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  • 04 Aug 2017 |

    Germany's Energiewende: The Easy Guide

    Find your way around the energy transition 04 Aug 2017 (All day) Germany is bidding farewell to nuclear energy, expanding renewable energy sources and working to make its economy virtually climate-neutral by mid-century. Researching and understanding the ...
  • 05 Dec 2018 |

    Stricken solar sector sets out to regain leading Energiewende role

    Solar power in Germany 05 Dec 2018, 10:39 One of the sunniest summers on record in Germany and much of Central Europe in 2018 has refocused the spotlight on solar power after its decline in the last decade. Once a global technology leader, Germany's ...
  • 25 Jun 2018 |

    Industry bets on gas as last trump card in Energiewende

    The role of gas in Germany's energy transition 25 Jun 2018, 15:05 Does the energy transition seal the fate of natural gas in Germany? Europe's biggest economy will have to virtually phase out all fossil fuels to fully decarbonise by 2050. But ...
  • Power production at sea re-emerges as Energiewende cornerstone

    Offshore wind power in Germany 04 May 2018 Offshore wind power production for long has been a gleam of hope for Germany's energy transition as a renewable power resource with vast potential to make the shift away from fossil fuels affordable. While ...
  • German industry embraces Energiewende transformation challenge

    The energy transition's effects on the economy 20 Apr 2018 After balking at the Energiewende for many years, German industry has made a notable shift- embracing the energy transition with a new fervour. To be sure, efforts to curb climate change ...
  • Preview2018- Outlook for Germany's Energiewende

    Climate targets, coal & renewables funding set to top Germany's Energiewende agenda 09 Jan 2018 Germany's 2020 climate targets are Germany's first major Energiewende policy issue in 2018- even before a new government has been found. In ...
  • The Energiewende's booming flagship braces for stormy times

    Onshore wind power in Germany 14 Jun 2017 Onshore wind power capacity in Germany has increased more than 1,000 times since 1990. A combination of idealistic impetus and entrepreneurial enthusiasm among citizens has brought the number of wind turbines up ...
  • Preview2017- Outlook for Germany's Energiewende

    German climate lead in G20 expected as elections to set tone domestically 20 Jan 2017 (All day) A string of regional elections as well as federal elections will dominate German policy in 2017. In this dossier, the Clean Energy Wire and a number of energy ...
  • 16 Oct 2017 |

    Vote2017- German elections and the Energiewende

    Energy and climate policy in Germany's election 16 Oct 2017 (All day) Germans have cast their vote for a new federal parliament. Incurring heavy losses, Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU alliance once again prevailed as the country ...
  • 30 Sep 2016 |

    Bioenergy- the troubled pillar of the Energiewende

    Biogas in Germany's energy transition 30 Sep 2016 Following the introduction of feed-in tariffs for renewables in 2000, bioenergy plants sprang up like daisies across the country, providing a climate friendly source for power that’s independent of ...
  • 22 Jun 2015 |

    The history of the Energiewende

    Energiewende – the first four decades 22 Jun 2015 (All day) For many observers, the energy transition in Germany began with Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to phase out nuclear power, following the accident at the nuclear plant in Fukushima, ...
  • 09 Mar 2016 |

    Car giant Germany struggles to ignite Energiewende in transportation

    The energy transition and Germany’s transport sector 09 Mar 2016 When it comes to the automobile, Germany flaunts unique gravitas. The German engineer Karl Benz invented the first automobile powered by an internal combustion engine 130 years ago. Today, ...
  • 06 Aug 2015 |

    Energiewende effects on power prices, costs and industry

    German industry and its competitive edge in times of the Energiewende 06 Aug 2015 (All day) Industrial competitiveness in times of an energy transition: few issues have been watched as closely as this. So far, German manufacturers have kept their ...
  • 30 Mar 2015 |

    Jobs won, jobs lost – how the Energiewende is transforming the labour market

    The energy transition's effect on jobs and business 30 Mar 2015 From solar-panel cleaners to housing-insulation specialists and wind-turbine climbers, Germany's move to a low-carbon economy powered by renewable energy sources is shaping new ...
  • 10 Apr 2018 |

    Energiewende hinges on unblocking the power grid

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

    Energy transition shapes foreign policy in Germany and beyond

    The Energiewende and its implications for international security 08 Jul 2015 Energy supply is inseparable from German foreign policy, as the country relies on imports to feed its energy appetite. The Ukraine crisis has brought the risks of Germany’s ...
  • 05 Nov 2014 |

    The social impact of Germany's energy transition

    How the Energiewende is transforming Germany as we know it 05 Nov 2014 (All day) Germany's energy revolution is having a far-reaching impact on everything from the landcsape to education, as farmers earn more from their "energy harvest" ...
  • 10 Oct 2018 |

    Electricity storage is next feat for Germany’s energy transition

    Energy storage and the Energiewende 10 Oct 2018, 09:00 Germany's rapidly rising share of weather-dependent renewable energy makes the country a testbed for storage technologies, to enable its use when there is no sun or wind. Truly large-scale ...
  • Digitalisation ignites new phase in energy transition

    The digitalisation of the Energiewende 21 Jul 2017 Information and communication technology is about to revolutionise Germany’s energy sector once again. The birthplace of the energy transition needs a more flexible and efficient electricity system based ...
  • Towns and cities central to heating and transport transition

    Cities, municipalities, and the Energiewende 26 May 2017 Germany’s energy transition is a vast national project that is reshaping the entire country. But, of course, it is also taking place on a local level. With the shift to a decentralised energy system ...
  • 12 Oct 2016 |

    BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution

    The Energiewende and German carmakers 12 Oct 2016 In Germany, the birthplace of the automobile, three iconic carmakers, BMW, Daimler, and VW, are facing the greatest challenge in their history: The mobility revolution to create a green transport future. ...
  • 01 Jul 2015 |

    Technology to transform the energy sector- made in Germany

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

    Taming the appetite for energy

    The Energiewende and Efficiency 17 Sep 2015 It will take more than just making the power supply green to achieve climate targets. Germany must also tackle demand and consume less energy. In the past, energy use only fell significantly when the economy ...
  • 10 Mar 2015 |

    Germany between citizens’ energy and Nimbyism

    The People's Energiewende 10 Mar 2015 Since the energy transition took off in 2000, millions of Germans have become energy producers, investing in solar panels on their houses and buying shares in wind parks. Citizens' engagement is one reason ...
  • Political uncertainty weighs heavily on energy policy crunch time year for Germany

    CLEW Preview 2019 11 Jan 2019, 10:30 Germany will finally have to make up its mind in this year which exact path to take towards a climate-friendly economy. Pending long-term decisions on a coal exit, sustainable mobility and heating as well as a Climate ...
  • COP21- The view from Germany

    German positions on the Paris Climate Summit 17 Dec 2015 (All day) Hopes for the Paris Climate Summit from 30 November to 11 December are high, but will the COP21 as it is called become a breakthrough for global efforts to reign in climate change? In this ...
  • 11 Jul 2017 |
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    G20 2017- Climate and energy at the Hamburg summit

    Germany pushes for G20 climate focus, despite Trump 11 Jul 2017 (All day) The leaders of the world's largest economies have met at the G20 summit in Germany's main port city Hamburg. The current US administration's decision to pull out of ...
  • 06 Aug 2018 |

    How Germany is greening its growing freight sector to meet climate targets

    Cargo transport and the energy transition 06 Aug 2018, 11:00 The Dieselgate scandal has put passenger car emissions in the public spotlight in Germany, but an even bigger road polluter – freight transport – remains a sideshow. Transporting goods by road, ...
  • 20 Feb 2019 |

    Europe's largest economy aims to exit coal to reach climate goals

    Germany's coal phase-out 20 Feb 2019, 15:00 Germany has officially set in motion the gradual withdrawal from coal, joining other major economies in the global farewell to the climate-damaging fossil fuel. Faced with stagnating greenhouse gas ...
  • 18 Jan 2019 |

    City of Berlin shoots high with climate goals – but can it deliver?

    The energy transition in Germany's capital 18 Jan 2019, 12:00 Berlin’s city government has set new climate targets – some even more ambitious than Germany’s national policy. As the seat of federal government, and with its outsized international ...
  • 29 Mar 2018 |

    The new German government and the energy transition

    Germany seeks to remain climate pioneer with a "clean, secure and affordable" Energiewende 29 Mar 2018 (All day) Re-elected chancellor Angela Merkel's grand coalition government of Conservatives and Social Democrats has been sworn in and ...
  • 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 ...
  • 17 Nov 2017 |

    COP23 climate summit – All eyes on Germany

    Hammering out the details of the Paris Agreement in the home of the Energiewende 17 Nov 2017 From 6 to 17 November 2017 the UN climate summit (COP23) was held in Bonn. Around 25,000 delegates, observers and journalists descended on the German city, where ...
  • 25 Jun 2015 |

    Germany's energy transition in the European context

    The solo draws to a close 25 Jun 2015 Germany’s energy transition began as a lonely expedition. Expanding green energy rapidly and switching off its nuclear power stations antagonised some neighbours and the European Commission. Germany has now learned ...
  • News
  • Eastern German city of Leipzig to become “centre of the Energiewende’s digitalisation”

    The eastern German city of Leipzig is slated to become the “centre of the Energiewende’s digitalisation,” Wolfgang Brinkschulte writes for the public broadcaster MDR. The federal government wants the “Smart Infrastructure Hub” to become a pivot for ...
  • German opposition parties clash over Energiewende’s international impact

    Parliamentarians from the German opposition Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Greens took aim at the government’s policies pertaining to energy and the climate, and to the international context of the country’s energy transition, the Energiewende. At a ...
  • Giant battery “the Energiewende’s magic potion”?

    The small municipality of Jemgum on Germany’s North Sea coast could soon become home to a giant battery, which some hail as “the Energiewende’s magic potion”, Burkhard Fraune writes in the WirtschaftsWoche. The redox flow battery, which stores electrical ...
  • Storm-induced negative power prices “show Energiewende’s madness”

    The storm “Herwart” that hit Germany on the last weekend in October caused power prices to turn negative due to an excessive supply of wind power, thereby exposing “the glaring malfunction” of the country’s energy transition, Nando Sommerfeldt and Holger ...
  • 08 Aug 2017 |

    Germany’s vaunted vocational training programme strains to meet Energiewende’s demand for skilled workers

    08 Aug 2017 (All day) Since Germany’s Energiewende shifted into gear in the early 2000s, the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors have created over a million jobs, many of them in technical branches, such as renewable energy production, power ...
  • Experts call for CO2 price to retain Energiewende’s credibility

    15 Dec 2016 (All day) An expert commission tasked with monitoring the progress of the German energy transition warned the country will probably miss its 2020 emission targets and other crucial Energiewende goals, threatening the entire project’s ...
  • 06 May 2019 |

    Energiewende: "Mess in Germany"- magazine

    06 May 2019, 13:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Energiewende Der Spiegel Germany’s energy transition is faced with many problems, including a lack in power grid capacity, energy storage and high costs, write Frank ...
  • EU tariffs on Chinese PV products could slow Energiewende’s progress

    The EU Commission’s decision to extend the tariffs on Chinese PV products has raised concerns among environmental organisations that a slower expansion of solar power production might hinder the German energy transition’s (Energiewende) progress, writes ...
  • Experts call for CO2 price tag to preserve Energiewende’s “credibility”

    Leading experts commissioned by the German economy ministry (BMWi) say Germany will probably miss key targets of the Energiewende, endangering the entire projects's credibility.” In their advisory opinion on the BMWi’s fifth Energiewende Monitoring ...
  • 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 Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert IASS- Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Think tank ...
  • Energiewende’s left-over sale”

    E.ON-spinoff Uniper is often seen as the Energiewende’s bad bank or left-over sale, writes Helmut Bünder in a commentary for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Whenever Uniper CEO Klaus Schäfer talks of “upside potential”, he means it can’t get worse, ...
  • Small and medium-sized companies are “energiewende’s real backbone”

    While major corporations like E.ON, Volkswagen and Siemens may come to mind when discussing Germany’s energy transition, the real champions behind the country’s ambitious plans are its 3.67 million small and medium-sized enterprises, Roy L Hales writes in ...
  • 23 Jan 2019 |

    German Energiewende destroys capital – NZZ

    23 Jan 2019, 13:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sven Egenter Clean Energy Wire CLEW Energiewende Coal commission draft recommends shielding consumers from rising power prices – media Neue Zürcher Zeitung Germany’s approach to ...
  • 29 Jan 2019 |

    Angela Merkel’s tarnished legacy on the environment

    29 Jan 2019, 13:40 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Energiewende Germany eyes coal exit by 2038 in bid for climate-friendly economy Germany's Energiewende: The Easy Guide Financial Times ...
  • 14 Dec 2018 |

    “Can Germany revive its stalled energy transition?”

    14 Dec 2018, 14:35 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Energiewende YaleEnvironment360 Germany has long been a global leader in developing and deploying low-carbon technologies, but now faces mounting ...
  • 27 Jul 2018 |

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

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

    "Energiewende acceptance will become key question"-gov energy advisor

    27 Jun 2018, 17:29 As the energy transition touches more and more aspects of everday life, public acceptance will become a key question for the project's future, economist Andreas Löschel says. In the CLEW interview, the academic who heads the ...
  • 02 Jul 2018 |

    Reporter's Guide to Germany's Energy Transition- 2018 edition

    02 Jul 2018, 16:12 “ A Reporter’s Guide to the Energiewende ” offers journalists covering energy and climate policy an overview of key stories, experts/decision-makers and facts on Germany’s landmark effort to mitigate climate change. Click on the link to ...
  • 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 ...
  • 05 Apr 2019 |

    Energiewende can become "export hit" for Germany – op-ed by foreign minister

    05 Apr 2019, 12:46 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Energiewende Security WirtschaftsWoche Many countries see Germany as a pioneer of the energy transition and the government will make greater use of this role to ...
  • 02 Apr 2019 |

    Two German towns illustrate how to build support for the Energiewende- or lose it

    02 Apr 2019, 14:08 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Wind Society Hakai Magazine Two German towns in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein present a case study in how to build local support for the energy transition ...
  • 28 Feb 2019 |

    Focus on large-scale solar plants could cut Energiewende costs and land use – study

    28 Feb 2019, 14:09 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Solar Cost & Prices Greater emphasis on large-scale solar power plants built on open land could cut the costs of Germany’s energy transition by up to 3.5 ...
  • 24 Jan 2019 |

    Mobility transition more challenging for government than Energiewende

    24 Jan 2019, 12:10 Expert Agora Verkehrswende Think tank on energy transition in the transport sector Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Research minister urges companies to ...
  • 17 Dec 2018 |

    German government rejects financial evaluation of individual Energiewende targets

    17 Dec 2018, 13:22 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Energiewende Finance Clean Energy Wire The German government does not plan to introduce quantitative controlling standards for the energy ...
  • 17 May 2019 |

    Nature conservation and the energy transition are compatible – study

    17 May 2019, 12:48 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Renewables Energiewende NABU / Wuppertal Institute It is possible to reduce Germany’s energy-related greenhouse gas emissions by up to 100 percent by 2050 while at ...
  • Preview2019- Conditions for Energiewende success all set, says dena

    21 Dec 2018, 09:32 Ambitious climate action and a resolute energy transition are already possible in Germany but the country's government has yet to prove how serious it is about putting words into action, says Andreas Kuhlmann, the head of the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 Elections & Politics Policy Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Elections & Politics Policy Expert SPD- Social Democratic ...
  • 29 Nov 2018 |

    Bavaria’s energy minister calls for “Energiewende 2.0” as investment in renewables falters in Germany

    29 Nov 2018, 15:55 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Grid Renewables Finance Bavarian Economy and Energy Ministry Since according to a new report Germany has been overtaken by France as the G20’s most ...
  • Slow progress in transport and efficiency endangers EU climate targets

    10 Apr 2019, 13:34 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Energiewende International Clean Energy Wire The European Commission has published its fourth report on the state of the Energy Union, the EU’s framework to overhaul ...
  • 08 Apr 2019 |

    Mining union wants more efforts to unleash energy transition's job potentials

    08 Apr 2019, 12:46 Expert IG BCE- Trade Union for mining, chemicals and energy industries Industriegewerkschaft Bergbau, Chemie, Energie Business & Jobs Fossil fuels Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Edgar Meza Coal ...
  • 02 Oct 2015 |

    New by CLEW- A Reporter's Guide to the Energiewende

    02 Oct 2015 (All day) (Update with new calendar page in PDF) “A Reporter’s Guide to the Energiewende” offers journalists covering energy and climate policy an overview of key stories, experts/decision-makers and facts on Germany’s landmark energy ...
  • 15 Jan 2016 |

    The CLEW Yearbook 2014/2015

    15 Jan 2016 (All day) We have compiled our 2014/2015 dossiers (long-reads) in a comprehensive PDF format, ready for you to download. The articles in the yearbook showcase the Energiewende’s shifts in policy and the challenges it faced in the past year. ...
  • Exchange of experiences necessary for successful global energy transition – report

    03 Apr 2019, 12:25 Expert dena- German Energy Agency Deutsche Energie-Agentur Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Efficiency Grid Technology Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Energiewende International German Energy ...
  • Energiewende acceptance remains high – survey

    A large majority of Germans says the continued expansion of renewable energies is important (24 percent) or very important (68 percent), according to a survey conducted by forsa and commissioned by the energy company EnBW and the newspaper Welt. Only a ...
  • Global energy transition stalls, Germany struggles with affordability

    25 Mar 2019, 13:53 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Energiewende International World Economic Forum The global energy transition has stalled, partly because of the continued use of coal power worldwide and slower-than ...
  • Auditors: German govt must manage Energiewende better, need CO2 price

    28 Sep 2018, 12:24 Germany still lacks an overview of the total cost of the Energiewende and the government must improve cost transparency, efficiency and coordination of the energy transition in order to keep citizens’ trust, the Federal Court of ...
  • 30 Dec 2014 |

    2015 outlook: Key topics for the Energiewende

    30 Dec 2014 (All day) 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. High on the ...
  • US critics of Germany’s energy transition should put their own house in order – op-ed

    15 Mar 2019, 13:47 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Energiewende International Clean Technica The negative view of Germany’s energy transition that includes a phase-out of nuclear power held ...
  • 07 Mar 2019 |

    Germany has understood need to change economy’s structure amid energy transition – WEC

    07 Mar 2019, 13:29 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Energiewende Clean Energy Wire The advanced stage of Germany’s energy transition has led the country to understand that a broader ...
  • Protests at Hambach Forest justified but Energiewende demands sacrifices – opinion

    The protests against energy company RWE in that Hambach Forest are directed at a coal lobby that wants to show its power and create precedents, even though clearing the forest is now technically not necessary, Rainer Balcerowiak writes in an opinion piece ...
  • Batteries cut Energiewende costs, spell utility trouble- researcher

    27 Aug 2018, 14:30 Germany’s current boom in residential solar batteries has profound effects on the Energiewende (energy transition), says Kai-Philipp Kairies, director of technical consulting at RWTH Aachen University, one of Germany’s largest technical ...
  • 31 Jan 2019 |

    Germany set to have “world’s dumbest energy policy”- opinion

    31 Jan 2019, 13:25 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Energiewende Germany's Energiewende: The Easy Guide Wall Street Journal Germany is set to have the “world’s dumbest energy policy” ...
  • 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 Technology Renewables EEG 2.0 | Law Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Energiewende Society ...
  • Germany’s “Power Grid Action Plan” vital for Energiewende – opinion

    German energy minister Peter Altmaier is “going all out” with his new “Power Grid Action Plan” to make the country’s grid fit for the growing volume of renewable energy sources – and rightfully so, because grid expansion has become the decisive bottleneck ...
  • Gov advisors say Energiewende will only thrive in European framework

    28 Jun 2018, 16:17 The German government’s Energiewende advisors say the country must put much greater emphasis on the project’s European dimension to achieve the shift to renewables and the necessary emissions reduction during the next decade. The group ...
  • 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 government says ETS insufficient for reaching Energiewende goals

    The EU emissions trading system (ETS) is not sufficient for ensuring that Germany meets either its CO 2 emissions reduction goals or the other targets of its energy transition, the German government says in an answer to a parliamentary inquiry by the Left ...
  • Green party chief praises Energiewende as an economic and political contribution to country

    In his final speech in the Schleswig-Holstein state parliament in Kiel on Thursday, Robert Habeck, former state environment minister and current Green Party co-chair, praised the positive economic impact of Germany’s energy transition. “It is a ...
  • Germany off track regarding Energiewende goals – industry research institute

    By the end of 2017, renewables expansion in Germany exceeded targets by a considerable margin, but the country still lags behind on several other energy transition indicators, writes Hubertus Bardt for the industry-sponsored research institute IW Köln in ...
  • 13 Jun 2018 |

    German utilities urge gvt to speed up Energiewende policy making

    13 Jun 2018 (All day) Germany’s policymakers have not kept pace with the energy industry’s rapid transformation caused by the Energiewende, and must catch up urgently, according to the utility association BDEW. The utilities also say that Germany needs a ...
  • German states’ energy ministers agree on non-partisan Energiewende policy approach

    The energy ministers of Germany’s 16 federal states have agreed to strengthen their focus on the separation of key energy policy decisions from party politics, and to improve coordination between the individual state ministries, the Environment and Energy ...
  • Energy transition needs higher political priority – head of Energiewende expert commission

    Germany will likely miss several of its key energy transition goals, according to leading experts commissioned by the German economy ministry (BMWi) to monitor the progress of the country‘s energy transition. Among the three elements of the government& ...
  • 10 Dec 2018 |

    Merkel leaves long list of unsolved energy policy tasks to her successor

    10 Dec 2018, 14:02 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Energiewende Government Bloomberg Germany’s long-time Chancellor, Angela Merkel, will leave her successor a long list of unsolved tasks once she ...
  • 17 May 2018 |

    German unions call for 'just Energiewende,' fear carmaker job losses

    17 May 2018 (All day) Germany must ensure a "just Energiewende" by making sure the project remains affordable for all and provides high quality jobs, according to the 6 million-member trade union group DGB. The unions back Germany’s climate ...
  • German utilities urge government to speed up Energiewende policy making

    Germany’s government has fallen behind in the transformation of the energy industry triggered by the energy transition, and must now speed up its policy making processes to support the sector in reaching emissions reduction goals, the managing director of ...
  • 29 Nov 2018 |

    State ministers criticise Germany's energy transition policy

    29 Nov 2018, 15:44 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Energiewende Government WirtschaftsWoche / BMWi The Green Party’s energy minister in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Franz Untersteller, has lamented a ...
  • Time to advance Energiewende by cutting power costs- top economist

    27 Apr 2018 (All day) The Energiewende is an indispensable project even if future economic returns remain uncertain, according to Christoph M. Schmidt, president of the RWI- Leibniz Institute for Economic Research, and chair of the German Council of ...
  • Struggling municipal utilities blame Energiewende - survey

    Most of Germany’s heavily indebted municipal utilities say investments associated with the Energiewende are the cause of their woes, Franziska Holler, Benjamin Oehlschlägel and Sören Gaum write for industry magazine Public Governance. In a survey of ...
  • Studies highlight need for skilled labour in building sector for successful Energiewende

    Three studies highlight the additional need for skilled labour to implement the energy transition in the German buildings sector. The Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut) has published a policy paper highlighting the need for an additional 100,000 ...
  • Germany’s Court of Auditors says it is still in the dark over Energiewende costs

    Germany’s Federal Court of Auditors (BRH) has renewed its criticism of the government’s lacking overview of energy transition costs, a court spokesperson told the Clean Energy Wire. Website Spiegel Online originally reported that the court asked the ...
  • Global energy transition could enter same perilous path as the German Energiewende – opinion

    The new IRENA report “ Global Energy Transformation: A Roadmap to 2050 ” finds that renewable energy needs to be scaled up six fold to keep the temperature rise below 2°C, but it turns a blind eye to the problem Germany is facing despite very high ...
  • Germany runs risk of losing Energiewende plot, needs carbon price – E.ON CEO

    Johannes Teyssen, the chief executive of energy company E.ON, said Germany is running the risk of losing the overarching plot of its Energiewende. He warned that the current government is focusing again too much on side-aspects such as the exact date and ...
  • Coalition treaty grasps challenges, lacks detail- Energiewende expert

    09 Feb 2018 (All day) The provisions on climate, energy, and transport in the coalition treaty agreed by Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) recognise the big challenges of Germany’s energy transition project, but ...
  • Research paper analyses if Energiewende is poised to fail

    Germany’s energy transition has so far failed to achieve the desired level of emissions reduction “but this glitch might even foster the process,” Christoph Klunker writes in a research paper for the Observer Research Foundation. Find the paper in English ...
  • Engineers' association calls for shifting Energiewende focus to synergies

    The energy transition in Germany, the Energiewende, has so far primarily focused on the decarbonisation of the power sector, but a greater emphasis on other sectors and synergies between sectors is necessary for the successful continuation of this ...
  • Energiewende is a major project the economy ministry must design – new econ min

    New German economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier said the energy transition is one of his ministry’s major projects, speaking as he took over the helm of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) Friday. “The project Energiewende ...
  • Consumer organisation association calls for fairer distribution of Energiewende costs

    The Federation of German Consumer Organisations (vzbv) has called on the new German government to "reboot" financing of the energy transition. The costs of building up renewable capacity and updating the grid must be more fairly distributed, the ...
  • Cultural changes brought about by Energiewende require debate – report

    Many people in Germany support the energy transition in principle but refuse to accept a wind turbine or other visual changes brought about by the Energiewende in their neighbourhood, Ralph Diermann writes in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Is this a typical ...
  • Ramped up renewables expansion will aggravate existing Energiewende problems – opinion

    Germany’s new coalition agreement means a visible increase in ambition for expanding renewable energy sources, Hubertus Bardt and Benjamin Tischler write in a guest commentary for Handelsblatt. However, “goals like these are easily made but hard to ...
  • Successful implementation could turn Germany’s Energiewende into a model for the world to follow

    Germany’s energy transition is not yet perceived as a model for other countries to follow, but a successful implementation could still make it a success story and an inspiration, according to the study ’Energiewende, an interim review – International ...
  • Energiewende success depends on efficiency – German econ min

    Germany’s energy transition can only become a success if the country does not neglect efficiency, the second important pillar of the Energiewende besides renewables expansion, said acting German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries at the annual kick-off ...
  • Preview2018- Energiewende funding needs fixing-German energy agency

    22 Dec 2017 (All day) Germany enters 2018 without having found a new government, a situation that casts a cloud over all of the country’s major policy endeavours including those dealing with energy and climate. But irrespective of the unprecedented ...
  • Digitalisation of the Energiewende in danger of failing

    Key IT projects necessary for the digitalisation of the German energy transition are making no headway, endangering the “ambitious large-scale project”, journalist Peter Welchering told German radio broadcaster Deutschlandfunk. These projects included ...
  • SPD state premier uses unverifiable amount in Energiewende cost debate – report

    The Social Democratic (SPD) state premier of coal-mining state Brandenburg is at the forefront of a “PR-battle” over the energy transition’s costs that usually is dominated by sceptics in the right-wing nationalist AfD party, Jörg Staude writes for ...
  • State of Hesse hires comedians to advertise Energiewende to young people

    The German federal state Hesse, led by a coalition of the conservative CDU and the Green Party, has hired the comedian duo Badesalz to advertise the energy transition to young people, news agency dpa reports in an article carried by Frankfurter Rundschau. ...
  • Security concerns slow digitalisation of the Energiewende

    Security concerns are delaying the introduction of smart meters in Germany, IT expert Peter Welchering says in an interview with public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk. The intelligent technology is crucial to managing intermittent power supply from renewable ...
  • German government spent 5.4 billion euros from federal budget on Energiewende in 2017

    In 2017, at least 5.4 billion euros were spent by the German government from the federal budget on the country’s energy transition, up about 20 percent from the previous year, writes the German Taxpayers Federation in a study. Four billion euros were ...
  • Germans largely satisfied with Energiewende measures but lament cost distribution – study

    Most Germans are satisfied with the goals of the Energiewende and the measures taken to achieve them- but say that cost distribution is among the project’s greatest shortcomings, two different studies by the University of Kassel have found. People ...
  • Germany’s Energiewende: No abandonment, just revision

    The coalition talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Conservatives and the Social Democrats have revealed that Germany has problems with implementing the energy transition, writes Aleksandra Gawlikowska-Fyk in the Bulletin of the Polish Institute of ...
  • Energiewende costs “unknown” to German government

    The total cost of Germany’s energy transition cannot be calculated merely by adding up the costs of individual assets, as some costs would arise even without a shift towards a decarbonised energy system, the German Federal Government writes in an answer ...
  • Germany’s Energiewende off-target in many areas – head of monitoring commission

    Germany’s energy transition not only misses 2020 climate targets but fails on many other accounts too, according to the head of an expert commission tasked with monitoring the Energiewende’s progress. “Efficiency is a particular problem,” economist ...
  • Monitoring progress of Energiewende digitalisation

    Consultancy Ernst & Young (EY) is developing an Energiewende Digitalisation Barometer for the German economy ministry, which will provide an annual assessment of the progress of the digital transformation of the energy system, reports Christian ...
  • High costs warrant a “restart” of Germany’s Energiewende – opinion

    Germany’s energy transition needs a “restart” as many companies struggle to cope with the additional financial burden in the form of surcharges, levies and other costs put on every kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity, Klaus Stratmann writes in an op-ed for ...
  • “We need a reasonable Energiewende concept” – chemical company CEO

    Until now, there has not been a “reasonable concept for the Energiewende”, which is needed to secure Germany’s economic strength and make it more climate-friendly, Rudolf Staudigl, president and CEO of German chemical company Wacker Chemie AG, told ...
  • Grids are our most important business, this is where Energiewende happens - E.ON CEO

    The energy transition will mainly play out in power grids in the years to come, according to E.ON CEO Johannes Teyssen. In an interview with the business magazine Wirtschaftswoche, he said grids were his company’s most important business, which also ...
  • “Coal so far has been a winner of the Energiewende

    The Energiewende, Germany’s energy transition, has so far  seen too much political planning and not enough free market forces, making coal-fired power production one of the project’s “winners” besides renewable energy sources, gas lobbyist Timm Kehler ...
  • Alpine hydro power “a pillar of the Energiewende

    There is a consensus in Germany to gradually shift the energy supply to renewable sources and to reduce primary energy consumption- but the central question of energy storage is often bypassed, says Nicolaus Römer, head of hydro power company ...
  • Germany’s Energiewende fails to meet targets – study

    The energy transition in Germany does not achieve most of its goals, and its progress has slowed down over the last few years, a study conducted by the consultancy Prognos and commissioned by the Bavarian Industry Association (vbw) has found. Improvements ...
  • Germany’s Energiewende paints Austria into a corner

    For now, Germany’s southern neighbour Austria benefits greatly from exports of cheap German power, but this arrangement is about to come to an end, Irmgard Kirschko writes in the Austrian newspaper Kurier. An “artificial shortage” at the border, which is ...
  • ‘Green finance’ should not repeat mistakes of Energiewende

    Gearing the financial system towards sustainable or ’green‘ investment is increasingly becoming part of Germany’s climate protection policies, but politicians should be wary not to repeat the mistakes made in the country’s energy transition legislation, ...
  • Energiewende right in principle but badly managed – Siemens CEO

    In response to accusations that Siemens’ job cuts in its fossil power business are “antisocial” and caused by bad management, company CEO Joe Kaeser says the Energiewende is right in principle but is poorly managed. In an open letter addressed to SPD head ...
  • Broad support for Energiewende goals in Germany but dissatisfaction with implementation

    A vast majority of Germans broadly support the Energiewende’s aim to decarbonise the economy but a large proportion also says that the associated burden is not shared equally, the Social Sustainability Barometer study by the Institute for Advanced ...
  • Digitalisation of Energiewende stagnates

    German energy industry associations doubt that the so-called smart digital meters that measure and record electricity consumption in households and firms could be introduced by the beginning of 2020 as planned, Andreas Mihm writes for the Frankfurter ...
  • Energiewende benefits digitalisation

    Germany should use its experience from the energy transition, the ambitious transformation away from fossil fuels towards renewables, to advance digitalisation, American economist and social theorist Jeremy Rifkin has told Handelsblatt Global in an ...
  • Expert commission gives Energiewende status - "Greatest need for action" in transport sector

    Germany is likely to miss several of its energy transition goals by 2020, including greenhouse gas reduction and transport sector goals, writes an expert commission tasked with monitoring the progress of the German Energiewende in a short interim ...
  • Next government must put more effort into Energiewende - survey

    Sixty-eight percent of Germans say that the future federal government should put more effort into implementing the Energiewende – with just 24 percent claiming the government should continue as before, according to a representative Forsa survey, ...
  • Mining union calls for Energiewende ministry

    Germany’s largest mining trade union has called on the next federal government to assign the tasks related to energy, transport, and housing policies to a ‘ministry of energy transition’. This would help the country avoid the current “uncoordinated ...
  • Energiewende goals backed by 82 percent of Germans

    An online survey by YouGov found that 82 percent of Germans support central goals of the energy transition- to phase out nuclear power and switch to a renewable energy supply in the long term. Commissioned by Federation of German Consumer Organisations ...
  • NordLink makes Energiewende a European project – Green state minister

    Schleswig-Holstein’s state energy minister Robert Habeck (Green Party) has said NordLink – a direct power connection between Norway and Germany, currently under construction – is an important step for the European energy transition, Olaf Preuß reports for ...
  • Energiewende experts call on new government to prioritise CO2 pricing

    The next federal government should put a high priority on introducing a higher price on CO₂ across all economic sectors and a fundamental reform of energy-related taxes and levies in Germany, if climate targets are to be taken seriously, according to a ...
  • Interior minister calls for revival of 1989-90 spirit to accomplish Energiewende in East Germany

    German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière has called for the revival of the “spirit of the generation of 1989-90” to tackle current challenges like the Energiewende or globalisation, Leipziger Volkszeitung reports. At an event celebrating the 25 th ...
  • Industry alliance: Energiewende policy threat to German industry

    The German Energiewende policy endangers the country’s industry competitiveness, growth and employment, says an alliance of mining union IG BCE and businesses such as E.ON, Linde, BASF and Merck in a joint paper. The goal of competitiveness should be on ...
  • French think tank: Germany may lower Energiewende ambitions after elections

    Germany is likely to lower its Energiewende ambitions after the upcoming general elections, according to an analysis by French government think tank France Strategie. Germany will likely miss its 2020 climate targets, while the long-term insecurity of the ...
  • Head of Germany’s economic experts’ council calls for readjustment of Energiewende funding

    Germany needs a “reasonable readjustment” of its energy transition to get a grip on the “costs that are out of control”, Christoph M. Schmidt, head of the German Council of Economic Experts (Wirtschaftsweisen), says in an article on Focus Online. “With ...
  • “Farmers want to earn more with the Energiewende

    The Bavarian state government is a powerful supporter of German farmers’ demand to receive recurring compensation payments if power transmission lines are built on their premises, writes Andreas Mihm in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The governing ...
  • “The Energiewende is far from complete”

    Germany’s next government will have to find a way to change the current system of energy surcharges, regulations and economic incentives, which “leads into a cul-de-sac”, Andreas Kuhlmann, head of the German Energy Agency (dena) says in an interview with ...
  • Podcast on state of German Energiewende

    Radio and podcast moderator Holger Klein interviews Holger Hanselka, president of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), about the current state of Germany’s generational Energiewende (energy transition) project in a German online podcast for ...
  • Energiewende requires changes in vocational training

    Since the energy transition fundamentally changes the German energy industry, the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) will introduce a new advanced training regulation for “certified energy industry business administrators”, ...
  • “Successful model Energiewende

    There is still a long way to go until the financing mechanisms of the German energy transition are transferred into a sustainable market design, writes Felix Matthes, research coordinator for energy and climate policy at Öko Institut, in a guest ...
  • Energiewende costs are increasingly passed on to private households – the industry benefits”

    Industry, transport and manufacturing have benefitted from exemptions and rebates in the power sector to the tune of about 17 billion euros, much of which was shouldered by private households, said the SPD-affiliated Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) in a ...
  • Merkel: Need to develop a certain passion and joy for the Energiewende

    24 Apr 2017 (All day) Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Germans to go beyond a rational take on the Energiewende and develop “a certain passion and joy” for the country’s generational project. Speaking at an event by her conservative CDU/CSU group in the ...
  • Hopes for falling emissions in 2017 "fade visibly" – Agora Energiewende head

    Germany’s rising consumption of oil, gas and lignite in the first half of 2017 indicates that the country of the Energiewende will see another increase in emissions in 2017 after a rise in 2016, said Agora Energiewende * head Patrick Graichen. “The data ...
  • “Germany’s Energiewende similar to South African renewable industry”

    South Africa could learn from Germany’s mistakes by removing the obstacles coal power poses to integrating renewables into its electricity system early, think tank Agora Energiewende’s* Markus Steigenberger says in an article for ESI Africa. Although ...
  • “Cross sector association alliance calls for redistribution of Energiewende costs”

    A reform of Germany’s system to finance the country’s Energiewende is needed to distribute costs more fairly and push renewable electricity use in heating and transport, writes a cross-sector alliance of associations in a joint statement. In comparison to ...
  • “The future of Germany’s Energiewende

    Germany’s federal elections in September will also be a decision “on the direction of the country’s energy policy” and a lot depends on which parties form a government coalition, Arne Jungjohann writes on website China Dialogue. With near-term [climate ...
  • Study: “The distribution grid operator of the future – enabler of the Energiewende

    Decentralised renewable energy sources increase the importance of local distribution grids for making Germany’s energy transition work, a new study on municipal utilities by consulting agency Ernst & Young (EY) says. Distribution grid operators become ...
  • “Districts as local Energiewende initiators”

    The German government will support several research projects on sustainable city development with 100 million euros over the coming five years, the federal economy and research ministries say in a press release. “Six flagship projects are to show how ...
  • Energiewende offers opportunities for municipal utilities

    Germany’s shift from fossil and nuclear power generation to an energy system based on renewables and energy efficiency offers big opportunities for the country’s roughly 900 municipal utilities (or Stadtwerke), writes Jürgen Flauger in the business daily ...
  • Network Agency introduces Energiewende information website

    The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) introduced a new website that aggregates power market data from different transmission grid operators almost in real time and provides them in a user-friendly way, the agency said in a press release. Data includes power ...
  • Efficiency gains make eastern German city Energiewende frontrunner

    29 May 2017 (All day) Germany’s energy transition is a vast national project that is reshaping the entire country. But it is happening on a local level, too. Here, the Clean Energy Wire looks at the path that one eastern German city is taking towards ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Centrepiece of the Energiewende

    After two years of construction and trial phases, German utility EnBW’s subsidiary TransnetBW is beginning operation of its central control room, dpa reports in an article carried by Welt Online. The grid operator intends to manage the Baden-Wuerttemberg ...
  • Climate protection law, swift coal exit, EU CO₂ floor price – DUH demands for next Energiewende government

    Germany will miss its climate targets unless the next federal government steps up its efforts, according to non-profit environmental and consumer protection association Environmental Action Germany (DUH). In a list of 85 measures for the energy, heating ...
  • “The Energiewende must not become a planned economy”

    Germany’s across-the-board taxes, levies and surcharges on power consumption limit flexibility and innovation in the energy sector, Fabian Reetz writes on Zeit Online. More than 80 percent of the German power price is made up of such fees imposed by the ...
  • “Positioning Schleswig-Holstein to set Energiewende pace”

    In a joint press release, regional branches of the German Wind Energy Association (BWE), the Industrial Union of Metalworkers (IG Metall) and the German Trade Union Association (DGB) have called on the future Schleswig-Holstein government “to continue to ...
  • "Germany's high coal consumption undermines Energiewende credibility"

    Chancellor Angela Merkel calls climate change "a question of survival", but blocks a coal exit in Germany, according to Greenpeace. "Climate protection without coal exit is like trying to extinguish a fire with petrol," said ...
  • “Municipal utilities: winners or losers of the Energiewende?”

    The changes brought about in Germany’s energy supply structure by the Energiewende pose a great threat to the country’s municipal utilities, Thomas Brucker writes in a study for the SPD-associated Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES). Regional energy ...
  • “German Energiewende: Green job miracle fails to materialise“

    The collapse of the German solar PV modules industry and declining job numbers in the renewables sector as a whole show the difficulties in weaning a sector off financial support, writes Christoph Eisenring in Neue Zürcher Zeitung. This invalidated “the ...
  • Energiewende Monitoring Report available in English

    The federal economy ministry (BMWi) has made available an English version of last year’s Fifth Energiewende Monitoring Report, together with the accompanying expert statement. Find the report in English here, the expert statement in English here and an ...
  • Energiewende, but honestly”

    Germany needs a four-pronged strategy to get its Energiewende on track to meet emissions and renewables targets, writes Felix Matthes, head of the Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut), in an opinion piece for weekly newspaper Die Zeit. The country ...
  • Digitalisation and Energiewende drive utility mergers

    The Energiewende and digitalisation will increase mergers and acquisitions in the utility sector because they break down boundaries between markets and put traditional business models in doubt, consultancy PwC said in a press release. The consultancy is ...
  • “Tenant electricity support brings Energiewende to the inner cities”

    The federal cabinet’s approval of a bill for supporting tenant electricity models in Germany will “make tenants directly participate at energy transition”, economy minister Brigitte Zypries said in a press release by the Federal Ministry for Economic ...
  • 24 Mar 2017 |

    Saarland election first test on road to next Energiewende government

    24 Mar 2017 All eyes are on the federal state of Saarland kicking off Germany’s election year on 26 March. An otherwise unremarkable campaign started to engage national politics when the Social Democrats put forward their new federal election frontrunner ...
  • “Efficiency first: A crucial building block for the Energiewende

    Prioritising efficiency measures that cost less or deliver more value than planned investment in supply resources and infrastructure is “a crucial building block” for Germany’s Energiewende, writes Andreas Jahn of the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) ...
  • “The Energiewende is a peace project”

    The global energy transition is a peace project, as it leads to a fairer distribution of wealth and prevents wars about resources, writes Claudia Kemfert of the DIW in a guest commentary in Tagesspiegel. “It would be fatal to hinge the outcome of the ...
  • “The country of the Energiewende fails at climate protection”

    Germany’s efforts to protect the climate by reducing its CO 2 emissions have largely been in vain because the country falls short of implementing a much needed coal phase-out, Petra Pinzler writes in weekly newspaper Die Zeit. “The country of the ...
  • “Cheap heating oil, expensive electricity: Current energy levies and fees prevent Energiewende success”

    Germany’s current system of levies, taxes, and fees on energy is unsuitable for the next phase of the country’s energy transition, according to an analysis by energy think tank Agora Energiewende*. For heating oil, these add up to a mere 0.6 cents per ...
  • “The Energiewende in a nutshell”

    Energy think tank Agora Energiewende* has published a booklet answering 10 frequently asked questions about Germany’s energy transition, providing a “current, accurate and unbiased snapshot of the German experience”. The paper is also available in a ...
  • “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 ...
  • SPD’s North Rhine-Westphalia election campaign kicks off with Energiewende criticism

    Hannelore Kraft, premier and social democratic frontrunner in Germany’s most populous state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), has criticised German chancellor Angela Merkel’s approach to energy policy, Kristian Frigelj writes in Die Welt. Kraft said she and ...
  • Energiewende – the next wave”

    Getting the energy transition on track has been a difficult task with many setbacks, but conditions for “a second wave of Energiewende are pretty favourable,” Martin Brough writes in a new issue of Deutsche Bank Research’s magazine Konzept under the title ...
  • “An Energiewende fund for more justice”

    Replacing Germany’s renewables surcharge with a tax-financed energy transition fund could help to distribute the financial burden associated with expanding low-carbon energy sources more fairly, a study commissioned by the Federation of German Consumer ...
  • “Exporting the Energiewende will be a challenge for Germany”

    The German energy transition needs to be “internationalised” if it is to be successful, as Germany’s Energiewende will continue to have an impact on energy markets of its electrical neighbours and beyond, writes Nick Butler of the Financial Times. The ...
  • “The true picture of the German Energiewende

    Ill-advised legislation and an alienation of citizens from renewable investments put the success of Germany’s energy transition in jeopardy, Hans-Josef Fell writes for EurActiv. The country continued to be internationally celebrated for its Energiewende, ...
  • “The fairness gap in the distribution of Energiewende costs on private households”

    Low-income households pay more for electricity levies and taxes which help finance the Energiewende than high-income households – relative to their income, says economic research institute RWI Essen in a new paper. But most people wish that wealthier ...
  • “Is Germany's Energiewende cutting GHG emissions?”

    It will be difficult for Germany to reach its climate targets, because the country will retire a lot of nuclear capacity over the next years, renewables growth is expected to slow and the dependence on coal remains high, writes The Economist Intelligence ...
  • 16 Feb 2018 |

    "Germany is a 'living lab' for the energy transition"

    16 Feb 2018 (All day) A group of energy transition researchers will present their findings on the transformation of the German energy system at the world’s largest general scientific conference organised by the American Association for the Advancement of ...
  • "Getting the Energiewende back on track, exiting coal and supporting emissions-free car"

    The German Green Party is determined to make climate protection and “ecologic modernisation” a central issue of their election campaign. “Climate and environment policy also are a question of fairness,” the Greens stated in a preliminary draft of the ...
  • “The next Energiewende

    Transforming the transport and heating sectors to use electricity as their main source of energy is the next big phase of Germany’s Energiewende, writes Jürgen Flauger in Handelsblatt. Sector coupling opens up new markets for Germany’s power suppliers and ...
  • New energy minister seen keeping Energiewende course till elections

    25 Jan 2017 (All day) Germany’s energy policy will see little change as former justice minister Brigitte Zypries replaces Sigmar Gabriel as economy and energy minister this week, according to policy experts. Gabriel’s Social Democratic party colleague ...
  • “German Energiewende: costs keep rising”

    Germany is likely to miss several key energy transition targets- including goals on the affordability of electricity, greenhouse gas emissions and primary energy and power consumption- while costs keep rising, according to consultancy McKinsey’s bi-annual ...
  • Environment minister: Energy crops have partly been “wrong track” of Energiewende

    The large-scale cultivation of energy crops has been a political “mistake” and “in part a wrong track of the Energiewende”, Germany’s environment minister Barbara Hendricks said in Handelsblatt. She calls for a reduction of the production of plants used ...
  • 12 Jan 2017 |

    Government lacks overview of Energiewende costs- auditors

    12 Jan 2017 (All day) The German government lacks clear overview of the costs of the country’s shift to renewable energy, according to the country’s Federal Court of Auditors. The auditors said the economy ministry had “no overview of the financial ...
  • Energiewende threatened by big dent by 2021”

    The use of coal-fired power production and other fossil energy sources has to be quickly reduced in Germany in order to keep aging wind turbines cost-efficient, environmental organisation Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), green energy provider Naturstrom AG and ...
  • “Why Germany needs a European Energiewende

    It is in Germany’s immediate interest to embrace the European dimension of the Energiewende, argues Rebecca Bertram in a blog post for energytransition.org. “Germany needs Europe to drive its own Energiewende forward,” writes Bertram, citing German power ...
  • “The Energiewende at a glance”

    Environmental NGO WWF and green energy provider LichtBlick launched their “Energiewende-Dashboard” – a website that shows up-to-date information on the progress of the German energy transition. In the "style of a digital car or airplane dashboard ...
  • Energiewende to stay top issue after elections - German chancellery chief

    The Energiewende, Germany’s energy transition, will stay at the top of the agenda for the next government after September’s federal elections, Peter Altmaier, head of the Federal Chancellery, said at utility association BDEW’s Smart Renewables event. An ...
  • 05 Jan 2017 |

    Preview2017- “Transport remains problem child of the Energiewende

    05 Jan 2017 (All day) The year 2017 will be filled with a multitude of seminal events for Germany's energy and climate policy. In addition to presiding over the next G20 summit, Germany will be the venue for the UN's COP23 and see legal reforms ...
  • “The price of the Energiewende

    Rising power costs stir people’s emotions because everybody uses electricity and because they suggest a malfunction of government control, writes Til Huber in a commentary for merkur.de. But costs are largely driven by the past solar boom, and recent ...
  • 23 Dec 2016 |
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    Preview2017 – Elections, G20 set to dominate Energiewende policy

    23 Dec 2016 (All day) 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 ...
  • New economy minister Zypries assures renewables industry of progressive Energiewende legislation

    Brigitte Zypries, Germany’s new economy minister, has assured the country’s renewables industry of pursuing a progressive policy approach to advance the energy transition. At a conference by the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) she pledged to ...
  • Engineering companies believe Energiewende good for business

    A majority of engineering companies believe the Energiewende is good for their own business and good for Germany as a business location, according to a poll by the German Engineering Federation (VDMA). Approval rates rose considerably last year, with 63 ...
  • Energiewende – From Germany’s past to Europe’s future?”

    Germany must “expand the lessons it has learned to the European level” and integrate the German and European energy systems in order to make the energy transition a durable success, writes Thomas Cunningham in an in-depth paper for the Global Energy ...
  • “Resources for the Energiewende

    The planet holds enough natural resources needed for the global energy transition, write research institutes acatech, Leopoldina and Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities in a report. But the uneven distribution creates the need for ...
  • “The Energiewende: our success story”

    The German Energiewende is "no project for the distant future", but has already been successfully put into action over the past years, writes the federal government in the new brochure “The Energiewende: our success story”. The 20-page booklet – ...
  • 20 Dec 2016 |
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    Preview2017- "Turn Energiewende into an advantage for industry"

    20 Dec 2016 (All day) 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 ...
  • "Public utilities predestined to implement Energiewende"

    Germany’s public utilities will be at the forefront of implementing the decentralised energy supply required by the Energiewende, Katherina Reiche, director of the German Association of Local Utilities (VKU), said in an interview with Welt kompakt. Reiche ...
  • Energiewende? No, but…Germany’s example resonates“

    Germany’s Energiewende might not be an export hit but it helps other countries questioning their own energy policy, Giorgio V. Müller writes in Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ). According to  figures from the World Energy Council, a majority of ...
  • Energiewende: Opportunities for economic location through increased power consumption”

    Economically, it makes more sense to consume excess power in Germany than to export it, but high taxes and fees on electricity discourage domestic companies from ramping up production when wholesale prices are low, according to the Association of German ...
  • E.ON’s CEO regards Energiewende no longer in hand of politicians but steered by customers

    Germany’s energy transition is no longer a political project that can be steered by the government as independent customers have started pushing ahead with the project themselves, E.ON’s CEO Johannes Teyssen said at a conference in Berlin. “The times of ...
  • Energiewende finds supporters”

    An 18 percent drop in global expenditure on renewable energy last year does not mean the energy transition is losing support, Stefan Merx writes for Handelsblatt. Figures compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance merely reflected that costs for installing ...
  • “A Philippine ‘Energiewende’”

    Like many countries around the world, the Philippines could benefit from adopting certain German Energiewende policies, Laurence Delina writes in a commentary on inquirer.net. “Germany is obviously politically, economically and socially different” from ...
  • “Inside the Energiewende: Policy and Complexity in the German Utility Industry”

    The German Energiewende has a “mixed, but very troubling” record, Christine Sturm says in a long article on the Energiewende for Issues in Science and Technology, an online magazine from The University of Texas at Dallas. “On the plus side is continued ...
  • Energiewende cheaper than dirty power”

    The latest figures published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) refute US president-elect Donald Trump’s claim that solar power is particularly expensive, Bernhard Pötter writes in leftist daily taz. According to the IRENA report ...
  • 09 Aug 2016 |

    Drop in fossil fuel prices could derail Energiewende- study

    09 Aug 2016 (All day) 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 ...
  • Government lacks overview of Energiewende costs - auditors

    Germany’s Federal Court of Auditors has criticised the government for lacking overview of the costs of the energy transition. The economics ministry “has no overview of the financial consequences of the Energiewende,” says the evaluation for the budget ...
  • Little headway for the Energiewende

    Germany’s Energiewende – the country’s double shift to a low-carbon and nuclear-free economy – yielded mixed results in the past year, according to an analysis by energy think tank Agora Energiewende.* Thanks to a partial switch from coal to gas and a ...
  • 15 Aug 2016 |

    Lagging efficiency to get top priority in Germany’s Energiewende

    15 Aug 2016 (All day) 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 ...
  • “How to cope with the Energiewende

    Peter Terium and Johannes Teyssen, former CEOs of Germany’s traditional utilities RWE and E.ON respectively, face each other in a new green energy rivalry after both companies split in two last year, writes Helmut Bünder in a portrait of both men in ...
  • “EnBW restructuring: A new phase of the Energiewende

    The Energiewende enters a new phase with more emphasis on new technologies and e-mobility – driven by citizens – than on the nuclear exit and the switch to renewable energies, German utility EnBW’s CEO, Frank Mastiaux, tells Bernd Freytag and Susanne ...
  • “We corrected the chaos of the Energiewende

    Over the past three years, the federal government succeeded in bringing order and legal security to Germany’s energy transition, the seminal project known as Energiewende, federal economy minister Sigmar Gabriel said presenting his ministry’s economic ...
  • Energiewende runs counter to wildlife conservation“

    The envrionmental organisation Nabu has criticised the German government for sacrificing the protection of nature and wildlife to meet its energy transition and climate protection goals, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports. In a statement on ...
  • “Factcheck Energiewende: Science, not fiction”

    A new book by physicist and German energy industry manager Thomas Unnerstall outlines key pro and con positions on the German energy transition, writes Klaus Stratmann in a book review in the Handelsblatt. While Unnerstall says many companies have not ...
  • Report on the Energiewende in the German federal states

    The Renewable Energies Agency has published the 2016/17 status report on the energy transition in the individual German federal states. “The federal states have an important ‘hinge function’ and can significantly advance the Energiewende through setting ...
  • “Why haven’t CEE policy makers embraced the Energiewende?”

    Many Central and Eastern European countries have reacted extremely sceptical to Germany’s energy transition, but they have been proven wrong, writes Jan Ondrich in a blog post on energytransition.de. Germany’s grid remains one of the most stable in Europe ...
  • 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 ...
  • Local utilities to cooperate in light of Energiewende pressure

    Cooperation and the bundling of resources can help local German utilities cope with  challenges brought on by the energy transition, writes Jürgen Flauger in the Handelsblatt. Local utilities in Cologne, Düsseldorf and Duisburg have initiated cooperation ...
  • “The driving force of Germany’s Energiewende

    Germany’s fragmented political landscape could become the driving force behind the country’s energy transition, writes Nick Butler for Financial Times. New types of government coalitions after the 2017 federal elections could include, for example, the ...
  • Energiewende: Proposals on how to activate citizens

    Scholars from the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) and several universities have published a handbook for local governments and other players on how to better engage citizens in the transition of Germany’s energy system. The handbook, ...
  • “This is how the population sees the Energiewende

    A majority of the German population generally supports the Energiewende, but there are different “acceptance groups” to be made out, according to a report on a survey conducted in 2015 by the Universities of Stuttgart and Münster in cooperation with ...
  • Energiewende: shaken economy”

    Germany suffered as an industrial location because its businesses were affected by the EEG-surcharge, while companies in the important European economies profited from low wholesale power prices, writes Klaus Stratmann in an opinion piece in Handelsblatt. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Energiewende: Relieving retail sector and consumers

    A reform of the electricity tax along with other measures, such as removing certain industry exemptions, could lead to electricity cost savings of 3.8 billion euros for the retail sector and private consumers, according to a joint position paper by the ...
  • Lobby group estimates Energiewende costs at 520 billion euros

    The total cost of the German energy transition in the electricity sector until 2025 will amount to more than 520 billion euros, according to a study commissioned by industry lobby group Initiative New Social Market Economy (INSM). The largest part of the ...
  • Energiewende: Continue on a rocky road”

    German companies on average evaluate the influence of the energy transition on their competitiveness as marginally positive, according to an online survey of German businesses conducted by Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK). ...
  • Energiewende with fewer power lines possible

    The continued renewables development in Germany could be realised with only half of the high-voltage direct current power lines currently planned, according to a study by Prognos AG, commissioned by German power supplier N-Ergie. “The currently lagging ...
  • German industry: Government must reign in Energiewende costs

    The Federation of German Industries (BDI) has called on the government to get the costs of the country’s energy transition under control. “The brake on costs promised by the economics ministry has turned out to be no more than wishful thinking,” said BDI ...
  • “Failed Energiewende

    The German energy transition does not serve as a role model, as the cost for “early renewables” is a heavy burden for consumers while the country was unable to significantly lower emissions and did not cut back on using coal, British economist Dieter Helm ...
  • “Czech billionaire bets against the Energiewende

    Czech investor Daniel Kretinsky’s purchase of Vattenfall’s German brown coal business, officially completed on Friday, is a bet that Germany will not end coal-fired energy production anytime soon, writes Daniel Wetzel in Die Welt. Kretinsky’s holding EPH ...
  • “Scapegoat Energiewende

    Raising grid fees substantially- and the resulting rise in cost for electricity in Germany announced for the turn of the year – is not fully justified, Claudia Kemfert of the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin), told Frankfurter Rundschau. ...
  • “Governance and business models for the transformation: 11 theses on the Energiewende

    In a series of stakeholder dialogues, environmental NGO Germanwatch and the Global Climate Forum have investigated where important Energiewende players see obstacles and opportunities. A close cooperation between core business areas such as institutional ...
  • “Now the post-ideological age of the Energiewende starts”

    Stefan Kapferer, head of utilities lobby BDEW, told an audience at the German Energy Conference that Germany’s energy sector should put an end to political wrangling and fully focus on the business challenges of the Energiewende, Dow Jones Newswire ...
  • Energiewende on track with renewables, supply security, jobs; to miss cost, emissions goals

    Germany’s Energiewende is on track in areas such as extending renewables, employment, and securing power supply. But other goals- such as reducing power consumption and carbon emissions, and the limit on costs- seem increasingly out of reach, consultancy ...
  • “Germany’s Energiewende: a renewable revolution on the ropes”

    With the reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), “Germany’s once vaunted renewable energy strategy looks to be running out of steam,” writes Nnamdi Anyadike for the global energy industry website power-technology.com. "Despite its success in ...
  • “The Energiewende has to remain affordable”

    In an interview with Gitta Düperthal, Manfred Maresch, head of the district German mining union in the lignite coal town of Alsdorf, says the union is not against the Energiewende. Instead, he says, it is concerned about the social implications of ...
  • 31 May 2016

    'Lobby battle' ahead of Energiewende summit / Local utilities struggle

    31 May 2016 (All day) dw.com “Lobby battle over Energiewende” There is a lot of pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel and state premiers to hammer out a compromise at tonight’s meeting on the reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), writes Richard Fuchs ...
  • 08 Jun 2016

    Renewables reform / Merkel: Energiewende must not destroy utilities

    08 Jun 2016 (All day) 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 in 2017. The law proposal will next enter into the ...
  • “Is the renewable surcharge of any use as a ‘price tag’ for the Energiewende?”

    No other number in the energy sector politicises as much as the renewable energy surcharge consumers pay with their power bills, according to an article in renewable energy website euwid. But policymakers’ use of the surcharge as a ‘price tag’ for Germany ...
  • “Power storage from Tesla, Mercedes-Benz and LG Chem boost the Energiewende

    The Munich-based Memedo, which focuses on sales of energy storage systems tripled its sales of power storage systems in 2015 to around 1500 units, Memedo’s head Daniel Schmitt says in Windkraft-Journal.de. Its rise to the top-seller of such systems was ...
  • 31 May 2016 |

    Merkel, state premiers seek compromise on core Energiewende law

    31 May 2016 (All day) [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 ...
  • 25 May 2016

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

    25 May 2016 (All day) Reuters Campaigners urge Germany to stop financing coal projects abroad Environmental groups urged G7 nations led by Japan and Germany to stop financing coal projects abroad, reports Alister Doyle for Reuters. The study, released ...
  • “Turning energy around: Coal and the German Energiewende

    Germany’s coal sector remains strong enough to noticeably hinder the energy transition, writes Stefan Bößner of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) in a research paper. He examines the coal sector in Germany amid the Energiewende with the goal of ...
  • Energiewende and higher energy self-sufficiency – can both be achieved?”

    Reducing the dependence on imported fossil fuels is one of the targets of German energy policy – but is the switch to an energy system based on domestic renewables the answer, ask researchers from the Ifo Institut, Center for Economic Studies, in an ...
  • 14 Jun 2016

    Fossil fuel peak forecast for 2025 / Investors eye Energiewende

    14 Jun 2016 (All day) Bloomberg “The world nears peak fossil fuels for electricity” The era of ever expanding global demand for fossil fuels to generate power comes to an end in less than a decade, according to a new forecast by Bloomberg New Energy ...
  • “Germany’s Energiewende Today – Insights from Industry Members”

    For an article on Renewable Energy World, Loukia Papadopoulos sought energy experts' opinion on the current state of Germany’s Energiewende. Mark Jacobson, director of the Atmosphere and Energy Program at Stanford University, Carl Pope, former ...
  • “Environmentalists are in a dilemma because of the Energiewende

    With more and more renewables needed, the conflict between climate and nature protection grows  - and simply “saving energy” will not be sufficient, writes Ralf Nestler in an opinion piece for Tagesspiegel. “Already, the limit of what can be asked of the ...
  • “The Energiewende arrives at the financial markets”

    With cities, municipalities, foundations and companies divesting from fossil fuels and more “green investment” possibilities, the financial sector is rethinking its approach to environmental protection and sustainability on the one hand, and to financial ...
  • 03 May 2016

    Vast majority of Germans say Energiewende is important / Carmakers' 'CO2 scam'

    03 May 2016 (All day) BDEW “Energiewende continues to be major topic for population” 93 percent of Germans believe the Energiewende is important or very important, according to a survey by Germany’s largest energy industry association BDEW – a rise of 3 ...
  • “Worries about the Energiewende

    Many pro-Energiewende politicians are complaining bitterly about plans to rein in renewables expansion through the reform of Renewable Energy Act, but in reality, the government is still going ahead with plans for a 45 percent renewables share in 2025, up ...
  • Energiewende as topic of German pavilion at Astana Expo 2017

    The Energiewende ‘Made in Germany’ will be the main theme of Germany's pavilion at Expo 2017 in Astana. The Expo’s overall theme will be “Future Energy – Solutions for tackling humankind’s greatest challenge”. The German pavilion will present ...
  • Energiewende regulations burden textile industry”

    The high costs of Germany’s energy transition are damaging German industry's competitiveness with negative impacts on the clothing and textile sector, says Bodo Bölzle, president of textile industry association Südwesttextil, according to an article ...
  • E.ON head sees risk of anti-Energiewende campaign by right-wing populists

    E.ON CEO Johannes Teyssen has warned that right-wing populists might campaign against Germany’s energy transition if power prices do not fall. The anti-immigrant AfD already has discovered the Energiewende as topic, Teyssen told regional newspaper WAZ. ...
  • “Bundestag and Bundesrat ring in end of Energiewende

    Citizen energy projects  and the development of wind power will suffer most from the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) reform passed by both chambers of the German parliament, writes  Hans-Josef Fell  in a guest commentary for pv magazine. “The wind sector will ...
  • Greenpeace sees threat to Energiewende in EU Commission’s TTIP plans

    Current plans for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the USA could threaten central instruments of Germany’s the energy transition, Greenpeace says in a press release. According to a  leaked EU Commission draft, ...
  • Preserving diversity of actors in Energiewende

    The reform of the Renewable Energy Act, which includes the introduction of tenders for renewables, is a challenge for all Energiewende players- but especially for citizens, according to a new brochure by the German Cities Council, local utilities ...
  • “The Energiewende at its limit”

    There are limits to a national energy transition in Germany, writes economy professor Andreas Löschel, from the University of Münster, in a guest article for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. If a few countries like Germany and the UK decide to phase-out coal ...
  • Launch of the Competence Centre Nature Protection and Energiewende

    German environment minister Barbara Hendricks launched a new project aimed at facilitating dialogue among the stakeholders in the conflict area between nature protection on the one hand and the further development of renewable energies in the course of ...
  • Energiewende for the electricity lobby”

    Hard coal power plant operator and one of Germany’s biggest power suppliers Steag announced that it will leave the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) by the end of 2016, writes the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ). The industry association ...
  • “Opposition fears Energiewende standstill”

    Representatives of the opposition Green and Left parties criticised the planned reform of the Renewable Energy Act in the first Bundestag debate on the federal government’s proposed draft. “It would have been more honest to talk of an energy transition ...
  • 30 Mar 2016

    Foreign demand powers SMA Solar profit / A shipping Energiewende?

    30 Mar 2016 (All day) Reuters/SMA Solar “SMA Solar returns to profit on foreign demand” SMA Solar, Germany’s largest solar group, posted its first operating profit in three years thanks to strong foreign demand, according to a Reuters report. The group ...
  • 16 Mar 2016

    Reporter's Guide to the Energiewende- 2016 edition published

    16 Mar 2016 (All day) “A Reporter’s Guide to the Energiewende” offers journalists covering energy and climate policy an overview of key stories, experts/decision-makers and facts on Germany’s landmark energy transition. Click on the attachment on the left ...
  • 22 Feb 2016

    Industry softens Energiewende bashing / New support for PV storage

    22 Feb 2016 (All day) Die Welt Industry softens Energiewende-bashing At the latest meeting of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU party’s economic council (CDU Wirtschaftsrat), business leaders softened their usual bashing of the Energiewende ...
  • 14 Mar 2016

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

    14 Mar 2016 (All day) Green Budget Germany / Frankfurter Rundschau “Ten million tonnes more CO2” Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions increased again in 2015, compared to 2014, researchers from Green Budget Germany (FÖS) say. Emissions increased by 1.1 ...
  • 10 Dec 2015

    Many roads lead to Energiewende- study / A majority for coal exit

    10 Dec 2015 (All day) Die Zeit “Don’t be afraid of the Energiewende” Three scientific academies have found there are various options to bring the Energiewende in the power sector to a successful conclusion, reports Fritz Vorholz on Zeit Online. The ...
  • 18 Nov 2015

    Taking stock of the Energiewende / Resistance to smart meters

    18 Nov 2015 (All day) Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) Balance Sheet of Energiewende Germany has published an assessment of its national climate protection efforts. The government says Germany is making “good progress” with its ...
  • 07 Jan 2016

    How to achieve a transport Energiewende / A 'Monopile Monopoly'

    07 Jan 2016 (All day) Frankfurter Rundschau “No climate protection without an energy transition in transport” Transport is absolutely crucial to decarbonising the economy and Germany should embrace a leading role, but the transport ministry is barely ...
  • Germany passes laws on grid, CHP to keep Energiewende going

    18 Dec 2015 (All day) 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 ...
  • 01 Dec 2015 |

    COP21 Interview: Old business models are challenged by Energiewende

    01 Dec 2015 (All day) The final negotiations for a global climate treaty have kicked off in Paris. What is the German perspective on an international climate agreement and what has the energy transition (Energiewende) got to do with it? The Clean Energy ...
  • 18 Nov 2015 |

    Energiewende climate targets in “serious danger”- govt advisors

    18 Nov 2015 (All day) 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 ...
  • 10 Nov 2015 |

    COP21 Interview: World expects Germany to lead way with Energiewende

    10 Nov 2015 (All day) The final negotiations for a global climate treaty in Paris are just weeks away. What is the German perspective on an international climate agreement and what has the energy transition (Energiewende) got to do with it? The Clean ...
  • 25 Aug 2015

    In the media: Power-to-gas as Energiewende solution?

    25 Aug 2015 (All day) Greenpeace Energy “Power-to-gas reduces costs for Energiewende by billions and enables 100-percent renewable power supply” By using technology to store excess wind and solar power as hydrogen and methane, Germany could have a 100 ...
  • 24 Aug 2015

    In the media: New numbers on the cost of the Energiewende; power plant closures

    24 Aug 2015 (All day) Deutsche Welle “Renewables shift wallops traditional power plants” According to an article in the Bild Zeitung, citing the Federal Network Agency, nine more conventional power plants will be shut down than originally slated for ...
  • 06 Aug 2015

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

    06 Aug 2015 (All day) 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 Affairs Sigmar Gabriel to ensure ...
  • 17 Jul 2015

    In the media: Why Germans support the Energiewende / Power export record

    17 Jul 2015 (All day) German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) "European Commission has missed the opportunity for innovation in CO2 intensive materials" The EU Commission’s proposal for carbon leakage prevention after 2020 misses ...
  • Germany's "Man-to-the-Moon"-project: Quotes from Energiewende conference

    27 Mar 2015 (All day) UPDATE-- Over 900 ministers, officials, business people, energy experts and journalists from around 60 countries take part in the first Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, a two-day confernce hosted by the German Foreign Ministry, the ...
  • 23 Jun 2015

    In the media: “Energiewende requires new financing models”

    23 Jun 2015 (All day) World Energy Council/Roland Berger “Energiewende requires new financing models” Traditional utilities can no longer shoulder the huge infrastructure investments necessary for the Energiewende, according to a study from management ...
  • 23 Jul 2015

    In the media: Energiewende à la Hollande

    23 Jul 2015 (All day) tagesschau.de “More eco and a little less nuclear” Many German media are reporting about France’s new energy transition law, passed on Wednesday. The law says energy usage must be halved by 2050 and nuclear’s share of electricity ...
  • 22 Jul 2015

    In the media: Five megatrends usher in global Energiewende

    22 Jul 2015 (All day) energytransition.de “‘5 megatrends’ for a global energy transition” There are five global ‘megatrends’ pointing to a world-wide energy transition, according to an overview by renewable power provider Lichtblick and environmental NGO ...
  • 04 Aug 2015

    In the media: Obama's Energiewende

    04 Aug 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “With greetings to Paris” The German environment ministry and several NGOs welcomed President Obama’s clean power deal as increasing the chances of achieving an effective climate treaty with binding obligations ...
  • 16 Jul 2015

    In the media: Energiewende faces massive challenges

    16 Jul 2015 (All day) 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 Kuhlmann, the new head of the German Energy ...
  • 11 May 2015

    In the media: Gabriel promotes Energiewende at G7 energy summit

    11 May 2015 (All day)   dpa “Gabriel wants to convince G7 of Energiewende” At today’s meeting of G7 energy ministers in Hamburg, the German government hopes to convince other industrialised nations that renewables can be an important contribution to ...
  • 20 Mar 2015

    Energiewende passes solar eclipse stress test

    20 Mar 2015 (All day) Clear and sunny weather, a solar eclipse and no blackout- Germany's power system has passed an important test. The eclipse was a taste of the future, as the rise in renewables will make fluctuations of this magnitude regular ...
  • 13 Apr 2015

    In the media: Energiewende could bring 230,000 new jobs by 2050

    13 Apr 2015 (All day) neue energie “230,000 new jobs – if the Energiewende succeeds” A new and as yet unpublished study by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy concludes that renewables are a boon for the economy and increase the number of ...
  • 24 Apr 2015

    In the media: Siemens boss swipes at Energiewende on US visit

    24 Apr 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Siemens boss jokes about the Energiewende At a conference of oil industry executives in Texas, Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser said that anyone making energy policy for a country needs only to do the opposite of ...
  • 14 Apr 2015

    In the media: Energiewende can draw business to Germany

    14 Apr 2015 (All day) Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (VDE) “Germany as a business location: Energiewende beats Industry 4.0” A majority of companies in the electrical industry is confident Germany will strengthen its ...
  • 08 Apr 2015 |

    German Energiewende enjoys strong social mandate

    08 Apr 2015 (All day) Regardless of recent squabbles about new power lines and rising electricity prices, Germans remain staunch supporters of the principles behind the Energiewende. Survey after survey shows a large majority of the population is in ...
  • “The Energiewende is a big democratic project”

    26 Mar 2015 (All day) 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 ...
  • 05 Mar 2015

    In the media: Energiewende indices show progress

    05 Mar 2015 (All day) Die Welt /McKinsey Germany “McKinsey: Energiewende indices improve“ The McKinsey Energiewende Index, a bi-annually published analysis of how well Germany is achieving its energy transition targets, has never been very positive, ...
  • 17 Mar 2015 |

    Solar eclipse to stress test German Energiewende

    17 Mar 2015 (All day) UPDATE-- While millions of Europeans will look skyward for a glimpse of a rare solar eclipse on March 20, technicians at German power grid operator TenneT will be glued to their controls. When the moon covers parts of the sun, the ...
  • 08 Jan 2015

    No room for Energiewende complacency despite 2014 CO2-drop

    08 Jan 2015 (All day) Proving Energiewende critics wrong or only a minor step in the right direction? Recent data indicated that Germany has started substituting power from hard coal with renewable electricity while lower power consumption has contributed ...
  • 13 Feb 2015

    In the media: Night storage heating for the Energiewende; German economy recovering

    13 Feb 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung Night storage heating has comeback thanks to the Energiewende Night storage heating, ovens that take up power at night when there used to be an over-supply of cheap power and release it as heat during the day may ...
  • Ministry assures chemicals industry on Energiewende costs

    03 Mar 2015 (All day) Chemicals industry and energy minister sign joint statement on energy and climate policy. The Federal Energy Ministry (BMWi) pledged in a joint statement with the German chemicals industry to defend power price privileges for energy ...
  • 02 Jan 2015

    In the media: Wind power booms while solar wanes; Energiewende is popular, but Germans grumble about implementation

    02 Jan 2015 (All day) Handelsblatt / dpa “Solar boom continues to ebb“ Germany built 1.95 gigawatts-worth of solar installations in 2014 – 43 percent fewer than the year before, the Handelsblatt writes, reporting figures published by the Federal Network ...
  • Germany views European Energy Union proposals through Energiewende lens

    25 Feb 2015 (All day) 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. The European Commission published it framework ...
  • 14 Jan 2015

    In the media: The Energiewende in 2015, a bad year for solar

    14 Jan 2015 (All day) Dow Jones Newswires "Gabriel’s three building sites for the Energiewende" In an analysis piece for Dow Jones Newswires, Christian Grimm gives an overview of the three biggest issues of the Energiewende that Energy and ...
  • Sharp drop in German emissions sign of Energiewende turnaround- think-tank

    07 Jan 2015 (All day) Greenhouse gas emissions in Germany dropped in 2014 to the second-lowest level since 1990, a sign that the country’s ambitious Energiewende project is back on track, German think-tank Agora Energiewende* said on Wednesday. Carbon ...
  • 11 Dec 2014

    In the media: Global perceptions of the Energiewende, CO2 from cars and report on fossil fuel dependency

    11 Dec 2014 (All day) Study: Renewable Energies Agency (AEE) “How the world sees the Energiewende” Germany’s Energiewende – the shift from conventional and nuclear energy to a renewable power supply – is the focus of much media attention around the world, ...
  • 15 Jan 2015 |

    Unions between embracing the new and defending the old in Energiewende

    15 Jan 2015 (All day) German trade unions are vocal stakeholders in the Energiewende, wary of job losses in the conventional energy sector and campaigning for labour rights in the growing renewables sector. Their importance is amplified by their ...
  • 14 Nov 2014

    In the media: Energiewende approval index, Lignite sector, links to French grid

    14 Nov 2014 (All day)   Ernst & Young “Cautious upward trend: Approval of the Energiewende rises slightly” Business approval for Germany’s energy is gradually rising, according to Ernst & Young’s quarterly Energiewende Index released this week. On ...
  • 20 Nov 2014

    In the media: More on the coal debate, comment on fracking, Rifkin on Energiewende

    20 Nov 2014 (All day) Zeit online "Billions for utilities" If coal fired power stations were retired, everybody could profit: the climate, consumers and utilities, writes Marlies Uken for Zeit online. The problem is, none of the large ...
  • 17 Nov 2014

    In the media: Debate over coal phase-out, grassroots of the Energiewende, fracking

    17 Nov 2014 (All day) Die Welt "Why the coal phase-out was really cancelled"  In an analysis of the current debate over whether Germany should phase out coal power in order to reach its greenhouse gas reduction targets, Daniel Wetzel and Martin ...
  • 19 Dec 2014

    In the media: Linking Energiewende debates, modifying emissions trading, solar market comeback?

    19 Dec 2014 (All day) taz “The blind spot has to go“ It is good and important that the future of coal power in Germany is finally being discussed, Patrick Graichen, head of the Berlin based think-tank Agora Energiewende told Malte Kreutzfeld in an ...
  • 06 Nov 2014

    In the media: Energiewende awareness, coal exit and climate action plan

    06 Nov 2014 (All day) SolarServer “Survey: Energiewende little known in neighbouring countries, but support for goals” Public awareness of the Energiewende – or energy transition – among some of Germany’s immediate neighbours is low, according to a story ...
  • 18 Nov 2014 |

    Homes for the Energiewende

    18 Nov 2014 (All day) The Energiewende is gradually transforming German homes – not just towards greater energy efficiency but to become producers as well as consumers of energy. If you want to peer into Germany’s future, visit the Vauban district in the ...
  • Energy researchers spell out four reasons for slow emissions reduction in Germany

    14 May 2019, 13:30 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Energiewende The rapid expansion of renewable power sources in Germany has not been matched by a parallel drop in carbon emissions and energy ...
  • 29 Dec 2015 |

    2016 Outlook – Key topics for Germany’s energy transition

    29 Dec 2015 (All day) 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 ...
  • Germany's economic powerhouse states demand clear federal energy policy concept

    08 Apr 2019, 12:30 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Elections & Politics Policy Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ ...
  • Blog: Germany pushes for joint global energy transition

    10 Apr 2019, 13:44 German ministers, high-level policymakers, as well as representatives from industry, science and civil society gather at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue on 9-10 April 2019 to discuss the progress of a global energy transition. ...
  • The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2018

    18 Apr 2018 German ministers and European Commissioners will be among those explaining why an energy transition is a good idea for the world, at the fourth Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue on 17-18 April 2018. The Clean Energy Wire will give a rolling ...
  • 14 Nov 2014 |

    Energy transition becomes a tourist attraction

    14 Nov 2014 (All day) Even as critics claim wind turbines are ruining the view at Germany's tourist spots, some destinations are making green energy infrastructure a focal point for visitors. At first, the German Tourism Association (DTV), Germany& ...
  • Energy ministry stifles German renewables industry – Green MP

    18 Dec 2018, 13:58 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages k.appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Energiewende Business & Jobs COP24 reactions from Germany: “A victory for multilateralism” rbb Former environment minister Jürgen Trittin (Green ...
  • New economy ministry proposal to fire up renewables in all sectors

    16 Sep 2016 (All day) 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 ...
  • “Europe’s common energy market is an open-ended experiment”

    23 Apr 2019, 13:46 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Energiewende International Handelsblatt Despite EU Commissioner Maros Sefcovic announcing this month that the European energy union has become ...
  • Energy minister rejects idea of changing fees and taxes on energy

    05 Jun 2018 (All day) 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 ...
  • New phase in transition research: Focus on an integrated energy system

    16 Feb 2018 (All day) The future government tasks researchers with finding ways to plan and steer the electrification of the whole energy system – along with all its new technologies. Renewable power was introduced in Germany at a startling pace in some ...
  • Govt energy transition commission calls for CO2 price, mobility action

    01 Nov 2017 (All day) 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 ...
  • Merkel’s grand coalition in review: The climate and energy record

    08 Sep 2017 (All day) As the current legislative period draws to a close, The Clean Energy Wire asked key stakeholders to review the last four years of German energy and climate policy – and tell us what they would like to see from the next government. ...
  • Germany laggard in assessing fossil investment risks- Deutsche Börse

    04 Oct 2018, 14:16 The financial sector in Germany needs better regulation to fully incorporate sustainability criteria in its business practices, says Kristina Jeromin, head of sustainability at the German stock exchange Deutsche Börse and managing ...
  • Germany’s roadmap to CO2-neutrality delayed amid industry objections

    24 Jun 2016 (All day) 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 ...
  • "Mammoth" energy transition key to German climate efforts- minister

    18 Mar 2016 (All day) Renewable energy sources already play a key role in keeping Germany's carbon emissions in check, the country's environment minster told an international conference on Friday in Berlin. However, completing the energy ...
  • 29 Oct 2015 |

    COP21 Interview: Paris deal "no guaranteed home run"

    29 Oct 2015 (All day) The final negotiations for a global climate treaty in Paris are just weeks away. What is the German perspective on an international climate agreement and what has the energy transition (Energiewende) got to do with it? The Clean ...
  • Renewables cover about 100% of German power use for first time ever

    05 Jan 2018 (All day) 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 ...
  • Preview2018- Link climate to labour market goals- Trade Unions

    08 Jan 2018 (All day) Germany enters 2018 without having found a new government, a situation that casts a cloud over all of the country’s major policy endeavours including those dealing with energy and climate. But irrespective of the unprecedented ...
  • Preview2018- Merkel is "a master of announcements"- environment NGO

    04 Jan 2018 (All day) Germany enters 2018 without having found a new government, a situation that casts a cloud over all of the country’s major policy endeavours including those dealing with energy and climate. But irrespective of the unprecedented ...
  • Preview2018- Cutting power costs tops German industry's agenda- DIHK

    04 Jan 2018 (All day) Germany enters 2018 without having found a new government, a situation that casts a cloud over all of the country’s major policy endeavours including those dealing with energy and climate. But irrespective of the unprecedented ...
  • Preview2018- 2020 climate target failure "not an option"- German NGO

    03 Jan 2018 (All day) Germany enters 2018 without having found a new government, a situation that casts a cloud over all of the country’s major policy endeavours including those dealing with energy and climate. But irrespective of the unprecedented ...
  • Weakened Merkel set to seek coalition talks with Greens, FDP

    24 Sep 2017 (All day) Despite heavy losses in Germany's parliamentary elections, Angela Merkel is poised to stay chancellor for another four years. The voters’ decision sets her conservative CDU/CSU party alliance on course for coalition talks with ...
  • Dieselgate and climate fears fail to ignite voters' passion- pollster

    18 Sep 2017 (All day) Protecting the climate has become so commonplace among Germany's political parties that it is hard for one of them to stand out on an environmentalist platform, says Torsten Schneider-Haase of German opinion polling company ...
  • 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, ...
  • Fresh Green upset in Hesse state election may derail Merkel government

    26 Oct 2018, 10:47 As Germany’s federal government parties, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU camp and the Social Democrats (SPD), suffer from voter flight due to the coalition’s constant quarrels, the Green Party emerges as one of the big ...
  • New government gets little credit in quest to regain climate lead

    29 Mar 2018 (All day) A new government with fresh faces for environment, energy, and transport policy is supposed to bring Germany's dented reputation as a climate policy pioneer back on track. Critics point out that apart from ambitious ...
  • Preview2018- Energy economist fears for Germany's climate reputation

    18 Dec 2017 (All day) Germany enters 2018 without having found a new government, a situation that casts a cloud over all of the country’s major policy endeavours including those dealing with energy and climate. But irrespective of the unprecedented ...
  • Preview2018- Next German government faces urgent coal choice

    22 Dec 2017 (All day) After a year filled with events that put Germany’s climate policy in the limelight, such as the G20 summit in Hamburg, the COP23 in Bonn, or the debate over coal in the ill-fated ‘Jamaica coalition’ talks, the country’s political ...
  • Preview2018- German coal exit would not help climate- researcher

    21 Dec 2017 (All day) Germany enters 2018 without having found a new government, a situation that casts a cloud over all of the country’s major policy endeavours including those dealing with energy and climate. But irrespective of the unprecedented ...
  • Preview2018- WWF calls for German climate policy emergency programme

    19 Dec 2017 (All day) Germany enters 2018 without having found a new government, a situation that casts a cloud over all of the country’s major policy endeavours including those dealing with energy and climate. But irrespective of the unprecedented ...
  • Climate change to impact Germany largely through foreign trade

    23 May 2019, 12:20 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire The impact of ...
  • 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 ...
  • Rising CO2-price could trigger German coal phase-out in 5 years

    21 Aug 2018, 15:33 The projected rise in CO2 prices in Europe could see coal-fired power plants being replaced by gas plants in Germany, thereby saving millions of tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions and helping the country to achieve its energy transition ...
  • German data centres demand power-price rebates to remain competitive

    25 Apr 2019, 13:05 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Cost & Prices Digitalisation Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The German government isn’t doing enough to support the country’s digital infrastructure, data-centre ...
  • 17 Jan 2019 |

    Germany comes 5th in global renewable investment ranking

    17 Jan 2019, 14:16 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Renewables Power production at sea re-emerges as Energiewende cornerstone Stricken solar sector sets out to regain leading Energiewende role The Energiewende's ...
  • 15 Apr 2019 |

    Germany needs comprehensive reform of power grid fees – think tank

    15 Apr 2019, 12:01 Expert Agora Energiewende Think tank on German energy policy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende International Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Grid Agora Energiewende With the new ...
  • 11 Jan 2019 |

    Grid operator TenneT will exceed Germany’s 2020 offshore goal this year

    11 Jan 2019, 14:01 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Wind Clean Energy Wire Grid operator TenneT has increased offshore wind capacity to 6,232 megawatts (MW) in 2018, thus closing in on the 2020 government target of 6,500 MW ...
  • 27 Mar 2019 |

    Germany edges closer to 2020 renewables target

    27 Mar 2019, 12:24 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Renewables Federal Environment Agency (UBA) The ...
  • Major German solar power component maker Wacker bemoans high energy prices

    20 Mar 2019, 13:12 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Solar Business & Jobs Cost & Prices ICIS / Reuters / Tagesspiegel Background German chemicals producer Wacker has complained that ...
  • 14 Mar 2019 |

    Southern German states pass the buck to each other on grid expansion

    14 Mar 2019, 13:52 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Grid Frankfurter Rundschau The southern German states of Hesse and Bavaria are passing the buck to each other on who should provide its ...
  • Germany should make its energy policy fully European to improve it – DIHK head

    12 Mar 2019, 14:01 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Grid Industrial policy International ...
  • 11 Mar 2019 |

    Germany’s Siemens and Sonnen leading new wave in home battery storage

    11 Mar 2019, 14:15 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Storage Business & Jobs Financial Times Residential battery storage is poised to become a major industry, reports Patrick McGee in the Financial Times. That ...
  • As US ponders a Green New Deal, commentators debate what lessons to learn from Germany

    26 Feb 2019, 14:28 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Business & Jobs International The Hill / Bloomberg Opinion Opinion writers are invoking Germany’s Energiewende in their arguments over US proposals for a Green ...
  • 15 Feb 2019 |

    German grid agency worries about low participation in wind tenders

    15 Feb 2019, 12:21 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway Bundesnetzagentur Cost & Prices Electricity market Grid Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy ...
  • 22 May 2019 |

    Investment needs to upgrade power grid for e-mobility “surprisingly low” – E.ON board member

    22 May 2019, 13:24 Expert E.ON Utility Business & Jobs Electricity market Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Grid Cars Utilities E.ON / Tagesspiegel Background E.ON's distribution grids in Germany ...
  • The stakes for energy and climate policy are high in EU elections

    22 May 2019, 13:45 Voters across the EU will head to the polls between 23 and 26 May to elect a new European Parliament. It’s one of three major European institutions — along with the European Commission and Council — due for elections or leadership ...
  • No EU country on track for 2030 climate goal, Germany ranks second to last – report

    16 May 2019, 13:57 Expert Ecologic Institute Energiewende International Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire The current emissions reduction and energy transition ...
  • 06 Feb 2019 |

    The main stories of Germany's Energiewende

    06 Feb 2019, 11:00 The energy transition is turning many parts of German society upside down. In this factsheet we highlight the main storylines of the generational project Energiewende as a starting point for further research. Energiewende Ruby Russell ...
  • 20 Apr 2017 |

    Key stakeholders in Germany’s Energiewende

    20 Apr 2017 (All day) Which groups are invested in, and impacted by, the German energy transition? Here we identify the key stakeholder groups, their positions and concerns. Energiewende s.egenter r.russell j.wettengel The German federal government ...
  • 20 Apr 2017 |

    A (very) brief timeline of Germany's Energiewende

    20 Apr 2017 (All day) 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 ...
  • 20 Apr 2017 |

    Key publications on Germany’s Energiewende

    20 Apr 2017 (All day) 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany’s Siemens: a case study in Energiewende industry upheaval

    23 Apr 2018 (All day) Like no other company, German industry behemoth Siemens epitomises the upheaval caused by the Energiewende in the world’s fourth largest economy. None of the electrical engineering and electronic group’s businesses has been left ...
  • 20 Sep 2017 |

    Campaign quotes: Greens and Free Democrats on Energiewende issues

    20 Sep 2017 (All day) The Free Democrats (FDP) want a more market-led Energiewende and abolish "dreadful subsidies" to renewables, while the Green Party favours a CO2 tax and the phase-out of conventional cars. In the run-up to the federal ...
  • 20 Sep 2017 |

    Campaign quotes: What Merkel & Schulz say about Energiewende issues

    20 Sep 2017 (All day) Chancellor Angela Merkel promises more precise climate goals after the elections; contender Martin Schulz calls for a binding e-car quota. In the run-up to the federal elections in Germany on 24 September, CLEW presents key campaign ...
  • 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 ...
  • Cities' & municipalities' role in the Energiewende

    26 May 2017 (All day) Local energy transitions across Germany play a key role in achieving the goals of the national Energiewende. In this factsheet, we provide some of the facts and figures key to understanding the power, opportunities and challenges of ...
  • 22 Sep 2017 |

    German elections ahead: The road to the next Energiewende government

    22 Sep 2017 (All day) On 24 September 2017, Germans will cast their votes in the general elections and determine who will be in charge of the next phase of the country’s energy transition. Parties have shifted into national campaign mode after elections ...
  • German federalism: In 16 states of mind over the Energiewende

    10 Mar 2016 (All day) Germany’s 16 federal states may have a common goal – to cut emissions and fight climate change – but there are many different opinions about how to achieve it and how exactly the Energiewende should progress. Ahead of the ...
  • 02 Feb 2016 |

    The role of biofuel and hydrogen in Germany's transport Energiewende

    02 Feb 2016 (All day) The question of how Germany’s vehicles, ships, and aircraft of the future will be powered is still unanswered. Biofuels and hydrogen might play a role in the upcoming transition to a green transport sector. Transport p.hockenos The ...
  • 09 Mar 2016 |

    Energiewende in transportation: Vague goals, modest strides

    09 Mar 2016 (All day) (UPDATE with new data on e-car registrations in paragraph 3)- The European Union wants to reduce CO2 emissions in the transportation sector of its 28 member states by 60 percent by 2050. Germany has no stated goal for its own ...
  • 16 Jun 2015 |

    Milestones of the German Energiewende

    16 Jun 2015 (All day) This factsheet provides a time line of important events, policies and research that have shaped the energy transition in Germany over the past four decades. Energiewende Society p.hockenos 1972   Publication of “ The Limits to Growth ...
  • 19 Aug 2015 |

    Industrial power prices and the Energiewende

    19 Aug 2015 (All day) Industrial power prices vary widely in Germany. The cost of power depends on how commercial users source it, how much they need, when they use it and which levies, taxes and surcharges they are required to pay. Levies to support the ...
  • 14 Feb 2019 |

    Polls reveal citizens' support for Energiewende

    14 Feb 2019, 13:15 The German public remains strongly in support of the transition to a low-carbon and nuclear-free economy. This factsheet provides a summary of recent polls measuring citizens' acceptance of the project. [Update adds Stiebel Eltron ...
  • 24 Jun 2015 |

    Energiewende- Germany is not alone

    24 Jun 2015 (All day) This factsheet puts the development of green power in Germany into a European context, comparing its achievements in the field with that of other EU countries. International j.schlandt Looking at the share in energy production of ...
  • 01 Jul 2015 |

    Technologies of Energiewende

    01 Jul 2015 (All day) This factsheet provides an overview of some of the main areas for research and development (R&D) in providing technological solutions for the greening of Germany’s electricity supply. Technology r.russell Utility-scale storage ...
  • Combined heat and power- an Energiewende cornerstone?

    04 May 2015 (All day) Combined heat and power has become one of the hotly debated issues of the 2015 power market reform, with the government wanting to reduce support costs and utilities worried that these efficient plants will become unprofitable. This ...
  • Government progress report on Energiewende spells out political goals

    03 Dec 2014 (All day) [Update: We have added an overview chart from the progress report to this factsheet, 05 Dec 2014] In its 2014 first progress report on the Energiewende, the German government has established what it calls political goals for its ...
  • 30 Mar 2015 |

    Where the Energiewende creates jobs

    30 Mar 2015 The near-term impact of the Energiewende on Germany’s economy remains hotly debated. There is no systematic monitoring of business and job creation-- or losses-- as a result of the country’s transition to a low-carbon economy. This factsheet ...
  • 25 Oct 2018 |

    Citizens’ participation in the Energiewende

    25 Oct 2018, 16:19 Across Germany, citizens have taken a direct stake in the transition to a cleaner energy supply through ownership of renewable energy installations. This factsheet gives an overview of the different ways in which citizens invest in the ...
  • German utilities and the Energiewende

    12 Jan 2015 (All day) The large German utilities have seen their earnings from producing and supplying fossil and nuclear power decline- this factsheet outlines the challenges the energy transition poses to their traditional business model and how they ...
  • 05 Nov 2014 |

    Facts and figures on the social impact of the Energiewende

    05 Nov 2014 (All day) German society is transforming under the twin pressures of the legislation that frames the country’s energy transition, and the drive from ordinary people now playing an active role in decentralised energy production, and making ...
  • German offshore wind power- output, business and perspectives

    21 Jan 2019, 14:00 Offshore wind power is a relatively new industry in wind-country Germany but is growing at a fast pace. While investors initially shied away from high investment costs and the risky conditions at sea, price drops and technological ...
  • What energy & climate stakeholders want from Germany's next government

    14 Sep 2017 (All day) 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 ...
  • Local stories from Germany's energy transition

    26 May 2016 (All day) National media coverage of the German Energiewende mainly chronicles government activities and energy policy debates, such as reforming the Renewable Energy Act, the upcoming Climate Action Plan 2050, or the fate of big utilities. ...
  • Sector coupling- Shaping an integrated renewable energy system

    25 Apr 2018 (All day) Germany's energy transition (Energiewende) has a new buzz-word: Sector coupling. The idea of running energy-intensive heating, transport and industry on renewable power instead of fossil fuels will require the rollout of many ...
  • Climate & energy stumbling blocks for Jamaica-coalition talks

    27 Sep 2017 (All day) Germany might be headed towards a new chapter in its political history with a governing coalition of the conservative CDU/CSU alliance, the economic liberal FDP, and the environmentalist Green Party looming as a real prospect for the ...
  • Colour codes: How energy & climate policy differs in German coalitions

    04 Sep 2017 (All day) The next German government is almost certain to be a coalition of two or more parties. That means the country’s energy and climate policy will be a compromise between different party priorities. Energy and climate issues on a ...
  • Vote2017: German parties' energy & climate policy positions

    01 Sep 2017 (All day) Germany’s Energiewende is a project that enjoys backing from almost all of the country’s relevant political parties. But apart from the general intention to decarbonise the economy by the middle of the century and abide by the goals ...
  • Facts on German state elections and the energy transition in Hesse

    29 Oct 2018, 08:30 The central German state of Hesse has been a latecomer in terms of the country's energy transition, the Energiewende, but has gained ground by swiftly expanding renewables in recent years. The state that is a European ...
  • Green Party coalition partner in three new German state governments

    23 May 2016 (All day) State elections have shifted the power balance in Rhineland-Palatinate, Saxony-Anhalt and Baden-Württemberg. The Greens are partners in each new coalition government. The party’s commitment to the energy transition is reflected in ...
  • Key results and facts from German state elections on 13 March

    09 May 2016 (All day) [Updates appointments] On 13 March, three German states went to the polls in regional elections. Last time these states voted, energy policy had been the hot topic, and Germany elected its first Green state premier. But this time ...
  • Positions of key stakeholders on the EEG: Research Institutes

    06 Oct 2014 (All day) 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 k.appunn Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko ...
  • Positions of key stakeholders on the EEG 2.0: Business and consumers

    06 Oct 2014 (All day) 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 k.appunn German ...
  • Position of key stakeholders on the EEG 2.0: Environmental groups

    07 Oct 2014 (All day) 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 k.appunn e.thalman Nature and Biodiversity ...
  • Positions of key stakeholders on the EEG: Government and federal states

    06 Oct 2014 (All day) 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 k.appunn ...
  • The history behind Germany's nuclear phase-out

    02 Jan 2018 (All day) The nuclear phase-out is as much part of the Energiewende (energy transition) as the move towards a low-carbon economy. Despite ongoing quarrels over its costs and an international perception that “German angst” caused the government ...
  • Germany’s dependence on imported fossil fuels

    29 Apr 2019, 15:00 Despite the Energiewende, Germany remains heavily dependent on imports of fossil fuels, as its domestic resources are largely depleted or extraction too costly. This factsheet provides an overview of the current status of Germany’s oil, ...
  • Germany's energy transition in numbers

    04 Jun 2015 (All day) 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 ...
  • Germany’s climate obligations under the EU Effort Sharing scheme

    06 May 2019, 13:55 Germany is often perceived as a country with stringent national climate ambitions, but many of these rules and goals are actually prescribed by the European Union’s greenhouse gas emission reduction plans. Much of what is found in ...
  • 21 Mar 2019 |

    The task force in charge of steering Germany to clean mobility

    21 Mar 2019, 11:52 Germany struggles to lower emissions in the transport sector and has launched an advisory panel to clean up the sector according to national climate targets. Its findings, to be published by spring, are meant to feed into the government ...
  • 16 Aug 2018 |

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

    16 Aug 2018, 14:01 The natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, currently under construction under the Baltic Sea, has been the subject of heated debate for years. The project, scheduled for completion in late 2019, would allow additional Russian gas to flow ...
  • Putting a price on emissions: What are the prospects for carbon pricing in Germany?

    06 Feb 2019, 11:04 Germany's environment minister, as well as various NGOs and political parties, are adamant the country must extend CO2 pricing to cut emissions and meet climate targets. Although not on the official agenda of the current coalition, ...
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  • At GETJO conference, journalists tackle the business of the energy transition

    17 Apr 2019, 11:48 Rose-Anne Clermont Energiewende Business & Jobs Reporters and media professionals from around the globe shared their diverse experiences in reporting on business and other angles of the energy transition at the second GETJO ...
  • Prognos

    Prognos is a consultancy firm that provides decision makers in political organisations, business and the public with studies and reports on (among other topics) the energy transition in Germany. They have a specialised unit for energy and climate ...
  • Destatis

    Destatis is Germany's Federal Statistical Office. It provides and disseminates statistical information in German and English on the economy, the environment, economic sectors, society, countries and regions. www.destatis.de Klaus Pötzsch +49 611 75 ...
  • Dr. Torben Stührmann

    Dr. Stührmann is a microbiologist working on socio-technical systems and sustainability at the interdisciplinary artec Sustainability Research Centre and the University of Bremen's Department of Technology Development and Design. www.uni-bremen.de ...
  • Walter Kahlenborn

    Walter Kahlenborn is a co-founder and Managing Director of adelphi research and adelphi consult. The core topics of his research and consultancy work are sustainable economic development and climate and energy. He advises federal ministries, the European ...
  • German-French Office for the Energiewende

    The German-French office for the Energiewende is an information and networking platform on the energy transition in Germany and France. Its objective is to exchange know-how on the development of renewable energies and their integration into the energy ...
  • Agora Energiewende

    Agora Energiewende is a think tank funded by the European Climate Foundation and the Stiftung Mercator that focuses on dialogue with energy policymakers. It initiates and commissions research and uses the results to define the challenges of the ...
  • FENES- Research centre for power networks and energy storage

    FENES is a research center for power networks and energy storage, located at the college of technology in Regensburg (OTH- Ostbayerische technische Hochschule). It focuses its research on grid technology and energy storage systems (various technologies, ...
  • Götz Fischbeck

    Götz Fischbeck is a Frankfurt based consultant with DELTA Energy & Environment and Head of Smart Solar Consulting. www.delta-ee.com Researcher ...
  • Ecologic Institute

    Ecologic Institute is a transdisciplinary research organisation whose work encompasses the entire spectrum of environmental topics, including the integration of environmental issues in other political fields. The scientists at Ecologic Institute prepare ...
  • City of Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises

    The Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Enterprises (SenWiEnBe) is one of ten departments of the Berlin Senate and the supreme state authority responsible for economic and energy policy in the German capital- it is the state's economy ...
  • Andreas Schneller

    Andreas Schneller is Project Manager at adelphi, working on the topics of energy policy and energy management. His work on various projects for federal ministries and the European Commission includes the evaluation of policy measures, the development of ...
  • WRI- World Resources Institute

    The World Resources Institute (WRI) is a research institution working in over 50 countries. It aims to gather data and develop ideas and strategies to influence government policies, businesses and civil society to sustain natural resources. WRI's ...
  • 100% erneuerbar Stiftung

    100% erneuerbar Stiftung is a foundation for the promotion of decentralised, renewable energy in Germany. The non-profit think-tank is supported by various organisations.  100% erneuerbar publishes studies analysing processes of participation related to ...
  • FÖS- Green Budget Germany

    NGO Green Budget Germany was founded in 1994. Its focus is on all elements of market-oriented eco-fiscal policy: environmental taxation, emission trading, removal of environmentally harmful subsidies, promotion of renewable energies and green growth. Its ...
  • Dr. Patrick Graichen

    Patrick Graichen studied economics and political science, earning a Ph.D. on municipal energy policy at the Interdisciplinary Institute for Environmental Economics, University of Heidelberg. H e worked at the Federal Ministry of Environment, first in the ...
  • 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 ...
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

    Leuphana University Lüneburg has four science initiatives: Sustainability research, cultural research, education, management and entrepreneurship. The faculities of Business & Economics and Sustainability undertake research on the Energiewende, from ...
  • PD Dr. Dietmar Lindenberger

    Dietmar  Lindenberger has been Director of Applied Research and Member of the Management Board of the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (EWI) and a lecturer (Privatdozent) at the University of Cologne since 2004. Dr. Lindenberger ...
  • Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer

    Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer is Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), founded jointly by Stiftung Mercator and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). He is professor of the Economics of ...
  • Dr. Julika Weiß

    Dr. Weiss is an environmental engineer at the Technical University of Berlin and at the Technical University of Denmark, and director of the Project Gebäude Energiewende, which focuses on housing at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (Institut ...
  • Prof. Dr. Günther Bachmann

    Bachmann is director of the German Council for Sustainable Development, an advisory body that works closely with the business world to promote green standards and reports back to the German federal government. The Council’s tasks comprise developing ...
  • Aurora Energy Research

    Aurora Energy Research is a consultancy which offers data-driven analytics on European and global energy markets to provide intelligence on the global energy transformation through forecasts, reports, forums and  consultancy services. It was founded in ...
  • AGEB- AG Energiebilanzen e.V.

    AGEB is an energy market research group set up by several major German energy industry associations and economic research institutes. Its purpose is to evaluate current statistics in all areas of the energy market and to publish their results. Once a year ...
  • Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert

    Claudia Kemfert is professor of Energy Economics and Sustainability at the private Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and Head of the department of Energy, Transportation, Environment at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin) since ...
  • 17 Jun 2016 |

    The “Energiewende” – Germany’s energy transition for beginners- media workshop in cooperation with Reporters Without Borders

    17 Jun 2016 Berlin Energy and climate policy are central themes in German society and in German politics. Many foreign observers find it relevant and interesting that a highly industrialised country like Germany is shifting its energy system from coal and ...
  • 17 Jan 2019 |

    The German Climate Change Act – a new legal framework for the Energiewende pioneer?

    17 Jan 2019 Berlin PRESS BRIEFING on 17 January- An extreme drought in the summer 2018, a heated controversy over the pace of a coal phase-out, the Dieselgate scandal and a continuous failure to meet its self-declared emission targets – this cocktail of ...
  • PROGRAMME of Global Energy Transition Journalism Conference 2019 #GETJO19

    07- 08 Apr 2019 Berlin Join the Global Energy Transition Journalism conference to discuss how the business sector is adjusting to the climate crisis and shaping the energy transition, and how these transformations are reflected in journalism. Places are ...
  • Investors, troublemakers: Citizens & local powers of the Energiewende

    22- 24 Apr 2018 Mainz SIGN-UP CLOSED NOW. We are inviting international journalists to join us on a three-day study tour. We will talk to leading energy experts, local mayors, representatives of energy cooperatives, protesters and policymakers and ask: Is ...
  • The Energiewende: Making it happen on the autobahn

    18- 20 Sep 2016 Hannover How the world’s No. 2 exporter could decarbonise freight transport: The trucks. The technology. The politics ||| Media workshop for European journalists in the run-up to the IAA Commercial Vehicles Trade Fair ||| Organised by the ...
  • "The Energiewende: Decarbonising Europe’s industrial heartland": Study tour to Germany for journalists

    03- 06 Jul 2016 North Rhine-Westphalia How Germany wants to rebuild its energy system while defending its competitive edge: Media study tour to Germany for journalists from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand July 2016 R otor ...
  • 17 Oct 2017 |

    Realitätscheck Neustadt-Glewe: Wo steht die deutsche Energie- und Klimapolitik?

    17- 18 Oct 2017 Neustadt-Glewe A workshop for German-speaking energy, climate, environment or economic journalists Die Energie- und Klimapolitik wird eines der kontroversen Themen bei den Verhandlungen über eine Jamaika-Koalition sein. Die Finanzierung ...
  • 19 Mar 2017 |

    CLEW Journalism Network Workshop

    19- 23 Mar 2017 Berlin THE CLEW JOURNALISM NETWORK WORKSHOP- The challenges of global reporting on energy and climate policy- A special programme for CLEW alumni in parallel with the 3rd Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue CLEW media study tour participant ...
  • 20 Dec 2016 |

    "The energy transition in Germany explained"

    20- 31 Dec 2016 Berlin A series of five media study tours for international media in cooperation with the International Journalists' Programmes and think tank ecologic The Energiewende (“energy transition”) is reshaping one of the world’s largest ...
  • India & Germany: Joint transition to a low-carbon energy system?

    27 Sep- 03 Oct 2015 Freiburg Ahead of the visit of Chancellor Merkel to India on 5/6 October, the study visit for Indian journalists will look at the record of German energy and climate policy. What can be learnt from Germany for the massive transition of ...
  • Is Germany the laboratory for the energy transformation of the 21st century?

    14- 16 Mar 2016 Berlin Is Germany on the right track to reinvent its energy system? The three-day workshop will allow participants to take a deep-dive into Germany's ambitious Energiewende. The programme is designed to meet the special interests of ...
  • Can renewables drive reindustrialisation?

    04- 06 Oct 2015 Hamburg How the energy transition is changing the economic landscape- the case of Northern Germany: The three-day media workshop in October 2015 will take stock of the potential of the energy transition for reindustrialisiation and its ...
  • Phasing out nuclear energy in Germany: The cost, the obstacles, the unanswered questions

    17- 19 Jan 2016 Gorleben The three-day CLEW media workshop will offer international correpondents the opportunity to take stock of the nuclear phase-out in Germany. On-site visits and meetings with leading experts and politicians will look at the ...
  • The Global Energy Transition: Is Journalism Ready? #GETJO17

    10- 11 Nov 2017 Bonn The energy transition has become one of the defining global stories of our time. It demands an international perspective as well as cross-border research and cooperation. Against the backdrop of the COP23 climate conference in Bonn, ...
  • Decentralised citizen power: Making the Energiewende work at the village level

    Wahlsdorf is a village with 300 inhabitants in the rural Fläming area, located halfway between Berlin and the Lusatia region. The village is not connected to the gas grid and relies on  the Wahlsdorf energy cooperative, which feeds heat from an ...
  • Geothermal power plant

     The first German geothermal power plant was built in the northern city of  Neustadt-Glewe  in 2003. This plant was the first to operate with the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology at a low temperature. This first project proved that the generation of ...
  • WEMAG battery storage

    The 5MW / 5MWh battery park in Schwerin was commissioned by municipal utility WEMAG and built by energy storage system provider and integrator Younicos. WEMAG has been using the energy storage system to provide frequency regulation and other balancing ...
  • Sustainable logistics in the port of Hamburg

    Founded in 1885, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) is a port and transport logistics company which serves Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. HHLA’s main operations revolve around its three container terminals in Hamburg. Although HHLA was ...
  • Hamburg`s largest container rail terminal- innovation in efficiency

    Container Terminal Alternwerder (CTA), operated by HHLA, is Hamburg’s largest container rail terminal, with a capacity of 930,000 standard containers (Hafen-Hamburg). CTA has been recognised for innovation in efficiency for projects like its battery ...
  • Turning the autobahn into an eHighway

    In June 2016, Siemens, in partnership with the truck producer Scania, opened the world’s first electric highway (eHighway) on a public road in Sweden. The test track in Groß-Dölln  was designed to test eHighway technology and to mirror real-world ...
  • Hybrid power plant

    Enertrag AG, one of Europe’s leading wind energy suppliers, has installed 630 wind turbines  and produces 2.7 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. Enertrag’s hybrid power plant in the Uckermark region of northern Brandenburg combines a wind ...
  • "Gläserne Heizzentrale": Saerbeck's communal heating centre

    One of the first local climate protection projects implemented in the Saerbeck municipality was the "Gläserne Heizzentrale", which went into operation in 2010. The heating centre is located in the middle of Saerbeck- within sight of St. Georg ...
  • Saerbeck Bionenergy Park

    The Bionenergy Park is central to Saerbeck’s goal to switch its entire energy production to renewable sources by 2030. Situated on an old German army ordnance depot, the Bioenergy Park has been home to a variety of renewable energy sources since 2011. The ...
  • The virtual power plant: A new business model developed by Next Kraftwerke

    Next Kraftwerke GmbH   operates a large-scale Virtual Power Plant (VPP) that works like a power plant operator. By linking its clients’ power-producing and consuming units, Next Kraftwerke has created a sizeable digital platform from which it can smartly ...
  • At the heart of the energy-intensive industry: The ThyssenKrupp steel mill in Duisburg

    Thyssen Krupp's business area 'Steel Europe' is one of the world’s leading suppliers of carbon steel flat products. With around 27,000 employees and highly efficient facilities, the company produces over 13 million tonnes of crude steel per ...
  • Saertex GmbH & Co. KG: supplying the wind energy industry

    Family-owned company Saertex is the global leader in manufacturing multiaxial fabrics (non crimp fabrics) and core materials for fibre-reinforced composites, used for building wind turbines, among other things. With over 300 million euros in annual sales, ...
  • Removal of nuclear waste from the defunct Asse nuclear final storage facility

    The Asse is a former salt mine in Lower Saxony. From 1965 onwards, it served as a large-scale research facility to test the final storage of radioactive waste, despite warnings dating back to 1965 that the salt mine was neither watertight nor sufficiently ...
  • Open-pit lignite mine Garzweiler

    The Garzweiler open-cast mine is part of the large brown-coal (also referred to as lignite or soft coal) district in western North Rhine-Westphalia, which stretches between the towns of Bedburg, Erkelenz, Grevenbroich, Jüchen and Mönchengladbach. While ...
  • Proposed final repository for nuclear waste in Gorleben

    Gorleben is a municipality of 600 inhabitants in the district of Lüchow-Dannenberg in eastern Lower Saxony. The location of a former salt mine, it was designated as a site for the central final storage of nuclear waste. A temporary storage site for used ...
  • Mobility innovations for bigger cities in a laboratory

    In a laboratory just outside of the city, the  EUREF Campus, a partner of Berlin’s Technical University, electric cars, buses, cargo loaders, scooters and pedelecs are networked through a high-tech micro smart grid. The EUREF Campus, which the UN ...
  • H2 Research Center: Power-to-gas as an storage option for renewable energy

    The H2 Research Centre at the Brandenburg Technical University BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, is a research laboratory and innovation test centre. It is part of the “Power-to-Gas Strategy Platform” of the German Energy Agency, dena. Through its Strategy ...
  • Open-pit lignite mine Welzow Süd

    The Welzow-Süd mine is one of four open-pit lignite mines still in operation in the east German region of Lusatia. Annual production is approximately 20 million tonnes of lignite. The lignite produced in Welzow-Süd has a water content of circa 56 percent. ...
  • Germany's last hard coal mine

    Coal-mining company RAG owns and operates Germany’s last two coal mines in Ibbenbüren and in Bottrop. RAG records around 1.5 billion euros in annual sales and employs 12,000 people, more three-quarters of whom work in its mining division, scheduled to be ...
  • Communal clean energy projects

    The municipality of Neuerkirch-Külz provides a good example for joint local action by citizens and municipalities realising a district’s goals: using income gained from leasing local land to windpark operators, the municipality built a combined solar ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
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  • Germany's Energiewende in brief

    0J Easy Guide The Energiewende – literally meaning “energy turnaround” or “energy revolution” – is Germany’s effort to reduce climate-damaging CO₂ emissions, without relying on nuclear energy.  In the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, countries from ...
  • Germany's Energiewende – The Easy Guide

    Find your way around the energy transition Germany is bidding farewell to nuclear energy, expanding renewable energy sources and working to make its economy virtually climate-neutral by mid-century. Researching and understanding the massive undertaking ...
  • Taylan

    Turkey Energiewende Politics Turkish ...
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    Taiwan Energiewende International Taiwanese ...
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    Germany Renewables Energiewende Uzbekistani ...
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    Romania Energiewende Politics Hungarian ...
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  • Germany's Energiewende in 416 words

    The “Energiewende” – literally meaning “energy turnaround” or “energy revolution” – is Germany’s effort to reduce climate-damaging CO 2  emissions, without relying on nuclear energy.   In the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, countries from around the ...
  • CLEW Calendar- Energy Policy and Energiewende Events

    Upcoming events 26 May: Regional elections in the state of Bremen. 28 May: Climate change- new topic for populists?, panel discussion at Free University Berlin, BERLIN. 28 May: Press talk BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries, How can ...
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    Vietnam Renewables Energiewende Technology Vietnamese ...
  • Sawant

    India Solar Energiewende Technology Indian ...
  • Tan

    Malaysia Climate & CO2 Energiewende Malaysian ...
  • Dalesio

    United States Coal Grid Energiewende Efficiency Hungarian ...
  • Chen

    Taiwan Solar Wind Energiewende Efficiency Wen-Tzu writes on energy transition at the Taiwan Environmental Information Center. In her work, she also covers citizens' participation in the transformation process. ...
  • Rüsberg

    Germany Renewables Energiewende Mobility Technology As a German radio and broadcast journalist, Kai works for German-language stations such as ORF, SRF, WDR and DLF. In his work, he also covers coal, innovation as well as mobile journalism. ...
  • Jakóbik

    Poland Fossil fuels Gas Energiewende Polish Wojciech is Editor in Chief for Biznesalert.pl. He also covers nuclear energy and the coal sector. ...
  • Loh

    Singapore Climate & CO2 Solar Energiewende Singaporean ...
  • Daniels

    South Africa Climate & CO2 Energiewende Politics South African ...
  • Schwarz

    Austria Citizens' energy Energiewende Digitalisation Martin Schwarz is head of digital products and digital media at WEKA Industrie Medien, which includes bau.briefing.one, hlk.co.at, industriemedien.at. Connect with him online via LinkedIn. ...
  • Daea

    Romania Climate & CO2 Renewables Energiewende Efficiency Romanian Marius Daea works for www.oltenianews.ro. You can find him via LinkedIn. ...
  • Miebach

    France Climate & CO2 Renewables Energiewende German Elisa Miebach is a German journalist. She publishes mostly in Tagesspiegel Background Energie&Klima. You can reach her via LinkedIn. ...
  • von Kreutzbruck

    Argentina Renewables Energiewende Mobility Business Cities Vera is a journalist at Forbes Argentina. She also owns a translations studio and regularly translates texts on renewable energies. Find her work online via her website here and her LinkedIn ...
  • Tollersrud

    Norway Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Renewables Energiewende Society Emma is a journalist at Klassekampen. Previously, she worked with Dagens Næringsliv, Morgenbladet, Aftenposten. Connect with her online via Twitter or LinkedIn. ...
  • Buchsbaum

    Germany Coal Climate & CO2 Renewables Energiewende Elections & Politics International US American Michael is an U.S. American freelance journalist based in Germany. His work is published in energytransition.org as well as POWER Magazine. ...
  • Wecker

    Switzerland Climate & CO2 Energiewende Cities Politics Society Katharina is a German freelance journalist based in Switzerland. Her work is published in Deutsche Welle as well as ze.tt. Find her online via her website. ...
  • Goret

    Belgium Climate & CO2 Renewables Energiewende Mobility Agriculture COP24 French Camille Goret writes for Metro (Belgium). ...
  • Comelli

    France Climate & CO2 Electricity market Renewables Energiewende Cities Agriculture Italian Elena is an Italian business reporter based in Paris. She writes for Italian-language newspapers such as Il Corriere della Sera, Il Sole 24 Ore. Find her online ...
  • Döschner

    Germany Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Gas Energiewende The Cologne-based journalist works for WDR and ARD. ...
  • Laramée de Tannenberg

    France Electricity Climate & CO2 Renewables Energiewende COP24 Valéry is staff writer for at Journal de l'Environnement. ...
  • Mayorga

    Mexico Citizens' energy Energiewende Mobility Cities Society Agriculture Juan is a freelance journalist based in Mexico City. He regularly publishes in Expansion, Animal Politico, Kaja Negra. ...
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