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  • 03 Jul 2020 |

    Europe's largest economy exits coal to reach climate goals

    Germany's coal phase-out 03 Jul 2020, 16:00 Germany has put its gradual withdrawal from coal-fired power production into law, joining other major economies in the global farewell to the climate-damaging fossil fuel. Two years of debate in society and ...
  • The Energiewende's booming flagship braces for stormy times

    Onshore wind power in Germany 14 Jun 2017 Onshore wind power capacity in Germany has increased more than 1,000 times since 1990. A combination of idealistic impetus and entrepreneurial enthusiasm among citizens has brought the number of wind turbines up ...
  • 16 Oct 2017 |

    Vote2017- German elections and the Energiewende

    Energy and climate policy in Germany's election 16 Oct 2017 Germans have cast their vote for a new federal parliament. Incurring heavy losses, Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU alliance once again prevailed as the country's ...
  • 10 Apr 2018 |

    Energiewende hinges on unblocking the power grid

    The energy transition and Germany’s power grid 10 Apr 2018 Germany’s shift from fossil fuelled and nuclear power will only succeed if the infrastructure is there to support a very different kind of energy system. But the country’s grid is just not up to ...
  • 08 Jul 2015 |

    Energy transition shapes foreign policy in Germany and beyond

    The Energiewende and its implications for international security 08 Jul 2015 Energy supply is inseparable from German foreign policy, as the country relies on imports to feed its energy appetite. The Ukraine crisis has brought the risks of Germany’s ...
  • 01 Jul 2015 |

    Technology to transform the energy sector- made in Germany

    New technologies for the Energiewende 01 Jul 2015 Germany’s energy transition anticipates a vastly more efficient and interconnected energy system in the future. It also poses huge technological challenges – and challenges for legislation and business ...
  • 30 Sep 2016 |

    Bioenergy- the troubled pillar of the Energiewende

    Biogas in Germany's energy transition 30 Sep 2016 Following the introduction of feed-in tariffs for renewables in 2000, bioenergy plants sprang up like daisies across the country, providing a climate friendly source for power that’s independent of ...
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  • First details of planned renewables reform leave German energy market innovators unfazed

    26 Aug 2020, 12:23 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert bne- Association of Energy Market Innovators Bundesverband Neue ...
  • German providers can have regional origin of renewable electricity certified from 2019

    21 Dec 2018, 13:33 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 Electricity market Renewables ...
  • 13 Mar 2020 |

    Econ min confirms German climate package unlikely to achieve 2030 targets

    13 Mar 2020, 14:28 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Policy Clean Energy Wire The measures outlined in the German government's climate package last year will likely not be sufficient to meet the country's 2030 climate targets, a  study ...
  • 15 Jan 2020 |

    Germany's new resource strategy aims at 'responsible' supply for energy transition

    15 Jan 2020, 14:10 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 Renewables Cars Clean Energy Wire With a new ...
  • 30 Jun 2020 |

    Germany bankrolls battery producer VARTA with 300 million euros

    30 Jun 2020, 13:38 Expert BASF Business & Jobs Fossil fuels Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Kerstine Appunn Clean ...
  • 15 Jan 2019 |

    Drought and new car emissions test dampen German GDP growth in 2018 – ministry

    15 Jan 2019, 11:59 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert Destatis Federal Statistical Office- Statistisches Bundesamt ...
  • 15 Apr 2019 |

    Germany’s government wants coal states to foot part of exit bill

    15 Apr 2019, 12:08 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 Coal Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The German ...
  • 02 Dec 2019 |

    Eastern German states call coal exit roadmap into question – media report

    02 Dec 2019, 13:38 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 Coal Spiegel Online / Clean Energy Wire The premiers ...
  • 16 Aug 2019 |

    German economy ministry mulls action on looming solar power support cap

    16 Aug 2019, 12:11 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 Solar pv magazine The maximum volume of solar power ...
  • 29 Nov 2018 |

    Germany holds national drill for “long-lasting natural gas shortage”

    29 Nov 2018, 16:01 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Gas Security Federal Network Agency / Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs & Energy German authorities want to test the country’s resilience to a severe natural gas shortage ...
  • 16 Apr 2020 |

    Zero-support bids from 2018 could make bidders pay in German offshore auctions

    16 Apr 2020, 13:04 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 Wind Business & Jobs Tagesspiegel Background The ...
  • 27 Aug 2020 |

    Little progress in talks about German stake in Dutch TenneT – media report

    27 Aug 2020, 11:48 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert TenneT Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Julian ...
  • 28 Aug 2019 |

    German cabinet adopts draft law to strengthen mining regions during coal exit

    28 Aug 2019, 14:02 Edgar Meza Coal Government Clean Energy Wire Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet on Wednesday adopted a draft law submitted by Germany's economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier aimed at strengthening coal regions following the ...
  • 28 Aug 2020 |

    German economy minister says willing to support climate-friendly steel production

    28 Aug 2020, 13:22 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 Hydrogen Industry Westdeutsche ...
  • 16 Jan 2020 |

    Increase of Germany's e-car buyer's premium delayed

    16 Jan 2020, 13:09 Expert BAFA- Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle Fossil fuels Renewables Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und ...
  • 17 Apr 2019 |

    Official Energiewende evaluation calls for massive investments- report

    17 Apr 2019, 13:27 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert IASS- Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Think tank ...
  • German electricity supply security remains very high – economy ministry

    The security of electricity supply in Germany continues to be at a high level, also thanks to the integration of the country’s power grid with neighbouring countries, writes the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in a press release. A ...
  • 17 May 2019 |

    Germany’s economy ministry presents key points for coal region support

    17 May 2019, 13:23 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Policy The German economy and energy ministry (BMWi) has presented its main fields of action for the economic restructuring of coal mining regions amid Germany’s coal exit, which a government-appointed commission ...
  • 18 Dec 2019 |

    German state clears important legal hurdle for wind turbine repowering, cancels minimum distance rule

    18 Dec 2019, 13:25 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 Wind Hamburger Abendblatt The northern German state ...
  • Ministry signs contract on nuclear fund with utilities

    Germany's economy ministry (BMWi) has signed a contract with the country's nuclear plant operators that regulates the funding of nuclear waste disposal, the BMWi has said in a press release. The BMWi and the four utilities E.ON, EnBW, RWE and ...
  • 29 Nov 2018 |

    State ministers criticise Germany's energy transition policy

    29 Nov 2018, 15:44 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Energiewende Government WirtschaftsWoche / BMWi The Green Party’s energy minister in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Franz Untersteller, has lamented a “standstill of federal energy policy” ahead of a meeting ...
  • 01 Aug 2019 |

    German government puts focus on green hydrogen for energy transition – media

    01 Aug 2019, 12:30 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 Renewables Hydrogen Handelsblatt Renewable energy ...
  • 18 Sep 2020 |

    Germans spend average share of income for power despite high costs

    18 Sep 2020, 14:24 Benjamin Wehrmann Cost & Prices Der Spiegel German household power costs are moderate as a share of GDP per capita when compared to other European countries, despite being among the highest in absolute terms, an analysis by price ...
  • Germany’s network agency revamps electricity market data platform

    The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has revamped its SMARD platform that illustrates data on Germany’s electricity market, the German ministry for the economy & energy (BMWi) says in a press release. All data is now available in English and can be ...
  • 12 May 2020 |

    German government, coastal states reach agreement for offshore wind expansion

    12 May 2020, 13:16 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Edgar Meza Wind Clean Energy Wire Germany's federal government, ...
  • 30 Jan 2020 |

    German econ min calls for large-scale green hydrogen production in highly anticipated strategy- report

    30 Jan 2020, 13:21 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Sören Amelang Gas Renewables Hydrogen Der Spiegel / Clean Energy Wire ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany buys temporary stake in grid operator 50Hertz to fend off Chinese

    The German government will acquire a temporary 20 percent stake in power transmission grid operator (TSO) 50Hertz from Belgian Elia “on national security grounds”, the economy ministry (BMWi) said in a press release. The ministry said the decision was ...
  • 27 Jan 2020 |

    Tesla eyes German state aid for new gigafactory as Musk weighs in on environmental concerns

    27 Jan 2020, 14:24 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Handelsblatt / n-tv American e-carmaker Tesla has applied for state subsidy payments in Germany to fund battery cell research and production in the host country of the company's planned new gigafactory, ...
  • 04 May 2020 |

    Second energy transition sandbox to transform heat supply in lignite mining areas

    04 May 2020, 13:37 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Edgar Meza Heating Clean Energy Wire Germany’s economy ministry ...
  • European Commission green-lights German tenant electricity scheme

    The European Commission has approved the funding scheme for Germany’s plan to grant public support to landlords planning to install solar panels on the roof of apartment buildings, the Federal Ministry for the Economy & Energy (BMWi) says in a press ...
  • Experts call for CO2 price tag to preserve Energiewende’s “credibility”

    Leading experts commissioned by the German economy ministry (BMWi) say Germany will probably miss key targets of the Energiewende, endangering the entire projects's credibility.” In their advisory opinion on the BMWi’s fifth Energiewende Monitoring ...
  • 12 Nov 2019 |

    Economy and environment ministries pass the blame for slump in German wind power expansion

    12 Nov 2019, 12:40 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and ...
  • “Tenant electricity support brings Energiewende to the inner cities”

    The federal cabinet’s approval of a bill for supporting tenant electricity models in Germany will “make tenants directly participate at energy transition”, economy minister Brigitte Zypries said in a press release by the Federal Ministry for Economic ...
  • Economy ministry publishes results of consultations on energy efficiency green book and “Electricity 2030” paper

    The federal economy ministry (BMWi) has published the results of the discussion process concerning last year’s green book on energy efficiency and the impulse paper on long term trends “Electricity 2030”. BMWi plans a white book on energy efficiency as a ...
  • CDU’s Thomas Bareiß to become state secretary in energy ministry

    Thomas Bareiß, member of the German parliament and energy policy representative of the conservative CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group, will become parliamentary state secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), reports Frankfurter ...
  • “Ninety-six percent of solar PV bids realised”

    Almost all bids from Germany’s first round of auctions for ground-mounted solar PV projects – which was carried-out in 2015 – have successfully been realised and will receive support, writes Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) in a press release. “The result ...
  • Economy Ministry aims to launch “energy transition in transportation”

    Germany’s Economy Ministry (BMWi) aims to launch an “energy transition in transportation” by financially supporting research and development projects on sector coupling and electrification in the sector, the ministry said in a press release. The BMWi ...
  • Germany’s Court of Auditors says it is still in the dark over Energiewende costs

    Germany’s Federal Court of Auditors (BRH) has renewed its criticism of the government’s lacking overview of energy transition costs, a court spokesperson told the Clean Energy Wire. Website Spiegel Online originally reported that the court asked the ...
  • 27 Apr 2020 |

    Lufthansa aid after initial rescue package must incorporate climate action – env min

    27 Apr 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 Freja Eriksen Transport Clean Energy Wire / dpa / Reuters A 9 to 10 ...
  • 04 Aug 2020 |

    Applications for German government's e-car buyer's premium soar to record level

    04 Aug 2020, 14:38 Expert BAFA- Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle Fossil fuels Renewables Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und ...
  • 10 Jun 2020 |

    German govt approves long-delayed 10-year national energy and climate plan

    10 Jun 2020, 13:45 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 Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire Germany’s ...
  • 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 ...
  • Economy ministry rejects NGO demand for moratorium on coal plant approvals

    The approval processes for coal plants and mine expansions will not be halted while the upcoming multi-stakeholder commission on Germany’s coal exit – the so-called coal commission – discusses the country’s phase-out-path, indicates the economy ministry ...
  • “Denmark and Germany agree on increasing electricity trade between their countries”

    Germany and Denmark have agreed to increase the minimum cross-border electricity trade, according to a press release by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). “The agreement acknowledges that Germany is undergoing a fundamental ...
  • Parliament votes in favour of power market reform

    The German federal parliament has adopted a new power market law. The reform includes the continuation of an energy-only-market with additional capacity reserves. The new rules will also include retiring 13 percent of lignite power station capacity into a ...
  • “Super ministry” for economy and finances could help CDU in coalition talks

    Germany’s economy ministry (BMWi) has often seen its scope of responsibility altered by government coalition agreements, and this time is no different, Dorothea Siems writes on Welt Online. The ministry could  become a bargaining chip in upcoming ...
  • 28 Apr 2020 |

    Small-scale renewables law reform draft omits provision on solar support cap

    28 Apr 2020, 12:28 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union ...
  • Government plans to phase out support for fossil fuel heating systems by 2020

    The federal economy ministry (BMWi) plans to phase out support for heating systems that run entirely on fossil fuels by 2020, as part of its new “Energy efficiency and heat from renewable energies” strategy. Industry opposition to the plans is inevitable, ...
  • 20 May 2020 |

    Germany to buy stake in Dutch grid operator TenneT as part of broader energy cooperation

    20 May 2020, 13:38 Expert TenneT Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Benjamin Wehrmann Grid International Clean Energy Wire The German government is preparing to buy a stake in Dutch transmission grid operator (TSO) TenneT as part of a ...
  • 05 Aug 2020 |

    Germany's econ min admits climate policy mistakes, says decarbonisation must be made "irreversible"

    05 Aug 2020, 14:14 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 Climate & CO2 Government dpa / Weser Kurier The ...
  • 16 Jun 2020 |

    Germany and six allies push for key hydrogen role in Europe's energy future

    16 Jun 2020, 14:57 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 Hydrogen International Clean Energy Wire A group of ...
  • 12 May 2020 |

    German econ minister proposes levies, cheap electricity for wind power communities

    12 May 2020, 13:07 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Edgar Meza Wind In an effort to reduce resistance to new wind farms, ...
  • Germany's role in international climate protection

    Germany’s role in international climate protection demonstrates that the energy transition can be an economic success story, state secretary in the economy ministry (BMWi) Rainer Baake said at the presentation of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) ...
  • 27 Jul 2020 |

    BMW says hydrogen fuel cells remain important technology option for passenger cars

    27 Jul 2020, 13:09 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Transport Cars Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices ...
  • 27 Jul 2020 |

    Germany's energy-efficient renovation support programmes in high demand also amid pandemic

    27 Jul 2020, 13:11 Expert KfW Bank KfW- government-owned financing institution Fossil fuels Finance Efficiency Benjamin Wehrmann Heating Clean Energy Wire The demand for energy-efficient building renovation programmes offered by Germany's government ...
  • “Wind power industry has become energy industry powerhouse”

    Technological progress, systematic services, and efficiency have made the German wind power industry “ a powerhouse of the energy industry ”, according to Uwe Beckmeyer, state secretary in the Ministry for Economic Affairs (BMWi). In a press release ...
  • “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 ...
  • 28 Feb 2020 |

    German hard coal plant operators fail to reach agreement with economy ministry

    28 Feb 2020, 13:52 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert STEAG Electricity generator Fossil fuels Utilities Freja ...
  • 08 Apr 2020 |

    Digitalisation of Germany's energy transition on track, but many hurdles ahead – study

    08 Apr 2020, 12:55 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Sören Amelang Digitalisation Clean Energy Wire The digitalisation of ...
  • 06 May 2015

    In the media: Support for research, efficiency and e-cars

    06 May 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) New incentive programme for energy efficiency measures The Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has announced a new support package ...
  • 07 May 2020 |

    German econ min says car industry support must keep climate targets in view

    07 May 2020, 13:51 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Green stimulus Bild / Clean ...
  • 25 Feb 2020 |

    Economy ministry blocks ban on German nuclear fuel rod exports

    25 Feb 2020, 13:28 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 Nuclear phase-out Tageszeitung (taz) The German economy ...
  • 18 Feb 2020 |

    Germany to promote EU maritime strategy including shore power

    18 Feb 2020, 13:58 Benjamin Wehrmann Industry Clean Energy Wire Germany's government plans to use the country's EU Council Presidency in the second half of 2020 to advocate a common European maritime economy strategy aimed at strengthening the ...
  • 23 Jun 2020 |

    Grid operator Amprion opposes German state investing in competitor TenneT

    23 Jun 2020, 13:48 Expert Amprion Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert ...
  • 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 ...
  • Lufthansa rescue deal must set example for green recovery conditions – opinion

    26 May 2020, 12:38 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 David Reay Business ...
  • 31 Jan 2020 |

    Higher energy prices push inflation up in Germany

    31 Jan 2020, 14:06 Sören Amelang Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Higher energy prices have pushed inflation up in Germany. On average, retail prices were 1.7 percent higher in January compared to a year earlier, after an inflation rate of 1.5 percent ...
  • 20 Jan 2020 |

    German renewable energy producers received record payout through surcharge

    20 Jan 2020, 12:37 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 Electricity market Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ...
  • 05 May 2020 |

    State energy ministers call for investments in renewables, grid and hydrogen as part of coronavirus recovery

    05 May 2020, 15:07 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert VKU- German Association of Local Utilities Verband kommunaler ...
  • 24 Feb 2020 |

    Netherlands highlights hydrogen cooperation with Germany

    24 Feb 2020, 13:56 Freja Eriksen Gas Hydrogen Industry Handelsblatt The Netherlands has identified Germany as its main ally in building Europe's future hydrogen structure,  writes the business daily Handelsblatt. "Our aim is to intensify ...
  • 20 May 2020 |

    German government adopts higher CO2 starting price of 25 euros per tonne for transport and heating

    20 May 2020, 13:55 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and ...
  • Economics ministry plans to cut support for large roof-mounted pv arrays by 20 percent – report

    The German government plans to cut support payments for large roof-mounted photovoltaic arrays ranging in size from 40 to 750 kilowatts by around 20 percent at the turn of the year, reports Sandra Enkhardt in pv magazine, with reference to a draft bill by ...
  • 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 ...
  • 11 Dec 2019 |

    Germany hesitates on support for European green finance taxonomy

    11 Dec 2019, 12:59 Freja Eriksen Finance Süddeutsche Zeitung Germany is wavering at the last minute to make a decision on whether to support an EU taxonomy for green financial activities that aims to identify the investments that will be regarded as ...
  • 18 Sep 2019 |

    German government presents blockchain strategy with focus on energy sector

    18 Sep 2019, 12:24 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 Digitalisation Clean Energy Wire The German federal ...
  • Energy minister Altmaier angers grid expansion opponents by abstaining from meeting

    German economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier has rebuffed opponents of the planned SuedLink power transmission line by reportedly not joining a planned meeting in the economy ministry (BMWi), Heinz Wraneschitz writes in the pv magazine. Critics also ...
  • 20 Jan 2020 |

    Decarbonisation not possible "with German wind and solar energy alone"- econ min

    20 Jan 2020, 13:34 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 Coal Handelsblatt Germany's energy transition, the ...
  • Renewables, power-to-x and battery production offer future prospect for coal regions – study

    Large-scale renewable power production and the development of storage technology, both with power-to-x systems and batteries, can provide viable economic prospects for Germany’s coal mining regions as the fossil fuel is gradually phased out, a study ...
  • 13 Dec 2018 |

    Germany invests in zero-emission shipping research

    13 Dec 2018, 14:27 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Transport Clean Energy Wire The German government has set aside 45 million euros for research in zero-emission ship engines to “make a significant contribution to the energy ...
  • 25 Sep 2019 |

    Industry sees high AI potential in energy transition but has yet to invest- report

    25 Sep 2019, 14:02 Expert dena- German Energy Agency Deutsche Energie-Agentur Grid Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Technology Efficiency Freja Eriksen Digitalisation Clean Energy Wire While three quarters of German energy companies expect artificial ...
  • German government vies for headquarters of European battery cell production

    The German government tries to bring the headquarters of the envisaged European joint venture for battery cell production to Germany, a press release by Germany’s economy and energy ministry (BMWi) says. At a meeting of the European Battery Alliance in ...
  • 11 Jan 2019 |

    Berlin start-up to transform 1000 city street lights into e-car charging stations

    11 Jan 2019, 14:03 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Cities Clean Energy Wire Berlin start-up Ubitricity will transform up to 1000 street lights in the German capital into charging stations for electric vehicles. An additional 600 wallboxes ...
  • 11 Dec 2018 |

    Coal commission to meet again on 25 January – source

    11 Dec 2018, 15:47 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Fossil fuels Policy Clean Energy Wire Germany’s coal commission will hold its next full plenary meeting on 25 January, followed by the last meeting on 1 February, a commission source told Clean ...
  • Germany supports pilot project for testing offshore wind farm deconstruction

    28 Nov 2018, 16:19 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Wind Technology International Stiftung Offshore Wind Energy Together with international partners, the German economy and energy ministry (BMWi) has initiated a project to study the removal of ...
  • Energiewende Monitoring Report available in English

    The federal economy ministry (BMWi) has made available an English version of last year’s Fifth Energiewende Monitoring Report, together with the accompanying expert statement. Find the report in English here, the expert statement in English here and an ...
  • Env minister calls for state support programme for climate projects in industry

    Germany’s new environment minister, Svenja Schulze, wants to introduce a state support programme for climate projects in industry, she told the Rheinische Post. “Together with my cabinet colleagues from the economy [BMWi] and research [BMBF] ministries, I ...
  • German authorities certify first smart meter after long delay

    The first smart meter in Germany has received a license from the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) two years after the government decided on a large-scale roll-out, Jakob Schlandt writes in energy policy newsletter Tagesspiegel Background. The ...
  • 10 Jan 2020 |

    German parliament plans to drastically cut funding for energy research

    10 Jan 2020, 11:52 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert VCI- German Chemicals Industry Association Verband der ...
  • Cabinet decides additional renewables auctions as part of energy law reform

    The German government cabinet has decided a collection of energy law amendments, which include the introduction of additional renewables auctions in 2019-2021, the economy ministry (BMWi) said in a press release. The press release – while not giving many ...
  • 09 Apr 2020 |

    Greens call for clarity on ETS allowance cancellations during German coal exit

    09 Apr 2020, 13:43 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and ...
  • 22 Aug 2019 |

    Eastern German coal states welcome proposal for phase-out support

    22 Aug 2019, 13:55 Eastern German coal mining regions have welcomed draft legislation to support the states most affected by plans to phase out the fossil fuel by 2038 at the latest. The economy ministry presented an "investment law for coal regions ...
  • 03 Feb 2020 |

    European Green Deal: German econ min calls for industry support- media

    03 Feb 2020, 13:46 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 Cost & Prices Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ...
  • 13 Dec 2018 |

    German land owners to receive higher compensation for power line construction

    13 Dec 2018, 14:42 Benjamin Wehrmann Grid WirtschaftsWoche / Economy & Energy Ministry German economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier has said the government will raise the compensation payments for land owners who provide their property for the ...
  • 22 Mar 2019 |

    Volkswagen launches battery alliance with Swedish producer Northvolt

    22 Mar 2019, 13:25 Benjamin Wehrmann Storage Cars International Clean Energy Wire Germany’s largest carmaker, Volkswagen, and Swedish battery producer Northvolt have announced a joint research initiative called the European Battery Union (EBU). Partners ...
  • 30 Jan 2019 |

    Digitalisation of energy transition makes only slow progress – report

    30 Jan 2019, 13:37 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Digitalisation Clean Energy Wire Digitalisation is key for the success of Germany’s energy transition, but progress remains slow, says the report by consultancy EY commissioned by the economy and ...
  • German government reluctant to find position on e-fuels

    Synthetic fuels generated with electricity are a viable option to improve the climate record of Germany’s transport sector but the government has so far failed to come up with a clear position on e-fuels, Klaus Stratmann writes in the Handelsblatt. ...
  • 13 Aug 2020 |

    Germany paves way for faster wind power expansion licenses

    13 Aug 2020, 13:48 Germany’s government has set out to accelerate planning procedures for infrastructure projects linked to the energy transition with a focus on speeding up onshore wind power expansion in particular. Utilities welcomed the streamlining ...
  • 23 Apr 2020 |

    Economy minister calls for tying car industry support to emissions

    23 Apr 2020, 13:51 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Transport Cars Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices ...
  • 05 Sep 2019 |

    Economy ministry plans no compensation for hard coal plant operators after 2030 – media

    05 Sep 2019, 12:29 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 Coal Cost & Prices Tagesspiegel Background The ...
  • 03 Jun 2020 |

    Germany raises offshore wind power target to 40 GW by 2040

    03 Jun 2020, 13:15 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert NABU- Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union Der ...
  • 23 Oct 2019 |

    Germany achieves breakthrough in sluggish grid expansion effort- agency

    23 Oct 2019, 13:32 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications ...
  • Germany needs energy autonomy – parliamentary state sec

    Germany’s energy supply security must not depend on the support of other countries, Thomas Bareiss, state secretary in the economy and energy ministry (BMWi), said at a conference on energy and climate policy organised by newspaper Die Zeit in Berlin. ...
  • “Germany needs battery cell production to remain a premium carmaker”

    Germany and Europe have to ramp up investment in battery cell production in order to prepare their automotive industries for a looming rapid expansion of electric vehicles, Germany’s state secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs & ...
  • 28 Aug 2020 |

    German government and states seal coal exit support deal for mining regions

    28 Aug 2020, 10:02 German coal regions will finally be able to use state support funds from the landmark phase-out agreement to help with their transition away from the fossil fuel. Federal and state governments signed a deal in Berlin to make official ...
  • German regulator announces preparations to terminate common power zone with Austria

    Germany plans to split the common power price zone with its neighbour Austria in July 2018, according to a press release by the federal economy ministry (BMWi). This did not mean a split of the countries' power markets, said state secretary Rainer ...
  • “Milestone for radiation protection in power grid expansion”

    The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS), with the support of the federal economy ministry (BMWi), will invest about 18 million euros in a research project on possible effects on human health by power lines, BfS said in a press release. “So far, ...
  • 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 ...
  • France and Germany agree on holding joint renewables auctions

    France and Germany have agreed to hold joint auctions for renewable energies, the German ministry for the economy and energy (BMWi) said in a press release. The two countries also agreed to set up a cross-border experiment dubbed “Smart Border Initiative” ...
  • 06 Mar 2020 |

    Govt studies find Germany's 2030 climate package fails to reach objective

    06 Mar 2020, 10:27 Germany's massive policy push to reach 2030 climate targets is insufficient, two studies commissioned by the government have found. Despite the agreement on a coal phase-out, the introduction of a CO2 price and a host of other ...
  • Slow German smart meter licensing could let country fall behind

    Developers of smart meters are complaining that the German state’s licensing of the technology is taking much too long due to security concerns and increasing the risk that the country will fall behind its European neighbours, many of which are much more ...
  • Applications for renewables surcharge exemption rise

    Energy-intensive companies have applied for exemptions from the renewables surcharge for significantly higher electricity volumes for the coming year, according to a dpa article carried by FOCUS Online. According to a response from the Federal Ministry ...
  • 06 Sep 2019 |

    German companies to play “major role” in second European battery cell production project

    06 Sep 2019, 13:27 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 Storage Cars Clean Energy Wire / Handelsblatt German ...
  • “Germany to push for carbon price at G20”

    Energiewende country Germany will use its G20 presidency this year to push for a global price on carbon as one of many measures to achieve climate goal, reports Roger Harrabin for BBC News. “We need to find a mechanism for a carbon price. Then it’ll be ...
  • 31 Jul 2015

    In the media: Auctions for all renewables; more money for insulation

    31 Jul 2015 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) Government launches suggestions for new auction design for renewables The Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has launched the consultation ...
  • 16 Oct 2019 |

    German efficiency experts point to Danish district heating model as inspiration

    16 Oct 2019, 12:44 Expert DENEFF- German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency Deutsche Unternehmensinitiative Energieeffizienz Citizens' energy Business & Jobs Efficiency Freja Eriksen Heating Clean Energy Wire German energy efficiency ...
  • New report examines technologies of the energy transition

    Scientists from a group of research institutes, including the Wuppertal Institute and Fraunhofer ISI, have presented their report “Technologies for the Energy Transition” to the federal economy ministry. The report examines the status quo, expectations, ...
  • “Tenant electricity-nonsense”

    The tenant electricity draft law introduced by Germany’s economy ministry (BMWi) is an “utterly wrong” policy approach that turns the principle of “competition instead of allocation” upside down, Andreas Mihm writes in an opinion piece for Frankfurter ...
  • 14 Oct 2019 |

    German govt should back banning natural gas from EIB support list – researcher

    14 Oct 2019, 13:28 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 Finance EurActiv / Clean Energy Wire The German ...
  • New economy ministry proposal to fire up renewables in all sectors

    16 Sep 2016 To decarbonise Germany’s economy, small amounts of renewable electricity will have to replace large amounts of fossil fuel. The policies to make this Energiewende happen must be decided now, the economy ministry says in a new discussion paper. ...
  • “Brigitte Zypries assumes office as economy and energy minister”

    Social Democrat and former state secretary Brigitte Zypries is Germany’s new Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy. Previous economy minister Sigmar Gabriel handed over his duties today. “Sigmar Gabriel did a good job in tying up lose ends of ...
  • 10 Oct 2019 |

    Germany to make it more attractive for ships to turn off engines in ports and use power grid instead

    10 Oct 2019, 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 Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Clean Energy Wire [CORRECTION: ships will ...
  • 19 Jun 2019 |

    Germany to support three battery cell alliances – economy minister

    19 Jun 2019, 12:04 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 Cars Reuters Germany will award to three consortiums ...
  • We will initiate a battery cell production in Germany – economy minister

    Germany will initiate a domestic battery cell production in the framework of the federal government’s upcoming industrial strategy, said economy minister Peter Altmaier at a press conference after a meeting with Maros Sefcovic, the European Commission ...
  • Economy ministry to amend several energy laws - report

    The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is working on draft amendments to the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the Combined Heat and Power Act (CHP), and other energy laws, writes Hendrik Köstens for Tagesspiegel Background. The ...
  • 07 Oct 2019 |

    German economy ministry presents onshore wind power rescue plan

    07 Oct 2019, 14:34 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 Wind Government Clean Energy Wire / Süddeutsche ...
  • German energy ministry investigates CCS options to meet climate targets

    The German economy and energy ministry (BMWi) has commissioned a study of the country’s options for capturing and storing carbon dioxide emissions to lower its carbon footprint, Manuel Berkel writes on Spiegel Online. According to the article, energy ...
  • 04 Jul 2019 |

    German electricity supply security to stay very high even with coal exit – economy ministry

    04 Jul 2019, 12:45 Electricity supply in Germany is secure even as the country is phasing out coal-fired power generation, according to a monitoring report which sets new standards for supply security from the economy ministry. The report also changes the ...
  • German state secretary Baake calls for "consistent" EU climate and energy goals

    German statesecretary Rainer Baake has called for “consistency on European climate and energy targets” and capacity markets not to undermine emission trading. Speaking during consultation between EU energy ministers' following the release of the ...
  • CDU’s new economy ministry is “the wooden spoon” – opinion

    The German economy ministry (BMWi) has visibly lost influence under three consecutive coalition governments led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, Heike Goebel writes in a commentary for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. But Merkel's CDU party now claims ...
  • State aid: Commission approves renewables levy exemptions for certain self-suppliers of electricity in Germany

    The European Commission has endorsed German exemptions from the renewables levy (EEG surcharge) for all existing self-suppliers of electricity (i.e. those that entered into operation before August 2014), as well as for new self-suppliers using renewable ...
  • Government support for German energy research increases slightly in 2018

    29 May 2019, 12:15 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 Climate & CO2 Energiewende Clean Energy Wire The ...
  • 07 Nov 2019 |

    German wind industry warns distance rules threaten country's competitiveness

    07 Nov 2019, 14:03 Expert BWE- German Wind Energy Association Bundesverband Windenergie Citizens' energy Electricity market Business & Jobs Technology Benjamin Wehrmann Wind Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire The German government's ...
  • 14 Jan 2020 |

    NRW state premier calls for 'week of coal exit decisions'

    14 Jan 2020, 14:27 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal The state premier of Germany's most populous federal state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Armin Laschet, has called for a "week of decisions" regarding the country's planned coal phase-out, ...
  • “We corrected the chaos of the Energiewende”

    Over the past three years, the federal government succeeded in bringing order and legal security to Germany’s energy transition, the seminal project known as Energiewende, federal economy minister Sigmar Gabriel said presenting his ministry’s economic ...
  • German industry associations call for change of emissions trading system reform

    A coalition of German industry associations, together with the federal economy ministry (BMWi), is demanding changes in the European Commission’s plans to reform the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). The group wants to “find the balance between the two ...
  • 09 Jan 2019 |

    Utility manager takes crucial energy state secretary job in Germany's econ ministry

    09 Jan 2019, 13:53 Municipal utility chief executive Andreas Feicht will take on the role as Germany's energy state secretary on 1 February. With his appointment, economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier fills a position crucial to the progress of ...
  • 04 Feb 2019 |

    Germany to face EU sanctions if it does not lower heating sector emissions

    04 Feb 2019, 14:13 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Efficiency Die Welt The sluggish emissions reduction in Germany’s heating sector could mean the country will face severe financial sanctions by the European Union for failing to ...
  • 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 ...
  • German economy and environment ministries wrestle over coal commission leadership

    The German ministries for economic affairs and energy (BMWi) and environment (BMU) compete for taking the lead in the planned commission that is tasked with preparing the country’s coal exit – dubbed "coal commission" –, Reuters news agency ...
  • 12 Jan 2017 |

    Government lacks overview of Energiewende costs- auditors

    12 Jan 2017 The German government lacks clear overview of the costs of the country’s shift to renewable energy, according to the country’s Federal Court of Auditors. The auditors said the economy ministry had “no overview of the financial consequences of ...
  • 18 Dec 2019 |

    Germany sets goal of cutting primary energy use by 30 percent by 2030

    18 Dec 2019, 13:31 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert DENEFF- German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency ...
  • 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 ...
  • Energiewende is a major project the economy ministry must design – new econ min

    New German economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier said the energy transition is one of his ministry’s major projects, speaking as he took over the helm of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) Friday. “The project Energiewende ...
  • No tightening of building efficiency standards planned in Germany

    29 Nov 2018, 15:36 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Efficiency Government Tagesspiegel The new draft law on the energy efficiency of  buildings, proposed by Germany’s interior (BMI) and economy and energy (BMWi) ministries, does ...
  • German solar industry cautiously optimistic about future

    Future prospects for the German solar sector are “rather good”, according to almost two thirds of business and research experts surveyed by R&D for Photovoltaics, a research initiative financed by the economy (BMWi) and education (BMBF) ministries. 62 ...
  • Heavy metals in solar panels a liability for the environment - study

    Traces of hazardous heavy metals in solar panels could put a serious strain on the environment if the world’s estimated 3,700 square kilometres of panels are not disposed of carefully, Daniel Wetzel writes in the weekly newspaper Welt am Sonntag. ...
  • Energy transition needs higher political priority – head of Energiewende expert commission

    Germany will likely miss several of its key energy transition goals, according to leading experts commissioned by the German economy ministry (BMWi) to monitor the progress of the country‘s energy transition. Among the three elements of the government& ...
  • “Overdue but complicated”

    The tenant electricity draft law by the German economy ministry (BMWi) is “an overdue step towards more equality” among the country’s power consumers, Bernward Janzing writes in a commentary for taz. It allowed tenants not to pay the entire renewable ...
  • “New law aims at regulating heating in a different way”

    The federal economy ministry has proposed merging existing energy legislation in the heating and building sector into one “Building Energy Law”, writes Reinhart Bünger in Der Tagesspiegel. One of the main goals is to change the way energy efficiency in ...
  • German government denies media report on latest coal exit commission draft

    The German government denies a report by news website Spiegel Online that the country's coal exit commission will propose to initiate the fossil fuel's phase-out in the west of the country and favours to finish it by 2035. Germany’s economy and ...
  • 15 Nov 2019 |

    Climate activists and researchers laud Germany's backing of EIB fossil ban

    15 Nov 2019, 13:44 Expert BMF- Federal Ministry of Finance Bundesministerium der Finanzen Finance Expert Germanwatch Climate & CO2 Expert Claudia Kemfert German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) Electricity market Energiewende Business & Jobs ...
  • Germany calls for better support schemes for renewables across EU

    Germany’s state secretary in the economy ministry (BMWi), Rainer Baake, finds the EU Commission’s proposals on support for renewable energy sources “inadequate,” the ministry says in a press release. In the run-up to a meeting by the Council of Ministers ...
  • 07 Nov 2019 |

    German lithium importer calls on government to help in row with Bolivia

    07 Nov 2019, 14:09 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 Cars International Clean Energy Wire / Spiegel ...
  • “Announced botch”

    Germany’s “technology-neutral” joint auctions for wind and solar power projects are the result of “a political bargaining process” instead of sound economic strategy, Angelika Nikionok-Ehrlich writes for Energie & Management. “Even the Federal ...
  • 09 Dec 2019 |

    Germany will cancel EU ETS allowances in framework of coal exit – state sec

    09 Dec 2019, 12:55 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Clean Energy Wire / Carbon Pulse ...
  • European Commission approves Germany’s electricity capacity mechanism to ensure security of supply

    The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules Germany’s strategic capacity reserve, which is meant to ensure the security of power supply in case of emergencies, the Commission said in a press release. “Capacity mechanisms can help to ...
  • 21 Jan 2019 |

    Energy minister proposes 2030 review of Germany’s coal exit strategy

    21 Jan 2019, 13:30 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 ...
  • 29 May 2020 |

    Massive offshore wind expansion could solve German hydrogen strategy gridlock

    29 May 2020, 13:01 The German government is set to make the large-scale use of offshore wind power to produce emission-free hydrogen a cornerstone of its long-anticipated national hydrogen strategy, reports Tagesspiegel Background. With additional ...
  • 08 Apr 2019 |

    German government to consider CO2 tax

    08 Apr 2019, 12:39 Expert Ottmar Edenhofer Co-Chair of Working Group III of the IPCC, Director of MCC, Deputy Director and Chief Economist of PIK Energiewende Technology Climate & CO2 Expert PIK- The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research ...
  • “Wind against sun”

    The federal economy ministry (BMWi) is working on a concept for technology-independent renewables support auctions that would have wind turbines competing against solar PV facilities, writes Stefan Schultz for Spiegel Online. In a pilot project from 2018 ...
  • “State aid: Commission approves auction scheme for electricity from renewable sources in Germany”

    The EU Commission today found this year’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG) reform to be in line with EU state aid rules. “The amendments to the German EEG law we approved today make sure that one of the largest renewable support schemes in the EU will be based ...
  • “Vote for tenant electricity”

    Germany’s parliament (Bundestag) has voted to allow tenants to directly source their electricity from solar panels on their roofs, the parliament has said in a press release. The so-called “tenant electricity” concept says that landlords receive a premium ...
  • Filling levels of German gas holders halve within eight weeks

    Strong heating demand caused by low temperatures halved the filling level of German gas holders to 36 percent within eight weeks, reports Andreas Mihm for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Uniper, the fossil spin-off from utility E.ON, warns a long winter ...
  • Govt Energiewende report: “enormous efforts needed” in transport and buildings

    18 Apr 2019, 15:15 Germany must make “enormous efforts” to reach its climate and energy targets in the transport and buildings sectors, according to a draft of the government’s 2019 progress report on the energy transition. The leaked paper includes new ...
  • “Target disarray”

    The German energy system would become more complex, unfair and expensive if the government were to introduce support models for tenant electricity, as costs avoided by tenants would have to be paid by other consumers, writes Andreas Mihm in an opinion ...
  • German government pushes energy transition at sea

    Germany’s economy ministry (BMWi), together with industry associations VSM and VDMA, has started an initiative intended to implement energy transition in maritime traffic, news agency Reuters reports. At the 10th National Maritime Conference in Hamburg, ...
  • Climate economist to become fourth co-head of Germany’s coal commission – report

    The commission tasked with planning the phase-out of coal-fired power production in Germany will get a climate expert as its fourth co-leader, Malte Kreutzfeldt reports in the Tageszeitung (taz). The climate and energy economist Barbara Praetorius is said ...
  • 93 percent of successful bids from citizens' energy cooperatives in first onshore auction

    “Citizens' energy is the big winner” of Germany’s first round of onshore wind power auctions, said Rainer Baake, state secretary in the economy ministry (BMWi), in a press release on the results. 93 percent of all successful bids for the auctioned ...
  • New support programmes for heating pumps and fuel-cell heaters

    In an effort to promote energy efficiency in the heating sector, the federal economy ministry (BMWi) today started two programmes to support highly efficient heating pumps and fuel-cell heaters, according to a press release. “We are bringing energy ...
  • “Denmark and Germany sign first cooperation agreement on mutual cross-border pilot auctions for PV installations”

    Denmark and Germany have agreed on two separate but mutually opened PV auctions to be held in 2016, the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has said. Denmark will partially open one auction round with a capacity of 20 megawatt (MW) to bids for ...
  • 27 Aug 2019 |

    Germany and US on par in coal phase-out ranking

    27 Aug 2019, 13:22 Expert EWI- Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne Energiewirtschaftliches Institut an der Universität zu Köln Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices International Expert KfW Bank KfW- government ...
  • 05 Jul 2019 |

    “Deceptive security” of German electricity supply – commentary

    05 Jul 2019, 14:12 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 Grid Handelsblatt Germany should beware of “deceptive ...
  • 16 Dec 2015

    Wind power gets cheaper / Electricity consumption up

    16 Dec 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW VDMA / BWE Costs for wind power reduced Power from wind turbines in 2016/2017 will be 12 percent cheaper than in 2012/2013, according to a study commissioned by the German Engineering ...
  • German Ministry for Economic Affairs issues call for tenders to help with EU electricity market design

    Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has issued a call for tenders for a scientific study on the further development of the EU’s electricity market design. The study is to examine and offer a short analysis of the current ...
  • Germany opens renewables auctions to bidders in other EU countries

    The German cabinet has paved the way for projects located in other EU countries to take part in national renewable energy auctions, the Federal Ministry for the Economy and Energy (BMWi) has said in a press release. Five percent of annual bidding capacity ...
  • 23 Sep 2015

    In the media: Diesel cheating; more money for combined heat and power

    23 Sep 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Carl Morris Clean Energy Wire CLEW Die Welt “The German government knew the cheating technology” The German ministry for transport has known for a long time that car manufacturers are using technologies that ...
  • Cabinet adopts draft regulation for common solar and wind power tenders

    Germany’s cabinet has adopted a draft regulation for the introduction of common tenders for solar and onshore wind power installations, the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) said in a press release. The tenders will be tested in a “pilot ...
  • 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 ...
  • Government cabinet decides regulation that bans German power trading zone split

    Germany’s acting government has adopted a draft regulation that bans transmission grid operators (TSOs) from unilaterally splitting the German power trading zone. “What distinguishes the German trading zone is its unity, which ensures equal conditions ...
  • 22 Nov 2018 |

    German government plans to postpone deadline for coal commission

    22 Nov 2018, 15:06 The German government wants to postpone the deadline for the conclusion of the country’s coal exit commission. Sources told the Clean Energy Wire the commission may have to extend its work on the phase out of the fossil fuel until ...
  • Switching off coal plants could benefit grid stability – internal ministry paper

    Germany can take coal plants with a combined capacity of seven gigawatts off grid- and might even improve the security of the power supply by doing so, according to an unofficial document by Germany’s economy & energy ministry (BMWi) and the Federal ...
  • “Yes to changes for combined heat and power electricity production”

    The German parliament (Bundestag) has voted for a government bill to change regulations for combined heat and power (CHP) electricity production, including amendments by the economy ministry (BMWi), the Bundestag writes in a press release. It stipulates ...
  • 16 May 2019 |

    German grid expansion law takes effect as grid agency urges rapid action

    16 May 2019, 14:02 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) Bundesnetzagentur Electricity market Grid Cost & Prices Benjamin Wehrmann Grid Renewables Clean Energy Wire A new law that is aimed at ...
  • 25 Sep 2019 |

    German govt defends climate package, env min signals possible amendments

    25 Sep 2019, 14:08 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and ...
  • 01 Dec 2015

    RWE to split in two, following in E.ON's footsteps

    01 Dec 2015 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW RWE / Handelsblatt Utility RWE follows E.ON example, to split in two One of Germany’s largest utilities RWE will split in two, the company announced on Tuesday. Renewables, grids and retail activities in ...
  • Climate plans for Germany’s transport sector insufficient – ranking

    14 Jun 2019, 13:11 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 Climate & CO2 International Transport & ...
  • Significant obstacles prevent tenant power – study

    The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has published an extensive study on “tenant power”. The study aims to provide a definition of the term, as well as legal background, and an overview of possible forms of organisation, the ...
  • 05 Feb 2019 |

    Altmaier wants to boost battery cells, autonomous driving as part of industry policy

    05 Feb 2019, 13:40 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 Cost & Prices Technology ...
  • “Germany mulls alternatives to green energy levy”

    Germany’s energy and economy ministry (BMWi) is searching for alternative ways to fund the country’s switch to renewables, reports Nathan Witkop for Montel. The ministry tendered for a study to explore “models for the future financing of renewable energy” ...
  • 16 Mar 2020 |

    Steep emissions plunge puts Germany's original 2020 climate target back on the cards

    16 Mar 2020, 14:19 Germany’s carbon emissions have fallen sharply in 2019 for the third year in a row, bringing the country closer to climate targets it had already written off. But progress in emissions reduction is heavily tilted towards the energy and ...
  • 25 Jan 2019 |

    German energy minister gets booed by student climate protesters

    25 Jan 2019, 13:51 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 Coal Climate & CO2 German ...
  • 03 Apr 2019 |

    German government does not take coal exit compensation for plant operators as a given

    03 Apr 2019, 12:26 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire The German government says the jury is still out on the question whether the operators of coal plants are eligible for compensation payments once their facilities are taken off ...
  • “Commission approves German support to cogenerated electricity; opens in-depth investigation into surcharge reductions”

    The European Commission has found German plans to support high-efficiency cogeneration (combined heat and power – CHP) to be in line with EU state aid rules. The announcement affirmed parts of the deal that the German federal government had struck with ...
  • 20 Nov 2019 |

    Design of Germany's wind power distance rules undecided as opposition to policy grows

    20 Nov 2019, 13:04 Following intense criticism of the German government's planned minimum distance rules for wind power by industry and environmental groups, economy minister Peter Altmaier says the government has not made a final decision on what ...
  • New German energy state secretary takes carbon price off table for now

    15 Feb 2019, 13:49 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Sven Egenter Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Renewables ...
  • 17 Mar 2015

    In the media: Solar eclipse as taster of 2030

    17 Mar 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW   Fraunhofer IWES/Agora Energiewende "The Eclipse 2015: Preview of the Power System in 2030" Friday’s solar eclipse will provide a taste of Germany’s power system in 2030, ...
  • Energy state secretary quits, criticising new government’s energy and climate plans

    Energy state secretary Rainer Baake has quit after four years in charge of Germany’s flagship Energiewende policy at the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). Baake, a Green Party politician whose appointment by then economy minister Sigmar ...
  • 29 Jun 2020 |

    Renewables cover over half of German electricity use- preliminary data

    29 Jun 2020, 12:53 Renewables covered more than half of Germany’s power consumption in the first six months of 2020, according to a first estimate  by think tank Agora Energiewende*. As coal use dropped and demand was low due to the coronavirus crisis and ...
  • “Cabinet approves important energy policy projects”

    The federal cabinet today decided on reform drafts for two energy policy projects: The law regulating state support for combined heat and power (CHP) plants will be changed to include tenders for CHP facilities with a capacity of 1-50 megawatts, according ...
  • German economy minister calls for 'historic' consensus on climate neutrality

    11 Sep 2020, 14:36 One year before Germany's next general election, economy minister Peter Altmaier calls for a "historic consensus" between all democratic parties, businesses and civil society to ensure that climate action and the ...
  • 06 Aug 2015

    In the media: Energiewende “top or flop”; PV auctions trial oversubscribed

    06 Aug 2015 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW dpa “Green state ministers criticise Gabriel’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG) reform plans” Environment and energy ministers from nine German states have warned Federal Minister for Energy and Economic ...
  • Efficiency First – Green Paper process started

    The Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has published a Green Paper on energy efficiency and today starts the consultation process to find solutions for the long term reduction of energy consumption in Germany. The ministry wants to discuss ...
  • 01 Apr 2020 |

    Germany marks first ever quarter with more than 50 pct renewable electricity

    01 Apr 2020, 15:11 Germany produced more than half of its electricity with renewable power in the first three months of 2020, the first full quarter in which renewables covered the majority of the country’s electricity needs. The numbers were driven by ...
  • 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, ...
  • 01 Jul 2020 |

    Germany irons out last coal exit law hurdles with conversion options for younger plants

    01 Jul 2020, 13:15 Germany's government has removed the last hurdles to finalising the country's much-anticipated coal exit law, clearing the way for a passage of the bill in parliament at the end of the week. The draft agreement grants ...
  • 18 Feb 2016

    'Europe needs more industry' / RWE dividend cut hits German towns

    18 Feb 2016 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) "Gabriel: Europe needs more industry” Europe’s aim to increase the share of manufacturing in gross domestic product (GDP) to 20 ...
  • Ministry plans renewables expansion push to reach Germany's 2030 target

    02 Sep 2020, 12:55 A faster deployment of more renewable installations that run into less problems with citizens and are able to quickly survive in the market without government support are at the centre of a renewables law reform proposal by Germany’s ...
  • 22 May 2019 |

    Government announces coal region support guidelines ahead of elections

    22 May 2019, 13:19 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 Coal Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire / ...
  • 14 Oct 2015

    In the media: Renewables levy said to rise; "Oil's closing sale"

    14 Oct 2015 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Spiegel Online/dpa-AFX “Renewable energy surcharge rises to record level of 6.35 cents” The renewables surcharge German consumers pay with their power bills will rise to a record 6.35 cents per KWh next ...
  • 18 Dec 2018 |

    Preview2019- Gas will loom large on Energiewende agenda, WEC says

    18 Dec 2018, 09:35 The role of gas – both in its natural form and as a CO2-neutral variety made with renewable power – will be one of the hottest topics on Germany's 2019 energy transition agenda, according to Carsten Rolle, secretary of the World ...
  • 18 May 2020 |

    German government coalition agreement removes key hurdles to renewables rollout

    18 May 2020, 18:14 The German government has agreed to remove key hurdles to the rollout of renewable energies that had begun to slow the country's landmark energy transition. The deal between chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance ...
  • 09 Apr 2015

    In the media: Power price falls- Germans split over coal

    09 Apr 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW German Centre for Energy Resources Freiberg (DER) Germans deeply split about coal Germans are deeply split about the mining and use of coal, a study from the German Centre for Energy ...
  • 18 Jun 2015

    In the media: Insurer pours fresh millions into wind and solar

    18 Jun 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Ellen Thalman Clean Energy Wire CLEW REN21 "Renewables 2015: Global Status Report" Paris-based non-profit group REN21 has published its annual report on the global status of renewable energy around the ...
  • 11 Apr 2016 |

    Auctions to set the price for wind and solar- the debate

    11 Apr 2016 [Updated 11 April with results from fourth round of solar PV auctions] Feed-in tariffs (FITs) have driven the expansion of renewable energy in Germany, but in 2014 the government decided to gradually replace them with an auction system. The ...
  • Germany’s renewables levy rises slightly in 2020

    15 Oct 2019, 12:27 Germany’s renewable energy surcharge (EEG surcharge) that is paid by consumers with their electricity bill and supports wind, solar, biomass and hydro power installations will rise by about 5 percent to 6.756 cents per kilowatt hour (ct ...
  • Ministry assures chemicals industry on Energiewende costs

    03 Mar 2015 Chemicals industry and energy minister sign joint statement on energy and climate policy. Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert BMWi- Federal ...
  • Citizens’ energy projects dominate first onshore wind power auction

    19 May 2017 The dominance of citizens’ energy projects among the successful bids in Germany’s first onshore wind power auctions comes as a big surprise for industry observers. Not only did citizen cooperatives account for the bulk of accepted projects, ...
  • 24 Jun 2020 |

    Germany takes next coal exit step with contract for company compensation

    24 Jun 2020, 17:30 Germany is one step closer to finalising legislation on the planned coal exit by 2038 at the latest, as the government approved a draft contract between the state and companies to flesh out the country’s farewell to lignite. Among other ...
  • 20 Oct 2015

    In the media: Expensive export power; EnBW bets on gas

    20 Oct 2015 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fraunhofer ISE “Exported power more expensive than imported power” Germany makes billions of euros from exporting power every year, researchers at the Fraunhofer ISE found. The country made 1.7 billion ...
  • CO₂ price debate gathers speed within German grand coalition

    29 Apr 2019, 13:39 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and ...
  • 05 Apr 2019 |

    German parliament passes law on faster grid expansion to ensure renewables growth

    05 Apr 2019, 12:40 New legislation passed yesterday by Germany’s federal parliament is to ensure the timely completion of crucial power grid connections that transport renewable electricity throughout the country. This law will bring the energy transition ...
  • Merkel endorses proposal to raise 2030 EU emission reduction target

    28 Apr 2020, 18:30 German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she welcomes the proposal by the European Commission to raise the bloc’s greenhouse gas reduction target for 2030 to between 50 and 55 percent. In her speech at the 11th Petersberg Climate ...
  • EU deal on power market rules and capacity mechanisms criticised for coal subsidies

    19 Dec 2018, 13:49 EU institutions have agreed on new rules for the internal electricity market, including capacity mechanisms, coal subsidies, cross-border power flows and access for more market actors who are free to set their own prices. The German ...
  • 16 Sep 2019 |

    German economy ministry counts on gas for energy transition

    16 Sep 2019, 17:01 Gaseous energy sources will play a "crucial role" in Germany's long-term energy supply and industrial production, with CO₂-neutral or carbon-free gases, such as green hydrogen, being a key element, according to a draft ...
  • 11 Mar 2015

    In the media: Study- "Utilities' misery their own fault"

    11 Mar 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Ruby Russell Clean Energy Wire CLEW Reuters “E.ON paves way for spin-off following record loss” Germany’s biggest utility, E.ON, booked its largest ever annual loss, as a result of its ailing power plants, Reuters ...
  • 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& ...
  • 09 Nov 2015

    Searching for blame in nuclear decision / Boiler efficiency

    09 Nov 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “Grid fees push up power price” An internal analysis by the federal grid agency reveals that the systemic costs of the Energiewende will push up grid fees, ...
  • 22 Oct 2015

    G7 decarbonisation efforts assessed

    22 Oct 2015 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE) “The energy transition in Europe: initial lessons from Germany, the UK and France” The experience of Germany, the UK and France shows that the transition to a power ...
  • 21 Nov 2019 |

    UK and Germany mull boosting cooperation on hydrogen production with offshore wind

    21 Nov 2019, 13:03 Hydrogen production with renewable power is seen by many countries as an essential tool to decarbonise the economy. The UK and Germany, the world’s two leading offshore wind power nations, have started to sound out how they could ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 May 2015

    In the media: "The godmother of climate" and domestic coal row

    20 May 2015 Kerstine Appunn Sven Egenter Clean Energy Wire CLEW Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) “The godmother of climate receives visitors” The Petersberg Climate Dialogue is Angela Merkel’s reaction to the failed climate summit of Copenhagen in ...
  • 09 Aug 2016 |

    Drop in fossil fuel prices could derail Energiewende- study

    09 Aug 2016 A study identifying potential risks for the energy transition in Germany finds the project to be overall “robust and resilient”. However, falling fossil fuel prices could pose a serious threat to the decarbonisation of Germany’s economy, the ...
  • 21 Dec 2015

    German CO2 emissions up in 2015 / Call for e-car subsidies

    21 Dec 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW AG Energiebilanzen German CO2 emissions rise in 2015 Germany’s CO2 emissions have increased slightly in 2015, according to preliminary calculations by energy market research group AG ...
  • 20 Mar 2015

    In the media: Looming battle over coal

    20 Mar 2015 Kerstine Appunn Sven Egenter Clean Energy Wire CLEW Handelsblatt / Die Welt “Federal government disappoints power station operators” Operators of fossil-fuelled power stations should only receive very limited funds for keeping power capacities ...
  • 05 May 2015

    In the media: Will PV auctions lower costs?

    05 May 2015 Ellen Thalman PV Magazine “Accepted photovoltaic projects between 8.48 and 9.43 cents per kilowatt-hour” Solar array bids accepted in Germany’s recent auction were between 8.48 and 9.43 cents per kilowatt-hour, averaging out at 9.17 cents, ...
  • 13 Nov 2019 |

    German industry warns government's strict wind power rules threaten climate targets

    13 Nov 2019, 13:53 Government plans to tighten distance rules for onshore wind turbines are a threat to Germany's energy and climate targets, according to stark warnings by industry, trade unions and environmental NGOs. Strict minimum distances to ...
  • 05 Nov 2019 |

    Germany must beat Asia in hydrogen technology race- government

    05 Nov 2019, 14:43 The German government believes hydrogen is key not only for a successful energy transition, but also for the future of the country's famed industry. This is why Germany must beat Asian countries – in particular China and Japan – to ...
  • 20 Dec 2019 |

    Germany's coal exit is a done deal- or is it?

    20 Dec 2019, 16:30 Preview 2020: The fate of coal-fired power production in Germany has been sealed with the agreement of a government-appointed commission to phase-out the fossil fuel no later than 2038. But the proposal so far has not been translated ...
  • Germany’s coal commission insists no decision yet on exit date

    18 Sep 2018, 18:50 The country’s coal exit commission said there were no predetermined decisions regarding a date for the end to coal-fired power generation. Following irritation about reports of a supposed compromise on a 2038 end date, economy minister ...
  • 25 May 2016

    Germany urged to end coal financing / 'Save the Energiewende' protests

    25 May 2016 Sören Amelang Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Reuters Campaigners urge Germany to stop financing coal projects abroad Environmental groups urged G7 nations led by Japan and Germany to stop financing coal projects abroad, reports ...
  • 26 Jan 2016

    Gas power stations rise from the dead / A transparent solar cell

    26 Jan 2016 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW manager magazine / Bloomberg “Gas-fired power stations rise from the dead” What might be the biggest absurdity of the German Energiewende could now be ending, as relatively clean gas-fired ...
  • 18 Nov 2019 |

    Tesla gigafactory in Germany hailed as gamechanger for lagging e-mobility transition

    18 Nov 2019, 12:34 Tesla's announcement to build a "gigafactory" for e-car production in Germany is likely to speed up the slow shift to electric mobility in the country, politicians and mobility experts have said. Media called the ...
  • 22 Jan 2020 |

    Former coal commission members say German government breached landmark exit compromise

    22 Jan 2020, 11:28 The German coal exit commission 's compromise reached in early 2019 was hailed as a breakthrough for cooperation between industry representatives, policymakers and environmental groups, as it outlined how to phase-out the fossil ...
  • 15 Sep 2015

    UPDATE: Econ minister refutes reports about nuclear stress test

    15 Sep 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Sven Egenter Clean Energy Wire CLEW Economy Ministry/Reuters German economy min: No nuclear stress test results yet Germany's energy minister Sigmar Gabriel rejected media reports about provisioning ...
  • 18 May 2016

    Cabinet approves e-car subsidies / EU nuclear paper causes storm

    18 May 2016 Sören Amelang Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Federal government “Tax breaks and buyer’s premium agreed to” The government cabinet has agreed to an e-car buyer’s premium worth 4,000 euros and ten-year tax breaks for new electric ...
  • 21 Apr 2016

    'Germans want more climate action' / Belgians keep nuclear plants running

    21 Apr 2016 Kerstine Appunn Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW WWF Germany “Germans want more climate action” German citizens would like to see more engagement in the fight against climate change, environment organisation WWF Germany says, referring ...
  • Energy minister rejects idea of changing fees and taxes on energy

    05 Jun 2018 Germany's energy minister Peter Altmaier said there won't be any changes to fees on power and heat during his term, refuting the idea of a price for CO2 emissions floated by coalition partner SPD and the environment ministry. In an ...
  • 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, ...
  • Minister promises stability for troubled German wind power sector

    16 Aug 2018, 16:59 While touring critical power grid projects in northern Germany, energy minister Peter Altmaier also faced a troubled wind industry that fears its golden years in the country are over. Under pressure from workers and local politicians, ...
  • Germany’s roadmap to CO2-neutrality delayed amid industry objections

    24 Jun 2016 Germany’s first roadmap for decarbonisation by the middle of the century has been delayed amid industry fears that tough climate targets would endanger the country’s economic competitiveness and growth. The Environment Ministry in charge of ...
  • 27 Jun 2018 |

    Climate goal failure warrants high Energiewende priority- gov advisors

    27 Jun 2018, 16:59 Germany will likely fail on many of its self-imposed energy transition targets, says the government-appointed expert commission tasked with monitoring the progress of the German Energiewende in its opinion on the federal economy ...
  • 01 Jun 2016

    Agreement on renewables reform / Utilities' nuclear liability

    01 Jun 2016 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Federal government “Federal and state governments agree on key points of the Renewable Energy Act reform” State premiers and the federal government have agreed on essential ...
  • 12 Mar 2015

    In the media: Should utilities survive?

    12 Mar 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Ellen Thalman Clean Energy Wire CLEW Spiegel Online “Let the utilities die” Germany’s biggest utilities are in an existential crisis of their own making, writes Nicolai Kwasniewski in a commentary on Spiegel ...
  • 13 Apr 2016 |

    Phasing out conventional cars / A 'close call for RWE'

    13 Apr 2016 Sören Amelang Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Hydrogen Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) State secretary Baake says Germany must stop registering fossil fuel vehicles by 2030 At a panel discussion Tuesday, state ...
  • 05 Feb 2019 |

    Grid operators propose thousands of kilometres of new lines to meet green energy needs

    05 Feb 2019, 14:23 Germany's four transmission grid operators have published their proposal for the 2030 electricity grid, including some 1,600 kilometres of new power lines and updating another 2,900 km. This comes with a price tag of 52 billion ...
  • 10 May 2019 |

    Merkel proposes European coalition of willing for CO₂ price in transport, buildings and agriculture

    10 May 2019, 11:33 Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has proposed forming a coalition of the willing among European Union countries for CO₂ pricing in transport, buildings and agriculture to meet 2030 climate targets. At a meeting of EU leaders in ...
  • 14 Mar 2016

    Ten million tonnes more CO2 / Energiewende 'no election campaign hit'

    14 Mar 2016 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Green Budget Germany / Frankfurter Rundschau “Ten million tonnes more CO2” Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions increased again in 2015, compared to 2014, researchers from Green Budget Germany (FÖS) say. Emissions ...
  • Stimulus debates add fresh drive as energy transition efforts restart after coronavirus break

    20 May 2020, 13:50 Months of dispute within the government coalition and the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have significantly slowed down progress on a number of important German energy transition projects. The coal exit law has yet to be adopted by ...
  • 13 Jan 2016

    'Inflated' grid fees / Report on 'successful' PV pilot auctions

    13 Jan 2016 [Updates German industry association on energy policy] Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Sven Egenter Clean Energy Wire CLEW Federation of German Industries (BDI) German industry association warns against German “solo” in climate, energy policy ...
  • Germany considers CO2 price to reach climate targets- Merkel

    11 Apr 2019, 14:13 The German government is exploring the introduction of a CO2 price to get the country back on track to reach its ambitious targets for emission cuts. In a turning point in the government's approach to CO2 reduction, Chancellor ...
  • Capacity markets will not be dominant in Europe- energy state secretary

    23 Feb 2016 A reformed energy-only market and interconnections with electrical neighbours are Germany's visions for a future European power system, energy state secretary Baake says. Utility industry head Kempmann warns against splitting power price ...
  • 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 ...
  • 25 Sep 2015

    In the media: CO2 emissions from cars; citizens' energy pushed out?

    25 Sep 2015 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Spiegel Online “Exhaust affair: VW tricks increase doubts about climate calculations” Car manufacturers are not only using tricks to stay under nitrogen oxide thresholds in tests but also to reduce fuel ...
  • 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 ...
  • Agreement with EU Commission clears way for German power market reform

    30 Aug 2016 The German government and the EU Commission have reached an agreement on state-aid related aspects of the country’s new power market law and other energy policy issues, clearing the way for the “most important reform” since the market ...
  • 27 Apr 2016

    Incentives to reach at least 400,000 e-cars / 23.3 billion euro proposal for nuclear fund

    27 Apr 2016 (CORRECTION- In first paragraph on e-car premium: Government and industry will invest 600 million euros each, not 600,000 million euros; government will invest an additional 400 million euros in charging stations, not 400,000 million euros) ...
  • 30 Mar 2015

    In the media: "Don't buckle!", WWF tells government on lignite

    30 Mar 2015 Kerstine Appunn Sven Egenter Clean Energy Wire CLEW Der Spiegel “Energy transition causes controversy between chancellor and state premiers” An alliance of three state premiers have informed Chancellor Angela Merkel about their concerns about ...
  • 14 Apr 2016

    Dispute over renewable development / More e-car charging stations

    14 Apr 2016 Kerstine Appunn Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW dpa / Frankfurter Rundschau “Christian Democrats put the breaks on renewable development” Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party wants to make changes to the upcoming ...
  • 17 Jan 2020 |

    Government, mining states, utilities fix path for Germany's coal phase-out

    17 Jan 2020, 12:39 The German government, its coal mining states and several major utilities have agreed on a roadmap for shutting down the country's lignite-fired power plants and on compensation payments for operators. Many analysts and ...
  • Germany bets on green hydrogen in quest for climate neutrality

    27 Apr 2020, 13:10 In the fight against climate change, hydrogen made with renewable electricity is increasingly seen as a silver bullet for sectors with particularly stubborn emissions, such as heavy industry and aviation. As a result, the emission-free ...
  • German financial sector expects EU standards to boost green finance

    25 Sep 2018, 14:33 Europe needs a common standard for sustainable finance and investment regulation to ensure that the financial sector contributes to the transition to a low-carbon economy, financial industry representatives said at a green finance ...
  • 22 Sep 2015

    In the media: VW's blatant deception; "error in the IEA energy bible"

    22 Sep 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) “The VW scandal” It is a mystery why VW decided to take the risk of manipulating emission results with rather limited benefits, writes Holger Appel in ...
  • Germany passes laws on grid, CHP to keep Energiewende going

    18 Dec 2015 Second parliament chamber passes laws for combined heat and power support and new power cables / Progress in grid expansion and more money for efficient power stations will advance energy transition and national climate targets, says energy ...
  • 27 Sep 2018 |

    Call for open debate on CCU and CCS to save industry emissions

    27 Sep 2018, 13:57 Germany needs to have a rational and open public discussion about carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) and storage (CCS) as ways to avoid releasing climate-harmful emissions from industry into the environment. A position paper by the ...
  • 25 Mar 2015

    In the media: Study- Germany must exit brown coal to achieve climate goals

    25 Mar 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Institute for Applied Ecology / Friends of the Earth Germany Exit from lignite possible by 2030 Germany’s national and regional climate goals imply that lignite mining will have to stop much ...
  • Government advisors give low marks for German energy transition progress

    06 Jun 2019, 17:11 Germany continues to be off track regarding many of its energy and climate targets according to the economy ministry’s  latest progress report on the energy transition. In an accompanying opinion, government advisors lament that the ...
  • 15 Oct 2018 |

    Renewables surcharge set to fall by six percent in 2019

    15 Oct 2018, 14:44 Germany’s renewable energy surcharge that is paid by consumers with their electricity bill and supports wind, solar, biomass and hydro power installations, is to fall by 5.7 percent in 2019, transmission grid operators have calculated. ...
  • 11 Nov 2014 |

    German minister warns against quick exit from coal power

    11 Nov 2014 Germany still needs electricity from coal while shifting to a green economy, Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said, reassuring utilities that a quick phase-out of the fossil fuel was not his plan. Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic ...
  • 08 Jun 2015

    In the media: Gabriel prepared to sacrifice coal levy

    08 Jun 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Der Spiegel “Sigmar Gabriel prepared to sacrifice climate levy” Economy and energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel is about to let go of his proposed climate levy for old coal-fired power stations, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 27 Nov 2018 |

    Germany's coal exit commission extends work to 2019

    27 Nov 2018, 12:01 Germany risks showing up empty-handed at the UN climate change conference COP24 in Poland in December as the country’s coal exit commission has decided to extend its work beyond the original end-of-2018 deadline. The task force has set ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany's coalition negotiators agree treaty, promise coal exit date

    08 Feb 2018 Germany's would-be governing coalition partners have concluded a treaty that is likely to result in a final deadline for coal-fired power production in Germany. The agreement reached after weeks of intensive talks largely confirms the ...
  • E.ON bows to political pressure and keeps nuclear plants

    10 Sep 2015 Major utility E.ON has abandoned plans to spin off its nuclear power plants when it splits in two next year. The operation and decommissioning of the company’s German nuclear activities will not be transferred to the new spin-off Uniper, as ...
  • 10 Apr 2018 |

    Economy minister Altmaier calls for mobility transition push

    10 Apr 2018 The current legislative period has to be used to significantly advance the mobility transition in Germany, ensuring that the country remains a technology leader, said economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier at a mobility conference in ...
  • Renewables cover about 100% of German power use for first time ever

    05 Jan 2018 Germany has crossed a symbolic milestone in its energy transition by briefly covering around 100 percent of electricity use with renewables for the first time ever on 1 January. In the whole of last year, the world’s fourth largest economy ...
  • 27 Apr 2016 |

    Federal government decides on 4,000 euro buyer's premium for e-cars

    27 Apr 2016 (CORRECTION- In paragraph five: Government and industry will invest 600 million euros each, not 600,000 million euros; in paragraph eight: government will invest an additional 400 million euros in charging stations, not 400,000 million euros)- ...
  • 30 Nov 2016 |

    German reactions to the EU energy package

    30 Nov 2016 “Putting energy efficiency first, achieving global leadership in renewable energies and providing a fair deal for consumers” are the objectives of the EU Commission’s energy package. The paper presented on Wednesday, also dubbed “winter ...
  • 14 Dec 2017 |

    Renewables could supply emergency power during blackouts in Germany

    14 Dec 2017 The energy transition has profound implications for Germany's preparations for an "unlikely but possible" large-scale power blackout, civil protection experts say. While renewable energy sources could replace fuel depots as an ...
  • Renewables squeeze wholesale power prices and boost electricity exports

    06 May 2015 The growing share of renewables forced German wholesale electricity prices down to among the lowest in Europe last year, according to a study by grid operator TenneT. And government figures indicate that consumers are benefitting too, as the ...
  • German solar array auction “well-received”, bids 9-10 cents per kWh

    23 Apr 2015 Bids for solar panel auctions were well-received, Germany is not exiting coal, and the country should consider its European electricity trading partners when designing the new power market, a key member of the economics ministry said at an ...
  • 22 Apr 2015

    In the media: Pressure on energy minister from all sides in coal levy debate

    22 Apr 2015 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Spiegel Online Resistance among Christian Democrats against power market law Four senior members of Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democrats (CDU) have send a letter to all members of the CDU-CSU ...
  • 28 Jan 2019 |

    German government stands ready to move on coal exit proposal

    28 Jan 2019, 17:56 The German government is ready to quickly supply financial means for the country’s exit from coal, said economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier. It will now examine the details of the proposal agreed by the country’s coal exit ...
  • 14 Aug 2018 |

    New “Power Grid Action Plan” to accelerate network development

    14 Aug 2018, 14:31 Technical fixes, better communication and smoother planning procedures are to accelerate Germany’s grid expansion, the energy minister has proposed in a new plan. Heading off on a visit to contested power line building sites in western ...
  • German industry says protecting climate can benefit economy

    18 Jan 2018 German industry believes the world’s fourth largest economy can boost its status as a manufacturing powerhouse by protecting the climate. Reducing emissions by 80 percent by 2050 is good for the economy under the right policy framework even if ...
  • 04 Nov 2015

    Government passes power market reform / More renewables in energy use

    04 Nov 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) “Gabriel: The basis for the power market of the future is established” The German government has approved wide-reaching reforms of the power ...
  • Gore says Germany faces historic step as coal commission starts work

    26 Jun 2018, 17:32 Germany has provided inspiring visionary leadership on energy and climate change for many years, but is now at risk of being left behind, former US Vice President Al Gore said on the first working day of the country’s coal exit ...
  • 03 May 2018 |

    Germany wants transparent global climate reporting to ensure trust

    03 May 2018 Negotiators from 184 countries gather in the city of Bonn from 30 April to 10 May to work on the implementation of the landmark Paris Agreement, designed to limit global warming to under 2°C. The German government is a longtime proponent of ...
  • 23 Nov 2016 |

    Businesses should make proposals to reach climate goals- govt official

    23 Nov 2016 Germany’s industry should work with the government to reach the goals in the country’s newly adopted Climate Action Plan 2050 rather than criticise the plan or individual measures, energy state secretary Rainer Baake told a conference in ...
  • Court's halt to forest clearing fans talk of easier German coal exit

    08 Oct 2018, 16:58 Anti-coal activists in Germany and beyond experienced a sudden change in fortune on 5 October, when a court ruling boosted their cause and provisionally stopped plans of energy company RWE to cut down the embattled Hambach Forest in ...
  • 15 Oct 2014

    Germany's energy transition in the media on 15 October

    15 Oct 2014 The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy "State Secretary Baake: 'Target triad for 2030 is the most cost-efficient and effective route to decarbonising Europe's energy system'" Ahead of the EU energy summit ...
  • 10 Aug 2015

    RWE unveils turnaround plan

    10 Aug 2015 Germany's second-largest utility announces it is consolidating its operations under one roof and shaking up its management structure. Spinning off the conventional power business was kept as an option but not planned, CEO Peter Terium ...
  • 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 ...
  • 15 Jun 2015

    In the media: Costly e-cars; A coal reserve with a climate impact?

    15 Jun 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “Merkel’s expensive targets” “Climate chancellor” Angela Merkel’s promise to put 1 million e-cars on German roads by 2020 might cost taxpayers dearly, writes ...
  • Germany heads for "spectacular" 2020 climate target miss- study

    07 Sep 2017 Germany must urgently step up its CO2 reduction efforts immediately after the upcoming elections if it wants to prevent a spectacular miss of its 2020 climate targets, according to think tank Agora Energiewende. Instead of reducing emissions ...
  • German energy minister wants round table on future of coal

    19 Jan 2016 Germany’s energy minister Sigmar Gabriel wants to establish a round table on the future of coal in the country of the Energiewende this year. He said only factual discussions, rather than emotional debates, could provide the long-term solution ...
  • 17 Jun 2016

    GHG-neutral transport by 2050 / EU Commission approves e-car subsidy

    17 Jun 2016 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Federal Environment Agency “Climate protection contributions of the transport sector by 2050” Germany's transport sector will need to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by about 98 percent to ...
  • 11 Nov 2016 |

    Germany finally sets specific CO₂ targets in climate roadmap

    11 Nov 2016 After months of heated debate, the German government has finally struck an agreement on its contentious Climate Action Plan 2050, due to be signed off by the cabinet over the weekend. It includes emission reduction targets for transport, the ...
  • 09 Nov 2016 |

    Coal exit dispute delays Germany’s Climate Action Plan

    09 Nov 2016 Disagreements over the future of coal in Germany have blocked adoption of a long-awaited government roadmap for making the country almost greenhouse gas neutral by 2050. In a surprise move capping several days of uncertainty about the fate of ...
  • 16 Jan 2015 |

    Merkel's capacity market scepticism seen as signal in reform debate

    16 Jan 2015 Energy experts say the German chancellor's secpticism over extensive payments to conventional power plants as back-up for renewables sends a strong signal that capacity markets may not be on the cards in the upcoming power market reform. ...
  • Deep divisions persist over German climate plan, coal exit

    26 Oct 2016 The rifts over the German Climate Action Plan 2050 and an exit from coal-fired power generation were highlighted at a string of events on Wednesday. Federal and regional environment ministry officials stressed the need for a framework to ...
  • 07 Apr 2016

    Government rejects national CO2 price floor / A new renewable research network

    07 Apr 2016 Sören Amelang Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Bundestag Federal government rejects national CO₂ price floor The federal government continues to have reservations over a national price floor for carbon allowances, according to the ...
  • Germany’s aspiring coalition parties disagree over coal exit speed

    15 Nov 2017 The German coalition talks on climate and energy policy stumble over a dispute over the reduction of coal fired power production. Just days before exploratory talks are scheduled to finish, the Green Party and its negotiating partners from ...
  • Experts call for CO2 price to retain Energiewende’s credibility

    15 Dec 2016 An expert commission tasked with monitoring the progress of the German energy transition warned the country will probably miss its 2020 emission targets and other crucial Energiewende goals, threatening the entire project’s credibility. The ...
  • Ministry to tweak climate levy to ease industry concerns- reports

    24 Apr 2015 [Updates explanation of climate contribution] The Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has signalled it might make changes to its climate levy to ease concerns over potential job losses, media report on Friday as supporters and ...
  • German utilities buy out of nuclear waste liability for 23.6 bln euros

    19 Oct 2016 The German government decided on a pact to free nuclear power plant operators of responsibility for storing radioactive waste, and transfer it into the hands of the state. Utilities welcomed the decision made on Wednesday, while critics called ...
  • 10 May 2016

    Does Germany turn into a 'wind industry park'? / Car contradictions

    10 May 2016 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “The country, a wind industry park” "Rapeseed, maize, and wind monocultures" in the German countryside reveal what the solar age looks like, writes ...
  • 17 Sep 2019 |

    German climate policy faces pivotal moment on 20 September

    17 Sep 2019, 13:33 Chancellor Angela Merkel's government coalition is racing to put together a major climate action package by 20 September, just in time for UN Secretary-General António Guterres' climate summit in New York on 23 September. Mere ...
  • 06 Jul 2017 |

    Sino-German tandem: Export champions promote global energy transition

    06 Jul 2017 With the US pulling out of the Paris Agreement, China and Germany are making a very public display of leadership on climate protection and transition to green energy. The export heavyweights are eager to keep the global economy on track ...
  • 15 Feb 2016

    'Doping tests' for cars / An expensive nuclear clean-up

    15 Feb 2016 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Bild “Dobrindt plans doping tests for cars” In response to the VW emissions scandal, Germany’s transport minister Alexander Dobrindt plans to introduce spot checks for car emissions. “There ...
  • 16 Jun 2015

    In the media: Germany weighs further support for e-cars

    16 Jun 2015 Sören Amelang Ruby Russell Clean Energy Wire CLEW Reuters “Merkel says Germany weighing further support for electric cars” Chancellor Angela Merkel said further public support is needed to achieve the government’s aim of bringing 1 million ...
  • G7 ministers: Invest in efficiency while energy is cheap

    12 May 2015 G7 energy ministers agree on increasing efficiency as a no-regret measure to achieve energy security and greenhouse gas reductions. Joint action planned on cybersecurity for the electricity sector and a transparent gas market. Expert BMWi- ...
  • Germany debates form of renewables support as levy rises

    17 Oct 2016 Germany’s consumer surcharge to fund renewable electricity will rise less than expected in 2017. Still, discussions about the cost of the country’s Energiewende project and ways to reform the renewables support dominated the public debate all ...
  • 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 ...
  • Blog: Germany pushes for joint global energy transition

    10 Apr 2019, 13:44 German ministers, high-level policymakers, as well as representatives from industry, science and civil society gather at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue on 9-10 April 2019 to discuss the progress of a global energy transition. ...
  • German government wants to tackle old coal-fired plants to meet emission goals

    20 Mar 2015 UPDATE-- Germany needs a national instrument to reduce carbon emissions from the power sector to meet climate targets by 2020 because even a reformed European Emissions Trading System (ETS) alone will not have enough impact, leaked government ...
  • 30 Sep 2015

    In the media: Carmakers complain about 'anti-diesel' lobby

    30 Sep 2015 Sören Amelang Ruby Russell Clean Energy Wire CLEW FAZ/World Economic Forum “Praise for German competitiveness” According to the World Economic Forum’s new Global Competitiveness Report, Germany is one of the most economically competitive ...
  • 21 Jun 2018

    First 100 days- German government in disarray neglects energy policy

    21 Jun 2018, 16:13 An internal brawl in the German government's conservative camp over immigration has a paralysing effect on the country's energy and climate policymaking. After 100 days in office, the government coalition officially has to ...
  • 29 Jul 2016 |

    Renewable energy levy set to rise in 2017 – think tank

    29 Jul 2016 The surcharge that German consumers pay through their power bills to fund renewable power looks set to rise again in 2017, think tank Agora Energiewende* has predicted. If power suppliers calculate bills fairly, this won’t necessarily lead to ...
  • 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 ...
  • 30 Jun 2017 |

    G20 climate, energy plan goes to the wire at Hamburg summit

    30 Jun 2017 One week ahead of the Hamburg G20 summit, the ambitious climate and energy action plan the German presidency was pushing hangs in the balance. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she is determined to make the meeting a success on climate ...
  • 27 Nov 2015

    Minister's 'coal solo' criticised / Consumers want to be 'climate friendly'

    27 Nov 2015 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW dpa Criticism of environment minister’s ‘solo’ push for coal exit North-Rhine Westphalia’s state premier Hannelore Kraft and her economy minister Garrelt Duin have criticised Federal Environment Minister ...
  • 01 Apr 2015 |

    Strict rules set to make commercial fracking in Germany unlikely

    01 Apr 2015 Fracking is to be banned in all protected areas and near aquifers in Germany, a government draft law proposes. Unconventional fracking in upper rock layers is only permitted for scientific purposes or in individual cases. Environmental groups ...
  • 12 Dec 2018 |

    COP24 blog- Germany's environment minister rejects hypocrisy criticism

    12 Dec 2018, 17:52 Germany is under scrutiny at the UN climate summit COP24 in Poland: the country will fail its 2020 climate target and only the next year will show if a push to phase-out coal-fired power production will result in an end date for the CO2 ...
  • 15 Dec 2015 |

    Paris deal fuels German coal exit debate, stirs industry concerns

    15 Dec 2015 The widely celebrated Paris Agreement has intensified the debate about how Germany can achieve its endangered climate targets. Most commentators and climate activists argued the results of the climate summit vindicated demands that Germany ...
  • 07 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Day 7/8: A German facilitator, a climate action plan 2050

    07 Dec 2015 Day 7/8 at the UN climate conference: Environment state secretary Flasbarth becomes facilitator / EU fights for new differentiation / Germany plans decarbonisation by 2050 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy ...
  • 18 Nov 2015 |

    Energiewende climate targets in “serious danger”- govt advisors

    18 Nov 2015 Days before the UN climate conference in Paris, Germany is taking stock of its national climate protection efforts. The government says the country is making “good progress” with its energy transition, but independent experts warn that current ...
  • 09 Feb 2018 |

    2030 renewables goal "not difficult"-CDU energy politician Pfeiffer

    09 Feb 2018 The coalition agreement by Germany's would-be coalition parties CDU/CSU and SPD is a step towards "realistic" Energiewende policy, says CDU energy policy spokesperson Joachim Pfeiffer. He argues a coal exit date for Germany- ...
  • 23 Feb 2017 |

    Debate on financing renewables in new ways gathers pace in Germany

    23 Feb 2017 Against a backdrop of general elections later this year, a debate about a general overhaul of Germany’s much-imitated system for renewables support is gathering pace. Many proponents of replacing the current Renewable Energy Act (EEG) with 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 ...
  • 11 Apr 2016

    Utilities increase nuclear provisions / A 'power market pentagon'

    11 Apr 2016 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Ellen Thalman Spiegel Online/AFP/Süddeutsche Zeitung “Utilities increase nuclear provisions” The utilities have increased their provisions for the nuclear exit in the last year, according to a report by press ...
  • 12 Apr 2016 |

    Growth in the efficiency sector / Electric trucks / Concerns over coal

    12 Apr 2016 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Ruby Russell Julian Wettengel Hydrogen DENEFF / PwC “10 percent turnover growth in the efficiency sector” Companies in the business of supplying energy efficiency solutions grow much faster than the rest of the ...
  • “The Energiewende is a big democratic project”

    26 Mar 2015 Encouraged by federal legislation such as the Renewable Energy Act, the governments of many German states have worked hard to make the Energiewende a success, as well as a business opportunity for their citizens. Others have been slower to ...
  • Commission watch – Managing Germany’s coal phase-out

    31 Jan 2019, 13:30 In a bid to improve Germany's poor emission reduction record and to identify economic perspectives for people employed in the waning coal industry, the grand coalition government in 2018 set up a commission tasked with managing the ...
  • Tracking progress of Germany's 2030 climate action package

    13 Mar 2020, 15:30 With its Climate Action Law and the Climate Action Programme 2030, Germany's government coalition has presented a far-reaching climate strategy that is aimed at putting the country on track towards reaching its climate targets. The ...
  • Government paper lays out options for German power market overhaul

    31 Oct 2014 The German government plans a complete overhaul of energy sector legislation. But one key question is as yet unanswered: Do fossil power plants need subsidies if Germany is to avoid power shortages? A green paper on energy market reform ...
  • 29 Apr 2016

    Volkswagen's new clean image / 'Wind turbines are standing still'

    29 Apr 2016 Kerstine Appunn Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW VW / Handelsblatt “We plan to make electric cars one of Volkswagen’s new hallmarks” German carmaker Volkswagen wants to be at the forefront of big changes in the auto industry, in spite ...
  • 26 Aug 2016 |

    PV auctions: More competition, but critics warn of target shortfalls

    26 Aug 2016 In August, Germany held the fifth tender in its new auction pilot scheme for payments to large-scale solar projects. While officials overseeing the programme continue to praise its results and declining price levels, critics warn that not ...
  • 19 Jan 2016

    Energy minister wants round table on coal, unions demand commission

    19 Jan 2016 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Ellen Thalman Clean Energy Wire CLEW Federal Ministry for Energy and Economic Affairs (BMWi) Gabriel says wants round table on future of coal Germany’s energy minister Sigmar Gabriel has said he wants to establish ...
  • Emission cap faces legal challenge, utility resistance

    24 Mar 2015 German utilities say plans to cut 22 millions tonnes of CO2 emissions from the energy sector by demanding additional emissions trading allowances from older power plants amount to an exit plan for the brown coal industry. But despite concerns ...
  • 02 Jun 2016 |

    Wind development has to wait for grid expansion

    02 Jun 2016 The latest reform of Germany’s renewable energy law is taking shape – on Tuesday the federal government and the heads of the 16 states reached an agreement on essential aspects of a reformed bill, such as the amount of onshore wind and solar ...
  • 30 May 2016

    EU threat to split German power market-report/ VW strategy for e-cars

    30 May 2016 Sören Amelang Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Die Welt “EU wants to split Germany into two power price zones” The European Commission “is threatening to split [Germany] into two power price zones,” which would make power more expensive ...
  • Question marks remain as Germany steps up efforts to cut CO2 emissions

    03 Dec 2014 The government approved what it claims to be the largest climate action package in the country’s history. Most observers applauded the commitment to emissions reduction goals by 2020. But environmentalists criticised the lack of a strategy to ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany's "Man-to-the-Moon"-project: Quotes from Energiewende conference

    27 Mar 2015 UPDATE-- Over 900 ministers, officials, business people, energy experts and journalists from around 60 countries take part in the first Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, a two-day confernce hosted by the German Foreign Ministry, the Ministry ...
  • Energy minister locks horns with utilities over capacity markets

    20 Jan 2015 Sigmar Gabriel has made strong statements against capacity markets, with the utilities once again insisting they are needed to ensure investment in the power sector. The state secretary for energy said that with current overcapacity, there is ...
  • 07 Oct 2015

    In the media: Greenpeace enters race for Vattenfall's coal operations

    07 Oct 2015 Sören Amelang Sven Egenter Ruby Russell Clean Energy Wire CLEW Bloomberg Business, Greenpeace, Süddeutsche Zeitung “Greenpeace says can find cash to buy Vattenfall coal assets” Bloomberg Business reports that Greenpeace has registered its ...
  • Coal exit proposal reveals faultlines in energy debate

    13 Jan 2016 A think tank proposal on how Germany should exit coal has pushed the debate on the Energiewende's future into full swing, exposing deep fault lines. The environment ministry and Greens backed the plan for a phase-out of coal power within ...
  • Tracking the CO2 price debate in Germany

    17 Sep 2019, 13:28 After shying away from the debate for a long time, Germany's political leaders are finally considering putting a price on CO2 to help reach the country's climate targets. Chancellor Angela Merkel and her " climate cabinet ...
  • 31 May 2016 |

    Merkel, state premiers seek compromise on core Energiewende law

    31 May 2016 [UPDATE with new details on 2025 renewable target in paragraph 3, ads News Digest items] German Chancellor Angela Merkel and state premiers will meet on Tuesday to work out a compromise on reforming the core piece of legislation behind the ...
  • 29 Jan 2015 |

    Auction scheme for solar installations ushers in new phase for renewables market

    29 Jan 2015 The German government has launched a pilot scheme that requires operators of open-space solar installations to bid for subsidies, rather than automatically receiving them. Berlin hopes competition among solar energy producers will improve the ...
  • 29 Dec 2015 |

    2016 Outlook – Key topics for Germany’s energy transition

    29 Dec 2015 2016 is set to be another eventful year in German energy policy. The Paris climate summit underlined the need to reduce emissions even further, which will ultimately involve painful decisions about the future of coal. A series of crucial ...
  • 17 Dec 2015 |

    Germans celebrate climate deal, turn to task ahead

    17 Dec 2015 [UPDATES with comments from VKU] German politicians, climate activists, scientists and media celebrated the "historic" Paris climate agreement. Some business associations as well as activists pointed to flaws of the deal, and most ...
  • Debate over future of German coal heats up ahead of climate action plan

    21 Nov 2014 Ten days before the plan to fix Germany’s "climate gap" is set for cabinet approval, it is still unclear how much the power sector will contribute toward the carbon emissions target of a 40 percent cut by 2020. Expert BMWi- Federal ...
  • 30 Dec 2014 |

    2015 outlook: Key topics for the Energiewende

    30 Dec 2014 After an eventful 2014 – marked by the reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), a new climate action package and the first fall in CO2 emissions for two years – German energy policy is primed for action in 2015. Expert AGEB- AG ...
  • 14 Mar 2018 |

    Coalition watch – The making of a new German government

    14 Mar 2018 The 2017 September election results have led to unprecedented difficulties in forming a new government in Germany. After the longest government building process in modern Germany, Angela Merkel was re-elected as chancellor of a renewed ' ...
  • Climate levy – the debate and proposals for cutting CO2 emissions

    27 May 2016 Update 27 May 2016 [European Commission approves state aid for closure of lignite power plants] | The government has approved wide reaching power market reform, including a phase-out plan for some lignite plants. A "coal reserve" ...
  • Germany's energy transition in numbers

    04 Jun 2015 UPDATE-- Germany has set itself several numerical targets to measure and advance its efforts in lowering greenhouse-gas emissions. The performance towards those targets presents a mixed picture- while the share of power generated from ...
  • What's new in Germany's Renewable Energy Act 2021

    15 Sep 2020, 12:59 Germany's landmark Renewable Energy Act- credited with making solar and wind power two of the most important electricity sources in the country- is undergoing another reform. Renewables shall grow faster, become cheaper and more ...
  • 20 Apr 2017 |

    Key publications on Germany’s Energiewende

    20 Apr 2017 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 ...
  • 21 Mar 2019 |

    The task force in charge of steering Germany to clean mobility

    21 Mar 2019, 11:52 Germany struggles to lower emissions in the transport sector and has launched an advisory panel to clean up the sector according to national climate targets. Its findings, to be published by spring, are meant to feed into the government ...
  • 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 ...
  • Tenant electricity- feeble start for Germany's 'Energiewende at home'

    05 Dec 2018, 10:09 As the expansion of Germany's renewable energy sources goes ahead, rooftops and facades in cities and urban areas become a more and more valuable resource for producing solar power next to where it is consumed. While complicated ...
  • 03 Jul 2020 |

    Spelling out the coal exit – Germany’s phase-out plan

    03 Jul 2020, 13:20 Germany has passed legislation to end coal-fired power generation by 2038 at the latest and agreed on a shutdown schedule for individual lignite power plants as well as compensation payments for operators. For hard coal, meanwhile, the ...
  • 20 Mar 2020 |

    High-profile advisory group lays out proposals for Germany's sustainable finance push

    20 Mar 2020, 17:00 Germany's government aims to make the country the leading location for a sustainable financial system. In order to establish a coherent strategy for aligning public and private investment decisions in the country with international ...
  • 16 Apr 2020 |

    Solar power in Germany – output, business & perspectives

    16 Apr 2020, 14:30 Solar power in Germany has gone through turbulent times since it got off to a flying start in the wake of Germany's Renewable Energy Act in the year 2000. German companies quickly ascended to global leadership in solar power ...
  • 28 Aug 2018 |

    From ideas to laws – how Energiewende policy is shaped

    28 Aug 2018, 17:11 Ministerial bureaucracy, objection bills, informal agreements with interest groups, green and white papers – energy transition policy shaping in Germany’s parliamentary system is a complex process. This factsheet provides a brief ...
  • High hopes and concerns over onshore wind power auctions

    30 Nov 2017 Germany has switched its support model for onshore wind power installations from predetermined and guaranteed remuneration rates to setting the price in auctions. Following solar power and offshore wind power, Germany’s most important form of ...
  • Combined heat and power- an Energiewende cornerstone?

    04 May 2015 Combined heat and power has become one of the hotly debated issues of the 2015 power market reform, with the government wanting to reduce support costs and utilities worried that these efficient plants will become unprofitable. This factsheet ...
  • Germany’s coal exit commission

    13 Dec 2018, 12:20 Germany has launched a highly anticipated task force on phasing out coal power, the most prominent blemish on the former climate action pioneer country’s emissions reduction record. The coal exit commission is supposed to find economic ...
  • Germany ponders how to finance renewables expansion in the future

    13 Jul 2017 Germany’s main instrument to support renewables expansion – the renewable energy surcharge – is under intense scrutiny in the run-up to the country’s federal elections in autumn. Demands for a fairer distribution of costs, and the prospect of ...
  • 24 Jan 2020 |

    What German households pay for power

    24 Jan 2020, 14:00 Power prices in Germany are among the highest in Europe, not least due to the costs arising from the launch of renewable energy sources – but many customers continue to support the country's energy transition regardless. While ...
  • 24 Jun 2016 |

    Germany's new power market design

    24 Jun 2016 The German parliament has approved wide-reaching reforms of the power market and agreements about the transferral of lignite power plants into an emergency reserve before permanent phase-out. This factsheet presents a summary of the plans, as ...
  • 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 ...
  • The causes and effects of negative power prices

    05 Jan 2018 When power prices on the electricity exchange fall below zero, power suppliers have to pay their wholesale customers to buy electric energy. The phenomenon is on the rise in Germany with an increasing number of renewable sources feeding into ...
  • German offshore wind power- output, business and perspectives

    17 Apr 2020, 14:00 Offshore wind power has been the last of several renewable power technologies rolled out at a large scale in Germany's energy transition but is now growing at a fast pace. While investors initially shied away from the high ...
  • 30 Jul 2020 |

    German onshore wind power – output, business and perspectives

    30 Jul 2020, 14:00 Onshore wind power is a central pillar of Germany’s transition to low-carbon electricity generation and has become the country's number one power source in 2019. This factsheet takes a look at German wind power industry’s most ...
  • 01 Jul 2015 |

    Technologies of Energiewende

    01 Jul 2015 This factsheet provides an overview of some of the main areas for research and development (R&D) in providing technological solutions for the greening of Germany’s electricity supply. Hydrogen Technology Ruby Russell Utility-scale storage ...
  • BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

    www.bmwi.de Pressestelle +49 30 18 615 6121 and-6131 pressestelle@bmwi.bund.de Tanja Alemany Sanchez de León +49 30 18 615 6130 tanja.alemany@bmwi.bund.de Dr. Beate Baron +49 30 18 615 7667 beate.baron@bmwi.bund.de Government ...
  • BAFA- Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control

    The BAFA is a federal authority that handles administrative tasks in foreign trade, promotion of eocnomic development and energy. It is subordinated to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). In the energy sector, the BAFA implements ...
  • BGR- Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources

    The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) is accountable to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and provides neutral and independent advice and information on geoscientific and natural resource issues. The ...
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