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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 16 Oct 2017 |

    Vote2017- German elections and the Energiewende

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

    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 ...
  • 12 Oct 2016 |

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

    The Energiewende and German carmakers 12 Oct 2016 In Germany, the birthplace of the automobile, three iconic carmakers, BMW, Daimler, and VW, are facing the greatest challenge in their history: The mobility revolution to create a green transport future. ...
  • 04 Aug 2017 |

    Germany's Energiewende: The Easy Guide

    Find your way around the energy transition 04 Aug 2017 (All day) Germany is bidding farewell to nuclear energy, expanding renewable energy sources and working to make its economy virtually climate-neutral by mid-century. Researching and understanding the ...
  • COP21- The view from Germany

    German positions on the Paris Climate Summit 17 Dec 2015 (All day) Hopes for the Paris Climate Summit from 30 November to 11 December are high, but will the COP21 as it is called become a breakthrough for global efforts to reign in climate change? In this ...
  • 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 ...
  • 09 Mar 2016 |

    Car giant Germany struggles to ignite Energiewende in transportation

    The energy transition and Germany’s transport sector 09 Mar 2016 When it comes to the automobile, Germany flaunts unique gravitas. The German engineer Karl Benz invented the first automobile powered by an internal combustion engine 130 years ago. Today, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 29 Mar 2018 |

    The new German government and the energy transition

    Germany seeks to remain climate pioneer with a "clean, secure and affordable" Energiewende 29 Mar 2018 (All day) Re-elected chancellor Angela Merkel's grand coalition government of Conservatives and Social Democrats has been sworn in and ...
  • 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 ...
  • Preview2018- Outlook for Germany's Energiewende

    Climate targets, coal & renewables funding set to top Germany's Energiewende agenda 09 Jan 2018 Germany's 2020 climate targets are Germany's first major Energiewende policy issue in 2018- even before a new government has been found. In ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Digitalisation ignites new phase in energy transition

    The digitalisation of the Energiewende 21 Jul 2017 Information and communication technology is about to revolutionise Germany’s energy sector once again. The birthplace of the energy transition needs a more flexible and efficient electricity system based ...
  • 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 ...
  • 18 Jan 2019 |

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

    The energy transition in Germany's capital 18 Jan 2019, 12:00 Berlin’s city government has set new climate targets – some even more ambitious than Germany’s national policy. As the seat of federal government, and with its outsized international ...
  • 11 Jul 2017 |
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    G20 2017- Climate and energy at the Hamburg summit

    Germany pushes for G20 climate focus, despite Trump 11 Jul 2017 (All day) The leaders of the world's largest economies have met at the G20 summit in Germany's main port city Hamburg. The current US administration's decision to pull out of ...
  • 01 Jul 2015 |

    Technology to transform the energy sector- made in Germany

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

    The country of the Energiewende strengthens competition and flexibility 26 Aug 2015 (All day) The Energiewende involves tough choices for politicians: How will Germany organise the market around the ever-increasing share of renewable energy? What happens ...
  • 24 Oct 2018 |

    The wicked task of feeding 83 million in a climate-friendly way

    Emissions from food and farming in Germany 24 Oct 2018, 10:00 No matter how you look at it, people need sustenance to survive – and growing crops or raising livestock creates emissions. But Germany must find a way to reduce its agricultural emissions, ...
  • 06 Aug 2018 |

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

    Cargo transport and the energy transition 06 Aug 2018, 11:00 The Dieselgate scandal has put passenger car emissions in the public spotlight in Germany, but an even bigger road polluter – freight transport – remains a sideshow. Transporting goods by road, ...
  • 17 Nov 2017 |

    COP23 climate summit – All eyes on Germany

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

    Energy transition shapes foreign policy in Germany and beyond

    The Energiewende and its implications for international security 08 Jul 2015 Energy supply is inseparable from German foreign policy, as the country relies on imports to feed its energy appetite. The Ukraine crisis has brought the risks of Germany’s ...
  • News
  • 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 ...
  • What ‘prosumer households’ need”

    The IÖW has published a study on the role small home power generating installations can play in the German energy system, with regulatory recommendations to encourage their use. A growing number of citizens and businesses are generating power and partly ...
  • 10 Jan 2019 |

    German households and industry pay highest power prices in Europe

    10 Jan 2019, 13:49 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cost & Prices Energiewende effects on power prices, costs and industry Industrial power prices and the Energiewende What German households ...
  • High German household power prices show lagging grid expansion, need for taxes and levies reform

    Household power prices in Germany were the EU's highest in the second half of 2017, according to eurostat. Germans paid an average of 30.5 cents per kilowatt hour, followed by Denmark with 30.1 cents per kilowatt hour. The prices reflected that the ...
  • German household power prices rise by 3 percent in 2017

    German household power prices rose by an average of 3 percent in 2017, price comparison website check24.de says in a press release. “Power customers on average pay 1,426 euros for 5,000 kilowatt hours. At the beginning of the year, the price was 1,387 ...
  • 2017 will be most expensive year for power for German households

    Household electricity costs will reach a high in 2017, price comparison site Verivox has calculated. The average annual price per kilowatt-hour (kWh) will be 28.18 cents, 3 percent more than in 2016 and up from 17.81 cents in 2004. This means a family of ...
  • German households pay highest power prices in Europe

    Private German consumers pay the highest power prices in Europe, strom-report.de reports, alongside Denmark – formerly the country with the highest consumer electricity bills. With an average price of 30.5 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), Germans pay about ...
  • Moderate power price increase for German households

    Power prices for an average German four-person-household will be about one percent higher in January 2017, compared to the same month last year, according to price comparison website verivox. That would lead to an annual total of 1,111 euros. “Following a ...
  • 08 Dec 2015

    Households' power price ignorance / A coffee with the Germans

    08 Dec 2015 (All day) DENA "Only one third of households know their electricity bills exactly" Only about one third of German households know the exact amount they pay for electricity, a survey by the German Energy Agency (DENA) showed. Nearly ...
  • “The German residential storage market is booming. But what’s up with commercial?”

    The German commercial and industrial, as well as utility-scale storage markets, are surprisingly weak compared to the booming residential storage market, writes Julian Spector for Greentech Media. The weakness comes “in part because of its regionally ...
  • 05 Dec 2018 |

    Rising power prices put higher burden on low-income households than on wealthy ones

    05 Dec 2018, 13:57 Expert RWI- Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Utilities Cost & Prices Electricity market Business & Jobs Use Teaser Image as container background on ...
  • 28 Nov 2018 |

    E-mobility could lead to lower household power prices in Germany

    28 Nov 2018, 16:16 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Cost & Prices Fraunhofer ISI The growing number of electric cars in Germany could in the long run bring down household power prices, the ...
  • Consumers don’t know how much power they use, what they pay – survey

    More than 40 percent of German consumers don’t know how many kilowatt-hours of electricity they consumed or how much they paid for it last year, price comparison website Verivox says in a press release. A third of respondents to a Verivox survey had a ...
  • Household power prices at record high

    The annual electricity cost for an average German household reached a record high in September, reports Christian Siedenbiedel based on data by price comparison websites Verivox and Check24. A four-person household consuming 5,000 kilowatt-hours per year ...
  • Power-saving households “punished” with higher costs

    German households that reduce their power consumption are being “punished” by paying relatively more for every unit they use, energy think tank Agora Energiewende* says in a press release. "Poor or  thrifty power consumers are faring comparatively ...
  • Power cuts usually affect households in debt or on the dole

    German households that receive social benefits or are indebted are more likely to be affected by power cuts than others, a study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) has found. While “income plays a major role” in the roughly 330 ...
  • “Power prices rise for millions of households

    Power prices for German households increase on average by 4.4 percent this spring, price comparison website Verivox told Clean Energy Wire. According to Verivox, 70 regional power suppliers will increase their prices, resulting in additional costs of ...
  • “The fairness gap in the distribution of Energiewende costs on private households

    Low-income households pay more for electricity levies and taxes which help finance the Energiewende than high-income households – relative to their income, says economic research institute RWI Essen in a new paper. But most people wish that wealthier ...
  • 16 Nov 2015

    More households cut off from power; 4°C world "un-insurable"

    16 Nov 2015 (All day) Spiegel Online “Grid Agency: About 350,000 households had their power cut off” The number of power cut-offs in Germany rose by two percent to a new record in 2014, reports Spiegel Online. According to the Federal Grid Agency’s ...
  • “This is what Germany’s energy transition 2016 looks like”

    The Energiewende is a mammoth project and includes a number of risks. News agency dpa, in an article carried by Wirtschaftswoche, runs a “fact check” of common claims regarding the energy transition, namely 1) the energy transition increases power costs, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Household energy consumption for housing continued to increase in 2016

    In 2016, private households in Germany used 665 billion kilowatt hours of energy for housing purposes, a 1.4 percent increase on 2015, writes the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) in a press release. The figures are temperature adjusted and do ...
  • 24 Feb 2016

    'Basement energy transition cancelled' / What future for wind gas?

    24 Feb 2016 (All day) Die Welt “Energy transition in the basement cancelled” Three quarters of the energy consumption of German households is used for heating and hot water, writes Daniel Wetzel in Die Welt. Climate protection should therefore start with ...
  • “Energiewende costs are increasingly passed on to private households – the industry benefits”

    Industry, transport and manufacturing have benefitted from exemptions and rebates in the power sector to the tune of about 17 billion euros, much of which was shouldered by private households, said the SPD-affiliated Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) in a ...
  • “No additional household energy savings in 2015”

    German households consumed 2.1 percent more energy in 2015 than in the year before, Germany’s Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) said in a press release. “The increase was observed for all energy sources  except electricity,” it explained. Seventy ...
  • What Europe can do in times of North Sea doldrums”

    With more cooperation on energy infrastructure, European states could counter the risks associated with fluctuating supply of wind power, Ralph Diermann writes on Spiegel Online. According to a study in Nature Climate Change, variable weather conditions ...
  • What is green and has no voters?”

    Concerns over global warming are more and more pressing, yet the German party that addresses them most consistently struggle to maintain a solid voter base, Matthias Geis writes in weekly newspaper Die Zeit. Not only did the Green Party fail to enter  the ...
  • What hydrogen can contribute to energy storage”

    Hamburg-based energy provider HanseWerk operates one of the most modern electrolysis plants in the world, Olaf Preuss writes in Die Welt. The key technology can be used to store energy by converting electricity generated by wind and solar sources into ...
  • 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 ...
  • 17 Dec 2018 |

    E.ON installs first smart meter in a German household

    17 Dec 2018, 13:40 E.ON Business & Jobs Electricity market Utilities Read more about E.ON Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Digitalisation Technology Clean Energy Wire Energy company E.ON has ...
  • Energy transition in German households progressing mostly in the countryside

    Almost a quarter of German households are “actively participating” in the Energiewende by using technologies such as solar PV systems, battery storages, e-cars, or heat pumps, according to the “Energy Transition Barometer 2018” published by state-owned ...
  • 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 ...
  • "1.9 million German households own an electric bicycle"

    Electric bicycles were present in 1.9 million households across Germany in early 2016, equalling over five percent of all households, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) said in a press release. The total number of e-bikes in the country rose from ...
  • 17 Dec 2018 |

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

    17 Dec 2018, 13:19 Green Party EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Read more about Green Party Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Finance dpa / Focus Online Germany’s Climate Action Law planned for ...
  • What a CO2 price floor can (and cannot) do for German climate goals”

    Germany can meet its energy sector climate goals with a CO 2-price floor between 50 and 75 euros, write Fabian Huneke, Carlos Perez Linkenheil and Simon Göß from the Berlin-based independent energy market specialist Energy Brainpool, in a contribution for ...
  • Video - “At what stage are German makers of pv home storage devices?”

    Many producers showcased their storage devices at the Intersolar Europe trade fair in Munich. Jonathan Gifford, pv magazine global editor, and Götz Fischbeck, CEO of company Smart Solar Consulting, visited the exhibits and conducted a series of interviews ...
  • 12 Nov 2014 |

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

    12 Nov 2014 (All day) After more than a decade of rising electricity prices, German utilities are passing on some of their savings from lower wholesale prices and a cut in the renewable energy surcharge. But with a number of government decisions on the ...
  • Household natural gas prices expected to increase in 2019

    Rising grid fees, increased wholesale prices, and the high oil price level will likely lead to rising natural gas prices for household consumers in 2019, writes the price comparison website CHECK24 in a press release. Grid fees, which make up about one ...
  • “Hambach Forest could become for coal what Fukushima has been for nuclear power” – opinion

    The embattled Hambach Forest could turn out to become a symbol for Germany’s acclerated coal exit as much as the nuclear disaster in Fukushima became a symbol for the country’s accelerated nuclear exit, Jürgen Flauger writes in a commentary for ...
  • Energy-intensive industries call for energy transition cost “super cap”

    17 Jan 2019, 14:13 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cost & Prices Industrial policy Energiewende effects on power prices, costs and industry German households and industry pay highest ...
  • What happens at the UN climate conference? – infographic

    Ahead of COP23 in Bonn in November, klimafakten.de has published a detailed infographic (see above) that explains processes, content and actors at a UN climate conference, and presents a timeline of past COPs. The graph is a translation from the Clean ...
  • Rising CO2-price could trigger German coal phase-out in 5 years

    21 Aug 2018, 15:33 The projected rise in CO2 prices in Europe could see coal-fired power plants being replaced by gas plants in Germany, thereby saving millions of tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions and helping the country to achieve its energy transition ...
  • 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, ...
  • What an embarrassing enactment”

    The German government was much too soft on carmakers at the diesel summit in Berlin, writes Petra Pinzler in an opinion piece for Zeit Online. “In Germany, laws are valid for some, summits are held for others,” writes Pinzler. Even at the summit, ...
  • What the G20 summit did for climate protection”

    The G20 summit’s G19 outcome on climate is “quite acceptable” as Donald Trump was unlikely to change his mind on pulling out of the Paris Agreement, writes Christoph Seidler for Spiegel Online. Little has therefore changed as the countries’ commitments ...
  • “This is what the US’s new global isolation on climate change looks like”

    With federal elections coming up in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel “needs some sort of win on climate change at the G20”, Andrew Light, a senior fellow at the World Resources Institute (WRI) told the Washington Post. Things will “get interesting” at ...
  • “Tesla will do in three years what it took Porsche 10 years to do, says analyst”

    Tesla will do in three years what Porsche took a decade to do, Evercore ISI analyst George Galliers said in a research note, reports CNBC. Following the buildout of the Model 3, Tesla had the potential to achieve sustainable gross margins comparable to ...
  • "1.5 million households in Germany have an electric bicycle“

    1.5 million households in Germany owned an electric bicycle at the beginning of 2015, reports Germany's statistics agency Destatis. In total, the number of electric bicycles was 2 million. Read the press release in German here. ...
  • “Germany to get free offshore wind! Wait, what?”

    Winning companies of recent offshore wind auctions could not “simply walk away from the deal”- as indicated by a newspaper article- if wholesale power prices did not increase as planned, Andreas Wagner, managing director of German Offshore Wind Energy ...
  • Power consumption advice for large household users

    A research project by the Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut) and the Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE) has shown that those households with the highest power consumption can be particularly successful when it comes to saving ...
  • What is Brigitte Zypries capable of?”

    Business federations have welcomed former justice minister Brigitte Zypries as the successor of Sigmar Gabriel for heading Germany’s economy ministry, Heike Jahberg and Kevin P. Hoffmann write in Tagesspiegel. “Industry expects a smooth transition in the ...
  • What will the year 2017 bring for cars?

    The transition to electric and autonomous cars will take much longer than enthusiasts anticipate, writes Holger Appel in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Not a single e-car suitable for the mass-market is available, and the highly anticipated models of ...
  • “Energiewende: What do the new laws mean?”

    German energy think tank Agora Energiewende* has published the English version of a paper that examines the implications of regulation reforms such as the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) and the power market reform. These will bring “fundamental changes” for ...
  • “Energiewende: What do the new laws mean?”

    Germany will likely miss several renewables and emissions targets despite the reform of certain key regulations concerning the German electricity sector carried out by the federal government and parliament in 2016, according to a background paper by think ...
  • What did Berlin know about the VW emissions manipulations?”

    The German Federal Parliament’s committee of inquiry on what the federal government knew about the car emissions scandal will have its first hearings today, writes Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). The Green and the Left groups in the Bundestag ...
  • What are the environmental impacts of offshore wind farms?”

    A 15 million euro research platform in Germany’s North Sea is examining the effects and possible risks of energy generation in the ocean. The Fino3 platform, located 80 kilometres from the German island of Sylt and near the DanTysk offshore wind farm, ...
  • 28 May 2015

    In the media: Germans pay high power prices; Coal "dirty and poisonous"

    28 May 2015 (All day) Eurostat/ZEW German households pay second highest power price in EU Household electricity prices in Germany are among the highest in the EU. According to the EU’s statistics office Eurostat, German households on average paid 29.7 ...
  • 28 Jul 2017 |

    Why the German diesel summit matters for climate and energy

    28 Jul 2017 (All day) On 2 August, the CEOs of Germany’s major car manufacturers will meet with federal and state government representatives to discuss ways to reduce pollution from diesel cars. Recent cartel allegations shed a new light on the meeting’s ...
  • German wholesale power price rises by 50 percent over two years

    Germany’s energy retail companies face rising costs for purchasing power at the wholesale market, the energy industry lobby group German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) says in a press release. In 2016, energy companies on average paid ...
  • Rising power prices a growing burden for German SMEs – report

    Rising German power prices pose significant difficulties for the country’s famous “Mittelstand,” the large number of small and medium-sized companies that are a crucial part of Germany’s industrial production chain, William Wilkes and Brian Parkin report ...
  • “Germans just love paying sky-high prices for green energy”

    Germans are almost all in favour of expanding the use of renewable energy, despite the fact that government subsidies for renewables mean that Germans pay high electricity prices in relation to other European countries, writes David Meyer in an article ...
  • 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 ...
  • 17 Dec 2015

    'Second energy transition needed' / Learning from the Germans

    17 Dec 2015 (All day) Die Zeit “We can do it one more time” Germany needs nothing less than a second energy transition in order to achieve its climate target of reducing emissions by 80-95 percent by 2050, writes Petra Pinzler in an op-ed for Die Zeit. It ...
  • 06 Nov 2015

    87% of Germans support climate treaty / Energy transition costs

    06 Nov 2015 (All day) Fraunhofer ISE “What does the Energiewende cost?” The costs of a climate-friendly transformation of the German energy system from now until 2050- when the country wants to emit 80 percent less greenhouse gas emissions compared to ...
  • Germans could reduce power consumption of electronic devices by over 75 percent – government advisors

    A more efficient use of smartphones, computers, televisions, or other electronic appliances could reduce the power consumption of these devices by more than three quarters, the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) says in a press release. ...
  • One in five Germans says people need to spend more on energy transition

    A survey commissioned by price comparison website Verivox has found that almost one in five Germans says people should pay higher power prices in order to facilitate investments in the decarbonisation of the energy system. In the survey with over 2,000 ...
  • 56 percent of German power price from taxes and levies

    The share of taxes and levies German households have to pay for power has reached a new all-time high, price comparison website Verivox said in a press release. The state’s share in the power bill “now accounts for 56 percent for private customers – an ...
  • Fairer cost distribution increases German power customers’ willingness to pay for energy transition – study

    The more equally power costs are allocated among the population, the more willing German power customers are to finance the changes associated with the energy transition, a study conducted by the research institute RWI and published in the Nature Energy ...
  • 18 Nov 2014

    In the media: Lignite, nuclear waste, hard times for biogas and falling electricity prices

    18 Nov 2014 (All day) Handelsblatt “State premier Kraft fights for lignite” North Rhine-Westphalia’s state premier Hannelore Kraft (Social Democrats) advocates the preservation of coal power in her state, since a simultaneous phase-out of nuclear and coal ...
  • 27 Feb 2018 |

    Reactions to Germany's court ruling on diesel driving bans

    27 Feb 2018 (All day) Germany's Federal Administrative Court has ruled that cities can ban dirty diesel cars to improve local air quality. The Clean Energy Wire presents reactions to the landmark ruling from NGOs, politicians and industry ...
  • German unemployment benefit too low to cover power costs

    Unemployment benefits in Germany are insufficient to cover average power costs, price comparison website Check 24 says in a press release. People receiving Germany's “HartzIV” benefits pay on average 158 euros more for electricity than budgeted for ...
  • Germans say affordable power more important than sustainable production

    The number of people in Germany who think that affordable power is a "very important" feature of the country’s energy system is considerably larger than that of those who consider sustainable power production a priority, a survey conducted by ...
  • “Germans want innovative power electricity contracts”

    Three in four Germans are interested in electricity contracts with a variable power price that depends on supply and demand, according to a representative survey by the Federal Association for Information Technology (Bitkom). 58 percent of respondents ...
  • Interest in German green power contracts waning

    Interest in concluding green power contracts is waning in Germany, Ralf Geißler writes on the website of public broadcaster MDR. Power contracts with a ’green tariff‘ that finances renewable power sources were most popular in the wake of the 2011 ...
  • German econ min stresses potential for German-Russian trading cooperation in energy transition

    Russia will continue to be an important trading partner also in a future that gradually substitutes fossil energy sources with renewables, Germany’s economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier has said at a the German-Russian Resource Conference in Potsdam ...
  • German industry cannot complain about power prices” – commentary

    Dieter Kempf, the president of Germany’s largest industry federation BDI,  has warned that national climate policies might increase power prices and prompt companies to relocate production abroad, Thorsten Knuf says in a commentary for the Frankfurter ...
  • 22 Jan 2019 |

    German industry demands compensation if coal exit pushes up power price

    22 Jan 2019, 13:12 A state-driven closure of coal-fired power plants over the next 12 years would lead to higher power prices, which consumers have to be compensated for, say industry associations the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the Association ...
  • 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 ...
  • Companies in western German industrial heartland want grid fee reform postponed

    Companies in Germany’s industrial powerhouse North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) have called for the postponement of the grid fee reform, which the government plans to pass this week, the regional newspaper Rheinische Post reports. Some local branches of the ...
  • 18 Nov 2015

    Taking stock of the Energiewende / Resistance to smart meters

    18 Nov 2015 (All day) Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) Balance Sheet of Energiewende Germany has published an assessment of its national climate protection efforts. The government says Germany is making “good progress” with its ...
  • German court ruling on grid returns releases funds for investments but means higher costs for customers – reactions

    The German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) says the ruling by a German court blocking a significant decrease in grid operators' guaranteed returns will boost necessary infrastructure investments. “The  rate determined by the Federal ...
  • Preview2019- Expect the German coal debate to continue, says Aurora ER

    10 Jan 2019, 09:15 The German coal exit commission is set to deliver its final recommendations for the country’s coal exit in February 2019, but this report is likely to be only the beginning of a long and controversial policymaking process in the country ...
  • “Most expensive panic decision by a German government”

    Pulling out of nuclear power production in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster has been “the most expensive panic decision a German government has ever taken,” statistics professor Walter Krämer said in an interview with manager magazin online. “In ...
  • 09 Apr 2015

    In the media: Power price falls- Germans split over coal

    09 Apr 2015 (All day) German Centre for Energy Resources Freiberg (DER) Germans deeply split about coal Germans are deeply split about the mining and use of coal, a study from the German Centre for Energy Resources Freiberg (DER) finds. There is no clear ...
  • 22 Mar 2016

    Wind power firms inflating / Smart under suspicion / Minister in Chernobyl

    22 Mar 2016 (All day) Handelsblatt “To inflate or to die” Nordex, the small Danish wind turbine manufacturer, has confirmed the takeover of the wind branch of the Spanish group Acconia. The cartel authorities have no objections to the 785 million euro ...
  • 14 Mar 2018 |

    Coalition watch – The making of a new German government

    14 Mar 2018 (All day) The 2017 September election results have led to unprecedented difficulties in forming a new government in Germany. After the longest government building process in modern Germany, Angela Merkel was re-elected as chancellor of a ...
  • 28 Aug 2015

    In the media: Report sees good outlook for energy transition

    28 Aug 2015 (All day) WirtschaftsWoche Report paints favourable outlook for Energiewende After the business-owned Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) recently warned that the transition to renewable power sources in Germany would cost 28 billion ...
  • 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 ...
  • 03 May 2016

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

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

    A survey of more than 7,500 German households in summer 2017 found that 84 percent approved of support for renewable energy and two thirds supported a coal exit, researchers from Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI Essen) write. ...
  • 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 ...
  • The European Commission pushes for German-Danish interconnectors

    Transmission grid operator TenneT and the European Commission are  proposing  1,300 megawatts of power trading capacity between Germany and Denmark, but consumer groups warn this will increase electricity costs for German households, Jacob Schlandt writes ...
  • Gas

    German government looking into financing options for domestic LNG terminal

    The German government is considering providing financial support to the construction of what would be the country’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, according to spokesperson Steffen Seibert. While private investors are currently examining ...
  • 12 Mar 2018 |

    RWE and E.ON overhaul power sector- German reactions to innogy deal

    12 Mar 2018 (All day) In a deal that could drastically re-shape Germany's power sector, RWE and E.ON have agreed to split RWE subsidiary innogy and focus each on different parts of the business. E.ON will largely be in charge of distribution grids ...
  • German SMEs’ energy investments start paying off – study

    The investments made by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Germany in recent years have started to pay off and reduced the companies’ exposure to high power prices, German state-owned business development bank KfW said in a press release. ...
  • Report on German energy use 2017 published

    Energy market group AG Energiebilanzen has published a comprehensive paper with data on Germany’s energy use in 2017. The paper gives more detail to the group’s report from 21 December 2017 that a strong economy had pushed up Germany’s primary energy ...
  • German government must urgently tackle energy policy issues – industry association

    The energy transition offers plenty of opportunities for German businesses, but the current government coalition has done little to solve key issues for the industry, writes the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) in its 2018 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Gas prices fell three percent in 2017

    Gas suppliers received an average 3.42 cents per kilowatt hour for the gas they sold to final consumers in 2017, a decrease of three percent on 2016. Germany’s statistics office said households on average paid 4.96 cents, a decline of 4.4 percent. ...
  • 02 Nov 2015

    Greenpeace excluded from Vattenfall sale / CO2 pledges "Sign of Hope"?

    02 Nov 2015 (All day) Greenpeace “Greenpeace excluded from Vattenfall bidding process” Citigroup has excluded Greenpeace from the sale process of Swedish utility Vattenfall’s German lignite operations. The bank said the NGO did not intend to place a bid, ...
  • Al Gore calls on German coal commission to make “historic“ decision

    Germany has provided inspiring and visionary leadership on energy and climate for many years, but is now at risk of being left behind, according to former US Vice President Al Gore. While stakeholders met for the first session of Germany’s coal exit ...
  • German companies split on ambition of climate and energy goals - survey

    Over one third (35 percent) of companies surveyed by the German Energy Agency (dena) say that Germany’s climate and energy policy targets are not ambitious enough, while especially larger companies (about 37 percent) consider the goals too ambitious. ...
  • 18 Sep 2017 |

    German election to define speed and shape of energy transition

    18 Sep 2017 (All day) With Germans about to cast their votes in the federal election, Chancellor Angela Merkel is virtually certain to retain power. But the make-up of the next coalition will be key to how the new government tackles a host of energy and ...
  • Commission watch – Managing Germany’s coal phase-out

    22 Jan 2019, 14:30 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 government has set up a commission tasked with managing the definite phase-out ...
  • 18 Feb 2016

    'Europe needs more industry' / RWE dividend cut hits German towns

    18 Feb 2016 (All day) Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) "Gabriel: Europe needs more industry” Europe’s aim to increase the share of manufacturing in gross domestic product (GDP) to 20 percent by 2020 should be given the same ...
  • 20 Nov 2017 |

    German coalition talks collapse despite progress on climate and energy

    20 Nov 2017 (All day) After almost five weeks of deliberations, the pro-business Free Democratic Party has pulled the plug on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s efforts to form a coalition government made up of her conservative CDU/CSU alliance, the Greens and ...
  • Environment minister Schulze says German carmakers can afford diesel hardware retrofitting

    Germany’s environment minister Svenja Schulze says the carmakers implicated in the ongoing diesel emissions fraud scandal are capable of financing a hardware retrofitting of manipulated cars, news agency dpa reports in an article carried by Spiegel Online ...
  • German party leaders agree energy policy blueprint for coalition talks

    12 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 ...
  • Mixed progress of German energy transition – consultancy

    Germany is still likely to miss key Energiewende goals, including its 2020 greenhouse gas reduction target, even as household power prices continue to rise, according to McKinsey’s bi-annual Energiewende-Index report. At 30.8 cents per kilowatt hour (ct ...
  • 07 Mar 2017

    State Sec sees efficient sector-coupling gaining ground post-election

    07 Mar 2017 (All day) Regardless of who will win in Germany's next federal elections, increasing energy effciency in sector coupling and mastering digitalisation will be core aspects for ensuring a successful continuation of the energy transition, ...
  • 10 May 2016

    Does Germany turn into a 'wind industry park'? / Car contradictions

    10 May 2016 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “The country, a wind industry park” "Rapeseed, maize, and wind monocultures" in the German countryside reveal what the solar age looks like, writes Jan Grossarth in a prominent commentary in ...
  • German coalition talks stuck over climate, energy policy

    27 Oct 2017 (All day) Germany’s future energy and climate policy has proven the expected difficult issue in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s effort to form a government coalition of her conservatives, the Free Democrats, and the Green Party. According to media ...
  • 09 Jan 2019 |

    Preview2019- German govt must act on environment to retain votes, says WWF

    09 Jan 2019, 10:45 Energy and climate policy has played a notable role in recent elections in Germany, where public opinion is split over the course of the country's coal exit and diesel emissions in inner cities, says Michael Schäfer, head of ...
  • Germans sceptical about attempt to find final nuclear repository - survey

    Only 12 percent of Germans say they believe that the country will find a location for a final nuclear repository by 2031,  as projected by a new law, according to a survey by German Atomic Forum (DAtF), an organisation lobbying for the non-military use of ...
  • 17 May 2018 |

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

    17 May 2018 (All day) Germany must ensure a "just Energiewende" by making sure the project remains affordable for all and provides high quality jobs, according to the 6 million-member trade union group DGB. The unions back Germany’s climate ...
  • Coal exit: elephant in the room at vote in German industry heartland

    12 May 2017 (All day) In what is often dubbed “the small-scale federal election”, voters in Germany’s industrial powerhouse and most populous state North Rhine-Westphalia decide on a new government on 14 May. The exit from coal-fired power generation – a ...
  • German minister plays down US threats over Nord Stream 2

    22 Jan 2019, 13:15 The German government is playing down US threats against companies involved in the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project connecting Germany to Russia. Energy minister Peter Altmaier said the government was “not impressed” by ...
  • Study warns of additional regulatory burden to efficient German industry

    Germany’s industry is among the most efficient in the world and can hardly improve its energy intensity record by simply abiding by new regulations, a study by the industry-sponsored research institute IW Köln says. Andreas Mihm writes in the Frankfurter ...
  • 25 May 2016

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

    25 May 2016 (All day) Reuters Campaigners urge Germany to stop financing coal projects abroad Environmental groups urged G7 nations led by Japan and Germany to stop financing coal projects abroad, reports Alister Doyle for Reuters. The study, released ...
  • 01 Oct 2015

    In the media: Wind power blows past record

    01 Oct 2015 (All day) German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW)/Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) “Wind power generation 2015 already exceeds last year’s level” Thanks to strong winds and the addition of new turbines, wind ...
  • Quick German coal exit feasible, say energy politicians of Bavaria’s CSU

    A energy transition working group of the CSU, the Bavarian sister party of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU party, has published a paper saying that the effects of an end to coal-fired power production in Germany “are far less damaging ...
  • Government cabinet decides regulation that bans German power trading zone split

    Germany’s acting government has adopted a draft regulation that bans transmission grid operators (TSOs) from unilaterally splitting the German power trading zone. “What distinguishes the German trading zone is its unity, which ensures equal conditions ...
  • Industry association study draft says energy transition will benefit German economy

    A sharp emissions reduction by 2050 will likely benefit Germany’s economy, according to a study summary draft by the Federation of German Industries (BDI) seen by Clean Energy Wire. An “80 percent climate path is possible with a neutral to positive effect ...
  • Greens reject coal offer tabled by conservatives, FDP in German coalition talks

    Germany’s Green Party has rejected an offer tabled by its aspiring coalition partners to reduce the country’s coal power capacity by up to 5 gigawatt (GW), news agency Reuters reports. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the pro ...
  • 04 Jan 2019 |

    EU action plan on green finance elicits doubts from German finance industry

    04 Jan 2019, 13:36 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Finance German financial sector expects EU standards to boost green finance Germany laggard in assessing fossil investment risks- Deutsche ...
  • German coal mine to be reborn as giant pumped hydropower battery”

    An abandoned coal mine in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia is set to become a 200 megawatt pumped hydropower storage capable of powering over 400,000 households, Brian Parkin reports for Bloomberg. The 600-metre deep Prosper-Haniel hard ...
  • 15 Sep 2015

    UPDATE: Econ minister refutes reports about nuclear stress test

    15 Sep 2015 (All day) Economy Ministry/Reuters German economy min: No nuclear stress test results yet Germany's energy minister Sigmar Gabriel rejected media reports about provisioning shortfalls for nuclear clean-up costs at the country's large ...
  • German energy exchange EEX builds foothold in China’s emerging carbon market”

    German energy bourse EEX has partnered with several Chinese exchanges to get a foothold in China’s emerging national emissions trading scheme, Kathy Chen and Mike Szabo report for Carbon Pulse. The group is advancing plans to offer trade in euro ...
  • 26 Sep 2018 |

    Euro 2024 may force German football to get serious on climate- expert

    26 Sep 2018, 13:53 The German Football Association (DFB) has included a sustainability concept in its bid to host the 2024 European Football Championship. While the plan lacks concrete goals for action, awarding the tournament to Germany could obligate ...
  • Filling levels of German gas holders halve within eight weeks

    Strong heating demand caused by low temperatures halved the filling level of German gas holders to 36 percent within eight weeks, reports Andreas Mihm for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Uniper, the fossil spin-off from utility E.ON, warns a long winter ...
  • Franco-German cooperation treaty does not mention carbon price

    10 Jan 2019, 14:04 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 International Fear of public backlash and complexity hold back German CO2 price Rift between Germany and Brazil stalls work on carbon market – report ...
  • “Power in rural areas more expensive than in cities”

    Electricity in rural areas costs on average 2 percent more than in German cities, writes price comparison website verivox in a press release. Households consuming 4,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year on average paid 1,138 euros in rural areas, while the ...
  • 07 Jan 2019 |

    Merkel intervenes in stagnating German coal exit talks

    07 Jan 2019, 13:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Politics German Chancellor Angela Merkel will personally weigh in on the stagnating negotiations over the end of coal-fired ...
  • Next German government needs “realistic plan” for workers and regions if it seeks coal exit – union head

    Should the next German government decide to seek a coal exit, it must also care for the workers' and mining regions’ future, said Michael Vassiliadis, head of Germany’s largest mining trade union IG BCE and one of Germany's most prominent ...
  • State makes sizeable profit from private power consumption – taxpayers’ federation

    Private households in Germany paid more than 10 billion euros in taxes and levies on power consumption to the state in 2017, the German Taxpayer Institute (DSi) of the German Taxpayers Federation (BdSt) says in an analysis seen by the Clean Energy Wire. ...
  • 10 Dec 2014

    In the media: Hopes for South Stream, trade union on nuclear and coal, the Energy Union

    10 Dec 2014 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung/dpa “Economy minister Gabriel has still hopes for gas pipeline South Stream” “It would be better for Europe if the project still had a chance,” Germany’s Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar ...
  • Court's halt to forest clearing fans talk of easier German coal exit

    08 Oct 2018, 16:58 Anti-coal activists in Germany and beyond experienced a sudden change in fortune on 5 October, when a court ruling boosted their cause and provisionally stopped plans of energy company RWE to cut down the embattled Hambach Forest in ...
  • Approaches to saving energy vary greatly across German regions

    Strategies by German households to save energy are very different across the country’s regions, a survey by energy service provider Techem has shown. “People in Saarland are national champions when it comes to using energy saving lamps,” Techem says in a ...
  • 28 Dec 2015

    Utilities face new competitors / 'Fraudulent' climate policies

    28 Dec 2015 (All day) Spiegel Online “Car and internet companies conquer the power sector” Utilities face massive new competition as the transformation of Germany’s energy landscape attracts powerful new players from the IT and car industries, writes ...
  • Blog: Energy firms discuss their role in key year for German energy transition

    22 Jan 2019, 12:46 The top brass from energy companies, regulators, ministries and political parties gather in Berlin to discuss the challenges of the energy transition at the Handelsblatt energy conference, the traditional annual kick-off for the sector. ...
  • 20 Dec 2018 |

    German ISS astronaut calls for climate action in message to future grandchildren

    20 Dec 2018, 14:07 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Climate & CO2 In a moving message to his future grandchildren, German ISS commander Alexander Gerst appealed to humanity to finally get its act together on climate ...
  • New business mindset bolsters Paris Agreement- German official

    29 Nov 2018, 12:35 The rise of populism and unilateralists like US President Donald Trump increasingly challenge the rules-based international order and put global climate action as pledged in the Paris Agreement at risk. Still, a changing mind-set in ...
  • “Trendmonitor: 62 percent of Germans see federal government as obstacle to energy transition”

    Almost two-thirds of German residents say the government is thwarting the country’s energy transition in heating by not providing enough consumer incentives to switch from systems burning fossil fuel to those using renewable energy, according to the ...
  • German Greens thrive in backlash to right wing-conservative push

    28 Nov 2018, 16:14 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Society Elections & Politics New York Times As a turn towards conservative and right-wing politics appears to dominate the ...
  • 08 Mar 2016 |

    Looking back: Germany five years after Fukushima

    08 Mar 2016 (All day) (UPDATE- adds quote from WWF's Günther in paragraph 5, more external content)- The nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, in the wake of a tsunami five years ago on 11 March, was a key turning point in German energy policy. Chancellor ...
  • Protests in France highlight why a CO2 price must be socially fair- German minister

    27 Nov 2018, 15:07 Germany will ultimately need a price on greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors that does not overburden citizens with lower incomes in order to complete its energy transition, the country’s environment minister, Svenja Schulze, ...
  • German Trade Union Association set to distance itself from German climate targets – report

    The German Trade Union Association DGB is set to reposition itself on climate policy at its upcoming annual congress, reports Malte Kreutzfeldt in daily taz. In a draft paper on energy, the unions only say they support the Paris climate goals, thereby ...
  • Consensual G20 communiqué “should be the aspiration” – German gov’t official

    Despite the outcome of last week’s G7 summit in Taormina, Italy, a consensual statement by all leaders “should be the aspiration” for the G20 summit in Germany in July, said Lars-Hendrik Röller, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s economic advisor and the ...
  • 11 Jan 2017 |
    G20

    Preview2017- "High pressure to decarbonise heating sector"

    11 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 ...
  • 13 Dec 2018 |

    COP24 blog: Rulebook's technical details are sticking point- German negotiator

    13 Dec 2018, 17:40 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 ...
  • German researchers propose “nothing less than relaunch of climate policy”

    03 Dec 2018, 14:37 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Politics Der Spiegel / Clean Energy Wire German magazine Der Spiegel has run a cover story on the ...
  • Germany wants to shield companies from higher power prices during coal exit – report

    18 Jan 2019, 13:33 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Reuters The German government wants to extend beyond 2020 CO2-related compensation for energy-intensive industry, sources close ...
  • German policymakers cautiously welcome Macron’s nuclear plans

    29 Nov 2018, 15:59 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Nuclear phase-out International The challenges of Germany’s nuclear phase-out dpa / Focus Online The decision to shut down Fessenheim, the oldest ...
  • NRW state premier Laschet attaches conditions to German coal exit date

    Any date for abandoning coal agreed by Germany’s coal exit commission must be linked to specific conditions- and these must be fulfilled to actually implement the agreement, the state premier of Germany’s most populous federal state North Rhine-Westphalia ...
  • Heating costs in Germany fall due to mild winter temperatures

    German heating costs between October 2017 and February 2018 were down several percent compared to the same period the previous year, price comparison website check24 says in a press release. The main reason for lower costs was a “ relatively mild winter,” ...
  • 12 Oct 2018 |

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

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

    German top court postpones ruling on diesel driving bans

    22 Feb 2018 (All day) Germany’s Federal Administrative Court has postponed to next week a highly anticipated decision on whether polluted cities can ban diesel cars to improve air quality. The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig said on Thursday that ...
  • 17 Dec 2018 |

    German government rejects financial evaluation of individual Energiewende targets

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

    German federal states mull compensation claims against carmakers

    17 Dec 2018, 13:17 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Politics Rheinische Post / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung At least two German federal states are considering legal action against carmakers for ...
  • 17 Dec 2018 |

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

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

    German engineers urge development of power-to-x capacities

    13 Dec 2018, 14:39 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Storage Technology Clean Energy Wire The German Engineering Federation (VDMA) says power-to-x technologies are a “key element in reaching Germany’s ...
  • 13 Dec 2018 |

    German Conservatives’ foreign policy expert urges government to “reconsider” Nord Stream 2

    13 Dec 2018, 14:41 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas Security The Guardian The head of Germany’s parliamentary foreign affairs committee, Norbert Röttgen of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative ...
  • 07 Dec 2018 |

    German conservatives elect Merkel-confidante as new party leader

    07 Dec 2018, 19:29 Germany's conservative Christian Democrats elected general secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel at the helm of the party. The election of Merkel's close ally and former premier in the ...
  • 10 Dec 2018 |

    Most Germans unconvinced UN will be able to solve climate crisis

    10 Dec 2018, 13:54 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Society ARD The UN is unlikely to find a solution to the world’s climate crisis, most Germans believe according to a survey ...
  • German solar battery maker sonnen works on “world’s biggest smart power storage” in Australia

    The state of South Australia wants to build the world’s largest network of connected home power storages and counts on German solar battery maker sonnen to deliver part of the infrastructure for the project that will encompass 40,000 households, the ...
  • 05 Apr 2016

    Industry emissions almost unchanged / Wind-powered lamps

    05 Apr 2016 (All day) Federal Environment Agency “Emissions trading: industry’s emissions almost unchanged in 2015” The CO₂ emissions of German energy intensive industry remained virtually unchanged for the second year in a row in 2015, according to the ...
  • 07 Dec 2018 |

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

    07 Dec 2018, 14:31 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Security Zeit Online New tensions between Russia and the Ukraine have reinvigorated critics of the natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, ...
  • German energy company Uniper calls for coal exit timetable by French government

    29 Nov 2018, 16:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Utilities International Uniper The German energy company Uniper has called plans by the French government to end coal-fired power ...
  • Power and gas prices set to rise in Germany, remain close to EU average in real terms

    Germany’s power and natural gas customers face “considerable” price rises in 2019 as more than 200 suppliers have announced to charge 4.4 percent more for energy, the price comparison website Verivox says in a press release. For a household with an annual ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 16 Jan 2019 |

    Cities must decouple urban growth from emissions, says Berlin senator

    16 Jan 2019, 14:18 Berlin aims to slash carbon emissions by 60 percent by 2030 and become carbon-neutral by 2050. For a city growing at a rate of 50,000 inhabitants a year, that’s no mean feat. But Ramona Pop, Berlin’s Senator (minister) for Economy, ...
  • 29 Nov 2018 |

    German state of Saxony-Anhalt tightens wind power regulations to protect birds

    29 Nov 2018, 16:18 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Wind Politics Welt Online The German federal state of Saxony-Anhalt is tightening regulations for the construction of new wind turbines in order to ...
  • German railway company DB retrofits trains to curb diesel consumption

    The German railway company Deutsche Bahn (DB) has unveiled plans to save up to twelve million litres of diesel fuel per year by modernising its locomotives with digital technology, Handelsblatt reports. DB says it wants to save up to 30,000 tonnes of CO2 ...
  • EU dieselgate summit cancelled because of German transport minister’s absence

    An EU ministerial meeting dedicated to the consequences of the diesel scandal has been cancelled after German transport minister Andreas Scheuer said he would not be able to participate because of other appointments, reports Till Hoppe in the business ...
  • German rail operator aims to increase share of green power to 80 percent by 2030

    Germany’s rail operator Deutsche Bahn has stepped up its green energy ambitions. The company announced its intention to increase the share of renewable power in its total electricity consumption to 80 percent by 2030, reports the newswire dpa. One year ...
  • Large majority of Germans say government is not doing enough to curb climate change

    More than three-fifths of Germans believe that their government is not doing enough to limit the country’s impact on climate change, a survey commissioned by the solar power lobby group BSW Solar has found. In the survey, conducted by pollster YouGov, ...
  • 02 Dec 2014 |

    Regulator says German power system stable, price rise slows

    02 Dec 2014 (All day) An annual report from Germany's grid regulator highlights developments in the German power sector. The report shows a high degree of grid stability in 2013 and only a small increase of average prices paid by households as ...
  • “Stagnating prices”

    Renewables support does not increase consumer power prices in Germany, Ralph Diermann writes in Süddeutsche Zeitung, based on an analysis by price comparison website Stromauskunft.de. While the EEG surcharge that finances renewables development has risen ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Grid has to grow considerably because of electric cars”

    German power consumers might face a further rise of electricity costs caused by grid expansions required for e-mobility, according to a report by news agency dpa carried by the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Supplying e-car charging stations with electricity ...
  • German env minister plans CO₂ price concept to boost climate action

    12 Nov 2018, 14:15 Germany's environment minister Svenja Schulze continued her push for a price on CO2 emissions, announcing plans to team up with fellow Social Democrat Olaf Scholz's finance ministry in order to prepare a concept in line with ...
  • Fear of public backlash and complexity hold back German CO2 price

    03 Dec 2018, 11:28 Politicians across party lines, environmental and industry groups and researchers alike are in favour of a price on carbon emissions in all sectors. There is debate on details such as the pros and cons of a carbon tax versus a trading ...
  • German carmakers produce “polluters without exhaust” as they enter e-car market

    German carmakers Mercedes and Audi enter the e-car market with two e-SUVs, but instead of contributing to reducing emissions in the country’s transport sector, these big and heavy vehicles might even worsen the sector’s climate impact, Christian Wüst ...
  • 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 ...
  • Power prices increase in first half of 2017

    Power customers in Germany on average paid about 2.5 percent more for electricity in June than they did in January, price comparison website Check24 says in a listing seen by Clean Energy Wire. An average household with a consumption of about 3,500 ...
  • German energy ministry investigates CCS options to meet climate targets

    The German economy and energy ministry (BMWi) has commissioned a study of the country’s options for capturing and storing carbon dioxide emissions to lower its carbon footprint, Manuel Berkel writes on Spiegel Online. According to the article, energy ...
  • 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 ...
  • German commission draft suggests coal exit with compensation

    16 Nov 2018, 16:19 The German coal exit commission has debated a first draft that outlines how the country could start the phase-out the fossil power source in the coming years. According to a leaked draft plant operators could receive compensation ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • Association of German Towns and Municipalities says diesel bans will worsen air pollution problem

    Banning older diesel cars from inner cities will only worsen the air pollution problem and carbon emissions in the long run and should therefore be avoided as much as possible, Gerd Landsberg, head of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities ...
  • Reaching 2030 climate targets will have positive effects for German economy – study

    Implementing the sector targets for the year 2030 laid out in Germany’s Climate Action Plan 2050 will have positive effects on the country’s economy, according to a study commissioned by the federal environment ministry (BMU). While the goals could be ...
  • German government sticks to plan for Climate Protection Law in 2019

    The German government will stick to its plan to introduce a Climate Protection Law in 2019 despite  major internal difficulties  harrowing the coalition of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD). A first ...
  • 08 Apr 2015 |

    German Energiewende enjoys strong social mandate

    08 Apr 2015 (All day) Regardless of recent squabbles about new power lines and rising electricity prices, Germans remain staunch supporters of the principles behind the Energiewende. Survey after survey shows a large majority of the population is in ...
  • IPCC report: must not waste time on climate – German env min

    The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, released today, shows the urgent need for ambitious climate action, according to the German government. In a press release, environment minister Svenja Schulze said the key message of the report is that ...
  • Taskforce agrees on post-coal strategy for German mining regions

    26 Oct 2018, 08:41 Members of Germany's coal exit commission have unanimously adopted the first major policy recommendations for the country's lignite mining regions affected by a future coal power phase-out. At an on-site meeting in the Rhenish ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germans want more climate action from their government

    A majority of Germans want the federal government to do more for climate protection, according to a representative survey by public broadcaster ARD, conducted by Infratest dimap. 74 percent of respondents said the government should do more, 22 percent ...
  • German power companies: Breaking bad”

    When RWE and E.ON both split their their fossil fuel-based and their new energy technology businesses into separate companties, it was evidence that the German Energiewende “has dealt a huge jolt to the business model of what were once two of Europe’s ...
  • 22 Oct 2018 |

    Must Germans give up sausage and schnitzel to cut agri-food emissions?

    22 Oct 2018, 16:34 Eating and producing less meat is one way to curb emissions from the agriculture sector, but giving up sausages and schnitzel is a tough sell in Germany – not just for consumers but also for farmers and the government. There are a lot ...
  • 16 Jan 2019 |

    Siemens-Gamesa’s new 10 MW turbine enables offshore wind power output boost

    16 Jan 2019, 13:35 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Wind German offshore wind power- output, business and perspectives Power production at sea re-emerges as Energiewende cornerstone The Energiewende's booming ...
  • German conservatives want to reduce wind turbine lighting to appease critics

    Wind turbines in Germany should not be illuminated throughout the whole night as this would gravely impede the acceptance of wind power by local residents, the conservative CDU’s deputy parliamentary group leader Carsten Linnemann told the Frankfurter ...
  • 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 ...
  • 10 Oct 2018 |

    German parties fiercely debate IPCC's 1.5°C report in parliament

    10 Oct 2018, 17:18 Two days after the UN's latest IPCC report on global warming urged greater international efforts against climate change, the German parliament saw a heated debate about the implications for Germany. While the Green Party, which had ...
  • German wind power expansion plans will fail due to turbine density – study

    The plans for wind power expansion in Germany are “illusory” since the growing density of turbines across the country is set to diminish the yield per installation so much that power production targets can no longer be met by simply increasing the number ...
  • Conservative German state government mulls “new approach on coal” following court ruling

    The conservative government of western German coal state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is considering rethinking its energy policy and to formulate “ a new basic approach to coal ”, Kirsten Bialdiga, Reinhard Kowalewsky und Thomas Reisener write in the ...
  • Nord Stream 2 right to secure German power supply – coal commission co-head

    The planned Russian-German natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, currently under construction in the Baltic Sea, can contribute to German power supply security during the country’s coal exit, said coal commission co-head Ronald Pofalla during a speech at ...
  • Germans strongly support energy transition, call for more ambitious climate action

    The support of German citizens for the country’s Energiewende [energy transition] is unwavering, a poll commissioned by the country’s Renewable Energy Agency (AEE) and conducted by pollster Kantar Emnid has shown. According to the AEE, 93 percent of ...
  • Pro- and anti-coal protesters besiege German coal exit commission visiting mining district

    Hundreds of coal workers in the eastern German region Lusatia welcomed the country’s coal exit commission during a trip to the region with protest banners saying, “good jobs are being trampled on,” Michael Bauchmüller writes in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. ...
  • German luxury carmaker Porsche quits diesel, aims to boost e-mobility

    Luxury carmaker Porsche will no longer produce cars with diesel engines and will instead focus on expanding its product range with electric or hybrid vehicles, the German company has said in a press release. Porsche said it did not want to “demonise” ...
  • German government to set up efficient building commission to cut heating emissions

    The German government is preparing the launch of a commission tasked with finding measures to make buildings more energy efficient and bring down carbon emissions in the heating sector, Susanne Ehlerding writes in the energy policy newsletter Tagesspiegel ...
  • 22 Jun 2017 |

    “There’s no way around a coal exit law”

    22 Jun 2017 (All day) Germany's energy transition can only be successful if it is created by citizens themselves in a socially fair way, the Left Party writes in its election campaign programme. The Left is currently the largest opposition group in ...
  • 02 May 2018 |

    Emission-free aviation is technically feasible- DLR Researcher

    02 May 2018 (All day) Josef Kallo, director of the Institute for Energy Conversion and Storage at Ulm University and coordinator of the Research Group Energy Systems Integration at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), says electric flight is not just a ...
  • Guaranteed capacity of German wind power much lower than installed capacity, association says

    Energy industry association VGB Power Tech says that the guaranteed capacity of German wind power is less than one percent of the 56 gigawatt (GW) of installed capacity in the country, Klaus Stratmann writes in the Handelsblatt. According to the ...
  • German energy state sec says Hambach Forest must go for supply security

    The embattled Hambach Forest has to be cut down to ensure a secure power supply for Germany, energy state secretary Thomas Bareiß said at an event organised by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) in London, Adam Vaughan writes in The Guardian. Bareiß said ...
  • Details of German transport minister’s “diesel deal”

    Germany’s transport minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) has presented his proposal to reduce emissions from diesel cars in German cities to the chancellor and the heads of carmakers BMW, Volkswagen, and Daimler, Daniel Delhaes, Markus Fasse, and Martin Murphy ...
  • German government struggles to find common position on new EU climate targets for cars

    The German government is still a long way from finding a common position on future EU car fleet emission limits, report Till Hoppe and Silke Kersting in the business daily Handelsblatt. German car makers’ works councils and the top brass of metalworkers’ ...
  • German government postpones decision on diesel retrofits after meeting with carmakers

    The German government has postponed a decision on the hardware retrofitting of manipulated diesel cars, saying it plans to come to a conclusion by the end of the last week of September, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. “We want to make a decision soon,” ...
  • Greens want climate protection included in German Basic Law

    The Greens parliamentary group in the Bundestag has introduced a draft law that would make international climate goals and obligations, as well as the nuclear exit, binding under German Basic Law. In a plenary debate, Green group leader Anton Hofreiter ...
  • 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 ...
  • "There will be no more excuses in 2030"-SPD energy politician Westphal

    07 Feb 2018 (All day) Agreeing on climate and energy policy was one of the simpler tasks during Germany's coalition negotiations, says Social Democratic (SPD) energy spokesman Bernd Westphal. However, he concedes that the challenges awaiting the ...
  • Auditors: German govt must manage Energiewende better, need CO2 price

    28 Sep 2018, 12:24 Germany still lacks an overview of the total cost of the Energiewende and the government must improve cost transparency, efficiency and coordination of the energy transition in order to keep citizens’ trust, the Federal Court of ...
  • German solar battery maker Sonnen secures Shell cash to expand

    German solar battery maker Sonnen has secured 60 million euros in funds from Shell Ventures, a unit of the Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell, and existing shareholders to expand at home and abroad, reports Vera Eckert for Reuters newswire. Sonnen chief ...
  • E-mobility, on the verge of breakthrough, might pose challenge to German power distribution grids

    Advantageous regulations, decreasing overall costs, a wider offer of different models and increased demand mean that e-mobility is on the verge of breakthrough in Germany, according to consultancy McKinsey. Similar to the developments in the solar PV ...
  • German carmakers lag behind on passenger e-cars, but are cutting edge on heavy e-vehicles

    German carmakers might have been late to embark on the electrification of passenger cars, but, according to a recent study by patent law office Grünecker, “are very well positioned when it comes to e-transporters and e-trucks,” Thomas Fromm writes for the ...
  • 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, ...
  • US ambassador flags American natural gas as “helpful” to German energy transition

    Europe and Germany should “share in America’s abundance” and cooperate with the US in energy policy by buying natural gas from America, the US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, writes together with US deputy secretary of energy Dan Brouillette in a ...
  • German transport minister calls for more attractive car swap offers from automakers

    In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s Kerstin Schwenn, German minister of transport Andreas Scheuer, a member of the conservative CSU party, said the retrofitting of millions of diesel cars to make them cleaner and reduce emissions ...
  • Energy industry gives German government miserable rating after first six months – report

    The German energy industry is utterly unsatisfied with the government’s energy policy track record after the first six months in office, Michael Bauchmüller writes in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. “We’re lacking someone to set the pace in policymaking,” says ...
  • German battery production will require government support – interview

    Electric car batteries will be produced in Europe only if the continent’s governments invest significant sums in the technology, Elmar Degenhart, head of auto-parts supplier Continental, said in an interview with Handelsblatt. “In China, battery cell ...
  • RWE secures substantial capacity of planned German LNG terminal

    German energy company RWE has secured a “substantial annual capacity” of a planned German terminal to import liquefied natural gas (LNG), reports news agency Reuters. RWE reached an agreement with LNG Terminal GmbH, the joint venture that aims to build ...
  • “Comparing ‘energy poverty’ in Germany with other countries”

    Some 350,000 households in Germany are unable to pay the power bills, Craig Morris writes in Energytransistion.de. The figure is available in data provided by Germany’s Federal Network Agency. Such statistics, however, remain largely unavailable in ...
  • Qatar Petroleum in talks with Uniper and RWE over German LNG terminal

    Qatar Petroleum, the world’s largest supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG), is in talks with German energy companies about cooperating on a potential LNG terminal, writes Mathias Bruggmann in an article in Handelsblatt. “We have a serious interest in ...
  • 10 Dec 2018 |

    COP24 blog- Germany drops in climate performance

    10 Dec 2018, 09:03 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 07 Jan 2019 |

    Green Party urges “tailor-made” grid expansion that accounts for coal exit

    07 Jan 2019, 13:02 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Grid Energiewende hinges on unblocking the power grid New “Power Grid Action Plan” to accelerate network development Re-dispatch costs in ...
  • German utilities protected against sharp rise in ETS carbon emission permit prices

    Major German power companies have protected themselves against the sharp increase in ETS carbon emission prices, report Vera Eckert and Nina Chestney for Reuters newswire. RWE has said that its CO 2 position is financially hedged until the end of 2022. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Heavy industry employers’ association criticises German government for inaction in energy policy

    The German government currently administers past achievements and fails to set new impulses in economic and energy policy to ensure that the current economic upswing can be sustained, Rainer Dulger, head of the heavy industry employers’ association ...
  • German environment minister against mine expansion during coal commission’s mandate

    Germany’s environment minister, Svenja Schulze, has weighed in on the dispute between environmental groups and energy company RWE over the expansion of a lignite mine and the clearing of a nearby forest, tagesschau.de reports. “If we want to achieve a ...
  • German’s e-car scepticism remains high”

    Fifty percent of Germans would not consider buying an electric car in the coming years, according to a representative survey by Institut für Demoskopie Allensbach, commissioned by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). Only 30 percent of respondents said ...
  • 09 Jul 2018 |

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

    09 Jul 2018, 15:15 Natural gas is needed to complement renewable energies today and will increasingly be replaced by ‘green gases’, enabling the continued use of existing infrastructure, says Timm Kehler, head of the gas industry initiative Zukunft ERDGAS ...
  • German environment minister open to national carbon price

    Germany’s new environment minister, Svenja Schulze, has indicated support for a national price on carbon emissions. “I find the idea very plausible,” the Social Democrat told the daily energy and climate newsletter Tagesspiegel Background. She said that a ...
  • Minister promises stability for troubled German wind power sector

    16 Aug 2018, 16:59 While touring critical power grid projects in northern Germany, energy minister Peter Altmaier also faced a troubled wind industry that fears its golden years in the country are over. Under pressure from workers and local politicians, ...
  • Green Party wants to include climate protection in German constitution

    The German Green Party wants to write climate protection into the country’s constitution, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. At a Green campaign event in the central German federal state of Hesse, where state elections will take place on 28 ...
  • The big influence of a small number of coal workers on German energy policy

    Just 20,000 people in Germany are still employed in the once-mighty coal sector but their influence on energy policy is far greater than their number would suggest, Felix Heilmann writes for Climate Home. Coal workers are well-organised and good at ...
  • Wholesale power prices relatively low in Germany – analysis

    Wholesale power prices in Germany were comparatively low in 2017, grid operator TenneT says in a press release. Especially during the winter months, average prices in Germany and the Netherlands were much lower than in France and Belgium, TenneT reports, ...
  • German lignite power plant operators’ suffer losses – analysis

    Low wholesale power prices and higher prices for CO 2 emission allowances are weighing on Germany's lignite plant operators’ balance sheets, according to an evaluation of the energy information service Tagesspiegel Background, Der Tagesspiegel ...
  • German government supports gas pipelines to Europe from Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan

    The German federal government supports the expansion of gas pipelines from Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan to Europe via Turkey, a government official said, the Handelsblatt reports. The Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) and Trans Adriatic Pipeline ...
  • German energy transition should be based on competition and the use of market-based instruments – opinion

    The German transition to a low-carbon and nuclear-free energy supply – dubbed the “Energiewende” – should be based on the use of market-based instruments and competition between companies and technologies, Hubertus Bardt, head of the research division at ...
  • Switch to new emissions test could cost German automakers dearly

    The conversion to a new emissions test called the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) could cost German manufacturers billions of euros, Martin Seiwert writes in the WirtschaftsWoche. The German car industry has invested tens of ...
  • 14 Dec 2018 |

    COP24 blog: "We don't want just any outcome, we want a good one"- env min

    14 Dec 2018, 11:00 Germany is under scrutiny at the UN climate summit COP24 in Poland: the country will fail to meet its 2020 climate target and only the next year will show if a push to phase-out coal-fired power production will result in an end date for ...
  • 09 Feb 2015

    In the media: Nuclear power sector's chamber orchestra shuts down

    09 Feb 2015 (All day) Spiegel Online / Energy Brainpool / Fraunhofer IWES "This is what the power market of the future could look like" In order to incorporate fluctuating power from millions of small, decentralised producers, the most important ...
  • Plans to bulldoze German villages for lignite move forward

    Centuries-old villages across Germany are being bulldozed to make way for brown coal mines, Esme Nicholson reports for American broadcaster National Public Radio. Despite the country’s substantial investment in renewable energy deployment, coal still ...
  • 07 Mar 2016

    More e-cars on German roads / Is RWE dividend cut a political move?

    07 Mar 2016 (All day) Federal Motor Transport Authority Number of e-cars on German roads rises to 25,502 The number of pure electric vehicles on German roads rose to 25,502 at the beginning of the year, an increase of 35 percent compared to early 2014, ...
  • 28 Sep 2017 |

    All must compromise in coalition talks, also on climate- Merkel ally

    28 Sep 2017 (All day) A ‘Jamaica’ coalition between the CDU/CSU, the FDP and the Greens is currently the only realistic scenario for a stable government in Germany, and all parties must compromise to prevent “dreadful” new elections, says long-time Merkel ...
  • Thousands to relocate due to expansion of German lignite mine

    More than a dozen villages are to be demolished and thousands of families relocated to make way for the expansion of Garzweiler opencast lignite mine, Stefanie Glinski reports for the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Located in the German federal state of ...
  • German decarbonisation targets will challenge conventional power suppliers

    German utilities that are focusing on conventional power generation, i.e. RWE and Uniper, are exposed to “ decarbonisation risks,” rating agency Moody’s has said. The country is likely to accelerate coal plant closures and implement other low-carbon ...
  • 11 Feb 2016

    No future for German ski regions / A pending wind merger

    11 Feb 2016 (All day) Der Tagesspiegel “Government sees no future for two thirds of ski regions” The government predicts that with a 2 degree Celsius warming, 61 percent of Germany’s ski regions would not be suitable for winter sports, even with ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Blockchain will upend German energy market – commentary

    Blockchain will revolutionise Germany’s energy market, potentially rendering major utilities redundant, Kathrin Witsch and Christine Coester write in a commentary for Handelsblatt Global. The digital ledger technology, which allows users to exchange money ...
  • German manufacturing companies spent billions on climate protection in 2016

    Germany’s manufacturing companies spent 3.3 billion euros on climate protection measures in 2016, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) says in a press release. In total, the sector (excluding construction) generated 31.8 billion euros in current ...
  • German Green Party calls for two-billion euro climate change aid fund

    In the face of one of the hottest and driest summers ever recorded in Germany, the Green Party is calling for an aid fund worth at least two billion euros to provide financial resources for climate change mitigation across the country, the party says in a ...
  • 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 ...
  • German solar plant owners lavished with power from the sun

    The exceptionally sunny weather in Germany has brought solar plant owners an unusually high yield of power from the sun, energy company E.ON says in a press release. Between May and July, the German Meteorological Service (DWD) registered 817 hours of ...
  • German climate policy a failure – commentary

    Germany’s energy transition is expensive and ineffective, writes economist Joachim Weimann of the University of Magdeburg in a guest commentary in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Despite high financial support for green energies and high electricity ...
  • German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex receives largest order to date

    German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex has received its largest order to date in the second quarter, FOCUS Online reports. The company has been contracted to build a wind park in northern Brazil with a total capacity of 595 megawatts. Analysts believe ...
  • Sharp drop in German emissions sign of Energiewende turnaround- think-tank

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

    German car manufacturers are working to sell ever more diesel vehicles in a bid to comply with stricter EU CO 2 emission limits, risking “disaster”, writes Frank-Thomas Wenzel in an opinion piece in Frankfurter Rundschau. Diesel-fuelled cars produce less ...
  • 02 Nov 2016 |

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

    02 Nov 2016 (All day) German power consumers will have to shoulder grid fee rebates for energy-intensive industry in excess of 1 billion euros next year, sparking renewed calls for reform of the system to pay for keeping the grid stable as renewable power ...
  • Sinking interest in green power contracts since Fukushima

    German citizens’ interest in renewable power contracts is declining, according to a press release from price comparison website Verivox. In 2016, 36 percent of consumers who switched power providers through the website chose green contracts, down from 76 ...
  • Grid operator suggests connecting German offshore wind parks to Dutch grid

    It could be cheaper to connect future German North Sea wind parks to the Dutch power grid rather than running the cables to, and through, Germany, Dutch-German transmission grid operator TenneT suggests in its half-year report published on Wednesday. ...
  • 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 ...
  • German business group objects to threat of U.S. sanctions due to links to Gazprom

    The German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations Chairman Wolfgang Büchele called U.S. President Donald Trump’s claim that Russia would be able to control German gas markets following the pipeline’s completion “factually wrong and politically ...
  • New LNG terminal could weaken Trump's argument about German dependence on Russian gas – analysis

    Plans to open a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein could weaken arguments about the country's dependence on Russian gas- a key criticism of US President Donald Trump, Klaus Stratmann writes in the ...
  • German consumers not Russian captives – opinion

    It is true that Russia is Germany’s biggest energy supplier but German consumers are not “captives”, writes Andreas Mihm in an opinion piece in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “To the dismay of climate politicians, an abundancy of oil, gas and coal is ...
  • 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 ...
  • 12 Dec 2018 |

    COP24 blog- Germany's environment minister rejects hypocrisy criticism

    12 Dec 2018, 17:52 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 ...
  • German power taxes and levies system “ailing” – opinion

    In an opinion piece in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Andreas Mihm argues that the government is responsible for Germany’s high power prices, as it does not use the state budget to finance desired support like that for renewables, but passes the costs on ...
  • Preview2018- Energiewende funding needs fixing-German energy agency

    22 Dec 2017 (All day) Germany enters 2018 without having found a new government, a situation that casts a cloud over all of the country’s major policy endeavours including those dealing with energy and climate. But irrespective of the unprecedented ...
  • Most German states have no interest in wind power minimum-distance rules

    Bavaria  is the only German state that made use of a law to set its own minimum distance for wind turbines from residential buildings, the German government has said in an answer to a parliamentary inquiry by the Free Democrats (FDP). The government says ...
  • Shake-up of German energy industry proceeds after agreements are reached

    An asset swap deal between German utilities E.ON and RWE took a step forward after energy corporation innogy reached agreements with the two companies "for a fair integration process," Reuters reports. innogy will no longer be an independently ...
  • German government is so “sluggish, it makes you cry” – op-ed

    Germany’s government sits on a big budget surplus, money it should spend on the energy transition and climate protection but it does not, writes Petra Pinzler in a commentary on Zeit Online. The government could use the money to push climate-friendly ...
  • Preview2018- German coal exit would not help climate- researcher

    21 Dec 2017 (All day) Germany enters 2018 without having found a new government, a situation that casts a cloud over all of the country’s major policy endeavours including those dealing with energy and climate. But irrespective of the unprecedented ...
  • German car manufacturers and Ford open first ultra-fast electric car charging station

    Ionity, a joint venture between BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen, and Ford, has opened its first rapid charging station for electric vehicles, according to Die Welt. Six electric cars can simultaneously charge at the station, located in western Germany. Each ...
  • Preview2018- WWF calls for German climate policy emergency programme

    19 Dec 2017 (All day) Germany enters 2018 without having found a new government, a situation that casts a cloud over all of the country’s major policy endeavours including those dealing with energy and climate. But irrespective of the unprecedented ...
  • Permitted lignite reserves exhaust German energy sector’s remaining CO2-budget – report

    The lignite reserves already permitted for mining in Germany are enough to almost completely exhaust the remaining CO 2-budget of the country’s energy sector, environmental organisation WWF Germany says in a short report for the German coal exit ...
  • 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 ...
  • German federal state Hesse opens up low-yield agricultural land to solar parks

    The southern German federal state Hesse has become the third in the country to make its so-called “disadvantaged areas” available for solar fields, the German Solar Industry Association (BSW) has announced in a press release. Following in the footsteps of ...
  • “Big four” German utilities drop out of top 100 company list

    The “big four” utilities in Germany- RWE, E.ON, Vattenfall Germany, and EnBW- have all disappeared from a list of the country’s 100 largest companies compiled by the German Monopolies Commission, the competition watchdog says in its annual report. The ...
  • 08 Jun 2018 |

    German environment ministry pushes for tougher EU car emission rules

    08 Jun 2018 (All day) The German environment ministry has called for much more ambitious EU targets to lower car emissions than those proposed by the European Commission. In a position paper seen by the Clean Energy Wire, the ministry says car emissions ...
  • German government says ETS insufficient for reaching Energiewende goals

    The EU emissions trading system (ETS) is not sufficient for ensuring that Germany meets either its CO 2 emissions reduction goals or the other targets of its energy transition, the German government says in an answer to a parliamentary inquiry by the Left ...
  • 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 ...
  • 13 Feb 2015

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

    13 Feb 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung Night storage heating has comeback thanks to the Energiewende Night storage heating, ovens that take up power at night when there used to be an over-supply of cheap power and release it as heat during the day may ...
  • 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 ...
  • Closing 2020 climate gap increasingly difficult, says German environment minister

    In an interview with Silke Kersting and Klaus Stratmann of financial daily Handelsblatt, German environment minister Svenja Schulze warns that the country is facing an uphill battle to achieve its climate protection goals. “We have already lost too much ...
  • "We’re not here to protect German carmakers"

    28 Apr 2017 (All day) No other party has been part of a German federal government longer than the Free Democrats (FDP). They also governed together with Angela Merkel's CDU at the time of the Fukushima disaster and supported the second nuclear phase ...
  • Wrangling over German coal exit talks reveals difficult task ahead

    30 May 2018 (All day) Germany struggles to get its highly anticipated coal exit task force on track. The government on Wednesday postponed at the last minute the official launch of the phase-out commission for the third time. The quarrels over the ...
  • Grid operator plans cable under Baltic Sea to store German wind power in Sweden

    A 300-kilometre power cable under the Baltic Sea will transport excess German wind power to Swedish hydropower plants, according to plans by German grid operator 50Hertz and Swedish company Svenska kraftnät, Andre Wornowski reports for regional newspaper ...
  • German states’ energy ministers agree on non-partisan Energiewende policy approach

    The energy ministers of Germany’s 16 federal states have agreed to strengthen their focus on the separation of key energy policy decisions from party politics, and to improve coordination between the individual state ministries, the Environment and Energy ...
  • 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 ...
  • Outsourcing of German coal question to commission is “coward energy policy” – opinion

    Solving a complex social problem like the phasing-out of coal- Germany’s traditional and still most important energy source  - is a “core task” of policymakers, and to outsource this task to an external commission amounts to “ cowardice and refusal to ...
  • German coal states' economy ministers warn against “hasty exit plans”

    The economy ministers of the German coal states Brandenburg, Saxony, and North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) have warned the country’s coal exit commission against coming up with “hasty” scenarios for phasing out fossil power sources. In a press release issued ...
  • In German coal-producing areas, Gigafactories could provide new source of employment

    The federal government wants to soften the blow of phasing out coal by investing in large battery factories, or Gigafactories, according to an article in Die Welt. In coal-mining areas around the country, these manufacturing facilities could provide a new ...
  • RWE head Schmitz says German coal exit by 2030 is impossible

    Germany will not be able to phase out coal-fired power production by 2030, said Rolf Martin Schmitz, head of RWE, the country’s biggest power producer and Europe’s biggest private emitter of CO 2. In an interview with the Rheinische Post on the eve of the ...
  • German car industry still miles away from coming clean on emissions scandal – opinion

    Daimler’s embroilment in the car emissions manipulation scandal shows that Germany’s most important industry is still miles away from coming clean, writes Markus Balser in a commentary for the Süddeutsche Zeitung entitled “A heavy blow for [Daimler CEO ...
  • 18 Dec 2018 |

    Preview2019- Gas will loom large on Energiewende agenda, WEC says

    18 Dec 2018, 09:35 The role of gas – both in its natural form and as a CO2-neutral variety made with renewable power – will be one of the hottest topics on Germany's 2019 energy transition agenda, according to Carsten Rolle, secretary of the World ...
  • 21 Jun 2018

    First 100 days- German government in disarray neglects energy policy

    21 Jun 2018, 16:13 An internal brawl in the German government's conservative camp over immigration has a paralysing effect on the country's energy and climate policymaking. After 100 days in office, the government coalition officially has to ...
  • German steelworkers fight EU plans for emissions trading

    11 Apr 2016 (All day) With backing from economy minister Sigmar Gabriel, thousands of German steelworkers rallied against EU reform plans for the European Emissions Trading System (ETS) on Monday. Gabriel said there must be no contradiction between ...
  • German utility EnBW starts field test on how e-cars effect grid

    Utility EnBW starts a field test to find out how a large number of electric cars in a concentrated area affect grid stability, Susanne Preuß and Thiemo Heeg write in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “What happens if everyone plugs in their car when ...
  • Energy minister says German coal exit must set example for successful decarbonisation

    The phase-out of coal-fired power production in Germany must become a model case for other countries that want to reconcile economic prosperity with an effective reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) has ...
  • 13 Jun 2018 |

    German utilities urge gvt to speed up Energiewende policy making

    13 Jun 2018 (All day) Germany’s policymakers have not kept pace with the energy industry’s rapid transformation caused by the Energiewende, and must catch up urgently, according to the utility association BDEW. The utilities also say that Germany needs a ...
  • New noise emissions rules could bring nocturnal standstill for wind turbines in German state

    A new regulation for noise emissions of wind turbines in Germany’s northern federal state of Schleswig-Holstein could mean that the turbines located near residential areas would have to be switched off overnight, Markus Billhardt writes in the Lübecker ...
  • German opposition parties clash over Energiewende’s international impact

    Parliamentarians from the German opposition Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Greens took aim at the government’s policies pertaining to energy and the climate, and to the international context of the country’s energy transition, the Energiewende. At a ...
  • VW fined one billion euros by German prosecutors in diesel emissions scandal

    Car giant Volkswagen has been fined one billion euros by German prosecutors over diesel emissions cheating, reports the BBC. The carmaker said it did not plan to appeal the fine, which is one of the highest ever imposed by German authorities on a company, ...
  • 15 Oct 2015 |

    German green power levy to rise in 2016 to new record

    15 Oct 2015 (All day) The levy to finance green power investment, which is added to Germans' electricity bills, will rise slightly in 2016 after falling this year for the first time since its 2000 introduction, German power grid operators said ...
  • German environment minister says Wadden Sea taboo for offshore wind power

    The Wadden Sea coastal region in the North Sea must remain off limits for offshore wind power turbines, German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said in an interview with the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. Ahead of a trilateral conference with the ...
  • Germans want coal exit law, population in affected mining regions divided – survey

    Seventy-five percent of Germans say the country’s new government should introduce a law for a gradual coal exit without delay, according to an in-depth online survey and analysis by the University St. Gallen, commissioned by Greenpeace. But only 43 ...
  • Wind power companies should not bet on German market alone – opinion

    German wind power companies should not repeat the solar industry’s mistakes, and need to focus more on international markets, Kathrin Witsch writes in an opinion piece for Handelsblatt. Germany’s renewables auction system and a general drop in support ...
  • Sweden greenlights construction of German-Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2

    The Swedish government has given the green light for construction of the controversial natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 that connects Germany with Russia via the Baltic Sea, news agency dpa reports in an article carried by Focus Online. While Sweden has ...
  • 21 Apr 2016

    'Germans want more climate action' / Belgians keep nuclear plants running

    21 Apr 2016 (All day) WWF Germany “Germans want more climate action” German citizens would like to see more engagement in the fight against climate change, environment organisation WWF Germany says, referring to a representative survey by research ...
  • Left Party says coal commission lacks eastern German representatives

    The planned commission that will prepare the end of coal-fired power production in Germany does not include enough representatives from eastern Germany, the Left Party was quoted as saying in an article written by the news agency dpa and carried by the ...
  • German env min Schulze says diesel cars need mechanical retrofit to avoid EU fines

    Manipulated diesel cars in Germany will need a mechanical engine retrofitting to ensure the European Union does not sue the country over exceeding emissions levels in transport for several years, environment minister Svenja Schulze says in an interview ...
  • 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 ...
  • “No progress at all” with German coal commission – opinion

    The German coalition government loves to talk about sustainability, but has shifted all responsibility for the nitty-gritty of climate action onto a commission tasked with managing the country’s coal phaseout, Michael Bauchmüller writes in the Süddeutsche ...
  • 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 ...
  • German coal commission‘s member list complete – report

    The list of members of Germany’s coal commission is complete, Spiegel Online reports. Gerda Hasselfeldt, the former parliamentary group leader of the CSU, the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU, will reportedly join the ...
  • Ukrainian President says Russian-German gas pipeline will “feed the beast“ in Moscow

    Diverting part of European gas supply from Russia around Ukraine via the Nord Stream 2 offshore Baltic Sea pipeline would empower Moscow to “attack our common values” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko writes in a guest article in the Frankfurter ...
  • German Chancellery favours buyers‘ premium over diesel retrofitting

    The German Chancellery and the transport ministry favour providing incentives to buy new and cleaner cars over retrofitting older diesel cars to comply with emissions limits in inner cities, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. According to sources ...
  • European Commission says German grid fee exemptions for large users in 2012-2013 against state aid rules

    Germany needs to recover millions of euros in illegal aid from certain large electricity users exempted from grid charges in Germany in 2012-2013 after the European Commission declared past regulation was against EU State aid rules. “Fully exempting ...
  • 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 ...
  • German wind power market faces severe slump in expansion – report

    Germany could see a substantial drop in wind power expansion in the next years, Kathrin Witsch writes for the Handelsblatt. Capacity growth could drop from 6,500 megawatts (MW) in 2017 to merely 1,100 in 2019, she writes. The introduction of Germany’s ...
  • German coalition negotiators want to postpone 2020 climate goal

    08 Jan 2018 (All day) The negotiation partners in Germany's ongoing coalition talks have agreed to postpone the country's 2020 emissions reduction target until "the early 2020s". Party negotiators also agreed on introducing a climate ...
  • 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 ...
  • German energy industry association welcomes EU ministers’ agreement

    Stefan Kapferer, managing director of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), welcomed the agreement by the EU member states’ energy ministers on the Union’s future energy policy, because it meant that the existing power price zones ...
  • 01 Mar 2016

    US and Japan overtake German PV capacity / ‘Better not learn from Germany’

    01 Mar 2016 (All day) IHS “As European solar installations slow, China, US and Japan lead global installed PV capacity in 2016” The United States and Japan will surpass Germany’s installed solar PV capacity this year, according to consultancy IHS. “With ...
  • Preview2018- 2020 climate target failure "not an option"- German NGO

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

    04 Jan 2018 (All day) Germany enters 2018 without having found a new government, a situation that casts a cloud over all of the country’s major policy endeavours including those dealing with energy and climate. But irrespective of the unprecedented ...
  • 05 Jun 2018 |

    What German households pay for power

    05 Jun 2018 (All day) Power prices in Germany are among the highest in Europe – but many customers continue to support the switch to renewable energy sources regardless. While wholesale electricity prices have on average been declining in recent years, ...
  • What business thinks of the energy transition

    20 Sep 2017 (All day) Companies have broadly mixed attitudes towards the Energiewende, depending on their sector, the size of their business, or location. Polls and analyses help explain their views. [UPDATE- Adds DIHK Energiewende Barometer 2017] ...
  • 22 Dec 2015 |

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

    22 Dec 2015 (All day) (UPDATES with new details of sales process) Vattenfall is selling off its German lignite operations. This factsheet outlines the context and exactly what is up for sale. Utilities Fossil fuels r.russell Vattenfall, owned by the ...
  • What energy & climate stakeholders want from Germany's next government

    14 Sep 2017 (All day) Environmentalists, business associations, lobby groups, think tanks and researchers have all drawn up their wish list for future energy and climate policy ahead of the federal elections on 24 September. Whatever coalition German ...
  • 20 Sep 2017 |

    Campaign quotes: What Merkel & Schulz say about Energiewende issues

    20 Sep 2017 (All day) Chancellor Angela Merkel promises more precise climate goals after the elections; contender Martin Schulz calls for a binding e-car quota. In the run-up to the federal elections in Germany on 24 September, CLEW presents key campaign ...
  • 12 Dec 2015 |

    Paris climate deal – does Germany get what it hoped for?

    12 Dec 2015 (All day) 196 parties of the UNFCCC have adopted the new Paris Agreement on climate change / Transparency and the ambition mechanisms that Germany most wanted to get are in the text, but the strong long-term target had to give a little COP21 k ...
  • 31 Mar 2017 |

    What to do with the nuclear waste – the storage question

    31 Mar 2017 (All day) Germany is in the rare position of knowing almost exactly how much radioactive waste it will have to store because the lifespan of its nuclear reactors is limited and the existing amount of waste is established. But questions over ...
  • 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 ...
  • The Climate Action Programme – what it's all about

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

    08 Mar 2018 (All day) Despite the Energiewende, Germany remains heavily dependent on imports of fossil fuels, as its domestic resources are largely depleted or extraction too costly. This factsheet provides an overview of the current status of Germany’s ...
  • 16 Feb 2016 |

    Re-dispatch costs in the German power grid

    16 Feb 2016 (All day) Rising re-dispatch costs for grid stabilisation have become a new point of concern in Germany's Energiewende, the transition from fossil and nuclear to renewable energy sources. This factsheet explains why they occur, who pays, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 01 Jun 2018 |

    How much does Germany’s energy transition cost?

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

    13 Dec 2018, 12:20 Germany has launched a highly anticipated task force on phasing out coal power, the most prominent blemish on the former climate action pioneer country’s emissions reduction record. The coal exit commission is supposed to find economic ...
  • Facts on German state elections and the energy transition in Hesse

    29 Oct 2018, 08:30 The central German state of Hesse has been a latecomer in terms of the country's energy transition, the Energiewende, but has gained ground by swiftly expanding renewables in recent years. The state that is a European ...
  • Germany's Climate Action Law begins to take shape

    17 Jan 2019, 11:04 Germany faces many months of heated political debate over its new Climate Action Law. Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government has promised to ensure the country reaches its 2030 greenhouse gas reduction targets by ...
  • 20 Apr 2017 |

    Key publications on Germany’s Energiewende

    20 Apr 2017 (All day) Reporting on Germany’s generational Energiewende can be challenging for even the most seasoned journalist. Government institutions, NGOs and researchers publish a myriad of studies, reports, data collections and analyses every year. ...
  • 01 Jul 2015 |

    Technologies of Energiewende

    01 Jul 2015 (All day) This factsheet provides an overview of some of the main areas for research and development (R&D) in providing technological solutions for the greening of Germany’s electricity supply. Technology r.russell Utility-scale storage ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 Aug 2018 |

    German onshore wind power – output, business and perspectives

    03 Aug 2018, 17:00 Onshore wind power is a central pillar of Germany’s transition to low-carbon energy generation. This factsheet gives insight into the industry’s most important actors, financial support of the technology as well as on the future of ...
  • Colour codes: How energy & climate policy differs in German coalitions

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

    Power grid fees- Unfair and opaque?

    26 Jan 2017 (All day) Germany’s shift to a renewable energy future requires massive investments into the country’s power network. The costs are borne by consumers, who pay a grid fee included in their power bills. A rapid rise of these network usage ...
  • 29 Dec 2015 |

    Loop flows: Why is wind power from northern Germany putting east European grids under pressure?

    29 Dec 2015 (All day) Germany is producing ever-more green power. But grid development hasn’t kept up with the expansion of renewables, meaning excess electricity is spilling over into neighbouring countries and causing headaches for east European grid ...
  • 27 Jul 2018 |

    Air cargo emissions in Germany

    27 Jul 2018, 15:05 Aviation is one of the fastest-growing sources of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Direct emissions from airplanes and other aircrafts account for more than two percent of global emissions, roughly equivalent to the total greenhoue ...
  • 26 Jul 2018 |

    Germany's maritime freight emissions

    26 Jul 2018, 09:28 Germany's maritime freight industry is big business that boasts globally ranked shipping companies, state-of-the-art ports, and reliable logistics. The country's merchant fleet mainly runs on CO₂-intensive heavy oil, as do ...
  • 03 Aug 2018 |

    Road freight emissions in Germany

    03 Aug 2018, 13:45 Trucks and other freight vehicles are the backbone of Germany’s export-driven economy. But the rapid growth in traffic volumes increases the pressure of reaching emissions reductions in the transport sector, which already lags behind on ...
  • German utilities and the Energiewende

    12 Jan 2015 (All day) The large German utilities have seen their earnings from producing and supplying fossil and nuclear power decline- this factsheet outlines the challenges the energy transition poses to their traditional business model and how they ...
  • 28 Feb 2018 |

    Diesel driving bans in Germany – The Q&A

    28 Feb 2018 (All day) In a landmark ruling, Germany's Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig decided that local driving bans can be a legally admissible measure to enforce EU clean air rules. This factsheet provides answers to the key questions ...
  • 16 Jun 2015 |

    Milestones of the German Energiewende

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

    20 Jul 2017 (All day) The energy sector is both enthralled and terrified by blockchain technology, an innovative and potentially revolutionary way to process transactions such as power trades or financial flows. Some proponents claim it is the death knell ...
  • 15 Nov 2018 |

    Polls reveal citizens' support for Energiewende

    15 Nov 2018, 14:15 The German public remains strongly in support of the transition to a low-carbon and nuclear-free economy. This factsheet provides a summary of recent polls measuring citizens' acceptance of the project. [Update adds forsa ...
  • 09 Oct 2017 |

    The long road to a new government coalition in Germany

    09 Oct 2017 (All day) Officially, the new German government is formed after the new federal parliament decides on a chancellor, but the laborious process starts much sooner. German voters expect a period of coalition talks and negotiations to follow an ...
  • 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. ...
  • 12 Nov 2018 |

    Facts on the German state elections in Bavaria

    12 Nov 2018, 17:05 Bavaria, the picture-book state with its rich green alpine landscapes, Walt Disney-inspiring Neuschwanstein Castle, Oktoberfest and champion football club FC Bayern Munich boasts the highest amount of installed capacity of solar PV, ...
  • 09 Apr 2018 |

    Set-up and challenges of Germany's power grid

    09 Apr 2018 (All day) Germany’s power grid ranks among the most reliable in the world, despite an increasing share of fluctuating renewable energy sources. The government has made the extension of the grid a priority to maintain this high level of ...
  • 15 Sep 2017 |

    Dieselgate forces VW to embrace green mobility

    15 Sep 2017 (All day) The VW Group is a global giant of the automobile industry and comprises a range of different car brands. The company was slow to embrace sustainable transport compared to its German peers BMW and Daimler. But, in the wake of the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 19 Apr 2018 |

    Environmental concerns accompany German offshore wind expansion

    19 Apr 2018 (All day) Offshore wind power is set to play a growing role in Germany’s energy transition, with productivity outperforming expectations and prices down to unprecedentedly low levels in the first auction. But the giant turbines also pose a ...
  • Interconnectors & blockages – German grid at odds with EU power market

    12 Apr 2018 (All day) The European Commission is pushing for a single European energy market. That demands a better-connected system, which could result in cheaper power and a more stable grid. At the centre of Europe, neighbouring eight other EU states, ...
  • Positions of key stakeholders on the EEG 2.0: Business and consumers

    06 Oct 2014 (All day) This Factsheet lists views and positions of the the renewables sector, the industry sector and consumers on the new Renewable Energy Act (EEG) which came into effect on 1 August 2014. Energiewende EEG 2.0 | Law Policy k.appunn German ...
  • 24 Jun 2016 |

    Germany's new power market design

    24 Jun 2016 (All day) The German parliament has approved wide-reaching reforms of the power market and agreements about the transferral of lignite power plants into an emergency reserve before permanent phase-out. This factsheet presents a summary of the ...
  • The causes and effects of negative power prices

    05 Jan 2018 (All day) When power prices on the electricity exchange fall below zero, power suppliers have to pay their wholesale customers to buy electric energy. The phenomenon is on the rise in Germany with an increasing number of renewable sources ...
  • 20 Apr 2017 |

    The main stories of Germany's Energiewende

    20 Apr 2017 (All day) The energy transition is turning many parts of German society upside down. In this factsheet we highlight the main storylines of the generational project Energiewende as a starting point for further research. Energiewende r.russell j ...
  • Positions of key stakeholders on the EEG: Government and federal states

    06 Oct 2014 (All day) This Factsheet lists views and positions of Germany's federal government and the 16 states (Bundesländer) on the new Renewable Energy Act (EEG) which came into effect on 1 August 2014. Energiewende EEG 2.0 | Law Policy k.appunn ...
  • 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 ...
  • Combined heat and power- an Energiewende cornerstone?

    04 May 2015 (All day) Combined heat and power has become one of the hotly debated issues of the 2015 power market reform, with the government wanting to reduce support costs and utilities worried that these efficient plants will become unprofitable. This ...
  • 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 ...
  • 16 Jan 2019 |

    Energy use in the city of Berlin

    16 Jan 2019, 12:08 Germany's capital Berlin plans to become climate-neutral by 2050. The densely populated, emissions-intensive city phased out lignite coal for power production in 2017 and plans to exit hard coal by 2030. However, renewables only ...
  • 15 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Media on Germany and the Paris Climate Summit

    15 Dec 2015 (All day) In this factsheet, the Clean Energy Wire presents an overview of German media comments and reports on the Paris Climate Summit, which took place from 30 November to 11 December. COP21 Climate & CO2 s.amelang2 k.appunn Süddeutsche ...
  • 16 Oct 2017 |

    Facts on the German state elections in Lower Saxony

    16 Oct 2017 (All day) The coastal state of Lower Saxony is the backbone of Germany's mighty wind power industry and an important contributor to the country's Energiewende. More than one fifth of Germany's total wind power capacity is ...
  • Vote2017: German parties' energy & climate policy positions

    01 Sep 2017 (All day) Germany’s Energiewende is a project that enjoys backing from almost all of the country’s relevant political parties. But apart from the general intention to decarbonise the economy by the middle of the century and abide by the goals ...
  • Cities' & municipalities' role in the Energiewende

    26 May 2017 (All day) Local energy transitions across Germany play a key role in achieving the goals of the national Energiewende. In this factsheet, we provide some of the facts and figures key to understanding the power, opportunities and challenges of ...
  • 28 Nov 2014 |

    Germany’s power market reform: the options on the table

    28 Nov 2014 (All day) The German government plans to redesign the power market to avoid shortages in power supply. In 2015, a decision will be taken on the introduction of a capacity mechanism – a system to compensate fossil power plants not only for the ...
  • Details of new Climate Action Programme

    03 Dec 2014 (All day) The cabinet has approved a new Climate Action Programme with measures to reduce the country’s CO2 emissions. Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks stressed that the country is now on ...
  • 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 ...
  • 19 Jul 2017 |

    Facts on the German state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia

    19 Jul 2017 (All day) Germany's ascent to an industrial power would not have been possible without its largest coal-mining heartland, North-Rhine Westphalia. The country's most populous state sits on Europe's largest lignite reserves and is ...
  • 19 Jul 2017 |

    Facts on the German state elections in Schleswig-Holstein

    19 Jul 2017 (All day) Nicknamed the “cradle of the Energiewende” by its own government, Germany’s northernmost state Schleswig-Holstein embodies some of the most pressing challenges and solutions to the country’s energy turnaround. This factsheet provides ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 Apr 2017 |

    Key stakeholders in Germany’s Energiewende

    20 Apr 2017 (All day) Which groups are invested in, and impacted by, the German energy transition? Here we identify the key stakeholder groups, their positions and concerns. Energiewende s.egenter r.russell j.wettengel The German federal government ...
  • 17 Dec 2018 |

    "Dieselgate"- a timeline of Germany's car emissions fraud scandal

    17 Dec 2018, 11:50 As more and more countries around the globe announce concrete goals to phase out internal combustion engines in passenger cars, the automobile's birthplace Germany is embroiled in an affair over exhaust emissions manipulation in ...
  • 27 Mar 2017 |

    Facts on the German state elections in Saarland

    27 Mar 2017 (All day) Voters have cast their vote in the western state of Saarland on 26 March. An otherwise unremarkable campaign started to engage national politics when the Social Democrats put forward their new federal election frontrunner Martin ...
  • Germany’s Siemens: a case study in Energiewende industry upheaval

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

    German elections ahead: The road to the next Energiewende government

    22 Sep 2017 (All day) On 24 September 2017, Germans will cast their votes in the general elections and determine who will be in charge of the next phase of the country’s energy transition. Parties have shifted into national campaign mode after elections ...
  • Facts on German state elections in Berlin and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

    06 Dec 2016 (All day) Voters cast their vote in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on 4 September and in the city state of Berlin on 18 September. The debates about immigration and the federal refugee policy dominated the election ...
  • The story of "Climate Chancellor" Angela Merkel

    01 Nov 2018, 17:00 German leader Angela Merkel has been nicknamed "Climate Chancellor" for her long-standing international engagement for emissions cuts. Many wonder if Merkel can still live up to that reputation in her fourth term as chancellor ...
  • Green Party coalition partner in three new German state governments

    23 May 2016 (All day) State elections have shifted the power balance in Rhineland-Palatinate, Saxony-Anhalt and Baden-Württemberg. The Greens are partners in each new coalition government. The party’s commitment to the energy transition is reflected in ...
  • Local stories from Germany's energy transition

    26 May 2016 (All day) National media coverage of the German Energiewende mainly chronicles government activities and energy policy debates, such as reforming the Renewable Energy Act, the upcoming Climate Action Plan 2050, or the fate of big utilities. ...
  • Key results and facts from German state elections on 13 March

    09 May 2016 (All day) [Updates appointments] On 13 March, three German states went to the polls in regional elections. Last time these states voted, energy policy had been the hot topic, and Germany elected its first Green state premier. But this time ...
  • Securing utility payments for the nuclear clean-up

    26 Jun 2017 (All day) Utilities are liable to pay for much of the costs of ridding Germany of its nuclear heritage. But given their economic troubles, will they be able to do so? To ensure the general public does not end up with footing the bill, the ...
  • 07 Aug 2018 |

    Germany’s three lignite mining regions

    07 Aug 2018, 22:09 The beginning of the end of coal-fired power generation is imminent in Germany – a so-called 'coal exit commission' (or ' coal commission ' for short) of government officials and lobbyists is to decide an end-date by ...
  • 11 Mar 2017 |

    The Green Party's federal election programme

    11 Mar 2017 (All day) In its party programme for Germany's upcoming federal election, the Greens focus on the country's “ecological modernisation”. In the run-up to September’s vote, the party sets out its aims of reinvigorating renewables ...
  • 11 Dec 2018 |

    The task force in charge of steering Germany to clean mobility

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

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

    30 Oct 2018, 22:15 Farming and land use emissions arise from a very diverse range of sources – milk cows, growing cereal, converting pastures into maize fields, producing fertiliser, driving tractors, draining moorlands, to name just a few. Other ...
  • 21 Jan 2019 |

    Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets

    21 Jan 2019, 16:48 This factsheet provides an overview of Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and the government's Energiewende targets. [Updates emissions graphs with final data for 2017 by UBA, sector target table with 2016 data.] Climate & CO2 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 12 Jun 2017 |

    Fighting windmills: When growth hits resistance

    12 Jun 2017 (All day) 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 green energy source does not only have supporters – ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 17 Nov 2016 |

    Germany’s Climate Action Plan 2050

    17 Nov 2016 (All day) Just in time for the international climate summit COP22 in Marrakesh and after months of dispute, Germany’s government has agreed on a basic framework for largely decarbonising its economy to reach 2050 climate goals. It includes ...
  • 20 Nov 2015 |

    Controversial climate summit issues – positions in Germany

    20 Nov 2015 (All day) This factsheet gives an overview of the most disputed issues at the UN climate conference in Paris (COP21) and highlights the position of the German government and civil society on these topics. COP21 k.appunn r.russell e.thalman ...
  • White paper presents government proposal for power market reform

    09 Jul 2015 (All day) Germany’s economy and energy ministry has set out its proposal for the future of the German power market in a white paper, which the cabinet is to take a decision on in October. The proposal is for an energy-only market, plus a ...
  • 07 Aug 2018 |

    Rail cargo emissions in Germany

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

    Citizens’ participation in the Energiewende

    25 Oct 2018, 16:19 Across Germany, citizens have taken a direct stake in the transition to a cleaner energy supply through ownership of renewable energy installations. This factsheet gives an overview of the different ways in which citizens invest in the ...
  • Small, but powerful – Germany’s municipal utilities

    18 Feb 2015 (All day) In size, the “Stadtwerke” individually cannot rival the four largest players in the German electricity market – E.ON, RWE, Vattenfall and EnBW-- but taken together, they are a powerful factor in Germany’s energy landscape. Utilities ...
  • 05 Nov 2014 |

    Facts and figures on the social impact of the Energiewende

    05 Nov 2014 (All day) German society is transforming under the twin pressures of the legislation that frames the country’s energy transition, and the drive from ordinary people now playing an active role in decentralised energy production, and making ...
  • 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 ...
  • Government opts for alternative to coal levy

    02 Jul 2015 (All day) The government has agreed on a keenly awaited package of measures to further the Energiewende. But it gave in to pressure from trade unions and utilities and abandoned the idea of fining coal power plants for emitting greenhouse ...
  • Balancing the books: Germany's "green energy account"

    12 Feb 2015 (All day) The green energy account is the basis for calculating what German consumers pay to fund the Energiewende: a levy currently comprising a fifth of their power bills. The rapid rise of renewables over the years has inflated this levy, a ...
  • The debate over an end to combustion engines in Germany

    28 Aug 2017 (All day) France and the UK are planning to ban all combustion engine sales from 2040. The Clean Energy Wire provides key quotes from German politicians, their parties' national election programmes, and industry players on the future of ...
  • The history behind Germany's nuclear phase-out

    02 Jan 2018 (All day) The nuclear phase-out is as much part of the Energiewende (energy transition) as the move towards a low-carbon economy. Despite ongoing quarrels over its costs and an international perception that “German angst” caused the government ...
  • Government progress report on Energiewende spells out political goals

    03 Dec 2014 (All day) [Update: We have added an overview chart from the progress report to this factsheet, 05 Dec 2014] In its 2014 first progress report on the Energiewende, the German government has established what it calls political goals for its ...
  • Climate, energy and transport in Germany's coalition treaty

    07 Feb 2018 (All day) Concluding weeks of intensive negotiations, Germany's would-be government partners have agreed on a coalition treaty. The Clean Energy Wire presents excerpts on climate, energy and transport from the agreement between Chancellor ...
  • COP23- See the energy transition in Germany's industrial centre

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

    Climate finance: A brief overview of Germany’s contributions

    12 Dec 2017 (All day) This factsheet provides information on how much the German government contributes to climate funding – the financial support of projects aimed at mitigating climate change and helping vulnerable countries adapt to its effects. ...
  • 14 Mar 2018 |

    Germany’s largest utilities at a glance

    14 Mar 2018 (All day) Germany's energy transition has shaken the country’s dominant power companies to the core, because it undermines their traditional business model of centralised power generation. In a bid to survive the turmoil, the utilities ...
  • 20 Sep 2017 |

    Campaign quotes: Greens and Free Democrats on Energiewende issues

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

    27 Sep 2017 (All day) Germany might be headed towards a new chapter in its political history with a governing coalition of the conservative CDU/CSU alliance, the economic liberal FDP, and the environmentalist Green Party looming as a real prospect for the ...
  • 14 Sep 2017 |

    Early e-car starter BMW plans new mobility sprint

    14 Sep 2017 (All day) BMW is one of the world’s largest luxury car manufacturers. The Bavarian company is mainly known for its high-horsepower performance vehicles, but it is also a pioneer in e-mobility and sustainability among German carmakers. After a ...
  • 14 Sep 2017 |

    Reluctant Daimler plans “radical” push into new mobility world

    14 Sep 2017 (All day) The Daimler Group and its iconic Mercedes-Benz brand are global bywords for luxury cars made in Germany. The company is a classic powerhouse of automobile innovation but was slow to embrace e-mobility in earnest. Spooked by the ...
  • 28 Aug 2018 |

    From ideas to laws – how Energiewende policy is shaped

    28 Aug 2018, 17:11 Ministerial bureaucracy, objection bills, informal agreements with interest groups, green and white papers – energy transition policy shaping in Germany’s parliamentary system is a complex process. This factsheet provides a brief ...
  • 16 Nov 2018 |

    How Germany’s Vocational Education and Training system works

    16 Nov 2018 (All day) Most of Germany's highly-skilled workforce has gone through the dual system of vocational education and training (VET). This factsheet explains the basic prinicples of the system. [Updates information on BIBB website] Business ...
  • 20 Apr 2017 |

    A (very) brief timeline of Germany's Energiewende

    20 Apr 2017 (All day) In 2014, the Green Party's Julia Verlinden asked the federal government for its definition of a starting date for the "Energiewende". In his reply, parliamentary state secretary in the economy ministry Uwe Beckmeyer ...
  • 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 ...
  • 23 Jun 2016 |

    Climate Action Plan 2050: Negotiating a path to decarbonisation

    23 Jun 2016 (All day) Even before the Paris Agreement laid out international climate commitments, Germany had set its own ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets for 2050. But emissions from the power and transport sector are failing to fall fast ...
  • 28 Sep 2016 |

    Bioenergy's public acceptance problem

    28 Sep 2016 (All day) Bioenergy isn’t as popular with the German public as the country’s other major renewable energy sources. Fears of swathes of the German countryside being subsumed by maize monoculture, as well as sustainability issues abroad, have ...
  • 27 Sep 2016 |

    Bioenergy in Germany – facts and figures on development, support and investment

    27 Sep 2016 (All day) Bioenergy has played a major role in the Energiewende to date, not just contributing to renewable power, but in heating too. This factsheet details the facts and figures of bioenergy development in Germany, how much it costs ...
  • 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 ...
  • 09 Sep 2016 |

    Germany’s trimmed-down Climate Action Plan

    09 Sep 2016 (All day) After months of deliberation, the German environment ministry has presented a trimmed-down Climate Action Plan 2050 for consultation with other ministries. The plan has been presented as crucial for Germany to achieve its ambitious ...
  • 09 Mar 2016 |

    Energiewende in transportation: Vague goals, modest strides

    09 Mar 2016 (All day) (UPDATE with new data on e-car registrations in paragraph 3)- The European Union wants to reduce CO2 emissions in the transportation sector of its 28 member states by 60 percent by 2050. Germany has no stated goal for its own ...
  • 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 ...
  • 12 Nov 2018 |

    Germany's electricity grid stable amid energy transition

    12 Nov 2018, 15:30 Production of intermittent green electricity has risen sharply over the last few years in Germany, and industry occasionally voices concern about the security of the power supply. But Germany still has one of the most reliable ...
  • 19 Aug 2015 |

    Industrial power prices and the Energiewende

    19 Aug 2015 (All day) Industrial power prices vary widely in Germany. The cost of power depends on how commercial users source it, how much they need, when they use it and which levies, taxes and surcharges they are required to pay. Levies to support the ...
  • 02 Feb 2016 |

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

    02 Feb 2016 (All day) The question of how Germany’s vehicles, ships, and aircraft of the future will be powered is still unanswered. Biofuels and hydrogen might play a role in the upcoming transition to a green transport sector. Transport p.hockenos The ...
  • 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 ...
  • 15 Sep 2017 |

    What’s the climate for future policies around the Baltic Sea?

    15 Sep 2017 Berlin A journalism programme on environmental, energy, and climate policy: Confrontation or cooperation- What’s the climate for future policies around the Baltic Sea? source: unicorno, flickr.com, (CC BY 2.0) Amid the unfolding Brexit, the ...
  • 17 Jan 2019 |

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

    17 Jan 2019 Berlin PRESS BRIEFING on 17 January- An extreme drought in the summer 2018, a heated controversy over the pace of a coal phase-out, the Dieselgate scandal and a continuous failure to meet its self-declared emission targets – this cocktail of ...
  • Media study tour: Germany’s historic coal year 2018

    17- 20 Jun 2018 North Rhine-Westphalia APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED. Is the world’s largest lignite producer finally facing the thorny issue of the future of coal in its energy system? Long considered to be a clean energy pioneer, what is keeping Germany ...
  • Electric mobility, CO2 limits, Dieselgate: The big challenge for German automotive suppliers

    Magna Powertrain/GETRAG is a supplier of transmission systems for passenger cars and light-duty utility vehicles, based in Untergruppenbach- 45 kilometers north of Stuttgart. Magna Powertrain/GETRAG has around 14,200 employees in 20 sites around the world ...
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    Find your way around the energy transition Germany is bidding farewell to nuclear energy, expanding renewable energy sources and working to make its economy virtually climate-neutral by mid-century. Researching and understanding the massive undertaking ...
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