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  • “Angela Merkel’s party beaten by rightwing populists in German elections”

    Chancellor Angela Merkel was dealt a regional election blow in her constituency of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as her Christian Democrat Union (CDU) came third behind the Social Democrats (SPD) and the anti-immigration Alternative für Deutschland (AfD). Read ...
  • “Supply security is even more stable despite nuclear phase-out”

    Germany’s power supply security has improved despite the nuclear phase-out, according to a study by think tank Energy Brainpool on behalf of green energy provider Greenpeace Energy. The number of power outages has decreased significantly since the ...
  • “Driving and driven”

    China and the USA ratifying the Paris Climate Agreement shortly before the start of the G20 summit in China proves that both countries now see more chances than risks in climate protection, writes Michael Bauchmüller in Süddeutsche Zeitung. The move will ...
  • “This is what Germany’s energy transition 2016 looks like”

    The Energiewende is a mammoth project and includes a number of risks. News agency dpa, in an article carried by Wirtschaftswoche, runs a “fact check” of common claims regarding the energy transition, namely 1) the energy transition increases power costs, ...
  • “Germany goes to EU with accusation of Fiat emissions cheating”

    Germany has accused Italian carmaker Fiat of using illegal software for its emissions treatment systems, according to a Reuters report. A transport ministry letter to the European Commission, seen by Reuters, said that tests by German authorities could ...
  • “The diesel engine’s creeping death”

    Even though the government put plans to enable diesel bans in German cities on ice last month, experts believe diesel engines are doomed, reports Henning Peitsmeier in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Elmar Kades, director at business consultancy Alix ...
  • “More than half of charging stations to become renewable power capable”

    A joint venture of BMW, Bosch, Daimler, EnBW, RWE and Siemens wants to enable e-car drivers to charge their vehicles using only renewable power at more than half of Germany’s e-car charging stations, reports business magazine Wirtschaftswoche. Their ...
  • Stock listing expected 12 September

    German utility E.ON’s fossil fuel spin-off Uniper expects the first listing of its shares on the Frankfurt stock exchange on 12 September, the company announced on its website. Find Uniper's press release in English here. Read the CLEW factsheet E.ON ...
  • German solar industry cautiously optimistic about future

    Future prospects for the German solar sector are “rather good”, according to almost two thirds of business and research experts surveyed by R&D for Photovoltaics, a research initiative financed by the economy (BMWi) and education (BMBF) ministries. 62 ...
  • Germany risks falling behind in global energy transition

    A global Energiewende is already underway, but world leaders should give it a further push at the upcoming G20 meeting in China, according to a WWF report. “As the current level of coal in the mix remains a problem to be solved for Germany, the country ...
  • “Trading in wind power futures to begin in early October”

    The European Energy Exchange (EEX) will launch trading in wind power futures next month. From 4 October 2016 onwards, trading participants on the EEX Derivatives Market will be able to hedge against volume risks in the generation of wind power within the ...
  • “RWE, E.ON et al. Alarmed; Attack on returns of grid operators“

    Grid operators such as utilities are protesting plans by the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) to lower grid fees by decreasing the return on equity operators invest in Germany’s grid infrastructure, write Jürgen Flauger and Klaus Stratmann in the ...
  • Feed-in tariffs for British nuclear power rile German politicians and renewables industry

    09 Oct 2014 (All day) Resistance to Germany’s subsidies for the renewables industry have left politicians questioning why financing for the UK’s Hinkley Point nuclear power station has been granted EU approval. The EU’s decision to give Britain the go ...
  • Reduce flying for the climate?

    The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) has  told news agency dpa  that people should reduce long-haul flights and instead spend their free time locally or on bike and hiking holidays in order to save greenhouse gas emissions. The government should reduce ...
  • “Embarrassing for ‘D’”

    The agreement that economy minister Sigmar Gabriel reached with the EU Commission on state-aid related aspects of the country’s new power market law and other energy policies “makes regulations permanent that will keep Germany from reaching its 2020 ...
  • “The music plays in Asia”

    The VW decision against its own battery cell production shows that Germany is no longer an option as a location for the industry, writes car industry researcher Ferdinand Dudenhöffer in a commentary for bizz energy. Daimler stopped its own cell production ...
  • “Bosch uses water to save petrol”

    German car supplier Bosch has developed a technology to save cars’ petrol consumption by injecting water into combustion engines, reports Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The “water boost” technology reduces fuel consumption by at least four percent, and ...
  • “Dependence management - The background of the German gas policy”

    A report by Polish think tank Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich (Centre for Eastern Studies) examines the challenges Germany faces regarding the country’s dependence on natural gas. “Natural gas plays a key role in the German economy, […] is the most important ...
  • 28 Apr 2016

    Commentators welcome nuclear deal, trash e-car subsidies

    28 Apr 2016 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “A bird in the hand” The proposed fund for nuclear storage costs is in breach of some fundamental principles, writes Michael Bauchmüller in an op-ed for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Nuclear utilities can absolve ...
  • 04 Aug 2015

    In the media: Obama's Energiewende

    04 Aug 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “With greetings to Paris” The German environment ministry and several NGOs welcomed President Obama’s clean power deal as increasing the chances of achieving an effective climate treaty with binding obligations ...
  • “Biofuels: Dispensable evil”

    The “well-meant experiment” to protect the climate by using biofuels in Germany and other EU countries has failed, writes Silvia Liebrich in an opinion piece in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. “There is no reason to continue to cling to blending quotas, as long ...
  • “Good results, bad air”

    New emissions tests for cars still leave room for the “trickery of the manufacturers”, according to expert reports for the German lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, seen by the Süddeutsche Zeitung. “The biggest defect: the tests on how much CO₂ ...
  • “E-car produces its own power”

    The Munich-based start-up Sono Motors has invented a small e-car that produces its own power through solar cells spread all over the vehicle, writes Wolfgang Kempkens in WirtschaftsWoche. Peak capacity is at about 1 kilowatt, which is supposed to last for ...
  • “Wind and water jointly generate power”

    German company NEMOS will construct the prototype of a power plant that uses wind and wave power to generate electricity, writes Wolfgang Kempkens in WirtschaftsWoche. The company connects a floating unit with a generator attached to a regular wind ...
  • “The challenge of cutting coal dependence”

    A worldwide coal exit will be difficult as coal remains the easiest and often cheapest source of base power and many jobs still depend on the fossil fuel, writes Eduardo Porter in a column in New York Times. In Germany, “only about 63,000 jobs are ...
  • “Lonesome battle”

    The federal government is “increasingly without ambition” regarding concrete steps to fight global warming – with the exception of environment minister Barbara Hendricks – writes Silke Kerstig in an opinion piece for Handelsblatt. Hendricks so far is ...
  • Environment group says cruise companies are 'greenwashing'

    The Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) claims that cruise ship companies operating in Europe are 'greenwashing'. “For years now, the shipping companies have proclaimed wholeheartedly that they want to become more environmentally ...
  • “E-busses to save climate in the inner cities”

    The Association of German Cities warns of driving bans in inner cities if nothing is done about the air pollution caused by diesel vehicles, writes Kerstin Schwenn in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). “The targets of the UN climate conference in ...
  • “Palm oil is the lesser evil – sadly”

    At more than 40 percent, the lion’s share of the roughly 1.8 million tonnes of palm oil consumed in Germany is used for diesel fuel, according to a study by WWF Germany. “To solve the palm oil problem, one would need to improve cultivation conditions and ...
  • “EU final energy consumption below 2020 targets”

    In 2014, the EU already met final energy consumption target values set for 2020 and is on track to reach the target value for primary energy consumption, according to a report by the EU Commission. With a share of 19.7 percent in 2014, Germany was the ...
  • "1.5 million households in Germany have an electric bicycle“

    1.5 million households in Germany owned an electric bicycle at the beginning of 2015, reports Germany's statistics agency Destatis. In total, the number of electric bicycles was 2 million. Read the press release in German here. ...
  • Agreement with EU Commission clears way for German power market reform

    The German government and the EU Commission have reached an agreement on state-aid related aspects of the country’s power market, clearing the way for the “most important reform” since the market liberalisation, German energy minister Sigmar Gabriel told ...
  • “E.On, RWE, Vattenfall and EnBW demand a new nuclear agreement”

    Germany’s big four utilities want greater security and clarity on costs they will incur from the nuclear phase-out, and are proposing detailed contracts with the government, writes Angela Hennersdorf in Wirtschaftswoche. The contracts would establish how ...
  • “More maize won’t work”

    Maize crops in Germany have risen by 73 percent since 2000, driven by biogas production, and critics say it is causing problems for the environment and eroding the diversity of crops, writes Sebastian Balzter in the Frankfurter Allemeine Sonntagszeitung. ...
  • “Power storage from Tesla, Mercedes-Benz and LG Chem boost the Energiewende”

    The Munich-based Memedo, which focuses on sales of energy storage systems tripled its sales of power storage systems in 2015 to around 1500 units, Memedo’s head Daniel Schmitt says in Windkraft-Journal.de. Its rise to the top-seller of such systems was ...
  • “The Energiewende has to remain affordable”

    In an interview with Gitta Düperthal, Manfred Maresch, head of the district German mining union in the lignite coal town of Alsdorf, says the union is not against the Energiewende. Instead, he says, it is concerned about the social implications of ...
  • New Study: Raw materials for the energy supply of the future

    A new study by acatech, the German National Academy for Science and Engineering, looks at supply and demand for raw materials in modern energy technologies, and asserts that enough supply is available to meet demand. The challenge lies in meeting demand ...
  • 18 Apr 2016 |

    Czech utility takes over Vattenfall’s German lignite

    18 Apr 2016 (All day) State-owned Swedish utility Vattenfall has agreed to sell its east German lignite operations to Czech utility EPH, the company said on Monday. While the affected regions stressed the sale would finally put an end to employees' ...
  • “Electromobility: In search of a super-battery”

    Lithium-ion batteries, currently used in electric cars, are reaching the limits of their technical capabilities and companies around the world are looking for alternatives, write Lukas Bay, Martin Kölling and Franz Hubik in a report in Handelsblatt Online ...
  • “Waiting for the long lines”

    Power lines to carry wind power from Germany’s north to its industrial south have been delayed over and over, creating problems for the Energiewende, writes Klaus Stratmann in the Handelsblatt. The current power network is reaching its limits in dealing ...
  • “Tennet's Lex Hartman: 2025 or later”

    In an interview with the Handelsblatt, the head of power network operator Tennet, Lex Hartmann, says that the company will invest 22 billion euros in the next 10 years, with the lion’s share in network expansion in Germany. Regulatory hurdles for ...
  • “Cuba Seeks to Expand Role of Renewable Energy”

    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) with the support of the German environment ministry (BMUB) is holding a workshop on integrating higher shares of renewable energy in the island nation of Cuba in the country’s capital Havana. According to ...
  • “When numbers lie”

    Do not believe any tests you haven’t faked yourself, is the lesson from the car emissions scandal, writes Jan Heidtmann in a commentary for Süddeutsche Zeitung. He says it is welcome news that the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) will conduct its own ...
  • “Whoever wants an e-car has to wait a long time”

    Despite the lacklustre success of the buyers’ premium for e-cars in Germany, delivery times for electric vehicles remain long, reports Thomas Imhof in Die Welt. Buyers of the global best-seller Nissan Leaf had to wait up to six months until recently, the ...
  • “Old, unfit concepts”

    Green politician Hans-Josef Fell criticises the federal government for proposing in its recently published " Concept for Civil Defence ” only “old, unfit concepts” such as military and police protection to deal with consequences of attacks or ...
  • “Support for small power stations”

    State support for combined heat and power with a capacity of 1-50 megawatts that are used for self-consumption will be abolished, writes Andreas Mihm in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. This would hit energy-intensive industries especially hard because ...
  • “More than 17 percent of start-ups dedicated to green topics”

    In 2014, 17.3 percent of German start-ups contributed to an environment and climate-protective economy with their products and services, according to the Green Economy Start-up Monitor 2015 by Borderstep Institute, writes WirtschaftsWoche. 86 percent of ...
  • “Exclusive: German government drafts law to support car sharing”

    The government has put the finishing touches on draft legislation to support Germany’s booming car-sharing market, business daily Handelsblatt has learned. “The goal is to make it possible for the states to set up special parking places and free parking ...
  • 03 Aug 2015

    In the media: French nuclear waste bothers Germany

    03 Aug 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “Germany- a good climate country?” It is questionable whether Germany’s energy transition is a good example for other countries to follow, writes political science professor Reinhard Wolf, in the ...
  • “Cars to be charged wireless soon”

    Engineers at the Technical University in Braunschweig have developed a wireless charging system for e-cars, Wirtschaftswoche reports. A trial involving taxis will test the technology for “inductive charging” next month. The technology is already used by ...
  • “Clarity for the support of power and heat”

    The European Commission is calling on the German government to change aspects of its support scheme for combined heat and power (CHP) facilities to an auction-based system, writes Andreas Mihm in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. In the future, support for ...
  • “Flower pot, deck-chair, solar panel“

    A regulation by the Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (VDE) keeps German tenants from using power from small personal solar panels on their balconies for self-consumption, while other countries allow the use, writes ...
  • “Government needs to create a framework and step aside”

    Despite very different conditions for solar power in India and Germany, the former could learn from the European country’s experience that the government is not the primary actor in the market, but should act as a facilitator, writes Tobias Engelmeier for ...
  • “Lusatia without coal?”

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

    Carmaker VW is weakened by power struggles, the emissions scandal and conflicts with suppliers, write Reinhard Bingener and Carsten Germis in conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. But the influential regional government, the work council, and ...
  • Government plans to let e-cars use all public charging stations regardless of operator

    Government plans to let e-car drivers use all public charging stations without prior registration or a contract with the operator are an important step for electric mobility, writes Ruth Herberg in Wirtschaftswoche. A mobile app could enable on-site ...
  • “E-cars suitable as energy storage”

    A trial by utility Stadtwerke Hannover and university researchers has shown that electric cars are suitable to serve as flexible power storage to balance the grid, reports Bernd Haase in Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung. During the trial with 40 e-cars, it ...
  • “In the club of nuclear pals”

    Germany’s membership in the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) is a paradox since the country’s decision to phase out nuclear power in 2000, writes Joachim Wille in Frankfurter Rundschau. Provisions of the membership contract still called on ...
  • “Full throttle”

    German gas company Thyssengas is planning a new pipeline that would connect its grid with the proposed Russian project Nord Stream 2- even while the latter is strongly disputed, writes Jürgen Flauger in Handelsblatt. The company argues that gas supplies ...
  • “Weak coal policy”

    The federal government “shows an alarming despondency” when it comes to its policy on a coal phase-out, writes Thorsten Knuf in an opinion piece for Frankfurter Rundschau. “Clear decisions about a long-term exit would be in the interest of the relevant ...
  • “Beyond growing pains: Germany’s new normal in renewable energy policy”

    The German government is “again leading the way in renewable energy policy” with the switch from set feed-in tariffs to an auction-based system for renewable power, writes Johannes Urpelainen, Associate Professor at Columbia University. “Auctions are the ...
  • “Social discussion about future energy concept”

    The German Wind Energy Association (BWE) demands a governmentally-carried public debate among politicians, the industry and unions on a future energy concept for Germany to ensure a “basic consensus” in the society. In a press release, the BWE criticises ...
  • “E.ON cashes in with dinosaurs”

    The fact that E.ON sticks to the majority Uniper sale in September despite the fossil spin-off’s lousy results is a bet on the future of the Energiewende, writes Daniel Wetzel in Die Welt. Renewable power’s share will remain stuck in low single digits and ...
  • “Uniper posts loss ahead of stock market listing”

    E.ON’s spin-off Uniper, slated for a stock market listing soon, has posted its first half-year financial results, reporting a 3.9 billion euro loss. The hit is a result of value adjustments and provisions for impending losses of 3.8 billion euros that E ...
  • “Photovoltaic tenders – only 19 out of 122 successful projects realised”

    Out of 650 megawatts of ground-mounted photovoltaic projects tendered since 2015, 100 megawatts have so far been realised, pv magazine writes. After obtaining detailed information on Germany’s pilot PV auctions from the Federal Network Agency (BnetzA), ...
  • Wind power mediators in Hesse

    The state of Hesse is offering mediators to communities likely to oppose wind turbines to allow parties to discuss issues in a fact-based and target-oriented manner, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. More than 35 councils have used the mediators ...
  • “Significantly increased risk of killing”

    In a long article in Welt am Sonntag, Daniel Wetzel writes about the dangers of wind turbines for birds and the resulting clash between nature and climate protection advocates. A wind power project in the south of Germany could set a legal precedence: ...
  • “Exit 2.0”

    The Green Party has developed a concrete plan for phasing out coal in Germany, writes Michael Bauchmüller in Süddeutsche Zeitung. “In the coming legislative term, we aim at introducing the end of the coal era in Germany irreversibly and with planning ...
  • 29 Jul 2015

    In the media: Expensive ruins and a steel exodus

    29 Jul 2015 (All day) Die Welt “Steel before a great exodus” The EU’s plans for a reform of the emissions trading system might lead to a mass exodus of steel companies from Europe, reports Carsten Dierig in Die Welt. “If the commission proposal becomes ...
  • 27 May 2015

    In the media: Renewables target at risk; Germans scorn e-cars

    27 May 2015 (All day) BEE / BWE “Germany risks missing binding EU target for renewables” If Germany sticks to current policies, it will miss its official target of 18 percent renewables in final energy consumption by 2020 by 1 percentage point, the German ...
  • “Windreich investors face massive write offs”

    Creditors of insolvent energy company Windreich are set to receive a major haircut,  Handelsblatt Global Edition reports. According to a report by insolvency administrator Holger Blümle, investors will see a return of just 30.9 percent of their original ...
  • “Coalition parties fight politely over their energy policy”

    The heads of the conservative CDU-CSU parliamentary groups in the German Federal Parliament have complained about a letter by energy minister Sigmar Gabriel stating that previous governments had “ignored” the necessary integration of the German energy ...
  • Groundbreaking for offshore wind farm Arkona in Baltic Sea

    Utility company E.ON and Norwegian Statoil have started construction work on their new offshore wind project near the island of Rügen in the German Baltic Sea. Wind turbine installations will begin in 2017. Once completed in 2019, the wind farm with 60 ...
  • “Stuttgart invests sustainably”

    After the city of Münster and insurance company Allianz, the city of Stuttgart in southern Germany is now also divesting from coal, reports Susanne Preuß in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The city’s public money will only be invested in funds and ...
  • “Our goal is the energy transition”

    Hamburg offers little open space for renewable energy plants, but the city is developing a plan – known as “New 4.0” –  to tap renewable energy being increasingly produced in the neighbouring state of Schleswig-Holstein, Olaf Preuss and Julia Witte gen. ...
  • “Communities to receive share of wind farm revenue”

    Communities in the German state of Hesse will soon be able to benefit financially from wind power even if they don’t directly operate wind farms, according to a report in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Hesse’s Official Gazette has published rules on ...
  • “Allocation battle over the power grid”

    Transmission grid operators are protesting the lowering of their equity capital return, suggested by the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. Hans-Jürgen Brick, CCO at grid operator Amprion, told the paper that ...
  • 01 Oct 2015

    In the media: Wind power blows past record

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

    In the media: "Sun King" and hydro power potential

    20 Feb 2015 (All day) World Energy Council “German energy transition is currently not an export hit” Many international energy experts doubt that Germany's energy transition works as a blueprint for other countries, a survey by the German branch of ...
  • “Germans and their cars: A study on attitudes and behaviour”

    A survey by insurer CosmosDirekt and research group Forsa suggests many German car owners are open-minded when it comes to e-mobility. The report found that 57 percent of German car owners could imagine switching to a plug-in or pure electric car for the ...
  • “Deutsche Post DHL Group pushes e-mobility – 2,000 electric vans by the end of the year”

    Deutsche Post DHL Group is aiming to have 2,000 new electric delivery vans on the streets in Germany by the end of the year, Hans-Christoph Neidlein writes in PV Europe. Deutsche Post DHL already has 1,000 electric vans, known as StreetScooters, in ...
  • “Volkswagen in talks with SMA Solar about energy storage business collaboration”

    Volkswagen AG has begun discussions with German solar energy group SMA Solar Technology AG about a possible collaboration on energy storage, James Ayre writes in Clean Technica. Talks so far appear to be in the early stages, however. SMA has said it is ...
  • “Neighbour’s dirt”

    A study by environmental groups adding up premature deaths caused by coal power stations in neighbouring countries is a horrifying calculation reminiscent of war times, writes Marlene Weiss in Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Has the European Energy Union really ...
  • “Waiting for the electric vehicle miracle”

    The diesel engine has been damaged by the emissions scandal and it will reach the end of its development capability in about a decade, but German automakers must nevertheless make diesel acceptable again, Henrik Mortsiefer writes in Der Tagesspiegel. New ...
  • "Wolfsburg Problems"

    The costs of the VW diesel emissions scandal keep on rising with a never-ending succession of new court cases in the US and Europe, writes Carsten Germis in a commentary for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The new VW CEO Matthias Müller wants to transform ...
  • “What are the environmental impacts of offshore wind farms?”

    A 15 million euro research platform in Germany’s North Sea is examining the effects and possible risks of energy generation in the ocean. The Fino3 platform, located 80 kilometres from the German island of Sylt and near the DanTysk offshore wind farm, ...
  • “E-cars instead of internal combustion engines: Norway's dream – a model for Germany?”

    Norway is aiming to eliminate sales of new internal combustion engine vehicles by 2025 and allow only electric vehicles, but such a model would be harmful to the environment in Germany, Daniel Delhaes writes in Handelsblatt. While Norway can generate most ...
  • 02 Jun 2015 |

    Must combine climate action and competitiveness- Merkel ally

    02 Jun 2015 (All day) Europe must deliver on its own targets for a successful climate summit in Paris at the end of this year, the head of the German Chancellery, Peter Altmaier, told a business conference on Tuesday. At the same time, he stressed that ...
  • 16 Mar 2016

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

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

    German carmakers already advertise electric vehicles that can be almost fully charged within minutes, but they keep quiet about the fact the necessary charging stations don't exist yet, writes Lukas Bay in a commentary for Handelsblatt. "But the ...
  • Survey finds strong support for renewable energy and local, decentralised energy sources

    According to a survey by Leipzig-based research and consulting group Hitschfeld, 53 percent of residents in Germany would invest in renewable energy projects. Young educated people in particular  indicated a great willingness to do so. Social aspects ...
  • 19 Dec 2014

    In the media: Linking Energiewende debates, modifying emissions trading, solar market comeback?

    19 Dec 2014 (All day) taz “The blind spot has to go“ It is good and important that the future of coal power in Germany is finally being discussed, Patrick Graichen, head of the Berlin based think-tank Agora Energiewende told Malte Kreutzfeld in an ...
  • Ailing German energy giant RWE spins off renewables

    01 Dec 2015 (All day) Stricken energy giant RWE revealed on Tuesday it plans to spin off a company focused on renewables and grids to raise capital, while retaining fossil and nuclear energy generation. Germany's leading energy company E.ON had ...
  • Reasons for optimism

    Despite many setbacks, a number of achievements towards greater environmental protection in the past decade is cause for optimism, Achim Steiner, former executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, tells Bernhard Pötter in an interview ...
  • EU reform of emissions trading faces industrial challenge

    The European Commission is aiming to reform emissions trading but faces strong opposition from German industry and power companies, Klaus Stratmann writes in Handelsblatt. The cost of emission allowances have remained low for years and that’s something ...
  • Lack of charging stations hampering Germany’s e-car rollout

    While German automakers are eager to invest billions in electric vehicle production, the deployment of charging stations is lagging, Jürgen Flauger and Daniel Delhaes write in Handelsblatt. The carmakers are hurrying to catch up to U.S. rival Tesla Motors ...
  • 10 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Day 11: New draft, pressure to compromise, finish in sight

    10 Dec 2015 (All day) [Updates new draft release] Shorter draft with less brackets and clarity on long-term target / EU fights for differentiation and sees red lines on ratcheting up ambition crossed / Saudi Arabia as the symbol for "self-destruction ...
  • VW sees China as leading market for E-cars

    Volkswagen AG is increasing its electric vehicle offerings and is looking to become the leader in China’s fast-growing e-car segment, Herbert Diess, VW’s passenger car brand chairman, said in an interview with Rebecca Eisert and Franz Rother in ...
  • “What hydrogen can contribute to energy storage”

    Hamburg-based energy provider HanseWerk operates one of the most modern electrolysis plants in the world, Olaf Preuss writes in Die Welt. The key technology can be used to store energy by converting electricity generated by wind and solar sources into ...
  • “BUND also opposes underground power lines”

    Even though new power transmission lines in Bavaria are going to be buried underground, environmental organisation Friends of the Earth (BUND) is still opposing the grid expansion in the southern state, dpa writes. There was no need for new large power ...
  • “No concept for the coal exit”

    Politicians and citizens in Saxony-Anhalt have discussed the future of the region after the closure of lignite mine Profen in 2035. Local politicians and business representatives are worried about the 3,000 employees that work for coal company Mibrag and ...
  • "Navigating troubled waters"

    E.ON’s path to a new energy age is paved in red ink, Helmut Bünder writes in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. E.ON’s initial public offering of its conventional energy unit Uniper in September could decide whether the company continues to bleed. Uniper ...
  • "Car manufacturers have once again prevailed on air pollution"

    The Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) environmental protection association has blasted the German environment ministry’s decision to put on hold “blue badge” plans that would facilitate diesel car bans in cities. “Despite 10,400 premature deaths and several ...
  • "RWE’s quarterly loss narrows on generation, cost cuts"

    RWE AG’s second-quarter loss narrowed by 22 percent after an improved performance in the German utility’s power plant business and cost cuts, reports Tino Andresen for Bloomberg. The Essen-based company reduced its adjusted net loss to 259 million euros ...
  • Environment ministry puts plans for city diesel car bans on hold

    The environment ministry has put plans to facilitate diesel car bans in cities on hold, reports newspaper Berliner Morgenpost. State secretary Jochen Flasbarth told the paper that plans for the introduction of a “blue badge” were put on ice until a ...
  • “Few of Germany’s tendered ground-mounted solar PV projects realised”

    So far just 25 percent of the winning bids in Germany’s first auction for ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, held in April 2015, have been realised, Sandra Enkhardt writes in PV Magazine. Of the projects selected in the country’s second ...
  • “Electric vehicle target impossible to reach”

    Despite government-backed financial incentives, electric vehicles have been slow to take off in Germany, Die Welt reports. The government’s ambitious goal to have a million electric cars on the streets by 2020 has now become unattainable, according to ...
  • “Comparing ‘energy poverty’ in Germany with other countries”

    Some 350,000 households in Germany are unable to pay the power bills, Craig Morris writes in Energytransistion.de. The figure is available in data provided by Germany’s Federal Network Agency. Such statistics, however, remain largely unavailable in ...
  • "E.ON posts loss after writing off billions on plants, storage"

    German energy group E.ON SE posted a first-half loss of 3 billion euros following 3.8 billion euros in charges linked to the stock market listing next month of the company’s Uniper division, which comprises its fossil fuel assets, Tino Andresen writes in ...
  • “European authorities go easy”

    In an interview with Zeit Online’s Matthias Breitinger, Peter Mock, Europe managing director of the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), says European authorities have been more restrained than their counterparts in the United States when ...
  • “After the reform is before the reform”

    Germany's energy transition has to become more European and more innovative, Michael Fuchs writes in Handelsblatt. Fuchs — who serves as vice chairman of Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and is in charge of economy and ...
  • “Wait or Drive: BMW pokes fun at Tesla“

    A BMW TV spot airing on U.S. television pokes fun at electric vehicle maker Tesla and its ongoing problems while promoting its own e-car, Sebastian Viehmann writes in Focus Online. Tesla is facing technical difficulties with its autopilot feature, ...
  • 07 Sep 2015

    In the media: Germans largely in favour of renewables

    07 Sep 2015 (All day) Renewable Energies Agency (AEE) “German people want more renewable energies” People in Germany are still very much in favour of the Energiewende, a representative survey by TNS Emnid shows. Phasing-out nuclear energy and fossil fuels ...
  • “Electric mobility: China is leaving competition behind”

    Germany has been ranked third in the latest Electric Vehicle Index by consultancy McKinsey for being one of the most important manufacturing countries for electric cars. China ranked highest, followed by Japan. By 2021 around one-third of new electric ...
  • "German Pellets: up in smoke"

    While Germany’s energy transition has achieved some impressive results with renewables accounting for around a third of electricity, the lavish subsidies available in the renewable energy sector have also given rise to get-rich-quick schemes that can end ...
  • Power lines needed in North Rhine-Westphalia

    The regional state of North Rhine-Westphalia plays a key role in Germany’s energy transition and needs to heavily expand its power grid infrastructure despite local opposition, writes Guido M. Hartmann for Welt am Sonntag. The industry-heavy state ...
  • “The east bears costs of energy transition”

    While 69 percent of residents in eastern Germany still support the country’s energy transition in principle, this figure is well below the 78 percent that expressed approval in 2015, Die Welt reports, citing a study by energy provider enviaM and Leipzig ...
  • "German car buyers opt against electric vehicles"

    Germany’s recently introduced electric vehicle subsidy programme, which went into effect 18 May has so far turned out to be a flop, according to experts, Karl-Heinz Büschemann writes in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Financed by the government and the German ...
  • “Crisis benefits”

    The VW emissions scandal has plunged the entire German car industry into its worst post-war crisis, writes Caspar Busse in a commentary for Süddeutsche Zeitung. “But something good comes out of it, because it finally leads to a fundamental rethink. The ...
  • “After imminent shut down biogas sector stabilises”

    150 new biogas plants with a joint capacity of 23 megawatt were installed in 2015, the German Biogas Association (Fachverband Biogas) reports. Some 130 of them were small facilities running on liquid manure, others included biomethan and waste ...
  • “Turning energy around: Coal and the German Energiewende”

    Germany’s coal sector remains strong enough to noticeably hinder the energy transition, writes Stefan Bößner of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) in a research paper. He examines the coal sector in Germany amid the Energiewende with the goal of ...
  • “Global hard coal production fell by 3 percent”

    While global hard coal production fell by 3 percent in 2015, Germany’s imports rose by 2 percent to 57.5 million tons compared to 2014, according to German Coal Importer Association (VDKi), writes Dow Jones Newswires. The reduction was not a sign of “a ...
  • “Mercedes Is About to Unveil an Entire Fleet of Electric Vehicles”

    With a new sub-brand, Mercedes-Benz is planning its own line of electric vehicles, write Elisabeth Behrmann and Christoph Rauwald for Bloomberg Technology. The German carmaker will challenge BMW and Tesla Motors Inc. with two sport utility vehicles and ...
  • “Siemens Boosted by Growth in its Energy Operations”

    Siemens has raised its profit outlook after large orders- “particularly in Power and Gas and Wind Power and Renewables” in Europe and the Americas- pushed third quarter order figures beyond forecasts. The company now expects basic earnings per share this ...
  • 30 Mar 2016

    Foreign demand powers SMA Solar profit / A shipping Energiewende?

    30 Mar 2016 (All day) Reuters/SMA Solar “SMA Solar returns to profit on foreign demand” SMA Solar, Germany’s largest solar group, posted its first operating profit in three years thanks to strong foreign demand, according to a Reuters report. The group ...
  • More re-dispatch costs in 2015

    The costs for so called re-dispatch measures, necessary to keep the power grid stable in times of high power input and lacking grid capacities, have increased to 402.5 million euros in 2015 compared to 185.4 million euros in 2014, the Federal Network ...
  • Grid congestions in Schleswig-Holstein in 2015

    Transmission grid operator TenneT and the Energiewende ministry of northern German state Schleswig-Holstein report that 3,000 gigawatt-hours of renewable electricity had to be curbed in 2015 because of imminent grid congestions. Congestion events should ...
  • “Missed opportunity”

    The new Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan 2030 contributes little to solving environmental problems, writes Dagmar Dehmer in an opinion piece for Der Tagesspiegel. “Not using the federal transport infrastructure plan as an element of a climate concept ...
  • EnBW buys Connected Wind Services

    German utility EnBW has acquired independent service provider Connected Wind Services with the aim of becoming a “significant player” in the wind turbine service and maintenance market, the company said in a press release. With the acquisition, “EnBW is ...
  • “Developers See Large Opportunity in Germany’s Commercial Storage Market, Both With and Without Solar”

    German storage specialist Younicos is predicting big growth in Germany’s commercial and industrial (C&I) storage sector in light of a large increase in solar-plus-storage installations in 2015, writes Greentech Media. “Many C&I customers see the ...
  • “Higher earners’ lifestyle more harmful to the environment”

    Those with a higher income use more energy and resources, regardless whether they consider themselves to be environmentally aware or not, the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) has found in a study. “A higher income is often used for bigger cars, larger ...
  • “Energy consumption rises considerably”

    Primary energy consumption in Germany rose by 1.6 percent in the first six months of 2016, compared to the same period last year, the AG Energiebilanzen (AGEB) reports. The reasons are the colder weather at the beginning of the year, a growing economy, ...
  • 25 Apr 2016

    State chamber backs citizens' energy / 'Transport minister bows to auto industry'

    25 Apr 2016 (All day) PV-magazine “EEG reform: state chamber wants exemptions for citizens’ energy” Germany’s second parliamentary chamber, which represents the 16 states, has passed a resolution calling for priority to be given to small, regional ...
  • Blockchain as a chance for energy consumers

    A pilot project from New York could become a threat to traditional energy suppliers, writes Andreas Mihm in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The so-called blockchain technology which is used to encrypt and secure data that is transmitted between users ...
  • “Battery to the Future”

    With the world’s largest production plant for lithium-ion batteries in Nevada, Tesla is forcing German car manufacturers to decide if they need their own fuel-cell factory, writes Handelsblatt Global Edition. “A battery triumph by Mr Musk would leave ...
  • “Lessons from Germany for Latin America’s Energy Transition”

    Many countries in Latin America have started their own energy transition plans but they should incorporate lessons, such as citizens’ participation, from the German Energiewende, writes Emilio Godoy for Inter Press Service (IPS). “Germany’s transition ...
  • “Fruits of distrust”

    Several German municipalities reject the idea that non-highly radioactive waste from decommissioned nuclear power plants is stored at their local landfills over radiation fears, write Michael Bauchmüller and Thomas Hahn in Süddeutsche Zeitung. Most of the ...
  • “The focus is simply wrong”

    Climate protection targets should play a “significantly bigger role” in federal transport minister Alexander Dobrindt’s transport infrastructure plan 2030, Maria Krautzberger, president of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA), said in an interview with ...
  • Expansion of power network delayed and expensive

    The 800 km “Südlink” cable from the North Sea to Baden-Württemberg and the 500 km south-east connection between Saxony-Anhalt and Bavaria will both not be finished before 2025, Ulrich Milde writes in the Leipziger Volkszeitung. The grid operators have to ...
  • “Contingency payments for wind power on the rise”

    Grid operator TenneT has paid 295 million euros in contingency payments to wind power operators in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein in 2015 because their electricity could not be transported through congested grids, Olaf Preuß writes in Die ...
  • June strongest month so far in 2016 for solar PV development

    June was the strongest month so far in 2016 for solar PV expansion, with 119.4 megawatt additional installed capacity reported to the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), writes pv magazine. Of the total, 90.5 megawatt were from small solar PV facilities, ...
  • “Demand for green power deals slackens”

    The demand by German households for power contracts offering electricity generated only from renewable sources has declined, according to a survey by Energie & Management, reports dpa. Customer numbers dropped from 5 million households in 2013 to 4.4 ...
  • “RWE makes profit forecast for Innogy”

    German utility RWE has forecast EBITDA profits of between 4.1 and 4.4 billion euros in 2016 for its new renewable subsidiary innogy (currently ‘RWE International SE’). The figure is lower than the 4.5 billion euro figure it recorded in 2015, according to ...
  • “EU demands radical change of auto industry“

    EU Commissioner in charge of Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič says that the auto industry “must finally get moving” and make considerable progress in the area of zero emission vehicles, according to an article in Die Welt. “With the combustion engine the ...
  • “Paris adieu”

    Little good will come of Germany’s Climate Action Plan 2050, writes Jan Heidtmann in an op-ed for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. If used as a basis for implementing the Paris Agreement, the plan would see the country ending the sale of conventional fossil ...
  • Challenge to nuclear fuel tax

    Green and left-wing politicians in the Bundestag and state governments want to extend the nuclear fuel rod tax, Bernward Janzing reports in taz. The tax is payable by nuclear power station operators whenever they use new fuel elements in their reactors ...
  • “’Environment bonus’ e-car scheme doesn’t help environment, government admits”

    The government admits that the sale of 300,000 electric vehicles under the new “environment bonus” scheme will do little to reduce emissions, writes Kevin P. Hoffmann in the Tagesspiegel. And the 1.2 billion euro plan, which will see buyers receive a ...
  • “Merkel should stop Dobrindt’s transport plans”

    Federal transport minister Alexander Dobrindt’s transport infrastructure plan 2030 is harmful to the climate, several members of the Green group in the Bundestag have told Chancellor Angela Merkel, reports Süddeutsche Zeitung. “The transport minister’s ...
  • Ratifying and implementing Paris / Climate Action Plan for climate neutral economy

    Germany will strive to get parliamentary approval for the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement before the next climate summit gets underway in Marrakech in November 2016, environment minister Barbara Hendricks said at the opening press conference ...
  • 24 Feb 2015 |

    Energy ministry wants market forces to secure power supply

    24 Feb 2015 (All day) The energy ministry does not want to pay utilities to keep conventional power plants on reserve for times of scarcity in a pending redesign of the power market in Germany. “We will propose not to intervene," said Rainer Baake, ...
  • 23 Dec 2015

    'Two giants turn into four gnomes' / A forgotten revolution

    23 Dec 2015 (All day) 'Frohe Weihnachten' from the Clean Energy Wire newsroom Our best wishes for a joyous holiday season. We will publish our next News Digest on 28 December and take another short break from 31 December- 3 January. We hope you ...
  • 08 Jan 2015

    In the media: Tourists and wind turbines, municipal utilities and power exports

    08 Jan 2015 (All day) Dow Jones Newswires “Renewable development leads to uncertainty for municipal utilities” Dow Jones reports on a study by the University of Leipzig for Commerzbank and the municipal utility Stadtwerke Leipzig, looking at the ...
  • “From swords to solar, a German town takes control of its energy”

    The German town Saerbeck’s citizens’ energy project ‘Climate Community’ shows that local, small-scale ownership could be the key to a successful energy transition, writes Audrea Lim for National Observer. With a large community described as PIMBYs ( ...
  • “The essence of EnBW”

    The financial consequences of the German nuclear exit are “dramatic” for German utility EnBW, writes Bernd Freytag in an opinion piece in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “Because of the low-interest phase, EnBW must set aside additional reserves for ...
  • “Smart Villages”

    German administrative districts (Landkreise) want to be more independent of energy imports, writes Angela Schmid in WirtschaftsWoche. The rise of renewables had brought new possibilities to many regions. “In plain language this means: Instead of ...
  • “Why the copper industry profits as well”

    The copper industry is profiting from the Energiewende and the rise of renewables, reports German broadcaster MDR. The metal is an ideal electric conductor and used heavily in wind turbines. “Whether it’s solar cells, electric cars or power lines, nothing ...
  • Germany produces 1,395 gigawatt-hours of power from sewage gas

    Facilities generating electricity from sewage gas have produced 1,395 gigawatt-hours of power in Germany in 2015, the federal statistics office Destatis reports. This was 3.6 percent more than in 2014, and enough to supply a large city like Frankfurt am ...
  • “Strong expansion before the switch to tendering”

    Germany has seen a net addition of onshore wind capacity of 1,892 megawatt (MW) in the first half of 2016, the BWE and VDMA report. That is 73 percent more than in the same period in 2015 when 1,093 MW were added. Wind energy association BWE and industry ...
  • Grid and renewables to be new pillars of EnBW’s energy business

    With 967.5 million euro, German utility EnBW has achieved a 24.2 percent lower operating result in the first six months of 2016 than in the same period in 2015. The company expects results for the whole year to be five to 10 percent lower than last year. ...
  • “States draft their own climate protection targets”

    Several states have created their own environmental regulations because they are dissatisfied with federal laws and plans, writes Angela Schmid in WirtschaftsWoche. “The federal government’s lip service in Paris doesn’t do anything for the world climate. ...
  • “The time has come”

    German car manufacturer Daimler has presented its first prototype for an electric transporter. The 26-tonne truck will have a range of 200 km on one battery charge and is envisaged to be used to transport goods into city centers. Daimler wants to start ...
  • “Do I need my own car?”

    People need cars for different purposes but they do not necessarily need to own them, says Christian Hochfeld, director of think tank Agora Verkehrswende in an interview with the taz. The future could bring a kind of “mobility pass” that would allow ...
  • “More transport on rails for a better climate”

    Environment organisations are disappointed with the government’s proposal for a German sustainability strategy 2016 because targets for a higher market share of climate friendly rail transport have been deleted, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. ...
  • “Know-how, capital and cooperation help small actors against risks of the renewables reform”

    Greenpeace Energy and its subsidiary Planet energy aim to support citizens’ wind power projects in their planning phases in light of regulatory changes brought on by the reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG). “The new EEG slows down the expansion of ...
  • “Behind Vattenfall’s Sell-Off of German Lignite Assets, a Subsidy Play by the Buyers”

    Vattenfall’s lignite business results ahead of the sale of its coal mining and production facilities in eastern Germany offer some insight into why the Swedish utility is selling. They also raise the question of why Czech investor EPH is interested in the ...
  • “Total Domination at the Pumps”

    French multinational oil company Total is looking to expand its network of petrol stations in Germany, Handelsblatt Global Edition reports. “This might not seem like a business with a bright future given the government’s decision to phase out fossil fuels ...
  • “Commerzbank exits coal”

    German Commerzbank has decided to stop financing new coal mining projects and coal power plants, writes Klimaretter.info. According to new internal regulations (fully enacted from 1 August 2016), Commerzbank also "expects German clients in the energy ...
  • "The energy transition will not work without a heating transition"

    The Energiewende cannot succeed without a heating transition, because the heat market is the most important final energy consumption sector in Germany, writes the government-owned financing institution KfW’s research division in a paper. However, the ...
  • Porsche creates more than 1,400 new jobs to develop first all-electric sports car

    German sports cars manufacturer Porsche AG plans to recruit more than 1,400 new employees in the Stuttgart region to develop and produce the ‘Mission E’, the company’s first all-electric sports car. "We are in direct competition with other automakers ...
  • “Diesel cars will continue to be important”

    Diesel cars will continue to be necessary to reach climate protection targets, said Matthias Wissmann, president of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) in an interview with Handelsblatt. “They use 25 percent less fuel than petrol ...
  • “Mega sailing ship to take German cars across the sea”

    A giant sailing vessel could become a new means of transport for car exports from Germany to America and Asia, reports Birger Nicolai in Die Welt. VW, Daimler and BMW are all looking into the possibility to get a contract for the 180 m long “Ecoliner” ...
  • “Secure usage of hydrogen in the energy transition”

    A new research project by Fraunhofer institute IWM in Freiburg is going to investigate the secure use of hydrogen in natural gas pipelines. The project will run for 4 years and cost 9.4 million euros, 1 million of which will be contributed by the federal ...
  • Suggestion for decentralised flexibility mechanisms

    With the energy transition the amount of decentralised produced power and the number of distributed consumers is increasing which is putting pressure on the distribution grid, says the BNE, an association of independent energy suppliers and service firms. ...
  • “Germany overhauls its flagship energy policy”

    The reform of the Renewable Energy Act puts the Energiewende at a crossroads, writes political scientist and energy analyst Arne Jungjohann on environmental news website China Dialogue. “So far, citizens, communities and new investors have been the ...
  • “The Energiewende arrives at the financial markets”

    With cities, municipalities, foundations and companies divesting from fossil fuels and more “green investment” possibilities, the financial sector is rethinking its approach to environmental protection and sustainability on the one hand, and to financial ...
  • “Uniper will see job cuts”

    To lower costs, E.ON’s conventional energy spin-off, Uniper, plans to sell off parts of its business and cut jobs, said the company’s CEO, Klaus Schäfer, in an interview with Rheinische Post. “What’s clear: We’ll see job cuts of a considerable magnitude. ...
  • “Storming of the wind turbines“

    Growing public opposition to wind parks near residential areas is endangering the support needed for the energy transition, according to an article in Welt am Sonntag. Many Germans who live near wind parks “no longer experience the Energiewende as a ...
  • “Like an upside-down ketchup bottle”

    German carmaker Daimler AG is to swiftly develop its e-vehicle portfolio in preparation for the wave of e-mobility in the coming years, said chairman of the board of directors Dieter Zetsche in an interview with WirtschaftsWoche. Zetsche said timing was ...
  • “Germany’s Energiewende Today – Insights from Industry Members”

    For an article on Renewable Energy World, Loukia Papadopoulos sought energy experts' opinion on the current state of Germany’s Energiewende. Mark Jacobson, director of the Atmosphere and Energy Program at Stanford University, Carl Pope, former ...
  • “Energy transition: When conservation becomes a stumbling block”

    Germany’s transformation from conventional to renewable energies (Energiewende) is creating conflict with nature conservationists, writes Oleg Ködding-Zurmühlen on Deutsche Welle. In Bremerhaven on the North Sea coast, Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) ...
  • “Why wind turbines are learning to float”

    Hamburg-based company DNV GL (Det Norske Veritas / Germanische Lloyd) is leading a project to standardise floating wind turbines, dpa reports. Their work was important to lead industry in the right direction when developing the new kind of windmills that ...
  • “Power cut”

    One quarter of ailing energy utility RWE is in the hands of towns and councils which are dependent on its dividend, an article in Capital says. The shares of RWE have lost 80 percent of their value since 2010 and the dividend has been cut, making these ...
  • “Cattle more essential than cars”

    German farmers oppose environment minister Barbara Hendricks’ Climate Action Plan 2050 because it suggests reducing the number of cattle, the use of fertiliser and tying EU subsidies to environmental performance, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports ...
  • “Vattenfall’s first half 2016: Stable operations – impairments due to tough market situation”

    Swedish utility Vattenfall, which operates many conventional power plants in Germany and is selling its German lignite operations to Czech investor EPH, has published its half-year 2016 figures. It says that challenging market conditions forced it to make ...
  • “Own consumption after feed-in payments run out will stimulate storage market”

    PV magazine “Own consumption after feed-in payments run out will stimulate storage market” More than half of solar PV installation operators in Germany want to use their generated power themselves once their 20-year feed-in remuneration runs out, a study ...
  • “Painless Energy”

    Germany could work as an example to Mexico concerning the social challenges and consequences of a transition from fossil to renewable fuels, writes Juliana Fregoso for Forbes Mexico. Mexico could learn from German Energiewende experiences that energy ...
  • “Germany’s Energy Transition: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

    Germany’s Energiewende has so far failed to turn the country away from the electricity production from hard coal and lignite, writes Emilio Godoy in an article on Inter Press Service. “The persistence of fossil fuels casts a shadow on [Germany’s] green ...
  • Offshore wind energy development in Germany 2016

    Deutsche WindGuard has published offshore wind statistics for the first six months of 2016.  Compared to the first half of 2015, less offshore wind turbines (OWT) were added to the grid. Forty-three OWT with a capacity of 258 megawatt (MW) first fed into ...
  • “Explaining Germany’s contradiction: Energy Union and Nord Stream 2”

    Germany’s foreign policy with Russia is one of the reasons why the federal government backs the creation of an EU Energy Union at the same time as the construction of the contentious pipeline Nord Stream 2 that is to connect the two countries, writes ...
  • “Renewable Energy in the European Electricity Market – Germany and Greece in the Focus for Renewable Energy Growth”

    Intensified cross border connections and the increased transfer between European electricity markets could help reach EU climate targets, according to a study by Fraunhofer ISE and the National Technical University of Athens. With the cooperative project ...
  • “A Renewable Energy Act with little effect on the climate”

    The German government is paying more attention to its internal coalition agreement from 2013 than to the Paris Climate Agreement, Dagmar Dehmer writes in an op-ed for the Tagesspiegel. This is why the reformed Renewable Energy Act could does not support ...
  • Uniper listing to go ahead in September

    German utility E.ON will go ahead with listing its spin-off company Uniper in September 2016, according to a press release. The vast majority- 99.7 percent- of shareholders had agreed to the split in June and no legal case had been made against the ...
  • “Starting signal for energy transition in transport is overdue”

    The recently introduced buyers’ premium for electric vehicles is insufficient to kickstart the Energiewende in the transport sector, according to a metastudy by Green Budget Germany (FÖS) for the Renewable Energies Agency (AEE). Many comprehensive reforms ...
  • "Gradual exit from nuclear power"

    German electric utilities company EnBW has asked the authorities for permission to shut down and dismantle its two remaining nuclear power stations, M. Bauchmüller and V. Bernau write in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Jörg Michels, head of EnBW’s nuclear power ...
  • Germany may reach its 2020 target for renewable power this year

    Germany is close to reaching its 2020 renewable energy target this year after generating 36.4 percent of electricity from renewables in the first half of 2016, Craig Morris reports on energytransition.de. Germany is aiming for a 35 percent renewables ...
  • "Total of 717 companies exempted from renewable energy levy in 2016"

    The German government partially or fully waived the country’s renewable energy levy for 717 companies last year because of a special equalisation scheme to mitigate competitive disadvantages for energy intensive industries, Petra Hannen writes in PV ...
  • "Germany sets new solar storage record"

    With the most photovoltaic capacity in Europe, Germany has started to store excess solar energy to enhance local usage. In doing so, the country is piloting a renewable energy strategy that will benefit the rest of the world, Jeffrey Michel writes in ...
  • "Renewable Energy Act Reform: Hoping for Bundestag elections"

    Despite Germany’s recent reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the country’s wind power sector remains hopeful that new revisions to the law could soon follow Bundestag elections next year, Die Welt reports. Indeed, next year’s elections are the key ...
  • "Germany lagging behind: new electric vehicle registrations"

    Germany is far behind in sales of electric vehicles compared to its neighbours and countries around the world, Die Welt reports. While new registrations for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in Germany made up just 0.6 percent in the first half of ...
  • "Stefan Bratzel on future of auto industry: 'The chances for German automakers are 50-50'"

    Apple and Google are becoming a growing threat for German automakers, Stefan Menzel writes in Handelsblatt. “There is a fear that automakers could end up the fifth wheel of the car,” says auto expert Stefan Bratzel of the Center of Automotive Management, ...
  • “Slump in turnover in the solar industry”

    Revenue from goods and services in Germany’s solar industry has been declining steadily in recent years, falling by 74.2 percent in 2014 compared to 2011, according to the German statistics office, Destatis. Revenue in 2014 was 3.7 billion euros, compared ...
  • “RWE head denies danger of insolvency”

    Despite looming debt and the heavy financial burden from the nuclear clean-up, the CEO of electricity utility RWE, Peter Terium, told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung that the company is on solid financial ground. “We have many billions of euros ...
  • 08 Dec 2014

    In the media: Fast-track law on power market design, a nuclear fund, wind parks and birds

    08 Dec 2014 (All day) Der Spiegel “Power monster eats the Chancellor” Frank Dohmen und Gerald Trautfetter in Der Spiegel say the government is under pressure to draft and pass a law on the power market design by summer 2015, which will help deal with the ...
  • 21 Jan 2015

    In the media: Reactions to minister's rejection of capacity markets

    21 Jan 2015 (All day) Dow Jones Newswires “Gabriel undermines electricity industry’s confidence in the Energiewende” Writing for Dow Jones Newswires, Christian Grimm says energy minister Sigmar Gabriel has “broken his word” to the utilities. It was ...
  • Czech investor EPH promises jobs

    Czech investor EPH has announced plans to move “several hundred” administrative jobs to the city of Cottbus in Lusatia- one of Germany’s lignite mining and power production regions- once the acquisition of  Vattenfall’s German lignite plants and mines is ...
  • Sea change to Germany's energy transition as it throws renewables to the open market

    Among the motivations for Germany's  reform of its renewable energy support system have been complaints from neighbouring countries, and the EU Commission’s rules on state aid to the energy sector, writes Dave Keating for Deutsche Welle. But Dörte ...
  • “Nuclear or Coal? Neither!”

    Thanks to renewables, we don’t need nuclear energy to protect the climate, nor coal power to enable the nuclear exit, argues Rüdiger Haude, spokesperson of a solar support association, in politics weekly der Freitag. But several reforms of the Renewable ...
  • “EEX Group posts major volume growth in the first half of 2016”

    A record 2,248 terawatt-hours (TWh) were traded on the spot and derivate power markets of the European Energy Exchange (EEX) in the first half of the year- an increase of 56 percent, according to a press release. Trading of secondary CO 2  emissions ...
  • “Electric vehicles as a chance for petrol station operators”

    Petrol station operators should realise the transition to e-mobility is a huge business opportunity rather than a threat, according to e-car website Ecario. E-car drivers waiting for their cars to charge will spend much more time on the premises, and are ...
  • Video - “At what stage are German makers of pv home storage devices?”

    Many producers showcased their storage devices at the Intersolar Europe trade fair in Munich. Jonathan Gifford, pv magazine global editor, and Götz Fischbeck, CEO of company Smart Solar Consulting, visited the exhibits and conducted a series of interviews ...
  • “Turnover in the energy, water and waste management industry down 2.6 percent in 2014”

    Revenues in the energy, water and waste management industry fell by 15.9 billion euros (or 2.6 percent) in 2014, the second decline in a row, reports Germany's statistics agency Destatis. The turnover of businesses with 20 employees or more amounted ...
  • “Climate targets in danger”

    The cap of solar PV and wind power development established with the  reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG)  passed in parliament last week could endanger Germany’s climate targets, said Maria Krautzberger, president of the Federal Environment Agency ...
  • “Federal government postpones cabinet decision on nuclear law”

    The cabinet decision on a new law to regulate the financing of nuclear decommissioning and waste storage will be postponed until the end of August, writes WirtschaftsWoche. According to the unsourced report, utility RWE said it would not be able to ...
  • “Energiewende regulations burden textile industry”

    The high costs of Germany’s energy transition are damaging German industry's competitiveness with negative impacts on the clothing and textile sector, says Bodo Bölzle, president of textile industry association Südwesttextil, according to an article ...
  • “Germany and Sweden are not willing to implement the Paris Climate Agreement”

    The approval of the sale of Vattenfall’s German lignite plants and mines to Czech utility EPH showed that Germany and Sweden were not willing to implement the Paris Climate Agreement, says Johan Rockström, executive director of the Stockholm Resilience ...
  • “Musk counters Federal Motor Transport Authority”

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk defended the company’s autopilot system after the German Federal Motor Transport Authority said it would not have approved the beta-phase of Tesla's autopilot, according to manager magazin. There was a “misunderstanding of what & ...
  • New data on bird collision with wind turbines published

    Researchers at BioConsult SH, ARSU, IfAÖ and University of Bielefeld have published a study on the effects of wind turbines on birds and how to lower the risk of collision. The question of whether protected bird species are threatened by wind turbines is ...
  • “Germany’s Green Revolution”

    In a long feature, author Mark Rowe reports on Germany's efforts to revolutionise its energy sector. However, the “colossal project” is not without its difficulties, Rowe writes. Even though renewable power production is on the rise, Germany is still ...
  • “Rhineland-Palatinate sues flawed reactor Tihange”

    The government of Rhineland-Palatinate will join in a law suit attempting to block the re-opening of Belgian nuclear power plant Tihange, Umwelt- und Energie-Report reports. The region of Aachen launched legal proceedings against Tihange with the Belgian ...
  • “Germany’s renewable revolution awaits energy forecast”

    To be able to avoid high re-dispatch costs for grid stabilisation, German researchers are testing a new system to better predict power generation of wind and solar PV parks, writes the science journal nature. With the research project EWeLiNE, Fraunhofer ...
  • “He who pulls the cart”

    Germany's coalition government of Christian and Social Democrats has neglected topics important to German industry, writes Ulrich Grillo, president of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), in a guest commentary for Die Welt. Among other examples ...
  • 27 Oct 2015

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

    27 Oct 2015 (All day) CORRECTION- Vattenfall's underlying operating profit was 3,388 million SEK in the third quarter of 2015, not 3,388 billion. Vattenfall 3rd quarter results / Two 500 MW lignite units will be transferred into new reserve Swedish ...
  • Researchers develop city e-car for 12,500 euros

    Researchers at Aachen University have developed a small electric car go on the market for 12,500 euros from 2018, reports Wolfgang Kempkens for Wirtschaftswoche. The same team was responsible for the development of the Streetscooter now used by Deutsche ...
  • “Bundesrat passes digitalisation law”

    The passing of a new law on the “Digitalisation of the Energiewende” in the second house of the German parliament, the Bundesrat, has been overshadowed by the vote on the reform  of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), according to an article in pv magazine. ...
  • “Legal shake-up threatens Germany’s energy ‘revolution’”

    The reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) could spell the end for Germany’s grassroots energy cooperatives, reports Guy Chazan in the Financial Times. The new auction system poses large financial risks for cooperatives, members of the sector told ...
  • “Tenants receive solar power from their own roof”

    One of the last minute changes to the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) reform could boost local use of solar power, with profound consequences for the German energy market, reports Manuel Berkel in bizz energy. Power that tenants use from a PV array installed ...
  • “Big cities consider driving bans on diesel cars”

    Several German cities, including Berlin, Munich, Bremen, and Stuttgart, are considering banning older diesel cars in order to bring harmful nitrogen oxide emissions within EU limits, according to a survey by press agency dpa. The ban would mean only cars ...
  • “Coalition takes foot off the gas pedal”

    The Paris Climate Agreement clearly implies speeding up the Energiewende, but the Renewable Energy Act reform will have the opposite effect, writes Werner Eckert in a commentary for public broadcaster SWR. Instead of trying to solve the problems ...
  • “Late and expensive green power reform”

    The first truly fundamental reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) was long overdue, writes Andreas Mihm in a commentary for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The law has long fulfilled its purpose of making green power competitive and has become too ...
  • “Germany steps on the break”

    The switch to auctions in the reformed Renewable Energy Act is reasonable, but the reform effectively puts the breaks on the amount of renewable development, writes Georg Ehring in a commentary for public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk. He argues a limit of ...
  • Transport ministry commission to determine ethical principles of automated driving

    The transport ministry has instructed a commission to determine ethical principles for driverless cars, according to a report in Süddeutsche Zeitung. Transport minister Alexander Dobrindt told mass daily Bild two of the fundamental ideas guiding the work ...
  • “Bundestag and Bundesrat ring in end of Energiewende”

    Citizen energy projects  and the development of wind power will suffer most from the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) reform passed by both chambers of the German parliament, writes  Hans-Josef Fell  in a guest commentary for pv magazine. “The wind sector will ...
  • “Just climate rhetoric”

    The federal government’s “climate rhetoric” runs contrary to recent plans and regulatory reforms, writes Joachim Wille in an opinion piece for Frankfurter Rundschau. Cabinet  decided  on a draft law to ratify the Paris Climate Agreement and Chancellor ...
  • Greenpeace sees threat to Energiewende in EU Commission’s TTIP plans

    Current plans for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the USA could threaten central instruments of Germany’s the energy transition, Greenpeace says in a press release. According to a  leaked EU Commission draft, ...
  • 15 Apr 2015

    In the media: Climate levy seen as test for government's resolve

    15 Apr 2015 (All day) The Guardian “German backlash grows against coal power clampdown“ The proposed levy on old coal-fired power stations is fast becoming a test of the German government’s commitment to decarbonise its economy, according to the Guardian. ...
  • “Conservatives: Hendricks is pursuing a planned climate economy”

    The deputy heads of the conservative CDU and CSU parties in parliament say that environment minister Barbara Hendricks' Climate Action Plan 2050 draft fails to take account of the market, innovation and competitiveness and could endanger “the economy ...
  • 36 percent renewables share in power production in first half of 2016

    Preliminary figures published by the Energy Charts tool of research institute Fraunhofer ISE show that renewables had a share of over 36 percent in net electricity generation in Germany in the first six months of 2016. ...
  • “Local added value from a community wind farm”

    Local financial benefits of a community-owned wind farm are eight times greater compared to one run by international firms, a study by the Institute for Distributed Energy Technologies (IdE) has found. International firms give fewer contracts to local ...
  • 26 May 2015

    In the media: The Climate Chancellor returns; coal splits government

    26 May 2015 (All day) Berliner Morgenpost “Climate debate splits government” The discussion about how Germany can achieve its climate goals has raised tensions within the government, reports the Berliner Morgenpost. Armin Laschet, deputy head of ...
  • “Wind power petition failed”

    A petition by the initiative “Save Brandenburg” aimed at throttling construction of new wind turbines has failed, Radio Berlin Brandenburg (rbb) reports. Instead of the necessary 80,000 signatures, the wind power opponents only gathered 45,000 signatures. ...
  • “Headwind for new course”

    Germany’s northern most state Schleswig-Holstein will be the ninth of 16 states to have a climate protection law, taz reports. The state cabinet passed the draft law on Wednesday, now parliament has to approve it. Targets established in the law are ...
  • “Banks urged to blacklist Czech coal guzzler EPH”

    After campaigners’ hopes were dashed that the Swedish government would veto the sale of state-owned utility Vattenfall’s German lignite coal assets to Czech investor EPH, a number of NGOs have called on German and international banks to stop funding the ...
  • “Large battery in Brandenburg starts operations”

    A 5-megawatt storage battery has started regular operations in Brandenburg, after a 1-year test run was completed successfully, PV magazine reports. The battery is among the biggest of its kind in Europe and has the prequalification as a network ...
  • “EnBW aims to become a ‘green giant’”

    Germany’s third largest utility EnBW hopes investments in wind power and digital services will help it shed the image of a climate-damaging coal and nuclear company, reports Richard Fuchs for broadcaster Deutschlandradio. EnBW is using new management ...
  • “Regulator cuts grid yields”

    The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has suggested lowering the equity interest rate for operators of power grids and gas networks as of 2018/19, it said on Wednesday. The lower rates mirror current low interest rates on financial markets, BNetzA president ...
  • Cabinet of state of NRW approves cut-back to lignite mining plans

    The cabinet of Germany’s most populous federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has approved a new framework for lignite mining in the state, which confirms an earlier announcement to reduce originally-approved mining plans. NRW’s environment ...
  • “Paris Climate Agreement will become law”

    The German federal government cabinet has decided on a draft law for the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement. Once the parliament passes the law, Germany has done its bit to ratify the climate treaty. The ratification law would also be “the basis ...
  • “Siemens unveils new 8MW offshore wind turbine”

    Siemens has launched a new offshore wind turbine with a capacity of 8 megawatts, promising a 10 per cent increase in annual energy production compared to its previous 7MW model, reports BusinessGreen. The German engineering giant, currently in the process ...
  • “Car manufacturers permitted to keep fiddling with exhaust values”

    Europe’s car industry will be able to continue using exhaust emission systems for which exceeding the exhaust values is in many cases permitted, Nikolaus Doll writes in Die Welt. The German government has failed to have the part of an EU regulation ...
  • “Better chances for citzens’ energy”

    The government coalition has agreed last-minute changes to the contested reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) in order to boost citizen energy projects, reports Michael Bauchmüller in Süddeutsche Zeitung. Citizen energy projects need to participate at ...
  • “Germany to limit offshore wind power”

    Germany has capped the expansion of offshore wind power to 3.1 gigawatts (GW) between 2021 and 2025 because the high-voltage power lines needed to carry green energy from the windy north to the industrial south will not be ready, report Andreas Rinke and ...
  • “Court rules against E.ON claim for damages from nuclear phase-out”

    The regional court (Landgericht) in Hanover has ruled against awarding damages to German utility E.ON. The energy giant had sued the federal government, as well as several states, over the abrupt decision to temporarily shut down two nuclear power plants ...
  • “Nuclear setback”

    After the rejection of E.ON’s damages claims by a regional court in Hanover, hope for the big German utilities lies with the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe which is yet to decide related lawsuits, writes Andreas Mihm in an opinion piece in ...
  • “Back to the future”

    Germany’s radioactive waste will probably stay in castor casks above ground near (former) nuclear power stations for a century, writes Daniel Wetzel in Die Welt. A final underground repository is unlikely to be filled before the year 2117, Wetzel says. ...
  • “Report: Germany suffers more coal-linked deaths than rest of EU”

    Germany suffered more premature deaths linked to coal plant pollution than any other EU member state, according to a new study, reports Euractiv. Some 3,630 people in Germany died from coal-related illnesses in 2013, according to the report by the Health ...
  • “The diesel is alive”

    The diesel emissions scandal has not slowed sales of new diesel cars, reports Henrik Mortsiefer in Tagesspiegel. Sales of diesel cars actually reached a new record of 812,000 in the first half of 2016. Total German car sales rose seven percent to 1.73 ...
  • “Cities threatened by diesel driving bans”

    Many cities might be forced to introduce bans on diesel cars because their nitrogen oxide emission levels exceed legal limits, reports Jasper von Altenbockum in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The German Cities Council blames the situation on carmakers’ ...
  • Preserving diversity of actors in Energiewende

    The reform of the Renewable Energy Act, which includes the introduction of tenders for renewables, is a challenge for all Energiewende players- but especially for citizens, according to a new brochure by the German Cities Council, local utilities ...
  • Climate targets and growth will be important topics for Germany’s G20 presidency 2017

    Implementing the Paris Climate Agreement will be challenging, according to Chancellor Angela Merkel.  She said at the second day of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin this was already evident at Germany’s present work on a Climate Action Plan. All ...
  • 17 Dec 2014

    In the media: State fund for nuclear waste, falling power consumption, Vattenfall

    17 Dec 2014 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “Nuclear power companies should pay 17 billion euros into fund” The German government plans to establish a fund for the costs of dismantling and disposal of nuclear power stations, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports, ...
  • "Sweden Clears Sale of Vattenfall’s German Lignite Plants to EPH"

    The Swedish government approved the sale of Vattenfall’s German lignite plants and mines to Czech utility EPH, writes Bloomberg. “The divestment is strategically correct and the best financial alternative,” Swedish enterprise minister Mikael Damberg said. ...
  • “Germans will pay dearly for lignite deal“

    The German federal and state governments should start soon to secure the financing of long-term effects of lignite operations in order to be prepared for the possible scenario that Czech EPH evades having to fund liabilities and provisions in connection ...
  • “The Energiewende at its limit”

    There are limits to a national energy transition in Germany, writes economy professor Andreas Löschel, from the University of Münster, in a guest article for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. If a few countries like Germany and the UK decide to phase-out coal ...
  • Government wants cabinet decision on nuclear exit financing in August

    Negotiations between the four nuclear operators and the German government are at full speed, reports Antje Höning in Rheinische Post. Insiders told the author the government wanted a cabinet decision in August so the financing of the nuclear exit is put ...
  • German rail operator bets on autonomous vehicles

    German rail operator Deutsche Bahn hopes to operate a fleet of autonomous vehicles in the future to bring clients to the nearest train station, according to CEO Rüdiger Grube. “We will offer our door to door services in the future: Call a bike, car to go ...
  • 27 Apr 2015

    In the media: Demonstrators fired up over coal

    27 Apr 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “Resistance at the bucket wheel” 10,000 coal workers demonstrated  in Berlin on Saturday  against energy minister Sigmar Gabriel’s planned climate levy. These were supported by the company leadership of RWE, trade ...
  • 27 Jan 2016

    E-car coalition collision / Divestment domino effect

    27 Jan 2016 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “E-car collision in the coalition” The Social Democrats’ parliamentary group wants to push e-mobility with incentives worth billions, reports Andreas Mihm in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The ...
  • 22 May 2015

    In the media: Steel industry fears CO2 trade burden

    22 May 2015 (All day) Destatis “G7 in Figures” Germany’s Federal Statistical Office Destatis has published a booklet ahead of the G7 summit in Bavaria this June, including data on energy and climate protection efforts in the world’s leading industrial ...
  • “Energy transition Outlook 2035: Grid enhancement necessary in the future”

    Neither the addition of gas-fired power plants in southern Germany nor a sharp decrease in power production from lignite in eastern Germany would limit the need for new power grid infrastructure, a study by Prognos AG, RWTH Aachen, E-Bridge and FGH on ...
  • “Car test with consequences”

    Technicians from Germany’s largest automobile club ADAC have found in recent tests that older VW Golf models can have a much higher fuel use than purported and, therefore, also higher CO 2 emissions, Thomas Fromm writes in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Up to ...
  • E-car buyer’s premium starts

    The ordinance on premiums payable to those who purchase an electric vehicle is coming into force on 2 July, and will apply retroactively from the 18 May 2016. Economy and energy minister Sigmar Gabriel said in a press release that the premium would be an ...
  • “Germany and the Brexit”

    “Little will change on the European continent due to the decision of the British people, including when it comes to the climate and energy agency,” writes Sabrina Schulz in the blog of climate and energy think tank E3G. In Germany, the fight over the ...
  • “Green energy doesn’t need subsidies”

    If the immediate engagement in the energy transition has subsided a bit in Germany, it is because the Energiewende has become part of daily live, not because citizens lack interest, Heiko von Tschischwitz, founder of green power supplier LichtBlick, told ...
  • “RWE subsidiary Innogy lures investors with high dividend”

    Energy company RWE’s new green subsidiary Innogy will in the future pay between 70 and 80 percent of its adjusted net income to shareholders, Spiegel Online reports. The dividend will be paid in full in 2016, the company said at an investor meeting in ...
  • “74 percent of Germans want to get rid of fossil energy entirely”

    A poll of 1,000 people in Germany shows that three quarters would like to see renewable energies replace fossil energy entirely, a survey by heating and cooling technology company Stiebel Eltron found. Eighty-five percent of participants said that they ...
  • Climate protection weakened

    The language in the Climate Action Plan 2050 regarding coal used to be crystal clear: it was to be ended “well before” 2050. But the new draft version of the paper is lacking this kind of clarity, writes Michael Bauchmüller in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. It ...
  • “A chance for Lusatia”

    Sweden and Germany should set a precedent with Vattenfall’s lignite assets in the eastern German region of Lusatia and transfer the operations into a state-owned foundation with the clear goal of a socially acceptable and environmentally responsible ...
  • “Gabriel’s dream of a green island”

    The German government exports the Energiewende and supports the development of renewable energies outside the country’s borders, like on the Greek island of Tilos, writes Handelsblatt. Economy minister Sigmar Gabriel is on a two day visit to Greece to ...
  • “Tariffs for photovoltaic installations will not be lowered”

    The feed-in tariffs for new photovoltaic (PV) installations will not be lowered between 1 July and 30 September 2016 for the fourth time in a row. This is because newly installed capacity of 1,366 megawatts (MW) over the past 12 months was more than 1,000 ...
  • “The UK is and will remain one of our core markets”

    Hans Bünting, COO Renewables of RWE International SE (Innogy), sees no reason for the German utility to hold back on renewables investments in the UK following the Brexit vote. “On the basis of the currently available information, the UK is and will ...
  • “Full nuclear speed ahead!”

    The nuclear sector is showing confidence at its big trade fair in Le Bourget, France. And German companies which are feeling sidelined by the nuclear phase-out at home are hoping to get work abroad, writes Leo Klimm in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Germany is ...
  • Power consumption advice for large household users

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

    The new Climate Action Plan 2050 being prepared by Germany pursues an “absolute priority” of climate protection, writes Andreas Mihm in an opinion-piece for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The plan is still vague but postulates targets which nobody is ...
  • Majority of Germans still in favour of nuclear phase-out

    Five years after Germany decided (again) to phase-out nuclear energy, 70 percent of the population still agree that this was the right decision, a YouGov poll on behalf of green power company LichtBlick shows. Sixty-seven percent of participants said that ...
  • “Against time”

    The biggest dilemma of the new rules to be set for finding a final repository for nuclear waste in Germany is between “time and thoroughness”, writes Michael Bauchmüller in an op-ed for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. On the one hand there has to be a fair ...
  • “Gabriel plans new discounts for companies – at the expense of small consumers”

    The federal economy ministry proposes to lower the threshold for energy-intensive industries to be eligible for a reduced renewables surcharge, writes Spiegel Online. With this proposed adjustment to the reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), reported ...
  • “Siemens freezes new UK wind power investment following Brexit vote”

    German engineering company Siemens has decided against making new wind power investments in the UK until the future of the relationship with the EU becomes clearer following the Brexit vote, writes The Guardian. Company representatives call on the ...
  • “Conceptualising Germany’s Energy Transition”

    Important shifts in power relations within the energy sector occur in the course of Germany’s energy transition, according to a new research publication by Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS). “The reality is that power over certain ...
  • Launch of the Competence Centre Nature Protection and Energiewende

    German environment minister Barbara Hendricks launched a new project aimed at facilitating dialogue among the stakeholders in the conflict area between nature protection on the one hand and the further development of renewable energies in the course of ...
  • “New RWE subsidiary to be named innogy”

    Utility company RWE has unveiled the name of its new “colourful, cheerful and innovative” subsidiary: “Innogy”. The new company pools the German and international renewables, grid and infrastructure and retail business. ...
  • New draft of Climate Action Plan 2050 without clear plan for coal exit or CO2 sector targets

    A new draft version of the Climate Action Plan 2050 that is to describe the pathway to a decarbonised economy has been leaked (and seen by the Clean Energy Wire). Unlike a former version by the Environment Ministry, the new draft- which was compiled after ...
  • “Green power: got to be in it, to win it”

    Deutsche Welle has published a video report showing how utility RWE continues to mine and use lignite for electricity production in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. “Energy giant RWE has been relying on coal for too long now, and its ...
  • Nuclear commission recommends waste storage process

    The nuclear repository commission has decided upon a report advising the parliament on how to proceed in the finding of a final repository for Germany’s nuclear waste. The commission, made up from parliamentarians, scientists and NGOs concluded its two ...
  • “This is how thoughtful the transport minister treats companies”

    The transport ministry took more than two months to publish devastating results from its own diesel emission tests, report Klaus Ott and Katja Riedel in Süddeutsche Zeitung. The ministry said it first led many talks with various carmakers to check the ...
  • “Not without my nuclear power station”

    Germany’s eastern European neighbours and Russia are not following the phase-out of nuclear energy that is part of Germany’s energy transition, writes historian Anna Veronika Wendland in a guest article for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Eastern ...
  • “Mapping the Energy Union: new ENTSO-E 10-year network development plan”

    To secure the transport of large quantities of renewable power to the main consumption centres in Europe, an extension of the current electricity grid is needed, according to the ten-year network development plan (TYNDP) published by European Network of ...
  • 14 Apr 2015

    In the media: Energiewende can draw business to Germany

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

    The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) plans to initiate its own programme to measure emissions from diesel vehicles in real-life conditions, setting up parallel structures to those of the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), reports Süddeutsche Zeitung ...
  • “Great transformation”

    The federal government’s “Climate Action Plan 2050" will influence next year’s general election campaign, writes German weekly Der Spiegel. The Green Party would like to speed up the plan, and any other party that might want them as a coalition ...
  • “Rational climate policy is something different”

    The federal government’s “Climate Action Plan 2050" is “a continuation and intensification of a purely national climate policy,” says German economist Joachim Weimann in a guest commentary in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The emissions avoided in ...
  • Municipalities see energy supply as important topic in 2030

    German municipalities see energy supply and mobility management as important topics in 2030, according to a survey by the Society of Automotive and Traffic Systems Technologies of the Association of German Engineers (VDI). 68.3 percent of the surveyed ...
  • “Charged atmosphere”

    German carmakers haven't taken electric mobility seriously, but suddenly it is even dawning on faithful VW drivers that cars with fossil combustion engines will be phased out at some point, writes Henning Peitsmeier in the Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • “Opposition fears Energiewende standstill”

    Representatives of the opposition Green and Left parties criticised the planned reform of the Renewable Energy Act in the first Bundestag debate on the federal government’s proposed draft. “It would have been more honest to talk of an energy transition ...
  • “830 wind turbines turn in Hesse”

    The economy minister of the state of Hesse Tarek Al-Wazir called the federal economy ministry’s plan to declare parts of the state as grid congestion zones “ludicrous” and “preposterous,” writes the Rhein-Main-Zeitung. This would “vaporise the ...
  • “The EU must keep Britain in the single market”

    The effect of Brexit will be “controllable” for German energy company E.ON, which is also one of the largest power suppliers in Britain, CEO Johannes Teyssen told the Bild Zeitung in an interview. The devaluation of the British Pound is a risk, he said, ...
  • 23 Feb 2016

    Nuclear giants 'buy their way out' / 'Germany misses climate targets'

    23 Feb 2016 (All day) Die Welt “Nuclear giants buy their way out for 18 billion” The expert commission on financing the nuclear clean-up will suggest to the government that utilities transfer their responsibility for storing nuclear waste to the state, at ...
  • “Stabilising grids, securing power supply”

    The federal government has prolonged a legal statute that regulates support for “interruptible loads”, i.e. power consumers who can reduce their electricity consumption in times of scarcity in order to stabilise the grid. Read the government press release ...
  • “Energiewende for the electricity lobby”

    Hard coal power plant operator and one of Germany’s biggest power suppliers Steag announced that it will leave the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) by the end of 2016, writes the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ). The industry association ...
  • “Berlin is the latest city to pull out of fossil fuels”

    In line with a global divestment movement, the city of Berlin has decided to divest its money from “companies whose business model contradicts the goal of climate neutrality,” according to the text of a parliamentary proposal approved by the plenary. The ...
  • “Letting in the light: How solar photovoltaics will revolutionise the electricity system”

    The share of global electricity generated by solar PV could grow to as much as 13 percent by 2030, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). “The solar industry’s expansion is driven primarily by cost reductions, with ...
  • 14 Aug 2015

    In the media: Legal doubts about the coal reserve

    14 Aug 2015 (All day) Federal Network Agency / German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) 33 successful bids in second PV auction round Germany’s second-ever photovoltaic tendering round has resulted in 33 successful bids, granting support for 159.7 ...
  • “We invest billions in Germany”

    Vattenfall will invest about three billion euros in Germany over the coming years, said the company’s president and CEO Magnus Hall in an interview with Handelsblatt. “There is significant growth potential in cities like Berlin or Hamburg, for example in ...
  • “An outcry!”

    An alliance of climate activists and renewable proponents has published an advert in business daily Handelsblatt urging politicians to stop the reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) in parliament in order to “save the Energiewende”. “Anybody who wants ...
  • “A successful compromise“

    The compromise restricting hydraulic fracturing in Germany is a big success for the technique’s critics, writes Malte Kreutzfeldt in an opinion piece in die tageszeitung. “A complete ban of all kinds of fracturing, as the opponents demand, was politically ...
  • Explosive renewables development can make Paris a success

    A team of scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) have published a comment in Nature Climate Change entitled “Why the right climate target was agreed in Paris”. It highlights that the Paris goal of reducing the temperature ...
  • Daimler CEO announces “radical transformation”

    Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche has announced dramatic changes to move the carmaker into the future of mobility, reports Cerstin Gemmelin in Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Daimler will radically develop into a different company within the next ten years,” Zetsche told ...
  • 25 Feb 2016

    Record power export earnings / Lignite mine turns into wind farm

    25 Feb 2016 (All day) Fraunhofer ISE “Germany’s electricity export surplus brings record revenue of over two billion euros” Net electricity exports earned Germany a record 2.07 billion euros last year, according to think tank Fraunhofer ISE. This power ...
  • Reduction of coal power inevitable, says German environment minister

    03 Nov 2014 (All day) German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks has announced that reducing the share of coal power in the German energy mix will be an inevitable part of the climate policy action plan to be decided by the government in December. The ...
  • 20 Jun 2016

    Law reform delays energy transition- study / Utilities fear collapse

    20 Jun 2016 (All day) University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HTW) “New study: EEG 2016 thwarts Paris climate agreement” If Germany continued the deployment of renewable energies at the average pace of the last 15 years, the energy transition would take ...
  • 02 Apr 2015

    In the media: Germany's top polluters; fracking angst

    02 Apr 2015 (All day) Handelsblatt Fracking law: “German Angst” There is no rational explanation for the resistance against fracking among German parliamentarians, Thomas Sigmund writes in an opinion piece for the Handelsblatt. The government proposal is ...
  • 25 Mar 2015

    In the media: Study- Germany must exit brown coal to achieve climate goals

    25 Mar 2015 (All day) Institute for Applied Ecology / Friends of the Earth Germany Exit from lignite possible by 2030 Germany’s national and regional climate goals imply that lignite mining will have to stop much earlier than currently planned, according ...
  • 06 Jun 2016

    Grid operator says 80% renewables no problem / Environment ministry turns 30

    06 Jun 2016 (All day) Tagesspiegel “80 percent renewables are not a problem” There is much more flexibility in the German power grid to cope with renewables development than currently needed, said Boris Schucht, CEO of transmission system operator 50Hertz ...
  • 27 Jan 2016 |

    First reactions to Renewable Energy Act reform proposal

    27 Jan 2016 (All day) The centrepiece of Germany's Energiewende in the power sector is to undergo a profound revision this year. The government has tabled a draft law for the reform of the Renewable Energy Act, which has stirred a heated debate. The ...
  • 22 Apr 2015

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

    22 Apr 2015 (All day) Spiegel Online Resistance among Christian Democrats against power market law Four senior members of Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democrats (CDU) have send a letter to all members of the CDU-CSU parliamentary group, commenting on ...
  • 22 Dec 2014

    In the media: Funding research vs. subsidies, matching supply and demand for renewables, how ecological are E-cars?

    22 Dec 2014 (All day) Die Welt “Climate Change; The smarter way to produce energy” It is time to find a smarter way for preventing climate change, and not a model that defies countries’ economic interests, writes the head of the Copenhagen Consensus ...
  • 17 Feb 2015

    In the media: Worries about solar eclipse; Europe headed for renewables record

    17 Feb 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “Worries about solar eclipse” On March 20, a solar eclipse will cover up to 80 percent of the sun in Germany and grid operators are concerned that massively fluctuating solar electricity generation ...
  • 20 Apr 2015

    In the media: Unions at odds over coal levy

    20 Apr 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “Metal vs coal” Unions are deeply split on the issue of the proposed coal levy, according to an article by Michael Bauchmüller in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Germany's  IG Metall   industrial metalworkers union  ...
  • 30 Jul 2015

    In the media: Breather for wind industry; renewables help EnBW

    30 Jul 2015 (All day) German Wind Energy Association (BWE) / German Engineering Association (VDMA) “Breather for the German wind industry” Onshore wind power development in Germany decreased by 34 percent in the first six months of 2015, compared to the ...
  • 12 May 2015

    In the media: No spectators at G7 energy show; EnBW in the red

    12 May 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung / Die Welt “Energiewende show on the high seas” Germany’s energy minister Sigmar Gabriel invited his G7 counterparts to visit a new offshore wind converter platform in the North Sea – but none of them wanted to ...
  • 14 Jan 2016

    Renewable payments 2015 / Two billion euros for e-cars

    14 Jan 2016 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Greenpeace “Expenses for green power reach new record high” Payments for renewable power have reached a record high in 2015, Andreas Mihm reports for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Operators of ...
  • 16 Mar 2016

    Reporter's Guide to the Energiewende- 2016 edition published

    16 Mar 2016 (All day) “A Reporter’s Guide to the Energiewende” offers journalists covering energy and climate policy an overview of key stories, experts/decision-makers and facts on Germany’s landmark energy transition. Click on the attachment on the left ...
  • Germany views European Energy Union proposals through Energiewende lens

    25 Feb 2015 (All day) Germany’s biggest concerns regarding the European Commission’s energy policy proposals are potential impact on its own transition to renewables power, as well as power market reform. The European Commission published it framework ...
  • 16 Apr 2015 |

    Researchers rebuff claim of major job losses from coal levy

    16 Apr 2015 (All day) The researchers that prepared the German government's proposal for a levy on old coal-fired plants have rejected union claims the plan would cause massive job losses in the lignite industry and beyond. The Institute for Applied ...
  • 29 Sep 2015

    In the media: "Carmakers must not end up like RWE and E.ON"

    29 Sep 2015 (All day) Handelsblatt “Carmakers must not end up like RWE and E.ON” In an interview with business daily Handelsblatt, transport expert Anton Hofreiter- one of the Green party’s parliamentary leaders- argues that German carmakers stare in ...
  • 27 Jan 2015

    In the media: Problems nag at Germany's biggest offshore windpark

    27 Jan 2015 (All day) Die Welt “Standstill; Little movement in Germany’s largest offshore wind park” Germany's largest offshore windpark, the 3-billion-euro “Bard Offshore 1” in the North Sea, remains beset with problems, costing as much as 2 million ...
  • 26 Jun 2015

    In the media: Vattenfall shelves resettlement of coal communities

    26 Jun 2015 (All day) Berliner Morgenpost /dpa “Vattenfall stops resettlement plans near lignite mine in Nochten” Energy utility Vattenfall has stopped plans to resettle around 1700 people near its open cast lignite mine Nochten in Saxony, the Berliner ...
  • 24 Apr 2015

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

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

    In the media: Fresh money for Chernobyl, how to deal with nuclear waste

    18 Mar 2015 (All day)   taz / dpa “The concept has definitely failed” Germany’s Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks considers negotiations between the federal government and state governments over which states will store nuclear waste to have failed, a ...
  • 04 May 2015

    In the media: Tesla plans energy revolution

    04 May 2015 (All day) Bild/Lichtblick “Tesla and Lichtblick plan energy revolution” Hamburg-based renewable electricity provider Lichtblick is cooperating with Tesla to integrate the e-car company’s new “Powerwall Home Batteries” into the energy market, ...
  • 05 Oct 2015

    In the media: Gabriel takes conciliatory tone over troubled utilities

    05 Oct 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung/WAZ “Minister Gabriel does not want to ‘shave’ utilities” German energy minister Sigmar Gabriel surprised stockmarkets with conciliatory remarks about the country’s troubled utilities, reports ...
  • Renewables overtake lignite: German CO2 emissions fall in 2014

    17 Dec 2014 (All day) The latest figures on Germany’s energy consumption and electricity generation for 2014 suggest that the country’s recent rise in greenhouse gas emissions could be coming to an end. Primary energy consumption fell to its lowest level ...
  • Germany's energy giants in dire straits

    11 Mar 2015 (All day) E.ON posts record loss for 2014 and RWE’s outlook is bleak, fuelling debate over their future. Germany's largest utility, E.ON, posted a loss of 3.16 billion euros for 2014- reigniting debate over the future of the country' ...
  • 09 Jan 2015

    In the media: Renewables superlatives, EU policy, heating and e-cars

    09 Jan 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) "A year full of superlatives for ecologic power" German consumers paid almost 23 billion euros for renewable electricity in 2014, the FAZ writes, citing figures released by the ...
  • 31 Mar 2015

    In the media: Trend reversal- German emissions decrease

    31 Mar 2015 (All day)   Federal Environment Agency (UBA) “Trend reversal: Emissions decrease to lowest level since 2010” German greenhouse gas emissions have decreased in 2014 for the first time in three years, according to calculations by the Federal ...
  • 17 Apr 2015

    In the media: Final battle over nuclear power in Germany

    17 Apr 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung "Powered out" The German nuclear power sector's final battle is currently being fought on paper, writes Markus Balser in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The likes of E.ON and RWE are preparing legal ...
  • 15 Oct 2015

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

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

    In the media: Unions see 100,000 jobs at risk; wind sets new record

    07 Apr 2015 (All day)   Süddeutsche Zeitung Unions – CO2 levy could erase 100,000 jobs The additional CO2 levy on old power plants, proposed by the German government to achieve climate targets, puts up to 100,000 jobs at risk, warns German service union ...
  • 20 Mar 2015 |

    New power market design without capacity mechanism in ministry plans

    20 Mar 2015 (All day) The German energy ministry has opted for a reformed energy only market (EOM), in which back-up power stations are financed through sharp peaks in power prices. Utilities insisted that a decision on the market's design- either an ...
  • 03 Nov 2015

    Renewables cover 33% of power consumption in 2015-utilities

    03 Nov 2015 (All day) BDEW / ZSW “Renewables share will likely rise to 33 percent in 2015” Renewable energies are likely to cover around 33 percent of Germany’s gross power consumption in 2015, research institute ZSW for solar energy and hydrogen and the ...
  • 24 Nov 2014

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

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

    Germany's energy transition in the media on 13 October

    13 Oct 2014 (All day) Der Spiegel “Energy transition: Gabriel to put more pressure on utilities” German Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel plans to put more pressure on utilities by taking 10 gigawatts of coal-fired power plants offline, weekly ...
  • 24 Nov 2015

    Allianz exits coal / Peruvian farmer sues RWE

    24 Nov 2015 (All day) ZDF / Süddeutsche Zeitung / Allianz “Allianz quits coal financing” German insurance company Allianz will no longer invest in companies that get more than 30 percent of their revenue from coal mining or over 30 percent of their energy ...
  • 17 Jun 2015

    In the media: 2020 renewables target in reach for EU

    17 Jun 2015 (All day) European Commission “EU on track to meeting 20 percent renewable energy target” The EU expects member states are on track to meet their target of a 20 percent share of renewables in gross final energy consumption by 2020, according ...
  • Energy policy sidelined in regional elections, results may have impact

    04 Mar 2016 (All day) On 13 March, three German states go to the polls in regional elections. Last time these states voted, energy policy was the hot topic, and Germany elected its first Green state premier. Now, energy and the climate have been ...
  • 29 Feb 2016

    Union demands lignite fund / Agreement on e-car incentives?

    29 Feb 2016 (All day) Rheinische Post “Union demands lignite fund” Mining union IG BCE argues Germany will need lignite power production until 2047 and should create a fund to finance the technology after it stops earning money in about 15 years, reports ...
  • 12 Nov 2015

    RWE reports profit drop / Which target date for 100% renewables?

    12 Nov 2015 (All day) Reuters/RWE RWE says it will ‘only just’ meet 2015 earnings forecast German utility RWE on Thursday said it would just manage to meet its 1.1-1.3 billion-euro adjusted net income forecast for 2015, after a 29 percent drop in adjusted ...
  • 24 Oct 2014

    Germany’s energy transition in the media on 24 Oct 2014

    24 Oct 2014 (All day) Spiegel Online “Agreement at EU summit: Merkel’s rotten climate deal” The German government wanted ambitious climate targets but only partially succeeded in pushing them through, says Gregor Peter Schmitz in Spiegel Online. In ...
  • 24 Sep 2015

    In the media: Flawed emissions test; successful policies for renewable support

    24 Sep 2015 (All day) The Guardian “UK, France and Germany lobbied for flawed car emissions tests, documents reveal” The UK, France and Germany lobbied the European Commission to approve car tests that would increase global emissions by 14 percent beyond ...
  • 16 Feb 2016

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

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

    Mercury limits 'could end coal' / A fund for nuclear waste?

    08 Feb 2016 (All day) Der Tagesspiegel “Government could use mercury limits to take coal plants offline” The government “has a plan B up its sleeve" in case there is no political agreement on a coal exit, reports Dagmar Dehmer in Tagesspiegel. ...
  • 12 Oct 2015

    In the media: Questions remain after test of nuclear clean-up funds

    12 Oct 2015 (All day) Reuters “Germany says firms set aside enough nuclear decommissioning funds” According to the government, stress tests show that nuclear power plant operators have set aside enough funds to pay for decommissioning their reactors, even ...
  • 04 Feb 2016

    E-car support without subsidies / Nuclear energy as an option

    04 Feb 2016 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung Decision on e-car support postponed The German government has postponed the decision about how to boost e-cars until March after a high-level meeting with representatives of the country’s carmakers failed to reach ...
  • 01 Oct 2014

    Germany's energy transition in the media on 01 October

    01 Oct 2014 (All day) Spiegel Online "Subsidies: Brussels' billion-euro gift to the nuclear lobby" German parliamentarians are „appalled" after EU competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia allowed the UK government to guarantee ...
  • 10 Dec 2014

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

    10 Dec 2014 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung/dpa “Economy minister Gabriel has still hopes for gas pipeline South Stream” “It would be better for Europe if the project still had a chance,” Germany’s Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar ...
  • 21 Jul 2015

    In the media: German operations cost Vattenfall dearly

    21 Jul 2015 (All day) Vattenfall Impairment losses and higher provisions for German operations Impairment losses and higher provisions for its German activities, as well as low electricity prices, widened losses at Swedish utility Vattenfall in the second ...
  • 18 Jan 2016

    A unique record for offshore wind / Expensive blackout defense

    18 Jan 2016 (All day) WindGuard / VDMA 2015 record year for offshore wind power installation Offshore wind capacity of 2,282.4 megawatt (MW) was connected to the German grid in 2015, Deutsche WindGuard has calculated. However, this record will remain a ...
  • 15 Jan 2016 |

    The CLEW Yearbook 2014/2015

    15 Jan 2016 (All day) We have compiled our 2014/2015 dossiers (long-reads) in a comprehensive PDF format, ready for you to download. The articles in the yearbook showcase the Energiewende’s shifts in policy and the challenges it faced in the past year. ...
  • 04 Jan 2016

    Utilities 'a little greener' / E-Mobility 'in slow lane'

    04 Jan 2016 (All day) E.ON Separation of E.ON and Uniper operations completed Effective 1 January 2016 E.ON has completed separation of operations from its planned spin-off Uniper. E.ON will focus on renewables, energy networks and customer solutions ...
  • 11 Dec 2014

    In the media: Global perceptions of the Energiewende, CO2 from cars and report on fossil fuel dependency

    11 Dec 2014 (All day) Study: Renewable Energies Agency (AEE) “How the world sees the Energiewende” Germany’s Energiewende – the shift from conventional and nuclear energy to a renewable power supply – is the focus of much media attention around the world, ...
  • 29 Dec 2015

    Minister concerned about power exports / Slow grid extension

    29 Dec 2015 (All day) Spiegel Online “Hendricks criticises massive rise in electricity exports” Germany’s environment minister Barbara Hendricks is concerned about the country’s CO2 emissions, writes Stefan Schultz at Spiegel Online. The continued high ...
  • 16 Jul 2015

    In the media: Energiewende faces massive challenges

    16 Jul 2015 (All day) Die Zeit “Don’t get distracted” The carbon divestment movement and the G7 commitment to decarbonisation indicate that climate policy is getting serious and irreversible, writes Andreas Kuhlmann, the new head of the German Energy ...
  • 09 Jul 2015

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

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

    In the media: No get-together on coal; A little less fracking

    21 May 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “Coalition doesn’t get together in coal politics” A meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and energy minister Sigmar Gabriel on the additional levy on old coal-fired power stations scheduled for ...
  • 12 Jun 2015

    In the media: Battery fever; "trouble near the mine"

    12 Jun 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “Simply carry on” G7 politicians want to rid the world of fossil fuels but German industry will demand support for the decarbonisation, Karl-Heinz Büschemann writes in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Siemens CEO Joe ...
  • 02 Dec 2014

    In the media: E.ON and the age of dinosaurs, climate action ready for government approval

    02 Dec 2014 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “The end of dinosaurs“ In the end, the large dinosaurs who had ruled the world disappeared – Germany’s big energy companies face a similar fate, writes Markus Balser in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. E.ON’s announcement ...
  • 19 May 2015

    In the media: Coal and climate- Can Merkel lead by example?

    19 May 2015 (All day) Bloomberg / Handelsblatt “Germany, France Seek Curb on Fossil Fuel Pollution This Century“ To control the risks of climate change, Germany and France want to almost completely forego the use of fossil fuels by 2050, Environment ...
  • 07 Jul 2015

    In the media: Environmentalists oppose environmentalists on wind power

    07 Jul 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “Headwind” The rapid increase in the number of wind turbines is leading to rising resistance in many rural areas in Germany’s north, reports Süddeutsche Zeitung in a full-page report on the technology. Opponents ...
  • "Elmau delivered"- Comments on G7 climate, energy statement

    08 Jun 2015 (All day) The G7 has published its final communiqué after the summit in Elmau in southern Germany. CLEW presents reactions from Germany to the results of the meeting of major industrialised countries. Read the "Leader's Declaration ...
  • 23 Mar 2015

    In the media: Worries over costs of nuclear clean-up

    23 Mar 2015 (All day) Wall Street Journal “Germany’s Nuclear Costs Trigger Fears” German taxpayers may end up footing the bill for decommissioning the country’s nuclear power plants and storing radioactive waste, according to a study commissioned by the ...
  • 11 May 2015

    In the media: Gabriel promotes Energiewende at G7 energy summit

    11 May 2015 (All day)   dpa “Gabriel wants to convince G7 of Energiewende” At today’s meeting of G7 energy ministers in Hamburg, the German government hopes to convince other industrialised nations that renewables can be an important contribution to ...
  • 17 Jun 2015 |

    Grid authority considers split of Austrian-German electricity market

    17 Jun 2015 (All day) The shared electricity market between Austria and Germany was seen as a major achievement in 2002 but now it is coming under pressure from Germany’s increasing generation from renewables, showing the disintegrative side effects the ...
  • 06 Jul 2015

    In the media: RWE CEO to shift gears on restructuring

    06 Jul 2015 (All day) Handelsblatt Global Edition “Power provider’s new playbook” German utility RWE is planning a major reorganisation  in response to the rising tide of renewable energies in the German power market, much like  rival E.ON announced last ...
  • 26 Jan 2015

    In the media: Tensions in Bavaria over energy policy

    26 Jan 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Online “Aigner under pressure” Writing for Süddeutsche Online, Frank Müller reports on tensions between Bavarian energy minister Ilse Aigner and state prime minister Horst Seehofer, as Aigner prepares to present an energy ...
  • 26 Feb 2015

    In the media: Energy Union under scrutiny, power lines on hold

    26 Feb 2015 (All day) Tagesspiegel “Energy Union: In concert, not solo” One of the main priorities of the EU Commission's Energy Union framework is the development of renewable energies – but the commissioners in charge do not offer much detail on ...
  • 21 Apr 2015

    In the media: "last chance" for e-cars

    21 Apr 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “A grand coalition against CO2 targets” German carmakers VW, BMW and Mercedes, as well as metalworkers union IG Metall, are lobbying against the EU Commission’s plan to decide next year on stricter ...
  • 17 Mar 2015 |

    Solar eclipse to stress test German Energiewende

    17 Mar 2015 UPDATE-- While millions of Europeans will look skyward for a glimpse of a rare solar eclipse on March 20, technicians at German power grid operator TenneT will be glued to their controls. When the moon covers parts of the sun, the output of ...
  • 08 Apr 2015

    In the media: Renewable jobs; farming "more dirt than eco"

    08 Apr 2015 (All day)  Handelsblatt “Communal utilities sound the alarm” Low electricity prices at the power exchange and the dominance of renewable energies mean many communal utilities are now unprofitable, according to the German Association of Local ...
  • 29 Oct 2014

    Germany's energy transition in the media 29 Oct 2014

    29 Oct 2014 Spiegel Online “Germany starts complete remodelling of power market” The German government sees at least 100 gigawatts of overcapacity in the European power market, which it aims to reduce in coming years together with its European neighbours, ...
  • 20 Aug 2015

    In the media: "Audi's Tesla-fighter" / Job cuts at RWE

    20 Aug 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung "Incapable of acting" The market value of RWE, Germany’s largest power producer, is shrinking so fast it is reminiscent of a company on the way to bankruptcy, writes Karl-Heinz Büschemann in Süddeutsche ...
  • 18 Aug 2015

    In the media: Violent coal protests; a power storage illusion

    18 Aug 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “The Goliath in open-cast mining” The illegal protests against open-cast mining in Western Germany over the weekend are strongly reminiscent of the violent demonstrations in the country against nuclear power ...
  • 30 Sep 2014

    Germany's energy transition in the media on 30 September

    30 Sep 2014 (All day) Handelsblatt / Die Welt Underground power lines costly, complicated alternative to pylons   Laying underground power lines underground in order to avoid pylons is difficult, costly and requires extensive groundwork, write Juergen ...
  • 28 Jul 2015

    In the media: Testing overhead lines for electric trucks

    28 Jul 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung Can overhead lines electrify freight traffic? Industry giant Siemens is testing the electrification of freight transport with overhead power lines on a two-kilometre track north of Berlin, reports Christopher ...
  • 02 Oct 2015 |

    New by CLEW- A Reporter's Guide to the Energiewende

    02 Oct 2015 (All day) (Update with new calendar page in PDF) “A Reporter’s Guide to the Energiewende” offers journalists covering energy and climate policy an overview of key stories, experts/decision-makers and facts on Germany’s landmark energy ...
  • 03 Dec 2014

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

    03 Dec 2014 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) / NPE “Extraordinary write-downs for electric cars demanded” The National Platform for Electromobility (NPE) suggested in a progress report that achieving scale in the number of  electric vehicles ...
  • 20 Jul 2015

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

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

    In the media: UK exits coal; auction plans unsettle wind power industry

    16 Feb 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “Goodbye coal” “Now the British also have their Energiewende,” Björn Finke comments on British plans to exit coal announced over the weekend. He argues London’s energy transition, if implemented, would be much ...
  • 30 Oct 2014

    In the media: Vattenfall, green paper, cooperatives

    30 Oct 2014 (All day) Der Tagesspiegel "Vattenfall wants to sell lignite operations" The Tagesspiegel reports that Swedish government-owned utility Vattenfall is looking to sell its German lignite mining and power plant operations, saying it ...
  • 23 Jun 2015

    In the media: “Energiewende requires new financing models”

    23 Jun 2015 (All day) World Energy Council/Roland Berger “Energiewende requires new financing models” Traditional utilities can no longer shoulder the huge infrastructure investments necessary for the Energiewende, according to a study from management ...
  • 20 Oct 2014

    Germany's energy transition in the media on 20 October

    20 Oct 2014 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung  "Don't follow the path of the dreamer"   In an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the head of the trade union for Mining, Chemicals and Energy (IG-BCE) expresses concerns over the Energiewende ...
  • 05 Dec 2014

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

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

    Germany's energy transition in the media on 17 October

    17 Oct 2014 (All day) Die Welt  “ Energy transition: think-tank proposes new green power surcharge”   Green electricity is priced so cheaply that these renewable facilities will have to be paid a “capacity premium” in the future to ensure that investments ...
  • 20 Mar 2015

    Energiewende passes solar eclipse stress test

    20 Mar 2015 (All day) Clear and sunny weather, a solar eclipse and no blackout- Germany's power system has passed an important test. The eclipse was a taste of the future, as the rise in renewables will make fluctuations of this magnitude regular ...
  • 23 Feb 2015

    In the media: "The burned planet"

    23 Feb 2015 (All day) Tagesspiegel “Distribute radioactive legacy throughout the country” Because only two German states have volunteered to store nuclear waste returning from processing plants abroad, the radioactive material might have to be distributed ...
  • 06 Jan 2015

    In the media: Wind power record in December; nuclear waste disposal; Heligoland looks where the wind is blowing

    06 Jan 2015 (All day) Wirtschaftswoche "Wind power breaks one record after another" Between 3400 and 3700 megawatts of new wind power capacity have been built in Germany in 2014, Mario Brück writes in the Wirtschaftswoche. But this is not the ...
  • 15 Dec 2014

    In the media: Public utilities, lignite, RWE, and Germany's performance in Lima

    15 Dec 2014 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “Electricity crime story” Wherever they can afford it, German towns and municipalities have been buying back power grids and gas supply networks and are beginning to generate their own power from solar parks and ...
  • 27 Nov 2014

    In the media: Trade unions back coal, wind energy trouble, renewables ranking

    27 Nov 2014 (All day) Die Tageszeitung (taz) "Trade union association DGB gets on side with coal" What started off as an appeal by industry and energy unions is now supported by most German trade unions (apart from the one for education) ...
  • 14 Nov 2014 |

    Energy transition becomes a tourist attraction

    14 Nov 2014 (All day) Even as critics claim wind turbines are ruining the view at Germany's tourist spots, some destinations are making green energy infrastructure a focal point for visitors. At first, the German Tourism Association (DTV), Germany& ...
  • 05 Nov 2014

    In the media: Climate action plan, industry concerns and power lines

    05 Nov 2014 (All day) Die Welt Steel industry says its concerns over energy policy go unheard Various voices from the steel industry raise concerns about the Energiewende in an article in Die Welt. Industry representatives are especially vexed about ...
  • 28 Oct 2014

    Germany’s energy transition in the media on 28 Oct 2014

    28 Oct 2014 (All day) AG Energiebilanzen Mild weather bridles German energy use in 2014 Mild weather in Germany has curbed energy use for heating so far this year and should result in a 5 per cent drop in primary energy usage for 2014 – hitting the lowest ...
  • 22 Oct 2014

    Germany’s energy transition in the media on 22 Oct 2014

    22 Oct 2014 (All day) Stuttgarter Zeitung "EnBW offers stakes in wind parks" German utility Energie Baden-Württemberg (EnBW) is asking citizens to participate in the financing of  wind parks after offering stakes in wind farms to local ...
  • 07 Oct 2014

    Germany's energy transition in the media on 7 October

    07 Oct 2014 (All day) Die Welt "Germans worry about their jobs because of energy transition" Nearly two thirds of Germans are in favour of the energy transition and only ten percent are completely against it, writes Stefan von Borstel in the ...
  • Renewables Grid Initiative

    The renewable grid initiative is a non-profit organisation which promotes the integration of 100% renewable energy into the European grid. TSOs and NGOs join forces in RGI to support the build-up of a sufficient grid infrastructure in Europe for both ...
  • Dr. Stefan Bach

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

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

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

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

    The International Council on Clean Transportation is an independent nonprofit organization founded to provide first-rate, unbiased research and technical and scientific analysis to environmental regulators. Its mission is to improve the environmental ...
  • Greenpeace Energy

    Greenpeace Energy is an energy cooperative and power provider with 23,000 members in Germany (in early 2016). They supply their customers with green power, while standing by Greenpeace convictions and engagments. Greenpeace Energy builds clean power ...
  • Prof. Ferdinand Dudenhöffer

    The CAR focuses on the research areas of the automobile industry, automotive management and mechatronics at the University of Duisburg-Essen. The CAR institute was co-founded in October 2008 by professor Ferdinand Dudenhöffer. It comprises significant ...
  • RAP- Regulatory Assistance Project

    The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) is a global (US, Europe, China), non-profit team of experts  focused on the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of the power and natural gas sectors, providing technical and policy assistance to ...
  • Thorsten Müller

    Thorsten Müller is the chairman of the "Stiftung Umweltenergierecht" (foundation for research on energy and environment law). His areas of research include renewable energy law and energy efficiency law. www.stiftung-umweltenergierecht.de +49 ...
  • Younicos

    Younicos is a Berlin based company focusing on research and development of intelligent storage and grid solutions. The firm has nearly 100 megawatts of battery storage installed in projects worldwide. Their core competence is the efficient integration of ...
  • Dr. Nikolas Wölfing

    Nikolas Wölfing is a staff member of ZEW and has researched and published extensively in his area of expertise, environmental and resource economics. He thinks the energy transition in Germany would be more successful if cooperation with the country’s ...
  • NewClimate Institute

    The NewClimate Institute for Climate Policy and Global Sustainability aims to develop new ideas on climate policy and to promote their implementation. It provides expertise in climate negotiations, carbon market mechanisms, development and climate finance ...
  • IÖW- Institute for Ecological Economy Research

    The Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) is an independent research institution in Berlin and Heidelberg. It devises strategies and approaches for viable, long-term economic activity – for an economy which enables a good life and preserves ...
  • BBH- Becker Bückner Held energy law firm

    Becker Bückner Held (BBH) is a German law firm specialised in consulting energy and infrastruture cooperations. Its clients are local and European energy providers, industrial cooperations and public cooperations, ranging from the German government to ...
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

    Leuphana University Lüneburg has four science initiatives: Sustainability research, cultural research, education, management and entrepreneurship. The faculities of Business & Economics and Sustainability undertake research on the Energiewende, from ...
  • Destatis

    Destatis is Germany's Federal Statistical Office. It provides and disseminates statistical information in German and English on the economy, the environment, economic sectors, society, countries and regions. www.destatis.de Klaus Pötzsch +49 611 75 ...
  • Leipzig Institute for Energy

    The Leipzig Institute for Energy is an energy management consultancy focusing on the energy industry value chain from energy generation and distribution to energy efficiency. Leipzig Institute for Energy isowned by TuTech Innovation, Hamburg. www.ie ...
  • KIT- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

    KIT is a research and education institution, serving both as a university of the state of Baden-Württemberg and as a research centre of the Helmholtz Association. Its research areas include engineering, natural sciences, the humanities, social sciences, ...
  • Renewable Energies Agency

    The Renewable Energies Agency is a communication platform funded by a group of 100 companies from the renewable energy sector, renewable energy associations (BEE, BWE, BWS, etc.) and two federal ministries (Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and ...
  • GTAI- Germany Trade & Invest

    Germany Trade & Invest is the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. The organisation promotes Germany as a business and technology location and supports companies based in Germany with global market information. www.gtai.de ...
  • BGR- Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources

    The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) is accountable to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and provides neutral and independent advice and information on geoscientific and natural resource issues. The ...
  • Green Party

    The Green Party, which is currently part of the opposition in the German federal parliament, would like to see more power from renewable energy sources, greater energy efficiency and lower energy consumption. An overview of the Green party’s objectives in ...
  • IÖW- Institute for Ecological Economy Research

    The IÖW is a scientific institute in the field of practice-oriented sustainability research. It devises strategies and approaches for viable, long-term economic activity – for an economy which enables a good life and preserves natural resources. http:/ ...
  • Germanwatch

    Since 1991, Germanwatch has been engaged in global equity and the preservation of livelihoods under the motto “Observing, Analysing, Acting”. Germanwatch believes the political and globalised market structures of the North, as well as their resource ...
  • Dr. Patrick Graichen

    Patrick Graichen studied economics and political science, earning a Ph.D. on municipal energy policy at the Interdisciplinary Institute for Environmental Economics, University of Heidelberg. H e worked at the Federal Ministry of Environment, first in the ...
  • FDP- Free Democratic Party

    The Free Democrats are Germany's liberal, market-oriented party. Although the party was not elected to federal parliament in 2013 for the first time in post-war history, it still holds political sway, especially in some state politics. The FDP wants ...
  • Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer

    Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer is Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), founded jointly by Stiftung Mercator and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). He is professor of the Economics of ...
  • AGEB- AG Energiebilanzen e.V.

    AGEB is an energy market research group set up by several major German energy industry associations and economic research institutes. Its purpose is to evaluate current statistics in all areas of the energy market and to publish their results. Once a year ...
  • Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change

    MCC conducts assessment reports and analyzes policy options, fostering close collaboration with policy-makers, society and other sustainability institutes worldwide. In addition, the Institute develops original research contributions on economic growth; ...
  • IZES- Institute for Future Energy Systems

    The IZES gGmbH was founded in November 1999 as an initiative of the Federal State Saarland, several utilities, the University of Saarland and the University of Applied Sciences Saarbruecken. Since 2005 and after merging with the Energy Agency of the ...
  • Agora Energiewende

    Agora Energiewende is a think tank funded by the European Climate Foundation and the Stiftung Mercator that focuses on dialogue with energy policymakers. It initiates and commissions research and uses the results to define the challenges of the ...
  • Dr. Felix Matthes

    Felix Matthes has been Research Coordinator for Energy and Climate Policy at Öko-Institut since 2009. He is also a Member of the European Commission Directorate General for Energy Advisory Group on the Energy Roadmap 2050, the German branch of the ...
  • 20 Dec 2016 |

    "The energy transition in Germany explained"

    20- 31 Dec 2016 Berlin A series of five media study tours for international media in cooperation with the International Journalists' Programmes and think tank ecologic The Energiewende (“energy transition”) is reshaping one of the world’s largest ...
  • 17 Jun 2016 |

    The “Energiewende” – Germany’s energy transition for beginners- media workshop in cooperation with Reporters Without Borders

    17 Jun 2016 Berlin Energy and climate policy are central themes in German society and in German politics. Many foreign observers find it relevant and interesting that a highly industrialised country like Germany is shifting its energy system from coal and ...
  • "The Energiewende: Decarbonising Europe’s industrial heartland": Study tour to Germany for journalists

    03- 06 Jul 2016 North Rhine-Westphalia How Germany wants to rebuild its energy system while defending its competitive edge: Media study tour to Germany for journalists from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand July 2016 R otor ...
  • Phasing out nuclear energy in Germany: The cost, the obstacles, the unanswered questions

    17- 19 Jan 2016 Gorleben The three-day CLEW media workshop will offer international correpondents the opportunity to take stock of the nuclear phase-out in Germany. On-site visits and meetings with leading experts and politicians will look at the ...
  • Can renewables drive reindustrialisation?

    04- 06 Oct 2015 Hamburg How the energy transition is changing the economic landscape- the case of Northern Germany: The three-day media workshop in October 2015 will take stock of the potential of the energy transition for reindustrialisiation and its ...
  • German- Polish Media Programme on Coal and Energy: A Comparison Part I

    12- 14 Oct 2014 Großräschen Energy Transition and Structural Change – An In-depth Examination of Model Industrial Regions © [Ferropolis GmbH] Two-part fact-finding trip for journalists in Poland and Germany Part 1: Germany Case study: Anhalt-Dessau ...
  • German-Polish Media Programme focuses on role of coal in the energy system

    12- 14 Apr 2015 Katowice Energy Transition and Structural Change – a media trip from 12th-14th April 2015 will offer an in-depth look at model industrial regions. Ahead of the tour the following documents are now available in Polish, translated by Marta ...
  • Report of German- Polish Media Programme Part I: Revelling in green pastures

    12- 14 Oct 2014 A German-Polish media programme explores how lignite-mining regions in the two countries handle the structural shift from coal CLEW’s first press trip heads into central Germany’s lignite-mining region From up here, we have quite a view. ...
  • CLEW Calendar- Energy Policy and Energiewende Events

    Upcoming events 18 November: Social Democratic Party of German (SPD), Panel Debate Social Climate Policy- Our way for meeting the Paris climate goals, BERLIN. 19- 21 November: German Geothermal Association (BVG), German Geothermal Congress 2019, MUNICH. ...
  • Motivation

    0J About CLEW What we do Clean Energy Wire CLEW produces and facilitates top-quality journalism about the energy transition in Germany and beyond. Our CLEW Journalism Network fosters cross-border cooperation among reporters covering the move towards a ...
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    Data Protection Policy of Smart Energy for Europe Platform (SEFEP) gGmbH   1      Introduction Regardless of whether you are a customer, prospective customer, applicant or visitor to our website: We, „Smart Energy for Europe Platform (SEFEP) gGmbH“, ...
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    0J About us The Clean Energy Wire is a joint initiative of the Stiftung Mercator and the European Climate Foundation. The foundations have decided to extend funding for the Clean Energy Wire’s successful work-- including the German language project on ...
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