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  • 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 ...
  • 03 Feb 2020 |

    Preview 2020: Germany’s targets under scrutiny in year of global climate action

    03 Feb 2020, 14:53 2020 will be a year of global climate action as countries are called upon to ratchet up ambitions under the Paris Agreement. The shaky German government will be in the midst of what many hope to be a European diplomatic effort to ...
  • 25 Jun 2018 |

    Industry bets on gas as last trump card in Energiewende

    The role of gas in Germany's energy transition 25 Jun 2018, 15:05 Does the energy transition seal the fate of natural gas in Germany? Europe's biggest economy will have to virtually phase out all fossil fuels to fully decarbonise by 2050. But ...
  • 22 Jun 2015 |

    The history of the Energiewende

    Energiewende – the first four decades 22 Jun 2015 (All day) For many observers, the energy transition in Germany began with Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to phase out nuclear power, following the accident at the nuclear plant in Fukushima, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 11 Sep 2019 |

    Europe's largest auto show pits climate protests against carmakers

    The energy transition closes in on German carmakers 11 Sep 2019, 09:14 This year's Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) pits a wave of climate protests against the car industry. Europe's largest car fair from 12-22 September also coincides with a crunch ...
  • 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, ...
  • Green pioneer Germany struggles to make climate protection a reality

    The energy transition and climate change 16 Dec 2016 As the home country of the Energiewende, Germany is considered a pioneer in the fight against man-made climate change. But despite a spectacular rise in power generation from renewables, the country’s ...
  • 29 Jan 2020 |

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

    Germany's coal phase-out 29 Jan 2020, 13:00 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 08 Jul 2015 |

    Energy transition shapes foreign policy in Germany and beyond

    The Energiewende and its implications for international security 08 Jul 2015 Energy supply is inseparable from German foreign policy, as the country relies on imports to feed its energy appetite. The Ukraine crisis has brought the risks of Germany’s ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 05 Nov 2014 |

    The social impact of Germany's energy transition

    How the Energiewende is transforming Germany as we know it 05 Nov 2014 (All day) Germany's energy revolution is having a far-reaching impact on everything from the landcsape to education, as farmers earn more from their "energy harvest" ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 16 May 2017 |

    Battered utilities take on start-ups in innovation race

    Utilities and the energy transition 16 May 2017 As more and more countries around the globe embark on the transition to a low-carbon economy, a lot of lessons can be learned from the fate of Germany’s embattled power companies. Shaken to the core by the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Preview2017- Outlook for Germany's Energiewende

    German climate lead in G20 expected as elections to set tone domestically 20 Jan 2017 (All day) A string of regional elections as well as federal elections will dominate German policy in 2017. In this dossier, the Clean Energy Wire and a number of energy ...
  • 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 ...
  • 10 Mar 2015 |

    Germany between citizens’ energy and Nimbyism

    The People's Energiewende 10 Mar 2015 Since the energy transition took off in 2000, millions of Germans have become energy producers, investing in solar panels on their houses and buying shares in wind parks. Citizens' engagement is one reason ...
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  • 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 ...
  • Right-wing AfD plans “eco-strategy” to build on opposition to energy transition

    01 Jul 2019, 13:46 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sven Egenter Climate & CO2 Elections & Politics Tagesspiegel Germany’s right-wing Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) wants to appeal to  people who dislike consequences of ...
  • 07 Jan 2019 |

    Total electricity consumption in Germany largely stable in 2018

    07 Jan 2019, 13:10 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Electricity market Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages ...
  • 29 Jul 2016 |

    Renewable energy levy set to rise in 2017 – think tank

    29 Jul 2016 (All day) The surcharge that German consumers pay through their power bills to fund renewable power looks set to rise again in 2017, think tank Agora Energiewende* has predicted. If power suppliers calculate bills fairly, this won’t ...
  • Industry and unions present joint CO₂ price position

    10 Jul 2019, 12:58 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire In a broad alliance, industry associations and workers’ unions have developed joint “Guidelines for CO₂ ...
  • 15 Jul 2019 |

    Fall in lignite power shows CO₂ price effective – opinion

    15 Jul 2019, 13:06 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Coal Climate & CO2 Deutschlandfunk Exceptionally low power production from coal plants in the first half of 2019 shows that price signals are an effective way ...
  • 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 ...
  • Merkel’s Conservatives say will work on energy taxation reform, mull price on CO2

    04 Jun 2019, 13:46 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Policy Elections & Politics Tagesspiegel Background / Rheinische Post / n-tv The German conservative party CDU has said it will work on a reform of the country ...
  • 21 Jan 2019 |

    Wind turbines hurt property prices, study finds

    21 Jan 2019, 13:39 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 ...
  • Coal exit commission exemplary also without result ahead of COP24 – govt spokesperson

    29 Nov 2018, 15:41 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Coal Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels International Clean Energy Wire While it remains unclear whether the coal exit commission will present parts of its plan for the ...
  • Conservatives criticise environment minister’s CO₂ price proposal

    08 Jul 2019, 13:32 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 ...
  • 16 Mar 2020 |

    Steep emissions plunge puts Germany's original 2020 climate target back on the cards

    16 Mar 2020, 14:19 Germany’s carbon emissions have fallen sharply in 2019 for the third year in a row, bringing the country closer to climate targets it had already written off. But progress in emissions reduction is heavily tilted towards the energy and ...
  • New govt climate report ups pressure on Germany’s coal commission

    A new government report detailing Germany’s failure at emissions reductions increases the pressure on the country’s coal commission to agree on a speedy phase-out plan. Germany remains set to widely miss its self-imposed 2020 emission reduction target, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 29 May 2020 |

    Massive offshore wind expansion could solve German hydrogen strategy gridlock

    29 May 2020, 13:01 The German government is set to make the large-scale use of offshore wind power to produce emission-free hydrogen a cornerstone of its long-anticipated national hydrogen strategy, reports Tagesspiegel Background. With additional ...
  • Views and comments on Germany's Climate Action Programme

    03 Dec 2014 (All day) The German government has approved a package of measures to achieve its goal of reducing carbon emissions 40 percent by 2020 compared to 1990. The following collection provides a snapshot of comments and reactions.   Environment ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 Jun 2019 |

    Merkel's 2050 EU carbon neutrality bid complicates Germany's climate policy – opinion

    20 Jun 2019, 13:18 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Die Welt By supporting the call for climate neutrality in the EU by 2050, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has practically also tightened national ...
  • 10 May 2019 |

    Star-shaped cities best option for climate-friendly urban planning- study

    10 May 2019, 13:28 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Cities Clean Energy Wire Restructuring the landscape of big cities may be key to a successful climate policy, as large conurbations and their ...
  • 24 Sep 2019 |

    Only a quarter of German heating systems use renewable energy – industry association

    24 Sep 2019, 13:39 Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Renewables Heating Clean ...
  • 06 Sep 2019 |

    German subsidies for environment and energy rise in 2018

    06 Sep 2019, 13:38 Expert IfW- Kiel Institute for the World Economy Institut für Weltwirtschaft Kiel International Society Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Cost & Prices Industrial policy Clean Energy Wire German ...
  • 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 ...
  • 04 Feb 2020 |

    Bavarian industry association gives mixed review on German energy transition

    04 Feb 2020, 13:48 Julian Wettengel Energiewende Germany’s power supply is secure at the moment, but continued grid expansion delays would pose a great challenge, the Bavarian Industry Association (vbw) said in a press release accompanying its 8th ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • German UN climate report author says country needs carbon storage to become climate-neutral

    24 May 2019, 13:24 Expert SWP- German Institute for International and Security Affairs Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik G20 International Policy Security Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 ...
  • 16 Jan 2020 |

    Increase of Germany's e-car buyer's premium delayed

    16 Jan 2020, 13:09 Expert BAFA- Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle Renewables Fossil fuels Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und ...
  • 29 Oct 2019 |

    Germany's CO2 emissions set to fall “markedly” in 2019 as energy use declines

    29 Oct 2019, 17:41 Germany is headed for second consecutive year of substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, as a sharp drop in coal consumption is driving a decline of the country’s overall energy use in 2019. If this trend continues, the ...
  • 19 May 2020 |

    Controversial new coal plant Datteln 4 test runs disrupt German power prices

    19 May 2020, 14:38 Edgar Meza Coal Renewables Tageszeitung (taz) Germany's controversial new Datteln 4 coal plant in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia is running at full capacity in test operation despite the low demand for electricity on the ...
  • Climate package will lead to fiscal revenue loss in German states – Bundesrat

    11 Nov 2019, 12:56 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel ...
  • 11 May 2020 |

    Grid expansion delay due to pandemic threatens to split German power price zone

    11 May 2020, 13:46 Freja Eriksen Electricity market Grid Tagesspiegel Background Germany's single power price zone could come under threat as the coronavirus has practically slowed power grid expansion to a standstill, reports Steven Hanke in the ...
  • 29 Dec 2014

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

    29 Dec 2014 (All day) Hamburger Abendblatt “Hamburg puts focus on development of green energies” The city-state of Hamburg is profiting from Germany's Energiewende in the form of investment and new jobs, the Hamburger Abendblatt reported, citing ...
  • 22 Jan 2016

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

    22 Jan 2016 (All day) BDEW “Taxes and fees reach a new record high” The power price remained steady at the beginning of 2016 compared to a year ago, the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) reports. For an average household using 3,500 ...
  • Stopping climate change will require radical transformation of all economic sectors – opinion

    The  recent IPCC report  and this summer's record temperatures show the urgency of climate action, writes Annette Prosinger in a commentary for the conservative daily Die Welt. “To stop Earth’s warming, we need a radical transformation of nearly all ...
  • 10 Feb 2020 |

    Waterbed effect could turn German coal exit into mere symbolism – opinion

    10 Feb 2020, 13:36 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal International Tagesspiegel The gradual phase-out of coal power in Germany over the next two decades does not at all guarantee a parallel drop in European greenhouse gas emissions, as the so-called waterbed effect ...
  • 07 May 2020 |

    German household electricity prices second highest in EU

    07 May 2020, 13:58 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Household electricity prices in Germany are the second highest in Europe, topped only by prices in Denmark. While Danish households paid 29.2 euros per 100 kWh on ...
  • 01 Feb 2019 |

    Operators recommend building or upgrading 4,500 km of power grids- report

    01 Feb 2019, 12:31 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Grid Energiewende hinges on unblocking the power grid Interconnectors & blockages – German grid at odds with EU power market Set-up and challenges of Germany' ...
  • Pandemic effects underscore key lessons for German power market – analyst

    07 May 2020, 08:58 The performance of Germany's electricity system during the coronavirus pandemic offers important lessons for the future of the country's landmark energy transition, says Hanns Koenig from consultancy Aurora Energy Research. ...
  • German finance minister opts for emission fines rather than climate action- report

    21 Mar 2019, 12:28 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Efficiency Government Die Welt German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has opted to pay expensive fines for failing to meet emissions targets rather than ...
  • 09 Jan 2019 |

    Uniper to build Germany’s first gas-fired power plant in a decade

    09 Jan 2019, 11:59 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Gas Grid Utilities Battered utilities take on start-ups in innovation race Energiewende hinges on unblocking the power grid Industry bets on gas ...
  • 30 Jan 2020 |

    German econ min calls for large-scale green hydrogen production in highly anticipated strategy- report

    30 Jan 2020, 13:21 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Sören Amelang Gas Renewables Der Spiegel / Clean Energy Wire Germany ...
  • Germany wants to shield companies from higher power prices during coal exit – report

    18 Jan 2019, 13:33 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Reuters The German government wants to extend beyond 2020 CO2-related compensation for energy-intensive industry, sources close ...
  • VW CEO Diess says company ready to build 50 million e-cars

    Germany’s biggest carmaker VW has said it is prepared to build 50 million e-cars and already has “sourced” the batteries needed to fulfil this goal, company CEO Herbert Diess told Automotive News in an interview. “This is a huge momentum coming, and ...
  • 23 Sep 2019 |

    Climate package faces headwind and legal uncertainty as Merkel addresses UN summit

    23 Sep 2019, 14:12 The future of Germany's much criticised climate strategy hangs in the balance as the Green Party vowed to amend the package, and experts warned legal hurdles threatened the government's concept for a CO2 price. Yet, Chancellor ...
  • 05 Dec 2018 |

    US citizens more optimistic about economic potential of climate action than Europeans

    05 Dec 2018, 13:44 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 EIB / YouGov US citizens are somewhat more optimistic than EU citizens about the economic benefits of measures to combat ...
  • 25 Mar 2020 |

    Devices in standby-mode cost German households nearly 450,000 euros per hour

    25 Mar 2020, 13:56 Expert RNE- German Council for Sustainable Development Rat für nachhaltige Entwicklung Society Benjamin Wehrmann Cost & Prices Society Clean Energy Wire Electronic devices turned into standby-mode cost German households about 448 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 Feb 2019 |

    France and Germany call for EU industrial policy to spur low-carbon investments

    20 Feb 2019, 11:13 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Storage Chinese-German battery cell deal key step for mobility transition Electricity storage is next feat for Germany’s energy transition ...
  • 15 Oct 2018 |

    Renewables surcharge set to fall by six percent in 2019

    15 Oct 2018, 14:44 Germany’s renewable energy surcharge that is paid by consumers with their electricity bill and supports wind, solar, biomass and hydro power installations, is to fall by 5.7 percent in 2019, transmission grid operators have calculated. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 May 2020 |

    Pandemic turns rush hour into public transport's “ultimate problem” – mobility researcher

    20 May 2020, 12:30 Implementing social distancing in trams, buses and underground trains at peak times creates massive problems for urban public transport, says Barbara Lenz, who heads the Institute of Transport Research at the German Aerospace Centre DLR ...
  • 06 Jun 2015

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

    06 Jun 2015 (All day) Oxfam / E3G “Let them eat coal” Five of the G7 countries are burning more coal now than before the Copenhagen climate change conference in 2009, while the G7 coal plants together emit twice as much CO2 from burning fuel than the ...
  • “Build an e-car that’s at least half as sexy as a Tesla,”economy minister Altmaier tells German carmakers

    Germany’s economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier has urged the country’s mighty carmakers to finally “build an e-car that’s at least half as sexy as a Tesla,” the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. At a high-level debate with Volkswagen CEO ...
  • Germany’s coal commission publishes interim report on social and economic perspectives for mining regions

    Germany's coal exit commission has published its interim report on how to cushion the effects of ending coal-fired power generation in the three remaining mining regions. The report contains, among other things, proposals for better transport and ...
  • 17 Mar 2020 |

    Work on Germany's largest support-free pv farm starts, industry warns against corona fallout

    17 Mar 2020, 14:16 Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Benjamin Wehrmann Solar Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Utility EnBW has started constructing ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.” ...
  • Task force to decide report on economic perspectives for coal regions

    At a meeting in the Rhenish lignite mining region, Germany’s coal exit commission debated first proposals on how to cushion the effects of an exit from coal-fired power generation in affected regions. A draft interim report, seen by the Clean Energy Wire, ...
  • 20 Jan 2020 |

    Decarbonisation not possible "with German wind and solar energy alone"- econ min

    20 Jan 2020, 13:34 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Freja Eriksen Coal Handelsblatt Germany's energy transition, the ...
  • VW looks at converting its Emden plant to build electric cars - report

    Carmaker VW will consider plans to convert its factories in Emden and Hanover to build electric cars at a strategy review on November 16, report Stefan Menzel and Martin Murphy in business daily Handelsblatt. The company’s plant in Emden near the North ...
  • 05 Feb 2019 |

    Carbon capture technologies not yet mature for large-scale use, German gov says

    05 Feb 2019, 13:33 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Call for open debate on CCU and CCS to save industry emissions Clean Energy Wire Technologies for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere are ...
  • 27 Mar 2020 |

    Russia deploys new vessel to finish Nord Stream 2, gas 'price war' looms

    27 Mar 2020, 13:56 Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Security WirtschaftsWoche Russia is defying threats from the U.S. over the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, making plans to finish the German-Russian project despite American pressure on companies working ...
  • 23 Jan 2019 |

    Coal commission draft recommends shielding consumers from rising power prices – media

    23 Jan 2019, 11:04 Germany’s coal exit commission will propose to protect companies and private households from rising electricity prices resulting from a state-driven phase-out of the fossil fuel,  Reuters news agency says citing a draft report [shorter ...
  • 11 Dec 2018 |

    A CO2 price must not hurt the poor – environment minister and union head

    11 Dec 2018, 13:51 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Society Tagesspiegel Germany plays a central role at the UN climate summit COP24 because it wants to show that ambitious climate ...
  • 30 Mar 2020 |

    Average price in German solar tender falls slightly to 5.18 cents/kWh

    30 Mar 2020, 14:11 BSW- German Solar Association Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Read more about BSW- German Solar Association Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway Cost ...
  • German coal exit may initially drive power prices - analysts

    Germany’s coal phase-out will likely increase power prices in the wholesale market, according to a newly published report by petrochemical market information provider ICIS. ICIS’ energy analytics team used a model to simulate the impact of four coal phase ...
  • Germany should build LNG terminals to increase supply security – opinion

    The dual phase-out of nuclear and coal power in Germany means the country has to increasingly rely on natural gas to complement its power production from renewable sources but unlike other major European countries, the world’s second largest gas importer ...
  • Germany’s new 2030 goal of 65 percent renewables to make power prices more volatile

    The provision in Germany’s coalition agreement that the country will source 65 percent of its power consumption from renewables by 2030 is likely to make power prices “more volatile and lower” than previously thought, Aurora Energy Research says in an ...
  • 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 Jan 2020 |

    Germany's towns urge rapid climate action to make infrastructure fit for future

    07 Jan 2020, 14:00 Expert German Association of Towns and Municipalities Deutsche Städte- und Gemeindebund Cities Citizens' energy Society Benjamin Wehrmann Cities Clean Energy Wire A more rapid and determined climate and energy transition policy is ...
  • Coal exit in major coal-using economies feasible within 20-30 years, would bring social and economic benefits - study

    Implementing pathways away from coal-fired power production in line with the Paris Climate Agreement is feasible in the major coal-using economies within 20 to 30 years, according to a comparative study on six countries, including Germany, Australia, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany to build LNG plant in 'gesture' to US drive to sell more

    Germany will choose where to build its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal by the end of 2018 as a gesture to the United States, which wants to ship more gas to Europe, economy minister Peter Altmaier said after a meeting with Maros Sefcovic, the ...
  • 21 Nov 2014

    In the media: States want to keep coal, ministries at odds, money for climate

    21 Nov 2014 (All day) Zeit Online "Is Sigmar Gabriel secretly burying the Energiewende?" A “progress report” from the Economics Ministry on the Energiewende shows evidence of a political struggle over the future course of energy and climate ...
  • 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, ...
  • Politics rather than economics responsible for German wind power companies’ trouble – BWE

    Political restrictions on wind power expansion rather than cost pressure in the sector are responsible for the current troubles of many wind power companies in Germany, Hermann Albers, head of the German Wind Energy Association (BWE), says in a press ...
  • 29 Nov 2018 |

    Material producer makes sports field from carbon dioxide

    29 Nov 2018, 16:32 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Technology Rheinische Post German polymer producer Covestro has developed a new CO2-based foam material that can be used as ...
  • 13 Mar 2020 |

    Solution to Germany's renewables gridlock adjourned due to coronavirus talks

    13 Mar 2020, 14:20 Expert BEE- German Renewable Energy Federation Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energien Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables Solar Wind Clean Energy Wire / Recharge News / ...
  • 03 Feb 2020 |

    German environment minister calls for markup on big, fuel-intensive cars

    03 Feb 2020, 13:49 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Julian Wettengel Cars Cost & Prices dpa German ...
  • Green ministers’ call for minimum CO2 price ups pressure on economy minister

    The German federal government is struggling to implement an effective carbon pricing mechanism despite a consensus among climate experts about the need for such a scheme, writes Joachim Wille in the Frankfurter Rundschau. However, the recent call by Green ...
  • Green party chief praises Energiewende as an economic and political contribution to country

    In his final speech in the Schleswig-Holstein state parliament in Kiel on Thursday, Robert Habeck, former state environment minister and current Green Party co-chair, praised the positive economic impact of Germany’s energy transition. “It is a ...
  • 12 Feb 2020 |

    Green PPAs can boost renewables, pay off – German energy agency

    12 Feb 2020, 13:27 Sören Amelang Industry Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Long-term company contracts for the supply of renewable energy – also called corporate green power purchase agreements (PPAs) – are already often cheaper than conventional ...
  • Push to build wind turbines in Hessian forest elicits protests

    Plans by the government of the federal state of Hesse to build wind turbines in protected forest areas have sparked opposition from some environmentalists, according to an article in Die Welt. They say the government is disregarding the protection of ...
  • Leading German online news site renames “car” section “mobility” to reflect sector transformation

    Popular German news site Spiegel Online has renamed its “car” section “mobility” to reflect the upheaval in the sector caused by digitalisation, environmental concerns, and heavy traffic. “Our understanding of mobility is undergoing a fundamental shift. ...
  • 04 Dec 2019 |

    German state energy ministers criticise climate package, call for 'massive' renewables expansion

    04 Dec 2019, 13:48 Benjamin Wehrmann Policy Clean Energy Wire The energy ministers of Germany's federal states have criticised the government's climate package for being full of "gaps and shortcomings" and called for measures to ensure ...
  • 20 Feb 2020 |

    Most Germans think coal exit will lead to higher electricity prices – survey

    20 Feb 2020, 13:35 Rachel Waldholz Electricity Coal Clean Energy Wire Eighty-five percent of Germans believe the country’s coal exit will lead to significantly higher electricity prices, according to a survey of 500 households conducted by the Bonn-based ...
  • 15 May 2020 |
    Gas

    Unravelling the climate footprint of U.S. liquefied natural gas

    15 May 2020, 16:34 The U.S. administration is aggressively promoting the country’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) to European partners, portraying it both as a supply that would help them diversify away from Russian gas and as a way to reduce greenhouse gas ...
  • Turkey and Germany want to cooperate on renewables and energy efficiency

    The energy ministers of Turkey and Germany have agreed to cooperate more closely on the issues of renewable energies, energy efficiency, infrastructure, integrated energy (sector coupling) and regulation, their letter of intent signed at the second German ...
  • Higher market price for power reduces renewables support to zero for first time

    The increase in the wholesale market price for electricity in 2018 has led to a reduction of the so-called “market premium” that renewable power suppliers like wind and solar PV installations receive as a guaranteed payment, the German Renewable Energy ...
  • Energy policy shape depends strongly on Green govt participation - minister

    The Green election programme would demand a lot of possible coalition partners after the elections, such as the coal exit and the phase-out of the combustion engine, said Schleswig-Holstein state energy minister Robert Habeck in an interview with daily ...
  • EU fails with commercial deployment of carbon capture – EU auditors

    EU-funded carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects have failed in the past largely because of a lack of coordination and long-term strategies that scared away investors, according to a report by the European Court of Auditors, reports Sam Morgan for ...
  • 22 Apr 2020 |

    German households pay 6 pct less for energy than year ago- report

    22 Apr 2020, 15:12 Sören Amelang Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire German households' energy costs have fallen by six percent compared to last year, according to price comparison website Verivox. While using heating oil was 29 percent cheaper in ...
  • State environment ministers call for minimum CO2 price

    Nine federal states’ ministers of the environment and energy are calling for the introduction of a minimum CO 2 price at the federal level, according to an article in Handelsblatt. In a letter to federal economy minister Peter Altmaier, the ministers ...
  • Price of EU ETS emission allowances rises

    Allowances for emitting a tonne of CO 2 have tripled in price, reaching nearly 16 euros on the European Energy Exchange on Friday, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes. The rise follows trading being at around 5 euros a year ago. Rolf Schmitz, head ...
  • 30 Dec 2014 |

    2015 outlook: Key topics for the Energiewende

    30 Dec 2014 (All day) After an eventful 2014 – marked by the reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), a new climate action package and the first fall in CO2 emissions for two years – German energy policy is primed for action in 2015. High on the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 31 Jan 2020 |

    Higher energy prices push inflation up in Germany

    31 Jan 2020, 14:06 Sören Amelang Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Higher energy prices have pushed inflation up in Germany. On average, retail prices were 1.7 percent higher in January compared to a year earlier, after an inflation rate of 1.5 percent ...
  • Energy market experts expect rising power prices

    A panel of 180 energy market experts is expecting energy prices to rise over the next five years, a survey by research institute Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) has found. In its “Energy Market Barometer,” 80 percent of participants expect ...
  • German steel firm starts world’s first carbon-to-methanol production from steel mill gases

    German steel company thyssenkrupp has started production of the synthetic fuel methanol from CO₂ and other emissions in steel production, the company says in a press release. The fuel production from side products of steel smelting is part of the so ...
  • Waiting for global solutions impedes climate action progress – opinion

    08 May 2019, 13:44 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Handelsblatt Leading politicians from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance call for European or ...
  • German government coalition disagrees on CO₂ price

    The grand coalition of the conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) disagree on the possible introduction of a price on CO₂ emissions in sectors not covered by the European Union Emissions Trading System (ETS), write Jakob ...
  • “Coal commission” should be headed by ministry for economics and energy – Merkel

    Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the country’s “coal commission” tasked with finding a phase-out compromise should be headed by the ministry for economics and energy. After a cabinet meeting, she also said in addition to economy minister Peter ...
  • 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 ...
  • 11 Jan 2019 |

    Berlin start-up to transform 1000 city street lights into e-car charging stations

    11 Jan 2019, 14:03 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Cities Clean Energy Wire Berlin start-up Ubitricity will transform up to 1000 street lights in the German capital into charging stations for ...
  • US exit from Paris does not mean climate policy “fully outlined” – gov’t official

    US President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement does not mean that the country’s climate policy was already “fully outlined”, a German government official told reporters at a press briefing in Berlin, when asked about the upcoming G20 ...
  • 28 Feb 2020 |

    German hard coal plant operators fail to reach agreement with economy ministry

    28 Feb 2020, 13:52 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert STEAG Electricity generator Fossil fuels Utilities Freja ...
  • Reforms to EU ETS raise emissions prices, make system more relevant – analysis

    German energy think tank Agora Energiewende*, together with the Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut), has published a new analysis of the recent reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). After remaining in the single digits for years, the ...
  • 05 Sep 2019 |

    Economy ministry plans no compensation for hard coal plant operators after 2030 – media

    05 Sep 2019, 12:29 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 30 Nov 2015 |

    COP21- Day 1: Merkel says decarbonisation needed, but mum on coal

    30 Nov 2015 (All day) Day 1 at the UN climate conference: Paris must deliver an ambitious, comprehensive, fair and binding agreement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the climate conference in Paris / Germany's Environment Minister called for ...
  • 02 Mar 2020 |

    German environment ministry seeks to make digitalisation climate-friendly

    02 Mar 2020, 14:10 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Expert Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy Wuppertal Institut Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Benjamin Wehrmann ...
  • 18 May 2020 |

    German government coalition agreement removes key hurdles to renewables rollout

    18 May 2020, 18:14 The German government has agreed to remove key hurdles to the rollout of renewable energies that had begun to slow the country's landmark energy transition. The deal between chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance ...
  • No economic basis for gigafactory – battery manufacturers

    Battery manufacturers say so-called gigafactories for battery production won't be economically viable in Europe for years, Daniel Wetzel writes for Die Welt. The car industry must first agree on a standard, Christian Riedel, spokesperson of Johnson ...
  • German Central Bank head says “far-reaching economic intervention” necessary to protect climate

    The head of Germany’s central bank, Andreas Dombret, has warned that “far-reaching interventions” in the economic system are necessary if the global community wants to come close to reaching the Paris Climate Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to ...
  • Social Democrats (SPD) vote for formal coalition negotiations; Germany giving up climate target “fake news” – SPD head Schulz

    At their special congress held on 21 January, 56 percent of SPD delegates voted to enter formal negotiations to renew Germany’s grand coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU block, reports Reuters. SPD leaders vowed to ...
  • German carmakers dissect Tesla Model 3, find they cannot compete on price - report

    Four German carmakers have each dismantled a Tesla Model 3 after buying them on the grey market, Stefan Hajek reports in the business magazine WirtschaftsWoche. Hajek does not name the carmakers, but hints at Daimler, BMW, Audi, and VW. The engineers ...
  • Economic models don’t give enough weight to energy

    Many economic models are based on the assumption that energy only contributes about five percent to production outcomes and that it can be substituted with one of the other factors such as labour or capital, Norbert Häring writes in Handelsblatt. He ...
  • Federal Environment Agency president calls for climate change adaptation measures, redoubled efforts to cut carbon pollution

    As Germany continues to experience record-breaking heat, the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) is calling for increased efforts to both cut domestic greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the changes brought on by global warming, Joachim Wille writes in the ...
  • Energy efficiency at the CLEW office

    Our visiting cartoonist Mwelwa Musonko (@MwelxTax) marvels over Germans' diligence when it comes to saving energy- including at the office. Find all of Mwelwa Musonko's cartoons on the Energiewende in the article Elephants and aliens- a ...
  • 20 May 2020 |

    Researchers weigh in on scope and scale of hydrogen use ahead of Germany's national strategy launch

    20 May 2020, 13:44 Expert Climate-Alliance Germany Klima-Allianz Deutschland Climate & CO2 Expert EWI- Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne Energiewirtschaftliches Institut an der Universität zu Köln Business & Jobs Cost & ...
  • 06 Jan 2020 |

    Solar power sales in Germany grow by 30 percent on lower prices

    06 Jan 2020, 14:19 Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Benjamin Wehrmann Solar Clean Energy Wire The demand for solar power panels in Germany has grown ...
  • Meat and dairy sector could eat up 80 percent of allowable carbon budget by 2050 – report

    Of all meat and dairy corporations, German companies Deutsches Milchkontor and Tönnies Lebensmittel are among the top 25 contributors to climate change, according to a new report from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and the non ...
  • Germany makes no progress in cutting climate impact of heating

    Households in Germany spent almost seven percent less on heating in 2017 due to lower energy prices, but there was no progress in climate protection because energy consumption remained unchanged, according to a study conducted by the German Institute for ...
  • Germany’s coal phase-out could serve as model for just transition to low-carbon energy supply – opinion

    Germany’s coal-exit commission could provide useful lessons for other countries and sectors seeking to both decarbonise and protect workers, Pieter de Pous writes in a blog post published by E3G, a climate-change think-tank. However, Germany’s recently ...
  • Germany and Italy placed first in US energy efficiency ranking

    In an international ranking compiled by the US non-profit organisation ACEEE, Germany and Italy came first for being the most energy efficient countries among the world’s 25 largest energy consumers. While “no country came close to a perfect score” of 100 ...
  • 29 Dec 2015 |

    2016 Outlook – Key topics for Germany’s energy transition

    29 Dec 2015 (All day) 2016 is set to be another eventful year in German energy policy. The Paris climate summit underlined the need to reduce emissions even further, which will ultimately involve painful decisions about the future of coal. A series of ...
  • Environment minister urges discussion on CO₂ pricing

    German environment minister Svenja Schulze wants a discussion “about the existing models for CO₂ pricing that do not put an additional burden on citizens, but still provide an incentive to reduce CO₂,” she said in a parliamentary debate. Schulze said that ...
  • Germany ranks 4th on energy efficiency in EU

    Germany is in fourth place in the European Union energy efficiency ranking ODYSSEE-MURE, behind the UK, Ireland and Spain. The ranking scores EU countries on different energy efficiency criteria, such as energy efficiency level, energy efficiency progress ...
  • Shell to build world’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant in Germany

    British–Dutch multinational oil and gas company Shell and ITM Power will build the world’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant at Shell's Rhineland refinery in Germany, the companies announced in a press release. With a peak capacity of 10 megawatts, ...
  • Altmaier violates renewable energy and efficiency agreements - Germanwatch

    German energy minister Peter Altmaier’s rejection of demands for higher renewable energy targets in the EU is “a clear violation” of existing agreements between ministries, according to Christoph Bals, policy director at the German NGO Germanwatch. " ...
  • 16 Sep 2019 |

    German economy ministry counts on gas for energy transition

    16 Sep 2019, 17:01 Gaseous energy sources will play a "crucial role" in Germany's long-term energy supply and industrial production, with CO₂-neutral or carbon-free gases, such as green hydrogen, being a key element, according to a draft ...
  • 11 Feb 2020 |

    Nitrogen dioxide pollution declining in German cities – environment agency

    11 Feb 2020, 13:57 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Cities Clean Energy Wire Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution in Germany's inner cities is declining, but many urban ...
  • City of Berlin prepares new mobility law to enhance status of low-carbon transport

    Germany’s capital, Berlin, is set to introduce a new mobility law which aims to enhance the status of low-carbon means of transportation, Klaus Kurpjuweit reports in Der Tagesspiegel. The governing coalition of Social Democrats (SPD), Green Party and Left ...
  • Economic council of Merkel’s CDU against renewal of coalition with SPD

    The Economic Council of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU says the party should give serious consideration to a minority government, in order to avoid a new grand coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD). In a statement, the economic ...
  • 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 ...
  • Carbon removal from atmosphere unavoidable for 1.5°C target

    Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius will make the world increasingly dependent on technologies that extract CO 2 from the atmosphere, according to new studies published by the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change ...
  • Companies welcome econ min Altmaier’s lower power price promise

    Representatives of German businesses have welcomed the announcement by new economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier to work towards lower power prices for companies, Donata Riedel writes in WirtschaftsWoche. Christian Vietmeyer, CEO at the Association ...
  • IFC, EU and Germany to boost energy efficiency in Ukraine

    The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has signed an agreement with the European Union and Germany to support the Ukrainian government’s efforts in reducing energy waste and greenhouse gas emissions in the ...
  • 04 Sep 2019 |

    German landfill operators agree to significantly lower methane emissions

    04 Sep 2019, 12:11 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 ...
  • Reconciling economic and environment policy core question in coalition talks - chancellery chief

    Coalition talks between CDU, CSU, FDP and Green Party will be about the parties’ ability “to make something constructive of the differences”, said chancellery chief and Christian Democrat Peter Altmaier in an interview with German public broadcaster ARD ...
  • 28 Apr 2020 |

    Coronavirus crisis highlights risks of U.S.-European LNG deals diplomacy

    28 Apr 2020, 10:59 The coronavirus crisis has put a spotlight on deteriorating transatlantic relations as both continents focus on the well-being of their own populations and U.S. President Donald Trump continues to push his America First strategy. Over ...
  • 25 May 2020 |

    German environment ministry study says local authorities key to green recovery

    25 May 2020, 12:41 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research ...
  • German company builds world’s tallest wind turbine

    German wind power company Max Bögl Wind has built the world’s tallest wind power turbine near the southern German city of Stuttgart. In a press release, the company says the turbine, with a hub height of 178 metres and a total height of over 246 metres, ...
  • Vattenfall to build Europe’s largest power-to-heat plant

    Utility Vattenfall will invest 100 million euros in a new 120 megawatt power-to-heat plant in Berlin, the company said in a press release. The new unit will replace a hard-coal fired one, and will work like a giant kettle: electricity will be used to heat ...
  • Germany could face even higher billion-euro-bill for failing EU climate targets

    17 May 2019, 12:58 Expert Institute for Applied Ecology Öko-Institut Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Institute for ...
  • German emissions trading scheme for transport and heating would delay action several years – study

    20 Aug 2019, 13:59 Expert Agora Energiewende Think tank on German energy policy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende International Expert Institute for Applied Ecology Öko-Institut Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Electricity market ...
  • BEE questions climate impact and energy efficiency of replacing old fossil fuel-fed boilers

    Replacing an old fossil-fuelled boiler with a new one saves less energy than often assumed, said the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE), based on a report published by the consultancy Econsult. Depending on the type of old boiler, 2 to 15 percent ...
  • Energy and climate observers don’t share German government’s positive mid-term review

    06 Nov 2019, 14:38 Industry experts, researchers and lobbyists give the German government mediocre mid-term marks for its climate and energy efforts- while Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition has presented a largely positive self-evaluation. In what ...
  • Preview2018- Energiewende funding needs fixing-German energy agency

    22 Dec 2017 (All day) Germany enters 2018 without having found a new government, a situation that casts a cloud over all of the country’s major policy endeavours including those dealing with energy and climate. But irrespective of the unprecedented ...
  • Head of Germany’s economic experts’ council calls for readjustment of Energiewende funding

    Germany needs a “reasonable readjustment” of its energy transition to get a grip on the “costs that are out of control”, Christoph M. Schmidt, head of the German Council of Economic Experts (Wirtschaftsweisen), says in an article on Focus Online. “With ...
  • Germany could reach 2020 climate targets with EU ETS minimum price – policy paper

    The EU should quickly introduce a minimum price to the Emissions Trading System (ETS), because the current prices do not create the necessary incentives for low-carbon assets, according to a policy paper published jointly by the Mercator Research ...
  • Next government should set the “reference point” of full net carbon neutrality by 2050 – commentary

    Germany’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 95 percent by 2050 means the remaining 5-20 percent are being “left undiscussed”,  Oliver Geden, head of the EU division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), ...
  • Increasing efficiency of power-to-gas

    The announcement by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) that its researchers had significantly increased the efficiency of power-to-gas facilities does not automatically mean the technology’s breakthrough, writes Benjamin von Brackel in ...
  • 16 Dec 2019 |

    COP25 blog- Germany says worst has been avoided in Madrid, urges UN summit must change

    16 Dec 2019, 12:00 The UN climate summit COP25 in Spain is the last meeting of its kind before countries around the world are supposed to step up their ambitions under the Paris Climate Agreement in 2020. Germany has made several key climate action ...
  • “A Swabian builds the world’s biggest e-vehicle charging station”

    With 144 charging points to supply more than 4,000 cars per day, the medium-sized Swabian  van interior racking systems manufacturer Sortimo plans to build the world’s largest e-vehicle charging station in 2018, writes Bernd Freytag in the Frankfurter ...
  • 19 May 2020 |

    Public transport plunge due to coronavirus could inflate Germany's transport emissions – NGO

    19 May 2020, 14:12 Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Cars Clean Energy Wire A drop in the use of public transport due to passengers’ coronavirus fears could increase Germany's transport ...
  • New chart on economic growth, power & energy consumption, GHG emissions 1990 - 2016

    The Clean Energy Wire has added a chart showing the development of economic growth, power and energy consumption, and GHG emissions from 1990 – 2016 to its factsheet on Germany’s energy consumption and power mix. Check out the CLEW factsheet Germany’s ...
  • 15 Dec 2015 |

    Paris deal fuels German coal exit debate, stirs industry concerns

    15 Dec 2015 (All day) The widely celebrated Paris Agreement has intensified the debate about how Germany can achieve its endangered climate targets. Most commentators and climate activists argued the results of the climate summit vindicated demands that ...
  • Germany risks failing 2020 energy efficiency goal

    Germany could flunk yet another climate target if it doesn’t increase energy efficiency, Susanne Ehlerding writes for Tagesspiegel Background. Germany’s efficiency target – like the EU’s – is to reduce primary energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020 ...
  • Higher prices in Austria than Germany in first auction after power price zone split

    The first day-ahead auction on the EPEX SPOT power exchange after the split of the common power price zone between Austria and Germany, which becomes effective today (1 October), saw higher prices for Austria than Germany, writes the Austrian Energy ...
  • 25 May 2020 |

    Consumer association calls for more transparency on grid fees

    25 May 2020, 12:40 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway Bundesnetzagentur Cost & Prices Electricity market Grid Expert VZBV- Federation of German Consumer Organisations Verbraucherzentrale ...
  • 05 Nov 2019 |

    Study says Germany can achieve 2050 climate neutrality without nuclear and CCS

    05 Nov 2019, 13:56 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire Achieving a 100-percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is possible for Germany without relying on controversial ...
  • Business-friendly Free Democrats aim to be climate action party

    26 Apr 2019, 16:50 Expert FDP- Free Democratic Party Freie Demokratische Partei EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Süddeutsche Zeitung / Spiegel Online Germany’s ...
  • 09 Aug 2019 |

    German army exits hard coal heating

    09 Aug 2019, 13:42 Expert Vattenfall Electricity market Business & Jobs Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Heating Clean Energy Wire Germany's armed forces are phasing out the use of ...
  • CDU-associated Economic Council wants end to grand coalition

    Members of the German business association Economic Council, associated with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), want an end to the grand government coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD), and call for a “realignment” of the country’s ...
  • “EnBW to build 1,000 charging stations for e-cars along the Autobahn“

    German utility EnBW is to equip the country’s most frequented motorway (Autobahn) service stations with charging stations for e-cars, Bernd Freytag and Susanne Preuß write in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The company wants to have set up 1,000 stations ...
  • No economic future for coal plant Jänschwalde due to new EU emissions limits - report

    German coal-fired power plant Jänschwalde “probably has no economic future post-2021” because of new European Union limits on emissions for power plants, according to a report by US-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). ...
  • “Tailwind for energy efficiency

    The German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency (DENEFF) has praised the strengthening of efficiency rules by the industry and energy committee of the European Parliament. “Investment in energy efficiency needs planning security,” said DENEFF ...
  • Macron’s EU CO₂ pricing proposal draws mixed reactions in Germany

    French President Emmanuel Macron’s call for a European price of 25-30 euro per tonne of CO₂ has received mixed reactions in Germany, reports Andreas Mihm in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. German utilities argue that the proposed scheme would put the ...
  • Solar plants on cropland increase land use efficiency

    Installing solar and pv power plants on cropland only has a minor effect on the crop yield, Daniel Seeger writes in pv magazine. A trial with so-called agro-pv installations showed that the solar power installations reduced the yield by between 5 and 20 ...
  • German conservatives flesh out climate action plans ahead of decisive cabinet meeting

    03 Sep 2019, 17:45 Following key regional elections in eastern German Saxony and Brandenburg, the conservative parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel's grand coalition – the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU) – have ...
  • Government support for German energy research increases slightly in 2018

    29 May 2019, 12:15 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 ...
  • Bosch chairman calls Stuttgart driving bans “disastrous” economic policy

    The regional government’s decision to ban older diesel cars from Stuttgart city centre on days with bad air from next year is “ill-advised”, “disastrous” economic policy, and its environmental benefits “questionable,” according to Franz Fehrenbach, ...
  • “E.ON builds defence against hostile takeover”

    E.ON is putting together a team of banks and lawyers to support the utility in case of a hostile takeover attempt, according to a report by news agency dpa carried by website manager magazine. A company spokesperson said a “defence mandate” of this kind ...
  • 30 Apr 2020 |

    Higher 2030 EU climate target would lead to “challenging” debate on German goals

    30 Apr 2020, 12:37 Expert Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change Climate & CO2 Policy International Expert SWP- German Institute for International and Security Affairs Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik G20 International ...
  • Companies can lease solar arrays on their roof from Vattenfall instead of building them

    Vattenfall’s business clients can use their roofs to produce solar energy without having to invest into the construction of the array, according to a company press release. The Swedish utility will pay for the construction and maintenance of the system ...
  • Carbon haven”

    Germany’s 2020 climate protection target is likely to fail due to the country’s “ addiction to coal ”, according to an analysis by British climate NGO Sandbag. Sandbag argues that Germany’s vast electricity exports allowed for a reduction of its coal ...
  • “Germany could escape carbon hole by investing abroad”

    Bloomberg New Energy Finance says Germany could meet its 2020 emissions targets through carbon trading. Buying the right to pollute could allow Germany's domestic coal industry to keep operating, Bloomberg Technology reports, with carbon cuts ...
  • 25 Jul 2019 |

    German conservatives propose discount on electricity and support for rural commuters

    25 Jul 2019, 14:50 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Cost & Prices Policy The deputy head of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU parliamentary group, Andreas Jung, has suggested consumers should pay less for ...
  • 11 Sep 2015

    In the media: Govt, companies take tactical positions on nuclear clean-up

    11 Sep 2015 (All day) Die Welt “There’s no alternative to a nuclear fund” In the fight over who will provide the billions of euros needed for nuclear decommissioning and storage, the utilities always seem to be two steps ahead of the government, writes ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Astonishing price fall”

    An average successful bid of less than half a cent per kilowatt hour for offshore wind in Germany’s first competitive auction for the technology showed that renewables support did not need to be as big as it has been in recent years, writes Timot Szent ...
  • Region damages its own economic basis

    Of all places, the region now developing really clean diesel engines publicly withdraws confidence from the technology, comments local newspaper Stuttgarter Nachrichten. Local politicians fighting against combustion technology seem to forget which ...
  • EEX and CBEEX form partnership for carbon market development in China

    The European Energy Exchange (EEX) and China Beijing Environment Exchange (CBEEX) will form a strategic partnership to jointly develop the world’s largest carbon market in China, German-based EEX writes in a press release. EEX and CBEEX will evaluate how ...
  • 27 Sep 2018 |

    Call for open debate on CCU and CCS to save industry emissions

    27 Sep 2018, 13:57 Germany needs to have a rational and open public discussion about carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) and storage (CCS) as ways to avoid releasing climate-harmful emissions from industry into the environment. A position paper by the ...
  • Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW to build more than 106,000 e-cars this year

    German carmakers Volkswagen, Daimler, and BMW are likely to build more than 106,000 e-cars this year, an increase of 54 percent compared to last year, according to a forecast by business consultancy PwC. Production of hybrid models by German carmakers ...
  • “Germany is building the world’s first wind turbines with built-in hydroelectric batteries”

    Engineers in Germany are storing water for hydroelectricity inside wind turbines, allowing the towers to act like massive batteries when the wind stops, writes Michael Coren for online news outlet Quartz. “It’s the first major example of the two ...
  • Economic viability of decentralised power station at risk”

    The grid reform proposal threatens to undermine the economics of decentralised power stations, according to utility association BDEW. “The government risks that controllable and flexible decentralised power generators are pushed out of the market,” said ...
  • 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 ...
  • 05 Sep 2019 |

    Germany's renewables investments falls on lower prices, slower capacity growth

    05 Sep 2019, 16:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables Cost & Prices Investments in renewable energy were halved in Germany in 2018 compared to the year before, landing the country in fourth place in ...
  • 28 May 2020 |

    “Strong signal from Brussels” – German reactions to EU recovery proposal

    28 May 2020, 12:34 German industry and energy sector associations have welcomed the coronavirus recovery proposal presented by the European Commission. Lobby group BDI said the funds should focus on sustainability not only in regard to climate and ...
  • “Survey: Too little commitment by parties regarding energy efficiency

    Few voters believe Germany's political parties show enough commitment to energy efficiency, according to a Kantar Emnid survey commissioned by German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency (DENEFF). 57 percent of respondents said the Green Party ...
  • 24 Apr 2020 |

    Munich Re first to offer insurance for performance of large-scale battery storage facilities

    24 Apr 2020, 14:15 Freja Eriksen Storage Cost & Prices Süddeutsche Zeitung Reinsurer Munich Re has said it will be the first to offer insurance of the long-term performance of large-scale storage facilities, writes Süddeutsche Zeitung. The possibility ...
  • East German state premier criticises power price differences

    Welt Online / dpa East German state premier criticises power price differences Once again, an eastern German state premier has criticised regional discrepancies in the power price, dpa news agency reports in an article carried by Welt Online. Brandenburg ...
  • “innogy wants to build new offshore wind park”

    German energy company innogy will take part in the country’s first call for tenders for offshore wind power plants with a 280 megawatt capacity project near the island of Heligoland in the North Sea, reports Jürgen Flauger for Handelsblatt. Innogy’s ...
  • 02 Sep 2019 |

    Economy minister aims to lower German electricity prices as industry moans

    02 Sep 2019, 13:08 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Grid Cost & Prices dpa Economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier has said he aims to lower German electricity prices in the country's climate cabinet, where  ...
  • Daimler CEO – Battery cell production in Germany not economically viable

    It doesn’t make economic sense for German carmakers to produce e-car battery cells, according to Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche. “We know today that we can buy them for a fraction of our costs on the international market […] and no-one knows which technology ...
  • EnBW builds North Sea wind farm together with Canadian Enbridge

    German utility EnBW starts construction of its first off-shore wind farm in the North Sea ten years after receiving permission, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports. The largely state-owned utility will cooperate with Canadian pipeline company ...
  • 20 Aug 2019 |

    Lufthansa passengers can choose CO2-neutral synthetic fuel- at a price

    20 Aug 2019, 13:55 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Transport Clean Energy Wire / AP German airline Lufthansa is launching a platform that allows customers to purchase CO₂-neutral synthetic plane ...
  • Entrepreneur initiative calls for fast, effective CO₂ price, will join global climate strike

    22 Aug 2019, 13:53 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire / Frankfurter Rundschau A German business initiative called "Entrepreneurs for Future" will join ...
  • “G20 begins transition to low-carbon economy, but too slow for Paris Agreement goals – report”

    G20 member states are beginning to decarbonise their economies, but the required investment in fossil fuels remains so high that the “well below 2°Celsius” global warming reduction target will be “missed by a wide margin”, according to the Brown to Green ...
  • 22 Sep 2015

    In the media: VW's blatant deception; "error in the IEA energy bible"

    22 Sep 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) “The VW scandal” It is a mystery why VW decided to take the risk of manipulating emission results with rather limited benefits, writes Holger Appel in FAZ. Why VW did not react earlier, since ...
  • “G20 begins transition to low-carbon economy, but too slow for Paris Agreement goals – report”

    G20 member states are beginning to decarbonise their economies, but the required investment in fossil fuels remains so high that the “well below 2°Celsius” global warming reduction target will be “missed by a wide margin”, according to the Brown to Green ...
  • CO2 price should replace levy to fund renewables expansion - state sec

    Germany will have to replace its current renewables (EEG) surcharge model with more market and taxation-based mechanisms, using a CO 2 price as an indicator, Jochen Flasbarth, state secretary in the environment ministry, said at a conference by Green ...
  • Renewables squeeze wholesale power prices and boost electricity exports

    06 May 2015 (All day) The growing share of renewables forced German wholesale electricity prices down to among the lowest in Europe last year, according to a study by grid operator TenneT. And government figures indicate that consumers are benefitting too ...
  • Economy ministry publishes results of consultations on energy efficiency green book and “Electricity 2030” paper

    The federal economy ministry (BMWi) has published the results of the discussion process concerning last year’s green book on energy efficiency and the impulse paper on long term trends “Electricity 2030”. BMWi plans a white book on energy efficiency as a ...
  • “Head of VW works council: We have to build batteries”

    VW’s work council has made an agreement with management on future job cuts conditional on building a battery factory, reports Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “The agreement could fall through. Especially if there is no promise by the company to enter ...
  • 13 Mar 2020 |

    Econ min confirms German climate package unlikely to achieve 2030 targets

    13 Mar 2020, 14:28 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Policy Clean Energy Wire The measures outlined in the German government's climate package last year will likely not be sufficient to meet the country's 2030 climate targets, a  study ...
  • “CDU economic council demands lower climate target”

    The economic council of the German Christian Democrats (CDU) wants Germany to turn away from its current targets  to lower the country’s primary energy consumption, writes Martin Kessler in RP Online. These targets- a  20 percent reduction by 2020 and 50 ...
  • German Ministry for Economic Affairs issues call for tenders to help with EU electricity market design

    Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has issued a call for tenders for a scientific study on the further development of the EU’s electricity market design. The study is to examine and offer a short analysis of the current ...
  • 23 Jul 2019 |

    Court annuls price system suspected to be behind recent German grid troubles

    23 Jul 2019, 13:52 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Grid Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire A German court has ruled to revoke the so-called mixed-price system used to set prices on the energy balancing market. The ...
  • “Government warns of economic consequences of climate change”

    The federal government thinks Germany will increasingly be vulnerable to the consequences of climate change, writes Spiegel Online. Trade would be especially affected, according to the economy ministry’s reply to a parliamentary enquiry by the Green group ...
  • “Highly efficient gas power plants”

    Affordable climate protection is the most important task for the energy industry- and gas-fired power generation could be key, says Timm Kehler, director of natural gas industry group Zukunft Erdgas, writes Volker Budinger in an article part of a natural ...
  • Labour union IG Metall calls for higher top tax rate to cover climate action costs

    08 Oct 2019, 14:10 Expert IG Metall-Industrial Union of Metalworkers IG Metall Business & Jobs Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire High incomes in ...
  • 23 Mar 2020 |

    German utilities rule out power cuts to defaulting households during corona crisis

    23 Mar 2020, 13:57 Expert EnBW EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG Business & Jobs Electricity market Utilities Expert VKU- German Association of Local Utilities Verband kommunaler Unternehmen Utilities Climate & CO2 Electricity market Expert VZBV- ...
  • 04 Mar 2016

    RWE holders forego dividend / Oil for heat back in vogue as prices fall

    04 Mar 2016 (All day) Die Welt “North Rhine-Westphalia cities agree to forego RWE dividend” Despite their own financial difficulties, cities in North Rhine-Westphalia that own stakes in utility RWE have accepted that there will be no dividend this year, ...
  • 21 Feb 2020 |

    Hamburg mayor proposes conversion of coal plant into green hydrogen production site

    21 Feb 2020, 14:02 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Elections & Politics Hamburger Abendblatt The mayor of Hamburg, Peter Tschentscher, has proposed shutting down the city's coal plant Moorburg "many years" earlier than the current end date of ...
  • 12 Aug 2019 |

    Germany's coal exit likely to lower industry power prices – study

    12 Aug 2019, 12:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Coal Clean Energy Wire Germany's coal phase-out and the continued rollout of renewables will only have "very little" impact on electricity prices, ...
  • “High speed cycle lanes are an important building block for future transport system”

    Expressways for bicycles are an important contribution to solve current transport problems, according to environment minister Barbara Hendricks. “Every other car ride is shorter than five kilometres. High speed cycle tracks can persuade many commuters to ...
  • 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 ...
  • “CO2 needs a price

    Even though renewable power is now cheaper than conventional fossil power in many countries, it would be wrong to assume global energy and climate policy will become “a no-brainer,” Brigitte Knopf, secretary general of the Mercator Research Institute on ...
  • 22 May 2020 |

    Energy-intensive industry warns against additional burdens from short-term coronavirus recovery measures

    22 May 2020, 14:11 Expert VCI- German Chemicals Industry Association Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.V. Cost & Prices Business & Jobs Benjamin Wehrmann Industry Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire / Die Welt Energy-intensive industry groups short ...
  • Experts call for CO2 price tag to preserve Energiewende’s “credibility”

    Leading experts commissioned by the German economy ministry (BMWi) say Germany will probably miss key targets of the Energiewende, endangering the entire projects's credibility.” In their advisory opinion on the BMWi’s fifth Energiewende Monitoring ...
  • “Not a single application to build wind turbines in Bavaria in 2016”

    In the first quarter of 2016, there wasn’t a single application to build a wind turbine in Bavaria, the Bavarian government has said, and the same goes for the second quarter, according to information obtained by the website energyload.eu. This comes ...
  • 01 Aug 2019 |

    German lignite plants deep in the red, should get little compensation to close – report

    01 Aug 2019, 09:00 Germany’s fleet of lignite power stations has likely lost more than 600 million euros in the first half of 2019, as profits “collapsed” and fixed costs could not be covered, according to modelling by Sandbag. The climate change think ...
  • RWE and EnBW little prepared for transition to low-carbon future

    German utilities RWE and EnBW are not well prepared for the transition to a low-carbon future when compared their European peers, according to an analysis by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). Austrian Verbund, Spanish Iberdrola and Finnish Fortum are ...
  • Germany needs “efficiency revolution” – state secretary Baake

    Germany will need an “efficiency revolution” to reach its target of halving energy consumption by 2050, according to energy state secretary Rainer Baake. At a conference by the German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency (DENEFF)  in Berlin, Baake ...
  • Nordex builds highest wind turbine in Germany

    Wind turbines manufacturer Nordex has erected the world’s highest wind turbine in Hausbay, Rhineland-Palatinate. Its pole is 164 meters high and the blades are 65.5 metres long, Nordex says in a press release. With its complete height of 230 metres, the ...
  • “Energy efficiency industry believes Green Party most competent”

    Energy efficiency businesses say the Greens are the most competent among German political parties when it comes to their field, according to a survey by the German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency (DENEFF). Social Democrats and Christian ...
  • Energy efficiency, sector coupling and digitalisation likely to keep next government busy

    Greater energy efficiency, sector coupling and digitalisation are going to be core areas in energy policy that Germany’s next government will likely have to focus on, according to federal economy ministry state secretary Rainer Baake. During a speech at a ...
  • “A higher oil price benefits energy transition”

    The higher crude oil price resulting from OPEC’s agreement to reduce its output could benefit Germany’s energy transition, Claudia Kemfert writes in a commentary for the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW). “A higher oil price facilitates the ...
  • 18 Mar 2020 |

    German demand for green electricity higher than at any time since Fukushima – Verivox

    18 Mar 2020, 15:03 Rachel Waldholz Cost & Prices Society Focus Online German households are choosing green energy sources at the highest rate in years, Focus Online reports, citing figures from the rate comparison site Verivox. So far this year, 65 ...
  • “Unburden power price, start heating transition”

    The renewable surcharge scheme in Germany’s renewable energy act (EEG) is increasingly slackening the Energiewende, writes Robert Busch, chairman of Germany’s Association of Energy Market Innovators (BNE), in a guest commentary for Frankfurter Rundschau. ...
  • 27 Apr 2020 |

    Lufthansa aid after initial rescue package must incorporate climate action – env min

    27 Apr 2020, 13:53 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Freja Eriksen Transport Clean Energy Wire / dpa / Reuters A 9 to 10 ...
  • 06 May 2019 |

    Energiewende: "Mess in Germany"- magazine

    06 May 2019, 13:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Energiewende Der Spiegel Germany’s energy transition is faced with many problems, including a lack in power grid capacity, energy storage and high costs, write Frank ...
  • 19 Jul 2019 |

    Germany’s grid agency investigates suspected power price speculation

    19 Jul 2019, 13:52 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway Bundesnetzagentur Cost & Prices Electricity market Grid Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Grid Security ...
  • German wholesale power prices fall while natural gas prices surge

    Wholesale power prices in Germany fell by four percent in 2017, price comparison website Verivox says in a press release. Prices at the electricity exchange EEX fell to 31.3 euros per megawatt hour (MWh), compared to 32.6 eur/MWh in the year before, ...
  • “Germany’s plan for 100 percent electric cars may actually increase carbon emissions”

    An ambitious target to replace all combustion engine cars in Germany with electric vehicles by 2030 might increase CO 2 emissions instead of lowering them, writes Denes Csala, lecturer at Lancaster University, in an article for The Conversation. “Unless ...
  • Energy intensive industry founds network for efficiency

    Germany’s Association of energy-intensive businesses (VIK) is among the founders of  a network for energy efficiency, dubbed KEEN, the association has said in a press release. Six companies from the mining, electrical engineering, food industry and energy ...
  • 10 May 2019 |

    Majority of people in Germany against CO2 tax- polls

    10 May 2019, 13:25 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society YouGov / ZDF Attitudes toward a tax on carbon emissions in Germany strongly depend on age, with older people in general being much more ...
  • Reducing power prices and increasing fuel prices for sector coupling

    Making electricity cheaper and heating and transport fuels more expensive would be a first step towards successful sector coupling in Germany, writes Stefan Schultz in an opinion piece for Spiegel Online. Renewables expansion costs for consumers would be ...
  • Germany and France say climate action must be cornerstone of EU coronavirus recovery

    18 May 2020, 14:02 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert German-French Office for the Energiewende Office franco-allemand pour la transition énergétique ...
  • “Negative price spikes on power markets – The role of energy policy”

    High electricity feed-in from renewables increases the chance of negative power prices, according to a new study by Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI Essen). “Reaching ambitious renewable energy targets increases the frequency of ...
  • 29 Aug 2019 |

    Germany needs concept to exploit e-scooter potential for mobility transition – city association

    29 Aug 2019, 12:33 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Edgar Meza Transport Cities Clean Energy Wire Electric scooters can contribute to sustainable urban mobility, but their integration in urban traffic must be coordinated jointly by ...
  • 20 Oct 2015

    In the media: Expensive export power; EnBW bets on gas

    20 Oct 2015 (All day) Fraunhofer ISE “Exported power more expensive than imported power” Germany makes billions of euros from exporting power every year, researchers at the Fraunhofer ISE found. The country made 1.7 billion euros in 2014 and is set to ...
  • 01 Oct 2019 |

    Germany to reach goal of 4 bln euros for intl climate financing by 2020 – budget draft

    01 Oct 2019, 17:30 Germany is set to reach its goal of doubling contributions to international climate finance to four billion euros annually by 2020 compared to 2014 figures. A gap had become clear earlier this year, but a budget draft states that this ...
  • “Hendricks supports Jordan with energy efficiency in water sector”

    The German environment ministry supports three new water management projects in Jordan under the umbrella of the “ Export Initiative Environmental Technologies ”, according to a press release. The projects are to help Jordan bring down energy costs in ...
  • 04 Feb 2019 |

    Germany to face EU sanctions if it does not lower heating sector emissions

    04 Feb 2019, 14:13 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Efficiency Die Welt The sluggish emissions reduction in Germany’s heating sector could mean the country will face severe ...
  • “Electricity prices remain unpredictable”

    Electricity consumers will likely see rising costs for the support of renewable energies with a possible increase of the renewables surcharge to 7.5 to 10 cents per kilowatt hour (KWh) by 2025, compared to the current 6.35 cents/KWh, according to a new ...
  • 07 Oct 2019 |

    Legal loophole allowed German companies to avoid paying billions in renewables support – media

    07 Oct 2019, 14:29 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cost & Prices Der Spiegel Hundreds of companies may have used a loophole in Germany's Renewable Energy Act to avoid paying their share of the country' ...
  • “Germany falls behind on climate targets; zero-carbon economy needed to meet Paris Agreement”

    Germany’s greenhouse gas reduction target of 80-95 percent by 2050 can't be reached with current plans, and is in itself inadequate to meet the goals set out in the Paris Climate Agreement, according to a new study by Energy Watch Group (EWG). “The ...
  • Lufthansa rescue deal must set example for green recovery conditions – opinion

    26 May 2020, 12:38 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert Left Party Die Linke EEG 2.0 | Law Policy David Reay Business ...
  • 31 May 2019 |

    Germany extends electric car bonus to 2020

    31 May 2019, 13:37 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Cars Clean Energy Wire Germany will extend in its current form for another year a bonus scheme to encourage people to buy electric cars, disappointing some officials ...
  • “14.8 billion euros of turnover achieved with products for increasing energy efficiency in 2014”

    Sales of energy efficiency products rose 10 percent to 65.4 billion euros in 2014, according to the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis). “The turnover generated from products for increasing energy efficiency and for saving energy is much higher than that ...
  • 11 Feb 2020 |
    Gas

    Gas industry calls for capacity market debate as Germany exits nuclear and coal

    11 Feb 2020, 14:31 Expert Uniper SE Uniper SE Utilities Expert Zukunft ERDGAS Fossil fuels Julian Wettengel Gas Clean Energy Wire As Germany plans to exit both nuclear and coal power generation over the next years, gas plants will become more important as ...
  • 08 Apr 2019 |

    German government to consider CO2 tax

    08 Apr 2019, 12:39 Expert Ottmar Edenhofer Co-Chair of Working Group III of the IPCC, Director of MCC, Deputy Director and Chief Economist of PIK Energiewende Technology Climate & CO2 Expert PIK- The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research ...
  • 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 ...
  • 01 Apr 2020 |

    Germany marks first ever quarter with more than 50 pct renewable electricity

    01 Apr 2020, 15:11 Germany produced more than half of its electricity with renewable power in the first three months of 2020, the first full quarter in which renewables covered the majority of the country’s electricity needs. The numbers were driven by ...
  • 05 May 2020 |

    State energy ministers call for investments in renewables, grid and hydrogen as part of coronavirus recovery

    05 May 2020, 15:07 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert VKU- German Association of Local Utilities Verband kommunaler ...
  • Major German companies back position paper calling for climate neutrality

    09 Sep 2019, 13:41 Expert Foundation 2° (Stiftung 2°) German CEOs for climate protection Business & Jobs Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Industrial policy Clean Energy Wire ...
  • 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 ...
  • 04 Dec 2014

    In the media: praise and criticism for government's climate action

    04 Dec 2014 (All day) Welt online "Government advisors pick apart the Energiewende" Official advisors to the German government have criticised Energiewende policies as “not concrete enough” and “not enough to achieve Germany’s climate targets,” ...
  • “Solar experts bet on efficiency improvements”

    Increasing the efficiency is key to exploiting the cost reduction potential of solar PV facilities, say 58 percent of research and development experts from solar companies surveyed by the German Solar Industry Association (BSW). The improvement of quality ...
  • Environment organisations want EU infringement proceedings against Germany because of insufficient energy efficiency measures

    Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) and Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) are launching an official complaint against Germany with the European Commission because of the “inadequate implementation” of the energy efficiency directive (EED). The environment ...
  • German government parties debate new public debt to fight climate change – report

    08 Aug 2019, 13:51 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Handelsblatt An increasing number of MPs from Germany's governing parties are in favour of abandoning the target of a balanced ...
  • “World's largest carbon producers face landmark human rights case”

    German utility RWE, coal mining corporation RAG AG and HeidelbergCement are among 47 major global CO2-emitters the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR) accuses of breaching people’s fundamental rights to “life, food, water, sanitation, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Time to advance Energiewende by cutting power costs- top economist

    27 Apr 2018 (All day) The Energiewende is an indispensable project even if future economic returns remain uncertain, according to Christoph M. Schmidt, president of the RWI- Leibniz Institute for Economic Research, and chair of the German Council of ...
  • 15 Dec 2015

    A 'climate of disillusion' / Europe's power prices compared

    15 Dec 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “Climate of disillusion” German environment minister Barbara Hendricks did not manage to carry the enthusiasm from the Paris Summit to Berlin, writes Cerstin Gammelin in Süddeutsche Zeitung. “This was not due to ...
  • 08 Apr 2020 |

    Digitalisation of Germany's energy transition on track, but many hurdles ahead – study

    08 Apr 2020, 12:55 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Sören Amelang Digitalisation Clean Energy Wire The digitalisation of ...
  • 03 Feb 2020 |

    German econ min’s draft strategy criticised for including ‘blue hydrogen’

    03 Feb 2020, 13:44 Expert E3G- Third generation enviromentalism European non profit organisation for policy transformation Climate & CO2 Finance Policy Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Julian Wettengel Gas Renewables ...
  • 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 ...
  • 16 Apr 2020 |

    Zero-support bids from 2018 could make bidders pay in German offshore auctions

    16 Apr 2020, 13:04 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Wind Business & Jobs Tagesspiegel Background The ...
  • 20 Dec 2019 |

    Munich joins growing ranks of German cities declaring climate emergency

    20 Dec 2019, 14:50 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cities Süddeutsche Zeitung The Bavarian capital Munich has declared a “climate emergency”, joining more than 60 other German municipalities to have done so over the course of 2019, reports Süddeutsche ...
  • 16 Apr 2019 |

    Energy company RWE's share price up amid coal exit debate and climate protests

    16 Apr 2019, 14:27 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Coal Utilities Süddeutsche Zeitung German coal plant and lignite mine operator RWE has seen its ...
  • 17 Jan 2020 |

    Saxony premier's talk of future nuclear power uses gets swift rejection

    17 Jan 2020, 12:46 Benjamin Wehrmann Nuclear phase-out Policy Oldenburger Onlinezeitung / Die Welt / RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland The suggestion by Saxony's state premier Michael Kretschmer that Germany should keep the door open for future uses of ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 19 Feb 2020 |

    Five years after Dieselgate, VW USA wants to be the climate-friendly alternative

    19 Feb 2020, 14:23 Rachel Waldholz Cars Handelsblatt Just a few years after being hit with massive fines for its role in the emissions cheating scandal, Volkswagen is hoping to re-brand as the climate-friendly alternative in the American market, Astrid ...
  • 06 Jun 2019 |

    German city of Hamburg decides to end coal heating by 2030 following citizens’ initiative

    06 Jun 2019, 14:19 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Cities Clean Energy Wire A citizen initiative in Hamburg has succeeded in pushing for the end of coal heating by 2030 in the northern port city. “The use of ...
  • 05 Feb 2019 |

    Altmaier wants to boost battery cells, autonomous driving as part of industry policy

    05 Feb 2019, 13:40 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 ...
  • 05 Nov 2019 |
    Gas

    Germany must beat Asia in hydrogen technology race- government

    05 Nov 2019, 14:43 [Correction: In quote, economy minister Altmaier said he would prefer green hydrogen over blue hydrogen, not over grey hydrogen.] The German government believes hydrogen is key not only for a successful energy transition, but also for ...
  • 07 May 2020 |

    German econ min says car industry support must keep climate targets in view

    07 May 2020, 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 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Green stimulus Bild / Clean ...
  • Merkel must make clear this is moment to “rebuild better” – Greenpeace head

    22 Apr 2020, 15:01 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert Germanwatch Climate & CO2 Expert Greenpeace ...
  • 04 Dec 2019 |

    New SPD leadership seen as backtracking from campaign climate demands

    04 Dec 2019, 13:45 Benjamin Wehrmann Elections & Politics Tagesspiegel Background The draft of a main motion by the new Social Democratic Party (SPD) leadership duo does not include key climate policy campaign demands of  the recently elected party ...
  • Norway bets on gas and CCS to complement Europe’s energy transition

    31 Aug 2018, 13:36 With its vast amounts of hydro energy, many would like Norway to become Europe’s “green battery”, supplying neighbours with steady power when there is little wind or sun. An extreme heat wave and dry weather in the first half of 2018 ...
  • 17 Dec 2015 |

    Germans celebrate climate deal, turn to task ahead

    17 Dec 2015 (All day) [UPDATES with comments from VKU] German politicians, climate activists, scientists and media celebrated the "historic" Paris climate agreement. Some business associations as well as activists pointed to flaws of the deal, ...
  • Power sector wants tax funds for energy transition

    20 Dec 2018, 14:07 BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Electricity market Utilities Read more about BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Use Teaser Image as container background on ...
  • 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 ...
  • Coordinated Dutch-German climate action is critical for Europe – researchers

    12 Aug 2019, 12:30 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 International Energy Post / Clean Energy Wire Coordinated action on climate by Germany and the Netherlands is critical for Europe, several ...
  • Germany debates form of renewables support as levy rises

    17 Oct 2016 (All day) Germany’s consumer surcharge to fund renewable electricity will rise less than expected in 2017. Still, discussions about the cost of the country’s Energiewende project and ways to reform the renewables support dominated the public ...
  • 'The world needs Russia' to solve climate crisis- German development minister

    29 Nov 2019, 13:39 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire Global climate action and environmental protection can only work with an active Russian engagement, Germany' ...
  • 03 May 2018 |

    Germany wants transparent global climate reporting to ensure trust

    03 May 2018 (All day) Negotiators from 184 countries gather in the city of Bonn from 30 April to 10 May to work on the implementation of the landmark Paris Agreement, designed to limit global warming to under 2°C. The German government is a longtime ...
  • 29 Nov 2019 |

    Internet hub Frankfurt struggles to reduce energy use as online data volumes skyrocket

    29 Nov 2019, 14:23 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Cities Frankfurter Rundschau The city of Frankfurt is struggling to reduce its energy use as the growth in internet data traffic boosts power ...
  • 10 Aug 2015

    In the media: Fossil fuel divestment and eco-labels for more efficient boilers

    10 Aug 2015 (All day) Der Spiegel / Spiegel Online State premier criticises coal compromise Torsten Albig (Social Democrat), state premier of Schleswig-Holstein in Northern Germany, has criticised the capacity reserve for old coal-fired power stations ...
  • 25 Jan 2019 |

    Industry study says 250 billion euros needed for transport transition

    25 Jan 2019, 14:26 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Transport ...
  • New negotiations on EU effort sharing needed to raise 2030 climate target – Merkel

    13 May 2020, 13:36 Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire German chancellor Angela Merkel has said EU member states will have to re-negotiate their contributions to greenhouse gas emission reductions in ...
  • 18 Dec 2014 |

    Proposal for nuclear fund seen by some as no-confidence vote in utilities

    18 Dec 2014 (All day) A leaked document outlines plans to transfer some provisions German utilities have put aside for nuclear decommissioning and waste disposal to a state-managed fund. The Clean Energy Wire spoke to two policy analysts about the ...
  • “385 primary providers increase power prices, 274 lower natural gas prices in 2017”

    385 primary power providers have increased their prices since the beginning of the year or announced price hikes within three months, the price comparison website check24 has said in a press release. For standard households with an annual consumption of 5 ...
  • Energy researchers spell out four reasons for slow emissions reduction in Germany

    14 May 2019, 13:30 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Energiewende The rapid expansion of renewable power sources in Germany has not been matched by a parallel drop in carbon emissions and energy ...
  • 07 Oct 2019 |

    German climate law draft assigns sectoral emissions budgets for 2020-2030

    07 Oct 2019, 16:41 The German government has presented a draft of Germany’s first-ever major Climate Action Law, which assigns flexible annual greenhouse gas budgets to economic sectors for the years 2020-2030, but does not make long-term climate targets ...
  • 12 Mar 2015

    In the media: Should utilities survive?

    12 Mar 2015 (All day) Spiegel Online “Let the utilities die” Germany’s biggest utilities are in an existential crisis of their own making, writes Nicolai Kwasniewski in a commentary on Spiegel Online. “The survival of the dinosaurs is improbable (…) We ...
  • Climate levy – the debate and proposals for cutting CO2 emissions

    27 May 2016 (All day) Update 27 May 2016 [European Commission approves state aid for closure of lignite power plants] | The government has approved wide reaching power market reform, including a phase-out plan for some lignite plants. A "coal reserve ...
  • 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 ...
  • 25 May 2020 |

    German solar and wind could supply three times today’s power demand by 2040 – study

    25 May 2020, 12:38 Expert Aurora Energy Research Bioenergy Electricity market Renewables EEG2016 | Law Energiewende Cost & Prices Finance Julian Wettengel Solar Wind Clean Energy Wire Solar and wind power in Germany could supply three times the ...
  • 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 ...
  • No dominant actor on German electricity market but RWE merits close look – antitrust authorities

    27 Nov 2019, 14:04 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Electricity market Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire No single energy company can currently claim any dominance over Germany's electricity market, the ...
  • 10 Dec 2018 |

    COP24 blog- Germany drops in climate performance

    10 Dec 2018, 09:03 Germany is under scrutiny at the UN climate summit COP24 in Poland: the country will fail its 2020 climate target and only the next year will show if a push to phase-out coal-fired power production will result in an end date for the CO2 ...
  • 22 Mar 2019 |

    “How the car industry hid the truth about diesel emissions”

    22 Mar 2019, 13:28 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Cities The Guardian In a long article, British newspaper The Guardian explores the history of the dieselgate scandal, which involved most German carmakers. ...
  • German wholesale power prices turn negative less often in 2018

    03 Jan 2019, 11:58 Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway Cost & Prices Electricity market Grid Read more about Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway Use Teaser ...
  • 22 May 2020 |

    Soaring renewables output could save villages threatened by German coal mine expansion

    22 May 2020, 14:07 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Business & Jobs Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Electricity market Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland ...
  • Number of German energy workers rises by more than 10,000 in a decade

    22 May 2020, 14:02 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables Business & Jobs Clean ...
  • 18 Nov 2019 |

    Tesla gigafactory in Germany hailed as gamechanger for lagging e-mobility transition

    18 Nov 2019, 12:34 Tesla's announcement to build a "gigafactory" for e-car production in Germany is likely to speed up the slow shift to electric mobility in the country, politicians and mobility experts have said. Media called the ...
  • 09 May 2019 |

    Env min says Germany’s coal exit likely to happen “much faster” than by 2038

    09 May 2019, 14:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Clean Energy Wire The German coal exit will likely be completed before the 2038 end-date agreed on by the country’s coal exit commission, environment minister ...
  • 20 Nov 2019 |

    Design of Germany's wind power distance rules undecided as opposition to policy grows

    20 Nov 2019, 13:04 Following intense criticism of the German government's planned minimum distance rules for wind power by industry and environmental groups, economy minister Peter Altmaier says the government has not made a final decision on what ...
  • 24 Mar 2020 |

    German 2030 climate target only achievable with 'course correction' – consultancy

    24 Mar 2020, 14:43 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Renewables Clean Energy Wire Germany’s 2030 emissions targets can only be achieved if the country "substantially" changes track and carries out "enormous efforts" to electrify its ...
  • 12 May 2020 |

    German econ minister proposes levies, cheap electricity for wind power communities

    12 May 2020, 13:07 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Edgar Meza Wind In an effort to reduce resistance to new wind farms, ...
  • 24 Apr 2020 |

    Coronavirus recovery must be tied to climate, innovative mobility, digitalisation – Merkel

    24 Apr 2020, 09:30 Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 Freja Eriksen Julian Wettengel Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire The European Union’s planned coronavirus “recovery fund” should be used to make substantial investments ...
  • 12 May 2020 |

    German government, coastal states reach agreement for offshore wind expansion

    12 May 2020, 13:16 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Edgar Meza Wind Clean Energy Wire Germany's federal government, ...
  • 20 May 2020 |

    Germany to buy stake in Dutch grid operator Tennet as part of broader energy cooperation

    20 May 2020, 13:38 Expert TenneT Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Benjamin Wehrmann Grid International Clean Energy Wire The German government is preparing to buy a stake in Dutch transmission grid operator (TSO) Tennet as part of a ...
  • 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 ...
  • 10 Dec 2018 |

    Germany cashes in on emissions allowances as ETS price rises

    10 Dec 2018, 14:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Finance Focus Online The trade in emissions certificates has brought Germany more money than ever in one year in 2018, the news ...
  • 20 Nov 2017 |

    Germany reacts to collapse of coalition talks

    20 Nov 2017 (All day) After almost five weeks of deliberations, the pro-business Free Democratic Party has pulled the plug on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s efforts to form a coalition government made up of her conservative CDU/CSU alliance, the Greens and ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany lags behind in worldwide boom of power purchase agreements (PPA) – report

    13 Jun 2019, 13:43 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Renewables Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire Germany lags behind many other countries in the global trend to finance renewable power installations via power ...
  • 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 ...
  • 27 Aug 2019 |

    Leading from behind – Germany's government sparks green finance to drive climate policy

    27 Aug 2019, 16:42 Addressing climate change and the pros and cons of renewable power have dominated German public debate for almost two decades, but the role of the finance sector in emissions reduction has taken a back seat. Many countries have already ...
  • 14 Sep 2015

    In the media: EU rules may thwart coal reserve plan

    14 Sep 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “EU casts doubt over lignite compromise” The European Commission has doubts about whether the German government’s plan to put some old lignite power plants in a so-called capacity reserve is in line ...
  • 09 Mar 2020 |

    Utility chief warns that Germany faces potential blackouts as it exits coal

    09 Mar 2020, 13:29 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway Bundesnetzagentur Cost & Prices Electricity market Grid Expert Uniper SE Uniper SE Utilities Rachel Waldholz Coal Electricity market Die Welt ...
  • 08 Apr 2015 |

    German Energiewende enjoys strong social mandate

    08 Apr 2015 (All day) Regardless of recent squabbles about new power lines and rising electricity prices, Germans remain staunch supporters of the principles behind the Energiewende. Survey after survey shows a large majority of the population is in ...
  • Mixed reactions to EU agreement on Market Stability Reserve

    07 May 2015 (All day) Superfluous emission allowances will be put into a market stability reserve from 2019 onwards, EU institutions agreed. The German government’s core demands have been included in the reform. But the chemicals industry fears for its ...
  • 15 Apr 2020 |

    Lack of charging points could slow roll-out of e-mobility in Germany, study warns

    15 Apr 2020, 15:18 Expert dena- German Energy Agency Deutsche Energie-Agentur Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Efficiency Grid Technology Expert Prognos Consultancy Energiewende Sören Amelang Cars Clean Energy Wire A lack of charging points in German ...
  • 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 ...
  • 13 Dec 2019 |

    Industry produced almost 13 percent of German electricity in 2018

    13 Dec 2019, 13:13 Expert Destatis Federal Statistical Office- Statistisches Bundesamt Energiewende Freja Eriksen Industry Clean Energy Wire Industry produced 55 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity in Germany in 2018, meaning local units of mining and ...
  • 18 May 2020 |

    Merkel's coalition partner pushes for ambitious green hydrogen production

    18 May 2020, 14:16 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Sören Amelang Gas Renewables Clean Energy Wire Germany should aim to build up large capacities of hydrogen production from renewables as ...
  • 28 Apr 2020 |

    Small-scale renewables law reform draft omits provision on solar support cap

    28 Apr 2020, 12:28 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert CDU- Christian Democratic Union Christlich Demokratische Union ...
  • 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. ...
  • 09 Jul 2018 |

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

    09 Jul 2018, 15:15 Natural gas is needed to complement renewable energies today and will increasingly be replaced by ‘green gases’, enabling the continued use of existing infrastructure, says Timm Kehler, head of the gas industry initiative Zukunft ERDGAS ...
  • 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 ...
  • 06 Sep 2019 |

    German energy ministers promise legal overhaul to revive ailing wind power expansion

    06 Sep 2019, 13:34 Expert BWE- German Wind Energy Association Bundesverband Windenergie Technology Citizens' energy Electricity market Business & Jobs Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables Wind Clean ...
  • NGOs call for ambitious coal exit plan, higher renewables goal for 2030, price on CO₂

    More than 60 civil society groups under the umbrella organisation Climate Alliance are calling for an ambitious phase-out of coal-fired power generation, a higher goal for renewables expansion, and a CO₂ floor price in the power sector. The alliance has ...
  • German 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 ...
  • German reactions to draft EU Climate Law

    04 Mar 2020, 11:02 The European Commission is unveiling its proposal for the EU's first ever climate law, which will form the basis of the EU's proposed Green Deal, and will provide a framework for reaching the bloc's target of becoming ...
  • Finance ministry: no plans to introduce a CO₂ price, environment ministry says “no priority”

    Germany’s finance ministry, led by Social Democrat (SPD) Olaf Scholz, has rejected environment minister Svenja Schulze’s (also SPD) plan to work on a national price on CO₂ emissions in Germany, which would include sectors such as heating and transport. ...
  • CO₂ price “politically dead” – opinion

    It was “tactically unwise” for social democratic environment minister Svenja Schulze not to coordinate her initiative for a price on CO₂ emissions better with finance minister and party colleague Olaf Scholz, writes Jan Drebes in an opinion piece in ...
  • CO2 price could become “next tax hammer” for petrol and heating oil

    Environment minister Svenja Schulze’s proposal to introduce a CO 2  price could make petrol and heating oil even more expensive, write Fritz Esser, Kai Weise, Karina Mössbauer and Larissa Krüger in mass-daily Bild. “As if petrol and heating oil didn’t ...
  • Angela Merkel’s Conservatives reject CO2 price proposal

    The parliamentary group of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Conservative alliance (CDU/CSU) has rejected environment minister Svenja Schulze’s proposal to introduce a price on CO 2  emissions. “We say No to higher taxes on petrol and heating oil,” said Georg ...
  • 19 Feb 2020 |

    IEA urges Germany to focus on hydrogen, import LNG

    19 Feb 2020, 18:30 To further its landmark energy transition, the Energiewende, Germany must concentrate on hydrogen technology to support the rollout of renewables, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). In an in-depth review of Germany' ...
  • Cities and municipalities spearhead local transport revolution

    01 Jun 2017 (All day) A large share of the emissions from towns and cities comes from traffic. If Germany is to reach its Energiewende goals, each will have to do their bit to reduce the number of vehicles on their roads, and steer citizens towards ...
  • 07 Nov 2019 |

    German lithium importer calls on government to help in row with Bolivia

    07 Nov 2019, 14:09 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 Benjamin ...
  • 20 Dec 2018 |

    Alternative fuel cars on growth path – dena

    20 Dec 2018, 13:59 dena- German Energy Agency Business & Jobs Cost & Prices 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”, ...
  • 10 Jan 2020 |

    German parliament plans to drastically cut funding for energy research

    10 Jan 2020, 11:52 BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Read more about BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy VCI- German Chemicals Industry Association Cost ...
  • 20 Jan 2020 |

    German renewable energy producers received record payout through surcharge

    20 Jan 2020, 12:37 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Freja Eriksen Electricity market Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ...
  • 23 Apr 2020 |

    Economy minister calls for tying car industry support to emissions

    23 Apr 2020, 13:51 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Cars Transport Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law ...
  • 09 Jan 2020 |

    Volume of Germany's climate package climbs to 62 billion euros – MCC

    09 Jan 2020, 13:35 Expert Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change Climate & CO2 Policy International Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s climate package to reach 2030 targets ...
  • Energy ministry will hold electricity price summit in January

    Germany’s energy minister Peter Altmaier will invite businesses to an electricity price summit in January to discuss rising power prices for small and medium- sized companies, he announced this week. Industry association BDI said that rising power prices ...
  • SPD's Westphal: "Conditions to set coal exit date lacking"

    26 Jul 2017 (All day) The SPD, Germany's oldest party, has been a junior partner to Angela Merkel's conservative union in the grand coalition since 2013. The Social Democrats have traditionally been the country's "labour party" ...
  • 08 Jan 2019 |

    Preview2019- Coal exit should be driven by markets, is bad for energy security- RWI

    08 Jan 2019, 11:00 A key premise for Germany to meet its climate goals is a strong CO2 price signal, says Manuel Frondel, head of the department "Environment and Resources" at the RWI-Leibniz Institute for Economic Research. Preferably, such a ...
  • 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 ...
  • 06 Apr 2016

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

    06 Apr 2016 (All day) Ministry for the Environment and Nuclear Safety Using nuclear energy is an ‘aberration’ The nuclear catastrophe of Chernobyl almost 30 years ago showed that using nuclear energy was an aberration, Germany’s environment minister ...
  • 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 ...
  • 15 Jan 2020 |

    Germany's new resource strategy aims at 'responsible' supply for energy transition

    15 Jan 2020, 14:10 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables Cars Clean Energy Wire With a new ...
  • 18 Dec 2019 |

    German state clears important legal hurdle for wind turbine repowering, cancels minimum distance rule

    18 Dec 2019, 13:25 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Wind Hamburger Abendblatt The northern German state ...
  • Heating oil prices in Germany reach highest level in years

    The price for heating oil in Germany has reached its highest level in several years, price comparison website Check24 says in a press release. At 1,537 euros per 2,000 litres, heating oil in September 2018 cost 8 percent more than in the month before and ...
  • 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 ...
  • 01 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Day 2: Forests and finance

    01 Dec 2015 (All day) Day 2 at the UN climate conference: Negotiators begin their day-to-day work / Finance pledges for forests and renewables / New guidelines for climate compatible investment rules Heads of state and government have left and the nitty ...
  • 28 Apr 2020 |

    Recovery programmes “great opportunity” to invest in climate action – opinion

    28 Apr 2020, 12:29 Julian Wettengel Green stimulus Osnabrücker Zeitung / taz / RND The coronavirus crisis recovery programmes being worked out all over the world present a “great opportunity” to push climate action, the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung's Uwe ...
  • 11 Jan 2019 |

    German city of Kiel tests nitrogen oxide removal device to avoid diesel bans

    11 Jan 2019, 13:55 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Cities Kieler Nachrichten The northern German city of Kiel is about to test an extraction system that removes nitrogen oxide (NOx) from the ...
  • 11 Jan 2019 |

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

    11 Jan 2019, 13:53 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Renewables Cities Cities' & municipalities' role in the Energiewende Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets Towns and ...
  • 06 Jan 2020 |

    Rising demand will lead Germany towards renewable power gap- energy researchers

    06 Jan 2020, 14:14 Expert EWI- Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne Energiewirtschaftliches Institut an der Universität zu Köln Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Electricity market International Freja Eriksen Renewables ...
  • Power price will determine fate of wind turbines after 20-year support period

    The development of power prices in Germany will have a big impact on the lifespan of wind turbines that are more than 20 years old and therefore no longer offer the guaranteed electricity price to investors mandated by Germany’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG) ...
  • Rising EU emissions allowance price fills Germany’s climate action fund

    The rising price for CO 2 emissions in the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) has created windfall gains for Germany’s energy and climate funds, the latest monthly report by Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) reveals. According to the July 2018 ...
  • 10 Feb 2020 |

    Merkel confidante decision to quit as CDU leader reopens dispute over party's direction

    10 Feb 2020, 14:42 Julian Wettengel Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire German chancellor Angela Merkel’s anointed successor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has announced she will step down as conservative party (CDU) head at the end of 2020 and not run ...
  • 27 Sep 2019 |

    Germany's climate targets require huge amounts of renewable hydrogen – reports

    27 Sep 2019, 13:42 Expert Energy Brainpool Energy consultancy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Expert Greenpeace Energy Green energy provider Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Renewables Utilities Expert Wuppertal Institute for Climate, ...
  • 30 Aug 2019 |

    MPs from Germany's conservative party CSU want extra tax on cheapest European flights

    30 Aug 2019, 15:19 Expert CSU- Christian Social Union Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern Elections & Politics Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Transport Cost & Prices Bild Zeitung / Tagesschau MPs from ...
  • 05 Sep 2019 |

    Germany's finance industry struggles to marry climate action and business strategy

    05 Sep 2019, 12:00 Banks, insurers and investment funds in Germany look back at nearly two decades of energy transition – but many of the biggest actors still struggle to embrace its potential as a core business area. While most are well aware of the ...
  • Price on CO₂ could benefit German companies in international competition - scientist

    A price on CO₂ in Germany would bring a push in innovation from which German companies could profit in international competition, Ottmar Edenhofer, designated director of The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), told Spiegel in an ...
  • 10 Sep 2019 |

    Rising basic costs disadvantage Germans who save power

    10 Sep 2019, 14:08 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Grid Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Electricity prices have risen particularly high for Germans with a low level of consumption due to a rise in basic costs of 30 ...
  • Coal commission to discuss impact of rising CO₂ price – report

    The German coal exit commission will debate the impact of the rising price for EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) allowances in its upcoming meeting on 18 September, report Claus Hecking and Stefan Schultz in a lead story on Spiegel Online. Volatile prices ...
  • 06 May 2020 |

    German state aid for car industry highly probable, decision in June – report

    06 May 2020, 13:36 Sören Amelang Cars Green stimulus Handelsblatt A stimulus package for the German car industry looks highly likely following a conference call between Chancellor Angela Merkel and industry executives, but details will remain unclear ...
  • 15 May 2020 |

    Germany on course to widely miss EU emission targets – think tank

    15 May 2020, 14:07 Expert Institute for Applied Ecology Öko-Institut Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire Germany is on track to widely miss its EU obligations to reduce CO2 emissions ...
  • Lignite plants could be affected by rising CO2 prices – but not till the early 2020s

    When CO 2 prices rise to over 50 euros per allowance under the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), even lignite plants will struggle to remain profitable, writes Daniel Wetzel in an article for Die Welt. However, these plants, which are always ...
  • 14 May 2020 |
    Gas

    Germany's gas grid operators present concept for 2030 green hydrogen grid

    14 May 2020, 14:03 Sören Amelang Gas Clean Energy Wire Germany can establish an initial grid for transporting green hydrogen made with renewables by 2030 at limited costs, according to the country's gas transmission grid operator umbrella ...
  • 09 Apr 2020 |

    Greens call for clarity on ETS allowance cancellations during German coal exit

    09 Apr 2020, 13:43 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 ...
  • Green party boosts influence in German energy sector

    06 Aug 2019, 13:57 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 ...
  • German city Leipzig plans to abandon coal by 2023

    06 Dec 2018, 14:23 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Business & Jobs Cities MDR The eastern German city of Leipzig wants to end the use of coal for heat and power production by 2023 ...
  • 24 Mar 2020 |

    Corona impact on German emissions strong but likely short-lived- analysts

    24 Mar 2020, 14:48 Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 Industry Handelsblatt / Der Spiegel Carbon emissions and air pollution are expected to decline in Germany and worldwide because of the coronavirus pandemic, but experts warn the decrease could be ...
  • 14 Dec 2018 |

    EU Court ruling allowing new diesel bans “next round in witch hunt on drivers” – commentary

    14 Dec 2018, 14:37 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Cities Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The ruling by the European Court of Justice allowing cities to ban a new generation of “cleaner” diesel ...
  • 21 Dec 2016 |
    G20

    Preview2017- "A top-down approach won’t get us very far"

    21 Dec 2016 (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 ...
  • Putin and Merkel meet to find solution on gas pipeline Nord Stream 2

    18 Aug 2018, 20:13 Russia and Germany are set to proceed with the completion of a second natural gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea between the two countries. At a meeting with Russian President Putin near Berlin, German Chancellor Merkel sought to dispel ...
  • 04 Dec 2015

    Rules on underground cables / Push for renewables is 'paying off'

    04 Dec 2015 (All day) Federal Network Agency / TenneT New law on underground cables in the transmission grid German parliament has passed a law detailing that new direct current transmission lines will be put underground – this will be the default setting ...
  • 05 Feb 2016

    Financing coal abroad / Offshore wind is picking up speed

    05 Feb 2016 (All day) Die Zeit “Billions from the state for coal-fired power plants” State development bank KfW supports coal-fired power plants and other coal-related projects abroad through its subsidiary IPEX, with loans amounting to 1.5 billion euros, ...
  • 30 Nov 2018 |

    BMW mulls converting hybrids to electric only mode in polluted cities

    30 Nov 2018, 15:05 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Cities Reuters German carmaker BMW has said that its hybrid cars could be converted to automatically disable the combustion engine when ...
  • Planting trees can be “main weapon against climate change” – study

    09 Jul 2019, 11:57 Planting huge amounts of trees across the globe could be an effective way to fight climate change, a new study said. Using the world-wide potential for close to an extra billion hectares of tree cover could absorb a large share of all ...
  • 14 Apr 2020 |

    Germany's national academy of sciences stresses need for climate-friendly coronavirus recovery

    14 Apr 2020, 14:30 Benjamin Wehrmann Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire In a bid to allow a return to regular social life and economic activity amid the coronavirus outbreak, Germany's national academy of sciences, the Leopoldina, has published a ...
  • No country in the world has found solution for nuclear waste challenge- report

    11 Nov 2019, 14:46 Expert Heinrich Böll Foundation Green policy think tank Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Society Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Nuclear phase-out Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire The challenge ...
  • 25 May 2020 |

    Experts criticise proposed German coal exit law for deviating from commission compromise

    25 May 2020, 14:58 Experts have criticised the German government's draft coal exit law for deviating from the compromise found by the coal commission in early 2019. At a parliamentary committee hearing, representatives from industry, research ...
  • Major German companies among world's most active anti-climate action lobbyists- study

    11 Oct 2019, 14:15 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire German car manufacturers Daimler and BMW, utility RWE and building materials company HeidelbergCement are among ...
  • 20 Sep 2019 |

    German coalition climate talks enter overtime

    20 Sep 2019, 10:25 Germany's highly anticipated future climate strategy remained uncertain on Friday morning as government coalition talks that lasted throughout the night were still ongoing. Negotiations between Chancellor Angela Merkel's ...
  • 24 Jun 2019 |

    German parties call for limiting SUV sales as share of high-emission cars soars

    24 Jun 2019, 13:53 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Policy Die Welt / Clean Energy Wire Due to the rising number of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in Germany, the governing Social Democrats (SPD), the Green ...
  • 15 Apr 2020 |

    Oil industry lobbies German government to boost synthetic fuels amid corona crisis

    15 Apr 2020, 15:23 Benjamin Wehrmann Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire The German Petroleum Industry Association (MWV) has urged the government to ramp up the use of synthetic fuels in the mobility sector during the "economic restart" that will ...
  • 17 Feb 2016

    Climate Action Plan 2050 worries industry / Further RWE impairments

    17 Feb 2016 (All day) Handelsblatt / Ministry for Environment “Everything for the climate” The Ministry for Environment (BMUB) is about to enter the second phase of consultation for its Climate Action Plan 2050, and has published a 288-page “measure set” ...
  • 13 Mar 2020 |

    Utility RWE doubles profits, plans 4 GW of wind and solar by 2022

    13 Mar 2020, 14:12 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Sören Amelang Renewables Utilities Clean Energy Wire / dpa / Süddeutsche Zeitung Germany's largest coal power and renewables operator RWE plans to step up its ...
  • Coalition treaty grasps challenges, lacks detail- Energiewende expert

    09 Feb 2018 (All day) The provisions on climate, energy, and transport in the coalition treaty agreed by Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) recognise the big challenges of Germany’s energy transition project, but ...
  • 09 Sep 2019 |

    Patchy counselling holds German citizens back from investing climate friendly

    09 Sep 2019, 12:00 Citizens have been a crucial driver of Germany's energy transition and many regard sustainability and especially environmental action a crucial feature of sound investments. Yet, the vast majority of savings in the country are not ...
  • 10 Mar 2020 |

    Germany must focus on green hydrogen, CCS is a distraction- research minister

    10 Mar 2020, 14:01 Sören Amelang Gas Renewables Clean Energy Wire Germany's highly anticipated strategy to pave the way for a hydrogen economy must focus on green hydrogen made with renewables and be "truly ambitious," says German research ...
  • 16 Sep 2019 |

    Germany needs major change in climate strategy – media comments

    16 Sep 2019, 14:03 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Edgar Meza Climate & CO2 Rheinische Post / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Süddeutsche Zeitung The ideas the German government's climate cabinet members and government ...
  • 31 Mar 2020 |

    “Undisputed success” or “inefficient”? Germany’s landmark renewable energy law at 20

    31 Mar 2020, 14:14 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Expert BEE- German Renewable Energy Federation ...
  • Transition in transport sector needs comprehensive tax reform – think tank

    06 Dec 2018, 14:18 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Transport Cars Cost & Prices Agora Verkehrswende A transition of the German transport sector towards carbon-neutral mobility will not be ...
  • 18 Mar 2020 |

    Investors urge Finnish utility to drop support for new German coal plant

    18 Mar 2020, 13:45 Freja Eriksen Utilities Clean Energy Wire / taz Eight European financial institutions have criticised the Finnish state-owned utility Fortum for endorsing the opening of the German coal-fired Datteln 4 power plant, set to be the last ...
  • Germans want to take active part in energy transition – survey

    22 Aug 2019, 13:46 Expert KfW Bank KfW- government-owned financing institution Fossil fuels Finance Efficiency Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Citizens' energy Renewables Cars Clean Energy Wire Most households in ...
  • 09 Mar 2016

    Government approves Paris climate deal / E.ON's record loss

    09 Mar 2016 (All day) Government approves Paris climate deal The German cabinet of government ministers has approved the Paris Agreement on climate change, which 195 countries successfully negotiated in December 2015. The first climate deal that obliges ...
  • German stock exchange's energy branch EEX cashes in on climate action

    19 Feb 2020, 14:16 Benjamin Wehrmann Electricity market Finance Tagesspiegel The operator of Germany's stock exchange, Deutsche Börse Group, is profiting from increasing climate action activities through its energy trading branch EEX, the newspaper ...
  • 12 Nov 2019 |

    Economy and environment ministries pass the blame for slump in German wind power expansion

    12 Nov 2019, 12:40 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 ...
  • 23 Oct 2019 |

    Germany achieves breakthrough in sluggish grid expansion effort- agency

    23 Oct 2019, 13:32 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 13 Feb 2020 |

    Quest for climate neutrality puts CCS back on the table in Germany

    13 Feb 2020, 08:56 Years of protest against industry plans to use carbon capture and storage (CCS) as a lifeline for coal power made the technology a no-go issue for German politicians. But the new goal of climate neutrality by 2050 forces the country ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 27 Jan 2020 |

    Green and sustainable finance in Germany

    27 Jan 2020, 14:30 Integrating finance into climate and energy policy has become a central challenge for governments around the world as emissions reduction plans need proper funding and  investments that can undermine their climate goals have to be cut ...
  • Local stories from Germany's energy transition

    26 May 2016 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. But it' ...
  • 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 ...
  • 20 Mar 2020 |

    High-profile advisory group lays out proposals for Germany's sustainable finance push

    20 Mar 2020, 17:00 Germany's government aims to make the country the leading location for a sustainable financial system. In order to establish a coherent strategy for aligning public and private investment decisions in the country with international ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany's Climate Action Law

    18 Dec 2019, 11:15 Germany's first major national climate law has entered into force on 18 December 2019, three months after the coalition of chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) agreed ...
  • 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 ...
  • 21 Feb 2020 |

    Facts on the German state elections in Hamburg

    21 Feb 2020, 12:30 Hamburg, which is home to Europe's third-largest container port on the river Elbe, is particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels and developing climate change adaptation measures. Close to 80 percent of Hamburg citizens said ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 & ...
  • 28 Oct 2019 |

    Facts on the German state elections in Thuringia

    28 Oct 2019, 08:40 The forests and fields that give Thuringia its reputation as "the green heart of Germany" are not just useful for agriculture and tourism – biomass also holds a higher share of the state's gross power production (20 %) ...
  • 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 ...
  • 26 Aug 2019 |

    Germany's green finance key actors at a glance

    26 Aug 2019, 15:13 The integration of climate action and other sustainability criteria in Germany's finance sector is a complex task that involves or affects a multitude of financial market actors. From commercial banks to state control authorities, ...
  • 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. ...
  • 24 Jan 2020 |

    What German households pay for power

    24 Jan 2020, 14:00 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 ...
  • 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 ...
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    The Reporter's Guide 2020: One year, a climate package, coal exit and a corona crisis later

    17 Apr 2020, 12:53 Freja Eriksen Energiewende A climate package, a coal exit and a corona crisis – CLEW's shortcut to the German energy transition in 2020 includes all of the above. As the consequences of the latter influence not only climate and ...
  • Stay updated on online journalism and energy events

    29 May 2020, 13:05 Milou Dirkx Energiewende International The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting daily life and work across the globe. An important consequence is that many events that were supposed to take place in the upcoming months are either cancelled or ...
  • Three questions to: Kwangyin Liu, CLEW Ambassador for Taiwan and East Asia

    06 Sep 2019, 09:55 Kwangyin Liu Martha Otwinowski Cost & Prices International Security Kwangyin (劉光瑩) is a journalist who regularly covers the energy transition, climate change, the circular economy, and the auto industry. She writes full time for ...
  • Frontier Economics Ltd.

    Frontier Economics is an independent microeconomics consultancy providing economic counselling to public and private clients, primarily in the energy sector. Frontier regularly analyses various aspects of the Energiewende, including market design and ...
  • GWS- Institute of Economic Structures Research

    The Institute of Economic Structures Research GWS – a private research and consulting institute – specialises in empirical economic research. GWS was founded in 1996 and currently employs 24 researchers with expert knowledge in the fields of economics, ...
  • HWWI- Hamburg Institute of International Economics

    The Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) is an economic think tank. The HWWI is a non-profit research organisation, privately funded, independent and committed to the principles of a Social Market Economy. Research areas include environment ...
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Irrek

    Wolfgang Irrek is Professor for Energy Management and Energy Services at the Hochschule Ruhr West, Campus Bottrop. He specialises in business strategies for developing profitable energy efficiency services and policy measures for enhancing framework ...
  • RWI- Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research

    The RWI is an institute for economic research that provides advice to decision makers but also aims to improve the economic literacy among the general public. It receives public funding and support from industry and utilities (e.g. electricity supplier ...
  • ifo- Institute for Economic Research

    The Ifo Institute is an economic research facility and think tank linked to the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich. It also cooperates with the Center for Economic Studies (CES) and CESifo. It focuses on applied economic research and aims to ...
  • EWI- Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne

    The EWI produces scientific studies on energy economics for public (federal and state government) and private clients (e.g. energy suppliers, municipal utilities). It currently focuses on topics such as the European energy mix and the European electricity ...
  • BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

    www.bmwi.de Pressestelle +49 30 18 615 6121 and-6131 pressestelle@bmwi.bund.de Government ...
  • dena- German Energy Agency

    The German Energy Agency (Deutsche Energie-Agentur, Dena) is a profit-oriented company working on topics such as energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and intelligent energy systems and is funded by a large number of public and private investors. ...
  • DIW- German Institute for Economic Research

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

    The Fachverband Gebäude-Klima, FGK (Association for buildings and indoor air quality) has 300 member companies including component manufacturers, planning, trade and facility management. One of the main expertises of the industry are air-conditioning and ...
  • BAFA- Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control

    The BAFA is a federal authority that handles administrative tasks in foreign trade, promotion of eocnomic development and energy. It is subordinated to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). In the energy sector, the BAFA implements ...
  • ENavi Kopernikus Project

    Energiewende navigation system (ENavi) is a Kopernikus research project on system integration. With the Energiewende, Germany has set itself the aim of transforming the current energy system into a broadly CO2-free system based on renewable energies. An ...
  • BDH- Federation of German Heating Industry

    With 104 member companies manufacturing heating systems and components, the Federation of German Heating Industry represents almost 90 percent of sales from the heating industries in Germany. This corresponds to about 60 percent of the sales generated by ...
  • ENavi Kopernikus Project

    Energiewende navigation system (ENavi) is a Kopernikus research project on system integration. With the Energiewende, Germany has set itself the aim of transforming the current energy system into a broadly CO2-free system based on renewable energies. An ...
  • Hamburg`s largest container rail terminal- innovation in efficiency

    Container Terminal Alternwerder (CTA), operated by HHLA, is Hamburg’s largest container rail terminal, with a capacity of 930,000 standard containers (Hafen-Hamburg). CTA has been recognised for innovation in efficiency for projects like its battery ...
  • Conference panellists and session chairs

      Please note: This list was compiled in preparation for the Clean Energy Wire network conference "The Global Energy Transition: Is Journalism Ready?" in November 2017. Abaño, Imelda- President of Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists ...
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    Turkey Climate & CO2 Renewables Solar Wind Cars Efficiency Turkish +90 555 607 93 87 Merve is an energy reporter for Temiz Enerji, covering energy transition, low carbon economy, energy policies and energy economy. Read more on her LinkedIn page. ...
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