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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 12 Oct 2015 |

    The challenges of Germany’s nuclear phase-out

    Managing the nuclear legacy – a project into the next century 12 Oct 2015 (Updates NPP map with new BfE data)-- The question is no longer whether Germany’s future will be nuclear-free – or even when, since the government is committed to completing the ...
  • 17 Sep 2015 |

    Taming the appetite for energy

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

    The energy transition's effects on the economy 20 Apr 2018 After balking at the Energiewende for many years, German industry has made a notable shift- embracing the energy transition with a new fervour. To be sure, efforts to curb climate change ...
  • Preview2017- Outlook for Germany's Energiewende

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

    The energy transition and climate change 16 Dec 2016 As the home country of the Energiewende, Germany is considered a pioneer in the fight against man-made climate change. But despite a spectacular rise in power generation from renewables, the country’s ...
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  • Natural Gas Supply: No Need for Another Baltic Sea Pipeline - DIW

    The planned construction of a second Baltic Sea natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, known as Nord Stream 2, is not necessary to secure natural gas supplies for Germany and Europe, according to a study by the German Institute for Economic Research ...
  • 24 Jun 2015

    In the media: Minister shows sympathy for climate levy alternative

    24 Jun 2015 (All day) Energy minister speech at utilities congress Government considers alternative to climate levy The proposal to charge old coal-fired power stations a “climate levy” to force them reduce CO2 emissions might be replaced by alternative ...
  • 26 Sep 2017 |

    Vote2017: Reactions to German election results

    26 Sep 2017 (All day) Germans have handed Chancellor Angela Merkel a fourth term in the country’s federal election. Most likely, Merkel will have to start talks with the Free Democrats (FDP) and the Green Party to form a so-called "Jamaica coalition, ...
  • 14 Mar 2019 |

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

    14 Mar 2019, 13:40 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Business & Jobs Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Electricity market Expert Ecologic Institute Energiewende International ...
  • CDU & Greens' energy politicians clash over Germany's coal exit speed

    10 Oct 2017 One week before the start of exploratory talks on forming a government coalition, aspiring German government alliance partners CDU and the Green Party agree that the country will have to phase out coal-fired power production. Yet, two of the ...
  • Policymakers must tackle emissions in basic commodity production – researchers

    A whole range of different policies is needed to bring down the emissions arising from basic commodity production in Germany, the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) says in its weekly report. The production and use of basic commodities like ...
  • “Existing east German open pit lignite mines suffice until phase-out”

    There will be no need to extend Germany’s open pit lignite mines if the country sticks to its climate protection targets, the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) writes in a press release. Lignite reserves in already-approved mines were ...
  • 31 Mar 2017 |

    New owner scraps plans to expand east German lignite mine

    31 Mar 2017 (All day) LEAG, the owner of one of Germany’s largest lignite-mining operations, has scrapped plans by former owner Vattenfall to expand one of its lignite mines. The company is also downsizing or putting on hold development of two other mines ...
  • Germany makes no progress in cutting climate impact of heating

    Households in Germany spent almost seven percent less on heating in 2017 due to lower energy prices, but there was no progress in climate protection because energy consumption remained unchanged, according to a study conducted by the German Institute for ...
  • Energy demand for heating decreases further

    The energy demand to heat German apartment buildings fell six percent last year because of energy-efficient insulation and modernisation, according to a study by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) cited in Süddeutsche Zeitung. The study is ...
  • 02 Jan 2017 |
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    Preview2017- "Urgent matters won’t be tackled in election campaign"

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

    Preview2017 – Elections, G20 set to dominate Energiewende policy

    23 Dec 2016 (All day) Germany is heading into a year filled with international top-events and elections that will determine the future course of the country’s Energiewende project. The uncertainties about the new US administration and the exact details of ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 31 May 2016 |

    Merkel, state premiers seek compromise on core Energiewende law

    31 May 2016 (All day) [UPDATE with new details on 2025 renewable target in paragraph 3, ads News Digest items] German Chancellor Angela Merkel and state premiers will meet on Tuesday to work out a compromise on reforming the core piece of legislation ...
  • Nord Stream 2 - “economically and politically unnecessary” or prevailing benefits?

    The benefits of the planned Russian-German gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 outweigh the drawbacks, writes Josef Auer in a commentary for Deutsche Bank Research. It would increase supply security, as fewer countries are involved in transporting gas than before, ...
  • 29 Dec 2015 |

    Loops and cracks: Excess German power strains Europe’s grids

    29 Dec 2015 (All day) Europe’s power grids are supposed to become increasingly integrated – but right now the opposite seems to be happening. Germany’s eastern neighbours complain that the country’s renewable power production is putting a strain on their ...
  • Climate levy – the debate and proposals for cutting CO2 emissions

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

    24 Mar 2015 (All day) German utilities say plans to cut 22 millions tonnes of CO2 emissions from the energy sector by demanding additional emissions trading allowances from older power plants amount to an exit plan for the brown coal industry. But despite ...
  • German grid regulator cuts lignite in its planning scenarios

    11 Feb 2015 (All day) Analysts have welcomed a new planning framework for the German grid that works on the basis of less lignite being burned in Germany, saying grid development must serve the country’s climate targets. Germany's grid regulator, the ...
  • Debate over future of German coal heats up ahead of climate action plan

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

    03 Dec 2014 (All day) The government approved what it claims to be the largest climate action package in the country’s history. Most observers applauded the commitment to emissions reduction goals by 2020. But environmentalists criticised the lack of a ...
  • “The Energiewende is a peace project”

    The global energy transition is a peace project, as it leads to a fairer distribution of wealth and prevents wars about resources, writes Claudia Kemfert of the DIW in a guest commentary in Tagesspiegel. “It would be fatal to hinge the outcome of the ...
  • Coal exit in major coal-using economies feasible within 20-30 years, would bring social and economic benefits - study

    Implementing pathways away from coal-fired power production in line with the Paris Climate Agreement is feasible in the major coal-using economies within 20 to 30 years, according to a comparative study on six countries, including Germany, Australia, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • German households pay less for heating, despite rising consumption

    German households on average paid 6 percent less on heating in 2016 than in 2015, according to the study “Heating Monitor 2016” by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW). This was not due to sinking consumption, but to falling prices for heating ...
  • 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. ...
  • EU elections wake-up call to make "future-proof" decisions- opinion

    28 May 2019, 13:28 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Energiewende Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire The results of the European elections, in which the Greens surged driven by concerns over ...
  • Economists debate future of energy transition in light of 2020 climate target miss

    Germany’s likely failure to meet 2020 climate targets highlights the question of what direction energy policy should take in the future, according to the Institute for Economic Research (ifo). A collection of short papers by contributors such as Claudia ...
  • 19 Mar 2019 |

    Germany’s coal phase-out goal “seems completely unrealistic” – JP Morgan

    19 Mar 2019, 14:11 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Coal Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire The growth in Germany’s renewable electricity output triggered by the country’s energy transition policy is “quite an ...
  • Greening public procurement offers large potential to lower Germany’s emissions – study

    A commitment to green public procurement could lower Germany’s carbon footprint and contribute to achieving the country’s 2020 climate targets, according to a paper by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW). “Given the large volumes of ...
  • Energy transition will not fail because of storage needs – study

    In contrast to some recent analyses and arguments brought forward regularly in the energy policy debate, the need for storage is not an obstacle to the progress of the energy transition, according to a study published by the German Institute for Economic ...
  • “Scapegoat Energiewende”

    Raising grid fees substantially- and the resulting rise in cost for electricity in Germany announced for the turn of the year – is not fully justified, Claudia Kemfert of the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin), told Frankfurter Rundschau. ...
  • 28 Jan 2019 |

    German politicians and energy experts praise coal exit deal, say real work starts now

    28 Jan 2019, 11:36 The agreement by Germany's coal exit commission to end the fossil power source's use by 2038 the latest is welcomed by the country's climate activists and energy industry representatives alike. They praise the final ...
  • North Rhine-Westphalia key to Germany’s energy transition – report

    In order for Germany to meet its 2030 emissions reduction target, a rapid phase-out of coal-fired electricity generation is needed across the country, but especially in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), according to a report published by ...
  • Hot summer turns up the heat on Germany’s coal commission

    09 Aug 2018, 14:07 Record-breaking temperatures and a prolonged drought have increased public pressure on Germany’s coal-exit commission to make climate change mitigation its top priority. Countless media reports are invoking the extreme weather as a ...
  • Preview2019- Govt too "weak" for speedy coal exit, researcher says

    20 Dec 2018, 09:06 The weak and fragile German government is unlikely to implement the drastic measures needed for a speedy coal exit, regardless of the coal commission 's proposals due early next year, according to energy policy reseacher Claudia ...
  • 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 ...
  • Opinion: EON and RWE exercise the exit from the exit

    The deal between energy companies E.ON and RWE is an attempt to stem their decline by each focusing on a part of the old conventional energy world that may come costly to consumers and ultimately to the whole economy, energy economist Claudia Kemfert from ...
  • “German industry’s energy costs continue to decrease significantly”

    The energy cost burdens on the German industry reached a new multi-year low in March 2017, despite a rising renewables surcharge, according to an analysis by Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut), German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) and ...
  • “Steel, cement, aluminium: European emissions trading could send effective stimulus to reduce CO2 emissions in raw materials”

    A reform of the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) could make the scheme more effective without endangering the competitiveness of the European raw materials industry, a report by international researchers, including the German Institute for ...
  • “Brexit foils EU energy policy”

    The European Union would lose a strong voice for ambitious climate protection policy if the UK leaves following last week’s referendum, writes Claudia Kemfert from the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) in a guest commentary for Capital. A ...
  • Reactions to climate & energy policy in parties' coalition blueprint

    15 Jan 2018 (All day) The parties currently in talks to form Germany’s next government have agreed to speed up the roll-out of renewable energies and start the phase-out of coal-fired power generation. Contrary to a draft leaked earlier this week, the ...
  • 20 May 2016

    Wind to beat nuclear for the first time / States criticise Climate Action Plan

    20 May 2016 (All day) Institute for Renewable Energy (IWR) “Wind power overtakes nuclear energy for first time in Germany” Germany’s wind turbines will generate more electricity this year than nuclear power stations for the first time ever, according to ...
  • “A higher oil price benefits energy transition”

    The higher crude oil price resulting from OPEC’s agreement to reduce its output could benefit Germany’s energy transition, Claudia Kemfert writes in a commentary for the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW). “A higher oil price facilitates the ...
  • “Climate protection: loser of the election battle”

    The election battle in Germany leaves little room for hoping that the country’s climate protection record will improve soon, Ralf Köpke writes in Energie & Management. While the wind power industry currently approaches a new expansion record and ...
  • “Exit coal – for the climate”

    The Green Party’s plan for phasing out coal in Germany makes sense and is overdue, writes energy expert Claudia Kemfert, from the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) in a commentary for Hamburger Abendblatt. “We have a massive power oversupply, ...
  • “The Soaring Costs Of Germany’s Nuclear Shutdown”

    The cost for the clean-up and storage of Germany’s nuclear waste and other radioactive material is hard to predict, controversial and will be much higher than current official calculations suggets, writes Joel Stonington in an article for Yale Environment ...
  • “Market value of energy efficiency: Clear differences between owner-occupied and rented flats”

    Efficiency investments in buildings have a significant impact on real estate prices, according to an analysis by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW). But the impact on rented apartments is smaller than on freehold property, reducing the ...
  • 11 Jul 2017 |

    Views on the G20 summit results on climate and energy

    11 Jul 2017 (All day) The G20 group of the leading industrialised and emerging economies has agreed on a statement that shows the commitment of 19 of them to implement the Paris agreement on climate protection, including a first-ever plan for action on ...
  • 20 May 2015

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

    20 May 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) “The godmother of climate receives visitors” The Petersberg Climate Dialogue is Angela Merkel’s reaction to the failed climate summit of Copenhagen in 2009 and it has been an investment that ...
  • “Power grids and storage technologies for the energy transition”

    There are no regions in Germany where power grid bottlenecks justify the government’s plan to slow down renewable development with the reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), according to a study by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) ...
  • 05 Jun 2015

    In the media: G7 seen setting climate agenda; Coal-fired plants lose money

    05 Jun 2015 (All day) Carbon Tracker Initiative "Coal: caught in the EU utility death spiral" New coal-fired power plants fail to generate positive cash-flows even under the most optimistic scenarios as the market conditions for utilities have ...
  • 05 Mar 2015

    In the media: Energiewende indices show progress

    05 Mar 2015 (All day) Die Welt /McKinsey Germany “McKinsey: Energiewende indices improve“ The McKinsey Energiewende Index, a bi-annually published analysis of how well Germany is achieving its energy transition targets, has never been very positive, ...
  • Logging row continues to weigh on work of Germany’s coal commission

    28 Aug 2018, 13:59 The expansion of a lignite mine that threatens a nearby forest has become a first touchstone of the German coal exit commission’s robustness. But despite fears that the row over the embattled Hambach Forest could gravely impede the ...
  • “Cost pressure on industry continues downward trend”

    The energy costs for energy intensive industries in Germany in December 2016 have reached the lowest level in seven years, the Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut) said in a press release. The energy cost index in late 2016, which measures energy ...
  • 27 Feb 2015 |

    German grid agency stresses need for new power lines

    27 Feb 2015 (All day) Amidst political tussle over new power lines crossing Germany from north to south, which many see as one of the next big steps in the country's energy transition, the grid agency in charge has called the power highways in ...
  • 19 May 2016

    Industry pays less for energy / Nuclear called 'economic madness'

    19 May 2016 (All day) German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) / Institute for Applied Ecology / European Climate Foundation (ECF) “Industry’s energy bills fall by a tenth” German manufacturing companies’ energy bills have fallen 11 percent since 2010 ...
  • 14 Nov 2016 |

    Reactions to Germany's Climate Action Plan 2050

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

    The decommissioning and dismantling of nuclear power plants is likely to be much more expensive than previously thought, Jan Schmitt writes on tagesschau.de, the website of German public broadcaster ARD's flagship news show. For instance, the price ...
  • 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 ...
  • 22 Jan 2016

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

    22 Jan 2016 (All day) BDEW “Taxes and fees reach a new record high” The power price remained steady at the beginning of 2016 compared to a year ago, the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) reports. For an average household using 3,500 ...
  • 20 Jan 2016

    Coal exit ‘requires masterplan’ / Cheap oil has ‘high costs’

    20 Jan 2016 (All day) Frankfurter Rundschau “Gabriel needs a masterplan” The Paris Agreement has shown that coal will need to be phased out faster than currently planned, writes Joachim Wille in a commentary for Frankfurter Rundschau. He argues that ...
  • 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 ...
  • 05 Nov 2015

    'Emergency repairs' to the power market / Cutting CO2 without nuclear

    05 Nov 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Power market reforms are mainly “emergency repairs” German energy minister Sigmar Gabriel says the reforms passed in cabinet yesterday train the power market for the 21st century, writes Andreas Mihm in ...
  • Weakened Merkel set to seek coalition talks with Greens, FDP

    24 Sep 2017 Despite heavy losses in Germany's parliamentary elections, Angela Merkel is poised to stay chancellor for another four years. The voters’ decision sets her conservative CDU/CSU party alliance on course for coalition talks with the Green ...
  • 02 Sep 2015

    In the media: Coal plants can be switched off; solar gets cheaper

    02 Sep 2015 (All day) Spiegel Online/IZES “Coal plants can be shut down despite nuclear phase-out” Germany can shut down its coal-fired power plants by 2040, despite the nuclear phase-out and without endangering power supply, according to a study by the ...
  • 08 Oct 2015

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

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

    In the media: "Prisoners of the atom”

    24 Jul 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “Prisoners of the atom” The share of nuclear power in France’s power generation is to be reduced from 75 percent today to 50 percent in 2025. But it’s wrong to think that the new French energy transition law in ...
  • 17 Jul 2015

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

    17 Jul 2015 (All day) German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) "European Commission has missed the opportunity for innovation in CO2 intensive materials" The EU Commission’s proposal for carbon leakage prevention after 2020 misses ...
  • 10 Jul 2015

    In the media: Experts disappointed by coal deal

    10 Jul 2015 (All day) Handelsblatt Experts disappointed by government deal on coal, grid extension Most members of the Handelsblatt’s Energy Academy – a group made up of around 230 energy experts – are disappointed with the government’s deal on coal, the ...
  • 29 May 2015

    In the media: Coal use drops in Q1 despite higher energy consumption

    29 May 2015 (All day) AG Energiebilanzen “Demand for energy in heating increased- less coal and more power from renewables” The use of hard coal and lignite fell in the first quarter of 2015 compared to last year, energy market researchers at AG ...
  • 20 Nov 2014

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

    20 Nov 2014 (All day) Zeit online "Billions for utilities" If coal fired power stations were retired, everybody could profit: the climate, consumers and utilities, writes Marlies Uken for Zeit online. The problem is, none of the large ...
  • 24 Apr 2015

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

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

    In the media: Energiewende can draw business to Germany

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

    In the media: EU takes Germany to court over Moorburg power plant

    27 Mar 2015 (All day) European Commission “Commission refers Germany to Court over coal power plant in Moorburg” The European Commission is taking Germany to court over its newly open  Moorburg power plant  near Hamburg, saying the project failed to ...
  • 06 Feb 2015

    In the media: Local utilities warn against dangers to power supply

    06 Feb 2015 (All day) DIW studies “Electricity Grids and Climate Targets: New Approaches to Grid Planning” The latest assumptions that will be used in the government's grid development plan take new climate protection targets into account, ...
  • 17 Apr 2015 |

    Welfare groups urge power cost relief for German poor

    17 Apr 2015 (All day) Amid all the broad support for Germany's energy transition, rising electricity costs have added to the pressures for the weakest in society. The issue rarely makes front-page news, but soaring power prices have squeezed Germans ...
  • 16 Jan 2015

    In the media: Offshore wind milestone, charging e-mobility, Vattenfall's coal plans

    16 Jan 2015 (All day) Business Green "Germany breezes past 1GW offshore wind milestone" Germany's renewables industry is celebrating another milestone this week, as an industry-backed report confirmed that the country's offshore wind ...
  • Preview2018- Energy economist fears for Germany's climate reputation

    18 Dec 2017 (All day) Germany enters 2018 without having found a new government, a situation that casts a cloud over all of the country’s major policy endeavours including those dealing with energy and climate. But irrespective of the unprecedented ...
  • Commission watch – Managing Germany’s coal phase-out

    31 Jan 2019, 13:30 In a bid to improve Germany's poor emission reduction record and to identify economic perspectives for people employed in the waning coal industry, the grand coalition government in 2018 set up a commission tasked with managing the ...
  • 12 May 2016

    Offensive for energy efficiency / Germany rejects carbon floor price

    12 May 2016 (All day) Ministry for Energy and Economic Affairs (BMWi) Germany aims to give energy efficiency new push The German government has launched a new offensive to increase energy efficiency. Energy minister Sigmar Gabriel said at a press ...
  • 02 May 2016

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

    02 May 2016 (All day) Handelsblatt “Dwindling chances for fracking” The proposed fracking law has been delayed and might not be adopted in the current legislative period, writes Klaus Stratmann in Handelsblatt. Energy minister Sigmar Gabriel's Social ...
  • Views and comments on Germany's Climate Action Programme

    03 Dec 2014 (All day) The German government has approved a package of measures to achieve its goal of reducing carbon emissions 40 percent by 2020 compared to 1990. The following collection provides a snapshot of comments and reactions.   Environment ...
  • 08 Mar 2016

    RWE posts net loss / Nuclear in focus ahead of Fukushima anniversary

    08 Mar 2016 (All day) RWE/Bloomberg RWE posts second net loss in two years Germany’s biggest power producer RWE posted its second net loss in three years, reports Tino Andresen for Bloomberg. The group’s net loss amounted to 170 million euros, compared ...
  • 11 Dec 2015

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

    11 Dec 2015 (All day) WirtschaftsWoche " Utilities could buy their way out of nuclear responsibilities for 49 billion euros” WirtschaftsWoche reports on a study from the German Nuclear Power Commission proposing two alternative models to secure the ...
  • 29 Oct 2015

    Suspend energy efficiency rules for refugee homes?

    29 Oct 2015 (All day) Federal Environment Agency (UBA) “Energiewende: Industrial consumers can use power more flexibly” German industry could make their power demand more flexible and thus reduce load by up to 6 gigawatt (GW), or 7 percent of German peak ...
  • German reactions to reports on US withdrawal from Paris Agreement

    01 Jun 2017 (All day) According to several US media reports, the Trump administration has decided to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. The US President said on Twitter he would announce his decision on Thursday. The USA would be the first country ...
  • New energy minister seen keeping Energiewende course till elections

    25 Jan 2017 (All day) Germany’s energy policy will see little change as former justice minister Brigitte Zypries replaces Sigmar Gabriel as economy and energy minister this week, according to policy experts. Gabriel’s Social Democratic party colleague ...
  • 02 Jul 2015

    In the media: Coal plants to go on stand-by

    02 Jul 2015 (All day) Die Zeit "Energiewende: Coalition agrees to put coal plants on reserve" Many German media reported the government decision to place 2.7 gigawatts-worth of coal-fired plants into a reserve for use when renewable energies ...
  • 06 Jun 2015

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

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

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

    22 Apr 2015 (All day) Spiegel Online Resistance among Christian Democrats against power market law Four senior members of Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democrats (CDU) have send a letter to all members of the CDU-CSU parliamentary group, commenting on ...
  • Merkel wins respect for G20 climate result at "B-"-summit

    08 Jul 2017 (All day) The German presidency and chancellor Angela Merkel pulled off a “solid” diplomatic success on climate policy by closing the ranks of all G20 members except the United States at the summit in Hamburg, experts for climate diplomacy ...
  • 01 Apr 2015 |

    Strict rules set to make commercial fracking in Germany unlikely

    01 Apr 2015 (All day) Fracking is to be banned in all protected areas and near aquifers in Germany, a government draft law proposes. Unconventional fracking in upper rock layers is only permitted for scientific purposes or in individual cases. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 16 Jan 2015 |

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

    16 Jan 2015 (All day) Energy experts say the German chancellor's secpticism over extensive payments to conventional power plants as back-up for renewables sends a strong signal that capacity markets may not be on the cards in the upcoming power ...
  • 02 Jan 2015

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

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

    In the media: Study on shutting down coal, more flexible lignite and chemicals industry

    19 Nov 2014 (All day) German Institute for Economic Research “Shutting down old coal-fired power stations could reduce CO2 emissions by up to 23 million tones and stabilise the power market” A new study by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), ...
  • Critical reception for government plans to cut power sector emissions

    26 Nov 2014 (All day) The German government looks set to approve plans to force the power sector to reduce carbon emissions by an additional 22 million tons by 2020. Environmentalists worry the plans don't go far enough and are calling for more coal ...
  • German reactions to US decision to withdraw from Paris Agreement

    02 Jun 2017 (All day) President Donald Trump has announced that he will pull the United States out of the landmark Paris Climate Agreement. The USA will be the first country to leave the seminal 2015 treaty signed by nearly 200 individual nations that ...
  • 24 Nov 2014

    In the media: government plan to meet climate targets, household power cut-offs

    24 Nov 2014 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung "Gabriel’s quiet reserve" Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel is set to present a plan targeting emissions from the power sector that could allow Germany to achieve its 2020 greenhouse gas reduction goals, ...
  • 12 Jan 2015

    In the media: (update) E.ON sells Italy coal, gas ops; law to boost carsharing; young people support energy transition

    12 Jan 2015 (All day) E.ON Press Release E.ON sells Italian coal and gas operations  E.ON said Monday it would sell its coal and gas-fueled electricity operations to the Czech energy company Energetický a Průmyslový Holding (EPH), pending approval by EU ...
  • 03 Dec 2014

    In the media: Electric cars, worries about E.ON's nuclear liabilities

    03 Dec 2014 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) / NPE “Extraordinary write-downs for electric cars demanded” The National Platform for Electromobility (NPE) suggested in a progress report that achieving scale in the number of  electric vehicles ...
  • 06 Nov 2014

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

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

    In the media: Making sense of the coal "roller coaster"

    25 Nov 2014 (All day) Dow Jones Newswires "Gabriel's coal proposal: utilities keep calm" German utilities are prepared to shut down some power stations, reports Dow Jones Newswires. They agreed to Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel's ...
  • Germany faces challenges to its triad of targets at European climate negotiations

    22 Oct 2014 (All day) Germany is to push for a triad of targets for 2030 at the EU climate summit on 23-24 October with broad backing from the public, and some concerns on the part of industry. As EU leaders prepare to set out the cornerstones of climate ...
  • 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 ...
  • 05 Jan 2015

    In the media: Energy businesses struggle, Bavaria needs to decide on power lines, offshore wind

    05 Jan 2015 (All day) Reuters “Gabriel pushes Bayern to decide on power network” Bavaria risks a weakening of its economy and higher electricity prices unless it agrees to the two planned power lines transporting wind power from the north to the south, ...
  • Positions of key stakeholders on the EEG: Research Institutes

    06 Oct 2014 (All day) This Factsheet lists views and positions of some German research institutes on the new Renewable Energy Act (EEG) which came into effect on 1 August 2014. Energiewende EEG 2.0 | Law Policy k.appunn Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko ...
  • 16 Aug 2018 |

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

    16 Aug 2018, 14:01 The natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, currently under construction under the Baltic Sea, has been the subject of heated debate for years. The project, scheduled for completion in late 2019, would allow additional Russian gas to flow ...
  • 07 Sep 2017 |

    #btw17- Reporting on the general elections in Germany

    07 Sep 2017 (All day) On 24 September, more than 60 million Germans are invited to head to the polls to choose from 4,828 candidates, elect the next federal parliament and thus decide the next government. The Clean Energy Wire has compiled contacts, links ...
  • 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 ...
  • German federalism: In 16 states of mind over the Energiewende

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

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

    21 Aug 2018, 16:05 Germany's increasing CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants are partially due to the historically low prices for emissions allowances in the EU's Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). One of the world's biggest carbon ...
  • 09 Jun 2016 |

    E.ON shareholders ratify energy giant's split

    09 Jun 2016 (All day) [UPDATE with shareholder vote and media comments]- E.ON was the first of Germany's major utilities to announce a split into two companies to adjust to the sweeping changes triggered in the sector by the country’s Energiewende. ...
  • DIW- German Institute for Economic Research

    The DIW’s core mandates are applied economic research and economic policy. It has nine research departments, two of which (Energy, Transportation, Environment and Climate Policy) look into the economics and politics of climate change and energy. Studies ...
  • Dr. Stefan Bach

    Stefan Bach works as a research associate at the German Institute for Economic Research and is an expert in the field of fiscal policy, including ecological tax reform. www.diw.de Researcher ...
  • Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert

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

    Franziska Holz works as a research associate at the German Institute for Economic Research and is an expert in market analyses in the fields of energy, transportation and environment. She has published on topics such as European energy markets, European ...
  • Dr. Dietmar Edler

    Dietmar Edler works as a research associate at the German Institute for Economic Research and is an expert in the field of firms and market. He researches the effects that environment protection in general and the Energiewende in particular have on the ...
  • Dr. Wolf-Peter Schill

    Wolf-Peter Schill works as a research associate and editor in chief of the Economic Bulletin at the German Institute for Economic Research and is an expert in market analyses in the fields of energy, transportation and environment. He has published on ...
  • Conference panellists and session chairs

      Please note: This list was compiled in preparation for the Clean Energy Wire network conference "The Global Energy Transition: Is Journalism Ready?" in November 2017. Abaño, Imelda- President of Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists ...
  • The CLEW Team

        Sven Egenter  heads the team as Editor in Chief and Executive Director. He covered the German, Swiss and British economies during his 12 years at Reuters, writing extensively about the financial crisis. He ran the team covering the British economy as ...
  • Journalism for the energy transition

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