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  • Germany’s Energiewende start-ups – Cutting emissions as a business model

    Energy transition start-ups 11 Jul 2019, 13:45 The shift to a low-carbon future is turning the economy inside out. Policy has a crucial role to play, but ultimately it is businesses that will make the Energiewende happen. In Energiewende home country ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 16 Oct 2017 |

    Vote2017- German elections and the Energiewende

    Energy and climate policy in Germany's election 16 Oct 2017 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's ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 Feb 2019 |

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

    Germany's coal phase-out 20 Feb 2019, 15:00 Germany has officially set in motion the gradual withdrawal from coal, joining other major economies in the global farewell to the climate-damaging fossil fuel. Faced with stagnating greenhouse gas ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 06 Aug 2015 |

    Energiewende effects on power prices, costs and industry

    German industry and its competitive edge in times of the Energiewende 06 Aug 2015 (All day) Industrial competitiveness in times of an energy transition: few issues have been watched as closely as this. So far, German manufacturers have kept their ...
  • 30 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 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 the Paris ...
  • 17 Nov 2017 |

    COP23 climate summit – All eyes on Germany

    Hammering out the details of the Paris Agreement in the home of the Energiewende 17 Nov 2017 From 6 to 17 November 2017 the UN climate summit (COP23) was held in Bonn. Around 25,000 delegates, observers and journalists descended on the German city, where ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 21 May 2019 |

    EU household electricity prices increase in second half of 2018, slight decrease in Germany

    21 May 2019, 13:33 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Household electricity prices in the European Union (EU) on average have increased to 21.1 cents per kilowatt hour (ct/kWh) in ...
  • 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 ...
  • As US ponders a Green New Deal, commentators debate what lessons to learn from Germany

    26 Feb 2019, 14:28 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Business & Jobs International The Hill / Bloomberg Opinion Opinion writers are invoking Germany’s Energiewende in their arguments over US proposals for a Green ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • German consumers waste 9 billion euros worth of power each year – survey

    27 Feb 2019, 13:30 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Private households in Germany could save 9 billion euros and 18 million tonnes of CO 2 each year by following ...
  • Rebates save German industry eight billion euros in power costs in 2017

    08 Feb 2019, 13:24 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cost & Prices Industrial policy Energy-intensive industries call for energy transition cost “super cap” How much does Germany’s energy ...
  • Major German solar power component maker Wacker bemoans high energy prices

    20 Mar 2019, 13:12 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Solar Business & Jobs Cost & Prices ICIS / Reuters / Tagesspiegel Background German chemicals producer Wacker has complained that ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • "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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Tracking the CO2 price debate in Germany

    17 Jul 2019, 12:28 After shying away from the debate for a long time, Germany's political leaders are finally considering putting a price on CO2 to help reach the country's climate targets. Chancellor Angela Merkel and her " climate cabinet ...
  • German env min calls for raising taxes on transport and heating fuels

    05 Jul 2019, 14:17 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages ...
  • German politicians pitch design ideas for CO₂ price

    23 Apr 2019, 13:33 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich ...
  • 03 May 2019 |

    Germans see great need for climate action, oppose CO₂ tax – survey

    03 May 2019, 13:17 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Society ARD A large majority of Germans (81%) see a great need for action to protect the climate and say that climate change cannot be stopped without restrictions ...
  • German gov’t advisors call for CO2 price to revamp inefficient climate policy

    13 Jul 2019, 13:04 Germany should introduce a price on carbon emissions for sectors such as transport and buildings currently not covered by the EU Emissions Trading System, the government’s top economic advisors have proposed. This would work as an ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Greta effect”- Demand for 100% renewable electricity contracts rises sharply

    08 Jul 2019, 13:33 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Electricity market Renewables Clean Energy Wire Demand for green electricity contracts in Germany is on the rise again after several years of shrinking interest, ...
  • 15 Apr 2019 |

    Germany needs comprehensive reform of power grid fees – think tank

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

    Small and medium-sized industry unhappy with minister’s power price approach

    06 May 2019, 13:29 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Cost & Prices Handelsblatt At the beginning of his term, Germany’s energy and economy minister Peter Altmaier said he wanted to reduce the power price burden for ...
  • 07 Mar 2019 |

    Germany’s power price reaches new all-time high in March 2019, gas prices spike too

    07 Mar 2019, 13:30 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Household prices for electricity and natural gas in Germany have risen substantially in March 2019 compared to the same month ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 01 Apr 2019 |

    Comparison website reports highest power prices ever in Germany

    01 Apr 2019, 13:50 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Power customers in Germany paid the highest power prices ever registered in the country during the first three months of 2019, price ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • German “solo attempt” on CO₂ pricing should be cancelled – opinion

    08 Jul 2019, 13:26 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Augsburger Allgemeine / FAZ / General Anzeiger Commentators are debating the effect of increasing existing taxes on petrol, diesel, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 14 Feb 2019 |

    Energy independence increasingly important to Germans

    14 Feb 2019, 14:18 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Society Germany’s dependence on imported fossil fuels Polls reveal citizens' support for Energiewende What business thinks of the energy ...
  • 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 ...
  • German government examines CO₂ price – media reports

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

    German Court of Auditors calls on govt to “seriously consider” carbon price

    25 Feb 2019, 14:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Policy New German energy state secretary takes carbon price off table for now Putting a price on emissions: What are the prospects for carbon ...
  • New German energy state secretary takes carbon price off table for now

    15 Feb 2019, 13:49 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sven Egenter ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 10 Jul 2019 |

    German court paves way for billions in savings on grid fees for consumers

    10 Jul 2019, 12:56 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche ...
  • 17 Jun 2019 |

    Air pollution remains too high in nearly 60 German cities – environment agency

    17 Jun 2019, 12:48 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Cities Clean Energy Wire The level of air pollution, mostly due ...
  • CO₂ price debate gathers speed within German grand coalition

    29 Apr 2019, 13:39 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and ...
  • 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 ...
  • 04 Jul 2019 |

    German electricity supply security to stay very high even with coal exit – economy ministry

    04 Jul 2019, 12:45 Electricity supply in Germany is secure even as the country is phasing out coal-fired power generation, according to a monitoring report which sets new standards for supply security from the economy ministry. The report also changes the ...
  • Preview2019- Expect the German coal debate to continue, says Aurora ER

    10 Jan 2019, 09:15 The German coal exit commission is set to deliver its final recommendations for the country’s coal exit in February 2019, but this report is likely to be only the beginning of a long and controversial policymaking process in the country ...
  • German conservative party head calls for serious discussion on climate action law – media

    19 Feb 2019, 13:19 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich ...
  • 17 May 2019 |

    Teenage Fridays For Future activist challenges German carmaker BMW at AGM

    17 May 2019, 13:00 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Cars Transport Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Cars Süddeutsche Zeitung The 18-year old student and ...
  • 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 ...
  • 11 Feb 2019 |

    Don’t underestimate symbolic value of German coal exit – op-ed

    11 Feb 2019, 14:31 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal International German commission proposes coal exit by 2038 Relief about German coal exit deal fades as focus turns to implementation ...
  • 05 Mar 2019 |

    Extreme weather “wake-up call” for many Germans to act on climate change – survey

    05 Mar 2019, 13:48 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society Clean Energy Wire The extreme weather events Germany experienced in recent years have served as a “wake-up call” for many people in the ...
  • 25 Jan 2019 |

    German energy minister gets booed by student climate protesters

    25 Jan 2019, 13:51 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian ...
  • 14 Mar 2019 |

    Thousands of German students to join global strike for climate action

    14 Mar 2019, 13:24 Students in Germany and around the world are expected to walk out of school Friday for what is being billed as a “global strike” to demand action on climate change. Organisers hope it will be the largest demonstration yet in the series ...
  • Amazon-backed start-up tado uses smart thermostats to cut heating emissions

    17 Apr 2019, 09:50 Clean Energy Wire is stepping up its business coverage and exploring how the commercial landscape is being transformed by Germany's energy transition. To showcase the upheaval underway in the world’s fourth largest economy, we' ...
  • 13 Mar 2019 |

    EU rebuffs German call for more lax NOx limits in “slap in the face” – report

    13 Mar 2019, 14:07 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Cars International Süddeutsche Zeitung The EU Commission has “brusquely” rebuffed a German call for a reappraisal of existing nitrogen oxide limits in what amounts to ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 07 Feb 2019 |

    German wind turbines generate three quarters of expected output

    07 Feb 2019, 13:43 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Wind German onshore wind power – output, business and perspectives The Energiewende's booming flagship braces for stormy times Clean ...
  • 27 Mar 2019 |

    German task force can't agree on sufficient traffic emissions cuts

    27 Mar 2019, 15:42 The German commission charged with proposing emissions cuts for the nation's transport sector has failed to agree on enough steps to reach the country’s climate targets. During what was billed as the decisive meeting, members could ...
  • Little evidence of investment leakage due to EU emissions trade – analysis

    15 May 2019, 12:05 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire There is so far little evidence that German companies whose CO₂ emissions are limited by the EU Emissions ...
  • Lack of CO2 price is killing energy innovation – German government advisors

    27 Feb 2019, 16:36 An expert panel advising the German government has called for a price on CO2 to spur the development of new technologies that are key for the energy transition. “Innovations are driven into the ground without a CO2 price signal,” said ...
  • Renewables cover about 100% of German power use for first time ever

    05 Jan 2018 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 economy ...
  • 14 Mar 2018 |

    Coalition watch – The making of a new German government

    14 Mar 2018 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 renewed ' ...
  • 01 Feb 2019 |

    Relief about German coal exit deal fades as focus turns to implementation challenges

    01 Feb 2019, 13:53 The initial relief in Germany over a coal exit deal has given way to fresh discussions over how to implement the hard-won compromise. Chancellor Angela Merkel and politicians from her grand coalition government praised the agreement by ...
  • 28 Jan 2019 |

    German government stands ready to move on coal exit proposal

    28 Jan 2019, 17:56 The German government is ready to quickly supply financial means for the country’s exit from coal, said economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier. It will now examine the details of the proposal agreed by the country’s coal exit ...
  • 25 Apr 2019 |

    Green Party: CO2 tax is not enough

    25 Apr 2019, 13:04 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Süddeutsche Zeitung As new warnings of drought show that "the climate crisis is ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 28 Jan 2019 |

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

    28 Jan 2019, 11:36 The agreement by Germany's coal exit commission to end the fossil power source's use by 2038 the latest is welcomed by the country's climate activists and energy industry representatives alike. They praise the final ...
  • 11 Jul 2019 |

    Energy transition start-ups shake up the business world

    11 Jul 2019, 13:33 The shift to a low-carbon future is turning the economy inside out. Policy has a crucial role to play, but ultimately it is businesses that will make the energy transition happen. In Energiewende home country Germany, many start-ups are ...
  • 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 ...
  • Heating start-up Thermondo aims to be leading energy supplier

    27 Mar 2019, 11:14 Clean Energy Wire is stepping up its coverage of how business is being transformed by Germany's energy transition. To showcase the upheaval underway in the world’s fourth largest economy, we have launched a series on start-ups that ...
  • Innovation takes center stage at Berlin Start-up Energy Transition Festival

    09 Apr 2019, 17:18 Innovation to make the use of energy cleaner, more flexible and efficient is the central quest of the global energy transition. At the Berlin Start-up Energy Transition Tech Festival, the German Energy Agency (dena) promotes start-ups ...
  • 04 Apr 2019 |

    Germany sees largest emissions drop since 2009 recession

    04 Apr 2019, 15:12 Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions fell 4.5 percent in 2018 as warm weather and higher prices dampened the use of climate-damaging fossil fuels. The government called the largest drop since the 2009 recession the “first notable ...
  • 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 ...
  • Global energy transition stalls, Germany struggles with affordability

    25 Mar 2019, 13:53 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Energiewende International World Economic Forum The global energy transition has stalled, partly because of the continued use of coal power worldwide and slower-than ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 14 Jun 2019 |

    Start-up Sunfire’s e-fuels can decarbonise industries most addicted to fossil fuels

    14 Jun 2019, 09:07 Clean Energy Wire is stepping up its business coverage and exploring how the commercial landscape is being transformed by Germany's energy transition. To showcase the upheaval underway in the world’s fourth largest economy, we' ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 20 May 2019 |

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

    20 May 2019, 16:29 Financial markets are excellent processors of information- and they currently don't seem to expect that the global economy will be geared towards respecting the Paris Climate Agreement 's goals and give up fossil fuel ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Right climate policy can reconcile yellow vests and Fridays For Future – French and German advisors

    16 Jul 2019, 13:11 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Cost & Prices International Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Clean Energy Wire With European cooperation and an “appropriate design” of climate policy, the ...
  • 17 Jul 2019 |

    German offshore wind industry demands increase of expansion targets

    17 Jul 2019, 12:47 Expert VDMA- German Engineering Federation Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Expert WindGuard Deutsche WindGuard Renewables Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian ...
  • 18 Jul 2019 |

    Switch from coal to gas cut CO2 emissions from German fossil fuel power plants by a third- researcher

    18 Jul 2019, 17:05 A fuel switch from coal to gas cut emissions from German fossil fuel power plants by a third in June 2019 as compared to the same month the year before. Lower gas prices and higher costs for CO2 allowances are part of the explanation. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 02 Jul 2019 |

    German power grid strained at several moments in June, cause unclear

    02 Jul 2019, 17:48 Germany’s power grid was strained at several moments in June because too little electricity was fed into the system, according to the four power transmission grid operators (TSO). Power market experts said the reason for the “very tense ...
  • German parties hurry to present climate plans as pressure mounts

    28 Jun 2019, 12:31 Germany’s parties are hastening to put together proposals on how the country can reach its national and international climate targets as pressure from recent election results, ongoing climate protests and an early heat wave continues to ...
  • 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 ...
  • 11 Jul 2019 |

    German biogas lobby expects further slowdown, job losses

    11 Jul 2019, 13:56 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sven Egenter Bioenergy Clean Energy Wire Germany’s biogas lobby expects another slowdown in new installations and job losses in 2019, and warns that many operators might close ...
  • 10 Jul 2019 |

    “Très bien”, “symbolic politics” – German media on French flight eco-tax plan

    10 Jul 2019, 13:01 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Transport WDR / Die Welt / Neues Deutschland France’s  plans to introduce an eco-tax of between 1.50 and 18 euros on flight tickets   got mixed ...
  • 18 Sep 2017 |

    German election to define speed and shape of energy transition

    18 Sep 2017 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 climate ...
  • 28 Jun 2019 |

    German Aerospace Center establishes industry decarbonisation institute in lignite area

    28 Jun 2019, 12:40 Expert DLR- German Aerospace Center Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt Technology Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Coal Industrial policy Clean Energy Wire The German Aerospace Center ...
  • 05 Jul 2019 |

    “Deceptive security” of German electricity supply – commentary

    05 Jul 2019, 14:12 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen ...
  • 20 Jun 2019 |

    Maritime energy transition needs LNG, says German shipping industry

    20 Jun 2019, 13:22 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Gas Freight Clean Energy Wire A maritime energy transition in line with the Paris Climate Agreement is only possible with the help of liquefied natural gas (LNG), ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • EU set to agree climate neutrality 2050 in the end – German official

    19 Jun 2019, 16:33 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire European leaders will ultimately agree on the goal of climate neutrality by 2050 for the European Union – if not ...
  • 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 ...
  • 21 Jun 2019 |

    German railway greenlights expansion to protect the climate

    21 Jun 2019, 13:32 Expert Deutsche Bahn German railway operator Business & Jobs Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Transport Freight Tageszeitung (taz) German railway operator Deutsche Bahn has agreed to a ...
  • German coal exit could raise European emissions without CO₂ floor price or ETS allowances cancellation

    05 Jun 2019, 12:33 Expert PIK- The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Climate & CO2 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Germany’s ...
  • 17 Jun 2019 |

    German energy use falls in first quarter of 2019

    17 Jun 2019, 12:52 Expert AGEB- AG Energiebilanzen e.V. Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Coal Renewables Clean Energy Wire German energy consumption has ...
  • German Greens call for national “climate fund” to finance reduction and mitigation measures

    17 Jun 2019, 12:50 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Bild am Sonntag Germany should set up a national fund ...
  • 14 Jun 2019 |

    Spike in offsetting flight emissions with German non-profit atmosfair

    14 Jun 2019, 13:16 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Transport Tagesspiegel Berlin-based carbon-offsetting non-profit organisation atmosfair has increased its revenues by more than 40 percent in 2018 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 13 Jun 2019 |

    German pilot project produces kerosene from sunlight, water and CO2 for first time

    13 Jun 2019, 13:40 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Transport Clean Energy Wire Marking “groundbreaking progress,” a German pilot project has made kerosene using concentrated sunlight, water and CO2 for the first time, ...
  • 11 Jun 2019 |

    Most Germans ready to change lifestyle for the climate – survey

    11 Jun 2019, 13:31 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 YouGov / dpa A majority of Germans would refrain from short-haul flights (74 percent), eat “significantly” less meat (63 percent) and move without ...
  • CO₂ price must not put additional burden on citizens –Social Democrat leader

    13 May 2019, 14:12 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices A CO₂ price can be a useful ...
  • 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 ...
  • German economy minister “not convinced” of CO₂ tax

    03 May 2019, 13:13 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Policy ZDF Germany’s economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier is sceptical of the idea of introducing a tax on CO₂, he said on ...
  • Think tanks call for climate action law that includes CO₂ price for transport, buildings

    13 May 2019, 14:06 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Agora Energiewende / Agora Verkehrswende [This article was based on the German version of the proposals. Agora Energiewende and ...
  • 04 Jun 2019 |

    “Climate action is our new foreign policy imperative” – German foreign minister

    04 Jun 2019, 13:50 German foreign minister Heiko Maas has said that climate action is the country’s new foreign policy imperative, as the security implications of its effects can already be seen across the globe. Germany aims to play a leading role in the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Government advisors give low marks for German energy transition progress

    06 Jun 2019, 17:11 Germany continues to be off track regarding many of its energy and climate targets according to the economy ministry’s  latest progress report on the energy transition. In an accompanying opinion, government advisors lament that the ...
  • Industry, researchers and energy agency urge government action on energy transition

    20 Feb 2019, 13:22 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices German environment minister open to national carbon price German industry says protecting climate can benefit economy Putting a ...
  • 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 ...
  • 30 Apr 2019 |

    Merkel’s CDU party to wait until after European elections with CO2 price decision

    30 Apr 2019, 13:10 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 dpa Germany’s main conservative party (CDU) ...
  • 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 ...
  • A successful energy transition requires CO2-oriented energy price reform – KfW

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

    German utility RWE cancels plans for lignite power station, says no more new coal plants

    29 Apr 2019, 13:46 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Coal Utilities Clean Energy Wire / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung German utility RWE announced ...
  • 28 May 2019 |

    Energy efficiency businesses unsatisfied with German government – survey

    28 May 2019, 13:31 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Efficiency Clean Energy Wire A majority of companies in the energy efficiency industry are not satisfied with the work of the federal government, according to a ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 21 May 2019 |

    German coal power generation drops by one fifth in first quarter of 2019

    21 May 2019, 13:30 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages ...
  • 13 May 2019 |

    Germans consider climate issue biggest challenge for Europe on eve of EP elections

    13 May 2019, 14:14 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire Two weeks before the European Parliament elections, German voters have said that climate and environment protection are the ...
  • 22 May 2019 |

    Moorland restoration could play much bigger role in German emmissions reduction

    22 May 2019, 13:26 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Agriculture Spiegel Online Drained moorland is considered a major climate issue in agriculture which causes at least as much CO₂ emissions as ...
  • 21 May 2019 |

    Wind power gut issue in eastern German regional elections

    21 May 2019, 13:26 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Wind Elections & Politics Tagesspiegel Background The expansion of onshore wind power capacities is turning into a highly controversial issue for the regional ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 Nov 2017 |

    German coalition talks collapse despite progress on climate and energy

    20 Nov 2017 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 the FDP. ...
  • 14 May 2019 |

    German wind industry and grid agency sound alarm after substantial drop in auction turnout

    14 May 2019, 13:27 Expert BWE- German Wind Energy Association Bundesverband Windenergie Technology Citizens' energy Electricity market Business & Jobs Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway ...
  • Germany considers CO2 price to reach climate targets- Merkel

    11 Apr 2019, 14:13 The German government is exploring the introduction of a CO2 price to get the country back on track to reach its ambitious targets for emission cuts. In a turning point in the government's approach to CO2 reduction, Chancellor ...
  • 24 Apr 2019 |

    Renewables hit record 77 percent of German power on Easter Monday

    24 Apr 2019, 17:27 Power production from renewable sources in Germany hit a new record high on Easter Monday when renewable installations such as wind and solar PV generated 77 percent of net public electricity supply thanks to strong winds and abundant ...
  • 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 ...
  • Digitalisation vital for climate protection – German environment minister

    08 May 2019, 13:46 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Digitalisation Clean Energy Wire Digitalisation has immense negative effects on the environment, but – steered in the right direction – it can ...
  • “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 ...
  • 07 May 2019 |

    Eastern German state premiers call for EU support to exit coal

    07 May 2019, 13:31 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Coal dpa The heads of government of eastern German lignite states Brandenburg, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt have called for EU support to cope with the transition away ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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. ...
  • 03 May 2019 |

    Constance becomes first German city to declare “climate emergency”

    03 May 2019, 13:25 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Policy Society Deutsche Welle The southern German city of Constance has become the first in the nation to pass a resolution declaring a  climate emergency, according ...
  • 03 May 2019 |

    German research initiative plans world’s first green hydrogen cavern storage

    03 May 2019, 13:20 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Storage Technology A German consortium has launched a research platform to store renewable hydrogen in a salt cavern. Following a two-year research project, the ...
  • Exports to France push German record power trade surplus in January

    04 Feb 2019, 14:16 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Electricity market Cost & Prices Tageszeitung Germany’s export surplus of electricity reached a new monthly record level in January, ...
  • 29 Apr 2019 |

    French utility Engie sells German and Dutch coal plants

    29 Apr 2019, 13:47 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Coal Reuters / pv magazine The French utility Engie will sell four coal-fired power plants in Germany and the Netherlands as part of the utility’s strategy to focus ...
  • 16 May 2019 |

    Merkel puts contentious CCS technology back on German agenda

    16 May 2019, 16:50 Chancellor Angela Merkel has put carbon capture and storage (CCS) back on the table, saying the controversial technology was crucial for Germany to reach climate neutrality by mid-century. CCS has been met with a lot of public mistrust ...
  • 22 Mar 2016

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

    22 Mar 2016 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Handelsblatt “To inflate or to die” Nordex, the small Danish wind turbine manufacturer, has confirmed the takeover of the wind ...
  • German data centres demand power-price rebates to remain competitive

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

    German govt greenlights first phase-out support payments of 260 million euros to coal regions

    05 Apr 2019, 12:44 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Coal Cost & Prices Reuters / ZDF Germany’s federal government and coal mining states have agreed on a programme worth 260 million euros to provide fast support ...
  • 17 Apr 2019 |

    German transport minister considers cutting VAT on train tickets

    17 Apr 2019, 13:35 Expert BMVI- Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Bild Zeitung ...
  • 15 Apr 2019 |

    German motor authority probes more Mercedes emissions software

    15 Apr 2019, 12:05 Expert Federal Motor Transport Authority Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Cars Bild am Sonntag / Reuters Germany’s motor vehicle authority KBA is investigating ...
  • 12 Apr 2019 |

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

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

    German wind turbine maker Senvion files for insolvency

    10 Apr 2019, 13:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Wind Reuters A German court approved an application for insolvency from wind turbine manufacturer Senvion, which has more than a billion euros of debt,  report ...
  • 09 Apr 2019 |

    Pure focus on electric mobility wrong – German transport minister

    09 Apr 2019, 12:44 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Transport Cars Tagesspiegel German transport minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) doesn’t want a decision for “transport technology of the future” to be made prematurely, ...
  • Northern German states want to integrate sectors to utilise more green electricity

    06 Mar 2019, 13:28 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Electricity market Renewables Clean Energy Wire Germany’s northern states of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Schleswig-Holstein – both of which generate more ...
  • 08 Apr 2019 |

    EU charges German carmakers with colluding to block clean emissions technology

    08 Apr 2019, 12:35 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Cars Transport Expert Daimler AG Business & Jobs Cars Transport Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Edgar Meza Cars ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 industry says 95 percent emissions reduction by 2050 “totally unthinkable”

    04 Apr 2019, 14:03 The influential German industry association BDI wants the country to opt for the lower end of its 2050 climate ambitions. The lobby group says a 95 percent reduction in line with the Paris Climate Agreement is currently  “totally ...
  • NGO Germanwatch calls on government to follow 12 other EU states with CO2 tax

    12 Jul 2019, 13:16 Expert Germanwatch Climate & CO2 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Twelve EU member states have already set a price on CO2 and all opted for a ...
  • 03 Apr 2019 |

    Merkel calls for “radical shift” in German mobility sector

    03 Apr 2019, 12:19 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Transport Cars Reuters German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a radical shift in mobility to ensure the country reaches its 2030 climate targets, reports ...
  • 04 Apr 2019 |

    German coal commission helpful example but no climate policy panacea – analysis

    04 Apr 2019, 13:43 Expert E3G- Third generation enviromentalism European non profit organisation for policy transformation Climate & CO2 Finance Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Government Employing ...
  • 03 Apr 2019 |

    German media welcome emissions reduction success, debate causes and solutions

    03 Apr 2019, 12:11 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Frankfurter Rundschau Germany’s largest emissions drop since the 2009 recession is a success, but it should not ...
  • 03 Apr 2019 |

    German government does not take coal exit compensation for plant operators as a given

    03 Apr 2019, 12:26 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire The German government says the jury is still out on the question whether the operators of coal plants are eligible for ...
  • 03 Apr 2019 |

    Eastern German coal states refuse to pay for coal exit measures

    03 Apr 2019, 12:28 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Climate & CO2 MDR Germany’s eastern coal mining states have told the government that they do not intend to contribute to the financial liabilities ...
  • 02 Apr 2019 |

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

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

    German homeowners unhappy with progress in heating sector transition

    11 Mar 2019, 13:59 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Efficiency Government Clean Energy Wire Most homeowners in Germany support the country’s transition towards a low-carbon economy but are unhappy with the project’s ...
  • “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 ...
  • 01 Apr 2019 |

    Germans more sceptical about e-cars than other Europeans – survey

    01 Apr 2019, 14:03 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Society Clean Energy Wire No other country in Europe is as sceptical of the success of e-mobility as Germany, an international survey commissioned by energy ...
  • 29 Mar 2019 |

    German solar industry wants more land for expansion after oversubscribed auction

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

    Greta Thunberg joins German students for climate protest in Berlin

    29 Mar 2019, 14:03 Swedish activist Greta Thunberg visited Berlin on Friday, joining thousands of young people who took to the streets in the most recent "Fridays for Future" school strike demanding more action on climate change. Protesters ...
  • 28 Mar 2019 |

    German utility EnBW to invest 12 billion euros in grids, “growth areas” by 2025

    28 Mar 2019, 13:23 Expert EnBW EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG Business & Jobs Electricity market Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Utilities Reuters / Clean Energy Wire German utility EnBW will invest ...
  • 07 Mar 2019 |

    As German political parties realign, environment will be a key issue- op-ed

    07 Mar 2019, 13:40 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Elections & Politics New York Times German politics are undergoing a realignment, and the environment will be a key flashpoint in the future, argues Alexander ...
  • 25 Mar 2019 |

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

    25 Mar 2019, 13:39 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables Wind Clean Energy Wire A mandatory minimum distance for ...
  • Industry says it will need public funds to abide by German's planned climate law

    26 Mar 2019, 13:20 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Handelsblatt [Update adds details on launch of environment ministry’s investment support programme.] Germany’s industrial ...
  • German transport minister pledges to avoid bans, price hikes ahead of commission’s final meeting

    25 Mar 2019, 14:51 After months of negotiations, the commission tasked with proposing measures to cut emissions from Germany’s transport sector has come together for its final meeting. So far, the task force has made headlines mainly for fierce dispute ...
  • “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 conservatives may embrace carbon price yet- report

    06 Mar 2019, 13:32 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Handelsblatt Both the new state secretary in the energy ministry, Andreas Feicht, and CDU-head Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer have ...
  • 21 Mar 2019 |

    German wind turbine maker Senvion stops operations in 30 countries, curtails production

    21 Mar 2019, 12:30 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Wind Business & Jobs Recharge News German wind turbine producer Senvion will shut down operations in about 30 countries around the world and focus on 20 “key ...
  • 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,” ...
  • 20 Mar 2019 |

    Western German coal region claims greater share of phase-out compensation

    20 Mar 2019, 13:52 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The western German federal state of Saarland has claimed greater financial support from the federal ...
  • 28 Feb 2019 |

    Survey reveals many German economists ignorant of key coal exit details

    28 Feb 2019, 10:36 A survey of economics professors that found widespread scepticism about the climate impact of Germany's landmark coal exit deal accidentally revealed that many economists have only a patchy grasp on key details of the plan. More ...
  • 26 Feb 2019 |

    Coal exit to disrupt burning toxic waste in German power plants

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

    German env minister optimistic cabinet colleagues will subscribe to climate law plans

    18 Mar 2019, 14:02 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Tageszeitung / Frankfurter Rundschau Germany’s environment minister Svenja Schulze is confident that the ministries relevant to the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 14 Mar 2019 |

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

    14 Mar 2019, 13:52 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Grid Frankfurter Rundschau The southern German states of Hesse and Bavaria are passing the buck to each other on who should provide its ...
  • Transport commission meeting in German Chancellery ends with dispute over principles

    15 Mar 2019, 13:35 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Transport Cars Tagesspiegel Background / Clean Energy Wire A meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel, ministers from her cabinet and ...
  • 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 ...
  • 19 Feb 2019 |

    Shift to renewables needs better mining standards, German agency says

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

    Air pollution in German cities decreases slightly in 2018

    31 Jan 2019, 13:27 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Cars One year after German ...
  • 15 Feb 2019 |

    German village to be demolished for lignite mine despite coal exit

    15 Feb 2019, 12:19 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Society Germany’s three lignite mining regions Lausitzer Rundschau A 200-inhabitant German village will be demolished to make way for a ...
  • 14 Feb 2019 |

    EU concessions mean some German cities may avoid diesel bans

    14 Feb 2019, 14:15 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars "Dieselgate"- a timeline of Germany's car emissions fraud scandal Diesel driving bans in Germany – The Q&A Tagesspiegel ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 28 Feb 2019 |

    EU approval of E.ON & RWE merger raises fears of new “dominator” on German energy market

    28 Feb 2019, 14:02 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Business & Jobs Utilities Welt Online EU competition watchdogs' green light for the deal to merge parts of German utility E.ON’s business with that of ...
  • 28 Feb 2019 |

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

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

    Most Germans say it is right to close nuclear plants before coal plants

    01 Mar 2019, 13:34 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Nuclear phase-out Clean Energy Wire Nearly half of the people in Germany say the plan to close nuclear plants before coal is right, a survey commissioned by ...
  • 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 ...
  • 26 Feb 2019 |

    German wind turbine producer Senvion shares down 90 percent since mid-2018

    26 Feb 2019, 14:15 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Wind Business & Jobs Süddeutsche Zeitung Shares in German wind turbine maker Senvion have lost almost 90 percent of their value since May 2018, due to fierce ...
  • 27 Feb 2019 |

    Landmark deal between German utilities clears major hurdles in EU and at home

    27 Feb 2019, 13:33 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Utilities Reuters / Handelsblatt The European Commission announced Tuesday that it will not raise antitrust objections to a major part of the deal between German ...
  • Germany’s governing conservatives to propose CO2 pricing model by September

    11 Jun 2019, 13:26 Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union Elections & Politics Policy Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Elections & Politics Policy Use Teaser Image as container ...
  • 29 Jan 2019 |

    German wind industry worry about public resistance as installations slump

    29 Jan 2019, 13:34 Expert BWE- German Wind Energy Association Bundesverband Windenergie Technology Citizens' energy Electricity market Business & Jobs Expert VDMA- German Engineering Federation Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau Business ...
  • 20 Feb 2019 |

    German school protests will focus on transport emissions on global strike day in March

    20 Feb 2019, 13:26 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 Society Washington Post Tens of thousands of teenagers across Europe have skipped school since the beginning of the year, joining protests ...
  • Lufthansa will buy green kerosene from northern German refinery

    19 Feb 2019, 13:36 Expert DLR- German Aerospace Center Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt Technology Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Freight Technology Air ...
  • 29 Jan 2019 |

    German wind industry worries about public resistance as installations slump

    29 Jan 2019, 15:02 Following a sharp drop in new onshore wind power installations in Germany in 2018, the industry warns that mounting resistance against new turbines endangers a sufficient supply of renewable energy demanded by industry and national ...
  • 28 Jan 2019 |

    A speed limit on German motorways is “unrealistic” – transport minister

    28 Jan 2019, 12:43 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Transport Car giant Germany struggles to ignite Energiewende in transportation Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets The task force in charge of ...
  • 14 Feb 2019 |

    German govt should follow coal exit proposal closely – comission co-leader

    14 Feb 2019, 14:02 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Elections & Politics Commission watch – Managing Germany’s coal phase-out German commission proposes coal exit by 2038 Germany eyes ...
  • 15 Feb 2019 |

    Oil & gas company Shell buys German battery storage firm Sonnen

    15 Feb 2019, 13:51 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sven Egenter Clean Energy Wire CLEW Storage Business & Jobs Electricity storage is next feat for Germany’s energy transition Clean Energy Wire Oil and gas giant Shell is buying ...
  • South German power supply secure despite coal exit, imports set to rise- study

    15 Feb 2019, 12:12 Expert Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector, State of Baden-Württemberg Ministerium für Umwelt, Klima und Energiewirtschaft, Baden-Württemberg EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container ...
  • 14 Feb 2019 |

    Landmark deal between German utilities could meet resistance from antitrust regulators

    14 Feb 2019, 13:52 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Rachel Waldholz Utilities Battered utilities take on start-ups in innovation race Energy lawyers warn against dominance of E.ON and RWE after deal Germany’s largest utilities at 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 ...
  • 08 Feb 2019 |

    Analysts see share price rise for German energy companies after coal exit proposal

    08 Feb 2019, 13:39 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Finance Battered utilities take on start-ups in innovation race Energy lawyers warn against dominance of E.ON and RWE after deal German ...
  • 06 Feb 2019 |

    Merkel backs German coal exit by 2038

    06 Feb 2019, 13:41 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal Climate & CO2 Europe's largest economy aims to exit coal to reach climate goals German commission proposes coal exit by 2038 ...
  • 08 Feb 2019 |

    Rising demand for heating energy for German government buildings

    08 Feb 2019, 13:29 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Efficiency Buildings commission to be established next year Germany to face EU sanctions if it does not lower heating sector emissions ...
  • 05 Feb 2019 |

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

    05 Feb 2019, 13:35 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Cost & Prices Fear of public backlash and complexity hold back German CO2 price German commission proposes coal exit by 2038 Handelsblatt The proposal by ...
  • 07 Feb 2019 |

    Daimler’s dividend cut shows German carmakers have reached crisis mode – media

    07 Feb 2019, 13:46 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars "Dieselgate"- a timeline of Germany's car emissions fraud scandal BMW, Daimler, and VW vow to fight in green transport revolution Car giant ...
  • 07 Feb 2019 |

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

    07 Feb 2019, 13:37 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Utilities Battered utilities take on start-ups in innovation race Bloomberg The push to scrap the use of coal as a power generation fuel by ...
  • 05 Feb 2019 |

    German Greens' leader in parliament says Macron set bad policy example

    05 Feb 2019, 13:30 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Transport Fear of public backlash and complexity hold back German CO2 price Working paper by Germany’s clean mobility commission sparks public ...
  • 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 ...
  • 01 Feb 2019 |

    German govt almost certain to accept coal exit proposal, action must start now- Forbes

    01 Feb 2019, 14:08 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Coal German commission proposes coal exit by 2038 Germany eyes coal exit by 2038 in bid for climate-friendly economy Germany's grand ...
  • 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 ...
  • 29 Jan 2019 |

    German government has no plans for autobahn speed limit

    29 Jan 2019, 13:37 Expert NPE- German National Platform for Electric Mobility Nationale Plattform Elektromobilität Transport Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Transport Cars NGO ...
  • 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 ...
  • German climate law put off as disagreements weigh on governing coalition

    18 Feb 2019, 13:24 A dispute over what is supposed to be its most important climate policy is adding to the woes of Germany’s governing coalition. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and their centre-left coalition partner SPD are ...
  • Commission watch – Managing Germany’s coal phase-out

    31 Jan 2019, 13:30 In a bid to improve Germany's poor emission reduction record and to identify economic perspectives for people employed in the waning coal industry, the grand coalition government in 2018 set up a commission tasked with managing the ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • German coal exit timetable to be settled in last minute talks

    23 Jan 2019, 18:16 Germany’s detailed coal exit path and the end-date to coal-fired power generation remain unknown only days before a highly anticipated phase-out proposal is due to be published. A leaked draft of the final report of the country’s coal ...
  • “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 ...
  • 26 Jun 2019 |

    Spike in heat waves poised to drive up Germany's demand for cooling systems

    26 Jun 2019, 12:57 The second summer in a row with record temperatures has fuelled worries about the global climate crisis in Germany and sparked a sudden interest in room cooling systems, which remain a rarity in the central European country. Researchers ...
  • Energy innovation is our biggest hope in fight against climate change – WEC

    09 Apr 2019, 13:29 The speed of energy transition innovations led by start-ups around the world continues to exceed expectations and is our biggest hope in the fight against climate change, according to Christoph Frei, secretary general and CEO of the ...
  • E.ON head calls for CO₂ price in all sectors

    13 May 2019, 14:08 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Tagesspiegel Background Johannes Teyssen, CEO of German energy company E.ON, has called for the introduction ...
  • 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 ...
  • Blog: Germany pushes for joint global energy transition

    10 Apr 2019, 13:44 German ministers, high-level policymakers, as well as representatives from industry, science and civil society gather at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue on 9-10 April 2019 to discuss the progress of a global energy transition. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Mobility start-up ubitricity wants to revolutionise e-car charging

    03 Apr 2019, 13:13 Clean Energy Wire is stepping up its business coverage and exploring how the commercial landscape is being transformed by Germany's energy transition. To showcase the upheaval underway in the world’s fourth largest economy, we' ...
  • Decision on CO₂ pricing in Germany by end of the year – Merkel

    16 Apr 2019, 13:59 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire [Update adds comment by environment ministry spokesperson] By the end of 2019, the German government will ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 07 Jan 2019 |

    Merkel intervenes in stagnating German coal exit talks

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

    Public info event kicks off search for nuclear waste repository

    24 Apr 2019, 13:38 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Nuclear phase-out Clean Energy Wire The next stage of the search for a final repository for Germany’s nuclear waste is launched today with a series of public ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 06 Jun 2019 |

    Germany's env min and plant operators dismiss call for nuclear lifetime extensions

    06 Jun 2019, 13:54 Germany certainly does not need to return to nuclear energy and should push through with its energy transition instead, according to environment minister Svenja Schulze. Following isolated calls to extend the lifetime of the country’s ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany eyes coal exit by 2038 in bid for climate-friendly economy

    26 Jan 2019, 16:45 Energy transition home country Germany eyes a phase-out of coal power by 2038 at the very latest, as the country tries to get back on track to create a climate-friendly economy. In its highly anticipated phase-out proposal, the country ...
  • "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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 01 Apr 2019 |

    What German households pay for power

    01 Apr 2019, 10:00 Power prices in Germany are among the highest in Europe, not least due to the costs arising from the launch of renewable energy sources – but many customers continue to support the country's energy transition regardless. While ...
  • Putting a price on emissions: What are the prospects for carbon pricing in Germany?

    18 Jul 2019, 13:04 Having long shied away from the debate, the German government is finally considering a price on CO₂ emissions in sectors not covered by the EU Emissions Trading System, such as transport and buildings. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s climate ...
  • What business thinks of the energy transition

    20 Sep 2017 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] Business & ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Tenant electricity- feeble start for Germany's 'Energiewende at home'

    05 Dec 2018, 10:09 As the expansion of Germany's renewable energy sources goes ahead, rooftops and facades in cities and urban areas become a more and more valuable resource for producing solar power next to where it is consumed. While complicated ...
  • Germany’s dependence on imported fossil fuels

    29 Apr 2019, 15:00 Despite the Energiewende, Germany remains heavily dependent on imports of fossil fuels, as its domestic resources are largely depleted or extraction too costly. This factsheet provides an overview of the current status of Germany’s oil, ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • German federalism: In 16 states of mind over the Energiewende

    10 Mar 2016 (All day) Germany’s 16 federal states may have a common goal – to cut emissions and fight climate change – but there are many different opinions about how to achieve it and how exactly the Energiewende should progress. Ahead of the ...
  • 12 Feb 2019 |

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

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

    Students demand climate action with “Fridays for Future” school strikes

    10 Mar 2019, 15:22 Students around the world are walking out of school on Fridays to demand faster action on climate change. The protests were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who began skipping school last August. In Germany, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • German commission proposes coal exit by 2038

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

    'Green Energy Valley'- Germany's green start-up scene in numbers

    10 Jul 2019, 09:14 The shift to a low-carbon future is turning the economy inside out. Policy has a crucial role to play, but ultimately it is businesses that will make the energy transition happen. In Energiewende home country Germany, many start-ups ...
  • 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 ...
  • 31 Jan 2019 |

    German onshore wind power – output, business and perspectives

    31 Jan 2019, 17:00 Onshore wind power is a central pillar of Germany’s transition to low-carbon electricity generation. This factsheet takes a look at the industry’s most important actors, financial support for the technology, and the future of German ...
  • German 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Colour codes: How energy & climate policy differs in German coalitions

    04 Sep 2017 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 national level ...
  • Germany's Climate Action Law takes shape

    28 May 2019, 14:20 Germany's environment ministry wants to enshrine the country's climate targets in a new comprehensive Climate Action Law. A first draft was sent to the chancellery for early coordination in February 2019, and was met with ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 27 May 2019 |

    Facts on the German state elections in the city of Bremen

    27 May 2019, 11:24 As voters across Europe headed to the polls to elect a new European Parliament, German national media paid comparatively little attention to the regional election taking place at the same time in the country’s smallest and least ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 28 Feb 2018 |

    Diesel driving bans in Germany – The Q&A

    28 Feb 2018 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 regarding ...
  • 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 ...
  • 14 Feb 2019 |

    Polls reveal citizens' support for Energiewende

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

    Implementing Germany’s coal exit proposal – the road ahead

    04 Jul 2019, 14:00 Germany's coal exit commission has agreed on a proposal on how the country can manage to phase out its single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions by 2038, but the ensuing political decision-making process has only just ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 19 Apr 2018 |

    Environmental concerns accompany German offshore wind expansion

    19 Apr 2018 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 dilemma for ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 06 Feb 2019 |

    The main stories of Germany's Energiewende

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

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

    02 Jul 2019, 13:00 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • National climate measures and European emission trading: Assessing the ‘waterbed effect’

    04 Apr 2019, 12:40 When countries like the Netherlands, the UK or Germany attempt to lower greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation and industry, they are regularly faced with the same criticism: Saving emissions that are covered by the ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany’s climate obligations under the EU Effort Sharing scheme

    06 May 2019, 13:55 Germany is often perceived as a country with stringent national climate ambitions, but many of these rules and goals are actually prescribed by the European Union’s greenhouse gas emission reduction plans. Much of what is found in ...
  • Green Party coalition partner in three new German state governments

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

    09 May 2016 (All day) [Updates appointments] On 13 March, three German states went to the polls in regional elections. Last time these states voted, energy policy had been the hot topic, and Germany elected its first Green state premier. But this time ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 27 Mar 2019 |

    Limits to growth: Resistance against wind power in Germany

    27 Mar 2019 Wind turbines have become one of the most visible components of the Energiewende and increasingly shape the landscape in many parts of the country. But Germany’s most important renewable energy source does not only have supporters – numerous ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 21 Mar 2019 |

    Germany’s Climate Action Plan 2050

    21 Mar 2019 Just in time for the international climate summit COP22 in Marrakesh and after months of dispute, Germany’s government agreed on a basic framework for largely decarbonising its economy to reach 2050 climate goals. It includes target corridors ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 Mar 2019 |

    The task force in charge of steering Germany to clean mobility

    21 Mar 2019, 11:52 Germany struggles to lower emissions in the transport sector and has launched an advisory panel to clean up the sector according to national climate targets. Its findings, to be published by spring, are meant to feed into the government ...
  • 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 ...
  • The history behind Germany's nuclear phase-out

    02 Jan 2018 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 to shut ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Climate, energy and transport in Germany's coalition treaty

    07 Feb 2018 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 Angela ...
  • COP23- See the energy transition in Germany's industrial centre

    30 Oct 2017 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 emissions, and is ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Climate & energy stumbling blocks for Jamaica-coalition talks

    27 Sep 2017 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 first ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 16 Nov 2018 |

    How Germany’s Vocational Education and Training system works

    16 Nov 2018 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 & Jobs ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 06 Jun 2019 |

    Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets

    06 Jun 2019, 16:48 This factsheet provides an overview of Germany's greenhouse gas emissions and the government's energy transition targets. [UPDATE: adds new graphs from Energiewende progress report from June 2019] Climate & CO2 Kerstine ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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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