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  • 01 Oct 2019 |

    Old but gold? Germany's renewable energy sources after 20-year support

    01 Oct 2019, 09:51 The guaranteed feed-in support payments for renewable energy installations has been at the heart of Germany's energy transition since it was introduced in 2000. The fixed payments customers cover with their electricity bill expire ...
  • 01 Aug 2014 |

    EEG 2.0 – A new legal framework for the German energy transition

    Germany revamps renewables law as it adapts to future with green power 01 Aug 2014 Germany’s energy market is bracing for the most far-reaching legislative changes since green power incentives were introduced a quarter of a century ago. The controversial ...
  • Germany's energy transition revamp stirs controversy over speed, participation

    The reform of the Renewable Energy Act 29 Jun 2016 The German Renewable Energy Act (EEG) is the mechanism that has made possible the energy transition so far. It guaranteed renewable energy producers high returns on investment, which in turn helped to ...
  • 29 Nov 2019 |

    Climate cabinet to put Germany back on track for 2030 targets

    Chancellor Merkel's coalition government aims to agree on steps and climate action law 29 Nov 2019, 11:00 Chancellor Angela Merkel's so-called "climate cabinet" has put together the bedrock for future climate action legislation. It ...
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  • 30 Jul 2020 |

    German state makes PV panels obligatory for new non-residential buildings

    30 Jul 2020, 13:31 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy ...
  • German parties must come together to find “climate consensus” – CDU party leader

    08 Jul 2019, 13:30 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert FDP- Free Democratic Party Freie Demokratische Partei EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | ...
  • CDU head’s call for climate consensus could be dead on arrival – opinion

    09 Jul 2019, 12:42 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Expert FDP- Free Democratic ...
  • 06 Feb 2020 |

    Thuringia’s planned leftist state govt coalition unexpectedly defeated with far-right backing

    06 Feb 2020, 14:10 Thomas Kemmerich of the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) has been elected state premier by the Thuringia state parliament with support of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), in what many politicians see as breaking a taboo. ...
  • Climate package will lead to fiscal revenue loss in German states – Bundesrat

    11 Nov 2019, 12:56 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire The ...
  • 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 ...
  • 17 Oct 2019 |

    No new lignite mines in Brandenburg, parties agree in state govt coalition talks

    17 Oct 2019, 13:31 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei ...
  • 05 Aug 2019 |

    Conservatives debate speedy reduction of VAT on train tickets, Greens present law draft

    05 Aug 2019, 13:17 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Greens want Germany to turn its 2020 EU Council presidency into a “climate presidency”

    17 Jan 2020, 13:48 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire The ...
  • 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 parliament may renegotiate CO₂ price level in climate package- media

    09 Dec 2019, 12:58 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei ...
  • 17 Dec 2018 |

    Green Party calls for CO2 price and reimbursements to spare low-income households

    17 Dec 2018, 13:19 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Finance dpa / Focus Online Germany’s Climate Action Law planned for 2019 must include a price for CO2, according to ...
  • 07 Apr 2020 |

    Think tank proposes remuneration for innovative renewables systems guaranteeing non-stop feed-in

    07 Apr 2020, 13:19 Expert Hans-Josef Fell Politician Renewables EEG 2.0 | Law Energiewende Julian Wettengel Renewables Clean Energy Wire Operators of innovative renewables systems that guarantee continuous energy supply day and night, for example by ...
  • 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 ...
  • 26 Sep 2019 |

    Merkel's Conservatives insist on low initial CO2 price to get public on board

    26 Sep 2019, 14:12 Chancellor Angela Merkel's Conservatives insist on a low initial price tag for CO2 emissions to secure public acceptance for the government's new climate strategy. In the first parliamentary debate on the package unveiled ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Greens overtake Merkel’s conservatives to lead German national polls

    07 Jun 2019, 12:57 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ ...
  • 24 Aug 2020 |

    State minister warns end of German renewables support could lead to wind power slump

    24 Aug 2020, 12:29 Expert BWE- German Wind Energy Association Bundesverband Windenergie Citizens' energy Electricity market Business & Jobs Technology Expert Ministry for the Environment, Energy, Construction and Climate Protection, State of ...
  • 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 ...
  • 31 Mar 2020 |

    “Undisputed success” or “inefficient”? Germany’s landmark renewable energy law at 20

    31 Mar 2020, 14:14 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Expert BEE- German Renewable Energy Federation ...
  • German parties hurry to present climate plans as pressure mounts

    28 Jun 2019, 12:31 Germany’s parties are hastening to put together proposals on how the country can reach its national and international climate targets as pressure from recent election results, ongoing climate protests and an early heat wave continues to ...
  • 08 Jul 2020 |

    European energy system has to be 100% renewable by 2040 – researchers

    08 Jul 2020, 13:50 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Climate & CO2 Electricity market EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 25 Feb 2020 |

    Search is on for new “expert council” to monitor German emissions cuts

    25 Feb 2020, 13:38 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Climate & CO2 Electricity market EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Expert Claudia Kemfert German Institute for Economic ...
  • 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 ...
  • 18 Dec 2018 |

    SPD group calls for swift coal exit by 2030 to avoid “poverty trap climate change”

    18 Dec 2018, 13:34 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Fossil fuels Policy Clean Energy Wire A group of politicians from Germany’s Social Democratic ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 27 Feb 2020 |

    Law firm calls German coal exit law 'unconstitutional,' Greens push for earlier plant closures

    27 Feb 2020, 14:10 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert STEAG Electricity generator Fossil fuels Utilities Freja Eriksen Coal Welt / Tagesspiegel Background A legal opinion by the energy law firm Rosin Büdenbender ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 25 Apr 2019 |

    Green Party: CO2 tax is not enough

    25 Apr 2019, 13:04 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Süddeutsche Zeitung As new warnings of drought show that "the climate crisis is intensifying", the German government must ...
  • 25 Sep 2020 |

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

    25 Sep 2020, 13:43 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Julian Wettengel Gas Security Handelsblatt German economy minister ...
  • 02 May 2019 |

    New technology could turn CO2 and water into synthetic fuel with existing AC units, researchers say

    02 May 2019, 13:35 Expert KIT- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Karlsruher Institut für Technologie Renewables EEG 2.0 | Law Technology Kerstine Appunn Technology Nature Communications A new system run together with existing air conditioning units could ...
  • 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 ...
  • CDU & Greens' energy politicians clash over Germany's coal exit speed

    10 Oct 2017 One week before the start of exploratory talks on forming a government coalition, aspiring German government alliance partners CDU and the Green Party agree that the country will have to phase out coal-fired power production. Yet, two of the ...
  • 23 Jul 2019 |

    Germany's solar power capacity approaching 52 GW support cap, industry warns

    23 Jul 2019, 13:53 Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Business & Jobs Benjamin Wehrmann Solar EEG 2.0 | Law dpa / Handelsblatt Online Germany’s solar power capacity is ...
  • EU has to significantly ramp up emissions reduction goal to stay on track for Paris goals – researchers

    11 Oct 2019, 14:09 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Climate & CO2 Electricity market EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 International ...
  • 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 ...
  • 24 Aug 2020 |
    EU

    EU-Africa strategy must focus on energy transition – German development minister

    24 Aug 2020, 12:45 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Climate & CO2 Electricity market EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices David Reay EU WirtschaftsWoche Germany and the EU ...
  • 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 ...
  • 25 Oct 2019 |

    Opposition lambasts climate plans as parliamentary process kicks off

    25 Oct 2019, 14:20 Opposition parties have strongly criticised the German government coalition’s climate policy package in a first parliamentary debate on key legislative elements, such as the planned major climate action law. The first reading in the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 06 Oct 2020 |

    Germany says green hydrogen imports should not harm environment in partner countries

    06 Oct 2020, 13:30 Expert Left Party Die Linke EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Alex Dziadosz Hydrogen International Clean Energy Wire The German government says green hydrogen production projects with partner countries should not come at the expense of local ...
  • 25 Sep 2017 |

    Vote2017: Politicians' comments on German election results

    25 Sep 2017 Germans have handed Chancellor Angela Merkel a fourth term in the country’s federal election. Most likely, Merkel will have to start talks with the Free Democrats (FDP) and the Green Party to form a so-called "Jamaica coalition," ...
  • German conservative party head calls for serious discussion on climate action law – media

    19 Feb 2019, 13:19 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 21 Jan 2019 |

    Energy transition to see winners and losers- philosopher of technology

    21 Jan 2019, 13:37 Expert KIT- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Karlsruher Institut für Technologie Renewables EEG 2.0 | Law Technology Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Energiewende Society Spiegel Online The switch from fossil to renewable power ...
  • Europe must find answer to China's economic strategy – former env min

    14 Jan 2019, 13:37 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 International tageszeitung (taz) Germany and Europe lack an answer to China's economic strategy Made in China ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 15 Oct 2019 |

    Europe must cut meat production to increase forest areas for climate- researchers

    15 Oct 2019, 12:22 Expert KIT- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Karlsruher Institut für Technologie Renewables EEG 2.0 | Law Technology Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Agriculture Clean Energy Wire Large-scale afforestation and reforestation, which ...
  • 28 May 2019 |

    Germany's governing coalition spars over climate law ahead of climate cabinet meeting

    28 May 2019, 13:25 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich ...
  • Green Party pushes for more trees and plants in Germany's inner cities

    03 Aug 2020, 13:17 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Cities Elections & Politics Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland The Green Party has called for an investment programme worth 800 million euros to make ...
  • 14 Mar 2019 |

    Coal phase-out in Germany will be economic net gain, study finds

    14 Mar 2019, 13:40 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Climate & CO2 Electricity market EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Expert Ecologic Institute Energiewende International ...
  • Business-friendly Free Democrats aim to be climate action party

    26 Apr 2019, 16:50 Expert FDP- Free Democratic Party Freie Demokratische Partei EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Süddeutsche Zeitung / Spiegel Online Germany’s liberal, pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) ...
  • 02 Oct 2020 |
    Gas

    Gas plant in Bavaria comes back online thanks to low gas and high CO2 prices

    02 Oct 2020, 14:23 Expert Ministry of Economic Affairs, State Development and Energy, State of Bavaria Staatsministerium für Wirtschaftm Landesentwicklung und Energie Bayern EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert Uniper SE Uniper SE Utilities Kerstine Appunn Gas ...
  • 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, ...
  • Environment ministry should have right to initiate laws outside own responsibility – govt advisors

    27 Jun 2019, 12:27 Expert German Advisory Council on the Environment Sachverständigenrat für Umweltfragen Climate & CO2 Electricity market EEG 2.0 | Law Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire In light of “ongoing ...
  • 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 ...
  • 28 Feb 2019 |

    German renewable power producers face uncertainty as feed-in tariffs expire

    28 Feb 2019, 14:15 Much of Germany’s renewable power capacity is facing uncertainty regarding its business models as generous feed-in tariffs for many wind, solar and biogas plants end in the 2020s. With the country needing more, not less, renewable power ...
  • 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 ...
  • 2018 heat wave affected power plants, supply security not in danger – German govt

    28 Jun 2019, 12:34 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Electricity market Clean Energy Wire Due to the 2018 heat wave in northern Europe, some German power plants had to throttle generation due ...
  • 25 Mar 2020 |

    German researchers test conversion of CO2 from air into solid carbon in 'world first'

    25 Mar 2020, 14:16 Expert KIT- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Karlsruher Institut für Technologie Renewables EEG 2.0 | Law Technology Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Technology Clean Energy Wire German researchers are trying to convert CO2 from ambient ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany stays out of call for stronger carbon pricing in EU

    14 Dec 2018, 13:35 Germany abstained from a call by nine other European countries for a stronger and extended role of carbon pricing at the COP climate conference in Katowice. The German environment ministry said it did not want to pre-empt the country’s ...
  • 28 May 2020 |

    German Social Democrats say EU hydrogen production ideal case for coronavirus recovery project

    28 May 2020, 12:29 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Hydrogen Clean Energy Wire A coordinated European green hydrogen production infrastructure is a prime example for ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 30 Sep 2020 |

    German heating emissions cut almost entirely down to warmer weather – study

    30 Sep 2020, 13:15 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Climate & CO2 Electricity market EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Kerstine Appunn Heating CO2 emissions from ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 27 Sep 2019 |

    Project-based carbon contracts for differences could help lower industry emissions – analysis

    27 Sep 2019, 13:51 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Climate & CO2 Electricity market EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Freja Eriksen Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire So ...
  • Social Democrats prepared to raise initial CO2 price in Germany's climate package

    26 Sep 2019, 13:59 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Tagesspiegel Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) are prepared to raise the initial CO2 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Feed-in tariffs for British nuclear power rile German politicians and renewables industry

    09 Oct 2014 Resistance to Germany’s subsidies for the renewables industry have left politicians questioning why financing for the UK’s Hinkley Point nuclear power station has been granted EU approval. Expert BEE- German Renewable Energy Federation ...
  • 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 ...
  • 06 Apr 2020 |

    Nuclear power generation and waste transfers continue in Germany despite coronavirus crisis

    06 Apr 2020, 13:58 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law ...
  • North Rhine-Westphalia govt “expects double-digit billion euro” support for coal exit

    14 Jan 2019, 13:33 Expert Ministry of Economics, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy, State of North Rhine-Westphalia Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Innovation, Digitalisierung und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil ...
  • 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 ...
  • Costly nuclear power no option for low-carbon power mix of future – researchers

    25 Jul 2019, 14:52 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Climate & CO2 Electricity market EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Benjamin Wehrmann Nuclear phase-out Cost & ...
  • 26 Mar 2020 |

    German state plans to unlock Rhine Rift Valley's vast geothermal energy potential

    26 Mar 2020, 13:57 Expert KIT- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Karlsruher Institut für Technologie Renewables EEG 2.0 | Law Technology Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables Heating Clean Energy Wire / Badische Neueste Nachrichten The south-western German state ...
  • German cabinet approves renewables reform, but parliamentarians eye changes

    23 Sep 2020, 15:30 Germany's government has agreed on an overhaul of the country's Renewable Energy Act, the core legislation for its landmark energy transition, to enable a share of 65 percent renewables in 2030 power consumption and a ...
  • 27 Nov 2019 |

    Northern and southern German state each take lead in national renewables ranking

    27 Nov 2019, 14:08 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Climate & CO2 Electricity market EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Expert Renewable Energies Agency Agentur für ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 03 Mar 2020 |

    Lower taxes for diesel cost Germany up to seven billion euros in 2019

    03 Mar 2020, 14:22 Expert BMF- Federal Ministry of Finance Bundesministerium der Finanzen Finance Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Fossil fuels Cars Rheinische Post The lower taxation of diesel fuel in ...
  • 16 Apr 2019 |

    Green Party calls for shutting down 7 GW of coal by 2022

    16 Apr 2019, 14:16 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Julian Wettengel Coal Clean Energy Wire The opposition Green Party has called on Germany’s government to rapidly implement the recommendations of the country’s coal exit ...
  • 22 May 2020 |

    Soaring renewables output could save villages threatened by German coal mine expansion

    22 May 2020, 14:07 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Climate & CO2 Electricity market EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 24 Oct 2019 |

    Climate package disadvantages the poor and the old- govt auditors

    24 Oct 2019, 12:13 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Climate & CO2 Electricity market EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Tagesschau [Find the ...
  • Merkel calls for honouring Paris deal as German climate action falters

    29 May 2018 In a plea for global cooperation and the rule of law in international relations, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged the signatories of the Paris Climate Agreement to honour their commitment and implement the agreed emissions reduction. ...
  • 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 & ...
  • 01 Feb 2019 |

    Relief about German coal exit deal fades as focus turns to implementation challenges

    01 Feb 2019, 13:53 The initial relief in Germany over a coal exit deal has given way to fresh discussions over how to implement the hard-won compromise. Chancellor Angela Merkel and politicians from her grand coalition government praised the agreement by ...
  • 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 ...
  • 29 Apr 2019 |

    Standstill in grand coalition working group on renewables expansion

    29 Apr 2019, 13:43 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Expert SPD- Social Democratic ...
  • Fully renewables-based global energy system possible by 2050, at lower cost – study

    12 Apr 2019, 13:40 Expert Hans-Josef Fell Politician Renewables EEG 2.0 | Law Energiewende Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Renewables Cost & Prices Energy Watch Group / LUT University A global energy system fully based on renewable energy by 2050 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 13 Nov 2017 |

    Germany's energy use and emissions likely to rise yet again in 2017

    13 Nov 2017 Higher energy demand triggered by economic growth and colder weather is likely to push up Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions again this year, energy market group AG Energiebilanzen forecast on Friday. A new rise would put Germany’s 2020 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 04 Sep 2019 |

    Room heating demand in German households rises for third year in a row – study

    04 Sep 2019, 13:06 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Climate & CO2 Electricity market EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Freja Eriksen Efficiency Heating Clean Energy Wire ...
  • 09 Apr 2020 |

    German environment agency calls for increasing e-car recycling capacities

    09 Apr 2020, 13:53 Expert KIT- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Karlsruher Institut für Technologie Renewables EEG 2.0 | Law Technology Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Sören Amelang Cars dpa ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • South German power supply secure despite coal exit, imports set to rise- study

    15 Feb 2019, 12:12 Expert Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector, State of Baden-Württemberg Ministerium für Umwelt, Klima und Energiewirtschaft, Baden-Württemberg EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW ...
  • Chancellor candidate Scholz says rapid transformation towards sustainability is key election topic

    11 Aug 2020, 12:22 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Hydrogen Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire The German Social Democrats (SPD) will make the transformation ...
  • Economic institutes criticise German government’s climate package

    02 Oct 2019, 13:53 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Climate & CO2 Electricity market EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Expert IfW- Kiel Institute for the World Economy ...
  • Vote in No.1 wind power state stalls Germany’s coalition talks

    09 Oct 2017 As Germany digests the result of this year’s federal election, the country prepares for yet another important vote, this time in the state of Lower Saxony. The early election in the country’s number one wind power state is seen as vital marker ...
  • SPD nomination of finance minister Scholz as chancellor candidate kicks off Germany's election year

    10 Aug 2020, 14:15 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Elections & Politics Government Clean Energy Wire Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) have nominated current ...
  • 29 Jan 2019 |

    Parliamentarians see tough road ahead for coal exit proposal

    29 Jan 2019, 13:41 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 18 Nov 2019 |

    Green Party dares too little for fear of losing poll tailwind – opinion

    18 Nov 2019, 13:29 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Julian Wettengel Elections & Politics Deutschlandfunk Germany's opposition Green Party has dared too little in their decisions at the party's national ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • Germany's economic powerhouse states demand clear federal energy policy concept

    08 Apr 2019, 12:30 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ ...
  • 18 May 2020 |

    Merkel's coalition partner pushes for ambitious green hydrogen production

    18 May 2020, 14:16 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Sören Amelang Gas Renewables Hydrogen Clean Energy Wire Germany should aim to build up large capacities of hydrogen production from ...
  • Germany's solar industry slams renewables act reform, cites possible EU law violation

    13 Oct 2020, 13:54 Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Business & Jobs Expert BWE- German Wind Energy Association Bundesverband Windenergie Citizens' energy ...
  • 05 Dec 2019 |

    Industry warns new SPD leaders against tightening Germany's climate package

    05 Dec 2019, 13:08 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • SPD calls on Merkel’s conservatives to get serious on climate

    11 Jun 2019, 13:24 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Expert SPD- Social Democratic ...
  • 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 Jan 2016 |

    First reactions to Renewable Energy Act reform proposal

    27 Jan 2016 The centrepiece of Germany's Energiewende in the power sector is to undergo a profound revision this year. The government has tabled a draft law for the reform of the Renewable Energy Act, which has stirred a heated debate. The following ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 06 Jan 2020 |

    Proposed compensation payments for wind turbine neighbours met with scepticism in Germany

    06 Jan 2020, 14:10 Expert German Association of Towns and Municipalities Deutsche Städte- und Gemeindebund Cities Citizens' energy Society Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Compact power-to-liquid pilot facility demonstrates high degree of efficiency

    19 Aug 2019, 13:09 Expert KIT- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Karlsruher Institut für Technologie Renewables EEG 2.0 | Law Technology Julian Wettengel Storage Hydrogen Technology Clean Energy Wire Researchers in Germany have combined all steps of ...
  • 08 Apr 2016 |

    Czech utility set to buy Vattenfall’s lignite assets in eastern Germany- Reuters

    08 Apr 2016 In Czech company EPH, Vattenfall might have found a buyer for its lignite coal mines and power stations in Lusatia. But as the companies involved refuse to comment, environmentalists warn that coal has no future in a country that wants to ...
  • 14 Apr 2020 |

    Industry proposes changes to renewables act to avoid levy payments – media

    14 Apr 2020, 14:26 Freja Eriksen EEG2016 | Law Der Spiegel Industry actors in Germany have proposed changes to the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) that would help them avoid possible lawsuits over failures to pay the renewables surcharge,  writes Frank Dohmen ...
  • 05 May 2020 |

    German govt coalition members at odds over energy and climate ambitions – report

    05 May 2020, 13:35 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Expert SPD- Social Democratic ...
  • 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 Greens call for national “climate fund” to finance reduction and mitigation measures

    17 Jun 2019, 12:50 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Bild am Sonntag Germany should set up a national fund endowed with billions of euros to finance climate action ...
  • CO₂ price must not put additional burden on citizens –Social Democrat leader

    13 May 2019, 14:12 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices A CO₂ price can be a useful building block of a package of climate action measures in ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • German politicians pitch design ideas for CO₂ price

    23 Apr 2019, 13:33 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich ...
  • 03 Sep 2020 |

    German politicians call to halt Nord Stream 2 following Navalny poisoning

    03 Sep 2020, 13:49 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Climate & CO2 Electricity market EEG 2.0 | Law Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Benjamin Wehrmann Julian Wettengel Gas Security ...
  • 18 Sep 2017 |

    German election to define speed and shape of energy transition

    18 Sep 2017 With Germans about to cast their votes in the federal election, Chancellor Angela Merkel is virtually certain to retain power. But the make-up of the next coalition will be key to how the new government tackles a host of energy and climate ...
  • Coal exit: elephant in the room at vote in German industry heartland

    12 May 2017 In what is often dubbed “the small-scale federal election”, voters in Germany’s industrial powerhouse and most populous state North Rhine-Westphalia decide on a new government on 14 May. The exit from coal-fired power generation – a topic ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 27 Sep 2019 |

    Most Germans say government's 2030 climate action package does not go far enough

    27 Sep 2019, 13:39 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ ...
  • Social Democrats' climate plans show large overlap with Conservatives

    05 Sep 2019, 12:30 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Expert SPD- Social Democratic ...
  • 11 Aug 2020 |

    Germany’s “green energy account” deeper in the red

    11 Aug 2020, 11:40 Expert 50Hertz Transmission Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Expert Amprion Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Expert TenneT Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Expert TransnetBW Grid operator ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Conservatives criticise environment minister’s CO₂ price proposal

    08 Jul 2019, 13:32 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 / ...
  • 25 May 2020 |

    German environment ministry study says local authorities key to green recovery

    25 May 2020, 12:41 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 29 Apr 2015 |

    First solar auction sees price above current feed-in tariff

    29 Apr 2015 Germany’s first auction for large solar arrays attracted many bidders but did not push prices below the current feed-in tariffs. On average, successful bids came in at 9.17 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), compared to a feed-in tariff of nine ...
  • 03 Feb 2020 |

    German econ min’s draft strategy criticised for including ‘blue hydrogen’

    03 Feb 2020, 13:44 Expert E3G- Third generation enviromentalism European non profit organisation for policy transformation Climate & CO2 Finance Policy Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Julian Wettengel Gas Renewables ...
  • PV auction designer hopes to keep citizens' projects on board

    08 May 2015 Feed-in tariffs set by government or parliament have supported rapid expansion of renewable power production, along with falling costs. Now the government wants to move to a more market-based approach. With this is mind, the 2014 changes to ...
  • 22 Jun 2017 |

    “There’s no way around a coal exit law

    22 Jun 2017 Germany's energy transition can only be successful if it is created by citizens themselves in a socially fair way, the Left Party writes in its election campaign programme. The Left is currently the largest opposition group in the German ...
  • New SPD leaders call for 'massive investments' in new energy system, say climate package needs revamp

    06 Dec 2019, 14:56 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Elections & Politics Government Clean Energy Wire The new leaders of Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD), ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 19 Aug 2019 |

    German renewables levy to rise slightly in 2020 and peak the year after – think tank

    19 Aug 2019, 12:59 Expert Agora Energiewende Think tank on German energy policy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende International Freja Eriksen Renewables EEG2016 | Law Clean Energy Wire Germany's renewables levy, the EEG surcharge, is ...
  • 25 Feb 2019 |

    Germany's government coalition divided over draft Climate Action Law

    25 Feb 2019, 14:17 The first draft of Germany’s Climate Action Law, presented last week, has laid bare conflicting views within the German coalition government over how the country should meet its climate targets. The proposal has drawn criticism from ...
  • New SPD leaders put German government’s future in doubt with climate demands

    02 Dec 2019, 13:45 The members of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) have unexpectedly voted for a more left-leaning leadership, casting doubt on the future of the coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance. The ...
  • German grid regulator cuts lignite in its planning scenarios

    11 Feb 2015 Analysts have welcomed a new planning framework for the German grid that works on the basis of less lignite being burned in Germany, saying grid development must serve the country’s climate targets. Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic ...
  • 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 ...
  • 19 Sep 2019 |

    German government faces 11th hour talks over climate action

    19 Sep 2019, 13:37 Germany's governing parties are heading into the final talks over what finance minister Olaf Scholz has said must be a "big and convincing step for climate action." But CO₂ pricing and a proposed major framework climate ...
  • 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 ...
  • Renewables law proposal not ambitious enough – Lower Saxony state premier

    23 Oct 2020, 11:57 Julian Wettengel Renewable Energy Act | EEG Handelsblatt The German government’s draft update of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) is not ambitious enough, as it fails to take into account developments that increase the need for renewable ...
  • 15 Oct 2018 |

    Bavarian vote shakes Berlin coalition, leaves energy policy in limbo

    15 Oct 2018, 17:33 The ruling Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) – the sister party to Angela Merkel’s CDU and the partner in her national grand coalition government – were dealt a historic blow in the Bavarian state elections, ...
  • Conservative climate MPs call for “bold” renewables reform

    24 Aug 2020, 12:23 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Policy Elections & Politics Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Policy Elections & Politics Julian Wettengel Renewables ...
  • 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, ...
  • 12 Oct 2018 |

    Shake-up in Bavaria's election may impact German energy policy

    12 Oct 2018, 16:30 The surge of far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) and a strong showing of the Green Party look set to end the absolute majority of conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) in Bavarian state elections on 14 October. The CSU is a ...
  • 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 ...
  • 12 Nov 2014 |

    Many German households to get cheaper power for first time in years

    12 Nov 2014 After more than a decade of rising electricity prices, German utilities are passing on some of their savings from lower wholesale prices and a cut in the renewable energy surcharge. But with a number of government decisions on the next steps ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Green energy levy set for drop on excess payments for renewables

    15 Oct 2014 Consumers can expect a reduction in the surcharge they pay on energy bills next year but analysts say it will rise again in 2016 as green power production continues to expand. Peter Dinkloh Clean Energy Wire CLEW EEG 2.0 | Law Cost & ...
  • 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 ...
  • German government should use coronavirus stimulus funds to reduce renewables levy – think tank

    26 May 2020, 12:40 Expert Agora Energiewende Think tank on German energy policy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende International Julian Wettengel EEG2016 | Law Cost & Prices Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire Germany’s power customers ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany’s renewables support system does not violate state aid rules- EU court

    29 Mar 2019, 13:56 Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables EEG2016 | Law Policy Clean Energy Wire The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that Germany's system of financing its renewables build-up through a surcharge on power bills does not violate EU ...
  • 18 Aug 2020 |

    E-mobility and hydrogen compel Germany to boost renewables expansion- utilities

    18 Aug 2020, 14:13 Alex Dziadosz Renewables Hydrogen Energate Messenger The roll-out of electric cars and the production of synthetic hydrogen-based fuels will push up Germany's demand for electricity in the years to come, resulting in a need to ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Renewables cover almost half of German electricity use in first 9 months 2020 – preliminary data

    25 Sep 2020, 13:41 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Expert Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden ...
  • Germany’s CO2 pricing part of 'irreversible' path – SPD chancellor candidate Scholz

    07 Sep 2020, 14:27 Kerstine Appunn Cost & Prices Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire Germany’s achievements in the field of climate and energy policy mustn’t mean that the country becomes complacent now, Olaf Scholz, finance minister and the ...
  • 02 Jan 2017 |
    G20

    Preview2017- "Urgent matters won’t be tackled in election campaign"

    02 Jan 2017 2017 will be a year filled with a multitude of seminal events for Germany's energy and climate policy. Apart from presiding over the next G20 summit, Germany will be the venue for the UN's COP23 and see legal reforms of central ...
  • 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 ...
  • 30 Jul 2019 |

    Bavarian Merkel ally says climate action belongs in German Basic Law- media

    30 Jul 2019, 10:30 Markus Söder, Bavaria’s conservative state premier, has called for climate action to be enshrined in Germany’s Basic Law, according to German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung. Söder has thus embraced a long-standing demand by the Green Party, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Greens ready to make climate policy concessions in coalition talks

    07 Nov 2017 As Germany’s Jamaica coalition talks are approaching a critical point, the Green Party appears to soften core climate policy demands in an attempt to achieve similar concessions from its negotiating partners. Party leaders say that neither ...
  • 31 Oct 2017 |

    COP23- ‘We must use Bonn to push the national climate debate’

    31 Oct 2017 Ahead of the climate summit in Bonn, Professor Mojib Latif, a leading climate scientist from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, tells the Clean Energy Wire about his distrust in emission data, the unfortunate dominance of ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany views European Energy Union proposals through Energiewende lens

    25 Feb 2015 Germany’s biggest concerns regarding the European Commission’s energy policy proposals are potential impact on its own transition to renewables power, as well as power market reform. Kerstine Appunn Kerstine Appunn International EEG 2.0 | Law ...
  • 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 ...
  • 27 Oct 2017

    Coalition talks on climate goals, energy policy "heated"- negotiator

    27 Oct 2017 As expected, Germany’s future energy and climate policy has emerged as the main stumbling block in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s effort to form a government coalition of her conservatives, the Free Democrats, and the Green Party. Talks got stuck ...
  • 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 ...
  • 23 Jul 2020 |

    Germany to lose biogas capacity amid struggle to achieve 2030 renewables target

    23 Jul 2020, 13:50 Expert German Biogas Association Fachverband Biogas e.V. Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Business & Jobs Kerstine Appunn Bioenergy Hydrogen Clean Energy Wire The number of biogas plants installed in Germany is ...
  • German parliament approves controversial renewables reform

    Germany’s federal parliament has approved a controversial revamp of the country’s energy transition. The government coalition of economy minister Sigmar Gabriel’s Social Democrats and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Conservatives secured a majority vote for ...
  • German coalition talks stuck over climate, energy policy

    27 Oct 2017 Germany’s future energy and climate policy has proven the expected difficult issue in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s effort to form a government coalition of her conservatives, the Free Democrats, and the Green Party. According to media reports, ...
  • German wind industry calls for direct sale option for facilities supported by renewables law

    According to the wind industry, German turbine operators supported under the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) should be able to sell their electricity directly to companies, reports Klaus Stratmann in the Handelsblatt. Until now, renewable electricity supported ...
  • 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 ...
  • 05 May 2017 |

    Wind power course at stake in election in "cradle of Energiewende"

    05 May 2017 Nicknamed the “cradle of the Energiewende” by its own government, Germany’s northernmost state, Schleswig-Holstein, embodies some of the most pressing challenges and solutions to the country’s energy turnaround. With their decision in the ...
  • 23 Jan 2019 |

    Industry leaders say can cope with coal exit in debate ahead of commission report

    23 Jan 2019, 10:55 Power prices are less of a concern for some industry sectors and coal-heavyweight RWE has long been about “much more than coal” – industry representatives offered an unusual take on the German coal exit debate in a panel discussion ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Government postpones decision on renewables reform

    Germany’s coalition parties, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU / CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD), have not been able to agree on the changes they want to introduce to the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) concerning additional tenders to ...
  • Germany’s “green energy account” hits all-time high

    12 Mar 2019, 14:10 Rachel Waldholz Renewables EEG2016 | Law Cost & Prices IWR Online Germany’s “green energy account”,  which funds the country’s renewable roll-out, currently shows a record surplus of 5.7 billion euros, according to Renewable Energy ...
  • 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 ...
  • 30 Nov 2018 |

    Germany’s government coalition wrangles over feasibility of 65 percent renewables goal for 2030

    30 Nov 2018, 15:10 Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Renewables EEG2016 | Law Clean Energy Wire Germany’s government coalition parties have locked horns over the envisaged 65 percent share of renewables in Germany’s gross power consumption by 2030. ...
  • Green Party submits draft law for special wind power auctions in Germany

    The German Green Party has requested special wind power auctions to ensure enough new renewable power capacity. In a draft law to amend the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the Greens propose auctioning off an additional 1.5 gigawatts (GW) of onshore wind ...
  • Reform of renewables law delayed again

    The reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) was postponed for the third week in a row on Wednesday. The changes proposed to Germany’s renewables law, which enabled the rapid growth of solar, wind and biogas generated power, are subject to disagreements ...
  • Merkel prepares departure in shock move at key time for climate policy

    29 Oct 2018, 16:39 The elections in the German state of Hesse have set in motion a major shift in the country's political landscape. Germany's national government coalition parties took the second pounding at regional elections in a row, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Bundesrat passes digitalisation law

    The passing of a new law on the “Digitalisation of the Energiewende” in the second house of the German parliament, the Bundesrat, has been overshadowed by the vote on the reform  of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), according to an article in pv magazine. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 23 Dec 2016 |
    G20

    Preview2017 – Elections, G20 set to dominate Energiewende policy

    23 Dec 2016 Germany is heading into a year filled with international top-events and elections that will determine the future course of the country’s Energiewende project. The uncertainties about the new US administration and the exact details of Britain’s ...
  • 30 Apr 2020 |
    Gas

    Gas demand drop hits German energy companies as storages full and prices low

    30 Apr 2020, 13:50 Expert Aurora Energy Research Bioenergy Electricity market Renewables EEG2016 | Law Energiewende Cost & Prices Finance Expert Uniper SE Uniper SE Utilities Julian Wettengel Gas WirtschaftsWoche The fall in natural gas demand due to ...
  • 22 Sep 2020 |

    Germany’s transport minister pushes for European high-speed train system

    22 Sep 2020, 13:47 Expert BMVI- Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur Transport Alex Dziadosz Transport EU Clean Energy Wire / Der Spiegel / dpa Germany’s transport minister ...
  • 25 May 2020 |

    German solar and wind could supply three times today’s power demand by 2040 – study

    25 May 2020, 12:38 Expert Aurora Energy Research Bioenergy Electricity market Renewables EEG2016 | Law Energiewende Cost & Prices Finance Julian Wettengel Solar Wind Clean Energy Wire Solar and wind power in Germany could supply three times the ...
  • Agreement with EU Commission clears way for German power market reform

    The German government and the EU Commission have reached an agreement on state-aid related aspects of the country’s power market, clearing the way for the “most important reform” since the market liberalisation, German energy minister Sigmar Gabriel told ...
  • “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 ...
  • Lower Saxony premier supports ending Germany's renewables surcharge

    08 Sep 2020, 14:31 Alex Dziadosz Renewable Energy Act | EEG Cost & Prices dpa / Süddeutsche Zeitung The state premier of Lower Saxony, Stephan Weil, has expressed support for scrapping the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) surcharge, dpa reports in an ...
  • “Renewables surcharge is socially unfair and must be abolished”

    The Social Democrat-led Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of the eastern German state of Brandenburg has called for abolishing the country’s core law on financing  the roll-out of renewables, the Renewable Energy Act (EEG). The law is unfair ...
  • 01 Sep 2020 |

    Hydrogen prices to rise sharply without electrification of heating, transport — Aurora

    01 Sep 2020, 12:47 Expert Aurora Energy Research Bioenergy Electricity market Renewables EEG2016 | Law Energiewende Cost & Prices Finance Alex Dziadosz Hydrogen Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire The price of green hydrogen will be significantly ...
  • 03 Sep 2019 |

    Flexible biomass reaches capacity limit for financial support

    03 Sep 2019, 13:29 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) Bundesnetzagentur Electricity market Grid Cost & Prices Expert German Biogas Association Fachverband Biogas e.V. Citizens' energy ...
  • 07 Oct 2016 |

    Ministry projections highlight risk of Germany missing emissions goal

    07 Oct 2016 Only in a best case scenario will Germany be able to reach its goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020, the latest projections from the environment ministry show according to analysts. The opposition in parliament and ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • “The Energiewende needs a new consensus”

    Germany lacks an overarching general concept that includes all sectors for contributing to emissions reduction, energy economist Marc Bettzüge writes in a guest commentary for Handelsblatt. “ There is no integrated incentive and refinancing mechanism ” to ...
  • 15 Aug 2016 |

    Lagging efficiency to get top priority in Germany’s Energiewende

    15 Aug 2016 Germany's energy ministry wants to give top priority to saving energy in its move to a renewable future. It admits the long-term targets of the energy transition, or Energiewende, will be missed with current policies, and that further ...
  • 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 ...
  • "We’re not here to protect German carmakers"

    28 Apr 2017 No other party has been part of a German federal government longer than the Free Democrats (FDP). They also governed together with Angela Merkel's CDU at the time of the Fukushima disaster and supported the second nuclear phase-out ...
  • 23 Sep 2019 |

    Planned coal exit auctions in Germany unlikely to achieve goals – analysis

    23 Sep 2019, 13:49 Expert Aurora Energy Research Bioenergy Electricity market Renewables EEG2016 | Law Energiewende Cost & Prices Finance Edgar Meza Coal Utilities Clean Energy Wire Government auctions aimed at shutting down Germany’s hard coal-fired ...
  • 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 ...
  • “German CO2 price debate is here to stay”- liberal MP

    12 Dec 2018, 12:05 Negotiations on the “markets article” (Article 6) of the Paris Agreement are a bit on the side lines of the talks at COP24. While representatives of many countries and regions, e.g. the one of Canadian British Columbia don’t tire to ...
  • 21 Apr 2016 |

    "Nuclear power wouldn't have stood a chance- even without Chernobyl"

    21 Apr 2016 On 26 April 1986 a nuclear meltdown at a Soviet reactor in today’s Ukraine sent radioactive particles across Europe and shockwaves through the political debate over nuclear safety. 30 years on from the Chernobyl accident, Germany is in the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 08 Sep 2020 |

    Legal opinions over legitimacy of Germany's lignite compensation vary widely

    08 Sep 2020, 13:49 Expert Aurora Energy Research Bioenergy Electricity market Renewables EEG2016 | Law Energiewende Cost & Prices Finance Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches ...
  • Coal commission fail would be lost year for climate policy- member

    20 Nov 2018, 10:30 Germany’s coal exit commission aims to propose a path for the country’s phase-out by the end of November. Agreeing a compromise on how to end the use of Germany's most important fossil fuel in such a short time will be difficult, ...
  • 20 Nov 2017 |

    German coalition talks collapse despite progress on climate and energy

    20 Nov 2017 After almost five weeks of deliberations, the pro-business Free Democratic Party has pulled the plug on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s efforts to form a coalition government made up of her conservative CDU/CSU alliance, the Greens and the FDP. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Govt energy transition commission calls for CO2 price, mobility action

    01 Nov 2017 Germany is likely to miss several of its energy transition goals by 2020, including greenhouse gas and energy consumption reduction, writes an expert commission tasked with monitoring the progress of the German Energiewende in a short interim ...
  • US keeps wary eye on EU carbon border tax plans

    23 Mar 2020, 08:55 The United States administration, politicians and industry warily watch European Union debates on introducing a carbon border adjustment mechanism, which would put a CO₂ price on goods imported to the EU to reduce the risk of carbon ...
  • Energy industry calls for fixing ambitious expansion path in reform of Germany's renewables act

    25 Aug 2020, 13:26 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Julian Wettengel Renewables Renewable Energy Act | EEG ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Cross-border solar: Denmark gets 50 MW of German tender with bids of 5.38 euro cents/kWh”

    Europe’s first ever cross-border solar tender sees five Danish solar developers snapping up 50 megawatts in a German tender for construction of five solar projects in Denmark, reports Ian Clover in pv magazine. Winning bids of EUR 5.38 cents/kWh were ...
  • 27 May 2016

    Media reports: climate law rewards power waste / Ministry dispute on self-supply tax

    27 May 2016 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Panorama (ARD) “Absurd Energiewende: climate law rewards electricity waste” To be exempted from Germany's  Renewable Energy Act (EEG)  surcharge,  some companies just on  the threshold of qualifying ...
  • German state’s environment minister says taxpayer money should be used to fund renewables

    Baden Württemberg’s Green environment minister Franz Untersteller has suggested partly replacing the renewable surcharge with taxpayers’ money. The high costs of early solar development shortly after the year 2000 should be financed separately by a fund, ...
  • Drop in coal use pushes Germany closer to 2020 climate target

    18 Dec 2019, 14:05 Germany has seen a second year of significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in 2019, as coal use fell by more than 20 percent and energy production from renewables increased, preliminary calculations by energy research group AG ...
  • Income from German renewables levy set to fall significantly due to coronavirus – analysis

    24 Apr 2020, 13:49 Freja Eriksen Renewables Renewable Energy Act | EEG Clean Energy Wire The coronavirus crisis is set to have a significant impact on income from the German renewables' levy as power demand falls, consultancy enplify writes in an  ...
  • 23 May 2016

    Media reports: ministry sees likely rise in renewables surcharge

    23 May 2016 Sören Amelang Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Handelsblatt / Süddeutsche Zeitung “Energiewende gets more expensive” The energy and economy ministry believes a rise in the renewable surcharge for next year is “likely,” according to a ...
  • 27 Feb 2018 |

    Reactions to Germany's court ruling on diesel driving bans

    27 Feb 2018 Germany's Federal Administrative Court has ruled that cities can ban dirty diesel cars to improve local air quality. The Clean Energy Wire presents reactions to the landmark ruling from NGOs, politicians and industry associations. [Update ...
  • 20 Jun 2016

    Law reform delays energy transition- study / Utilities fear collapse

    20 Jun 2016 Kerstine Appunn Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HTW) “New study: EEG 2016 thwarts Paris climate agreement” If Germany continued the deployment of renewable energies at the average pace of the last ...
  • German electricity sector should be climate neutral by 2040s- Renewable Energy Act reform

    15 Sep 2020, 14:27 Kerstine Appunn Renewable Energy Act | EEG energate messenger / Tagesspiegel Background The latest version of amendments to Germany’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG) includes a tougher climate goal for the electricity sector, which should ...
  • 23 Sep 2019 |

    Climate package faces headwind and legal uncertainty as Merkel addresses UN summit

    23 Sep 2019, 14:12 The future of Germany's much criticised climate strategy hangs in the balance as the Green Party vowed to amend the package, and experts warned legal hurdles threatened the government's concept for a CO2 price. Yet, Chancellor ...
  • “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 environment minister open to national carbon price

    23 Apr 2018 Germany’s new environment minister, Svenja Schulze, has indicated support for a national price on carbon emissions. The Social Democrat said in an interview the idea that Germany improves its emissions reduction by putting a price tag on CO2 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Unchanged investments in local utility sector

    Unchanged investments in local utility sector With 4.88 billion euros, the investments of the municipal utility sector into its power plant fleet remained largely unchanged in 2015, compared to 5.1 billion euros in 2014. “The caution in 2015 was due to ...
  • Commission on coal exit "easy way out"- Greens' climate spokesperson

    08 Feb 2018 In their coalition treaty, negotiators from Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) have agreed to set up a special commission charged with managing the phase-out of coal-fired power generation in Germany, ...
  • “Late and expensive green power reform”

    The first truly fundamental reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) was long overdue, writes Andreas Mihm in a commentary for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The law has long fulfilled its purpose of making green power competitive and has become too ...
  • 03 Jul 2020 |

    Bumpy conclusion of Germany's landmark coal act clears way to next energy transition chapters

    03 Jul 2020, 12:48 In a vote that has been hailed as "historic", Germany's parliament has adopted a law that will ensure the phase-out of coal power by no later than 2038. The decision follows two years of intense debate about the country& ...
  • 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. ...
  • "Renewable Energy Act Reform: Hoping for Bundestag elections"

    Despite Germany’s recent reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the country’s wind power sector remains hopeful that new revisions to the law could soon follow Bundestag elections next year, Die Welt reports. Indeed, next year’s elections are the key ...
  • Booming German wind power sector fears 2019 cliff

    11 Sep 2017 Wind power lobby groups say new funding rules are resulting in unrealistically low compensation, squeezing wind farm operators and turbine manufacturers, while measures to help citizen-owned projects compete in the sector are being abused. The ...
  • 15 Mar 2019 |

    Germany installs “climate cabinet” to coordinate action across ministries

    15 Mar 2019, 13:32 The German government has agreed to install a “climate cabinet” to coordinate emissions reduction efforts across various ministries to reach the country's 2030 climate targets. Environment minister Svenja Schulze said the climate ...
  • “Welcome to backwood-land”

    The new governing coalition in Germany’s most populous federal state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) may not care too much about climate protection despite ambitious promises, Ralf Köpke writes in a commentary for Energie & Management. The conservative ...
  • 31 Aug 2020 |

    Germany needs power market overhaul to reach renewables targets- industry group

    31 Aug 2020, 13:42 Expert BEE- German Renewable Energy Federation Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energien Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Business & Jobs Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Citizens' ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Preview2019- Expect the German coal debate to continue, says Aurora ER

    10 Jan 2019, 09:15 The German coal exit commission is set to deliver its final recommendations for the country’s coal exit in February 2019, but this report is likely to be only the beginning of a long and controversial policymaking process in the country ...
  • 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 ...
  • German industry keenly interested in green PPAs – dena study

    03 Sep 2019, 13:34 Expert Aurora Energy Research Bioenergy Electricity market Renewables EEG2016 | Law Energiewende Cost & Prices Finance Expert dena- German Energy Agency Deutsche Energie-Agentur Grid Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Technology ...
  • 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 ...
  • 13 Dec 2018 |

    “All countries face same challenges, but some simply tackle them”- Green MP

    13 Dec 2018, 18:20 The global community is closely watching Germany’s lagging domestic climate action, which certainly does not help the country’s credibility in international negotiations, says Lisa Badum, climate policy spokesperson of the Greens' ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 06 Jul 2020 |

    German states call for renewables reform and greenlight removal of solar support cap

    06 Jul 2020, 12:25 Julian Wettengel Renewables Solar Clean Energy Wire The council of German state governments has called for a speedy and comprehensive reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) to ensure the country reaches its 2030 target of expanding ...
  • 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 ...
  • 03 Jun 2016

    Protests against renewables law / E.ON spin-off to receive loans

    03 Jun 2016 Kerstine Appunn Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Recharge “Thousands protest in Berlin to save Energiewende” Several thousand protesters mobilised by the renewables sector demonstrated against current government plans to reform the ...
  • 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. ...
  • 23 Sep 2020 |

    A quarter of German wind turbines at risk of going offline as fixed remuneration expires – study

    23 Sep 2020, 13:28 Julian Wettengel Wind Clean Energy Wire Almost a quarter of Germany’s wind turbines require a new business model when fixed payments under the country’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG) expire after their 20-year guaranteed support period, ...
  • “Energiewende: What do the new laws mean?”

    German energy think tank Agora Energiewende* has published the English version of a paper that examines the implications of regulation reforms such as the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) and the power market reform. These will bring “fundamental changes” for ...
  • Merkel at second diesel summit: must avoid driving bans "by all means"

    04 Sep 2017 For the second time within one month, Germany’s government has held a “diesel summit” to discuss the consequences of the emissions fraud scandal of the country’s major carmakers. After a first summit in early August with industry ...
  • 29 Jun 2016 |

    CO2 targets and coal deadline omitted from Climate Action Plan draft

    29 Jun 2016 The energy industry and transport sector may escape specific greenhouse gas reduction targets, according to a new draft version of Germany's Climate Action Plan 2050. The proposal also omits an end date for power production from coal. ...
  • 22 Sep 2020 |

    German draft budget shows climate and energy spending tripling – Tagesspiegel Background

    22 Sep 2020, 13:49 Expert BMF- Federal Ministry of Finance Bundesministerium der Finanzen Finance Alex Dziadosz Climate & CO2 Tagesspiegel Background Germany’s federal budget draft shows spending on the “Energy and Climate Fund” (EKF) tripling in 2021 ...
  • 10 Nov 2014

    In the media: EEG in English, energy efficiency and coal

    10 Nov 2014 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Der Spiegel “Conflict between SPD ministers Gabriel and Hendricks puts climate action plan at risk” Fellow Social Democrats Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks are ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • Auctions bring German solar power price to new record low

    16 Oct 2017 The average price of new solar power installations in Germany has fallen below five cents per kilowatt hour for the first time ever. Since the introduction of auctions in 2015, prices for the technology have declined by more than 40 percent, ...
  • 31 Mar 2020 |

    States call on federal govt to lower economic risks posed by turbine lawsuits

    31 Mar 2020, 13:06 Freja Eriksen Wind Clean Energy Wire The Bundesrat, Germany's council of state governments,  wants to increase  planning security for wind power project developers. It has proposed changes to the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) which ...
  • 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 ...
  • 13 Aug 2020 |

    German industry fears higher power bills due to COVID-19 production slump

    13 Aug 2020, 13:25 Kerstine Appunn Cost & Prices Handelsblatt Pandemic-related decreases in production and sales could hit some German companies even harder if they are faced with higher power bills due to losing their exemption from paying the ...
  • 14 Feb 2019 |

    Greens call for implementing coal exit proposal fast

    14 Feb 2019, 14:11 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Politics Clean Energy Wire The opposition Green parliamentary group has called on the federal government  to introduce concrete proposals to implement the coal exit commission 's recent ...
  • 15 Feb 2019 |

    EnBW, Energiekontor sign first long-term power supply contract for zero-support solar farm

    15 Feb 2019, 11:44 Expert EnBW EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG Electricity market Business & Jobs Utilities Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Solar Utilities Clean Energy Wire German utility EnBW and renewable power plant operator ...
  • Germany gives energy transition mild push with economic stimulus programme

    04 Jun 2020, 14:06 The German government coalition has decided to reboot Europe's largest economy with a 130 billion euros stimulus package that contains steps to further the country's landmark energy transition. Aside from comprehensive actions ...
  • 05 Aug 2019 |

    Grid agency to further limit new wind turbines in northern Germany due to lagging grid expansion – media

    05 Aug 2019, 13:09 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) Bundesnetzagentur Electricity market Grid Cost & Prices Freja Eriksen Grid Wind Frankfurter Rundschau Sluggish power grid expansion ...
  • 23 Oct 2020 |
    EU

    EU ministers agree on climate law, postpone decision on 2030 emissions target

    23 Oct 2020, 11:56 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Julian Wettengel EU Clean Energy Wire European Union ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 06 Feb 2020 |

    German Naturstrom to sell power from support-free solar parks

    06 Feb 2020, 12:48 Expert EnBW EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG Electricity market Business & Jobs Utilities Freja Eriksen Solar Clean Energy Wire / Handelsblatt Green energy provider Naturstrom has said it will provide households directly with power ...
  • 30 Jul 2020 |

    German hard coal company suing for better phase-out compensation

    30 Jul 2020, 13:30 Expert STEAG Electricity generator Fossil fuels Utilities Alex Dziadosz Coal Handelsblatt Hard coal power station operator Steag is suing to get better compensation for the shutdown of its plants under Germany’s coal exit plan, writes ...
  • “Energiewende: What do the new laws mean?”

    Germany will likely miss several renewables and emissions targets despite the reform of certain key regulations concerning the German electricity sector carried out by the federal government and parliament in 2016, according to a background paper by think ...
  • 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 ...
  • 08 Jun 2016

    Renewables reform / Merkel: Energiewende must not destroy utilities

    08 Jun 2016 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Federal government Renewables law reform gets government approval Angela Merkel’s cabinet has decided on the reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) that is to take effect ...
  • 20 Sep 2019 |

    Countdown to Germany's crucial climate cabinet meeting

    20 Sep 2019, 10:12 Today, the grand coalition government of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) aim to agree on a major policy package to bring Germany back on track to reaching the international ...
  • 27 Jan 2016

    E-car coalition collision / Divestment domino effect

    27 Jan 2016 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “E-car collision in the coalition” The Social Democrats’ parliamentary group wants to push e-mobility with incentives worth billions, reports Andreas Mihm in ...
  • 17 Oct 2020 |

    Tracking climate and energy in Germany's election year

    17 Oct 2020, 15:00 Germany is set to vote for a new government in autumn 2021. After 16 years at the helm of Europe's largest economy, Chancellor Angela Merkel will make room for a successor who will shape the country's energy and climate policy ...
  • 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 ...
  • 16 Jun 2020 |

    Solar cap removal not enough to bring clean energy to scale- German renewables industry

    16 Jun 2020, 14:53 Expert BEE- German Renewable Energy Federation Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energien Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Business & Jobs Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Citizens' ...
  • 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 ...
  • 16 Oct 2020 |

    Germany's environment ministry defends its “no-food, no-palm oil” policy for future biofuels

    16 Oct 2020, 13:44 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Kerstine Appunn Bioenergy Cars Clean Energy Wire Germany ...
  • 17 Nov 2016 |

    Vote2017- Hofreiter: “We have to deliver on the Paris targets”

    17 Nov 2016 Germans will elect a new federal government in autumn 2017. Security, economic stability and refugees are likely to dominate election campaigns, but keeping the Energiewende on a steady course and fulfilling Germany’s international climate ...
  • 16 Oct 2020 |

    Germany must push 2030 renewables target to 75 or even 80 percent – env min

    16 Oct 2020, 13:17 Germany's environment minister has called for a sharp increase in the country's renewables targets. Svenja Schulze said the country will have to increase renewables' share in power use to "at least 75 percent, maybe ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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- ...
  • 01 Oct 2020 |

    Solar, storage hybrid projects win majority of Germany's new “innovation auctions”

    01 Oct 2020, 13:25 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Expert BWE- German Wind Energy Association Bundesverband ...
  • 12 Aug 2020 |

    Government announces members of new expert council on climate issues

    12 Aug 2020, 13:50 Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Policy Clean Energy Wire Germany’s federal government has appointed the members of the “Expert Council on Climate Issues”, an independent body that is to advice the government on the implementation of ...
  • German Greens confident pro-climate government coalition possible

    09 Oct 2017 Leading Green politicians in Germany are optimistic an agreement to improve the country’s patchy climate record is possible in likely coalition talks with Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the free-market FDP. Despite major ideological ...
  • 06 Jul 2020 |

    Government “blackmailed” over coal-power phaseout bill – media reactions

    06 Jul 2020, 12:23 David Reay Coal Spiegel / Süddeutsche Zeitung / DW / NDR Following the German parliament’s vote on Friday in favour of a law ending all coal power production by 2038, the country’s media has been reacting to the controversial bill. As ...
  • 16 Jul 2015

    In the media: Energiewende faces massive challenges

    16 Jul 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Die Zeit “Don’t get distracted” The carbon divestment movement and the G7 commitment to decarbonisation indicate that climate policy is getting serious and irreversible, writes Andreas ...
  • 25 May 2020 |

    Experts criticise proposed German coal exit law for deviating from commission compromise

    25 May 2020, 14:58 Experts have criticised the German government's draft coal exit law for deviating from the compromise found by the coal commission in early 2019. At a parliamentary committee hearing, representatives from industry, research ...
  • EU Climate agreement gets mixed reception in Germany

    24 Oct 2014 The framework for energy policy until 2030 failed to meet all Germany’s ambitions but government says the agreement is in line with the energy transition. Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- ...
  • Researchers doubt Germany's new building energy act is breakthrough for heating transition

    19 Jun 2020, 14:14 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Expert IKEM- Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 04 Aug 2020 |

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

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

    German bioenergy industry calls for crisis support to ensure energy supply

    31 Mar 2020, 13:25 Expert Bundesverband Bioenergie Federal Association for Bioenergy Bioenergy Renewables Expert German Biogas Association Fachverband Biogas e.V. Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Business & Jobs Freja Eriksen ...
  • 11 Jan 2017 |
    G20

    Preview2017- "High pressure to decarbonise heating sector"

    11 Jan 2017 2017 will be a year filled with a multitude of seminal events for Germany's energy and climate policy. Apart from presiding over the next G20 summit, Germany will be the venue for the UN's COP23 and see legal reforms of central ...
  • 05 Mar 2020 |

    Germany’s largest coal state rejects coal exit law

    05 Mar 2020, 14:35 Rachel Waldholz Coal Policy Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Handelsblatt Germany’s largest coal state, North Rhine-Westphalia, says it cannot accept the federal government’s proposed coal exit law without major amendments, arguing that ...
  • 11 Dec 2018 |

    COP24 blog- Germany pledges 70 million euros extra to Adaptation Fund

    11 Dec 2018, 20:00 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 ...
  • 05 Oct 2020 |

    EU climate target of-55% would mean near-exit from coal in 2030 – experts

    05 Oct 2020, 10:45 Stepping up the 2030 EU climate target to an emission reduction of at least 55 percent as proposed by the European Commission would very likely require the bloc to phase out coal almost entirely by that date, according to experts. The ...
  • 13 Jun 2016

    Battle over renewables act continues / ‘Insane’ efficiency support

    13 Jun 2016 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Süddeutsche Zeitung “Don’t miss the transition” Renewable energies have become so cheap that many countries have started an Energiewende, only for Germany to hit the brakes with its reform ...
  • 20 Dec 2016 |
    G20

    Preview2017- "Turn Energiewende into an advantage for industry"

    20 Dec 2016 2017 will be a year filled with a multitude of seminal events for Germany's energy and climate policy. Apart from presiding over the next G20 summit, Germany will be the venue for the UN's COP23 and see legal reforms of central ...
  • 22 Jan 2019 |

    German industry demands compensation if coal exit pushes up power price

    22 Jan 2019, 13:12 A state-driven closure of coal-fired power plants over the next 12 years would lead to higher power prices, which consumers have to be compensated for, say industry associations the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the Association ...
  • 08 Apr 2020 |

    Government rejects state demands for changes to coal exit law

    08 Apr 2020, 12:54 Julian Wettengel Coal Tagesspiegel Background / Clean Energy Wire The federal government has largely rejected calls by German states to make changes to the planned coal exit law, reports Nora Zaremba in energy and climate policy ...
  • 02 May 2016

    Fracking's chances dwindle / 'CO2 floor would fail in Germany'

    02 May 2016 Sören Amelang Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Handelsblatt “Dwindling chances for fracking” The proposed fracking law has been delayed and might not be adopted in the current legislative period, writes Klaus Stratmann in Handelsblatt. ...
  • 15 Apr 2016

    [Update] Ministry releases new draft version of renewables law

    15 Apr 2016 Kerstine Appunn Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy New draft version of Renewable Energy Act released The Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has released a new draft of the Renewable Energy ...
  • 03 Aug 2020 |

    Villagers plan constitutional complaint to save homes from German coal industry

    03 Aug 2020, 13:23 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Society dpa / Rheinische Post / Clean Energy Wire A group of villagers living in towns threatened by coal mine expansion in western Germany plan ...
  • 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 ...
  • 28 Sep 2020 |

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

    28 Sep 2020, 13:41 Julian Wettengel Security FAZ / Tagesspiegel Background The German national parliament’s (Bundestag) research service does not regard US sanctions against German companies in connection with the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline as a ...
  • 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 ...
  • 31 Mar 2017 |

    New owner scraps plans to expand east German lignite mine

    31 Mar 2017 LEAG, the owner of one of Germany’s largest lignite-mining operations, has scrapped plans by former owner Vattenfall to expand one of its lignite mines. The company is also downsizing or putting on hold development of two other mines. ...
  • German renewables levy will noticeably decrease in 2019 – media report

    Germany’s surcharge paid for the roll-out of renewable energy sources, the EEG-surcharge, will “noticeably decrease” in 2019, writes Andreas Mihm in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. According to the article, the renewables levy will decrease to 6.4 cents ...
  • 15 Nov 2019 |

    Germany's parliament greenlights first major climate law

    15 Nov 2019, 15:20 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Government [Update adds opinion piece by Süddeutsche Zeitung] The German parliament (Bundestag) has decided the country's first major climate law, less than two months after the coalition of ...
  • 26 Sep 2017 |

    Vote2017: Reactions to German election results

    26 Sep 2017 Germans have handed Chancellor Angela Merkel a fourth term in the country’s federal election. Most likely, Merkel will have to start talks with the Free Democrats (FDP) and the Green Party to form a so-called "Jamaica coalition," ...
  • German power prices to stay high despite dip in renewables levy in 2019

    German household power prices will remain largely unchanged in 2019 as higher grid fees and wholesale prices outweigh a dip in the surcharge paid for the roll-out of renewable energy sources. The German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) expects the ...
  • 16 Jun 2020 |

    Coal state pushes for finalising disputed German phase-out law

    16 Jun 2020, 14:50 Expert PIK- The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Climate & CO2 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal MDR / Clean Energy Wire The German coal exit law should be finalised quickly and get parliamentary approval before the summer break ...
  • Germany's old wind turbines will be given new lifelines at end of 20-year support

    14 Oct 2020, 14:44 Benjamin Wehrmann Wind Renewable Energy Act | EEG Clean Energy Wire Germany will try to retain most of its wind power capacity that will lose its guaranteed remuneration after dropping out of the 20-year feed-in tariff support scheme ...
  • 29 Nov 2019 |

    Germany’s climate law and national emissions trading system clear last legislative hurdle

    29 Nov 2019, 14:09 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Government Clean Energy Wire The council of federal state governments (Bundesrat) has greenlit  Germany’s Climate Action Law  and the  planned national emissions trading system for transport and ...
  • 23 Oct 2019 |

    Germany slashes key efficiency target in new building energy draft law

    23 Oct 2019, 13:24 Expert DENEFF- German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency Deutsche Unternehmensinitiative Energieeffizienz Citizens' energy Business & Jobs Efficiency Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche Umwelthilfe Climate ...
  • 22 May 2020 |

    Hard coal alliance proposes runtime extension for 'reserve' under Germany's phase-out- report

    22 May 2020, 14:04 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland An alliance of hard coal plant operators plans to achieve an expansion of the runtime of Germany's seven most modern hard coal plants by ...
  • 11 Dec 2015 |

    Buying way out of nuclear cleanup / "Fear of car-driving voters"

    11 Dec 2015 Ruby Russell Ellen Thalman Clean Energy Wire CLEW Hydrogen WirtschaftsWoche " Utilities could buy their way out of nuclear responsibilities for 49 billion euros” WirtschaftsWoche reports on a study from the German Nuclear Power Commission ...
  • 22 Jan 2016

    Taxes, fees make up bigger share of power price / Car makers go for batteries

    22 Jan 2016 Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW BDEW “Taxes and fees reach a new record high” The power price remained steady at the beginning of 2016 compared to a year ago, the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) reports. For an ...
  • 09 Apr 2020 |

    Environmentalists call for halt to German search for nuclear waste site during coronavirus

    09 Apr 2020, 13:51 Expert BUND- Friends of the Earth Germany Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland Climate & CO2 Rachel Waldholz Nuclear phase-out Clean Energy Wire / Tagesspiegel Background The environmental group Friends of the Earth Germany ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • SPD's Westphal: "Conditions to set coal exit date lacking"

    26 Jul 2017 The SPD, Germany's oldest party, has been a junior partner to Angela Merkel's conservative union in the grand coalition since 2013. The Social Democrats have traditionally been the country's "labour party" and thus ...
  • 03 Jun 2020 |

    German coal exit 'overtaken by reality,' country must prepare for earlier phase-out – NGO

    03 Jun 2020, 13:25 Expert E3G- Third generation enviromentalism European non profit organisation for policy transformation Climate & CO2 Finance Policy Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Clean Energy Wire The sharp decline of coal use in ...
  • 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 ...
  • 04 Aug 2020 |

    Germany launches tenders to phase out hard coal plants

    04 Aug 2020, 14:50 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA) Bundesnetzagentur Electricity market Grid Cost & Prices Edgar Meza Coal Clean Energy Wire Germany’s Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) ...
  • Renewables levy comes of age

    The average German household with an annual consumption of 4,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) has paid a total of about 2,200 euros renewables surcharge since the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) was introduced in April 2000 with the aim of supporting wind, solar and ...
  • 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 ...
  • SPD deputy group leader reiterates call for additional renewables auctions

    Matthias Miersch, deputy leader of the Social Democratic (SPD) group in the German parliament, reiterated his party’s call for additional renewables auctions – as foreseen in the coalition treaty – in an upcoming reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), ...
  • Renewables levy could be reduced to zero by 2021 – German Energy Agency (dena)

    07 Jul 2020, 13:22 Expert dena- German Energy Agency Deutsche Energie-Agentur Grid Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Technology Efficiency Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cost & Prices Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire German households ...
  • 16 Sep 2020 |
    EU

    New EU climate target proposal concern for German industry and NGOs

    16 Sep 2020, 12:50 German industry, politicians and environmental NGOs have criticised first details of the European Commission proposal for a more ambitious 2030 climate target. Plans for more stringent passenger car emission rules and the inclusion of ...
  • 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 ...
  • 29 Jan 2020 |

    German govt adopts coal exit, fixes hard coal compensation

    29 Jan 2020, 14:32 The German government has officially approved the end of coal-fired power production in Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet adopted a law detailing plant shutdowns and compensation payments for coal companies, confirming a ...
  • Renewables support system must be reformed by 2019 – BDEW head

    Germany will need to reform its renewables support system by 2019, said Stefan Kapferer, head of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW). “I am convinced that, although we may not have a major Renewable Energy Act (EEG) reform already ...
  • 14 Feb 2020 |

    German coal exit too late, climate targets require completion by 2030 – report

    14 Feb 2020, 13:22 Sören Amelang Coal Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire Germany must exit coal much quicker than planned to comply with the Paris Climate Agreement, according to a report by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW). "A coal ...
  • 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" ...
  • 28 Jul 2020 |

    Calls grow for improving industrial battery recycling in Germany

    28 Jul 2020, 12:44 Edgar Meza Technology Tagesspiegel Background The German government’s recently published draft amendment to the country’s battery law aimed at improving battery recycling in the country does not go far enough for waste management ...
  • Renewable Energy Act 2016 report

    The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has published its 2016 EEG report. It includes data on installed renewables capacity, electricity feed-in, regional distribution of renewables facilities, and their size. Find the EEG report in German here. ...
  • 20 Nov 2019 |

    Bavaria strives for climate neutrality between 2040 and 2050

    20 Nov 2019, 13:35 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire / Bayrischer Rundfunk Bavaria's state cabinet has adopted a climate action law and additional measures to reach its target of becoming climate neutral between 2040 and 2050. The ...
  • 07 Aug 2020 |

    British energy transition cheaper, more effective than Germany’s – op-ed

    07 Aug 2020, 15:05 Alex Dziadosz Coal Cost & Prices Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The British green energy transition has proven cheaper and more effective than Germany’s because of factors including its use of market mechanisms and its embrace of ...
  • 21 May 2015

    In the media: No get-together on coal; A little less fracking

    21 May 2015 Sören Amelang Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “Coalition doesn’t get together in coal politics” A meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and energy minister Sigmar Gabriel on the additional levy on old ...
  • 07 Oct 2014 |

    Comparing old and new: Changes to Germany's Renewable Energy Act

    07 Oct 2014 In the summer of 2014 Germany amended its Renewable Energy Act (Erneuerbare Energien Gesetz or EEG). The new law, often referred to as “EEG 2.0”, came into effect on the 1st of August 2014. The EEG is at the heart of the transformation of ...
  • 08 Oct 2014 |

    Defining features of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG)

    08 Oct 2014 This factsheet explains some of the tools that have made the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) the most important measure for the promotion of renewable power sources in Germany in the past 24 years. EEG 2.0 | Law Kerstine Appunn Feed-in tariffs One ...
  • 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 ...
  • Positions of key stakeholders on the EEG: Research Institutes

    06 Oct 2014 This Factsheet lists views and positions of some German research institutes on the new Renewable Energy Act (EEG) which came into effect on 1 August 2014. Energiewende EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Kerstine Appunn Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko ...
  • Positions of key stakeholders on the EEG: Government and federal states

    06 Oct 2014 This Factsheet lists views and positions of Germany's federal government and the 16 states (Bundesländer) on the new Renewable Energy Act (EEG) which came into effect on 1 August 2014. Energiewende EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Kerstine Appunn ...
  • Position of key stakeholders on the EEG 2.0: Environmental groups

    07 Oct 2014 This Factsheet lists views and positions of some German environmental groups on the new Renewable Energy Act (EEG) which came into effect on 1 August 2014. Energiewende EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Kerstine Appunn Ellen Thalman Nature and Biodiversity ...
  • Positions of key stakeholders on the EEG 2.0: Business and consumers

    06 Oct 2014 This Factsheet lists views and positions of the the renewables sector, the industry sector and consumers on the new Renewable Energy Act (EEG) which came into effect on 1 August 2014. Energiewende EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Kerstine Appunn German ...
  • What's new in Germany's Renewable Energy Act 2021

    23 Sep 2020, 15:59 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 ...
  • Balancing the books: Germany's "green energy account"

    12 Feb 2015 The green energy account is the basis for calculating what German consumers pay to fund the Energiewende: a levy currently comprising a fifth of their power bills. The rapid rise of renewables over the years has inflated this levy, a perennial ...
  • 11 Jul 2016 |

    Reactions to the Renewable Energy Act reform 2016

    11 Jul 2016 Germany is giving its main renewables support scheme, the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), a major overhaul, aiming to streamline the growth of renewables and to reduce costs for consumers. But the plans, including a switch from feed-in tariffs to ...
  • 08 Jul 2016 |

    EEG reform 2016 – switching to auctions for renewables

    08 Jul 2016 Germany has reformed its much-lauded Renewable Energy Act (EEG), casting aside the feed-in-tariffs credited with the rapid rise in renewable energy sources since 1990. The new system of auctions aims at keeping a steady hand on how much ...
  • 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 ...
  • 15 May 2020 |

    A (very) brief timeline of Germany's Energiewende

    15 May 2020 In 2014, the Green Party's Julia Verlinden asked the federal government for its definition of a starting date for the "Energiewende". In his reply, parliamentary state secretary in the economy ministry Uwe Beckmeyer argued that ...
  • 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 ...
  • 23 Jan 2020 |

    Implementing Germany’s coal exit proposal

    23 Jan 2020, 13:00 Germany's coal exit commission has agreed on a proposal on how the country can manage to phase out its single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions by 2038, and the ensuing political decision-making process is in full swing. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • What energy & climate stakeholders want from Germany's next government

    14 Sep 2017 Environmentalists, business associations, lobby groups, think tanks and researchers have all drawn up their wish list for future energy and climate policy ahead of the federal elections on 24 September. Whatever coalition German Chancellor ...
  • Germany's Climate Action Law

    12 Aug 2020, 14:15 Germany's first major national climate law has entered into force on 18 December 2019, three months after the coalition of chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) agreed ...
  • BBH- Becker Büttner Held energy law firm

    Becker Büttner Held (BBH) is a German law firm specialised in consulting energy and infrastruture cooperations. Its clients are local and European energy providers, industrial cooperations and public cooperations, ranging from the German government to ...
  • Dr. Matthias Lang

    Dr. Matthias Lang covers topics such as grid expansion, conventional generation and lawsuits connected with Germany's nuclear phase-out. He is a partner in the international law firm Bird & Bird in Düsseldorf (matthias.lang@twobirds.com). Bird ...
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Führ

    Elni Review is the journal of Envorinmental Law Network International (elni), which was founded in 1990 to promote international communication and cooperation between lawyers working on environmental law. Executive Editor Martin Führ is a professor of ...
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Employment, Technology and Tourism, State of Schleswig-Holstein

    www.schleswig-holstein.de Harald Haase harald.haase@wimi.landsh.de +49 431 988-4420 Karen Sieksmeyer karen.sieksmeyer@wimi.landsh.de +49 431 988-4412 Government Germany ...
  • Hans-Josef Fell

    Hans-Josef Fell is a German politician and member of the Green Party (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen). He is considered to be one of the "fathers" (authors) of the EEG (Renewable Energy Act, an important German law initiative for the implementation of ...
  • Foundation for research on energy and environment law

    The foundation for research on energy and environment law does research on current environmental and climate protection law and makes suggestions for new policies. www.stiftung-umweltenergierecht.de Elisabeth Kranz +49 931 79 40 77-261 kranz@stiftung ...
  • Ministry of Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection, State of North Rhine-Westphalia

    www.umwelt.nrw.de Christian Fronczak +49 211 4566 294 christian.fronczak@mulnv.nrw.de Peter Schütz +49 211 4566 719 peter.schuetz@mulnv.nrw.de Nora Gerstenberg +49 211 4566 589 nora.gerstenberg@mkulnv.nrw.de Government Germany ...
  • Dr. Stefan Bach

    Stefan Bach works as a research associate at the German Institute for Economic Research and is an expert in the field of fiscal policy, including ecological tax reform. www.diw.de Petra Jasper, press spokesperson +49 30 89789 152 pjasper@diw.de Researcher ...
  • Thorsten Müller

    Thorsten Müller is the chairman of the "Stiftung Umweltenergierecht" (foundation for research on energy and environment law). His areas of research include renewable energy law and energy efficiency law. www.stiftung-umweltenergierecht.de ...
  • Dr. Julia Verlinden

    Andreas Kappler +49 30 227 572 11 presse@gruene-bundestag.de   Daniel Kluge +49 30 227 75177 julia.verlinden.ma04@bundestag.de Eike Weiss +49 4131 – 219 70 93 julia.verlinden.ma11@bundestag.de Political parties Germany ...
  • Ministry of Environment and Consumer Protection, State of Bavaria

    www.stmuv.bayern.de Dr. Thomas Marzahn +49 89 9214 2204 pressestelle@stmuv.bayern.de Government Germany ...
  • Ministry of Economics, Labour and Transport, State of Saxony

    www.smwa.sachsen.de Jens Jungmann +49 351 56 48 06 00 presse@smwa.sachsen.de Government Germany ...
  • SPD- Social Democratic Party

    The Social Democratic Party (SPD) is currently the junior partner in the government's ruling "grand coalition" of conservative Christian Democrats and Social Democrats. The SPD favours the transition to a low-carbon economy. It sees highly ...
  • Senator for Climate Protection, Environment, Mobility, urban development and housing, State of Bremen

    www.bauumwelt.bremen.de Jens Tittmann +49 421 361 6012 jens.tittmann@bau.bremen.de Government Germany ...
  • Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector, State of Baden-Württemberg

    um.baden-wuerttemberg.de Ralf Heineken +49 711 126 27 80 Matthias Schmid +49 711 126 2781 presse@um.bwl.de Government Germany ...
  • Ministry of Energy, Agriculture, the Environment, Nature and Digitalization, State of Schleswig-Holstein

    www.schleswig-holstein.de Patrick Tiede +49 431 988 7044 patrick.tiede@melund.landsh.de Joschka Touré +49 431 988 7201 joschka.toure@melund.landsh.de Julia Marre +49 431 988 7307 julia.marre@melund.landsh.de Government Germany ...
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Energy, State of Brandenburg

    www.mwe.brandenburg.de Andrea Beyerlein +49 331 866 1509 andrea.beyerlein@mwae.brandenburg.de Claudia Lippert +49 331 866 1505 claudia.lippert@mwae.brandenburg.de Government Germany ...
  • Ministry for the Environment, Energy, Construction and Climate Protection, State of Lower Saxony

    www.umwelt.niedersachsen.de Gunars Reichenbach, Lotta Cordes, Matthias Eichler +49 511 12034-19 or-21 or- 26 pressestelle@mu.niedersachsen.de Government Germany ...
  • Ministry of Environment, Climate Protection, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, State of Hesse

    umweltministerium.hessen.de Ira Spriestersbach +49 611 815 1020 pressestelle@umwelt.hessen.de Ira Spriestersbach +49 611 815 1016 julia.stoye@umwelt.hessen.de Government Germany ...
  • Ministry of Environment and Consumer Protection, State of Saarland

    www.saarland.de/ministerium_umwelt_verbraucherschutz.htm Sabine Schorr +49 681 501 4710 s.schorr@umwelt.saarland.de Government Germany ...
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs, Science and Digitalization, State of Saxony-Anhalt

    www.mw.sachsen-anhalt.de Matthias Stoffregen +49 391 567 4220 matthias.stoffregen@mw.sachsen-anhalt.de Robin Baake +49 391 567 4218 robin.baake@mw.sachsen-anhalt.de Government Germany ...
  • Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure and Digitalization, State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

    www.regierung-mv.de Renate Gundlach +40 385 588 18003 renate.gundlach@em.mv-regierung.de Government Germany ...
  • Ministry of Economics, Labour, Energy and Transport, State of Saarland

    www.saarland.de/ministerium_wirtschaft_arbeit_energie_verkehr.htm Julian Lange +49 681 501 1690 presse@wirtschaft.saarland.de Government Germany ...
  • Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society, State of Thuringia

    https://wirtschaft.thueringen.de/ Stephan Krauß +49 361 573711 030 stephan.krauss@tmwwdg.thueringen.de Peggy Hoy +49 361 573711 031 peggy.hoy@tmwwdg.thueringen.de Government Germany ...
  • Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing, State of Hesse

    www.wirtschaft.hessen.de Franziska Richter +49 611 815 2020 Wolfgang Harms +49 611 815 2021 Government Germany ...
  • Ministry of Economy, Transport, Agriculture and Viticulture, State of Rhineland-Palatinate

    www.mwkel.rlp.de Susanne Keeding +49 6131 16 2550 susanne.keeding@mwvlw.rlp.de Nicola Diehl +49 6131 16 2020 nicola.diehl@mwvlw.rlp.de Government Germany ...
  • Ministry of Economics, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy, State of North Rhine-Westphalia

    www.wirtschaft.nrw Matthias Kietzmann matthias.kietzmann@mwide.nrw.de Rabea Ottenhues rabea.ottenhues@mwide.nrw.de Evelyn Binder evelyn.binder@mwide.nrw.de Moritz Mais moritz.mais@mwide.nrw.de Government Germany ...
  • Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Energy, State of Saxony-Anhalt

    www.mlu.sachsen-anhalt.de Jenny Schwarz & Jörn Rettig +49 391 567 1950 pr@mule.sachsen-anhalt.de Government Germany ...
  • Ministry of Environment, Energy and Nature Protection, State of Thuringia

    www.thueringen.de Tom Wetzling +49 361 573911 930 +49 160 5845117 tom.wetzling@tmuen.thueringen.de Government Germany ...
  • FDP- Free Democratic Party

    The Free Democrats are Germany's liberal, market-oriented party. Although the party was not elected to federal parliament in 2013 for the first time in post-war history, it still holds political sway, especially in some state politics. The FDP wants ...
  • Left Party

    The Left Party currently makes up part of the opposition in the German federal parliament. They advocate decentralised energy production and distribution and a 100 percent renewable energy sector by 2050. Costs of the energy transition should be ...
  • Green Party

    The Green Party, which is currently part of the opposition in the German federal parliament, would like to see more power from renewable energy sources, greater energy efficiency and lower energy consumption. An overview of the Green party’s objectives in ...
  • Department of Environment, Climate, Energy and Agriculture, State of Hamburg

    www.hamburg.de/bsu Jan Dube +49 40 42840 8006 jan.dube@bukea.hamburg.de Government Germany ...
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs, State Development and Energy, State of Bavaria

    https://www.stmwi.bayern.de/ Jürgen Marks, Karl Ilgenfritz, Aaron Gottardi, Dr. Sandra Nißl, Thomas Assenbrunner, Katrin Nikolaus, Tanja Gabler +49 89 2162-2290 oder-2291 pressestelle@stmwi.bayern.de Government Germany ...
  • Dr. Joachim Pfeiffer

      www.bundestag.de/pfeiffer_joachim Timo Schreiber +49 30 227 75212 joachim.pfeiffer.ma08@bundestag.de Bülend Ürük +49 30 227 53015 pressestelle@cducsu.de Political parties Germany ...
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Schomerus

    Schomerus is a law professor at Leuphana University, Lüneberg, an institution that specialises in sustainability issues from an array of perspectives. His topic is environmental law but he speaks on a range of issues related to the Energiewende. He is ...
  • KIT- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

    KIT is a research and education institution, serving both as a university of the state of Baden-Württemberg and as a research centre of the Helmholtz Association. Its research areas include engineering, natural sciences, the humanities, social sciences, ...
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Volker Quaschning

    Volker Quaschning is an expert on the modelling and simulation of renewable energy systems and energy concepts for a sustainable energy supply. Other main areas of his research include solar PV systems, including storage for own consumption and energy ...
  • BBEn- Alliance for Citizens' Energy

    The Alliance for Citizens' Energy wants to ensure citizen energy projects are an essential pillar of Germany's power supply. The organisation supports networks of actors and regions involved in citizens' energy, in order to shape innovative ...
  • German Advisory Council on the Environment

    The SRU is an expert advisory panel focusing on  environmental protection founded in 1971. It  consists of seven members, all of them university professors from a range of disciplines. The SRU's mandate is to independently advise the German Federal ...
  • Ministry of Economics, Labour and Transport, State of Lower Saxony

    www.mw.niedersachsen.de/ Dr. Eike Frenzel +49 511 120-5427 Annette Schütz +49 511 120-5426 Laura Gosciejewicz +49 511 120-5443 pressestelle@mw.niedersachsen.de Government Germany ...
  • 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 Germany ...
  • Info tour for francophone journalists: Wind as driver for industrial growth?

    15- 17 Mar 2015 Bremerhaven Info tour for francophone journalists: Wind as a driver for industrial growth? The case of Northern Germany. // Clean Energy Wire et l’Office franco-allemand pour les énergies renouvelables souhaitent permettre aux journalistes ...
  • Decentralised citizen power: energy cooperative Rehfelde

    In 2011 the Rehfelde community  in Brandenburg declared its intention to become energy self-sufficient. It developed a master plan and founded the citizen cooperative association  Rehfelde-EigenEnergie eG to advance a bottom-up energy transition. It has ...
  • Geierlay suspension bridge: municipal income generation from renewables for local development

    The municipality of Mörsdorf in the Rhein-Hunsrueck District offers an example of combining income generation from local renewables with regional development. A profitable location for wind power generation, Mörsdorf is home to 11 wind turbines that were ...
  • Citizen-owned PV panels on the roof of Mainz police station

    UrStrom, a cooperative established by citizens of Mainz and the surrounding area, was founded in September 2010 with the aim of making a contribution to the energy transition in Mainz and the Rheinhessen/Nahe region. The solar panels are mounted on the ...
  • Citizen-owned PV panels on the roof of the Huster family winery

    UrStrom, an initiative of the citizens of Mainz and the surrounding area, was founded in September 2010 with the aim of making a contribution to the energy transition in Mainz and the Rheinhessen/Nahe region. The solar panels are mounted on the roofs of ...
  • Renewables project developer and service provider juwi AG

    Founded in 1996 and based in Rhineland-Palatinate, juwi AG maintains a strong presence and ties to the region, despite having made itself at home in the international renewable energy business. The company, whose activities are mainly focused on national ...
  • Del Bello

    India Electricity Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Grid Business Green stimulus Italian +919319387512 Lou Del Bello is a freelance journalist covering climate and energy topics. She reports on climate finance, geopolitics, renewable energy and environmental ...
  • Early

    United Kingdom Climate & CO2 Renewables Business & Jobs Policy Elections & Politics Agriculture British Catherine Early is a freelance environmental journalist. Her work has been published by The Economist World Ocean Initiative; China ...
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