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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Towns and cities central to heating and transport transition

    Cities, municipalities, and the Energiewende 26 May 2017 Germany’s energy transition is a vast national project that is reshaping the entire country. But, of course, it is also taking place on a local level. With the shift to a decentralised energy system ...
  • 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 ...
  • 25 Jun 2015 |

    Germany's energy transition in the European context

    The solo draws to a close 25 Jun 2015 Germany’s energy transition began as a lonely expedition. Expanding green energy rapidly and switching off its nuclear power stations antagonised some neighbours and the European Commission. Germany has now learned ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Political uncertainty weighs heavily on energy policy crunch time year for Germany

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

    Renewable development must minimise impact on wildlife – govt agency

    14 Feb 2019, 14:09 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Renewables Environmental concerns accompany German offshore wind expansion Fighting windmills: When growth hits resistance German wind industry ...
  • 17 Jan 2019 |

    Germany comes 5th in global renewable investment ranking

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

    Record renewables share, but still too much electricity made with lignite – opinion

    04 Jan 2019, 13:26 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Renewables Fear of public backlash and complexity hold back German CO2 price Germany’s energy consumption and power mix in charts Süddeutsche ...
  • 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, ...
  • 14 Dec 2018 |

    Renewable power share in Germany rises to record level in 2018

    14 Dec 2018, 14:32 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Renewables Clean Energy Wire Renewable energy sources are set to contribute about 38 percent to Germany’s gross power consumption in 2018, a two ...
  • 12 Dec 2018 |

    Germany headed for 2018 renewable record – E.ON

    12 Dec 2018, 13:17 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Renewables Clean Energy Wire Renewable power generation in Germany is headed for a record this year, according to utility E.ON. “By year-end, we ...
  • 04 Jan 2019 |

    Wind and hydro power generate enough electricity for all German households in 2018

    04 Jan 2019, 13:29 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Renewables Germany’s energy consumption and power mix in charts Renewables overtake coal as Germany’s most important power source Significant drop in energy use ...
  • 11 May 2016

    Germany's appeal for renewables investment falls / Industry fears reform of renewables act

    11 May 2016 (All day) EY "Germany 5th in EY renewable investment attractiveness ranking" Germany’s attractiveness as a location for renewable investments has declined, according to major business consultancy EY. Germany is ranked fifth, trailing ...
  • “Renewable Energy in the European Electricity Market – Germany and Greece in the Focus for Renewable Energy Growth”

    Intensified cross border connections and the increased transfer between European electricity markets could help reach EU climate targets, according to a study by Fraunhofer ISE and the National Technical University of Athens. With the cooperative project ...
  • 05 Apr 2019 |

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

    05 Apr 2019, 12:40 New legislation passed yesterday by Germany’s federal parliament is to ensure the timely completion of crucial power grid connections that transport renewable electricity throughout the country. This law will bring the energy transition ...
  • Fully renewables-based global energy system possible by 2050, at lower cost – study

    12 Apr 2019, 13:40 Expert Hans-Josef Fell Politician EEG 2.0 | Law Energiewende Renewables Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Renewables Cost & Prices Energy Watch Group / LUT University A global ...
  • 18 Apr 2019 |

    RWE maps out planned expansion in renewables, US in focus – report

    18 Apr 2019, 12:20 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Utilities Reuters German utility RWE expects to spend heavily in the US green energy market as it maps out its future in global renewables after its pending asset swap ...
  • Germany’s renewables support system does not violate state aid rules- EU court

    29 Mar 2019, 13:56 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables EEG2016 | Law Policy Clean Energy Wire The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that Germany's system of financing its renewables build-up ...
  • 27 Mar 2019 |

    Germany edges closer to 2020 renewables target

    27 Mar 2019, 12:24 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Renewables Federal Environment Agency (UBA) The ...
  • 18 Mar 2019 |

    Wind power leads Germany’s record renewables output in March

    18 Mar 2019, 13:51 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables Wind Clean Energy Wire A string of windy weeks has led to a very high share of nearly two-thirds renewables in Germany’s power production mix since the ...
  • 28 Feb 2019 |

    Grid operator 50Hertz set new renewables record in 2018

    28 Feb 2019, 14:12 Expert 50Hertz Transmission Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Grid Renewables Clean Energy Wire More than 55 percent of power consumed last year in ...
  • 28 Feb 2019 |

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

    28 Feb 2019, 14:15 Much of Germany’s renewable power capacity is facing uncertainty regarding its business models as generous feed-in tariffs for many wind, solar and biogas plants end in the 2020s. With the country needing more, not less, renewable power ...
  • 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 ...
  • 27 Feb 2019 |

    Producing hydrogen from renewables already profitable, researchers say

    27 Feb 2019, 13:45 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Gas Grid Clean Energy Wire Producing hydrogen from renewable energy is already cost-competitive in niche markets and likely to be competitive in industrial-scale ...
  • 25 Feb 2019 |

    Munich's bid to go 100 percent renewable causes resistance in Norway

    25 Feb 2019, 14:02 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Wind International German wind industry worries about public resistance as installations slump Welt Online Munich’s plans for 100 percent renewable power have run ...
  • 22 Feb 2019 |

    RWE to win EU okay to buy E.ON, Innogy renewables businesses- report

    22 Feb 2019, 13:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Utilities Battered utilities take on start-ups in innovation race Germany’s largest utilities at a glance RWE and E.ON overhaul power sector- German reactions to ...
  • 29 Mar 2019 |

    Wind produces over a third of Germany’s electricity in March, setting new record

    29 Mar 2019, 14:12 Expert BWE- German Wind Energy Association Bundesverband Windenergie Technology Citizens' energy Electricity market Business & Jobs Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables Wind ...
  • 29 Mar 2019 |

    German solar industry wants more land for expansion after oversubscribed auction

    29 Mar 2019, 13:53 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables Solar Clean Energy Wire The German solar power industry wants the government to loosen restrictions and free up land to expand solar capacity, after far ...
  • 12 Feb 2019 |

    Bioenergy crucial to Germany’s 2030 renewables target – industry body

    12 Feb 2019, 12:56 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Bioenergy Bioenergy's public acceptance problem Bioenergy- the troubled pillar of the Energiewende Bioenergy in Germany – facts and figures on development, support ...
  • 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 ...
  • 25 Mar 2019 |

    Minimum distance rules for wind turbines threaten energy transition – German environment agency

    25 Mar 2019, 13:39 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables Wind Clean Energy Wire A mandatory minimum distance for ...
  • Resolute renewables expansion will reduce power price and emissions amid coal exit – report

    06 Feb 2019, 14:10 Expert Greenpeace Energy Green energy provider Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Renewables Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Climate & CO2 Cost & ...
  • 11 Jan 2019 |

    Germany and US top list of countries with most regions and cities aiming for 100 percent renewable energy – IRENA

    11 Jan 2019, 13:53 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Renewables Cities Cities' & municipalities' role in the Energiewende Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets Towns and ...
  • 12 Mar 2019 |

    Wind provides half of Germany’s power for a whole week

    12 Mar 2019, 13:48 Expert Fraunhofer ISE Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme Renewables Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables Wind Clean Energy Wire Thanks to strong winds, electricity production in ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 23 Jan 2019 |

    RWE submits E.ON-innogy renewables deal for EU clearance

    23 Jan 2019, 13:23 Expert E.ON Utility Business & Jobs Electricity market Utilities Expert innogy SE innogy SE Grid Renewables Utilities Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on ...
  • 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 ...
  • 18 Jan 2019 |

    RWE sets aside 1.5 billion euros per year for renewables investments

    18 Jan 2019, 13:37 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Utilities Clean Energy Wire German utility RWE wants to invest about 1.5 billion euros net per year in renewables after a complex transaction that will combine the ...
  • German providers can have regional origin of renewable electricity certified from 2019

    21 Dec 2018, 13:33 BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Read more about BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid ...
  • 12 Dec 2018 |

    Renewable operators receive more compensation for insufficient grid capacities

    12 Dec 2018, 13:28 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages k.appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Grid Renewables Augsburger Allgemeine Germany’s electricity consumers paid 228 million euros in the first three months of 2018 in compensation to ...
  • France overtakes Germany as most attractive G20 country for renewable energy investments

    29 Nov 2018, 15:47 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Renewables Business International Allianz / Germanwatch Germany has ceded its position as the G20’s most attractive market for renewable energy ...
  • 30 Nov 2018 |

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

    30 Nov 2018, 15:10 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Renewables EEG2016 | Law Clean Energy Wire Germany’s government coalition parties have locked horns over the envisaged 65 percent share of ...
  • Energy ministry stifles German renewables industry – Green MP

    18 Dec 2018, 13:58 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages k.appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Energiewende Business & Jobs COP24 reactions from Germany: “A victory for multilateralism” rbb Former environment minister Jürgen Trittin (Green ...
  • 29 Nov 2018 |

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

    29 Nov 2018, 15:55 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Grid Renewables Finance Bavarian Economy and Energy Ministry Since according to a new report Germany has been overtaken by France as the G20’s most ...
  • 31 Jan 2019 |

    New solar PV installations in Germany increased 68 percent in 2018

    31 Jan 2019, 13:30 Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW ...
  • 12 Dec 2018 |

    Renewable expansion boosts profits at Germany’s fifth-largest utility MVV

    12 Dec 2018, 13:21 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Utilities ARD The roll-out of renewable energies has increased profits at Germany’s fifth-largest utility MVV Energie, according to a report by ...
  • 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 / ...
  • 15 Oct 2018 |

    Renewables surcharge set to fall by six percent in 2019

    15 Oct 2018, 14:44 Germany’s renewable energy surcharge that is paid by consumers with their electricity bill and supports wind, solar, biomass and hydro power installations, is to fall by 5.7 percent in 2019, transmission grid operators have calculated. ...
  • Energy industry and researchers urge German parliament to pave way for 65 percent renewables goal

    Achieving a 65 percent share of renewables in power consumption by 2030, as determined by Germany’s government coalition, will require a clear regulatory framework and parallel investments in infrastructure, work on which must start as soon as possible, ...
  • Eastern German states reject coal commission’s proposals, renew 60 billion euro-demand

    The governments of Germany’s eastern coal mining states have criticised a draft proposal by the country’s coal exit commission for focusing too much on emissions reduction and too little on the economic prospects of people living in mining regions, the ...
  • Renewables, power-to-x and battery production offer future prospect for coal regions – study

    Large-scale renewable power production and the development of storage technology, both with power-to-x systems and batteries, can provide viable economic prospects for Germany’s coal mining regions as the fossil fuel is gradually phased out, a study ...
  • NGOs call for ambitious coal exit plan, higher renewables goal for 2030, price on CO₂

    More than 60 civil society groups under the umbrella organisation Climate Alliance are calling for an ambitious phase-out of coal-fired power generation, a higher goal for renewables expansion, and a CO₂ floor price in the power sector. The alliance has ...
  • German economy minister renews calls for European battery cell production

    The German economy and energy minister, Peter Altmaier, has renewed calls for a European battery cell factory to counter Asia’s dominance in the sector. “We need competitive, innovative and environmentally sustainable production capacities for battery ...
  • Cabinet decides additional renewables auctions as part of energy law reform

    The German government cabinet has decided a collection of energy law amendments, which include the introduction of additional renewables auctions in 2019-2021, the economy ministry (BMWi) said in a press release. The press release – while not giving many ...
  • Germany’s renewables share rises to 38 percent of power consumption

    Renewables produced 38 percent of the electricity used in Germany between January and September 2018, an increase of three percentage points over a year earlier, according to utility association BDEW. In January, April and May, renewables' share even ...
  • Government coalition reaches deal to boost renewable energy capacity

    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and its Social Democrat (SPD) partners have agreed to keep their promise to speed up the expansion of renewable power installations, ending months of wrangling, reports Thorsten Severin for Reuters. ...
  • Turkey and Germany want to cooperate on renewables and energy efficiency

    The energy ministers of Turkey and Germany have agreed to cooperate more closely on the issues of renewable energies, energy efficiency, infrastructure, integrated energy (sector coupling) and regulation, their letter of intent signed at the second German ...
  • Regulatory factors may distort competition in cross-border renewable energy auctions in Europe

    Costs stemming from differences in regulation in individual countries have the potential to distort an otherwise competitive level playing field in cross-border renewable energy auctions in Northwestern Europe, writes energy think tank Agora Energiewende* ...
  • Industry exemptions for renewables levy must be abolished – editorial

    Germany’s renewable levy  decreases for the second year in a row, but the government should lower household power prices by abolishing exemptions for companies that do not compete internationally, writes Joachim Wille in an editorial in the Frankfurter ...
  • Renewables like wind and solar on par with conventional energy sources

    Renewable power sources are not only competitive compared to conventional energies, they are also more and more sought after by industrialised and emerging nations alike, a report published by the consultancy Deloitte finds. As an example, the study cites ...
  • Push for stricter wind turbine rules and planning delays outrage renewable associations

    The states of Brandenburg and North Rhine-Westphalia are pushing for stricter rules on minimum wind turbine distances near settlements and for curbing planning privileges that enable wind parks to be planned and built in less time. The Bundesrat, Germany ...
  • German conservatives say coalition partner SPD must accept difficulties of renewables expansion

    Germany’s ruling conservative CDU party says its coalition partner Social Democrats (SPD) have to acknowledge that the expansion of Germany’s renewable energy capacity will be more difficult than initially thought, Focus Online reports. So far, the SPD ...
  • German renewables levy will noticeably decrease in 2019 – media report

    Germany’s surcharge paid for the roll-out of renewable energy sources, the EEG-surcharge, will “noticeably decrease” in 2019, writes Andreas Mihm in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. According to the article, the renewables levy will decrease to 6.4 cents ...
  • Higher market price for power reduces renewables support to zero for first time

    The increase in the wholesale market price for electricity in 2018 has led to a reduction of the so-called “market premium” that renewable power suppliers like wind and solar PV installations receive as a guaranteed payment, the German Renewable Energy ...
  • German power prices to stay high despite dip in renewables levy in 2019

    German household power prices will remain largely unchanged in 2019 as higher grid fees and wholesale prices outweigh a dip in the surcharge paid for the roll-out of renewable energy sources. The German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) expects the ...
  • Government to decide on special renewables auctions in October

    After several hours of negotiations on diesel emissions and immigration, the federal government coalition also agreed that it would decide to implement special renewables auctions “to contribute to closing the gap in the 2020 climate target” in a cabinet ...
  • Renewables and energy industry lobby groups criticise German energy policy

    Germany’s energy policy has not lived up to its climate and renewables expansion targets and has failed to adequately integrate citizens in planning procedures, Simone Peter of the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) and Stefan Kapferer of the German ...
  • Reducing coal in favour of renewables cheaper and cleaner for Germany

    A gradual reduction of coal-fired power production and the parallel expansion of renewable energy sources to 65 percent of Germany’s 2030 power mix would reduce electricity costs and emissions and allow the country to reach its climate target in the ...
  • German wind industry calls for direct sale option for facilities supported by renewables law

    According to the wind industry, German turbine operators supported under the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) should be able to sell their electricity directly to companies, reports Klaus Stratmann in the Handelsblatt. Until now, renewable electricity supported ...
  • Merkel renews call for European battery cell production

    German chancellor Angela Merkel wants to make battery cell production a “ strategic European development ”, she said during a speech at an event on e-mobility in Berlin. “Someone like me, who once studied physics, is incredibly sad that we cannot produce ...
  • German lead in renewables “cannot be caught up with” – French energy expert

    Germany’s leading position in energy transition technologies and renewables is uncatchable for countries embarking on their own “Energiewende,” French energy expert Gerard Magnin says in an interview on Spiegel Online. The former board member of French ...
  • 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 ...
  • Company buys up old wind turbines in Germany to operate them without renewables support

    One of Germany’s largest wind farm operators, wpd AG, is buying up old wind farms that are about to reach the end of their 20-year guaranteed remuneration period to operate the turbines without renewables support, Daniel Wetzel writes on Welt Online. “We ...
  • Three German states present plans to boost renewables and reduce emissions

    Several German federal states have revamped their approach towards the energy transition and climate protection. In a joint initiative, the states of Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate are calling for a reform of Germany’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG) to speed ...
  • Germany’s environment agency calls for coupling renewables surcharge with carbon price

    A price on carbon emissions from fossil fuels could help to drastically reduce the cost of Germany’s renewables surcharge for customers and effectively accelerate emissions reduction in the country, according to an expert opinion commissioned by the ...
  • Renewables in German auctions cheaper than existing coal and gas – Sandbag analysis

    The rise in the price of carbon emissions, coal, and gas means that new onshore wind and solar can compete with the short term-costs of generating electricity from existing hard coal and gas plants for the first time, writes Dave Jones in an analysis for ...
  • 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 ...
  • German climate investments abroad more effective than renewables support at home – FDP head

    Germany should invest more money in climate protection in other parts of the world by, for example, buying rain forests, Christian Lindner, head of the economic liberal Free Democrats, told the news site t-online.de, according to an article in the ...
  • Applications for renewables surcharge exemption rise

    Energy-intensive companies have applied for exemptions from the renewables surcharge for significantly higher electricity volumes for the coming year, according to a dpa article carried by FOCUS Online. According to a response from the Federal Ministry ...
  • 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 ...
  • 28 Sep 2018 |

    Germany needs plan to unleash solar power again- researcher

    28 Sep 2018, 15:37 Germany's solar power industry used to be a leader of the renewable technology's global expansion but a series of political blunders has killed off solar power companies and passed the torch on to China, solar power researcher ...
  • Energy minister under pressure to present framework for future renewables growth

    T ravelling in the renewable- energy stronghold state of Lower Saxony, German energy minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) faced urgent calls to provide a secure framework for future wind power growth. Lower Saxony’s environment minister, Olaf Lies (SPD), said ...
  • Number of renewable energy sources in Germany climbs to over 1.7 million

    The number of solar power plants, wind turbines and other renewable energy sources in Germany has risen to 1.74 million, with a combined capacity of almost 112 gigawatts (GW), energy company innogy says in a press release. The vast majority of ...
  • New wind farms send E.ON’s renewables profits higher

    Despite unfavourable wind conditions, the commissioning of new offshore and onshore wind farms increased sales and earnings from renewables at German utility E.ON in the first half of 2018, reports Bernd Radowitz in Recharge. Sales in the renewables ...
  • 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 ...
  • Landscape aesthetics should be given higher priority when deploying renewable energies – project

    As Germany moves forward with renewable energy deployment, the country should both preserve nature and allow for the development of landscapes, according to a new project published by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. At present, landscape ...
  • Germany’s renewables surcharge to remain stable in 2019 – think tank

    The surcharge German power customers pay with their power bill to finance the expansion of renewable energy is going to remain largely stable next year, according to calculations made by the energy policy think tank Agora Energiewende*. The renewables ...
  • Clear steps must underpin EU renewables goal- German energy minister

    13 Jun 2018 (All day) Increasing the EU's renewable energy target without a clear idea on how to achieve it would undermine political credibility, according to German energy minister Peter Altmaier. More ambitious goals for the deployment of ...
  • Growth in EnBW’s renewables segment in first half of 2018 due to new onshore wind

    German energy company EnBW increased its operating result (adjusted EBITDA) by 6.4 percent to 1.14 billion euros in the first half of 2018, compared to the same period last year, the company said in a press release. Net profit attributable to the ...
  • Federal government must accelerate renewable energy deployment – industry group

    The German federal government must implement the promised additional tenders for offshore wind energy without delay and must also rapidly increase the expansion paths for all renewable energy sources, the Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) ...
  • 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 ...
  • CFD financing of renewables best way to pass on cost reduction to consumers – study

    Contracts for difference (CFD) for renewable energy funding are the best available method to pass on cost reductions in different renewable technologies to the average power customer, the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) says in its weekly ...
  • Renewables overtake coal to become Germany’s single largest power source

    For the first time ever, renewable energy sources in Germany have generated more power in the first half of 2018 than all coal plants taken together, making wind, solar, and other green energy sources the largest power source in the country, preliminary ...
  • Wind power industry says repowering of old turbines needed for Germany to reach renewables goal

    Old wind turbines in Germany must be refurbished and modernised to ensure that the country meets its 2030 goal of increasing the share of renewables to 65 percent of power consumption, the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) says in a press release. The ...
  • Reaching target of 65 percent renewables by 2030 is feasible - think tank

    Germany can reach its target of increasing the share of renewable energy to 65 percent of power consumption by 2030 from the current 36 percent at moderate costs, according to energy think tank Agora Energiewende*. Agora proposes a series of measures to ...
  • New status report on renewable energy in German states published

    Energy transition communication platform Renewable Energy Agency (AEE) has published the 2018 edition of its renewable status reports for the 16 German states. The reports contain information about the states’ different Energiewende concepts, best ...
  • Renewables reach share of over 40 percent in Germany’s net power generation

    The net output of renewable energy sources in Germany’s power mix has reached a new record share in the first half of 2018, the website Energy Charts run by research institute Fraunhofer ISE says. With a net generation of 113 terawatt hours (TWh) between ...
  • Germany’s energy transition makes renewable energies cheaper for other countries – commentary

    Germany’s years-long investment in, and deployment of, renewable sources of energy have brought down the cost of solar and wind power around the world, Aaron Larson writes in POWER. Other countries seeking to similarly transition to a carbon-free energy ...
  • Germans consider natural gas best supplement to renewables – survey

    A poll commissioned by the German oil and gas producer Wintershall and carried out by pollster Forsa reveals that 54 percent of German respondents believe that natural gas is the best supplement to renewables, compared to 22 percent for timber, 20 percent ...
  • Opposition parties clash over pathway to Germany's 2030 renewables goal

    At an event held by the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) on 27 June, parliamentarians from the Free Democratic Party (FDP), the Greens, and the Alternative for Germany (AfD) called the government’s climate and energy policy measures misguided. ...
  • German coal exit plan should come coupled with plan for 100 percent renewables – lobby group

    The German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) says the country’s coal exit plan should be accompanied by a plan to achieve 100 percent renewable energy supply. “Only planning security for industry can lay the foundations for investments” and prevent ...
  • German Greens fear government will drop special renewables auctions altogether

    The German Green Party fears that the government could cancel two special auctions for wind and solar power projects that the governing CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) promised in its coalition treaty, the German Federal Parliament says in ...
  • Green party says renewables not to blame for high grid costs

    Green Party energy expert Ingrid Nestle says renewable power plants are not responsible for record grid management costs, which according to the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) amounted to 1.4 billion euros in 2017. “I warn against making renewables a ...
  • Germany set to miss 2020 EU renewables goal

    Due to the sluggish advance of its energy transition in the heating and transport sectors, Germany is set to miss the EU target of covering 18-percent of final energy consumption with renewables by 2020, lobby group the Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) ...
  • German grid agency unveils grid expansion scenario for a 65 percent-renewable power supply in 2030

    The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has released its 2030 grid development scenarios, including a “substantially altered” scenario based on a 65 percent share of renewables in the power mix, and on the additional auctions for wind and solar power promised ...
  • Germany’s increased renewables goal could harm wind and solar’s competitiveness

    The government’s goal of increasing the share of renewables in Germany’s power mix from 50 percent to 65 percent by 2030 could substantially delay the point at which solar and wind power installations can become fully competitive, the consultancy Aurora ...
  • Switch to competitive auctions for renewables shakes up industry

    A move from feed-in tariffs to competitive auctions risks roiling the German renewable energy market, writes Vaishnavi   Chandrashekhar in Yale Environment 360. In response to falling technology costs and high renewables surcharges paid by consumers, ...
  • EU strikes deal on 32 percent renewables target after all-night session

    Talks on renewable energy policy in Europe have achieved an unexpected breakthrough, as negotiators from the European Parliament and the EU member states were able to reach a compromise, report Dave Keating and Frédéric Simon for EURACTIV. The deal ...
  • G20 ministers seek to strengthen renewable energies

    Convening in Argentina, ministers from the G20 – a group of both developing and developed countries, including Germany – are discussing fossil fuel extraction, the digitalisation of energy markets, and the transparent handling of data, according to dpa in ...
  • Altmaier violates renewable energy and efficiency agreements - Germanwatch

    German energy minister Peter Altmaier’s rejection of demands for higher renewable energy targets in the EU is “a clear violation” of existing agreements between ministries, according to Christoph Bals, policy director at the German NGO Germanwatch. " ...
  • SPD deputy group leader reiterates call for additional renewables auctions

    Matthias Miersch, deputy leader of the Social Democratic (SPD) group in the German parliament, reiterated his party’s call for additional renewables auctions – as foreseen in the coalition treaty – in an upcoming reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), ...
  • 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 ...
  • In 2017, two-thirds of new residential buildings were wholly or partly heated by renewables

    Heating systems that use renewable energies were installed in 65 percent of the just under 110,100 new residential buildings completed in Germany in 2017, writes the Federal Statistical Office in a press release. Forty-three percent of new buildings used ...
  • Germany set to retire 20 GW of wind power by 2023 - Renewable Energy Federation head

    Due to the end of their 20-year life span of guaranteed support payments, about 20 gigawatt (GW) of wind power capacity in Germany will be retired by 2023 as their operation is no longer profitable, Simone Peter, head of Germany’s Renewable Energy ...
  • German town covering entire power demand with renewables “shows energy transition can work”

    The small town of Wolfhagen near Frankfurt in central Germany “has taken a big step into the future over the past few years” by becoming one of the country’s first municipalities to cover 100 percent of its power demand from renewable sources, Austin ...
  • Reform of renewables law delayed again

    The reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) was postponed for the third week in a row on Wednesday. The changes proposed to Germany’s renewables law, which enabled the rapid growth of solar, wind and biogas generated power, are subject to disagreements ...
  • Renewables’ burden on power grid greater than previously thought - researchers

    Renewable energies place a greater burden on power grids than previously thought, according to an article by scientists from the Jacobs University Bremen published in the “Scientific Reports” journal. Even the slightest fluctuations can be measured over ...
  • Two northern German states aim for 100 percent renewable power supply by 2035

    The governments of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, two of Germany’s northernmost federal states, have announced the goal to supply the region with 100 percent renewable power by 2035, reports Andreas Dey in Hamburger Abendblatt. Hamburg Mayor Peter ...
  • German energy ministry mulls trimming feed-in priority for renewables

    The German energy ministry considers limiting the feed-in priority for renewable power to reduce the costs of managing grid bottlenecks, Stefan Schulze writes on Spiegel Online. “Green power plants could generally become part of bottleneck management,” an ...
  • Wind power industry calls on German government to hold special renewables auctions

    The expansion of wind power in Germany must be accelerated both onshore and offshore to make good on climate action plans outlined in the government’s coalition treaty, industry organisations German Wind Energy Association (BWE) and Offshore Wind Energy ...
  • 100-percent renewable German energy system possible – study

    Powering a large country like Germany entirely with renewable energy is possible, and could even be cheaper than conventional energy sources, according to a study by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Technical solutions for all of the well ...
  • Government postpones decision on renewables reform

    Germany’s coalition parties, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU / CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD), have not been able to agree on the changes they want to introduce to the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) concerning additional tenders to ...
  • Utility EnBW says it achieved “a financial turnaround” as renewables become central pillar

    The largely state-owned German energy company EnBW says it has achieved “a financial turnaround” in 2017, posting a profit of 2.1 billion euros in the fiscal year. At EnBW’s general meeting, CEO Frank Mastiaux said the turnaround was “a key milestone in ...
  • Germany again meets around 100 percent of power demand with renewables

    Germany's renewable power production briefly exceeded the entire country's electricity demand on 1 May, data provided by the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) suggests. Renewable power output on the windy and sunny public holiday reached 53,987 ...
  • Resources for renewables industry connected to human rights and environmental concerns - Misereor

    A fairer procurement of resources needed to manufacture renewable energy facilities would help the energy transition “make a real contribution to more global justice and climate protection,” says catholic relief organisation Misereor in a press release. ...
  • Study suggests integrated renewable system is cheaper for eastern Europe than nuclear power

    A renewable, controllable power supply would be less expensive than producing electricity in new nuclear power plants in eastern Europe, a study conducted by Energy Brainpool and commissioned by power supplier Greenpeace Energy finds. Poland, Hungary, ...
  • SPD energy politician says carbon floor price needed to reveal true cost of renewables

    Germany needs a carbon floor price to reveal the true costs of renewables vis-à-vis other energy sources, the SPD parliamentary group's energy policy coordinator, Johann Saathoff, said at an event organised by the offshore wind power industry ...
  • 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 ...
  • Financial support for renewables could end in a few years’ time

    The renewable energy sector will be competitive without financial support within the next four to five years, Germany’s Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier said on the sidelines of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue. As an example, ...
  • Renewables levy comes of age

    The average German household with an annual consumption of 4,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) has paid a total of about 2,200 euros renewables surcharge since the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) was introduced in April 2000 with the aim of supporting wind, solar and ...
  • Bavaria's industry calls for end of Germany’s renewables surcharge system

    The Bavarian Industry Association (vbw) calls for an end of Germany’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG), which is aimed at supporting the expansion of renewable energy sources financially. In a press release on its “Agenda for Germany” for the year 2030, the vbw ...
  • SPD parliamentarian calls for speedy reform of renewable energy levy that includes CO2 pricing scheme

    Bernd Westphal, energy policy spokesperson for Germany’s centre-left SPD party, is calling for a speedy reform of the costs related to the country’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG) and electricity levy system, Focus Online writes, citing a report by dpa. ...
  • Great potential for renewable energies in decarbonising industrial processes

    Renewable energy technologies hold significant potential in decarbonising industrial heating and cooling processes, writes the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) in a press release, based on a short study compiled by the Hamburg Institute. “As more ...
  • In 2017, Germany spent less on renewables as prices fell, auction uncertainty weighs

    As global new investment in renewable energies grew in 2017, Germany spent less on new renewable installations because the costs of offshore wind power have dropped, and the shift to auctions for onshore wind has created uncertainty, according to a report ...
  • IEA scenarios downplayed renewables for political reasons - experts

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) has grossly underestimated the growth of renewables in its influential World Energy Outlook (WEO) forecasts for political reasons in the past, green energy proponents have told the Deutsche Welle. “Fossil and nuclear ...
  • Germany’s largest state, NRW, trails in renewables expansion

    In spite of a record wind power expansion in the western German region of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), the country’s largest federal state still trails in terms of renewables expansion, Welt Online reports. In 2017, the state added 312 wind turbines, ...
  • Northern German states want to integrate sectors to utilise more green electricity

    06 Mar 2019, 13:28 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Electricity market Renewables Clean Energy Wire Germany’s northern states of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Schleswig-Holstein – both of which generate more ...
  • Renewables research agency calls for end date for coal and combustion engine

    Germany needs an end date for coal-fired power production and for internal combustion engines in cars to make progress in emissions reduction and ensure that its industries do not fall behind others in developing technologies of the future, Michael Nelles ...
  • German state Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania proposes real estate tax for renewables

    The state parliament in the northern German wind-power state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (MWP) has proposed a real estate tax for renewable energy installations that should be introduced across the entire country, Frank Pubantz writes in the Ostsee ...
  • Green Party chairman Habeck says tax and levy reform needed to make renewables cheaper

    The co-chairman of Germany’s Green Party, Robert Habeck, says a sweeping reform of taxes and levies for renewables and other energy sources is needed to make clean energy production cheaper vis-à-vis carbon-intensive sources, the Lübecker Nachrichten ...
  • Record renewable power use in 50Hertz control area

    Over half of the power consumed within transmission grid operator 50Hertz’s control area last year (53.4 percent) was generated from renewables, the company says in a press release presenting its 2017 balance sheet. “We are proud that with this record ...
  • 09 Feb 2018 |

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

    09 Feb 2018 (All day) The coalition agreement by Germany's would-be coalition parties CDU/CSU and SPD is a step towards "realistic" Energiewende policy, says CDU energy policy spokesperson Joachim Pfeiffer. He argues a coal exit date for ...
  • Renewables cover about 100% of German power use for first time ever

    05 Jan 2018 (All day) Germany has crossed a symbolic milestone in its energy transition by briefly covering around 100 percent of electricity use with renewables for the first time ever on 1 January. In the whole of last year, the world’s fourth largest ...
  • Almost half of all energy industry jobs in Germany depend on renewables

    Nearly 50 percent of the almost 690,000 jobs in Germany’s energy industry depend on renewable energy sources, Hinrich Neumann writes on website Top Agrar. According to a study by energy consultancy GWS Research, almost 340,000 people were employed in the ...
  • Ramped up renewables expansion will aggravate existing Energiewende problems – opinion

    Germany’s new coalition agreement means a visible increase in ambition for expanding renewable energy sources, Hubertus Bardt and Benjamin Tischler write in a guest commentary for Handelsblatt. However, “goals like these are easily made but hard to ...
  • Combination of renewable sources can stabilise weather-related power production

    The combined used of onshore and offshore wind power, solar power and a European power network can significantly can stabilise weather-related power production during periods of little wind and sunshine, Germany’s National Meteorological Service (DWD) ...
  • TenneT to invest 28 billion euros over next ten years in power grid to cope with renewables feed-in

    Dutch-German transmission system operator TenneT will invest 28 billion euros in new power grid infrastructure over the next ten years because of energy transition targets in Germany and the Netherlands which will lead to an increase in renewable power, ...
  • “What Canada can learn from Germany’s renewables revolution”

    Germany’s energy transition from nuclear and fossil energy to renewables has many sceptics and requires a lot of hard work, but shows that “it can be done,” Judith Lavoie writes on Desmog Canada. Manfred Fischedick of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate ...
  • Study highlights key role of renewable gas in achieving Paris Agreement targets

    Renewable gas used in existing gas infrastructure could help reduce Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by mid-century, in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement goals, according to a study conducted by the consultancy Ecofys and ...
  • Coalition plans to boost renewables expansion render grid plans obsolete – report

    The aim of Germany’s emerging coalition government to speed up the expansion of renewable energy sources could render the current scenarios for expanding the country’s power grid obsolete, Michael Bauchmüller writes in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The ...
  • Germany’s new 2030 goal of 65 percent renewables to make power prices more volatile

    The provision in Germany’s coalition agreement that the country will source 65 percent of its power consumption from renewables by 2030 is likely to make power prices “more volatile and lower” than previously thought, Aurora Energy Research says in an ...
  • Without privilege, small projects have “close to no chance” in renewables auctions

    The coalition agreement between Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) would mean that citizens’ energy projects will lose a key advantage in Germany’s renewables auction system, writes Marlies Uken for Zeit Online. ...
  • Germany's EnBW expands to Taiwan in renewable expansion push

    German utility EnBW acquired a 37.5 percent stake in each of three offshore wind projects in Taiwan with a potential total volume of approximately 2,000 megawatt, marking the first such investment outside Europe in the group’s renewables expansion, ...
  • 14 Dec 2017 |

    Renewables could supply emergency power during blackouts in Germany

    14 Dec 2017 (All day) The energy transition has profound implications for Germany's preparations for an "unlikely but possible" large-scale power blackout, civil protection experts say. While renewable energy sources could replace fuel ...
  • German development bank KfW funds 47 percent of renewable installations 2015/16

    KfW loaned 10 billion euros to renewable projects worth 15 billion euros in 2015 and 2016, the German development bank said in a press release, supporting 47 percent of all new installations. Read the evaluation in German here. ...
  • Coalitions' renewables plans would overstrain German grid - agency head

    The would-be coalition partners’ plan to reach a 65 percent share of renewables in Germany’s power mix by 2030 is an “ambitious target,” said Jochen Homann, president of the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), at a meeting  held on the eve of the E-world ...
  • Citizens own one third of German renewables capacity

    In 2016, private citizens owned 31.5 percent of installed renewable power capacity in Germany, making them the most important investors in the sector ahead of energy companies (15.7 percent), developers (14.4 percent), farmers (10.5 percent), and funds ...
  • Energy transition in the European Union: renewables beat coal

    More electricity was generated in Europe from wind, sun and biomass in 2017 than from lignite and hard coal, think tanks Agora Energiewende* and Sandbag say in their annual evaluation of the European energy transition. However, renewable energy sources ...
  • 02 Jan 2018 |

    Preview2018- Urgent need to reform renewables levy and grid fees-bne

    02 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 ...
  • EU guarantee programme could make renewables cheaper in Central and Southeastern Europe

    The EU could significantly reduce the financing costs of developing its renewable energy potential by setting up a guarantee programme, according to a study by energy think tank Agora Energiewende*. “One euro of public funding would leverage 50 euros of ...
  • Power trading causes more grid fluctuation than renewables

    European power trading causes more fluctuation in the electricity grid than the feed-in of renewable power, according to a study by the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation. The grid displays particular large fluctuations every 15 ...
  • Renewables support system must be reformed by 2019 – BDEW head

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

    The German Energy Agency (dena) and its French counterpart ADEME welcome the initiative to renew the seminal Élysée Treaty between the two countries, and to intensify cooperation in many areas, including energy policy and climate protection, the dena says ...
  • Germany shows how shifting to renewable energy can backfire – commentary

    Germany’s Energiewende – the decarbonisation of the country's economy and shift away from nuclear and fossil fuels to a renewables-based energy system – has led to “an explosion of renewable energy technologies being installed,” but has also had ...
  • Expenditure on Germany’s renewable energy support hits record high

    Germany spent a record 26.3 billion euros on supporting renewable energy development in 2017, reports Andreas Mihm in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, citing data released by the country’s four power transmission grid operators (TSO) on Renewable ...
  • Germany a climate protection role model only in terms of renewables expansion - opinion

    With its Energiewende, Germany is a global role model, but only in terms of renewable energy development, writes Bernhard Pötter in an opinion piece for the tageszeitung (taz). “In terms of the difficult policy and economic decisions, we duck out like ...
  • Germany covers around 100 percent of power use with renewables for 1st time

    Germany has crossed a symbolic milestone in its energy transition by briefly covering around 100 percent of electricity use with renewables for the first time ever on 1 January. At around 06:00 am on 1 January, a combination of strong winds and low demand ...
  • Wind blows Germany’s renewable power production to new record in 2017

    A large increase of wind power generation pushed Germany’s renewable share of total power use to a record 36.1 percent last year, an increase of 3.8 percentage points over 2016, according to energy think-tank Agora Energiewende*. A rising number of ...
  • Share of renewables record high in net public power supply in 2017

    In 2017, renewables represented a record of around 38.5 percent of public net power generation (33.8 percent in 2016), writes Bruno Burger of Fraunhofer ISE in an end-of-year assessment. In total, renewables contributed 15 percent more to Germany’s public ...
  • Renewable Energy Act 2016 report

    The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has published its 2016 EEG report. It includes data on installed renewables capacity, electricity feed-in, regional distribution of renewables facilities, and their size. Find the EEG report in German here. ...
  • Almost 2,000 businesses to be largely exempt from renewables levy in 2018

    In 2018, a total of 1,908 German businesses at 2,421 locations will be largely exempt from having to pay the country’s renewables levy (EEG surcharge) on electricity, writes the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (Bafa), which is in ...
  • Renewables produce record 33 percent of German electricity - preliminary data

    The share of renewables in German electricity generation grew from 29 percent in 2016 to a record 33 percent this year, according to preliminary calculations by the Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW). “The gap between coal and renewables in ...
  • State aid: Commission approves renewables levy exemptions for certain self-suppliers of electricity in Germany

    The European Commission has endorsed German exemptions from the renewables levy (EEG surcharge) for all existing self-suppliers of electricity (i.e. those that entered into operation before August 2014), as well as for new self-suppliers using renewable ...
  • EU Commission rejects renewables levy exemptions for cogeneration power plants - report

    The European Commission has rejected to approve exemptions from the renewables surcharge for operators of highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) plants in Germany, Andreas Mihm reports for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). Since 2014, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Renewable gases for a greenhouse-gas neutral energy system

    The use of 930 terawatt-hours of renewable gases could provide enough flexibility to sustain a greenhouse-gas neutral energy system in Germany by 2050, a study by energy advisors (enervis) for the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) and the association ...
  • Economic council of Merkel’s CDU against renewal of coalition with SPD

    The Economic Council of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU says the party should give serious consideration to a minority government, in order to avoid a new grand coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD). In a statement, the economic ...
  • Nuclear power no longer competitive with wind power – innogy renewables head

    The significant drop in the cost of generating offshore wind power means that even modern nuclear power plants are no longer able to compete economically with this renewable energy source, says German energy supplier innogy SE’s COO for Renewables Hans ...
  • Renewables expansion bound to consume large part of Germany’s land area – study

    If Germany wants to remain true to its pledge to generate most of its energy from renewable sources by 2050, the additional land area used for windfarms and solar PV installations will be significant, Dirk Asendorpf writes in the weekly newspaper Die Zeit ...
  • Success of renewables takes Siemens by surprise

    Germany’s industrial heavyweight Siemens did not anticipate the rapid decline in renewable energy prices, particularly solar photovoltaic (PV) power, and consequently it had to implement significant layoffs in its conventional energy branch to compensate ...
  • Germany generates record volume of renewable power – E.ON

    Two powerful autumn storms pushed German renewable electricity production to a record high this year, according to calculations by utility E.ON. E.ON manager Robert Hienz told news agency dpa that from January to mid-November, solar, wind and hydro power ...
  • Baden-Württemberg is Germany’s new renewables leader

    A comparison of German states reveals that Baden-Württemberg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Bavaria are Germany’s renewables leaders, according to the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW). Hesse, Berlin and the Saarland were ranked the lowest ...
  • Renewables agency publishes digital book on German energy transition to coincide with COP23

    The German Renewable Energies Agency has published its “Atlas of the Energiewende” in English. The online digital book illustrates the potential of renewable energies, as well as current challenges such as grid expansion and storage, on more than 100 ...
  • Civil society and industry call for use of federal budget to finance renewables expansion

    A broad alliance of trade unions, consumer, renewable, and industry associations has called on the future German government to use the federal budget to finance “at least parts of the Energiewende costs”. “We need a new financing system for the cost ...
  • Renewables Bavaria’s most important power source for first time

    In 2016, renewable energy sources were the most important power source in the southern German state of Bavaria for the first time ever, the Bavarian State Ministry for the Economy & Energy says in a press release. With a total of 35 terawatt hours and ...
  • 16 Oct 2017 |

    COP23 – Heartland of coal and renewables hosts climate summit

    16 Oct 2017 (All day) Not far from Germany's largest brown coal mine, the United Nations’ 23rd COP climate summit will take place in Bonn. While implementing the Paris Agreement will take centre stage under the presidency of Fiji, the host country ...
  • Share of renewable energy sources was roughly 15% in 2016

    The share of renewables in Germany’s gross final energy consumption has increased from 3.7 percent in 2000 to 14.6 percent in 2016, the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) announced. Most of this (7.2 percentage points) was achieved through renewable ...
  • Renewables cut German CO2 emissions by 160 million tonnes in 2016

    The roll-out of renewable energies in Germany is key to reaching the country’s climate targets, according to the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). In a publication on the impact of green energies on emissions, the agency says that renewables increasingly ...
  • “Subsidy system of the Renewable Energy Act should be abolished”

    The economically liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) will push for a market-oriented system to pay for renewable energy, and wants to get rid of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) and the surcharge for renewables on consumer power prices, Hermann Otto Solms, ...
  • “Survey: Majority for coal exit and faster renewable expansion”

    72 percent of Germans want the new government to implement a step-by-step exit from coal-fired power generation, according to a survey by YouGov for WWF and green power provider LichtBlick. YouGov polled 2052 people in September 2017. 41 percent said they ...
  • E.ON sets up renewable smart grid in Swedish village

    German utility E.ON uses a smart grid with solar and wind energy, as well as a large battery, to supply a Swedish village exclusively with renewable electricity. “In order to support the balancing of the local energy system, customers are engaged to ...
  • Long-term “system conduciveness” of renewables more important than low costs – study

    Expanding the capacity of renewable energy sources in Germany should be focussed on long-term stabilisation effects on the energy system rather than cutting costs by maximising output, a study by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) suggests. ...
  • Renewables levy could be lowered further - utility association

    Germany’s renewables levy could be lowered even further next year if exemptions for energy intensive industries were financed via the federal budget, instead of with the levy, writes the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) in a press ...
  • Renewables levy to fall slightly in 2018

    The EEG surcharge – Germany’s levy to support renewables expansion that consumers pay with their power bill – will fall to 6.792 cents per kilowatt hour (ct/kWh) in 2018, from 6.88 ct/kWh in 2017. The country’s four transmission grid operators (TSOs) ...
  • Renewable support levy to fall slightly to 6.8 ct/kwh – industry source

    Germany’s renewable support levy paid by consumers as part of their power bills will fall slightly below 6.8 cents from the current 6.88 cents per kilowatt-hour in 2018, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has learned from an industry source. Nevertheless, ...
  • “Smart tech propels Germany's switch to renewables

    Digital technology that interconnects renewable power sources with vehicles, household appliances and other devices that use electricity is becoming an increasingly important component of Germany’s Energiewende, the shift away from fossil and nuclear ...
  • EEG surcharge to decrease slightly in 2018 – renewables organisation

    For 2018, the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) projects a slight decrease in the country’s levy to finance renewables expansion, the organisation says in a press release. The Renewable Energy Act (EEG) surcharge will drop to about 6.71 euro cents ...
  • Hidden costs of conventional energy higher than those of renewable support schemes - researchers

    The hidden costs of conventional energy sources in Germany amount to 38 billion euros, compared to the 24.5 billion euros worth of EEG surcharge, which is paid directly by consumers with their power bill to support renewable energy generation. Researchers ...
  • Projected decrease in renewables levy not a turning point - opinion

    This year’s projected slight decrease in Germany’s renewables levy (EEG surcharge) is not a turning point in the country’s energy transition, writes Klaus Stratmann in an opinion piece in Handelsblatt. Support payments for existing wind and solar power ...
  • Monopolies Commission calls for replacing renewables support with CO2 price

    Germany's Monopolies Commission, which advises the government on competition policies, is calling for a shift from renewables support to a price on CO2 emissions to finance the country's energy transition. In a new report on the electricity and ...
  • Vattenfall attempts to store renewable energy in salt

    Swedish utility Vattenfall will use salt to store solar and wind power as heat in a Berlin pilot project. “Energy can be stored in salt without loss over weeks and months until it is needed,” said Vattenfall project manager Markus Witt in a press release. ...
  • Renewables support should be used to lower investment risk – research institute

    In a new analysis, the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) looks at how different types of renewables support regimes can effectively keep costs low for transforming the energy system. Uncertainty about future power prices is now the main risk ...
  • Germany set to miss 2020 EU renewables target – industry association

    Germany will not be able to reach its EU target of an 18-percent renewables share in final energy consumption by 2020 under the current conditions, writes the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) in its forecast for renewables development by 2020. ...
  • Renewables levy to decrease slightly in 2018 – think tank

    Germany’s levy to support renewables expansion, the EEG surcharge, will decrease to around 6.74 euro cents per kilowatt hour (ct/kWh) in 2018, from this year’s 6.88 ct/kWh, according to calculations by think tank Agora Energiewende.* A predicted rise in ...
  • Renewables association wants CO₂ price in heating sector”

    The German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) proposes to introduce a CO₂ price for energy consumption in heating, writes Dagmar Dehmer in an article in Tagesspiegel. According to a study, carried out by consultancy Prognos, the levy of 25 euros per tonne ...
  • “Competition pressure in renewables sector to increase”

    Global competition pressure in the renewables sector will increase over the coming years, as costs and overall investments continue to drop, while renewables growth will be less than in previous years, writes Germany’s second-largest bank Commerzbank in a ...
  • Chancellery chief: Next government will aim to stop rise of renewables levy

    Parties will discuss ways to “stabilise” Germany’s renewables levy in the coalition talks following the general elections on 24 September, Chief of the Chancellery Peter Altmaier told Andreas Mihm in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. ...
  • Wind industry calls for renewables auction reform

    The new German system for tendering renewable energy projects to the cheapest bidder urgently needs to be amended to avoid severe planning insecurity for the wind industry, the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) says in a press release. The reduction of ...
  • 04 Dec 2018 |

    Offshore wind operators want legal basis for raised capacity target

    04 Dec 2018, 15:34 Federal Association of Offshore Wind Farm Operators The association of Germany’s offshore wind farm operators (BWO) has welcomed a government proposal to increase the country’s offshore wind power capacity from 15 to 20 gigawatt (GW) by ...
  • “95 percent of Germans want more renewable energies”

    Ninety-five percent of Germans say that increased use and expansion of renewable energy is important or very important, according to a representative survey by Kantar Emnid, commissioned by Renewable Energies Agency (AEE). It also found broad support (65 ...
  • Renewables power generation grew in all federal states

    Power generation from renewables increased in all of Germany’s federal states in 2015, according to an analysis by Renewable Energies Agency (AEE). Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania produced more power from renewables than the total ...
  • 02 May 2017 |

    Pilot project taps batteries & blockchain to iron out renewable power

    02 May 2017 (All day) A German pilot project will hook up thousands of household batteries to balance out intermittent renewable power production. Grid operator Tennet and solar battery maker Sonnen said they will use blockchain technology to build a ...
  • “Energy consumption: Natural gas and renewables increase noticeably”

    Energy consumption in Germany increased 0.8 percent in the first half of 2017, compared to the same period in the previous year, due to positive economic development and slightly cooler weather at the beginning of the year, writes energy market research ...
  • “Germany’s transition from coal to renewable energy offers lessons for the rest of the world”

    Germany’s energy transition, or Energiewende, has transformed Germany into a global poster child for green energy, writes Emma Bryce in an article for online environmental magazine Ensia. Germany’s handling of the exit from coal-fired power generation ...
  • Renewables cover 35 percent of German power demand

    Renewable energy sources covered 35 percent of power demand in Germany in the first half of 2017, utilities association BDEW said on Friday. In the first half of 2016, the renewables share was 33 percent. Onshore wind power installations made the largest ...
  • “Germany’s Energiewende similar to South African renewable industry”

    South Africa could learn from Germany’s mistakes by removing the obstacles coal power poses to integrating renewables into its electricity system early, think tank Agora Energiewende’s* Markus Steigenberger says in an article for ESI Africa. Although ...
  • “German nuclear damage shows atomic and renewable power are unhappy bedfellows”

    Damages discovered at Germany’s Brokdorf nuclear power plant seem to support the theory that nuclear power is not suitable as a bridging technology which could rapidly adapt power generation to the fluctuating supply of renewable electricity, writes ...
  • France and Germany agree on holding joint renewables auctions

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

    Most Germans say the costs for renewable energy expansion are not fairly distributed across the country, Thüringische Landeszeitung reports. A representative survey by pollster Kantar Emnid found 59 percent of respondents said the costs paid by power ...
  • Bavarian economy minister wants to make renewables support reform coalition negotiations topic

    Ilse Aigner, economy minister of Germany’s biggest state Bavaria, aims to make lowering power prices a key topic in the coalition negotiations after the general elections in September, reports news agency dpa. She demands a reform of Germany’s renewables ...
  • “Climate protection requires renewables expansion – wind power is a pillar”

    International efforts in the framework of the G20 to limit the effects of climate change will have to rely on wind power as a pillar of low-carbon energy generation, the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) says in a press release. “Auctions for wind and ...
  • “Germany produced record 35 percent of power from renewables in first half”

    Germany produced 35 percent of its power from renewable energy in the first half of 2017, up from 33 percent the previous year, according to the BEE renewable energy association. But in the heating sector, the gains were only minimal, the BEE said. “The ...
  • G20 renewables investments must double to reach Paris climate target

    G20 states’ annual investments in renewable energies must almost double compared to 2015 levels to carry out measures needed to keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius, according to the Allianz Climate and Energy Monitor 2017 by Allianz Climate ...
  • Renewables surcharge is socially unfair and must be abolished”

    The Social Democrat-led Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of the eastern German state of Brandenburg has called for abolishing the country’s core law on financing  the roll-out of renewables, the Renewable Energy Act (EEG). The law is unfair ...
  • “Massive renewables expansion” needed to supply all sectors – SPD parliamentary group

    Germany must “significantly increase” its goals for renewables expansion to supply all sectors with electricity in the future and reach its own climate targets, writes the Social Democratic parliamentary group in the Bundestag (SPD) in a new position ...
  • German Industry calls for overhauling of Renewable Energies Act

    Germany’s most powerful industry federation BDI regards a fundamental reform of the country’s Renewable Energies Act (EEG) as necessary to ensure competitiveness, BDI president Dieter Kempf said in a press release. Kempf said energy policy should be made ...
  • Germany opens renewables auctions to bidders in other EU countries

    The German cabinet has paved the way for projects located in other EU countries to take part in national renewable energy auctions, the Federal Ministry for the Economy and Energy (BMWi) has said in a press release. Five percent of annual bidding capacity ...
  • 23 Feb 2017 |

    Debate on financing renewables in new ways gathers pace in Germany

    23 Feb 2017 (All day) Against a backdrop of general elections later this year, a debate about a general overhaul of Germany’s much-imitated system for renewables support is gathering pace. Many proponents of replacing the current Renewable Energy Act (EEG ...
  • Germany needs to double renewables, halve coal & oil to reach 2030 climate targets – think tank

    Germany will have to double its share of renewable power and cut its use of coal and oil by half to reach its official target of cutting CO 2 emissions by 55 percent by 2030, according to energy think tank Agora Energiewende*. The country must also use 30 ...
  • Renewables boom worldwide – but Merkel botches up her energy policy in Germany”

    Renewable energies around the globe are growing at a rate “never thought possible by many some years ago” but Germany “is botching up” the technology and is haunted by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s continued failure in energy policy, former Green MP Hans ...
  • “Coal-fired power stations are not necessarily a barrier to the expansion of renewable energy”

    Old coal-fired power plants can be made more flexible at reasonable expense, allowing countries with a high share of coal-based electricity to make a smooth transition to a climate-friendly energy system, according to a new study by think tank Agora ...
  • “Renewable energies enable the achievement of EU climate target at lower cost”

    The European Union can reach its 2030 climate targets at a much lower cost than predicted by the European Commission because the recent drop in renewables’ costs has exceeded expectations, according to a discussion paper published by energy think tank ...
  • Germany remains leader in renewables employment in Europe

    Renewable energy employed about 334,000 people in Germany in 2016, making the country the European leader, according to the report “Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017” by International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). China, Brazil, the United ...
  • “Swiss give green light for renewables and nuclear phase-out”

    A clear majority of voters in Switzerland have opted for a new energy law that aims to promote renewable energy, bans construction of new nuclear plants and fosters greater energy efficiency, Urs Geiser writes on swissinfo.ch. About 58 percent of Swiss ...
  • Renewables increase substantially”

    Germany’s primary energy consumption fell 1.4 percent in the first quarter of the year, according to statistics from energy market research group AG Energiebilanzen (AGEB). While economic growth and low January temperatures pushed energy consumption ...
  • "It would be so easy to reduce the renewables levy"

    Germany needs a reform of its renewables support system to bring down costs for power consumers but Berlin lacks “the political will” to do anything before the federal elections in September, writes Angela Hennersdorf in an opinion piece for ...
  • Germany fourth regarding renewable energy attractiveness

    Germany climbed one rank and is in fourth place on business consultancy Ernst & Young’s (EY) Renewable energy country attractiveness index (recai), trailing China, India and the United States. EY ranks 40 countries on their attractiveness for ...
  • Dutch renewable utility Eneco buys stake in virtual power plant operator Next Kraftwerke

    Virtual power plant specialist Next Kraftwerke, one of Germany’s best known energy start-ups, has sold a minority stake of 34 percent to Dutch renewable utility Eneco. The deal would boost its expansion in Europe, and “contribute to the joint ambition of ...
  • “Renewable energies stay on growth track”

    The share of renewable energies in German gross power consumption was 32 percent in the first quarter of 2017, a slight increase compared to the same period in 2016, German utility association BDEW said in a press release. Power generation by wind, solar ...
  • Germany to miss 2020-renewables target – BEE

    Germany will likely miss the 2020 EU goal to increase the renewables share  of gross final energy consumption to 18 percent (currently 14.6 percent), according to projections by  the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE). “While 23 EU member states ...
  • “The 3 stages of a country embracing renewable energy”

    The energy transition of any given country can be divided into three phases, write Christopher Burger and Jens Weinmann in Harvard Business Review (HBR). Energiewende 1.0 is characterised by kick-starting renewables power production. Germany is currently ...
  • Falling prices enable global renewables growth at reduced costs

    Countries around the world have added record volumes of new renewable power capacities at cheaper prices, according to a joint report by the Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Expenditures for new renewables ...
  • “Statkraft and TenneT cooperate for renewable energy market integration”

    Norwegian hydropower company Statkraft and Dutch grid operator TenneT plan to intensify cooperation in the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein in order to optimise the market integration of wind power, TenneT has said in a press release. Statkraft, ...
  • CO2 price should replace levy to fund renewables expansion - state sec

    Germany will have to replace its current renewables (EEG) surcharge model with more market and taxation-based mechanisms, using a CO 2 price as an indicator, Jochen Flasbarth, state secretary in the environment ministry, said at a conference by Green ...
  • “Gear Euratom towards renewables at last“

    Europe’s nuclear power organisation Euratom needs to be drastically reformed and become more democratic and transparent, Sylvia Kotting-Uhl, nuclear energy expert of the German Green Party’s parliamentary group, writes in a guest commentary for ...
  • “Investing in renewable energy, disempowering energy corporations”

    Germany’s Energiewende should be democratic, ecologic and social, said the Left Party’s energy and climate spokesperson Eva Bulling-Schröter, presenting the Left’s energy policy cornerstones at an event by Forum Future Energies in Berlin. In the draft of ...
  • “German nuclear phase out drives innovation in renewables

    The lack of a specific phase-out policy for coal is a “missed opportunity of an accelerated decarbonisation of the German energy system,” according to a policy briefing by UK-based Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED).  The paper argues that ...
  • “Bavaria bets on renewable energy – including wind. But protests stem new facilities”

    Some communities in Bavaria are expressing their displeasure with the expansion of wind power in the region, and fewer wind turbines were erected in 2016, writes Horst Peter Wickel in the Welt am Sonntag. In Bavaria last year, 124 new wind turbines were ...
  • “Broad support for climate protection and renewable energies”

    Renewables are the most positively received energy sources for Germans, while the country’s population largely rejects higher electricity prices and taxes on fossil sources, according to a four-country cross-national survey by Cardiff University, Climate ...
  • Germany calls for better support schemes for renewables across EU

    Germany’s state secretary in the economy ministry (BMWi), Rainer Baake, finds the EU Commission’s proposals on support for renewable energy sources “inadequate,” the ministry says in a press release. In the run-up to a meeting by the Council of Ministers ...
  • “Study: Renewable Energy Act might boost emissions rather than curbing them”

    Germany’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG) could produce results that go against its intended purpose of cutting emissions by supporting low-carbon energy generation, EurActiv.de reports. The EEG, combined with the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS), caused an ...
  • “In central Europe, Germany’s renewable revolution causes friction”

    Germany’s excess power spilling over into Poland and Czech Republic on days with high renewables generation creates political and economic tension, writes Zeke Turner for Wall Street Journal. “The fallout has become acute for Polish and Czech coal power ...
  • New economy minister Zypries assures renewables industry of progressive Energiewende legislation

    Brigitte Zypries, Germany’s new economy minister, has assured the country’s renewables industry of pursuing a progressive policy approach to advance the energy transition. At a conference by the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) she pledged to ...
  • East Germany’s full renewables potential still untapped

    East Germany could produce more energy from renewable sources than it uses, but the region’s full potential remains untapped, the Reiner Lemoine Institut research organisation says in a press release. Wind energy production in particular could still be ...
  • “Time for Europe to stand up for peace — and renewables

    The EU must make clear to the new US administration that “transatlantic security discussions need to always include the fight against climate change”, at this weekend’s Munich Security Conference, writes Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director of Greenpeace ...
  • “What happens with German renewables in the dead of winter?”

    Dark and calm winter days have led some commentators to suggest that renewables are unsuitable for providing a secure energy supply, reports Tamsin Walker for Deutsche Welle. Utility association BDEW argues this weather pattern proves flexible gas and ...
  • “Why auctions? Germany to cut renewables growth in half”

    The growth of wind energy last year clearly surpassed government targets, while solar additions lagged behind, writes Craig Morris on energytransition.org. But if the government sticks to its target of 40 to 45 percent renewable power by 2025, renewables ...
  • “Strong competition” in 1st solar tender following renewables reform

    There was “strong competition” in the first solar tender following this year’s changes in Germany’s Renewable Energy Law, according to the Federal Grid Agency (BNetzA). Winning bids for arrays with a capacity of more than 750 kilowatts averaged 6.58 cents ...
  • How Germany Hammers Down Renewable Energy Costs

    Germany’s pioneering turn toward clean energy is approaching another milestone with a new round of auctions for wind power expected to push the price of electricity from renewables to record lows, write Weixin Zha, Brian Parkin and Tino Andresen in a ...
  • Allianz expands renewables portfolio

    German financial services company Allianz and Japanese financial group MUFG invested in the 225 megawatt US wind park “Great Western”, expanding its renewables portfolio, the company announced in a press release. “It is a valuable addition to our ...
  • New economy ministry proposal to fire up renewables in all sectors

    16 Sep 2016 (All day) To decarbonise Germany’s economy, small amounts of renewable electricity will have to replace large amounts of fossil fuel. The policies to make this Energiewende happen must be decided now, the economy ministry says in a new ...
  • Is the winter really too dark for renewable power?

    Warnings from representatives of Germany’s conventional power industry that the country’s power supply security was in danger during dark and windless periods like in January as more and more conventional plants are becoming uneconomical and are set to ...
  • “Lessons from Germany’s aggressive path to integrate renewables on the grid”

    The challenges that the US state of Ohio will face with its power grid will be similar to those that Germany is dealing with today, a situation that could provide some lessons learned, writes Kathiann Kowalski for US non-profit news site Midwest Energy ...
  • 09 Dec 2016 |

    Vote2017- Bareiß: "We will have to talk about a gradual end to renewables support."

    09 Dec 2016 (All day) Germans will elect a new federal government in autumn 2017. Security, economic stability and refugees are likely to dominate election campaigns, but keeping the Energiewende on a steady course and fulfilling Germany’s international ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • Renewable share in Germany’s net power generation little changed in 2016

    Renewable energy sources produced about 34 percent of Germany’s net power generation for public electricity supply in 2016, according to first projections by solar energy research institute Fraunhofer ISE. “The share of renewables therefore remained ...
  • “Silicon Valley for renewable energies” in Hamburg?

    The northern German city of Hamburg hopes for a “Silicon Valley for renewable energies” as Siemens is testing a new energy storage system, writes Olaf Preuß for Welt Online. The system would heat up rock fill with excess wind power, which a turbine later ...
  • Germany debates form of renewables support as levy rises

    17 Oct 2016 (All day) Germany’s consumer surcharge to fund renewable electricity will rise less than expected in 2017. Still, discussions about the cost of the country’s Energiewende project and ways to reform the renewables support dominated the public ...
  • “State aid: Commission approves auction scheme for electricity from renewable sources in Germany”

    The EU Commission today found this year’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG) reform to be in line with EU state aid rules. “The amendments to the German EEG law we approved today make sure that one of the largest renewable support schemes in the EU will be based ...
  • 11 Oct 2016 |

    Germany’s renewables surcharge to rise less than expected- report

    11 Oct 2016 (All day) Germany’s consumer surcharge to fund renewable electricity will rise to a record high in 2017, but less than experts predicted, according to a report by German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Grid operators will officially ...
  • “Gabriel dismisses end of renewables support”

    Germany’s social democrat economy minister Sigmar Gabriel has rejected ideas of coalition partner CDU to phase out the support of renewables, Dow Jones Newswires and Spiegel Online report. The CDU “should think this over. I don’t think it’s going to work, ...
  • “CDU considers stopping renewables support”

    In preparation for the federal parliamentary elections 2017, Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union is considering calling for an end to Germany's core renewable energy support, writes Stefan Schultz for Spiegel Online. The party would “work ...
  • Gabriel considers renewable surcharge insufficient for comprehensive energy transition

    The current German renewable energy surcharge will not be enough to put the Energiewende on a sound financial basis, due to growing demand for electricity in transport and heating (sector coupling), economy minister Sigmar Gabriel said at the annual ...
  • “RWE profits drop 13 percent as renewable shift takes toll”

    German utility RWE saw a 13 percent earnings drop in the first nine months of the year, reflecting tough conditions in conventional power generation in Germany, reports Guy Chazan for the Financial Times. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and ...
  • “Germany and France defend grid access support for renewables

    Germany and France jointly defend priority grid access for electricity generated from renewable sources, reports Politico. The European Commission, meanwhile, is considering removing priority dispatch ahead of power coming from fossil fuels. In a so ...
  • Germany remains fifth in renewable energy country attractiveness index

    Germany remains in fifth place in business consultancy Ernst & Young’s (EY) renewable energy country attractiveness index (RECAI). EY ranks 40 countries on their attractiveness for renewables investment and deployment opportunities, based on energy ...
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) calls for reform of Renewable Energy Surcharge

    The Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) say the Renewable Energy Surcharge consumers pay with their power bills could rise to 10 cents by 2025 and should be reformed. “We need a discussion about alternative models, such as financing it with taxes or ...
  • 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 ...
  • “A cap for the renewables surcharge”

    Ilse Aigner and Garrelt Duin, the state economy ministers of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) respectively, jointly propose permanently capping the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) surcharge for power consumers at 6.5 cents per kilowatt hour (ct/kWh), ...
  • Schleswig-Holstein state minister wants to reduce renewables surcharge

    Robert Habeck, Schleswig-Holstein state minister for the Energiewende, calls for reducing Germany’s renewables surcharge, instead of increasing it as grid operators did today, writes the regional newspaper shz. Habeck proposes a government-administered ...
  • Renewables surcharge to increase by about 8 percent”

    Germany’s  renewables surcharge  is to rise from 6.35 cents per kilowatt-hour (ct/kWh) to 6.88 ct/kWh next year, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) learned from grid operator sources. The 8 percent increase would be less than  predicted by experts. This ...
  • “Renewable energy could offer security as global tensions rise”

    Renewable energy offers the potential of energy independence and security in times of rising geopolitical tensions like the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine, according to a story by Anmar Frangoul for CNBC.  "The idea is for the Germans to say ...
  • German state’s environment minister says taxpayer money should be used to fund renewables

    Baden Württemberg’s Green environment minister Franz Untersteller has suggested partly replacing the renewable surcharge with taxpayers’ money. The high costs of early solar development shortly after the year 2000 should be financed separately by a fund, ...
  • “Coal, nuclear and gas cost consumers 1.5 times more than renewable surcharge”

    The hidden costs of electricity generated with coal, nuclear power, and gas mean consumers would have to pay a “conventional energy surcharge” of up to 10.8 cents per kilowatt-hour next year, according to a study by Green Budget Germany (FÖS) commissioned ...
  • “Germany takes steps to roll back renewable energy revolution”

    The German government plans to put the brakes on wind power development in the country’s windy north because the electricity grid could not be extended quickly enough, writes Philip Oltermann in The Guardian. “Some analysts argue that while Germany is ...
  • “Reform of the renewables surcharge advances sector coupling”

    The renewables surcharge could decrease significantly if the system were based not only on electricity consumption, but also on final energy consumption in the heating and transport sectors, according to a study by the Institute for Ecological Economy ...
  • “Change of course for the renewables surcharge”

    The umbrella organisation German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) has called for a “correction” of privileges regarding the renewables surcharge (EEG-Umlage) for energy-intensive industries, writes Klaus Stratmann in Handelsblatt. Instead of subsidising ...
  • Chancellor Merkel – Renewables reform is paradigm shift

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the country’s renewable reform is a profound paradigm shift. “We can’t feel it yet […] but it will change the landscape considerably,” Merkel said with reference to the transition from pre-fixed feed-in tariffs to ...
  • Background paper on Renewable Energy Act (EEG)

    On 14 October, German grid operators will announce the renewables surcharge (EEG-Umlage) for 2017. For this occasion, the Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut) has put together a paper that discusses important legal changes to the EEG made over the ...
  • “Experts: renewables surcharge 2017 probably slightly below 7 cents“

    Experts say the renewables surcharge  will likely only rise to slightly below 7 euro cents per kilowatt hour (KWh), says Bild, based on a report by news agency dpa. The surcharge paid by consumers via electricity bills is currently 6.354 cents per kWh. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 29 Jul 2016 |

    Renewable energy levy set to rise in 2017 – think tank

    29 Jul 2016 (All day) The surcharge that German consumers pay through their power bills to fund renewable power looks set to rise again in 2017, think tank Agora Energiewende* has predicted. If power suppliers calculate bills fairly, this won’t ...
  • “Increasing investment activity in the field of renewable energy sources”

    Enterprises in German industry (excluding construction) invested 1.6 billion euros in measures to use renewable energies in 2014- an increase of 14 percent compared to 2013, according to Germany's statistics agency Destatis. A total of 7.9 billion ...
  • 16 Apr 2019 |

    Merkel opens Baltic’s largest offshore wind farm as industry warns against slow-down

    16 Apr 2019, 14:41 The opening of a new offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea gives Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel an opportunity to show her climate policy credentials and welcome the German-Norwegian project as a milestone for the energy ...
  • “Tailwind for renewables continues”

    93 percent of Germans say further expansion of renewables is important or very important, according to a study by TNS Emnid, commissioned by the Renewable Energies Agency (AEE). The approval rate for renewables facilities in their own neighbourhood fell ...
  • “Municipal utilities: Pressure through renewables expansion”

    German municipal utilities that have invested in fossil fuels over the past years – for example by modernising old coal-fired power plants – now find themselves under financial pressure in part due to the Energiewende, writes Bastian Brandau for ...
  • Online tutorial launch for tool rating prosperity impacts of renewable energy projects

    Has launched a tool to help municipalities rate the benefits of developing renewable energy infrastructure under different investor and operator models. An online tutorial for the too is now available. See the press release in German here.  ...
  • “Germany’s Energiewende: a renewable revolution on the ropes”

    With the reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), “Germany’s once vaunted renewable energy strategy looks to be running out of steam,” writes Nnamdi Anyadike for the global energy industry website power-technology.com. "Despite its success in ...
  • Energiewende on track with renewables, supply security, jobs; to miss cost, emissions goals

    Germany’s Energiewende is on track in areas such as extending renewables, employment, and securing power supply. But other goals- such as reducing power consumption and carbon emissions, and the limit on costs- seem increasingly out of reach, consultancy ...
  • “Is the renewable surcharge of any use as a ‘price tag’ for the Energiewende?”

    No other number in the energy sector politicises as much as the renewable energy surcharge consumers pay with their power bills, according to an article in renewable energy website euwid. But policymakers’ use of the surcharge as a ‘price tag’ for Germany ...
  • 02 Jun 2016

    Commentators spar over renewables reform / Agreement on biomass

    02 Jun 2016 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “Failure desired” Germany, the homeland of the energy transition, treats renewables like a relative who annoys everyone with permanent demands, writes Michael Bauchmüller in a commentary on the reform agreement ...
  • “More than half of charging stations to become renewable power capable”

    A joint venture of BMW, Bosch, Daimler, EnBW, RWE and Siemens wants to enable e-car drivers to charge their vehicles using only renewable power at more than half of Germany’s e-car charging stations, reports business magazine Wirtschaftswoche. Their ...
  • 26 May 2016

    Germany largest EU renewables employer / Industry wants transport ETS

    26 May 2016 (All day) IRENA “Germany remains highest EU renewables employer” Germany remains the highest EU renewables employer with about 355,000 jobs, despite a 4 percent decline in employment in the sector in 2014, according to a report by the ...
  • 08 Jun 2016

    Renewables reform / Merkel: Energiewende must not destroy utilities

    08 Jun 2016 (All day) Federal government Renewables law reform gets government approval Angela Merkel’s cabinet has decided on the reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) that is to take effect in 2017. The law proposal will next enter into the ...
  • “Cuba Seeks to Expand Role of Renewable Energy”

    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) with the support of the German environment ministry (BMUB) is holding a workshop on integrating higher shares of renewable energy in the island nation of Cuba in the country’s capital Havana. According to ...
  • “Beyond growing pains: Germany’s new normal in renewable energy policy”

    The German government is “again leading the way in renewable energy policy” with the switch from set feed-in tariffs to an auction-based system for renewable power, writes Johannes Urpelainen, Associate Professor at Columbia University. “Auctions are the ...
  • “Greenpeace: transport with renewable energy until 2035”

    The whole of the transport sector must switch to renewable energy by 2035 at the latest to reach the Paris Climate Agreement 1.5C target, Greenpeace’s transport expert Daniel Moser told news agency dpa. Moser also warns that Germany would “lose its ...
  • 01 Jun 2016

    Agreement on renewables reform / Utilities' nuclear liability

    01 Jun 2016 (All day) Federal government “Federal and state governments agree on key points of the Renewable Energy Act reform” State premiers and the federal government have agreed on essential aspects of a reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) to ...
  • 06 Jun 2016

    Grid operator says 80% renewables no problem / Environment ministry turns 30

    06 Jun 2016 (All day) Tagesspiegel “80 percent renewables are not a problem” There is much more flexibility in the German power grid to cope with renewables development than currently needed, said Boris Schucht, CEO of transmission system operator 50Hertz ...
  • 13 Jun 2016

    Battle over renewables act continues / ‘Insane’ efficiency support

    13 Jun 2016 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “Don’t miss the transition” Renewable energies have become so cheap that many countries have started an Energiewende, only for Germany to hit the brakes with its reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), writes ...
  • German tenants set to benefit from renewable energy savings

    Until now, tenants in Germany had to pay the renewable energy surcharge of 6.35 cents per kilowatt-hour that finances the state-guaranteed price, or feed-in tariff, for producers of renewable energy even if the building they live in is installed with a ...
  • Utilities put renewable energy at disadvantage with future contracts

    Renewable energy generation in Germany is being disadvantaged by the practice of leading utilities RWE, E.ON and Vattenfall of selling electricity well into the future, Germany’s Internationales Wirtschaftsforum Regenerative Energien (IWR) reports. By ...
  • Survey finds strong support for renewable energy and local, decentralised energy sources

    According to a survey by Leipzig-based research and consulting group Hitschfeld, 53 percent of residents in Germany would invest in renewable energy projects. Young educated people in particular  indicated a great willingness to do so. Social aspects ...
  • “What if all German households went renewable?”

    While more than 90 percent of Germans support the country’s energy transition, only 22 percent of households have switched to a provider of 100 percent green electricity despite having had the opportunity for the past 15 years, Craig Morris writes on ...
  • “Renewable energy: It's not easy being green”

    While generous subsidies have made Germany a clean power leader, helping to increase the country’s share of power generation from renewable sources from 3.6 percent in 1990 to 30 percent last year, the country continues to face challenges in implementing ...
  • 04 Apr 2019 |

    World’s "first large-scale industrial power-to-gas facility" planned in northern Germany

    04 Apr 2019, 13:34 Expert Vattenfall Electricity market Business & Jobs Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Renewables Technology Clean Energy Wire A new project in northern Germany aims at ...
  • 13 May 2016

    State premiers postpone renewables reform decision / Utility split

    13 May 2016 (All day) Bundesregierung / dpa-AFX “Federal and state governments stall on green electricity reform” Chancellor Angela Merkel and the state premiers postponed a decision on contentious issues of the upcoming reform of the Renewable Energy Act ...
  • 03 Jun 2016

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

    03 Jun 2016 (All day) Recharge “Thousands protest in Berlin to save Energiewende” Several thousand protesters mobilised by the renewables sector demonstrated against current government plans to reform the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) in Berlin, reports ...
  • 09 May 2016

    A new renewable record? / Study: Coal phase-out costs 71.6 billion euros

    09 May 2016 (All day) Agora Energiewende Preliminary data suggests renewable record in Germany Strong winds and sun all over Germany might have pushed renewable power production to a new record share on Sunday. Renewable generation covered 95 percent of ...
  • Grid and renewables to be new pillars of EnBW’s energy business

    With 967.5 million euro, German utility EnBW has achieved a 24.2 percent lower operating result in the first six months of 2016 than in the same period in 2015. The company expects results for the whole year to be five to 10 percent lower than last year. ...
  • “Know-how, capital and cooperation help small actors against risks of the renewables reform”

    Greenpeace Energy and its subsidiary Planet energy aim to support citizens’ wind power projects in their planning phases in light of regulatory changes brought on by the reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG). “The new EEG slows down the expansion of ...
  • 23 May 2016

    Media reports: ministry sees likely rise in renewables surcharge

    23 May 2016 (All day) Handelsblatt / Süddeutsche Zeitung “Energiewende gets more expensive” The energy and economy ministry believes a rise in the renewable surcharge for next year is “likely,” according to a paper submitted by the ministry to regional ...
  • “A Renewable Energy Act with little effect on the climate”

    The German government is paying more attention to its internal coalition agreement from 2013 than to the Paris Climate Agreement, Dagmar Dehmer writes in an op-ed for the Tagesspiegel. This is why the reformed Renewable Energy Act could does not support ...
  • “Renewable energies in the global south”

    The federal government wants to give 100 million people in the global south access to sustainable, renewable energy by 2030, they have stated in an answer to parliament. This is to be achieved through a range of new bilateral and multilateral energy ...
  • Germany may reach its 2020 target for renewable power this year

    Germany is close to reaching its 2020 renewable energy target this year after generating 36.4 percent of electricity from renewables in the first half of 2016, Craig Morris reports on energytransition.de. Germany is aiming for a 35 percent renewables ...
  • "Total of 717 companies exempted from renewable energy levy in 2016"

    The German government partially or fully waived the country’s renewable energy levy for 717 companies last year because of a special equalisation scheme to mitigate competitive disadvantages for energy intensive industries, Petra Hannen writes in PV ...
  • 14 Apr 2016

    Dispute over renewable development / More e-car charging stations

    14 Apr 2016 (All day) dpa / Frankfurter Rundschau “Christian Democrats put the breaks on renewable development” Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party wants to make changes to the upcoming reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), ...
  • "Renewable Energy Act Reform: Hoping for Bundestag elections"

    Despite Germany’s recent reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the country’s wind power sector remains hopeful that new revisions to the law could soon follow Bundestag elections next year, Die Welt reports. Indeed, next year’s elections are the key ...
  • Sea change to Germany's energy transition as it throws renewables to the open market

    Among the motivations for Germany's  reform of its renewable energy support system have been complaints from neighbouring countries, and the EU Commission’s rules on state aid to the energy sector, writes Dave Keating for Deutsche Welle. But Dörte ...
  • 24 May 2016

    Protest against taxing renewable self-supply / Wind power pushback

    24 May 2016 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “People with their own power supply will have to pay” Changes in power taxation planned by the German finance ministry could finish off business models based on renewable power production to supply local residents ...
  • “The Renewable Energy Act has to go”

    The Renewable Energy Act (EEG) should be ditched and replaced by a carbon tax, writes Dieter Dürand in an opinion piece in WirtschaftsWoche. “It is time for a clear cut: get rid of the EEG. In its place could be a simple tax on CO 2,” writes Dürand. “This ...
  • 07 Apr 2016

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

    07 Apr 2016 (All day) Bundestag Federal government rejects national CO₂ price floor The federal government continues to have reservations over a national price floor for carbon allowances, according to the government’s reply to a parliamentary question by ...
  • 36 percent renewables share in power production in first half of 2016

    Preliminary figures published by the Energy Charts tool of research institute Fraunhofer ISE show that renewables had a share of over 36 percent in net electricity generation in Germany in the first six months of 2016. ...
  • German parliament approves controversial renewables reform

    Germany’s federal parliament has approved a controversial revamp of the country’s energy transition. The government coalition of economy minister Sigmar Gabriel’s Social Democrats and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Conservatives secured a majority vote for ...
  • “Germany’s renewable revolution awaits energy forecast”

    To be able to avoid high re-dispatch costs for grid stabilisation, German researchers are testing a new system to better predict power generation of wind and solar PV parks, writes the science journal nature. With the research project EWeLiNE, Fraunhofer ...
  • Parliament energy committee agrees to contested renewables reform

    The federal parliament’s committee for economics and energy has agreed to the reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), including many last-minute changes, according to a press release. The government coalition parties, economy minister Sigmar Gabriel’s ...
  • “Natural gas is a partner for renewable energies”

    Natural gas as a partner for renewable energies is the “key to a low-carbon energy system”, said Eirik Wærness, senior vice president and chief economist at Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil, in an interview with WirtschaftsWoche. Wærness criticised ...
  • 06 Apr 2016

    Minister calls nuclear energy an ‘aberration’ / Renewables dominate EU electricity mix

    06 Apr 2016 (All day) Ministry for the Environment and Nuclear Safety Using nuclear energy is an ‘aberration’ The nuclear catastrophe of Chernobyl almost 30 years ago showed that using nuclear energy was an aberration, Germany’s environment minister ...
  • Explosive renewables development can make Paris a success

    A team of scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) have published a comment in Nature Climate Change entitled “Why the right climate target was agreed in Paris”. It highlights that the Paris goal of reducing the temperature ...
  • Renewables surge pushes coal power exports to record high- think tank

    07 Jan 2016 (All day) Record renewables growth in 2015 meant Germany exported more coal-generated electricity than ever before, hampering the country's efforts to protect the climate, according to energy policy think tank Agora Energiewende. The data ...
  • 08 Apr 2016

    New renewables law threatens wind power – Green Party

    08 Apr 2016 (All day) Berliner Zeitung “The federal government is shifting into reverse gear concerning Energiewende” The federal government’s plans to reform the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) will lead to the “collapse” of the expansion of wind power in ...
  • 21 Dec 2015 |

    German CO2 emissions rise in 2015 despite renewables surge

    21 Dec 2015 (All day) Germany’s CO2 emissions have inched up in 2015 despite a rapidly increasing share of renewables in electricity production, according to first calculations by energy market research group AG Energiebilanzen. The main cause for the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 15 Apr 2016

    [Update] Ministry releases new draft version of renewables law

    15 Apr 2016 (All day) Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy New draft version of Renewable Energy Act released The Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has released a new draft of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) – the main tool for supporting ...
  • 02 Mar 2016

    Moves to cap renewables / West German buyer for east German lignite?

    02 Mar 2016 (All day) tageszeitung “Short-sighted cap fans” Despite fighting climate change being a national objective and renewables now the cheapest source of energy, leading conservative politicians want to use reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) ...
  • 15 Jan 2016

    Renewables a 'massive opportunity' / More investment into efficiency

    15 Jan 2016 (All day) Frankfurter Rundschau “Full wind speed ahead” The reason why payments for renewables have increased to 24.1 billion euros in 2015 is to be found in their success, writes Frank-Thomas Wenzel in a Q&A for the Frankfurter Rundschau. ...
  • 14 Jan 2016

    Renewable payments 2015 / Two billion euros for e-cars

    14 Jan 2016 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Greenpeace “Expenses for green power reach new record high” Payments for renewable power have reached a record high in 2015, Andreas Mihm reports for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Operators of ...
  • 05 Jan 2016

    Renewables growth in 2015- 'normal' slowing or year of 'disillusionment'?

    05 Jan 2016 (All day) dpa/Frankfurter Rundschau “Growth of wind power sluggish in 2015” 2015 will enter the history of German renewables as a year of disillusionment, according to a report by press agency dpa. Especially the growth of onshore wind slowed ...
  • 10 Nov 2015

    Germany's renewables prospects / E.ON's "historic loss"

    10 Nov 2015 (All day) International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Renewable Energy Prospects: Germany A new IRENA report “Renewable Energy Prospects Germany” examines the country’s energy transition in the last decades, identifying best practice ...
  • 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 ...
  • 12 Nov 2015

    RWE reports profit drop / Which target date for 100% renewables?

    12 Nov 2015 (All day) Reuters/RWE RWE says it will ‘only just’ meet 2015 earnings forecast German utility RWE on Thursday said it would just manage to meet its 1.1-1.3 billion-euro adjusted net income forecast for 2015, after a 29 percent drop in adjusted ...
  • Ailing German energy giant RWE spins off renewables

    01 Dec 2015 (All day) Stricken energy giant RWE revealed on Tuesday it plans to spin off a company focused on renewables and grids to raise capital, while retaining fossil and nuclear energy generation. Germany's leading energy company E.ON had ...
  • 03 Nov 2015

    Renewables cover 33% of power consumption in 2015-utilities

    03 Nov 2015 (All day) BDEW / ZSW “Renewables share will likely rise to 33 percent in 2015” Renewable energies are likely to cover around 33 percent of Germany’s gross power consumption in 2015, research institute ZSW for solar energy and hydrogen and the ...
  • 14 Oct 2015

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

    14 Oct 2015 (All day) Spiegel Online/dpa-AFX “Renewable energy surcharge rises to record level of 6.35 cents” The renewables surcharge German consumers pay with their power bills will rise to a record 6.35 cents per KWh next year, “several independent ...
  • 07 Sep 2015

    In the media: Germans largely in favour of renewables

    07 Sep 2015 (All day) Renewable Energies Agency (AEE) “German people want more renewable energies” People in Germany are still very much in favour of the Energiewende, a representative survey by TNS Emnid shows. Phasing-out nuclear energy and fossil fuels ...
  • 04 Nov 2015

    Government passes power market reform / More renewables in energy use

    04 Nov 2015 (All day) Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) “Gabriel: The basis for the power market of the future is established” The German government has approved wide-reaching reforms of the power market and agreements about the transferral ...
  • 24 Sep 2015

    In the media: Flawed emissions test; successful policies for renewable support

    24 Sep 2015 (All day) The Guardian “UK, France and Germany lobbied for flawed car emissions tests, documents reveal” The UK, France and Germany lobbied the European Commission to approve car tests that would increase global emissions by 14 percent beyond ...
  • 09 Sep 2015

    In the media: Renewables produce 32 percent of power in first half of 2015

    09 Sep 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “Summer, sun and sorrows” There has never been more green energy in Germany’s grid than in the first half of this year, state secretary Uwe Beckmeyer from the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy said at an ...
  • 31 Jul 2015

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

    31 Jul 2015 (All day) Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) Government launches suggestions for new auction design for renewables The Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has launched the consultation process for a reform of the ...
  • 30 Jun 2015

    In the media: Share of renewables surges to record high

    30 Jun 2015 (All day) German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) “Wind strengthens power sector, renewable heat and transport stagnate” The share of renewables in total German power consumption has risen to a record 32.5 percent in the first half of 2015, ...
  • 30 Jul 2015

    In the media: Breather for wind industry; renewables help EnBW

    30 Jul 2015 (All day) German Wind Energy Association (BWE) / German Engineering Association (VDMA) “Breather for the German wind industry” Onshore wind power development in Germany decreased by 34 percent in the first six months of 2015, compared to the ...
  • Renewables squeeze wholesale power prices and boost electricity exports

    06 May 2015 (All day) The growing share of renewables forced German wholesale electricity prices down to among the lowest in Europe last year, according to a study by grid operator TenneT. And government figures indicate that consumers are benefitting too ...
  • 17 Jun 2015

    In the media: 2020 renewables target in reach for EU

    17 Jun 2015 (All day) European Commission “EU on track to meeting 20 percent renewable energy target” The EU expects member states are on track to meet their target of a 20 percent share of renewables in gross final energy consumption by 2020, according ...
  • 27 May 2015

    In the media: Renewables target at risk; Germans scorn e-cars

    27 May 2015 (All day) BEE / BWE “Germany risks missing binding EU target for renewables” If Germany sticks to current policies, it will miss its official target of 18 percent renewables in final energy consumption by 2020 by 1 percentage point, the German ...
  • 08 Apr 2015

    In the media: Renewable jobs; farming "more dirt than eco"

    08 Apr 2015 (All day)  Handelsblatt “Communal utilities sound the alarm” Low electricity prices at the power exchange and the dominance of renewable energies mean many communal utilities are now unprofitable, according to the German Association of Local ...
  • 01 Apr 2015

    In the media: Fracking restricted; a 100% renewable world

    01 Apr 2015 (All day) Environment Ministry (BMUB) “Cabinet decides on extensive restrictions on fracking” The German government has published a law proposal regulating the use of fracking for gas and oil exploitation. Fracking will be banned in all ...
  • 09 Mar 2015

    In the media: German insurers keen to invest in renewables

    09 Mar 2015 (All day) German Insurance Association (GDV) Insurers keen to increase investments in renewable energy German insurers want to pour more money into renewables to profit from the reliable income streams they generate. "Around 13 percent of ...
  • Feed-in tariffs for British nuclear power rile German politicians and renewables industry

    09 Oct 2014 (All day) Resistance to Germany’s subsidies for the renewables industry have left politicians questioning why financing for the UK’s Hinkley Point nuclear power station has been granted EU approval. The EU’s decision to give Britain the go ...
  • 29 Jan 2015

    In the media: Germany's silicon valley of renewables, onshore wind power record

    29 Jan 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Rundschau Minister sees Bavaria as showcase for the Energiewende Bavarian economy minister Ilse Aigner says that far from blocking the energy transition, her state is a driver of the transition to a low-carbon economy. ...
  • 17 Feb 2015

    In the media: Worries about solar eclipse; Europe headed for renewables record

    17 Feb 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “Worries about solar eclipse” On March 20, a solar eclipse will cover up to 80 percent of the sun in Germany and grid operators are concerned that massively fluctuating solar electricity generation ...
  • 29 Jan 2015 |

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

    29 Jan 2015 (All day) The German government has launched a pilot scheme that requires operators of open-space solar installations to bid for subsidies, rather than automatically receiving them. Berlin hopes competition among solar energy producers will ...
  • 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 ...
  • 27 Nov 2014

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

    27 Nov 2014 (All day) Die Tageszeitung (taz) "Trade union association DGB gets on side with coal" What started off as an appeal by industry and energy unions is now supported by most German trade unions (apart from the one for education) ...
  • 20 Jan 2015

    In the media: Energy minister rules out capacity markets; renewable growth falling short

    20 Jan 2015 (All day) Handelsblatt “Attack on coal” // Interview with Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel Germany’s Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy has "ended the debate over capacity payments to fossil-fuelled power plants," according to ...
  • 09 Jan 2015

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

    09 Jan 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) "A year full of superlatives for ecologic power" German consumers paid almost 23 billion euros for renewable electricity in 2014, the FAZ writes, citing figures released by the ...
  • 13 Jan 2015

    In the media: Wind power record stresses the grid; utilities invest in renewables

    13 Jan 2015 (All day) Die Welt/Süddeutsche Zeitung “’Elon’ und ‘Felix’ cost consumers millions”/ “Stormy times on the power market” Heavy winds from two low pressure systems created an enormous oversupply of wind power last weekend, costing consumers ...
  • 29 Dec 2014

    In the media: Hamburg focuses on renewables; innovative power storage ideas; prices in 2015; utilities and a stable grid

    29 Dec 2014 (All day) Hamburger Abendblatt “Hamburg puts focus on development of green energies” The city-state of Hamburg is profiting from Germany's Energiewende in the form of investment and new jobs, the Hamburger Abendblatt reported, citing ...
  • 22 Dec 2014

    In the media: Funding research vs. subsidies, matching supply and demand for renewables, how ecological are E-cars?

    22 Dec 2014 (All day) Die Welt “Climate Change; The smarter way to produce energy” It is time to find a smarter way for preventing climate change, and not a model that defies countries’ economic interests, writes the head of the Copenhagen Consensus ...
  • 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 ...
  • Green energy levy set for drop on excess payments for renewables

    15 Oct 2014 (All day) Consumers can expect a reduction in the surcharge they pay on energy bills next year but analysts say it will rise again in 2016 as green power production continues to expand. The levy German consumers pay for the development of ...
  • 17 Mar 2015 |

    Solar eclipse to stress test German Energiewende

    17 Mar 2015 (All day) UPDATE-- While millions of Europeans will look skyward for a glimpse of a rare solar eclipse on March 20, technicians at German power grid operator TenneT will be glued to their controls. When the moon covers parts of the sun, the ...
  • 17 Oct 2018 |

    Disruption caused by energy transition is unstoppable- Amory Lovins

    17 Oct 2018, 14:44 The global energy transition is both accelerating and unstoppable, and will continue to disrupt many industries from carmaking to construction, according to green energy pioneer Amory Lovins. But the cofounder and Chief Scientist of the ...
  • 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 ...
  • Expansion of low-carbon energy sources too slow in Germany – utility association

    01 Apr 2019, 13:42 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 ...
  • New German energy state secretary takes carbon price off table for now

    15 Feb 2019, 13:49 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sven Egenter ...
  • New phase in transition research: Focus on an integrated energy system

    16 Feb 2018 (All day) The future government tasks researchers with finding ways to plan and steer the electrification of the whole energy system – along with all its new technologies. Renewable power was introduced in Germany at a startling pace in some ...
  • Preview2019- BEE: Coal exit will not be enough for Germany

    03 Jan 2019, 11:30 Despite encountering many difficulties, Germany's so-called coal exit commission will manage to sketch a pathway out of coal-fired power production that is acceptable for everyone involved, says Peter Röttgen of renewable energy ...
  • 11 Dec 2018 |

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

    11 Dec 2018, 20:00 Germany is under scrutiny at the UN climate summit COP24 in Poland: the country will fail its 2020 climate target and only the next year will show if a push to phase-out coal-fired power production will result in an end date for the CO2 ...
  • 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 ...
  • EU Climate agreement gets mixed reception in Germany

    24 Oct 2014 (All day) The framework for energy policy until 2030 failed to meet all Germany’s ambitions but government says the agreement is in line with the energy transition. The EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Framework agreed in Brussels last night has ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Quotes from the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue

    21 Mar 2017 (All day) Over 1,000 ministers, officials, business people, energy experts and journalists from around 90 countries take part in the third Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, a two-day confernce hosted by the German Foreign Ministry. The ...
  • 26 Aug 2016 |

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

    26 Aug 2016 (All day) In August, Germany held the fifth tender in its new auction pilot scheme for payments to large-scale solar projects. While officials overseeing the programme continue to praise its results and declining price levels, critics warn ...
  • Germany’s “green energy account” hits all-time high

    12 Mar 2019, 14:10 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Renewables EEG2016 | Law Cost & Prices IWR Online Germany’s “green energy account”,  which funds the country’s renewable roll-out, currently shows a record ...
  • 22 Sep 2018 |

    Solar power in Germany – output, business & perspectives

    22 Sep 2018, 15:06 Solar power in Germany has gone through turbulent times since it got off to a flying start in the wake of Germany's Renewable Energy Act in the year 2000. German companies quickly ascended to global leadership in solar power ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany ponders how to finance renewables expansion in the future

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

    How can Germany keep the lights on in a renewable energy future?

    26 Jan 2017 (All day) Germany’s shift to green energy continues apace. But how will a fully renewables-based electricity system power the world’s fourth-largest economy on days when there's no sun or wind? Energiewende opponents argue Germany will ...
  • 31 Jan 2019 |

    German onshore wind power – output, business and perspectives

    31 Jan 2019, 17:00 Onshore wind power is a central pillar of Germany’s transition to low-carbon electricity generation. This factsheet takes a look at the industry’s most important actors, financial support for the technology, and the future of German ...
  • 08 Jun 2017 |

    From survey to harvest: How to build a wind farm in Germany

    08 Jun 2017 (All day) Commercial wind power production requires thorough planning and preparation. Project developers have to include geographical, technological, legal and social aspects in their calculation to conclude whether a wind farm at a given ...
  • Volatile but predictable: Forecasting renewable power generation

    16 Aug 2016 (All day) The share of electricity from weather-dependent wind and solar energy in the German power mix keeps growing. That puts pressure on the electricity sector to be much more flexible in managing power demand and supply. The need for ...
  • 12 Jul 2016 |

    Germany’s renewable generation peaks remain shrouded in data fog

    12 Jul 2016 (All day) Germany’s renewable power generation is on the rise and may soon exceed the country’s total power consumption for short time spans for the first time. But this milestone in the energy transition will be hard to pinpoint and verify ...
  • 11 Jul 2016 |

    Reactions to the Renewable Energy Act reform 2016

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

    RWE’s plans for new renewable subsidiary

    05 Jul 2016 (All day) Similar to domestic rival E.ON, German energy giant RWE hopes the separation of its renewable business from ailing fossil fuel generation will help it to adjust to the sweeping changes triggered in the sector by the country’s ...
  • 08 Jul 2016 |

    EEG reform 2016 – switching to auctions for renewables

    08 Jul 2016 (All day) Germany has reformed its much-lauded Renewable Energy Act (EEG), casting aside the feed-in-tariffs credited with the rapid rise in renewable energy sources since 1990. The new system of auctions aims at keeping a steady hand on how ...
  • 08 Oct 2014 |

    Defining features of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG)

    08 Oct 2014 (All day) This factsheet explains some of the tools that have made the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) the most important measure for the promotion of renewable power sources in Germany in the past 24 years. EEG 2.0 | Law k.appunn Feed-in tariffs ...
  • 07 Oct 2014 |

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

    07 Oct 2014 (All day) In the summer of 2014 Germany amended its Renewable Energy Act (Erneuerbare Energien Gesetz or EEG). The new law, often referred to as “EEG 2.0”, came into effect on the 1st of August 2014. The EEG is at the heart of the ...
  • 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 ...
  • German offshore wind power- output, business and perspectives

    21 Jan 2019, 14:00 Offshore wind power is a relatively new industry in wind-country Germany but is growing at a fast pace. While investors initially shied away from high investment costs and the risky conditions at sea, price drops and technological ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 27 Mar 2019 |

    Limits to growth: Resistance against wind power in Germany

    27 Mar 2019 Wind turbines have become one of the most visible components of the Energiewende and increasingly shape the landscape in many parts of the country. But Germany’s most important renewable energy source does not only have supporters – numerous ...
  • High hopes and concerns over onshore wind power auctions

    30 Nov 2017 (All day) Germany has switched its support model for onshore wind power installations from predetermined and guaranteed remuneration rates to setting the price in auctions. Following solar power and offshore wind power, Germany’s most ...
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    energy & meteo system is company based in Oldenburg, which specialises in energy meteorology and wind power prediction. They provide meteorological data and prediction products for energy providors, meeting "the market's demand for reliably ...
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    WindGuard is a consultancy providing scientific, technical and operational services for the wind power industry. www.windguard.com Cornelia von Zengen +49 (0) 4451 9515-240 c.vonzengen@windguard.de Business ...
  • German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation

    The German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation was created in 2005 to promote the use of wind energy at sea, and to improve research. It has since established itself as a multiregional, independent institution supporting offshore wind energy in Germany and ...
  • Fraunhofer ISE

    Fraunhofer ISE is the largest solar energy research institute in Europe. Its work ranges from the investigation of scientific and technological fundamentals for solar energy applications, through the development of production technology and prototypes, to ...
  • Renewables Grid Initiative

    The Renewables Grid Initiative brings together NGOs (e.g. Climate Action Network, WWF, Germanwatch) and transmission grid operators (TSOs) from across Europe. RGI promotes an environmentally sensitive grid development to enable the growth of renewable ...
  • FVEE- Renewable Energy Research Association

    The German Renewable Energy Research Association (FVEE) forms a nationwide cooperation structure of institutes researching and developing technologies for renewables, energy efficiency, energy storage and optimized technical and socio-economic interaction ...
  • World Wind Energy Association

    The World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) is an international non-profit association embracing the wind sector worldwide, with  more than 600 members in around 100 countries. WWEA is headquartered in Bonn and works for the promotion and worldwide ...
  • Bundesverband Bioenergie

    The BBE is the umbrella organisation of the bioenergy sector in Germany. It incorporates the work of several specialised sector associations and companies in different technologies in the power, heating and transport sectors. www.bioenergie.de Thomas ...
  • Renewables Grid Initiative

    The renewable grid initiative is a non-profit organisation which promotes the integration of 100% renewable energy into the European grid. TSOs and NGOs join forces in RGI to support the build-up of a sufficient grid infrastructure in Europe for both ...
  • German-French Office for the Energiewende

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

    The BAKA is a network of architects, engineers, scientists and manufacturers who specialise in energy-efficient renovation of old buildings. It initiates pilot projects and communicates knowledge from research and hands-on experience. The BAKA considers ...
  • Renewable Energies Agency

    The Renewable Energies Agency is a communication platform funded by a group of 100 companies from the renewable energy sector, renewable energy associations (BEE, BWE, BWS, etc.) and two federal ministries (Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and ...
  • BEE- German Renewable Energy Federation

    The BEE is a vocal promoter of renewable energies and an umbrella organisation for 25 renewable energy associations (water, wind, biomass, solar, geothermal) with 30,000 members. Founded in 1991, the BEE wants to achieve the shift to a renewable-only ...
  • Next Kraftwerke

    Next Kraftwerke is a power trader and operator of a large-scale Virtual Power Plant (VPP) in Germany. The VPP digitally links and bundles power production from renewable sources with power consuming units to achieve a smartly distributed supply and demand ...
  • German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Confederation

    The DGRV- Deutscher Genossenschafts- und Raiffeisenverband e. V. (German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Confederation) is both the apex and auditing association of the German cooperative organisation. The German Office for Energy Cooperatives represents the ...
  • Prof. Dr. Rolf Wüstenhagen

    Rolf Wüstenhagen is Director of the Institute for Economy and the Environment at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. His research focuses on management of renewable energies and decision-making of energy consumers and investors under policy risk.  ...
  • BTU- Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg

    The BTU is a technical university which focuses its research on the topics environment, energy, materials, building, information technology, biotechnology and hydrogen production for energy storage. www.b-tu.de Dr. Marita Müller +49 (0) 355 69-3206 marita ...
  • 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 ...
  • Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wuerttemberg

    The ZSW is a non-profit scientific foundation that conducts research and offers consulting services with the aim of promoting sustainable and climate-friendly energy technologies.  It was founded by the state of Baden Wuerttemberg, the Universities of Ulm ...
  • Professor Po-Wen Cheng

    Po-Wen Cheng holds Germany's first chair in wind energy at the University of Stuttgart. He specialises in wind energy research in multibody simulation for onshore, offshore and floating wind turbines, remote sensing, LiDAR assisted control, load ...
  • BVG- German Geothermal Association

    The German Geothermal Association (BVG) pools companies as well as individual members working in research and application of geothermal energy. Founded in 1991, the Berlin-based association represents a variety of members from industry, science, planning ...
  • Andreas Schneller

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

    IKEM is a German climate policy research institute, which analyses, evaluates and develops strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by taking into account the interactions between law, economics and politics. IKEM conducts research on behalf of ...
  • Nordex

    Nordex designs, manufactures, and sells wind turbines. It is headquartered in Germany. www.nordex-online.com Ralf Peters +49 (40) 300 30 1522 rpeters@nordex-online.com Business ...
  • innogy SE

    innogy is a German energy company, active in 16 countries across Europe. It is a carve-out of, and majority-owned (76.8 percent) by one of Germany's largest utilities, RWE AG. Consolidating RWE's business areas Grid & Infrastructure, Retail ...
  • 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 ...
  • 17 Oct 2017 |

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

    17- 18 Oct 2017 Neustadt-Glewe A workshop for German-speaking energy, climate, environment or economic journalists Die Energie- und Klimapolitik wird eines der kontroversen Themen bei den Verhandlungen über eine Jamaika-Koalition sein. Die Finanzierung ...
  • 20 Dec 2016 |

    "The energy transition in Germany explained"

    20- 31 Dec 2016 Berlin A series of five media study tours for international media in cooperation with the International Journalists' Programmes and think tank ecologic The Energiewende (“energy transition”) is reshaping one of the world’s largest ...
  • Can renewables drive reindustrialisation?

    04- 06 Oct 2015 Hamburg How the energy transition is changing the economic landscape- the case of Northern Germany: The three-day media workshop in October 2015 will take stock of the potential of the energy transition for reindustrialisiation and its ...
  • India & Germany: Joint transition to a low-carbon energy system?

    27 Sep- 03 Oct 2015 Freiburg Ahead of the visit of Chancellor Merkel to India on 5/6 October, the study visit for Indian journalists will look at the record of German energy and climate policy. What can be learnt from Germany for the massive transition of ...
  • IJP fellowship energy and climate: Germany-Central Eastern Europe

    01 Oct 2018 A journalism programme on environmental, energy, and climate policy: Exploring the energy transition in the heart of Europe The German non-profit organisation IJP (International Journalists’ Programmes) is offering its first special fellowship ...
  • H2 Research Center: Power-to-gas as an storage option for renewable energy

    The H2 Research Centre at the Brandenburg Technical University BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, is a research laboratory and innovation test centre. It is part of the “Power-to-Gas Strategy Platform” of the German Energy Agency, dena. Through its Strategy ...
  • Geierlay suspension bridge: municipal income generation from renewables for local development

    The municipality of Mörsdorf in the Rhein-Hunsrueck District offers an example of combining income generation from local renewables with regional development. A profitable location for wind power generation, Mörsdorf is home to 11 wind turbines that were ...
  • 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 ...
  • Renewables project developer and service provider juwi AG

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

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

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

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

    Next Kraftwerke GmbH   operates a large-scale Virtual Power Plant (VPP) that works like a power plant operator. By linking its clients’ power-producing and consuming units, Next Kraftwerke has created a sizeable digital platform from which it can smartly ...
  • "Gläserne Heizzentrale": Saerbeck's communal heating centre

    One of the first local climate protection projects implemented in the Saerbeck municipality was the "Gläserne Heizzentrale", which went into operation in 2010. The heating centre is located in the middle of Saerbeck- within sight of St. Georg ...
  • At the heart of the energy-intensive industry: The ThyssenKrupp steel mill in Duisburg

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

    Family-owned company Saertex is the global leader in manufacturing multiaxial fabrics (non crimp fabrics) and core materials for fibre-reinforced composites, used for building wind turbines, among other things. With over 300 million euros in annual sales, ...
  • Open-pit lignite mine Garzweiler

    The Garzweiler open-cast mine is part of the large brown-coal (also referred to as lignite or soft coal) district in western North Rhine-Westphalia, which stretches between the towns of Bedburg, Erkelenz, Grevenbroich, Jüchen and Mönchengladbach. While ...
  • Mobility innovations for bigger cities in a laboratory

    In a laboratory just outside of the city, the  EUREF Campus, a partner of Berlin’s Technical University, electric cars, buses, cargo loaders, scooters and pedelecs are networked through a high-tech micro smart grid. The EUREF Campus, which the UN ...
  • Open-pit lignite mine Welzow Süd

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

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

    Yemen Renewables Yemenite Safia Mahdi works mostly for dw.com and al-arabi.com. ...
  • Yassin

    Sudan Renewables Solar Lina works for Andariya.com. Find her work online via her own website. ...
  • Gilla

    Tanzania Renewables Business Agriculture Tanzanian Jennifer works for IPP Media. She also covers rural development and women's rights issues. ...
  • Stratan

    Moldova Renewables Business Technology Society Aurel works for Mold-Street. Connect with him via Facebook or LinkedIn. ...
  • Appiah

    Ghana Renewables Business Society Agriculture Prince is an online and broadcast journalist. He works for MyJoyOnline. Connect with him via Facebook.  ...
  • Graaf

    Germany Renewables Society Agriculture International Nicole is a freelance journalist. In her reporting, she focuses on human rights issues, human interest stories, social issues, labor rights, refugees. She publishes in Deutschlandradio Kultur as well as ...
  • Tornbjerg

    Denmark Electricity Grid Renewables Efficiency Danish Jesper Tornbjerg works for www.danskenergi.dk. ...
  • Moli

    Bangladesh Renewables Solar Business Efficiency Bangladeshi Jasmin Ara Moli works as Senior Reporter for Daily Bonik Barta. ...
  • Rüsberg

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

    Italy Bioenergy Renewables Transport Emanuele writes for Renewable Matter. His specialisms include circular economy. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Neves

    Brazil Electricity market Renewables Storage Policy Lívia's work has appeared in Brasil Energia, Cenários Energia Solar, Cenários Energia Eólica, Brazil Energy. Connect with her online via LinkedIn. ...
  • Syahni

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

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

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

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

    Austria Climate & CO2 Renewables Industrial policy Magdalena is a staff writer at Vienna-based HLK magazine. ...
  • von Kreutzbruck

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

    Germany Climate & CO2 Renewables Cities Vijay publishes in The Lancet titles (environment and energy from a health angle), Scroll.in, WHO Bulletin. He is also interested in the connection between climate and health. Find Vijay's website here. ...
  • Garrigou

    Germany Citizens' energy Renewables Cities Anne-Sophie covers climate and energy topics for The Beam, including climate action, climate science and climate justice. ...
  • 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 & ...
  • Kassim

    Nigeria Climate & CO2 Renewables Cities Agriculture Ayoola works for Channels Television. She also covers biodiversity and the environment. Connect with her online via Twitter or LinkedIn. ...
  • Tollersrud

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

    Togo Climate & CO2 Renewables Solar Technology Agriculture Kossi Elom is a freelance journalist and publishes in Indices Magazine, AfricaWeb. Connect with him online via Facebook or LinkedIn. ...
  • Buchsbaum

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

    Czechia Electricity Renewables Storage Mobility Transport Digitalisation Efficiency Jan is Editor-in-Chief at hybrid.cz. You can connect with him online via LinkedIn. ...
  • Constantinoiu

    Romania Bioenergy Climate & CO2 Renewables Utilities Politics Society Marina is editor-in-chief and journalist at miscareaderezistenta.ro. She also works for SMART FM, cotidianul.ro, balcanicaucaso.org. Aside from energy issues, she writes about ...
  • Wyns

    Switzerland Renewables Politics Policy Society International COP24 Belgian Arthur is a Belgian journalist based in Germany. His work is published, among others, by The Ecologist, the Belgian MO* Magazine, USA Today, and Mona5na. He also works for ...
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