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  • 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 ...
  • The power market and the energy transition

    The country of the Energiewende strengthens competition and flexibility 26 Aug 2015 (All day) The Energiewende involves tough choices for politicians: How will Germany organise the market around the ever-increasing share of renewable energy? What happens ...
  • 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 ...
  • Green pioneer Germany struggles to make climate protection a reality

    The energy transition and climate change 16 Dec 2016 As the home country of the Energiewende, Germany is considered a pioneer in the fight against man-made climate change. But despite a spectacular rise in power generation from renewables, the country’s ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 16 May 2017 |

    Battered utilities take on start-ups in innovation race

    Utilities and the energy transition 16 May 2017 As more and more countries around the globe embark on the transition to a low-carbon economy, a lot of lessons can be learned from the fate of Germany’s embattled power companies. Shaken to the core by the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 01 Aug 2014 |

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

    Germany revamps renewables law as it adapts to future with green power 01 Aug 2014 Germany’s energy market is bracing for the most far-reaching legislative changes since green power incentives were introduced a quarter of a century ago. The controversial ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 12 Oct 2015 |

    The challenges of Germany’s nuclear phase-out

    Managing the nuclear legacy – a project into the next century 12 Oct 2015 (Updates NPP map with new BfE data)-- The question is no longer whether Germany’s future will be nuclear-free – or even when, since the government is committed to completing the ...
  • News
  • Economists from fossil-fuel importing countries give high priority to energy transition – survey

    01 Mar 2019, 13:43 Expert ifo- Institute for Economic Research Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (ifo) Business & Jobs Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Electricity market Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Fossil ...
  • 11 Apr 2019 |

    The World Bank still massively invests in fossil fuels despite climate pledge – NGO

    11 Apr 2019, 12:56 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Finance International ICIJ / Urgewald The World Bank is touting investments in solar parks and other climate-friendly projects  but has continued to finance oil and ...
  • BEE questions climate impact and energy efficiency of replacing old fossil fuel-fed boilers

    Replacing an old fossil-fuelled boiler with a new one saves less energy than often assumed, said the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE), based on a report published by the consultancy Econsult. Depending on the type of old boiler, 2 to 15 percent ...
  • Fossil fuel subsidies remain high in Germany

    Germany is demonstrating leadership across the EU in transparently reporting its fossil fuel subsidies, but its subsidies applied through tax deductions in transport and electricity remain very high, write the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the ...
  • G20

    US push for fossil fuel reference in G20 communiqué still sticking point

    The United States’ insistence to include a reference to fossil fuels in the section on climate policy in the G20 communiqué remains the final sticking point to finish the document, news agency Reuters reported. Sources close to the process confirmed to ...
  • “Step one, get fossil fuel money out of politics, German analyst tells Ottawa”

    To make meaningful progress on climate change, fossil fuel money had to be taken out of politics to make it a non-partisan issue, German political scientist Arne Jungjohann said at a clean energy discussion in Ottawa, writes Elizabeth McSheffrey in ...
  • “EU should pave the way for G20 fossil fuel subsidy phase-out”

    The EU needs to take a leadership role in addressing fossil fuel subsidies and the G20 platform is “an obvious way for EU leaders and ministers to showcase their efforts and actions to eliminate” them, writes Maeve McLynn, finance and subsidies policy ...
  • Government plans to phase out support for fossil fuel heating systems by 2020

    The federal economy ministry (BMWi) plans to phase out support for heating systems that run entirely on fossil fuels by 2020, as part of its new “Energy efficiency and heat from renewable energies” strategy. Industry opposition to the plans is inevitable, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Expert commission regards agriculture inept for ETS, recommends fossil fuel taxation

    The agricultural sector is not suitable for full inclusion in the European Union's Emissions Trading System (ETS), experts commissioned by the German Ministry for Food and Agriculture said during a presentation of a ministry report on climate ...
  • Pressure for G20 deadline on fossil fuel subsidies shifts to Germany

    Experts and green groups are urging Germany to set a target year for the G20 nations to phase out hundreds of billions of dollars in state subsidies to polluting fossil fuels, writes Megan Rowling for the Thomson Reuters Foundation. As host of next year’s ...
  • “No funding of fossil fuel projects”

    The German government no longer supports the new construction or overhaul of already decommissioned coal plants via development finance instruments of the World Bank, it said in an answer to a parliamentary inquiry of the Left Party. “Multilateral ...
  • 04 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Day 5: Mentioning 1.5°C, fossil fuels, finance

    04 Dec 2015 (All day) Day 5 at the UN climate conference: Negotiatons are not "leaping forward" / 1.5°C should be mentioned in agreement / German climate action in the spotlight at home Brackets removed – no big leap yet Negotiators in Paris ...
  • 19 Nov 2015 |

    COP21 Interview: Paris must send signal for global fossil fuel exit

    19 Nov 2015 (All day) The final negotiations for a global climate treaty in Paris are just days 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 ...
  • 10 Aug 2015

    In the media: Fossil fuel divestment and eco-labels for more efficient boilers

    10 Aug 2015 (All day) Der Spiegel / Spiegel Online State premier criticises coal compromise Torsten Albig (Social Democrat), state premier of Schleswig-Holstein in Northern Germany, has criticised the capacity reserve for old coal-fired power stations ...
  • “Berlin is the latest city to pull out of fossil fuels

    In line with a global divestment movement, the city of Berlin has decided to divest its money from “companies whose business model contradicts the goal of climate neutrality,” according to the text of a parliamentary proposal approved by the plenary. The ...
  • 02 Feb 2015

    In the media: Cheap fossil fuels threaten energy transition in heating sector

    02 Feb 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “From nuclear proponent to power line opponent” In 2008 Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer said that extending the run-time of Germany’s nuclear power stations was "indispensable" and in July 2014 he ...
  • 19 Jun 2015

    In the media: Pope's climate message a "wake-up call" for fossil fuels

    19 Jun 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) “The environment encyclical is a historic event” The Pope’s environment encyclical “ Laudato si ” could have a big climate impact on climate politics in Poland, Latin America, parts of Africa, the ...
  • 06 Jun 2015

    In the media: G7, coal, fracking and a call to end fossil fuels

    06 Jun 2015 (All day) Oxfam / E3G “Let them eat coal” Five of the G7 countries are burning more coal now than before the Copenhagen climate change conference in 2009, while the G7 coal plants together emit twice as much CO2 from burning fuel than the ...
  • 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, ...
  • 03 Aug 2018 |

    Germany's power system weathers heat wave despite fossil plant curbs

    03 Aug 2018, 08:44 Conventional power stations, like hard coal, gas-fired or nuclear plants, are forced to curb generation because of the heat wave hitting Germany. While the stability of the power system as such is not in peril and most renewables are ...
  • 02 Jan 2019 |

    Renewables share grows, but fossils needed for secure power supply – opinion

    02 Jan 2019, 13:21 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Renewables Germany’s energy consumption and power mix in charts Handelsblatt Renewables supplied a record share to Germany’s power mix in 2018, ...
  • German city pledges to clean up its air with fossil-free plan

    The southern German medieval city of Heidelberg has announced the country’s most aggressive plans to clean up its air, reports Elisabeth Behrmann for Bloomberg. The university and industrial town of some 150,000 inhabitants will buy only exhaust-free ...
  • Natural gas Germany’s primary fossil power source within 20 years – RWE CEO

    Natural gas will become the most-used fossil fuel in Germany’s electricity supply within two decades, RWE boss Rolf Schmitz said at an energy industry conference held by business newspaper Handelsblatt in Berlin. Natural gas plants will be the only ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Renewable vs fossil power systems: a cost comparison”

    By 2050, an electricity supply based on renewable energies could be either approximately as expensive as or even cheaper than a fossil-based electricity system, if the cost of a tonne of CO₂ is 50 euros or more, according to a scenario comparison by the ...
  • Fossil energy surcharge”

    The ongoing cost debate over Germany’s transition from fossil to renewable energy sources could give the impression that the “Energiewende means saying farewell to super-cheap energy”, strom-report.de reports. “But that is not the case,” the article says. ...
  • 14 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- Day 9: Technical talks approach end/ Germany Fossil of the Day

    14 Nov 2017 Technical negotiations at COP23 in Bonn are approaching the final stage; it's important that they will be open to amendments throughout 2018, says German negotiator / Ministers arriving in Bonn will focus on finance, loss and damage / ...
  • 09 Jun 2015

    In the media: "G7 leaders bid 'Auf Wiedersehen' to carbon fuels"

    09 Jun 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “A new world economy” “Whoever thought international climate policy was a temporary phenomenon, like a heavy thunderstorm with dark clouds, should quickly rethink,” writes Andreas Mihm in a front-page ...
  • 26 Aug 2015

    In the media: More wind, less nuclear, fossil power for export

    26 Aug 2015 (All day) Handelsblatt “Upwind” Germany’s offshore wind development is accelerating, write Franz Hubik and Daniel Delhaes in the Handelsblatt. While the first wind parks suffered from delays, exploding costs and problems with the grid ...
  • 15 Dec 2015 |

    Paris deal fuels German coal exit debate, stirs industry concerns

    15 Dec 2015 (All day) The widely celebrated Paris Agreement has intensified the debate about how Germany can achieve its endangered climate targets. Most commentators and climate activists argued the results of the climate summit vindicated demands that ...
  • 26 Apr 2019 |

    Germany has enough supply to cope with Russian oil pipeline halt

    26 Apr 2019, 12:56 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Fossil fuels Reuters / Tagesspiegel Background German refineries have adequate oil stocks if import flows on the Russian Druzhba pipeline were to be halted, a ...
  • 22 May 2019 |

    World’s largest passenger fuel cell train fleet planned in Germany

    22 May 2019, 13:18 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Gas Renewables Technology French manufacturer Alstom plans to deliver 27 hydrogen fuel cell trains to subsidiary fahma of regional public transport provider RMV in ...
  • 13 Mar 2019 |

    Germany’s oil and gas production slides in 2018

    13 Mar 2019, 14:10 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Clean Energy Wire Germany’s domestic extraction of oil and natural gas has slumped last year, further  increasing the country’s ...
  • 18 Dec 2018 |

    Foundation says it can cover hard coal’s “eternity costs” after phase-out

    18 Dec 2018, 13:57 RAG German Coal Business & Jobs Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Read more about RAG German Coal Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Coal in Germany Deutsche Welle ...
  • 21 Dec 2018 |

    End of hard coal mining sets example for successful structural change

    21 Dec 2018, 13:31 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Coal in Germany Germany bids farewell to domestic hard coal mining Handelsblatt The phase-out of hard coal mining in Germany by 21 ...
  • 20 Dec 2018 |

    State premier expects lignite plant shutdowns in next few years

    20 Dec 2018, 14:02 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages k.appunn Fossil fuels Commission watch – Managing Germany’s coal phase-out dpa North Rhine-Westphalia’s state premier, Armin Laschet, expects the coal commission to recommend a ...
  • 19 Dec 2018 |

    Lights go out for German hard coal miners as last pit shuts

    19 Dec 2018, 13:58 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages k.appunn Fossil fuels Coal in Germany Financial Times Germany’s last hard coal mine in the Ruhr area will officially close on Friday 21 December and with it the era of a “fuel that ...
  • 30 Nov 2018 |

    Germany closes last hard coal mine this year, continues to import

    30 Nov 2018, 15:09 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Bloomberg While Germany is phasing out hard coal mining by the end of 2018, the country will continue to rely on imports for ...
  • 14 Dec 2018 |

    Climate scientist warns Germany’s coal exit commission could fail

    14 Dec 2018, 14:34 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Politics Focus Online The commission tasked with planning the end of coal-fired power production in Germany may be imperilled by ...
  • Macron’s fuel tax courageous move which Germany does not dare to make – opinion

    29 Nov 2018, 16:30 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Politics Society Süddeutsche Zeitung French President Emmanuel Macron might have made several mistakes when introducing a new tax ...
  • Selective use of synthetic fuels essential to help decarbonise German transport, industry and heating – think tanks

    Germany will need the well-directed use of power-based synthetic fuels in connection with a phase-out of oil and natural gas to reach its long-term climate targets, the think tanks Agora Energiewende and Agora Verkehrswende* write in a joint analysis. ...
  • Renewables could reduce Germany’s fuel dependency during large-scale blackouts

    The ongoing transformation of Germany’s energy system towards decentralised renewable power sources could reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuel reserves in the event of a major blackout, Peter Lauwe of the Federal Office of Civil Protection and ...
  • Green Party’s think tank proposes fuel tax reform to support renewable heating

    In order to push the energy transition in heating, the Green Party’s think tank, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, proposes a tax reform that takes into account emissions caused in the sector. “Germany ranks at the bottom in Europe in terms of taxation” of ...
  • 31 Mar 2017 |

    New owner scraps plans to expand east German lignite mine

    31 Mar 2017 (All day) LEAG, the owner of one of Germany’s largest lignite-mining operations, has scrapped plans by former owner Vattenfall to expand one of its lignite mines. The company is also downsizing or putting on hold development of two other mines ...
  • 23 Jan 2019 |

    Coal commission draft recommends shielding consumers from rising power prices – media

    23 Jan 2019, 11:04 Germany’s coal exit commission will propose to protect companies and private households from rising electricity prices resulting from a state-driven phase-out of the fossil fuel,  Reuters news agency says citing a draft report [shorter ...
  • 16 Jan 2019 |

    Lusatia to suffer most from quick coal exit – report

    16 Jan 2019, 13:21 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Coal Fossil fuels Coal commission to meet again on 25 January – source Commission watch – Managing Germany’s coal phase-out Germany’s coal exit commission Clean ...
  • 15 Jan 2019 |

    Making the Hambach Forest symbol of climate action could backfire

    15 Jan 2019, 11:55 RWE AG Utilities Read more about RWE AG Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Society Court's halt to forest clearing fans talk of easier German coal exit Germany’s ...
  • 14 Jan 2019 |

    US warns German companies of possible sanctions over Nord Stream 2

    14 Jan 2019, 13:29 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Security Gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 links Germany to Russia, but splits Europe Germany wobbles on Russia's Nord Stream 2 ...
  • 09 Jan 2019 |

    Police prepares new evictions from anti-coal protest camp in Hambach forest- report

    09 Jan 2019, 12:18 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Society Commission watch – Managing Germany’s coal phase-out Court's halt to forest clearing fans talk of easier German coal ...
  • 08 Jan 2019 |

    Merkel pulls "emergency brake" in coal exit talks- commentary

    08 Jan 2019, 13:09 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Policy Germany’s coal exit commission Merkel intervenes in stagnating German coal exit talks Political uncertainty weighs as ...
  • 07 Jan 2019 |

    Germany's 2025 renewables share goal “within reach”- think tank

    07 Jan 2019, 15:55 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Renewables Germany’s energy consumption and power mix in charts Renewables overtake coal as Germany’s most important power ...
  • 07 Dec 2018 |

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

    07 Dec 2018, 14:31 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Security Zeit Online New tensions between Russia and the Ukraine have reinvigorated critics of the natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, ...
  • 07 Dec 2018 |

    Coal shortage at power plants due to low river levels may persist over the winter

    07 Dec 2018, 10:05 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Fossil fuels Low water levels on the Rhine and other rivers following the extremely dry summer continue to have a strong impact on Germany ...
  • 20 Dec 2018 |

    Germany bids farewell to domestic hard coal mining

    20 Dec 2018, 16:33 On 21. December 2018 the mining of hard coal officially comes to an end in Germany. The closing of the last mine in the Ruhr region marks the end of 200 years of mining the fossil fuel that made Germany’s industrialisation possible. The ...
  • 17 Dec 2018 |

    Closure of German hard coal mining this week is “end of an epoch”

    17 Dec 2018, 13:20 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Society Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung / Welt am Sonntag Miners will present the last piece of hard coal mined in Germany to ...
  • 05 Dec 2018 |

    Lignite mining and power station operator Leag plans large-scale battery

    05 Dec 2018, 13:52 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Storage Lausitzer Rundschau Eastern German lignite mine operator Leag, a subsidiary of Czech energy company EPH, plans to build a ...
  • 29 Nov 2018 |

    Coal commission delay shows “crucial questions” are on the table – opinion

    29 Nov 2018, 15:53 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Government Dow Jones Newswire The decision to extend the work of Germany’s coal exit commission shows that we have reached a point ...
  • 31 Jul 2018 |

    Dip in energy use, rise in renewables lowers German CO2 emissions

    31 Jul 2018, 14:06 Germany’s energy consumption fell by one percent in the first half of 2018 as warm weather in the spring reduced the need for heating. A rise in renewable energy generation that pushed out coal in the power sector also helped to cut ...
  • 05 Jul 2018 |

    Biggest German gas grid operator sees role in renewable energy future

    05 Jul 2018, 13:29 The climate advantage of natural gas can contribute to immediate CO₂ reduction by replacing coal and oil in the power sector and in heating, says Jürgen Fuhlrott, Head of Business Development at Germany’s biggest gas transmission grid ...
  • 09 Jul 2018 |

    'Last tonne of CO₂ should come from natural gas' –gas industry rep

    09 Jul 2018, 15:15 Natural gas is needed to complement renewable energies today and will increasingly be replaced by ‘green gases’, enabling the continued use of existing infrastructure, says Timm Kehler, head of the gas industry initiative Zukunft ERDGAS ...
  • 06 Jan 2017 |

    Little headway in 2016 for Germany’s energy transition- think tank

    06 Jan 2017 (All day) 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 ...
  • 18 Apr 2016 |

    Czech utility takes over Vattenfall’s German lignite

    18 Apr 2016 (All day) State-owned Swedish utility Vattenfall has agreed to sell its east German lignite operations to Czech utility EPH, the company said on Monday. While the affected regions stressed the sale would finally put an end to employees' ...
  • German minister plays down US threats over Nord Stream 2

    22 Jan 2019, 13:15 The German government is playing down US threats against companies involved in the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project connecting Germany to Russia. Energy minister Peter Altmaier said the government was “not impressed” by ...
  • 01 Apr 2015 |

    Strict rules set to make commercial fracking in Germany unlikely

    01 Apr 2015 (All day) Fracking is to be banned in all protected areas and near aquifers in Germany, a government draft law proposes. Unconventional fracking in upper rock layers is only permitted for scientific purposes or in individual cases. ...
  • How workers prepare ahead of Germany’s brown coal phase-out

    17 Jan 2019, 14:21 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Business & Jobs Commission watch – Managing Germany’s coal phase-out Germany’s energy consumption and power mix in charts ...
  • 17 Mar 2015 |

    Moorburg power plant – Last of a dying breed, or the future of coal in Germany?

    17 Mar 2015 (All day) The first block of a large coal-fired power station has just gone online in Hamburg, even as two thirds of German fossil-fuelled facilities fail to turn a profit and their operators are applying for many to be mothballed. So is the ...
  • 23 Jan 2019 |

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

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

    17 Jan 2019, 14:11 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Fossil fuels Elections & Politics Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Tagesspiegel Germany’s coal exit will have economic impacts well beyond the coal industry and ...
  • Germany’s coal commission has made little progress on detailed exit path – reports

    17 Jan 2019, 14:07 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Elections & Politics Govt support pledge for mining regions puts coal commission on home stretch Commission watch – Managing ...
  • North Rhine-Westphalia govt “expects double-digit billion euro” support for coal exit

    14 Jan 2019, 13:33 Expert Ministry of Economics, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy, State of North Rhine-Westphalia Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Innovation, Digitalisierung und Energie EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on ...
  • Coal mining state premier says Germany will exit coal in 2030s

    09 Jan 2019, 12:06 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Elections & Politics Commission watch – Managing Germany’s coal phase-out Germany’s coal exit commission Germany’s three ...
  • 07 Jan 2019 |

    Merkel intervenes in stagnating German coal exit talks

    07 Jan 2019, 13:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Fossil fuels Politics German Chancellor Angela Merkel will personally weigh in on the stagnating negotiations over the end of coal ...
  • 11 Nov 2014 |

    German minister warns against quick exit from coal power

    11 Nov 2014 (All day) Germany still needs electricity from coal while shifting to a green economy, Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said, reassuring utilities that a quick phase-out of the fossil fuel was not his plan. Germany's Minister for Energy and ...
  • Power sector wants tax funds for energy transition

    20 Dec 2018, 14:07 BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Electricity market Utilities Read more about BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Use Teaser Image as container background on ...
  • 18 Dec 2018 |

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

    18 Dec 2018, 13:34 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Fossil fuels Policy Commission watch – ...
  • Heating oil costs climb 37 percent over one year in Germany, surpass gas costs

    07 Dec 2018, 14:30 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Prices for heating oil have increased by 37 percent over one year in Germany while gas prices only ...
  • 29 Nov 2018 |

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

    29 Nov 2018, 16:01 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Gas Security Federal Network Agency / Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs & Energy German authorities want to test the country’s ...
  • Lignite mine operator's precautions for rehabilitation "adequate" – report

    03 Dec 2018, 14:42 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Cost & Prices State government of Brandenburg / Greenpeace An expert report shows that eastern German energy company LEAG ...
  • 11 Dec 2018 |

    Coal commission to meet again on 25 January – source

    11 Dec 2018, 15:47 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Fossil fuels Policy Clean Energy Wire Germany’s coal commission will hold its next full plenary meeting on 25 January, followed by the last ...
  • German energy company Uniper calls for coal exit timetable by French government

    29 Nov 2018, 16:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Utilities International Uniper The German energy company Uniper has called plans by the French government to end coal-fired power ...
  • Germany’s coal exit much more difficult than nuclear exit – NRW state minister

    10 Dec 2018, 13:58 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Business & Jobs Westfälische Nachrichten The end of coal-fired power production in Germany will pose great challenges for the ...
  • 22 Nov 2018 |

    German government plans to postpone deadline for coal commission

    22 Nov 2018, 15:06 The German government wants to postpone the deadline for the conclusion of the country’s coal exit commission. Sources told the Clean Energy Wire the commission may have to extend its work on the phase out of the fossil fuel until ...
  • 12 Oct 2018 |

    Special deals for mining areas to ease coal exit – task force draft

    12 Oct 2018, 16:40 Germany’s coal commission wants to ease the coal exit by granting lignite mining regions preferential treatment in infrastructure and innovation projects, according to a leaked draft report seen by the Clean Energy Wire. The paper ...
  • Putin and Merkel meet to find solution on gas pipeline Nord Stream 2

    18 Aug 2018, 20:13 Russia and Germany are set to proceed with the completion of a second natural gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea between the two countries. At a meeting with Russian President Putin near Berlin, German Chancellor Merkel sought to dispel ...
  • Renewables overtake coal as Germany’s most important power source

    10 Jul 2018, 15:01 Wind and solar power, together with other renewable sources, have overtaken coal as Germany’s most important power source, figures released by the industry group BDEW show. But this milestone in the history of the country’s energy ...
  • 03 Jul 2018 |

    Natural gas could power up to 10 percent of all cars – Volkswagen

    03 Jul 2018, 15:30 Cars fuelled by compressed natural gas (CNG) could reach a share of up to ten percent of the total fleet in Germany and Europe, says Stephen Neumann, Volkswagen Group Officer for Natural Gas Mobility in an interview with the Clean ...
  • Renewables hit record as concerns over German govt quarrels grow

    02 Jul 2018, 15:13 The production of renewable energy in Germany dashes to a new record output, providing more than 40 percent of the country's power supply in the first half of 2018. Yet, the good news for proponents of Germany's trademark ...
  • 08 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- Day 3: US should be kept on board / "Time to stop digging"

    08 Nov 2017 Talks in Bonn as technical as expected but also “unexcited, friendly and positive”, says German negotiator / Developing countries call for voluntary reporting / US should remain part of COPs / German taxpayers are financing the climate crisis- ...
  • Merkel: 2020 climate target plays big role in upcoming coalition talks

    12 Oct 2017 (All day) German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she does not give up the government’s goal to reduce CO₂ emissions by 40 percent by 2020, which would “play a big role” in the upcoming talks to form a new government coalition. Germany’s broad ...
  • German draft power market law sticks to lignite reserve

    09 Sep 2015 (All day) The government is sticking to a controversial plan to pay power operators for keeping old coal plants in reserve in case wind and solar power are not available to meet demand, details of a draft electricity market law show. A leaked ...
  • Emission cap faces legal challenge, utility resistance

    24 Mar 2015 (All day) German utilities say plans to cut 22 millions tonnes of CO2 emissions from the energy sector by demanding additional emissions trading allowances from older power plants amount to an exit plan for the brown coal industry. But despite ...
  • Renewables supplied 40 percent of net public power in Germany in 2018

    02 Jan 2019, 13:12 AGEB- AG Energiebilanzen e.V. Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende Utilities Read more about AGEB- AG Energiebilanzen e.V. Fraunhofer ISE Renewables Read more about Fraunhofer ISE Use Teaser Image as container background on ...
  • Germany’s coal exit talks in final round

    25 Jan 2019, 11:58 Germany’s coal exit commission has begun what could be its decisive meeting on Friday. In crucial last-minute talks, the commission must agree on a timetable to phase out the climate-damaging fossil fuel for electricity production ...
  • “Time is running out”- Struggle over future of brown coal in Germany heats up

    25 Mar 2015 (All day) The protests against government proposals for a carbon emissions levy for older power plants are gaining momentum in Germany’s coal mining regions. Unions warn the plans put tens of thousands of jobs at risk because they will make ...
  • Govt support pledge for mining regions puts coal commission on home stretch

    16 Jan 2019, 13:16 The German government has pledged long-term payments to lignite mining regions, removing a major hurdle to reaching a compromise over the country’s coal exit. After a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister Olaf ...
  • Preview2019- BUND: Germany's energy policy will change substantially

    07 Jan 2019, 09:30 The impending phase-out plan for coal power in Germany will have a profound impact on the country's entire energy policy, says Antje von Broock of environmental organisation Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND). The NGO is a member ...
  • Economy minister Altmaier defends Germany’s slow breakup with coal

    14 Dec 2018, 14:35 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Nuclear phase-out Politics ZDF The German economy and energy minister, Peter Altmaier, defended Germany’s continued reliance on coal, ...
  • Significant drop in energy use pushes down German emissions in 2018

    19 Dec 2018, 14:21 Germany’s energy-related CO₂ emissions dropped by more than six percent year-on-year as the country consumed “significantly” less energy in 2018, but with a greater share of renewables than last year, said energy market research group ...
  • German city Leipzig plans to abandon coal by 2023

    06 Dec 2018, 14:23 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Business & Jobs Cities MDR The eastern German city of Leipzig wants to end the use of coal for heat and power production by 2023 ...
  • “We’re not going to Katowice empty-handed” – environment minister

    30 Nov 2018, 15:04 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels International Clean Energy Wire Despite the extension of the work of Germany’s coal exit commission, the country’s delegation will ...
  • Coal commission members eager to find solutions, but framework conditions “chaotic” – task force member

    29 Nov 2018, 15:38 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Clean Energy Wire The members of Germany’s coal exit commission are “willing to work together ...
  • Just transition in Germany could help counter populism- state sec

    28 Nov 2018, 15:20 If Germany manages its coal exit in a socially fair way, this will not only prevent the success of populists in the country, says Jochen Flasbarth, state secretary in the German environment ministry. It could serve as a model for other ...
  • German commission draft suggests coal exit with compensation

    16 Nov 2018, 16:19 The German coal exit commission has debated a first draft that outlines how the country could start the phase-out the fossil power source in the coming years. According to a leaked draft plant operators could receive compensation ...
  • New govt report on climate ups pressure on Germany’s coal commission

    14 Nov 2018, 14:13 A new government report detailing Germany’s failure to cut emissions increases pressure on the country’s coal commission to agree on a speedy phase-out plan. Work in the coal commission enters a critical stage for climate protection ...
  • Coal commission fail would be lost year for climate policy- member

    20 Nov 2018, 10:30 Germany’s coal exit commission aims to propose a path for the country’s phase-out by the end of November. Agreeing a compromise on how to end the use of Germany's most important fossil fuel in such a short time will be difficult, ...
  • Germany headed for largest emissions drop since 2009 recession

    02 Nov 2018, 14:40 Germany’s CO2 emissions are on course for their largest drop since the 2009 recession this year after remaining virtually unchanged for four consecutive years, according to first estimates by energy market research group AG ...
  • German court stops controversial clearing of forest for lignite mine

    05 Oct 2018, 17:00 Clearing operations at the embattled Hambach Forest to make way for a coal mine have to be halted to decide whether the forest is protected by EU environmental rules, a German court has decided. The judges said energy company RWE did ...
  • Germany’s coal commission insists no decision yet on exit date

    18 Sep 2018, 18:50 The country’s coal exit commission said there were no predetermined decisions regarding a date for the end to coal-fired power generation. Following irritation about reports of a supposed compromise on a 2038 end date, economy minister ...
  • Norway bets on gas and CCS to complement Europe’s energy transition

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

    23 Aug 2018, 18:15 Germany’s coal commission will not give any recommendation regarding mining-owner RWE’s plans to continue clearing forest for the planned extension of the Hambach lignite mine in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The country's ...
  • Germany gears up for official talks on coal phase-out

    22 May 2018 (All day) Energy transition pioneer Germany is about to launch a highly anticipated task force on phasing out coal power, the most prominent blemish on the country’s climate record. The government will likely nominate the coal exit commission ...
  • Germany at risk of becoming biotope for fossil combustion technologies – Green MP

    By opposing stricter EU car emission limits, Germany’s government delays the transition to renewable mobility and risks isolating the country, according to Green MP and transport expert Cem Özdemir. “France, Denmark, Luxembourg and Netherlands have ...
  • New German environment minister faces steep uphill battle on climate

    15 Mar 2018 (All day) Germany's new environment minister Svenja Schulze is a new face in Chancellor Angela Merkel's fourth cabinet. But the Social Democrat inherits a range of well-known challenges- from coal emissions to air pollution by diesel ...
  • 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 ...
  • Greens ready to make climate policy concessions in coalition talks

    07 Nov 2017 (All day) As Germany’s Jamaica coalition talks are approaching a critical point, the Green Party appears to soften core climate policy demands in an attempt to achieve similar concessions from its negotiating partners. Party leaders say that ...
  • Germans reluctant to part with old fossil-fuelled cars

    We are welcoming Mwelwa Musonko (@MwelxTax) as our visiting cartoonist at CLEW. Mwelwa is a Zambian comic book artist and founder of Foresight Comics who is in Germany for the summer after winning the Horst-Köhler-Journalism-Grant of the International ...
  • Utility E.ON completes sale of fossil power spin-off Uniper to Finland’s Fortum

    German utility E.ON has finalised the sale of its fossil power spin-off Uniper to Finnish energy company Fortum, E.ON has said in a press release. Company CEO Johannes Teyssen said the sale marks the end of a chapter in E.ON's history. “We wish ...
  • Germany heads for "spectacular" 2020 climate target miss- study

    07 Sep 2017 (All day) Germany must urgently step up its CO2 reduction efforts immediately after the upcoming elections if it wants to prevent a spectacular miss of its 2020 climate targets, according to think tank Agora Energiewende. Instead of reducing ...
  • Env min Hendricks: "Nothing less than transforming our society"

    31 Jul 2017 (All day) Environment minister Barbara Hendricks has been at the helm of Germany's climate protection efforts for the past four years. During her tenure, the country has contributed substantially to brokering the Paris Agreement and put ...
  • German carbon tax most efficient way to meet climate goals-study

    13 Jul 2017 (All day) Germany should implement a national tax on carbon emissions in order to meet its own emission reduction targets in the an efficient and straight forward way, the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) proposed based on a study by ...
  • First German university rules out fossil sector investments

    The University of Münster is the first German university to rule out investments in the coal, gas and oil sectors, the divestment initiative Fossil Free Münster says in a press release. “This decision makes the University of Münster a role model of ...
  • Fossil power plants more flexible than previously assumed

    Fossil power plants can react much more flexibly to large feed-ins of power from renewables than studies have indicated, writes Jakob Schlandt in an article in Tagesspiegel Background Energie & Klima. The newspaper's calculations showed that the ...
  • German carbon emissions rise in 2016 despite coal use drop

    20 Dec 2016 (All day) German energy-related CO₂ emissions rose almost 1 percent in 2016, despite a fall in coal use and the ongoing expansion of renewable energy sources, according to first estimates by energy market research group AG Energiebilanzen. A ...
  • Deep divisions persist over German climate plan, coal exit

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

    Siemens will cut about 6,900 jobs, or about 2 percent of its global workforce, mainly at its power and gas division hit by rapid renewables growth, report Georgina Prodhan and Christoph Steitz for Reuters. “The power generation industry is experiencing ...
  • Coal exit proposal reveals faultlines in energy debate

    13 Jan 2016 (All day) A think tank proposal on how Germany should exit coal has pushed the debate on the Energiewende's future into full swing, exposing deep fault lines. The environment ministry and Greens backed the plan for a phase-out of coal ...
  • Environment minister says Germany needs plan to exit coal

    20 Jan 2016 (All day) Germany needs a pathway for exiting coal by 2050 at the very latest, according to Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks. She welcomed Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel's announcement of a round table on the thorny issue, and said ...
  • German energy minister wants round table on future of coal

    19 Jan 2016 (All day) Germany’s energy minister Sigmar Gabriel wants to establish a round table on the future of coal in the country of the Energiewende this year. He said only factual discussions, rather than emotional debates, could provide the long ...
  • Fossil filching”

    Marc Etzold, Angela Hennersdorf, Andreas Macho and Cordula Tutt examine the political forces in Germany that favour US President Donald Trump’s attitude toward the Paris Agreement and find fault with Germany’s Energiewende – some openly, some less so, in ...
  • 30 Apr 2019 |

    Bosch makes another bet on fuel cell technology

    30 Apr 2019, 13:14 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Cars Bloomberg Bosch, the world’s largest auto-parts supplier, says it continues to believe that hydrogen fuel cell trucks and cars will play a key role in future ...
  • Climate levy – the debate and proposals for cutting CO2 emissions

    27 May 2016 (All day) Update 27 May 2016 [European Commission approves state aid for closure of lignite power plants] | The government has approved wide reaching power market reform, including a phase-out plan for some lignite plants. A "coal reserve ...
  • 02 May 2019 |

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

    02 May 2019, 13:35 Expert KIT- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Karlsruher Institut für Technologie Technology Renewables EEG 2.0 | Law Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Technology Nature Communications A new system ...
  • Utilities urged to face reality in row over coal levy

    27 Apr 2015 (All day) The environment ministry has rebuffed utilities’ criticism of the planned levy for coal-fired power plants and maintains the sector shoulder its share of cutting CO2 emissions. Government and researchers stress the need for ...
  • Merkel voices optimism about cutting German emissions from coal

    07 Jun 2015 (All day) Chancellor Angela Merkel has voiced optimism that Germany can find a way to cut emissions from coal-fired power plants. Merkel, who seeks to convince other leaders of major industrialised countries to commit to ambitious climate ...
  • Minister set to ease climate levy burden on old coal plants- draft proposal

    19 May 2015 (All day) UPDATE: Angela Merkel weighs into the dispute about the proposed climate levy on old fossil-fuelled power stations and summons ministers to the chancellery on Wednesday. The climate levy could be reduced and special rules applied to ...
  • Reactions to government decision to adopt alternative to coal levy

    02 Jul 2015 (All day) The German government finally buried plans for a levy on old coal-fired power plants. Instead, Chancellor Angela Merkel, energy minister Sigmar Gabriel and leading politicians from the ruling coalition adopted a union proposal to pay ...
  • Renewables overtake lignite: German CO2 emissions fall in 2014

    17 Dec 2014 (All day) The latest figures on Germany’s energy consumption and electricity generation for 2014 suggest that the country’s recent rise in greenhouse gas emissions could be coming to an end. Primary energy consumption fell to its lowest level ...
  • German government wants to tackle old coal-fired plants to meet emission goals

    20 Mar 2015 (All day) UPDATE-- Germany needs a national instrument to reduce carbon emissions from the power sector to meet climate targets by 2020 because even a reformed European Emissions Trading System (ETS) alone will not have enough impact, leaked ...
  • Pay fossil power plants for flexibility, says energy lobby head

    Fossil power plants are disappearing from the market too quickly when they are still needed to supply the country with power on days with little sun or wind, writes Daniel Wetzel in Die Welt. “At the moment, the bad economic framework conditions lead to ...
  • Ministry to tweak climate levy to ease industry concerns- reports

    24 Apr 2015 (All day) [Updates explanation of climate contribution] The Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has signalled it might make changes to its climate levy to ease concerns over potential job losses, media report on Friday as ...
  • German grid regulator cuts lignite in its planning scenarios

    11 Feb 2015 (All day) Analysts have welcomed a new planning framework for the German grid that works on the basis of less lignite being burned in Germany, saying grid development must serve the country’s climate targets. Germany's grid regulator, the ...
  • German coal exit timetable to be settled in last minute talks

    23 Jan 2019, 18:16 Germany’s detailed coal exit path and the end-date to coal-fired power generation remain unknown only days before a highly anticipated phase-out proposal is due to be published. A leaked draft of the final report of the country’s coal ...
  • Reactions to European Parliament committee vote on ETS reform

    24 Feb 2015 (All day) A vote in the European Parliament on the reform of the EU's emissions trading system has prompted applause by some and disappointment from others. The Clean Energy Wire has compiled some of the reactions out of Germany to the ...
  • 14 Nov 2016 |

    German Greens to make coal exit, fossil car ban an election focus

    14 Nov 2016 Banning combustion engines in new cars by 2030 and exiting coal-fired power production as early as 2025 are likely to be two key Green Party demands in the general elections in autumn 2017, the party decided at its convention. But controversy ...
  • 03 Apr 2019 |

    German e-car pioneer says cars should have smaller battery and hydrogen fuel cell

    03 Apr 2019, 12:16 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Cars Clean Energy Wire Extending the range of battery-based electric cars with an additional hydrogen fuel cell makes more sense from an economic and environmental ...
  • Reduction of coal power inevitable, says German environment minister

    03 Nov 2014 (All day) German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks has announced that reducing the share of coal power in the German energy mix will be an inevitable part of the climate policy action plan to be decided by the government in December. The ...
  • Critical reception for government plans to cut power sector emissions

    26 Nov 2014 (All day) The German government looks set to approve plans to force the power sector to reduce carbon emissions by an additional 22 million tons by 2020. Environmentalists worry the plans don't go far enough and are calling for more coal ...
  • Debate over future of German coal heats up ahead of climate action plan

    21 Nov 2014 (All day) Ten days before the plan to fix Germany’s "climate gap" is set for cabinet approval, it is still unclear how much the power sector will contribute toward the carbon emissions target of a 40 percent cut by 2020. The debate ...
  • Question marks remain as Germany steps up efforts to cut CO2 emissions

    03 Dec 2014 (All day) The government approved what it claims to be the largest climate action package in the country’s history. Most observers applauded the commitment to emissions reduction goals by 2020. But environmentalists criticised the lack of a ...
  • Views and comments on Germany's Climate Action Programme

    03 Dec 2014 (All day) The German government has approved a package of measures to achieve its goal of reducing carbon emissions 40 percent by 2020 compared to 1990. The following collection provides a snapshot of comments and reactions.   Environment ...
  • “German Greens to make coal exit, fossil car ban an election focus“

    Banning combustion engines in new cars by 2030 and exiting coal-fired power production as early as 2025 are likely to be two key Green Party demands in the general elections in autumn 2017, the party decided at its convention. But controversy over ...
  • Coal exit commission exemplary also without result ahead of COP24 – govt spokesperson

    29 Nov 2018, 15:41 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Coal Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels International Clean Energy Wire While it remains unclear whether the coal exit commission will present parts of its plan for the ...
  • Preview2019- Expect the German coal debate to continue, says Aurora ER

    10 Jan 2019, 09:15 The German coal exit commission is set to deliver its final recommendations for the country’s coal exit in February 2019, but this report is likely to be only the beginning of a long and controversial policymaking process in the country ...
  • German carmakers agree to bet on e-cars and hybrids, fuel cells not ready – media

    21 Mar 2019, 12:31 Expert VDA- German Association of the Automotive Industry Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Cars Business & Jobs Technology dpa / Focus Online BMW, Daimler and VW have settled a dispute ...
  • Preview2019- Govt too "weak" for speedy coal exit, researcher says

    20 Dec 2018, 09:06 The weak and fragile German government is unlikely to implement the drastic measures needed for a speedy coal exit, regardless of the coal commission 's proposals due early next year, according to energy policy reseacher Claudia ...
  • “Beginning of the end for fossil power”

    Even the Uniper prospectus for its initial public offering (IPO) says that conventional power generation “faces the risk of disappearing completely from the market” in the long-term, writes Chris Bryant in a comment for Bloomberg. “It's not every ...
  • Mobility and coal task force delay pushes back Germany’s climate policy timetable

    13 Dec 2018, 17:52 Delays in the work of the commissions charged with providing pathways to a coal exit and the mobility transition are threatening the German government's climate policy timetable. However, environment minister Svenja Schulze told ...
  • 07 Mar 2019 |

    EU rebukes Germany over lack of green fuels service stations, mulls proceedings

    07 Mar 2019, 13:38 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Transport Cars Welt Online The EU Commission has criticised the German government for not making sufficient progress on setting up a ...
  • State will have to spend “several billions of euros” to support coal regions – finance minister

    30 Nov 2018, 15:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Cost & Prices Tagesspiegel / dpa German finance minister Olaf Scholz said it is “perfectly clear” that the ...
  • Bavaria premier wants coal exit, rejects mining state demands

    12 Dec 2018, 14:11 Bavarian state premier Markus Söder called for a national exit from coal-fired power generation but rejected the current financial demands from coal-mining states to cushion the phase-out. In a speech on his new government’s priorities, ...
  • Coal commission can finish fast if finance min puts money up – RWE CEO

    29 Nov 2018, 15:40 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sven Egenter Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Government Clean Energy Wire Germany’s coal commission can conclude its work soon if the country’s finance ...
  • “74 percent of Germans want to get rid of fossil energy entirely”

    A poll of 1,000 people in Germany shows that three quarters would like to see renewable energies replace fossil energy entirely, a survey by heating and cooling technology company Stiebel Eltron found. Eighty-five percent of participants said that they ...
  • Taskforce agrees on post-coal strategy for German mining regions

    26 Oct 2018, 08:41 Members of Germany's coal exit commission have unanimously adopted the first major policy recommendations for the country's lignite mining regions affected by a future coal power phase-out. At an on-site meeting in the Rhenish ...
  • 24 Jan 2019 |

    E-cars given advantage over alternative fuel vehicles – report

    24 Jan 2019, 12:11 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution Economic Trends Research Taxes and other regulatory burdens are much ...
  • Court's halt to forest clearing fans talk of easier German coal exit

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

    17 Sep 2018, 10:30 A report about a proposal by one of Germany’s coal commission co-heads for a coal exit by 2038 has caused irritation. Some commission members were quick to reject the report and warned that the commission's work was in peril should ...
  • 20 Dec 2018 |

    Alternative fuel cars on growth path – dena

    20 Dec 2018, 13:59 dena- German Energy Agency Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Efficiency Shaping a new integrated energy system and decoupling growth and emissions will require a much more efficient use of energy. Under the headline “Efficiency”, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Contested forest and loud criticism cloud 3rd coal commission session

    23 Aug 2018, 11:30 The German coal exit commission has set out on a tight schedule to devise a plan for phasing out the fossil power source – but shortly before its third official meeting federal states and opposition politicians have complained about a ...
  • Logging row continues to weigh on work of Germany’s coal commission

    28 Aug 2018, 13:59 The expansion of a lignite mine that threatens a nearby forest has become a first touchstone of the German coal exit commission’s robustness. But despite fears that the row over the embattled Hambach Forest could gravely impede the ...
  • Hot summer turns up the heat on Germany’s coal commission

    09 Aug 2018, 14:07 Record-breaking temperatures and a prolonged drought have increased public pressure on Germany’s coal-exit commission to make climate change mitigation its top priority. Countless media reports are invoking the extreme weather as a ...
  • 01 Dec 2014

    In the media: E.ON spins off fossil power, energy minister on coal, fracking and German angst

    01 Dec 2014 (All day) E.ON / Bloomberg / Reuters “EON Banks on Renewables in Split From Conventional Power” Germany’s biggest utility, E.ON, announced that it is to split in two, spinning off its coal, gas and nuclear power generation and global energy ...
  • Commission watch – Managing Germany’s coal phase-out

    31 Jan 2019, 13:30 In a bid to improve Germany's poor emission reduction record and to identify economic perspectives for people employed in the waning coal industry, the grand coalition government in 2018 set up a commission tasked with managing the ...
  • Gore says Germany faces historic step as coal commission starts work

    26 Jun 2018, 17:32 Germany has provided inspiring visionary leadership on energy and climate change for many years, but is now at risk of being left behind, former US Vice President Al Gore said on the first working day of the country’s coal exit ...
  • German states want synthetic fuels included in car fleet CO2 regulation

    A number of German states want the federal government to push for including synthetic fuels as an option to lower CO 2 emissions from passenger cars in the upcoming EU trialogue on new emission targets for car fleets, Klaus Stratmann writes for the ...
  • Germany’s energy transition will require significant imports of green fuels - study

    The global energy transition will require the presence of a sizeable international market for synthetic fuels and Germany will have to import significant amounts of green fuels created by converting renewable energy with so-called power-to-x technologies, ...
  • Reactions to Germany's official launch of coal exit task force

    07 Jun 2018 Germany has launched official talks to phase out coal power in a bid to cut greenhouse gas emissions that have remained stubbornly high despite the country’s shift to renewable power. The Clean Energy Wire collects reactions from environmental ...
  • Germany starts coal exit talks in bid to improve patchy climate record

    06 Jun 2018 (All day) Germany has launched official talks on phasing out coal in power generation. The aim is to cut greenhouse gas emissions that have remained stubbornly high despite the country’s ongoing shift to renewable power. The government on ...
  • Wrangling over German coal exit talks reveals difficult task ahead

    30 May 2018 (All day) Germany struggles to get its highly anticipated coal exit task force on track. The government on Wednesday postponed at the last minute the official launch of the phase-out commission for the third time. The quarrels over the ...
  • German government reluctant to find position on e-fuels

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

    The German Energy Agency (dena) has gathered a group of companies from the energy, automotive, aviation, chemicals and mineral oil, mechanical and plant engineering, insurance and finance sectors to launch a global alliance for power fuels. The list of ...
  • Today’s form of e-mobility just precursor to hydrogen fuel cell drives – parliamentary state sec

    Enak Ferlemann, parliamentary state secretary in the transport ministry (BMVI), said that today’s form of e-mobility with batteries is only a precursor to drives based on hydrogen fuel cells, writes Olaf Preuss in Die Welt. Hydrogen made with offshore ...
  • Liquid fuels necessary to achieve 2050 climate goals – petrol industry

    The EU’s 2050 greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal cannot be achieved without liquid fuels, the German Petroleum Industry Association (MWV) says in its annual report. The petrol industry lobby group says petrol companies want to contribute to a more ...
  • Carmakers' cheating on fuel efficiency has caused millions of tonnes of additional CO2 emissions – NGO

    Cheating on fuel efficiency by major carmakers is responsible for 264 million tonnes of additional CO 2 emissions between the years 2000 and 2017, an analysis by NGO Transport & Environment has shown. The additional cost of fuel amounted to nearly 150 ...
  • Bosch partners with fuel-cell group Ceres Power; VW CEO calls for European production of e-vehicle battery cells

    German automotive supplier Bosch will enter into partnership with United Kingdom-based Ceres Power to develop solid-oxide fuel-cell (SOFC) technology, which could be used in cities, data centres, and factories and as a power source for electric vehicle ...
  • LNG in shipping not much better for climate than heavy fuel oil – environmental group

    With just one exception, all cruise ships operating in Europe are powered by heavy fuel oil, “the dirtiest of all fuels,” according to a new ranking from Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), the organisation writes in a press release. Newly ...
  • Fuel cell vehicles make sense as complement to battery electric cars – opinion

    There is no doubt electric vehicles are headed for mass-market success, but it would be premature to write-off fuel cells, Christoph M. Schwarzer writes in a commentary for electrive. Fuel cells require fewer raw materials than batteries, are more ...
  • Science and industry collaborate on synthetic fuels research

    Businesses including Daimler, Audi, Caterpillar, Bosch, and energy company ENBW, are teaming up with scientists in the state of Baden-Württemberg to explore the potential for, and large-scale production of, synthetic fuels, the Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • Report on renewables’ impact on landscapes likely to fuel criticism of wind power expansion in South Hesse

    As South Hesse’s regional assembly prepares to approve its renewable energy development plan by the end of this year, a new report published by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) is likely to lead to increased criticism of wind power ...
  • “Coal fuels heat wave” – Greenpeace

    With anti-coal protests in the state of Saxony, environmental NGO Greenpeace says that the German government’s policy on coal fuels weather extremes. “The current heat wave is a taste of what awaits us if the CO₂ emissions are not decreased fast,” said ...
  • Regulatory agency approves use of train powered by hydrogen fuel cells

    The Federal Railway Authority has granted French company Alstom permission to operate passenger service on the German rail network with its new, hydrogen fuel-cell-powered train, according to an article in tageszeitung (taz). The train, the Coradia iLint, ...
  • Greens want to re-introduce nuclear fuel tax

    The Greens parliamentary group wants to re-introduce the nuclear fuel tax and use it to pay the compensation to nuclear power plant operators for losses after the government pulled forward its nuclear power exit in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear ...
  • Synthetic fuels could replace oil by 2050 - study

    Synthetic fuels will be competitive with conventional liquid fuels by 2050 and replace oil as the primary ingredient for transport and heating fuels by mid-century, a new study by consultancy Prognos, research institute Fraunhofer UMSICHT and the German ...
  • Renewable fuels’ share overtakes hard coal in German heating systems

    The share of renewable fuels in Germany’s heating system took over that of hard coal in 2016, an answer by the government to a parliamentary inquiry by the Green Party published by the German Federal Parliament shows. Their share has more than doubled ...
  • Germany’s aspiring coalition parties disagree over coal exit speed

    15 Nov 2017 The German coalition talks on climate and energy policy stumble over a dispute over the reduction of coal fired power production. Just days before exploratory talks are scheduled to finish, the Green Party and its negotiating partners from ...
  • CDU & Greens' energy politicians clash over Germany's coal exit speed

    10 Oct 2017 (All day) One week before the start of exploratory talks on forming a government coalition, aspiring German government alliance partners CDU and the Green Party agree that the country will have to phase out coal-fired power production. Yet, ...
  • 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 ...
  • SPD's Westphal: "Conditions to set coal exit date lacking"

    26 Jul 2017 (All day) The SPD, Germany's oldest party, has been a junior partner to Angela Merkel's conservative union in the grand coalition since 2013. The Social Democrats have traditionally been the country's "labour party" ...
  • German research projects investigate potential of climate-neutral liquid fuels

    Current discussions about the future of transport tend to revolve around electric cars, but many German research projects are focusing on renewable liquid fuels, which are likely to play an important role for freight transport, shipping and aviation, ...
  • Reducing power prices and increasing fuel prices for sector coupling

    Making electricity cheaper and heating and transport fuels more expensive would be a first step towards successful sector coupling in Germany, writes Stefan Schultz in an opinion piece for Spiegel Online. Renewables expansion costs for consumers would be ...
  • Coal exit: elephant in the room at vote in German industry heartland

    12 May 2017 (All day) In what is often dubbed “the small-scale federal election”, voters in Germany’s industrial powerhouse and most populous state North Rhine-Westphalia decide on a new government on 14 May. The exit from coal-fired power generation – a ...
  • Deutsche Post to start trial run with fuel cell e–vans – report

    Deutsche Post DHL plans to equip 500 of its electric delivery vans Streetscoter with fuel cells to test the technology on the road shortly, electrive.net author Daniel Bönninghausen has learned. The logistics giant has already achieved its target to ...
  • Environmental organisations call for improved fuel consumption tests for new cars

    The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)’s revelation that newly registered passenger cars consume significantly more fuel than advertised highlights the need for better testing, environmental organisation NABU says in a press release. ...
  • Fuel consumption of passenger cars 42 percent higher than advertised

    On average, passenger cars in the EU consume 42 percent more fuel than advertised, meaning their emissions are also considerably higher than carmakers say, according to the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). Over the last 15 years, the ...
  • “Powerful hurricanes to fuel demands from island nations at climate talks”

    Hurricane Irma's devastation in the Caribbean will fuel small island nations' demand for support from the world’s large greenhouse-gas-emitting countries for damages attributable to climate change at the UN climate conference in Bonn in November ...
  • “Synthetic fuels turn CO2 into a raw material”

    The once illusory concept of a carbon-neutral combustion engine could soon become a reality, German car industry supplier Bosch says in a press release. With synthetic fuels- so-called “eFuels”- CO 2 could become a valuable resource for making petrol, ...
  • “Synthetic fuel shall save the combustion engine”

    Chemist Robert Schlögl, from Germany’s Max-Planck-Research-Institute, wants to save combustion engine technology and its infrastructure from being gradually replaced with electric vehicles by developing synthetic fuel from hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO ...
  • LPG interesting alternative fuel

    In light of the current debate surrounding diesel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is an interesting alternative to conventional car fuels, writes Michael Specht in an article for Spiegel Online. Cars powered by LPG emit less nitrogen oxides than either ...
  • Nuclear fuel tax refunds come “at right moment”

    German utilities RWE, E.ON, and EnBW should use the nuclear fuel tax refunds to prepare their companies for the future, writes Jürgen Flauger in an opinion piece for Handelsblatt. “The one-off effect comes at exactly the right moment and could help ...
  • “Federal agency: get rid of diesel fuel tax privilege”

    Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) says the country ought to consider abandoning its diesel fuel tax privilege, news agency dpa reports in an article carried by Berliner Morgenpost. UBA head Maria Krautzberger told newspaper Rheinische Post the ...
  • Energy companies expect billions in nuclear fuel tax refunds

    German energy companies E.ON, RWE and EnBW are expecting billions of euros in tax refunds after the German Federal Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that a nuclear fuel tax law was unconstitutional. Read the E.ON press release in English here. Read ...
  • “Nuclear fuel tax law incompatible with basic law and invalid”

    German nuclear utilities E.ON, RWE and EnBW can hope for the repayment of about 6 billion euros after the Federal Constitutional Court declared the nuclear fuel tax law invalid and incompatible with basic law, reports Reuters. The federal government did ...
  • German car industry counts on synthetic fuels

    The German car industry has high hopes for synthetic fuels, but their plans could backfire in light of global efforts to electrify transport, writes Jens Tartler in Tagesspiegel. Synthetic fuels, produced with the help of renewable electricity, could be ...
  • “Daimler steps back from fuel-cell car development”

    Fuel cells are no longer a major part of Daimler’s plans, reports Fortune. CEO Dieter Zetsche said declining battery costs have made fuel cell vehicles uncompetitive with electric cars, according to a report by news site Smart2Zero. Zetsche’s statements ...
  • “250 million euros for hydrogen and fuel cells”

    Germany’s transport ministry aims to spend an additional 250 million euros until 2019 to kick-start the market for hydrogen and fuel cells in the transport sector. Fuel cell vehicles in public transport and company fleets are the focus of the new ...
  • “Price increase in fuel oil is driving up German inflation”

    An almost 12 percent increase in fuel oil prices in December 2016 compared to the previous month accelerated inflation in Germany, according to the European Climate Foundation (ECF). “If energy prices would have remained unchanged compared to the previous ...
  • 02 Nov 2016 |

    Industry grid fee rebates top 1 billion euros, fuel reform debate

    02 Nov 2016 (All day) German power consumers will have to shoulder grid fee rebates for energy-intensive industry in excess of 1 billion euros next year, sparking renewed calls for reform of the system to pay for keeping the grid stable as renewable power ...
  • National strategic framework for expanding infrastructure for alternative fuels

    Germany plans nationwide investments in infrastructure for vehicles powered by electricity, natural gas and fuel cells, the Federal Ministry of Transport (BMVI) said in a press release. “With investments of about one billion euros we will take the lead in ...
  • “Extending the nuclear fuel tax”

    The Green group in the federal parliament (Bundestag) calls for extending and raising the nuclear fuel tax beyond the end of this year, according to a parliamentary motion. “With the nuclear fuel tax, or nuclear fuel rod tax, we have a target-oriented and ...
  • German, US institutes collaborate on hydrogen and fuel cell research

    German Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory NREL announced a collaboration on hydrogen and fuel cell research. “The objectives of this collaboration are to ...
  • Cabinet approves support for hydrogen and fuel cell technology

    The government cabinet approved the second phase of a programme to support hydrogen and fuel cell technology, according to a transport ministry press release. From 2016 to 2019, the programme provides almost 250 million euros to support innovations in ...
  • German government shuns coal levy, mothballs some lignite plants

    02 Jul 2015 (All day) Germany will not impose an additional climate levy on old and dirty power plants. In late-night negotiations, the ruling government coalition buried a levy proposal, choosing instead to mothball and later decommission some lignite ...
  • Nuclear fuel rod tax: NGO warns of billions in tax losses

    The German government could lose 3.9-5.8 billion euros in taxes by 2022, if the nuclear fuel rod tax is not extended beyond the end of this year, according to an analysis by NGO Green Budget Germany, commissioned by green power supplier NATURSTROM. ...
  • Increasing the share of natural gas as fuel in mobility

    The German government will extend current tax breaks for natural gas used as fuel because it wants natural gas to play a role in the Energiewende in the mobility sector, the state secretary for energy, Rainer Baake, said ahead of the round table on ...
  • “Never again cheap fuel”

    German economics minister Sigmar Gabriel’s controversial proposal of placing a flexible tax on fuel that would rise and fall according to oil prices is a good idea and it should not be abandoned despite the loud opposition to it, Mark Schieritz writes in ...
  • “Economists do not think much of Gabriel's fuel tax”

    Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has ignited a storm with the recent publication of its Green Paper on increasing energy efficiency, Philipp Vetter writes in Die Welt. The paper proposed a flexible energy tax to counteract ...
  • New support programmes for heating pumps and fuel-cell heaters

    In an effort to promote energy efficiency in the heating sector, the federal economy ministry (BMWi) today started two programmes to support highly efficient heating pumps and fuel-cell heaters, according to a press release. “We are bringing energy ...
  • Challenge to nuclear fuel tax

    Green and left-wing politicians in the Bundestag and state governments want to extend the nuclear fuel rod tax, Bernward Janzing reports in taz. The tax is payable by nuclear power station operators whenever they use new fuel elements in their reactors ...
  • 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 ...
  • Poland's Katowice COP: Next coal country hosting UN climate talks

    17 Nov 2017 (All day) The Bonn climate summit of 2017, a short way from Germany’s largest coal mining district, is almost over. But the COP will reconvene next year, 1,050 kilometres away from Bonn in Katowice, another traditional coal mining area located ...
  • 23 Oct 2015

    Bavaria's energy concept / A record-breaking fuel cell

    23 Oct 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “An energy concept that electrifies no one” Bavaria will have to import 40-50 percent of its consumed electricity in 2025, Daniela Kuhr writes in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The state’s economy minister Ilse Aigner ...
  • 27 Sep 2018 |

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

    27 Sep 2018, 13:57 Germany needs to have a rational and open public discussion about carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) and storage (CCS) as ways to avoid releasing climate-harmful emissions from industry into the environment. A position paper by the ...
  • 09 May 2019 |

    Insurer Allianz aims to become climate neutral by 2050

    09 May 2019, 13:57 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Finance AFP / Handelsblatt Allianz, Germany’s leading insurer, aims to make its investments completely climate-neutral by the middle of the century, company CEO ...
  • 08 Jul 2017 |

    Isolating Trump, 19 G20-members say Paris climate deal "irreversible"

    08 Jul 2017 (All day) Nineteen members of the G20 group of leading industrialised and emerging economies underscored their commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, leaving the United States isolated. The US also was the only country to opt-out of a ...
  • 26 Mar 2019 |

    VW subsidiary MAN Energy Solutions buys stake in electrolysis expert in expectation of future commercial market

    26 Mar 2019, 13:20 VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Read more about VW- Volkswagen Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Gas Technology Handelsblatt / Clean Energy Wire Engine manufacturer and Volkswagen (VW) subsidiary MAN ...
  • 22 Mar 2019 |

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

    22 Mar 2019, 13:16 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Gas International Security Tagesspiegel Background The parallel construction of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline and a sea terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) ...
  • A successful energy transition requires CO2-oriented energy price reform – KfW

    26 Mar 2019, 13:28 KfW Efficiency Shaping a new integrated energy system and decoupling growth and emissions will require a much more efficient use of energy. Under the headline “Efficiency”, CLEW covers the quest for efficiency gains in buildings and ...
  • 14 Feb 2019 |

    Energy independence increasingly important to Germans

    14 Feb 2019, 14:18 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Society Germany’s dependence on imported fossil fuels Polls reveal citizens' support for Energiewende What business thinks of the energy ...
  • 28 Feb 2019 |

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

    28 Feb 2019, 13:53 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Gas International Security Handelsblatt Russian energy minister Alexander Novak’s announcement that Ukraine may no longer serve as a transit country for gas ...
  • 07 Feb 2019 |

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

    07 Feb 2019, 13:39 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Gas International Gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 links Germany to Russia, but splits Europe Germany’s dependence on imported fossil fuels Industry bets on gas as last ...
  • 19 Feb 2019 |

    Shift to renewables needs better mining standards, German agency says

    19 Feb 2019, 13:28 Renewables' growing raw material needs could become the energy transition's "Achilles' heel", warns Germany's environment agency UBA. It calls for better ecological and social mining standards to become an ...
  • 12 Feb 2019 |
    Gas

    Companies plan Germany’s first industrial-scale renewable hydrogen project

    12 Feb 2019, 14:14 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Gas Industry bets on gas as last trump card in Energiewende Power-to-gas: Fix for all problems or simply too expensive? Sector coupling- Shaping an integrated renewable ...
  • 16 Jan 2019 |

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

    16 Jan 2019, 13:26 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Gas Security Germany’s dependence on imported fossil fuels Industry bets on gas as last trump card in Energiewende US warns German companies of possible sanctions ...
  • 11 Jan 2019 |

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

    11 Jan 2019, 10:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Renewables Security The global energy transition and the shift to renewables from fossil fuels is likely to reduce energy-related conflicts, ...
  • 08 Jan 2019 |

    Germany wobbles on Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

    08 Jan 2019, 13:02 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas Security Gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 links Germany to Russia, but splits Europe Germany’s dependence on imported fossil fuels Industry bets ...
  • Protecting climate good for Germany’s economy- study

    08 Jan 2019, 13:20 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs German industry embraces Energiewende transformation challenge German industry says protecting climate can benefit economy Green ...
  • 02 Jun 2016 |

    Wind development has to wait for grid expansion

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

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

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

    Finance minister sceptical about e-car support / Utilities as 'capital destroyers'

    24 Mar 2016 (All day) Spiegel Online “E-car subsidies – Schäuble dampens hopes of a buyer’s premium“ There is increasing scepticism within the federal government concerning subsidies for e-cars. Vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has repeatedly voiced support ...
  • 13 Apr 2016

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

    13 Apr 2016 (All day) Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) State secretary Baake says Germany must stop registering fossil fuel vehicles by 2030 At a panel discussion Tuesday, state secretary for energy Rainer Baake said Germany’s ...
  • 20 Dec 2018 |

    German-French battery declaration paves way for concrete planning in 2019

    20 Dec 2018, 14:05 BASF Business & Jobs Fossil fuels Read more about BASF BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Cars Transport Read more about BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Read more about VW- Volkswagen Use Teaser Image as ...
  • 10 Mar 2016

    'Coal battle, next round' / Power trends since Fukushima

    10 Mar 2016 (All day) Climate Action Network “Break free from fossil fuels” Climate activist movement 350.org and Climate Action Network have announced a series of peaceful, coordinated actions “to disrupt the fossil-fuel industry’s power by targeting the ...
  • 11 Nov 2015

    E.ON sticks to split after record loss / Poker over brown coal

    11 Nov 2015 (All day) Reuters “E.ON sticks to spin-off plans after record net loss” E.ON says it is sticking to its plans to spin off its conventional power operations, after posting a record net loss in the first nine months of 2015 on the back of weak ...
  • 17 Nov 2015

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

    17 Nov 2015 (All day) WirtschaftsWoche “Can E.ON survive alone?” Writing for WitschaftsWoche, Christof Schürmann says there are doubts over whether the new E.ON, which will split from its fossil-fuel business in a few weeks, will be able to survive. E.ON ...
  • 15 Dec 2018 |

    COP24 blog: Parties decide "solid" rulebook

    15 Dec 2018, 22:10 Germany is under scrutiny at the UN climate summit COP24 in Poland: the country will fail to meet its 2020 climate target and only the next year will show if a push to phase-out coal-fired power production will result in an end date for ...
  • 04 Dec 2015

    Rules on underground cables / Push for renewables is 'paying off'

    04 Dec 2015 (All day) Federal Network Agency / TenneT New law on underground cables in the transmission grid German parliament has passed a law detailing that new direct current transmission lines will be put underground – this will be the default setting ...
  • 13 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- Day 8: German climate responsibility/ Protest against US event

    13 Nov 2017 (All day) Chancellor Angela Merkel calls on developed nations to advance technology and make investments to combat climate change / Protesters interrupt US event on "cleaner fossil fuels" / Peruvian farmer effected by climate change ...
  • 08 Oct 2015

    In the media: Wind now cheapest power to produce in UK and Germany

    08 Oct 2015 (All day) Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (VDE) “Average duration of power supply cuts per consumer and year less than 12 minutes for first time” The average power consumer in Germany can expect to ...
  • 19 May 2015

    In the media: Coal and climate- Can Merkel lead by example?

    19 May 2015 (All day) Bloomberg / Handelsblatt “Germany, France Seek Curb on Fossil Fuel Pollution This Century“ To control the risks of climate change, Germany and France want to almost completely forego the use of fossil fuels by 2050, Environment ...
  • 07 Jan 2015

    In the media: e-mobility research, renewables

    07 Jan 2015 (All day) Dow Jones Newswires “E-Mobility project: Municipal utilities are looking for a common business model” A new federal research project called “econnect Germany” aims to demonstrate the opportunities e-mobility offers to energy ...
  • 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 ...
  • 12 Dec 2014

    In the media: Energy efficient buildings and CEO on Vattenfall's future

    12 Dec 2014 (All day) Data-Project: Fraunhofer-ISI / Öko-Institut / Enerdata et al. "Research for more climate protection through buildings" Around 60 percent of the EU’s total energy consumption comes from heating, hot water, air conditioning ...
  • 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 ...
  • 03 May 2018 |

    Germany wants transparent global climate reporting to ensure trust

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

    Germany may have to buy way out of EU climate goal- ministry paper

    23 Jan 2018 (All day) Germany may have to resort to an unusual measure to comply with the EU's 2020 climate targets in sectors not covered by the union's emissions trading scheme (ETS). Achieving the non-ETS goal looks increasingly unfeasible, a ...
  • 10 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- Day 5: Progress in tough talks

    10 Nov 2017 (All day) Tough talks- but not yet reason to worry / EU remains steadfast on pre-2020 action and inflexible on Adaptation Fund / "No jobs on a dead planet"- trade unions / Climate-smart agriculture / Effects of climate change in ...
  • 08 Nov 2017 |

    EU car emission limits too weak for German climate targets- experts

    08 Nov 2017 (All day) Following intense lobbying by German carmakers, the EU has proposed car emission targets that will be insufficient to meet the country’s climate targets in the transport sector, according to environmental organisations. Critics said ...
  • Merkel at second diesel summit: must avoid driving bans "by all means"

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

    "Win for car industry"- First reactions to German diesel summit

    02 Aug 2017 (All day) German carmakers have pledged to update the software in some 5 million diesel cars to lower emissions at the so-called "diesel summit", where leaders of the industry met with federal ministers and heads of federal states. ...
  • Finance start-up Bettervest connects small investors with green energy projects

    02 May 2019, 11:32 Clean Energy Wire is stepping up its business coverage and exploring how the commercial landscape is being transformed by Germany's energy transition. To showcase the upheaval underway in the world’s fourth largest economy, we' ...
  • 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 ...
  • 17 Jan 2017 |

    Preview2017- Bring ideological coal debate "back to civilised level"

    17 Jan 2017 (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 ...
  • 23 Dec 2016 |
    G20

    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 ...
  • 22 Dec 2016 |
    G20

    Preview2017- Missing emission targets would be "disastrous signal"

    22 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 ...
  • 22 Dec 2016 |
    G20

    Preview2017- "The debate on energy transition costs will intensify"

    22 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 ...
  • 23 Nov 2016 |

    Businesses should make proposals to reach climate goals- govt official

    23 Nov 2016 (All day) Germany’s industry should work with the government to reach the goals in the country’s newly adopted Climate Action Plan 2050 rather than criticise the plan or individual measures, energy state secretary Rainer Baake told a ...
  • 14 Nov 2016 |

    Reactions to Germany's Climate Action Plan 2050

    14 Nov 2016 (All day) After a public consultation process of over a year and months of political wrangling, the German government agreed on a climate action plan 2050. While this roadmap to a nearly carbon-emission free economy contains detailed targets ...
  • 16 Aug 2016 |

    Weather forecasts aim to make renewable power predictable

    16 Aug 2016 (All day) The rise of volatile wind and solar power in the share of Germany’s electricity generation means that keeping the grid stable becomes an ever more complex – and potentially costly – task. Predicting how many renewable megawatts will ...
  • German steelworkers fight EU plans for emissions trading

    11 Apr 2016 (All day) With backing from economy minister Sigmar Gabriel, thousands of German steelworkers rallied against EU reform plans for the European Emissions Trading System (ETS) on Monday. Gabriel said there must be no contradiction between ...
  • 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 ...
  • 30 Nov 2015 |

    COP21- Day 1: Merkel says decarbonisation needed, but mum on coal

    30 Nov 2015 (All day) Day 1 at the UN climate conference: Paris must deliver an ambitious, comprehensive, fair and binding agreement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the climate conference in Paris / Germany's Environment Minister called for ...
  • 27 Jan 2016 |

    First reactions to Renewable Energy Act reform proposal

    27 Jan 2016 (All day) The centrepiece of Germany's Energiewende in the power sector is to undergo a profound revision this year. The government has tabled a draft law for the reform of the Renewable Energy Act, which has stirred a heated debate. The ...
  • 13 Nov 2015 |

    COP21 Interview: Energy sector key to cutting CO2, cannot do job alone

    13 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 ...
  • 07 Dec 2015 |

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

    07 Dec 2015 (All day) Day 7/8 at the UN climate conference: Environment state secretary Flasbarth becomes facilitator / EU fights for new differentiation / Germany plans decarbonisation by 2050 The ministers and top-officials from 195 countries have found ...
  • 08 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Day 9: Finding a word between "able" and "willing"

    08 Dec 2015 (All day) EU and African-Caribbean-Pacific group join forces / Review, finance, ambition – differentiation is key / Germany with “moderate” ranking in climate index More talks- less information The standards for reviewing countries’ climate ...
  • 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 ...
  • 01 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Day 2: Forests and finance

    01 Dec 2015 (All day) Day 2 at the UN climate conference: Negotiators begin their day-to-day work / Finance pledges for forests and renewables / New guidelines for climate compatible investment rules Heads of state and government have left and the nitty ...
  • 09 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Day 10: New text, same issues, overnight talks

    09 Dec 2015 (All day) [Updates party statments to new draft text] Issues of differentiation, finance, loss and damage remain / High ambition coalition seeks attention and new partners / "Preparing for long nights" says German environment ...
  • 17 Dec 2015 |

    Germans celebrate climate deal, turn to task ahead

    17 Dec 2015 (All day) [UPDATES with comments from VKU] German politicians, climate activists, scientists and media celebrated the "historic" Paris climate agreement. Some business associations as well as activists pointed to flaws of the deal, ...
  • 05 Dec 2015 |

    COP21 – Day 6: Hard work ahead, more finance, elephants in the room

    05 Dec 2015 (All day) UPDATE (adds NGO statement on climate finance pledge) Agreement on a draft agreement – with lots of options / Climate funding pledges reach $94 billion / Climate risk insurance can help dealing with loss and damages / Climate blind ...
  • 03 Dec 2015 |

    COP21 – Day 4: Slow progress, transport and the German COP slogan

    03 Dec 2015 (All day) Day 4 at the UN climate conference: EU and G77 + China clash over differentiated responsibilities / A 2°C slogan translates into a 1.5°C target / Government compensation for CO2 emissions in transport It has been three days since the ...
  • 12 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Day 13: "Historic" global climate agreement adopted

    12 Dec 2015 (All day) Countries have agreed to a new global deal to limit global warming and address climate change impacts / “Paris will forever be connected to this historic watershed,” says Chancellor Merkel / “Climate neutrality” still in the text, ...
  • Germany leads G7 in climate pledges but lags behind in implementation – report

    German climate policy announcements are the most ambitious among all of the western industrialised nations in the G7 but the country only comes second to last in the group when it comes to ending support for fossil fuel use, the think tank Overseas ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Energy minister locks horns with utilities over capacity markets

    20 Jan 2015 (All day) Sigmar Gabriel has made strong statements against capacity markets, with the utilities once again insisting they are needed to ensure investment in the power sector. The state secretary for energy said that with current overcapacity, ...
  • Lower emissions in Germany contribute to CO2 reduction across EU in 2018

    09 May 2019, 13:53 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire The CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion decreased by 2.5 percent in the European Union in 2018 compared to the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 03 Apr 2019 |

    Gas group Linde says it is “absolutely sure” there is a future for hydrogen cars

    03 Apr 2019, 14:18 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Gas Cars Clean Energy Wire It is certain that hydrogen will be used on a large scale in future cars, according to German industrial gas supplier Linde. “We’re ...
  • 04 Apr 2019 |

    Hydrogen start-up Sunfire reports rising demand from cosmetics industry

    04 Apr 2019, 13:51 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Gas Business Technology Clean Energy Wire The cosmetics industry is increasingly interested in using renewable hydrogen, according to German electrolysis start-up ...
  • 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 ...
  • 09 May 2019 |

    Power-to-x is gaining traction in Germany’s renewable energy push

    09 May 2019, 14:06 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Gas Storage Technology Forbes Germany’s share of renewable energy continues to rise but the capacity of the national grid is constrained, putting a spotlight on power ...
  • 16 May 2019 |

    Merkel puts contentious CCS technology back on German agenda

    16 May 2019, 16:50 Chancellor Angela Merkel has put carbon capture and storage (CCS) back on the table, saying the controversial technology was crucial for Germany to reach climate neutrality by mid-century. CCS has been met with a lot of public mistrust ...
  • 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 ...
  • 10 May 2019 |

    Germany’s e-car newcomer e.GO starts delivery of compact car

    10 May 2019, 13:26 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Start-ups Clean Energy Wire German E-car start-up e.GO has started to deliver its compact car model e.GO Life in a bid to stir up the country’s automotive ...
  • German coal exit can become example for other countries – environment minister

    Germany’s coal commission is a “societal innovation” and shows how the exit from the dirty fossil fuel can be organised responsibly, according to environment minister Svenja Schulze. “If we manage it, it will become an example for many, many nations and ...
  • 26 Apr 2019 |

    Waste company Remondis could buy parts of ailing utility Steag

    26 Apr 2019, 13:03 Expert STEAG Electricity generator Fossil fuels Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Utilities WirtschaftsWoche Utility Steag, which operates one of Germany’s largest coal plant fleets could ...
  • 07 May 2019 |

    Eastern German state premiers call for EU support to exit coal

    07 May 2019, 13:31 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Coal dpa The heads of government of eastern German lignite states Brandenburg, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt have called for EU support to cope with the transition away ...
  • Carbon fee and dividend a socially optimal approach to carbon pricing – interview

    The imposition of a carbon fee and dividend – in which a tax is imposed on fossil fuels, with the revenues being returned back to citizens – would be both socially optimal and build public support for carbon pricing, American economist Gilbert Metcalf ...
  • 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 ...
  • 27 Mar 2019 |

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

    27 Mar 2019, 12:22 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages ...
  • Need measures to reduce carbon footprint by cement industry – WWF Germany

    12 Apr 2019, 13:20 Expert WWF Germany World Wide Fund For Nature Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Industrial policy WWF Germany Environmental ...
  • 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 ...
  • 28 Apr 2016

    Commentators welcome nuclear deal, trash e-car subsidies

    28 Apr 2016 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “A bird in the hand” The proposed fund for nuclear storage costs is in breach of some fundamental principles, writes Michael Bauchmüller in an op-ed for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Nuclear utilities can absolve ...
  • “Coal barges reduce loading capacity to Germany”

    Low river levels have forced barge operators to reduce the volume of coal loaded onto vessels earmarked for Germany, potentially limiting seaborne import demand, Laurence Walker writes in Montel. Barges are currently loading at around 60 percent of ...
  • 16 May 2019 |

    Merkel says financial markets must change to better support climate action

    16 May 2019, 13:59 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Finance Clean Energy Wire Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel says the need for a reform of financial markets along sustainability criteria is one ...
  • 14 May 2019 |

    Germany's power grid stabilising costs fall slightly amid increasing renewables growth

    14 May 2019, 13:33 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 Kerstine Appunn Grid Renewables ...
  • 20 Mar 2019 |
    Gas

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

    20 Mar 2019, 13:23 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas Clean Energy Wire / Bizz Energy A group of environmental NGOs in Germany has intensified its resistance to the construction of the ...
  • 12 Apr 2019 |

    As end looms for coal, German mining region shifts right- report

    12 Apr 2019, 13:14 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Coal Business & Jobs Reuters / Clean Energy Wire German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s aim to wean Europe’s biggest economy off fossil fuels is a key issue in ...
  • 14 May 2019 |

    Daimler aims for share of 50 percent e-cars in sales by 2030

    14 May 2019, 13:24 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Technology Clean Energy Wire The world’s oldest carmaker Daimler has said it aims to bring the share of e-cars in its sales to 50 percent by 2030 and to ...
  • Germany has turned against action on climate change

    The German government has been fighting for weaker EU climate targets, car emission standards and coal pollution rules, writes Zach Boren for the Greenpeace journalism project Unearthed. “The widely reported fight for the [Hambach] forest may be the ...
  • 05 Apr 2019 |

    German e-car pioneer takes to the skies in hybrid “Silent Air Taxi”

    05 Apr 2019, 09:08 German e-car pioneer Günther Schuh, who runs the e-car startup  e.GO Mobile  and spearheaded the development of the  electric delivery van StreetScooter  now used by Deutsche Post DHL, has set his sights on conquering the air. Schuh, ...
  • 04 Apr 2019 |

    Daimler’s works council warns exclusive focus on battery cars akin to “Fukushima reaction”

    04 Apr 2019, 13:36 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Business & Jobs dpa / Focus Online An exclusive focus on supporting the development of battery electric mobility would be a risky strategy for German ...
  • 02 Apr 2019 |

    Tesla’s Model 3 overtakes BMW and Daimler in e-car sales after launch in Europe

    02 Apr 2019, 13:56 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars International Clean Energy Wire The new Model 3 by US e-car pioneer Tesla has overtaken German car industry heavyweights Daimler and BMW in European e-car ...
  • 26 Mar 2019 |
    Gas

    EnBW expects construction of new gas power plants in Germany

    26 Mar 2019, 13:10 Expert EnBW EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG Business & Jobs Electricity market Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Gas Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Clean Energy Wire Energy company ...
  • Industry says environmental NGOs have thwarted compromise on Germany’s transport emissions

    29 Mar 2019, 14:01 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Transport Cars Clean Energy Wire The influential lobby group Federation of German Industries (BDI) has said that a “blockade mentality” by ...
  • 21 Feb 2019 |

    Shipping needs “power-to-x” technologies to become climate-friendly- engineering body

    21 Feb 2019, 13:43 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Transport Freight Germany's maritime freight emissions Power-to-gas: Fix for all problems or simply too expensive? Sector coupling- Shaping an integrated ...
  • 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 ...
  • German econ min stresses potential for German-Russian trading cooperation in energy transition

    Russia will continue to be an important trading partner also in a future that gradually substitutes fossil energy sources with renewables, Germany’s economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier has said at a the German-Russian Resource Conference in Potsdam ...
  • "Elmau delivered"- Comments on G7 climate, energy statement

    08 Jun 2015 (All day) The G7 has published its final communiqué after the summit in Elmau in southern Germany. CLEW presents reactions from Germany to the results of the meeting of major industrialised countries. Read the "Leader's Declaration ...
  • Can Salzgitter cut Germany's CO2 emissions with low-carbon steel project?

    22 May 2019, 11:33 Volker Hille’s passion project could cut Germany’s entire CO2 output by almost one percent. He is head of corporate technology at Salzgitter Group, one of Europe’s largest steelmakers, which currently emits around eight million tonnes ...
  • Right-wing parties poised to bring climate scepticism to European parliament, with Germany’s AfD leading the way

    29 Apr 2019, 13:50 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Der Spiegel Right-wing populist parties could make major gains in the coming European elections, with many of them ...
  • 14 Mar 2019 |

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

    14 Mar 2019, 13:40 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Business & Jobs Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Electricity market Expert Ecologic Institute Energiewende International ...
  • 05 Feb 2019 |

    German coal exit proposal is inefficient “planned economy” approach – FDP head

    05 Feb 2019, 13:35 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Cost & Prices Fear of public backlash and complexity hold back German CO2 price German commission proposes coal exit by 2038 Handelsblatt The proposal by ...
  • Rebates save German industry eight billion euros in power costs in 2017

    08 Feb 2019, 13:24 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cost & Prices Industrial policy Energy-intensive industries call for energy transition cost “super cap” How much does Germany’s energy ...
  • Reinsurance company Munich Re to cut investments in coal projects

    German reinsurance company Munich Re will no longer invest in companies that make more than 30 percent of their revenues from coal-based operations, CEO Joachim Wenning said in a guest article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “Climate change is a ...
  • Rhine drought leaves Europe’s industry high and dry

    Low water levels in the Rhine river after a prolonged drought have disrupted fuel and chemical supplies on the vital European trade route, sparking concern over potential economic impact and raising questions about how climate change will hit Europe’s ...
  • 21 May 2019 |

    Wind power gut issue in eastern German regional elections

    21 May 2019, 13:26 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Wind Elections & Politics Tagesspiegel Background The expansion of onshore wind power capacities is turning into a highly controversial issue for the regional ...
  • 07 Feb 2019 |

    German coal exit may slow Fortum plan for Uniper takeover – analysts

    07 Feb 2019, 13:37 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Utilities Battered utilities take on start-ups in innovation race Bloomberg The push to scrap the use of coal as a power generation fuel by ...
  • CO2 emissions in EU rise by 1.8 percent in 2017 while Germany records slight drop

    CO 2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion increased by 1.8 percent in 2017 in the European Union, while Germany recorded a slight drop of 0.2 percent. According to Eurostat, Finland and Denmark registered the largest emission reductions, while Malta and ...
  • 26 Feb 2019 |

    Coal exit to disrupt burning toxic waste in German power plants

    26 Feb 2019, 14:08 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal WDR The end of coal-fired power production in Germany is set to cause problems for the disposal of toxic waste – such as sewage sludge, used oil and refinery ...
  • 16 Apr 2019 |

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

    16 Apr 2019, 14:16 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Coal Clean Energy Wire The opposition Green Party has called on Germany’s government to rapidly ...
  • 15 May 2019 |

    OECD highlights need for rethinking financial sector as part of climate action strategy

    15 May 2019, 12:21 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Clean Energy Wire Most nations in the world have subscribed to the goal of limiting global warming and reining in climate change but the financial long ...
  • 11 Mar 2019 |

    Reinsurance company Munich Re introduces battery performance insurance

    11 Mar 2019, 13:57 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Storage Finance Clean Energy Wire German reinsurance heavyweight Munich Re has introduced an insurance for operators of battery storage installations that shields ...
  • 27 Feb 2019 |

    Govt committee says Germany must become driving force for sustainable finance

    27 Feb 2019, 13:28 Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Clean Energy Wire The German State Secretaries’ Committee for Sustainable Development says the country should become a leading location for sustainable finance and promote its principles both to other ...
  • Renewable gas could become cheaper than natural gas in 2030s – analysis

    Gas made by electrolysis using renewable electricity could become cheaper than natural gas in the 2030s, according to an analysis by consultancy Energy Brainpool commissioned by Greenpeace Energy. This would require investments to push costs down, cheap ...
  • 26 Mar 2015

    In the media: “Citizens oppose new coal mining”

    26 Mar 2015 (All day) Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue Ministers and energy experts meet at international energy conference in Berlin Under the slogan “towards a global Energiewende” the first Energy Transition Dialogue is taking place in Berlin on ...
  • 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 ...
  • 09 May 2019 |

    Env min says Germany’s coal exit likely to happen “much faster” than by 2038

    09 May 2019, 14:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Clean Energy Wire The German coal exit will likely be completed before the 2038 end-date agreed on by the country’s coal exit commission, environment minister ...
  • Renewables, power-to-x and battery production offer future prospect for coal regions – study

    Large-scale renewable power production and the development of storage technology, both with power-to-x systems and batteries, can provide viable economic prospects for Germany’s coal mining regions as the fossil fuel is gradually phased out, a study ...
  • 29 Jan 2019 |

    Tough talks ahead within grand coalition on financing of coal exit – opinion

    29 Jan 2019, 13:52 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Elections & Politics Die Welt Now that the coal exit commission has reached an agreement on how Germany could phase out the fossil ...
  • Steelmaker Salzgitter expects policymakers to help fund massive decarbonisation project

    04 Apr 2019, 14:09 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Gas Technology Clean Energy Wire German steelmaker Salzgitter has expressed confidence that policymakers will provide the support necessary to ...
  • 25 Jan 2019 |

    Wind, solar and pumped storage in former lignite mines

    25 Jan 2019, 14:25 Expert Vattenfall Utilities Electricity market Business & Jobs Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Renewables Germany’s three lignite mining regions Handelsblatt / ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 May 2019 |

    Markets still bet Paris Agreement will not be honoured, German finance researcher says

    20 May 2019, 16:29 Financial markets are excellent processors of information- and they currently don't seem to expect that the global economy will be geared towards respecting the Paris Climate Agreement 's goals and give up fossil fuel ...
  • 26 Feb 2019 |

    “Climate Action Law has the right aim but relies on inadequate instruments” – op-ed

    26 Feb 2019, 14:05 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Government Handelsblatt In an op-ed in Handelsblatt, Klaus Stratmann argues that the draft Climate Action Law’s rigid sector targets don’t allow ...
  • 04 Apr 2019 |

    Germany sees largest emissions drop since 2009 recession

    04 Apr 2019, 15:12 Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions fell 4.5 percent in 2018 as warm weather and higher prices dampened the use of climate-damaging fossil fuels. The government called the largest drop since the 2009 recession the “first notable ...
  • “Slowly, Germany bids farewell to coal”

    The last German hard coal mine will close in December 2018. Cristina Belda Font, writing for Equal Times, takes a closer look at the 50-year transformation that coal mining and energy industry has seen in the Ruhr region. Some mines are already used to ...
  • Electricity and gas grids need to be better aligned in new energy system

    15 Feb 2019, 11:34 Expert TenneT Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Electricity market Gas Grid Power-to-gas: Fix for all problems or simply too ...
  • 05 Feb 2019 |

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

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

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

    12 Feb 2019, 18:04 Against the backdrop of escalating tensions over the Russian-German gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, Germany and the US aim to boost industry cooperation on liquefied natural gas (LNG). German economy minister Peter Altmaier invited US ...
  • Protests in coal exit commission against NGOs’ phase-out proposal

    A proposal by environmental NGOs working in Germany’s coal exit commission to retire 16 gigawatt (GW) of coal capacity by 2022 has led to “harsh disputes” in the body tasked with devising a plan for the fossil fuel’s total phase-out, Malte Kreutzfeldt ...
  • German government examines CO₂ price – media reports

    02 Apr 2019, 09:50 The German government is examining the possibility of CO₂ pricing across economic sectors, according to media reports. Several newspapers report the chancellery has asked leading German research institutes to explore socially acceptable ...
  • 15 Feb 2019 |

    Oil & gas company Shell buys German battery storage firm Sonnen

    15 Feb 2019, 13:51 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sven Egenter Clean Energy Wire CLEW Storage Business & Jobs Electricity storage is next feat for Germany’s energy transition Clean Energy Wire Oil and gas giant Shell is buying ...
  • German consumers not Russian captives – opinion

    It is true that Russia is Germany’s biggest energy supplier but German consumers are not “captives”, writes Andreas Mihm in an opinion piece in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “To the dismay of climate politicians, an abundancy of oil, gas and coal is ...
  • 21 Jan 2019 |

    Nord Stream 2 “wrong scapegoat” – energy minister

    21 Jan 2019, 13:48 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian ...
  • 16 May 2019 |

    Germany to miss 2030 climate goal by wide margin without action across economy

    16 May 2019, 08:45 Germany is set to widely miss its greenhouse gas reduction targets for 2020 and 2030 unless significant steps such as the proposed coal exit are taken. The environment ministry’s new emissions forecast shows that the country must ...
  • 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, ...
  • 07 Aug 2018 |

    Germany’s three lignite mining regions

    07 Aug 2018, 22:09 The beginning of the end of coal-fired power generation is imminent in Germany – a so-called 'coal exit commission' (or ' coal commission ' for short) of government officials and lobbyists is to decide an end-date by ...
  • 22 Dec 2015 |

    Vattenfall's German brown coal: what's being sold and who wants to buy

    22 Dec 2015 (All day) (UPDATES with new details of sales process) Vattenfall is selling off its German lignite operations. This factsheet outlines the context and exactly what is up for sale. Utilities Fossil fuels r.russell Vattenfall, owned by the ...
  • 03 Apr 2019 |

    Germany’s energy consumption and power mix in charts

    03 Apr 2019, 16:30 A wealth of numbers and statistics describe the energy generation and consumption of nation states. This factsheet provides a range of charts (and data links) about the status of Germany’s energy mix, as well as developments in energy ...
  • 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 ...
  • Power-to-gas: Fix for all problems or simply too expensive?

    20 Jun 2018, 09:35 Using renewable electricity to produce hydrogen and CO₂-neutral methane could solve some of the Energiewende’s toughest challenges. Making gas with wind and solar power could provide carbon-neutral fuel for heating and transport, and ...
  • Germany’s coal exit commission

    13 Dec 2018, 12:20 Germany has launched a highly anticipated task force on phasing out coal power, the most prominent blemish on the former climate action pioneer country’s emissions reduction record. The coal exit commission is supposed to find economic ...
  • When will Germany finally ditch coal?

    16 Dec 2016 (All day) Germany’s Climate Action Plan 2050 – which details how the country is to become close to carbon-neutral by mid-century – failed to set a deadline for the last of its coal-fired power plants to go offline. The country’s power supply ...
  • 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, ...
  • Details of new Climate Action Programme

    03 Dec 2014 (All day) The cabinet has approved a new Climate Action Programme with measures to reduce the country’s CO2 emissions. Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks stressed that the country is now on ...
  • The Climate Action Programme – what it's all about

    17 Nov 2014 (All day) On 3 December, the cabinet is to approve a new Climate Action Programme with measures to reduce the country’s CO2 emissions. But why is the government presenting the plan now? Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels k.appunn Germany has ...
  • Coal in Germany

    07 Feb 2019, 15:00 The future use of coal is at the centre of Germany's political debate on the energy transition and its efforts to mitigate climate change after the country has seen a stagnation in greenhouse gas emissions despite growing use of ...
  • German commission proposes coal exit by 2038

    17 May 2019, 09:20 The final report of Germany's coal exit commission sets out a pathway for the country to phase out the fossil power source and make progress on its slow emissions reductions. Delegations from industry, environmental NGOs, civil ...
  • Understanding the European Union’s Emissions Trading System

    21 Aug 2018, 16:05 Germany's increasing CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants are partially due to the historically low prices for emissions allowances in the EU's Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). One of the world's biggest carbon ...
  • COP23- See the energy transition in Germany's industrial centre

    30 Oct 2017 (All day) Germany’s coal mining state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) hosts the United Nations’ COP23 climate summit in Bonn. The epicentre of Germany’s industrialisation, this region is responsible for almost one percent of global CO2 ...
  • Government opts for alternative to coal levy

    02 Jul 2015 (All day) The government has agreed on a keenly awaited package of measures to further the Energiewende. But it gave in to pressure from trade unions and utilities and abandoned the idea of fining coal power plants for emitting greenhouse ...
  • National climate measures and European emission trading: Assessing the ‘waterbed effect’

    04 Apr 2019, 12:40 When countries like the Netherlands, the UK or Germany attempt to lower greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation and industry, they are regularly faced with the same criticism: Saving emissions that are covered by the ...
  • 15 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Media on Germany and the Paris Climate Summit

    15 Dec 2015 (All day) In this factsheet, the Clean Energy Wire presents an overview of German media comments and reports on the Paris Climate Summit, which took place from 30 November to 11 December. COP21 Climate & CO2 s.amelang2 k.appunn Süddeutsche ...
  • 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 ...
  • 12 Feb 2019 |

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

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

    Energy use in the city of Berlin

    16 Jan 2019, 12:08 Germany's capital Berlin plans to become climate-neutral by 2050. The densely populated, emissions-intensive city phased out lignite coal for power production in 2017 and plans to exit hard coal by 2030. However, renewables only ...
  • 24 May 2019 |

    Facts on the German state elections in the city of Bremen

    24 May 2019, 13:24 As voters across Europe head to the polls to elect a new European Parliament, German national media pays comparatively little attention to the regional election taking place at the same time in the country’s smallest and least populous ...
  • 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 ...
  • 07 Aug 2018 |

    Rail cargo emissions in Germany

    07 Aug 2018, 17:46 Rail freight, one of the potentially most climate-friendly modes of cargo transportation, is having a hard time to increase its clout in Germany's export-driven economy. Technical difficulties, red tape, and the twists and turns of ...
  • 01 Jun 2018 |

    How much does Germany’s energy transition cost?

    01 Jun 2018 The price tag for Germany’s energy transition is one of the project’s most controversial aspects. Estimates on how much money the country will eventually have to invest in the shift to renewables and the good-bye to nuclear power vary wildly ...
  • 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 ...
  • 30 Oct 2018 |

    Climate impact of farming, land use (change) and forestry in Germany

    30 Oct 2018, 22:15 Farming and land use emissions arise from a very diverse range of sources – milk cows, growing cereal, converting pastures into maize fields, producing fertiliser, driving tractors, draining moorlands, to name just a few. Other ...
  • Germany's Climate Action Law begins to take shape

    21 Mar 2019, 10:30 Germany's environment ministry wants to enshrine a target of "at least 95 percent" greenhouse gas reduction by 2050 in the new Climate Action Law. A first draft of the law, seen by Clean Energy Wire, was sent to the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 14 Sep 2017 |

    Reluctant Daimler plans “radical” push into new mobility world

    14 Sep 2017 (All day) The Daimler Group and its iconic Mercedes-Benz brand are global bywords for luxury cars made in Germany. The company is a classic powerhouse of automobile innovation but was slow to embrace e-mobility in earnest. Spooked by the ...
  • 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 ...
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  • Swimming blind: Key learnings from guest author Michael L. Buchsbaum, speaker at #GETJO19

    03 May 2019, 15:22 Michael L. Buchsbaum Coal Fossil fuels Renewables Business International Michael L. Buchsbaum was a speaker at The Global Energy Transition Journalism Conference 2019: Business Journalism In Transition #GETJO19, during the workshop & ...
  • “Climate change is unfolding before us, but journalism is not telling the full story”

    17 May 2019, 13:00 Michael Holder Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Business Journalists need to be less reactive and report on the issues relevant in the future when covering climate issues and the energy transition, which could also help companies avoid ...
  • 26 Apr 2019 |

    Leslie Wayne: “Dumb questions can end up being the smartest of all.”

    26 Apr 2019, 11:55 Rose-Anne Clermont Climate & CO2 Business Leslie Wayne is a former business reporter at The New York Times and has taught at New York University and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She also worked for the International ...
  • Zukunft ERDGAS

    Zukunft ERDGAS is a gas industry lobby initiative which aims to show that both natural gas and renewables-based gases have a role to play in the German energy transition and for climate protection. Members include national and local utilities, energy ...
  • Open Grid Europe

    Essen-based Open Grid Europe (OGE) is the largest of 16 gas transmission grid operators in Germany by length of the network. It manages 12,000 kilometres of pipelines all over Germany, equal to the length of the country’s infamous Autobahn system. Core ...
  • DEBRIV- Federal German Association for Brown Coal

    The German brown coal industry association (Der Deutsche Braunkohlen-Industrie-Verein e.V., DEBRIV) is the federal German association of all lignite producing companies and their affiliated organisations. DEBRIV includes all german cooperations involved ...
  • STEAG

    STEAG is a German power producer with an installed capacity of 10,150 megawatts, of which around 8,200 are situated in Germany. It operates 11 power plants and 200 local power facilities (some of them renewable) in Germany. The STEAG headquarters are in ...
  • BAFA- Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control

    The BAFA is a federal authority that handles administrative tasks in foreign trade, promotion of eocnomic development and energy. It is subordinated to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). In the energy sector, the BAFA implements ...
  • LMBV- Lausitz and Central-German Mining Administration Company

    LMBV redevelops and designs the successor landscapes of lignite mines in both the region of Lusatia and central Germany. Belonging completely to the federal government, LMBV improves the water quality of opencast mining lakes, stabilises opencast slopes, ...
  • Coal Importer Association

    The Coal Importer Association represents the political and commercial interests of, at present, 64 members (i.e. utilities, industrial users of coal, traders, and companies engaged in coal logistics). Its annual reports describe the current situation on ...
  • BASF

    BASF is one of the world’s largest chemical companies. Headquartered in Ludwigshafen, in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, BASF produces a wide range of plastics and chemicals, such as industrial gases, petrochemicals, solvents, and herbicides. ...
  • WINGAS

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

    Trianel is a network of municipal utilities in Europe. It has over 100 members and partners from Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland. Trianel helps the utilities in the areas of energy trading and acquisition. It also operates wind energy ...
  • KfW Bank

    KfW is a government-owned banking institution that offers both foreign and domestic financing for business and economic development. Its mission includes supporting citizen-initiatives, small- and medium-sized enterprises, and municipalities through loans ...
  • MIBRAG

    Mitteldeutsche Braunkohlengesellschaft mbH (MIBRAG) is a mining company headquartered in Zeitz, a town in the Burgenlandkreis district of Saxony-Anhalt. The company’s core business is the production and sale of raw brown coal (also known as lignite). It ...
  • World Energy Council Germany

    The World Energy Council (in Germany "Weltenergierat") is a network "of leaders and practitioners promoting an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy system for the greatest benefit of all". It has over 3000 member ...
  • Heinrich Böll Foundation

    The Heinrich Böll Foundation is a think tank for policy reform, and an international network, which is closely affiliated to the German Green Party (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen). The fight against environmental degradation is one of its primary objectives. It ...
  • IG BCE- Trade Union for mining, chemicals and energy industries

    The Industriegewerkschaft Bergbau, Chemie, Energie (IG BCE) has 661,000 members in Germany, making it the third largest trade union in the German trade union association. They organise workers from the mining, chemicals, energy, oil, natural gas, glass, ...
  • WWF Germany

    The WWF is the largest enviornmental NGO in Germany. It advocates biodiversity and the protection of the North Sea and Baltic Sea, coastal areas, rivers and forests. It firmly supports the German energy transition, a phase-out of coal and national and ...
  • German Steel Federation

    "The German Steel Federation (WV Stahl) is the political-economic association of the steel industry in Germany and is based in Düsseldorf. It represents the sector’s political interests in contacts with politicians, business and the public for steel ...
  • RAG German Coal

    RAG Deutsche Steinkohle is Germany's largest coal-mining corporation. www.rag.de Christof Beike +49 02323 15-2596 christof.beike@rag.de Business ...
  • Pao-Yu Oei

    Pao-Yu Oei has expertise in carbon capture and storage (CCS or CCTS), lignite mining in Germany, transboundary water allocation (river basin management), European electricity markets, economic modeling with the general algebraic modeling system (GAMS) and ...
  • Prof. Dr. Christian von Hirschhausen

    Research areas: Infrastructure and Network Economics, Public Sector Management, European Integration Policy, Applied Industrial Economics   www.wip.tu-berlin.de Researcher ...
  • 26 Jun 2017 |

    The future of gas in a decarbonised energy system

    26- 27 Jun 2017 Prenzlau Media study tour for journalists organised by the Clean Energy Wire in cooperation with the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich                                                                                                  ...
  • Report of German- Polish Media Programme Part I: Revelling in green pastures

    12- 14 Oct 2014 A German-Polish media programme explores how lignite-mining regions in the two countries handle the structural shift from coal CLEW’s first press trip heads into central Germany’s lignite-mining region From up here, we have quite a view. ...
  • German-Polish Media Programme focuses on role of coal in the energy system

    12- 14 Apr 2015 Katowice Energy Transition and Structural Change – a media trip from 12th-14th April 2015 will offer an in-depth look at model industrial regions. Ahead of the tour the following documents are now available in Polish, translated by Marta ...
  • German- Polish Media Programme on Coal and Energy: A Comparison Part I

    12- 14 Oct 2014 Großräschen Energy Transition and Structural Change – An In-depth Examination of Model Industrial Regions © [Ferropolis GmbH] Two-part fact-finding trip for journalists in Poland and Germany Part 1: Germany Case study: Anhalt-Dessau ...
  • Media study tour: Germany’s historic coal year 2018

    17- 20 Jun 2018 North Rhine-Westphalia APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED. Is the world’s largest lignite producer finally facing the thorny issue of the future of coal in its energy system? Long considered to be a clean energy pioneer, what is keeping Germany ...
  • Workshop at conference: Energy transition reporting in Eastern Europe

    20- 22 Sep 2018 Warsaw APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED- Climate change and the enery transition, migration and threats to democracy: a number of global events in recent years have forced journalists and their readers to be ready for the unprecedented. Arguably, ...
  • CLOSED: Go collaborate! Grant for energy & climate journalism

    09 Oct 2017 Bonn PLEASE NOTE: Winners will be notified by 09 October, and all other applicants shortly thereafter. A cross-border perspective is key to reporting on the global energy transition. Clean Energy Wire CLEW is offering three grants for the most ...
  • 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 ...
  • Science and Technology Park Euro-Centrum (PL): A hotspot for developing renewables-based business models

    Technology park with renewable energy laboratories. Further reading: CLEW research tour:  Poland ahead of COP24: Media study tour and German-Polish Media Programme focuses on role of coal in the energy system Date of publication: October 2018 Poland ...
  • Institute of Chemical Processing of Coal in Zabrze (PL)

    The institute is a research centre for technologies that reduce the climate impact of using coal in the energy sector and other industries, such as steel or chemicals. The institute is funded by the Polish government as well as public or industry-funded ...
  • Anti-coal protest symbol Hambach Forest

    The Hambach mine, the largest lignite mine in Germany, has been the subject of decades of protests. Since 2012, protesters have occupied parts of the Hambacher Forst, a 1,200 hectar-wide forest that has largely fallen victim to the expanding lignite mine. ...
  • Ibbenbüren coal mine

    Coal-mining company RAG owns and operates Germany’s last two coal mines and records around 1.5 billion euros in annual sales. It employs 12,000 people, of which more than three quarters work in its mining division, which is scheduled to be wound down in ...
  • Stakeholder and citizen involvement in regional planning- repurposing a hard coal mining site

    Regional authorities want to breathe new life into the Ibbenbüren colliery. Located on the northern edge of North Rhine-Westphalia, the city of  Ibbenbüren  is home to one of the last two active hard coal mines in Germany. This colliery directly feeds ...
  • Tetrahedron- how mine dumps can be given a new lease of life

    The Tetrahedron in the city of Bottrop is a walkable steel structure in the form of a tetrahedron with a side length of 60 metres, resting on four 9-metre-tall concrete pillars. It is located in Bottrop, Germany, on top of the former coal mine dump Halde ...
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  • Anand

    India Fossil fuels Agriculture As a journalist, Ankita writes on the environment, indigenous rights, mining and gender issues. Her work has been published in The Wire, Dailyo, The Hindu and The Equator Line. You can find her work online via her website or ...
  • Jakóbik

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

    South Africa Fossil fuels Renewables Business Nickolaus is CLEW ambassador for Southern Africa. He is an award-winning journalist for eNews Channel Africa (eNCA)- South Africa's premier 24-hour news channel. In over a decade of experience as a ...
  • Pandey

    India Electricity Fossil fuels Renewables Agriculture Indian Kundan Pandey works as Senior Reporter at Down to Earth India.  ...
  • Syahni

    Indonesia Citizens' energy Fossil fuels Renewables Meidella is a Jakarta-based freelance journalist. She regularly writes for Mongabay Indonesia. ...
  • Raunio

    Finland Electricity Fossil fuels Renewables Transport Freight Finnish Helena is CLEW ambassador for the Nordic countries, based in Helsinki. She is a freelance journalist from Finland. After a long career working for magazines such as Tekniikka & ...
  • 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. ...
  • Sáez

    Spain Coal Fossil fuels Gas Politics Society International Santiago is a freelance journalist whose work has been published in La Marea, Deutsche Welle, Chemistry World, PIQD. He writes about activism & mobilisation, as well as climate change impacts. ...
  • Khadhraoui

    Tunisia Citizens' energy Fossil fuels Efficiency Agriculture Tunisian Mariem Khadhraoui works for Agence Tunis Afrique Presse. ...
  • Nilsen

    Norway Fossil fuels Grid Renewables Storage Transport International Security Thomas is editor at The Barents Observer. ...
  • Staalesen

    Norway Fossil fuels Grid Renewables Storage Transport International Security Atle is staff writer at The Barents Observer. ...
  • Anabtawi

    Palestinian Territories Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Agriculture Ruba also covers waste management, and pollution topics. Her work appears in Maan CTR magazine. ...
  • Panhwer

    Pakistan Bioenergy Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Renewables Utilities Agriculture Pakistani Rashid Ali Panhwer works for the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP). ...
  • Timperley

    United Kingdom Electricity Fossil fuels Renewables Transport Industrial policy International COP24 Jocelyn is a staff correspondent at Carbon Brief. Previously, she worked at BusinessGreen. ...
  • Döschner

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

    Poland Electricity market Fossil fuels Gas Cars Politics Maciej is a journalist and editor at Energetyka24.com and eastbook.eu. Conenct with him online via LinkedIn or Facebook.    ...
  • Banos Ruiz

    Germany Bioenergy Fossil fuels Society International COP24 Spanish Irene is a Cologne-based journalist from Spain. Her work appears in Deutsche Welle and Renewable Matter. You can find her online via LinkedIn here. ...
  • Diermann

    Germany Electricity market Fossil fuels Grid Renewables Digitalisation Government Ralph is a freelance journalist based in Munich. His work is published in Süddeutsche Zeitung, Spiegel Online, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, pv magazine. Find Ralph online via his ...
  • Sarkar

    India Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Renewables COP24 Indian Soumya is CLEW ambassador for India, based in New Delhi. He is managing editor of India Climate Dialogue, a leading portal on environment and climate change. Soumya also writes a column for the ...
  • Dobrovidova

    Russia Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Renewables Technology Agriculture COP24 Olga's work appears in DeSmog UK as well as N+1. ...
  • Wiech

    Poland Bioenergy Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Nuclear phase-out Renewables Transport Jakub works for Energetyka24.com and Defence24.pl. ...
  • Koop

    Argentina Fossil fuels Transport Utilities Cities Agriculture COP24 G20 Fermin is a journalist and co-founder of Dialogo Chino. As a freelancer, he writes for Buenos Aires Times, Cronista, and Aconcagua. ...
  • Riedmüller

    Austria Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Renewables Storage Technology Michael is a freelance journalist based in Vienna. His work is regularly featured in Radio FM4. ...
  • Mishra

    India Electricity Fossil fuels Gas Solar Wind Cars Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Twesh Mishra is a staff writer for The Hindu Business Line. His work can also be found here. ...
  • Bressa

    Italy Electricity Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Grid Solar Storage Wind Efficiency Agriculture Italian Rudi is CLEW ambassador for Italy. He is a freelance journalist who regularly covers the energy transition, climate change, and the circular economy. ...
  • Contreras Camero

    Mexico Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Gas Mobility Business & Jobs Society Government Agriculture Arturo is staff writer at piedepagina.mx. Connect with him online via LinkedIn.   ...
  • Wettengel

    Germany Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Elections & Politics International COP24 G20 Julian is staff correspondent at Clean Energy Wire CLEW. You can also connect with him via LinkedIn. ...
  • Cai

    China Fossil fuels Grid Renewables Wind Cost & Prices Finance Technology COP24 Yixuan  is a staff writer for the Energy Observer Magazine (南方能源观察). Find Yixuan on LinkedIn. ...
  • Gulati

    India Electricity Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Gas Grid Renewables Politics COP24 Vishal is a journalist at IANS news agency. He covers biodiversity, climate change and the links between environment & development. Find him ...
  • Godoy

    Mexico Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Renewables Transport Finance Utilities Digitalisation Efficiency Agriculture Emilio is CLEW ambassador for Mexico and Latin America. He is a freelance journalist whose work has been published by ...
  • 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 ...
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