb 2015

    In the media: Vattenfall eyes more offshore wind

    05 Feb 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Ellen Thalman Clean Energy Wire CLEW Vattenfall / Reuters Vattenfall Annual report: Focus on renewables in Germany Swedish utility Vattenfall, who operates power stations, mines and other energy businesses across ...
  • 04 Nov 2014

    In the media: Power lines, offshore wind and energy law reform

    04 Nov 2014 Ellen Thalman Clean Energy Wire CLEW Spiegel Online  “Controversial power lines: Network operators want to considerably lengthen transmission routes” Germany’s four big electricity network operators want to expand new transmission lines that ...
  • 05 Mar 2015

    In the media: Energiewende indices show progress

    05 Mar 2015 Kerstine Appunn Ellen Thalman Clean Energy Wire CLEW Die Welt /McKinsey Germany “McKinsey: Energiewende indices improve“ The McKinsey Energiewende Index, a bi-annually published analysis of how well Germany is achieving its energy transition ...
  • 16 Nov 2015

    More households cut off from power; 4°C world "un-insurable"

    16 Nov 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Spiegel Online “Grid Agency: About 350,000 households had their power cut off” The number of power cut-offs in Germany rose by two percent to a new record in 2014, reports Spiegel Online. ...
  • 08 Jun 2016

    Renewables reform / Merkel: Energiewende must not destroy utilities

    08 Jun 2016 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Federal government Renewables law reform gets government approval Angela Merkel’s cabinet has decided on the reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) that is to take effect ...
  • 01 Jun 2015

    In the media: Government warns banks of 'Carbon Bubble' risk

    01 Jun 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Süddeutsche Zeitung Interview with Chancellor on Climate Summit In an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said that preparing for the climate summit in ...
  • 27 Nov 2014

    In the media: Trade unions back coal, wind energy trouble, renewables ranking

    27 Nov 2014 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Die Tageszeitung (taz) "Trade union association DGB gets on side with coal" What started off as an appeal by industry and energy unions is now supported by most German trade unions (apart from ...
  • German reactions to the EU Commission’s energy summer package

    15 Jul 2015 The European Commission has launched its proposals for an Energy Union, including reform of the emissions trading scheme, a redesign of the European power market, updated efficiency labelling and consumer empowerment. CLEW has compiled ...
  • 09 Jan 2015

    In the media: Renewables superlatives, EU policy, heating and e-cars

    09 Jan 2015 Kerstine Appunn Ruby Russell Clean Energy Wire CLEW Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) "A year full of superlatives for ecologic power" German consumers paid almost 23 billion euros for renewable electricity in 2014, the FAZ 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 06 Mar 2015

    In the media: No tax-payer money for nuclear power- German minister

    06 Mar 2015 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Reuters “Germany says using tax money for nuclear power ‘out of question’” Germany’s Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel, said that he would not agree “by any means that nuclear ...
  • 07 Jun 2016

    Delay in power grid extension / 'E.ON about to restart'

    07 Jun 2016 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Süddeutsche Zeitung Crucial German power grid extension delayed The construction and completion of important power lines in Germany will be delayed by at least three years, ...
  • 27 Mar 2015

    In the media: EU takes Germany to court over Moorburg power plant

    27 Mar 2015 Ruby Russell Clean Energy Wire CLEW European Commission “Commission refers Germany to Court over coal power plant in Moorburg” The European Commission is taking Germany to court over its newly open  Moorburg power plant  near Hamburg, saying ...
  • 07 Mar 2018

    Merkel puts long-time confidant in charge of energy transition

    07 Mar 2018 German Chancellor Angela Merkel has chosen her close ally and former head of the Chancellery Peter Altmaier as the next economy and energy minister. This puts the political heavy-hitter in charge of shaping Germany’s Energiewende at a time of ...
  • 18 Nov 2015

    Taking stock of the Energiewende / Resistance to smart meters

    18 Nov 2015 Sören Amelang Ellen Thalman Clean Energy Wire CLEW Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) Balance Sheet of Energiewende Germany has published an assessment of its national climate protection efforts. The government says ...
  • 17 Feb 2016

    Climate Action Plan 2050 worries industry / Further RWE impairments

    17 Feb 2016 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Handelsblatt / Ministry for Environment “Everything for the climate” The Ministry for Environment (BMUB) is about to enter the second phase of consultation for its Climate Action Plan 2050, ...
  • 24 Feb 2015

    In the media: Solar set to become cheapest power source

    24 Feb 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Sven Egenter Clean Energy Wire CLEW Süddeutsche Zeitung “EU wants to break Moscow’s energy power” A draft of the EU Commission’s concept for a European Energy Union (due to be published tomorrow) includes new ...
  • 28 Jan 2015

    In the media: Government agrees plan for solar auctions

    28 Jan 2015 Ellen Thalman Clean Energy Wire CLEW Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Cabinet agrees to auction plan for solar subsidies The German economics and energy ministry said the government cabinet had signed off on its plans to ...
  • Norway bets on gas and CCS to complement Europe’s energy transition

    31 Aug 2018, 13:36 With its vast amounts of hydro energy, many would like Norway to become Europe’s “green battery”, supplying neighbours with steady power when there is little wind or sun. An extreme heat wave and dry weather in the first half of 2018 ...
  • 19 Oct 2015

    In the media: Germany as a future power model?

    19 Oct 2015 Kerstine Appunn Ruby Russell Clean Energy Wire CLEW National Geographic “Germany Could Be a Model for How We’ll Get Power in the Future” In a long feature for National Geographic, Robert Kunzig takes an in-depth look at the “epochal ...
  • 04 Mar 2015

    In the media: Greenpeace Energy to take legal action over UK nuclear support

    04 Mar 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) “No capacity payments to coal- and gas-fired power plants” Additional payments to operators of coal- and gas-fired power plants are ...
  • 21 Mar 2016

    Reams of ideas for govt climate action / Coal tussle picks up steam

    21 Mar 2016 Kerstine Appunn Ellen Thalman Clean Energy Wire CLEW Reuters / EnBW “Germany's EnBW cuts dividend, sees lower profits in 2016” Germany’s third largest utility EnBW posted a 125-million-euro net profit in 2015, but the adjusted operating ...
  • The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2018

    18 Apr 2018 German ministers and European Commissioners will be among those explaining why an energy transition is a good idea for the world, at the fourth Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue on 17-18 April 2018. The Clean Energy Wire will give a rolling ...
  • 29 Dec 2015 |

    Loops and cracks: Excess German power strains Europe’s grids

    29 Dec 2015 Europe’s power grids are supposed to become increasingly integrated – but right now the opposite seems to be happening. Germany’s eastern neighbours complain that the country’s renewable power production is putting a strain on their ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 Apr 2017 |

    Key stakeholders in Germany’s Energiewende

    20 Apr 2017 Which groups are invested in, and impacted by, the German energy transition? Here we identify the key stakeholder groups, their positions and concerns. Energiewende Sven Egenter Ruby Russell Julian Wettengel The German federal government ...
  • SPEAKERS at the Global Energy Transition Journalism Conference 2019 #GETJO19

    0A Conference Nickolaus Bauer Twitter: @NickolausBauer Nickolaus Bauer is an award-winning journalist for eNews Channel Africa (eNCA)- South Africa's premier 24 hour news channel. After a decade of experience as a journalist in South Africa, Bauer ...
  • Conference panellists and session chairs

      Please note: This list was compiled in preparation for the Clean Energy Wire network conference "The Global Energy Transition: Is Journalism Ready?" in November 2017. Abaño, Imelda- President of Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists ...
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