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  • 10 Oct 2018 |

    Electricity storage is next feat for Germany’s energy transition

    Energy storage and the Energiewende 10 Oct 2018, 09:00 Germany's rapidly rising share of weather-dependent renewable energy makes the country a testbed for storage technologies, to enable its use when there is no sun or wind. Truly large-scale ...
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  • Lusatia’s lignite mining companies advised to emancipate from coal

    The mining companies of Germany’s eastern coal mining area Lusatia should become more independent of the fossil energy source and diversify their businesses, Brandenburg’s state minister for economy & energy, Albrecht Gerber, has said in a press ...
  • 16 Jan 2019 |

    Lusatia to suffer most from quick coal exit – report

    16 Jan 2019, 13:21 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Coal Fossil fuels Coal commission to meet again on 25 January – source Commission watch – Managing Germany’s coal phase-out Germany’s coal exit commission Clean ...
  • Greens want clarity about follow-up costs of lignite mining in Lusatia

    Left and Green Party politicians in the German states of Saxony and Brandenburg want clarity about the follow-up costs of lignite mining in the eastern German region of Lusatia, reports the news agency dpa in an article carried by Welt Online. Left Party ...
  • Coal mining region Lusatia should receive 100 mio per year to manage exit - study

    The eastern German coal mining region of Lusatia should receive 100 million euros in public funds per year from 2019 on to facilitate the “structural development” of the local economy that is currently centred on lignite production, think tank Agora ...
  • Lusatia cannot save the world’s climate”

    Helmar Rendez, head of Lusatian energy company Leag, is opposed to phasing out lignite-fired power production to protect the climate, Jens Tartler writes in Der Tagesspiegel. “We need to let go of the illusion that Lusatia can save the world’s climate ...
  • “At least 1.2 billion for Lusatia

    Eastern German states Saxony and Brandenburg demand at least 1.2 billion euros in federal funds to finance the economic transformation of their shared coal-mining region Lusatia, Jens Blankennagel writes in Berliner Zeitung. “ The end of coal mining there ...
  • Saxony’s SPD backs continued lignite mining in Lusatia

    Social Democrats (SPD) in Saxony have made clear they consider lignite mining to play an important role as a “bridging technology” in Germany’s energy supply for the foreseeable future, Welt Online reports. “We rely on a gradual approach that equally ...
  • East German mining company scraps Lusatia mine expansion plans

    In a far-reaching decision, eastern German energy company and operator of one of the country’s largest lignite mining operations LEAG scrapped plans by former owner Vattenfall to expand one of its lignite mines, and downsizing or putting on hold other ...
  • Lusatia rejects its approaching decline”

    The coal mining industry in Germany’s eastern region Lusatia refuses to accept that it faces a similar destiny as the country’s nuclear industry, Daniel Wetzel writes on Welt Online. Those employed in the industry feel that “brown coal, which has formed ...
  • New CEO calls for swift decision over future of lignite mining in Lusatia

    Helmar Rendez, chairman of Germany’s newest lignite company LEAG, has pushed for a swift decision over the possible expansion of open pit mining in the Eastern German region of Lusatia, writes Daniel Wetzel in Die Welt. “This is no decision that we can ...
  • Lusatia and the coal conundrum”

    Apart from questions about political regulation and technological challenges, Germany’s energy transition is a phenomenon that changes the social conditions in many regions across the country, write Tom Morton and Katja Müller in scientific journal Energy ...
  • Government finances structural change projects in Lusatia

    The German federal government and the states have agreed to allocate 7.3 million euros over the next four years to help the eastern German Lusatia region cope with the structural changes resulting from a “gradual adaptation process in lignite-based power ...
  • Lusatia without coal?”

    A documentary by public television station Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) discusses the role of lignite mining and power production in the Lusatia region of eastern Germany. With Germany’s targets to limit greenhouse gas emissions, the country’s switch ...
  • “A chance for Lusatia

    Sweden and Germany should set a precedent with Vattenfall’s lignite assets in the eastern German region of Lusatia and transfer the operations into a state-owned foundation with the clear goal of a socially acceptable and environmentally responsible ...
  • 15 Oct 2015

    In the media: Commentators say nuclear liability law isn't enough

    15 Oct 2015 (All day) Bloomberg “Germany considers emissions levy as CO2 reduction target wobbles” Germany may have to introduce a tax on emissions in order to meet its target of cutting CO2 emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2020, according to ...
  • 27 Feb 2020 |

    European Commission earmarks 877 million euros for “just transition” in Germany

    27 Feb 2020, 14:12 Freja Eriksen Coal Clean Energy Wire/ Welt Online The European Commission has allocated a potential 877 million euros of its Just Transition Fund to support structural change in German coal mining regions, reports  Welt Online. ...
  • 09 Jun 2016

    Gabriel rejects commission with coal exit focus / E.ON split approval

    09 Jun 2016 (All day) Federal government Gabriel rejects commission with exclusive focus on coal exit Germany's economy minister Sigmar Gabriel said he will not convene a commission with an exclusive focus on the phase-out of coal. Instead, a ...
  • 24 Mar 2016

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

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

    How to exit coal / Energy policy "reminiscent of GDR"

    11 Jan 2016 (All day) Agora Energiewende “How the exit from coal power generation by 2040 can be managed” Germany can exit coal by 2040 without significant effects on power prices or supply security, and the government should start to organise the phase ...
  • 27 Oct 2015

    A world of solar power and batteries / Vattenfall phases out 1GW of lignite

    27 Oct 2015 (All day) CORRECTION- Vattenfall's underlying operating profit was 3,388 million SEK in the third quarter of 2015, not 3,388 billion. Vattenfall 3rd quarter results / Two 500 MW lignite units will be transferred into new reserve Swedish ...
  • 20 Jul 2015

    In the media: Coal reserve will cost ten billion euros more

    20 Jul 2015 (All day) WirtschaftsWoche “Gabriel’s energy concept will cost Germany dearly” Energy minister Sigmar Gabriel has called his energy concept a “historic pact for new prosperity” but what he didn’t say was that the compromise would cost power ...
  • Germany to open climate research institute in coal region

    11 Mar 2019, 14:13 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Coal Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire The German environment ministry (BMU) says it will open a research centre focused on reducing emmissions in ...
  • 25 Feb 2020 |

    Major eastern German lignite mine resumes operation

    25 Feb 2020, 13:47 Rachel Waldholz Coal Energiewende dpa / Focus Online A major eastern German lignite (brown coal) mine is resuming operations this week, six months after work was halted by an environmental lawsuit,  newswire dpa reports in an article ...
  • 27 Jan 2020 |

    EU will not leave people of eastern German lignite region behind – cohesion commissioner

    27 Jan 2020, 14:22 Julian Wettengel Coal Society Clean Energy Wire The European Union “will not leave the people of Lusatia behind”, as structural economic change brought on by the transition to a low-carbon world is a “European challenge”, said European ...
  • Pro- and anti-coal protesters besiege German coal exit commission visiting mining district

    Hundreds of coal workers in the eastern German region Lusatia welcomed the country’s coal exit commission during a trip to the region with protest banners saying, “good jobs are being trampled on,” Michael Bauchmüller writes in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. ...
  • 27 Jan 2020 |

    German lignite operator rejects media report on excessive compensation

    27 Jan 2020, 14:20 Expert Institute for Applied Ecology Öko-Institut Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Julian Wettengel Coal dpa / Spiegel / Clean Energy Wire Eastern German lignite mine and power plant operator LEAG has rejected ...
  • Lignite phase-out would hit eastern Germany hardest – study

    Lignite is still of economic significance in Germany’s brown coal regions, and the coal phase-out must be actively managed especially in the economically weak eastern German region of Lusatia, writes the Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic ...
  • “Blueprint for a lignite phase-out in Germany”

    Phasing out German lignite in the Lusatia region by 2030 can be financed by future owner EPH in a way that avoids a taxpayer-funded lignite bailout, according to a new report by Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). According to ...
  • 30 Aug 2019 |

    Court orders operations at German coal mine halted over environmental concerns

    30 Aug 2019, 14:04 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Clean Energy Wire A major lignite (brown coal) mine in eastern Germany will have to halt regular operation on 1 September after a court ruled the mine's ...
  • 16 Oct 2019 |

    Mayors from coal regions call on Europe for more help in transition

    16 Oct 2019, 12:45 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Coal Society Clean Energy Wire Forty-one mayors from Germany, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, Greece, Romania, Montenegro and Slovakia have signed ...
  • Lusatian coal workers voice fears over energy transition

    Five people from the east German coal mining region of Lusatia who work in lignite power stations or coal mines have expressed concerns about the energy transition and government plans to shut down lignite plants in the near future. The Süddeutsche ...
  • 05 Dec 2018 |

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

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

    The European Commission is launching a Platform on Coal Regions in Transition to “help regions with coal mining activities identify, develop and implement projects with the potential to kick-start a viable economic and technological transformation”. There ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany’s lignite mining regions have received nearly 14 billion euros in support since 2013

    Lignite mining regions in Germany received at least 13.8 billion euros in state support between 2013 and 2017 to help them cope with the challenges of structural economic change, the German government says in an answer to a parliamentary inquiry initiated ...
  • 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 ...
  • Far-right AfD soars in east German state elections, scoops up votes in coal regions

    02 Sep 2019, 13:15 The elections in Germany's eastern federal states Saxony and Brandenburg have dealt a blow to the country's governing parties, CDU and SPD, and brought huge gains for the far-right AfD. Even though the climate change-denying ...
  • 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 ...
  • Lignite mine operator's precautions for rehabilitation "adequate" – report

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

    The decision by Czech mining company EPH, the new owner of eastern German lignite-mine operator LEAG, to cut back its extension plans for the Lusatia region might provide local actors with “some planning security” but is “without a doubt a step towards ...
  • 29 Jan 2020 |

    German govt adopts coal exit, fixes hard coal compensation

    29 Jan 2020, 14:32 The German government has officially approved the end of coal-fired power production in Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet adopted a law detailing plant shutdowns and compensation payments for coal companies, confirming a ...
  • “Earn money with lignite”

    Lignite mining and power generation in eastern German region Lusatia could be profitable, Helmar Rendez, CEO of Germany’s newest lignite company Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG (LEAG) told German daily BILD in an interview. “We assume that we can earn money ...
  • Govt support pledge for mining regions puts coal commission on home stretch

    16 Jan 2019, 13:16 The German government has pledged long-term payments to lignite mining regions, removing a major hurdle to reaching a compromise over the country’s coal exit. After a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister Olaf ...
  • City of Berlin urges to end coal quickly due to water pollution from nearby mines

    The city of Berlin has urged Germany’s coal exit commission to work towards a quick end of coal mining and power production in Lusatia, Jakob Schlandt writes in energy policy newsletter Tagesspiegel Background. In a letter to the commission’s leaders, ...
  • 20 May 2019 |

    Church near Hambach Forest prepared for demolition to make room for coal mine

    20 May 2019, 13:25 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Society Rheinische Post A church in the town of Kerpen-Manheim, in the western German Rhenish coal mining region, has been prepared for demolition to expand a ...
  • Coal mining waste products may pollute Berlin waters

    Sulphates unearthed by open pit mining in the eastern German coal region Lusatia could lead to a surge in diarrhoea cases in the capital Berlin, environmental organisation NABU says, based on an analysis by the Brandenburg State Office for Mining, Geology ...
  • Env min Hendricks: "Nothing less than transforming our society"

    31 Jul 2017 (All day) Environment minister Barbara Hendricks has been at the helm of Germany's climate protection efforts for the past four years. During her tenure, the country has contributed substantially to brokering the Paris Agreement and put ...
  • 25 Jan 2019 |

    Wind, solar and pumped storage in former lignite mines

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

    Threatened Siemens site in mining region to become hub for hydrogen research

    16 Jul 2019, 13:08 Siemens is planning a hydrogen research laboratory and innovation campus in the east German city of Görlitz, where the company’s turbine plant was previously due to be shut down. Chancellor Angela Merkel called the plans a “milestone” ...
  • 10 Jul 2019 |

    German coal mine and power plant operator builds large-scale battery

    10 Jul 2019, 18:03 LEAG, eastern Germany’s largest energy and mining company, is building a 50 MW battery that could help stabilise the country’s electricity grid partly through renewable energy. Environment minister Svenja Schulze lauded the project in ...
  • Energy minister says German coal exit must set example for successful decarbonisation

    The phase-out of coal-fired power production in Germany must become a model case for other countries that want to reconcile economic prosperity with an effective reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) has ...
  • Germans want coal exit law, population in affected mining regions divided – survey

    Seventy-five percent of Germans say the country’s new government should introduce a law for a gradual coal exit without delay, according to an in-depth online survey and analysis by the University St. Gallen, commissioned by Greenpeace. But only 43 ...
  • 16 Aug 2019 |

    East German state elections pose litmus test for coal exit plans

    16 Aug 2019, 10:00 Voters in the eastern German states of Saxony and Brandenburg head to the polls on 1 September for crucial state elections. The results could have an outsized impact on German climate policy for three reasons. First, these states are ...
  • Climate must not “dominate” Germany’s coal commission, conservative politician warns

    Germany’s upcoming coal phase-out commission must not be “dominated” by climate action and should instead focus on supply security and economic considerations in the affected regions, conservative (CDU) energy politician Joachim Pfeiffer told the news ...
  • Industrial-scale power-to-gas “interesting prospect” for lignite mining region - env min

    Large-scale installations used for storing renewable power as gas (power-to-gas) would be an interesting prospect for the east German lignite mining region of Lusatia, according to environment minister Svenja Schulze. Speaking at an event organised by the ...
  • Another 20 years needed for responsible lignite exit – Saxony state premier

    The country’s lignite phase out needs another 20 years to avoid a “harsh structural break” for Germany’s coal regions – like it happened at the time of German reunification, Saxony’s state premier Michael Kretschmer told Leipziger Volkszeitung in an ...
  • German economy minister Altmaier and EU Commissioner Šefčovič call for European "Airbus for batteries"

    German economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier and Maroš Šefčovič, vice President of the EU Commission and head of the "Energy Union" project, say Europe has to develop joint battery production capacities to ensure the continent retains its ...
  • Regional economy minister warns against building a “battery factory in middle of nowhere”

    The economy minister of Germany’s affluent southwestern region of Baden-Wurttemberg, Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, warns against constructing a German battery cell factory “in the middle of nowhere” as this would make “no sense from an industry perspective.” ...
  • German coal-mining state Brandenburg presents structural economic change projects at EU forum

    The German coal-mining state Brandenburg will present fellow EU regions a variety of different projects aimed at steering the regional economy away from fossil power generation. As part of the Europe-wide “coal platform”, Brandenburg will show possible ...
  • “The lignite saviour”

    Exiting coal in Germany is a generational project that takes 30 years, says Helmar Rendez, chairman of Germany’s LEAG, the company responsible for lignite operations in eastern German region Lusatia. Rendez plans to decide by the summer if LEAG will ...
  • 22 Aug 2019 |

    Eastern German coal states welcome proposal for phase-out support

    22 Aug 2019, 13:55 Eastern German coal mining regions have welcomed draft legislation to support the states most affected by plans to phase out the fossil fuel by 2038 at the latest. The economy ministry presented an "investment law for coal regions ...
  • “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 ...
  • Siemens CEO proposes to transform lignite mining region into e-mobility hub

    In a surprise move, Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser has proposed a large-scale project to transform Germany’s eastern lignite mining region into a hub for future technologies, such as e-mobility, reports Rüdiger Köhn in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “We have ...
  • State premier says building up new jobs and infrastructure after lignite exit will cost 60 billion euros

    As members of the coal exit commission met in the central German mining district of Saxony-Anhalt with local employers, politicians, and NGO representatives, Saxony-Anhalt’s state premier, Reiner Haseloff (CDU), reminded the commission members that they ...
  • Media report about coal exit proposal causes irritation

    A report about a proposal by one of Germany’s   coal commission   co-heads for a   coal exit   by 2038 has caused irritation. Co-chair Ronald   Pofalla also proposed taking 5-7 gigawatts of coal capacity off-line and into a security reserve by 2020, and ...
  • Berlin’s energy senator says fear of right-wing parties must not slow down coal exit

    Fears of a surge in support for the right-wing populist party AfD must not influence the speed of Germany’s coal exit, Berlin’s Green energy senator Ramona Pop says in a reply to Brandenburg’s state premier Dietmar Woidke, published in the Tagesspiegel. ...
  • German and Polish governments declare close cooperation on battery development

    German economy minister Peter Altmaier has said that Poland and Germany plan a cooperation on battery cell production, reports Spiegel Online. The production could be located in the eastern German lignite mining region Lusatia and western Poland, writes ...
  • No need for a set exit date for coal, says Brandenburg’s economy and energy minister

    The German coal industry would remain important for the energy sector as long as there was not a way to store renewable energy at an “industrial scale”, Albrecht Gerber (SPD), energy and economy minister in the German state of Brandenburg told Der ...
  • Flexible lignite plants should be part of energy transition - researcher

    The large brown coal-fired power stations in Lusatia should not be shut down but used as flexible providers for an affordable power supply, Jan Selmons quoted Professor Hans Joachim Krautz, chair of power plant technology at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, as ...
  • Germany’s coal exit much more difficult than nuclear exit – NRW state minister

    10 Dec 2018, 13:58 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Business & Jobs Westfälische Nachrichten The end of coal-fired power production in Germany will pose great challenges for the ...
  • 22 May 2019 |

    Government announces coal region support guidelines ahead of elections

    22 May 2019, 13:19 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Coal exit highlights contradictions in climate and energy policy for eastern Germany

    Devising a plan for Germany’s coal exit through a commission is a tough job with many  pitfalls for policymakers, Cecile Boutelet reports for Le Monde. Coal region Lusatia in eastern Germany is one example of a place “where the contradictory narratives of ...
  • Coal exit will lead to billions in compensation payouts - Saxony’s state premier

    Saxony’s parting State Premier, Stanislaw Tillich, has said that over six billion euros in compensation payments were necessary if Germany wanted to phase out lignite-fired power production over the next few years. According to the conservative politician ...
  • Wind power industry sees Saxony blocking expansion

    The federal state of Saxony deliberately blocks the expansion of wind power on its territory, the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) says in a press release. “The sole focus of Saxony’s energy policy is on romanticising lignite in Lusatia, and this ...
  • Czech investor EPH promises jobs

    Czech investor EPH has announced plans to move “several hundred” administrative jobs to the city of Cottbus in Lusatia- one of Germany’s lignite mining and power production regions- once the acquisition of  Vattenfall’s German lignite plants and mines is ...
  • Coal commission members “create joint knowledge base”

    Members of Germany’s coal-exit commission used their second plenary meeting on Friday, 13 July to hear presentations about the “tasks, framework conditions and structural policy challenges” that are to form the basis for their decision-making in the ...
  • 12 Apr 2019 |

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

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

    The planned commission that will prepare the end of coal-fired power production in Germany does not include enough representatives from eastern Germany, the Left Party was quoted as saying in an article written by the news agency dpa and carried by the ...
  • State minister calls quick end of coal-fired power production “utopian”

    The economy minister of German federal state Brandenburg has called a speedy phase-out of coal-fired power production “utopian”, Märkische Allgemeine reports. SPD-politician Albrecht Gerber said while restructuring the energy system in the long-term was a ...
  • Anti-coal mining area residents demand voice in coal exit commission

    A broad anti-coal alliance of local residents, church representatives, politicians, and doctors demand participation in Germany’s upcoming coal exit commission, reports Thorsten Knuf in Frankfurter Rundschau. “As residents of lignite mining areas in the ...
  • Kramp-Karrenbauer sets herself apart from other CDU leadership candidates on climate action

    29 Nov 2018, 16:21 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages j.wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Government Clean Energy Wire Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, close ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel ...
  • “The mining curse haunts lignite towns”

    The misery of fossil utilities means lignite mines and power plants no longer ensure regional prosperity, writes Jeffrey Michel in a blog post for energytransition.de. The situation in eastern German lignite mining region Lusatia is particularly dramatic ...
  • Economy minister “Zypries opposes quick lignite exit”

    German economy minister Brigitte Zypries opposes a quick end to lignite-fired power production in the country, Christian Grimm writes in an article for Dow Jones Newswires carried by website finanztreff.de. “We cannot afford to shut down the large lignite ...
  • Germany’s “coal commission” must prepare economic transition, not rapid coal exit – opinion

    Germany’s planned “coal commission” should focus primarily on finding economic perspectives for affected regions, rather than aiming to shut down as many coal plants as possible in the short-term, Klaus-Peter Schulze, a biologist and conservative ...
  • “Time is running out”- Struggle over future of brown coal in Germany heats up

    25 Mar 2015 (All day) The protests against government proposals for a carbon emissions levy for older power plants are gaining momentum in Germany’s coal mining regions. Unions warn the plans put tens of thousands of jobs at risk because they will make ...
  • “We have to think regionally”

    German regions need to intensify their cooperation when it comes to implementing the Energiewende, Roland Jäkel, head of the trade association Lower Silesia in Saxony, said in an interview with Sächsische Zeitung. “Politicians won’t create new jobs in ...
  • Coal company admits lowering lake water levels, but denies polluting Berlin’s main river

    Mining company Leag has admitted that its lignite mining activities in the east German region of Lusatia contribute to lower water gauges in the region’s lakes, Thorsten Gellner writes in the Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung. “The environment ministry [of ...
  • “Coal-fired power production needs to be reduced”

    Germany will have to gradually lower its coal-fired power production to meet its climate targets, the federal government writes in response to a parliamentary inquiry by the Left Party. But it adds that a coal phase-out cannot commence until regions have ...
  • Saxony’s state premier says coal needed for at least another 30 years

    Coal will continue to be an important component of Germany’s power supply for at least another three decades, Saxony’s state premier Michael Kretschmer told news agency Reuters. As an industrialised country, Germany “cannot afford to do without this ...
  • 31 Mar 2017 |

    New owner scraps plans to expand east German lignite mine

    31 Mar 2017 (All day) LEAG, the owner of one of Germany’s largest lignite-mining operations, has scrapped plans by former owner Vattenfall to expand one of its lignite mines. The company is also downsizing or putting on hold development of two other mines ...
  • 12 Oct 2018 |

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

    12 Oct 2018, 16:40 Germany’s coal commission wants to ease the coal exit by granting lignite mining regions preferential treatment in infrastructure and innovation projects, according to a leaked draft report seen by the Clean Energy Wire. The paper ...
  • “Czech billionaire bets against the Energiewende”

    Czech investor Daniel Kretinsky’s purchase of Vattenfall’s German brown coal business, officially completed on Friday, is a bet that Germany will not end coal-fired energy production anytime soon, writes Daniel Wetzel in Die Welt. Kretinsky’s holding EPH ...
  • “Germany's dirty little coal secret”

    Continued power production from lignite in Germany is in stark contrast to the country’s reputation “as a pioneer of clean, green energy”, writes Tom Morton for ABC News. “The energy transition has a dirty secret. Renewables have been so successful that ...
  • 20 Feb 2019 |

    RWE agrees to leave Hambach Forest untouched until 2020 – NRW state premier

    20 Feb 2019, 13:21 German utility and lignite mine operator RWE has agreed to refrain from clearing the embattled Hambach Forest in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) until autumn 2020, said state premier Armin Laschet in a parliamentary ...
  • Slump in EU election raises pressure on Merkel's coalition as Greens surge on climate worries

    27 May 2019, 15:43 Germany’s ruling parties have taken another blow in the European elections, further rattling the fragile government coalition, as voters increasingly turn away from the established forces in the political centre. Against the backdrop of ...
  • Pollution from coal mining of Berlin’s main river Spree comes to the fore

    The pollution of the City of Berlin’s main river Spree with sulphate stemming from coal mining activities in the neighbouring federal state of Brandenburg prompts reactions by local authorities, Claudius Prösser writes in the Tageszeitung (taz). The ...
  • 'Green wave' vs right-wing populism: Europe faces climate policy polarisation

    05 Jun 2019, 16:00 The European elections delivered major gains for Green parties in several countries, as voters signalled a strong desire for more aggressive action on climate change. In Germany, the Green surge was especially strong. The party doubled ...
  • Merkel – Germany must soon decide whether to aim for 80 or 95 percent CO2 reduction by 2050

    Germany should specify its mid-century climate ambitions soon, according to Chancellor Angela Merkel. “From my point of view, this must be decided at the start of the next legislative period,” she said at a conference by local utility association VKU. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Taskforce agrees on post-coal strategy for German mining regions

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

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

    Germany's coal exit commission extends work to 2019

    27 Nov 2018, 12:01 Germany risks showing up empty-handed at the UN climate change conference COP24 in Poland in December as the country’s coal exit commission has decided to extend its work beyond the original end-of-2018 deadline. The task force has set ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany gears up for official talks on coal phase-out

    22 May 2018 Energy transition pioneer Germany is about to launch a highly anticipated task force on phasing out coal power, the most prominent blemish on the country’s climate record. The government will likely nominate the coal exit commission on ...
  • 08 Apr 2016 |

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

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

    06 Jun 2018 (All day) Germany has launched official talks on phasing out coal in power generation. The aim is to cut greenhouse gas emissions that have remained stubbornly high despite the country’s ongoing shift to renewable power. The government on ...
  • 07 Dec 2018 |

    German conservatives elect Merkel-confidante as new party leader

    07 Dec 2018, 19:29 Germany's conservative Christian Democrats elected general secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel at the helm of the party. The election of Merkel's close ally and former premier in the ...
  • 28 Apr 2015

    In the media: E.ON moves HQ, spin-off to be called Uniper

    28 Apr 2015 (All day) E.ON E.ON to move headquarters, founds "Uniper" Germany’s top utility E.ON announced details of its planned split into two companies, one focused on renewables, power grids and energy services and the other on conventional ...
  • 07 Dec 2018 |

    Climate and energy views of candidates to follow Merkel at helm of CDU

    07 Dec 2018, 09:13 With her decision not to seek re-election as party chair and chancellor, Angela Merkel has kicked off what is a novelty for her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU): an organised internal election campaign for the party’s ...
  • 16 Mar 2016

    Trade union could come round to coal exit / A lignite foundation?

    16 Mar 2016 (All day) Frankfurter Rundschau “Verdi lets go of pro-coal attitude” Trade union Verdi is open to more climate action and a coal exit before 2050, board member Andreas Scheidt told the Frankfurter Rundschau. If Germany wants to achieve the ...
  • 18 Apr 2016 |

    Czech utility takes over Vattenfall’s German lignite

    18 Apr 2016 (All day) State-owned Swedish utility Vattenfall has agreed to sell its east German lignite operations to Czech utility EPH, the company said on Monday. While the affected regions stressed the sale would finally put an end to employees' ...
  • "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 ...
  • German energy minister wants round table on future of coal

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

    Media reports: climate law rewards power waste / Ministry dispute on self-supply tax

    27 May 2016 (All day) Panorama (ARD) “Absurd Energiewende: climate law rewards electricity waste” To be exempted from Germany's  Renewable Energy Act (EEG)  surcharge,  some companies just on  the threshold of qualifying as "energy intensive ...
  • 19 Apr 2016

    Vattenfall sale a lose-lose-lose? / 'EU ETS needs minimum price'

    19 Apr 2016 (All day) sandbag.org A “lose-lose-lose” situation The Vattenfall lignite sale to EPH is a lose for the climate, a lose for the Swedish government and a lose for German workers, according to analysis by UK non-profit group sandbag. EPH is a ...
  • 10 Feb 2016

    EU nuclear provisions '100 bln euros short' / Wind mill envy

    10 Feb 2016 (All day) Spiegel Online “Internal market analysis: EU member states’ nuclear provisions more than 100 billion euros short” An EU analysis has revealed that the member states are not well prepared for the pending closure of many old nuclear ...
  • 05 Dec 2014

    In the media: Nuclear waste fund, Vattenfall, E.ON's split

    05 Dec 2014 (All day) Frankfurter Rundschau "We need a fund" Jörg Sommer, chairman of the German Environment Foundation, says more money is needed to treat nuclear waste in Germany. In an interview with the Frankfurter Rundschau, Sommer says ...
  • 13 May 2016

    State premiers postpone renewables reform decision / Utility split

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

    Germany finally sets specific CO₂ targets in climate roadmap

    11 Nov 2016 (All day) After months of heated debate, the German government has finally struck an agreement on its contentious Climate Action Plan 2050, due to be signed off by the cabinet over the weekend. It includes emission reduction targets for ...
  • 20 Apr 2016

    Germany asks Belgium to switch off nuclear plants / RWE turmoil

    20 Apr 2016 (All day) BMUB / Deutsche Welle “Germany asks Belgium to hit the switch on disputed Tihange and Doel nuclear reactors” Environment minister Barbara Hendricks submitted an official request to Belgian authorities asking for two nuclear reactors ...
  • 12 Jan 2016

    Former Merkel advisor joins RWE / Mongols want German lignite

    12 Jan 2016 (All day) Die Welt “Head lobbyist of the energy sector goes to RWE” Hildegard Müller, who was chairwoman at the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) for seven years, will become member of the board of directors at utility ...
  • 10 Mar 2016

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

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

    Energy minister wants round table on coal, unions demand commission

    19 Jan 2016 (All day) Federal Ministry for Energy and Economic Affairs (BMWi) Gabriel says wants round table on future of coal Germany’s energy minister Sigmar Gabriel has said he wants to establish a round table on the future of coal in the country of ...
  • 12 Nov 2014

    In the media: Reactions to energy minister's coal comments

    12 Nov 2014 (All day)   Reactions to energy minister's warning against quick exit from coal power Frankfurter Rundschau “Too much coal” Everything points to a show-down between energy minister Sigmar Gabriel and environment minister Barbara Hendricks ...
  • 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 ...
  • 17 May 2016

    State minister calls coal protests 'arrogant vigilantism'

    17 May 2016 (All day) Der Tagesspiegel / Vattenfall “Around 3,000 participants end blockade” As part of the worldwide protests “Break free from fossil fuels” around 3,000 demonstrators from all over Europe occupied parts of the open cast mines run by ...
  • 27 Jul 2015

    In the media: Wind and solar on the rise

    27 Jul 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) “Wind power blasts the limit” Onshore wind power development will exceed government targets, reports the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Provisions in the 2014 EEG reduce payments to new wind ...
  • 23 Mar 2016

    Pressure on utilities to pay more for nuclear storage

    23 Mar 2016 (All day) Reuters Nuclear commission wants utilities to supplement clean-up provisions The commission on payments for the nuclear clean-up insists that nuclear power station operators have to supplement the provisions they have made for ...
  • 09 Jul 2015

    In the media: German minister- Coal exit by 2040 "realistic"

    09 Jul 2015 (All day) Die Zeit “We have to exit within 25 or 30 years” German environment minister Barbara Hendricks expects coal to be phased out in Germany by 2045 at the very latest. “We have to exit the burning of coal step by step in the next 25 to ...
  • 02 Jul 2015

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

    02 Jul 2015 (All day) Die Zeit "Energiewende: Coalition agrees to put coal plants on reserve" Many German media reported the government decision to place 2.7 gigawatts-worth of coal-fired plants into a reserve for use when renewable energies ...
  • 16 Feb 2016

    Warning against coal exit / No more traffic accidents in 2025?

    16 Feb 2016 (All day) E-World Essen State economy minister warns against decreed coal exit Garrelt Duin, economy minister for Germany’s largest federal state- North-Rhine-Westphalia- warned against a government-decreed exit from coal-fired power ...
  • 26 Jan 2016

    Gas power stations rise from the dead / A transparent solar cell

    26 Jan 2016 (All day) manager magazine / Bloomberg “Gas-fired power stations rise from the dead” What might be the biggest absurdity of the German Energiewende could now be ending, as relatively clean gas-fired power plants are regaining competitiveness, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 May 2016

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

    20 May 2016 (All day) Institute for Renewable Energy (IWR) “Wind power overtakes nuclear energy for first time in Germany” Germany’s wind turbines will generate more electricity this year than nuclear power stations for the first time ever, according to ...
  • 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 ...
  • 14 Nov 2014

    In the media: Energiewende approval index, Lignite sector, links to French grid

    14 Nov 2014 (All day)   Ernst & Young “Cautious upward trend: Approval of the Energiewende rises slightly” Business approval for Germany’s energy is gradually rising, according to Ernst & Young’s quarterly Energiewende Index released this week. On ...
  • 12 Aug 2015

    In the media: Loss in profits at E.ON; biogas farmers revolt

    12 Aug 2015 (All day) E.ON Conventional power business causes E.ON loss in profits / debt reduced Half way into its “transformative year,” Germany’s largest utility E.ON has reported a reduced operating profit and underlying net income compared to 2014. ...
  • 12 Apr 2016

    Growth in the efficiency sector / Electric trucks / Concerns over coal

    12 Apr 2016 (All day) DENEFF / PwC “10 percent turnover growth in the efficiency sector” Companies in the business of supplying energy efficiency solutions grow much faster than the rest of the economy, a study by the German Industry Initiative for Energy ...
  • 21 Mar 2016

    Reams of ideas for govt climate action / Coal tussle picks up steam

    21 Mar 2016 (All day) Reuters / EnBW “Germany's EnBW cuts dividend, sees lower profits in 2016” Germany’s third largest utility EnBW posted a 125-million-euro net profit in 2015, but the adjusted operating result (EBITDA) decreased by 2.7 percent ...
  • 27 Apr 2015

    In the media: Demonstrators fired up over coal

    27 Apr 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “Resistance at the bucket wheel” 10,000 coal workers demonstrated  in Berlin on Saturday  against energy minister Sigmar Gabriel’s planned climate levy. These were supported by the company leadership of RWE, trade ...
  • Ministry to tweak climate levy to ease industry concerns- reports

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

    In the media: “Citizens oppose new coal mining”

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

    26 Mar 2015 (All day) Encouraged by federal legislation such as the Renewable Energy Act, the governments of many German states have worked hard to make the Energiewende a success, as well as a business opportunity for their citizens. Others have been ...
  • 23 Apr 2015

    In the media: "The end of coal is imminent"

    23 Apr 2015 (All day) ZDF heute.de “Climate levy on coal: Gabriel puts his foot down” With pressure and criticism from coalition partner CDU-CSU increasing, Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has defended his proposal of a climate levy for old ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 31 Jan 2020 |

    Spelling out the coal exit – Germany’s phase-out plan

    31 Jan 2020, 08:50 Germany plans to end coal-fired power generation by 2038 at the latest and has agreed on shutdown schedule for individual lignite power plants as well as compensation payments for operators. For hard coal, meanwhile, the coal exit law ...
  • 02 Sep 2019 |

    Facts on the German state elections in Brandenburg

    02 Sep 2019, 10:16 After elections in 2019, a coalition of the Social Democrats (SPD), conservative CDU and the Green Party have formed Brandenburg's state government. SPD's Dietmar Woidke was re-elected premier of the scarcely populated ...
  • 30 Aug 2019 |

    Facts on the German state elections in Saxony

    30 Aug 2019, 10:23 After elections in 2019, a coalition of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Green Party and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) have formed the government in Saxony. CDU's Michael Kretschmer was re-elected state premier. The ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Coal in Germany

    07 Feb 2019, 15:00 The future use of coal is at the centre of Germany's political debate on the energy transition and its efforts to mitigate climate change after the country has seen a stagnation in greenhouse gas emissions despite growing use of ...
  • German 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • LMBV- Lausitz and Central-German Mining Administration Company

    LMBV redevelops and designs the successor landscapes of lignite mines in both the region of Lusatia and central Germany. Belonging completely to the federal government, LMBV improves the water quality of opencast mining lakes, stabilises opencast slopes, ...
  • Report of German- Polish Media Programme Part I: Revelling in green pastures

    12- 14 Oct 2014 A German-Polish media programme explores how lignite-mining regions in the two countries handle the structural shift from coal CLEW’s first press trip heads into central Germany’s lignite-mining region From up here, we have quite a view. ...
  • Decentralised citizen power: Making the Energiewende work at the village level

    Wahlsdorf is a village with 300 inhabitants in the rural Fläming area, located halfway between Berlin and the Lusatia region. The village is not connected to the gas grid and relies on  the Wahlsdorf energy cooperative, which feeds heat from an ...
  • Open-pit lignite mine Welzow Süd

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