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  • “Energiewende – From Germany’s past to Europe’s future?”

    Germany must “expand the lessons it has learned to the European level” and integrate the German and European energy systems in order to make the energy transition a durable success, writes Thomas Cunningham in an in-depth paper for the Global Energy ...
  • Farmers demand better compensation for transmission line expansion

    Landowners should receive “better compensation” if power transmission lines are built on their premises, the German Farmers' Association (DBV) said in a press release. They should be eligible for recurring compensation payments instead of receiving a ...
  • “Federal government decides reform of energy and electricity tax laws”

    The federal cabinet approved  reform drafts for the energy and electricity tax laws  to adapt regulation on  national tax exemptions  to EU state aid law, the finance ministry writes in a press release. The draft would extend tax exemptions for  natural ...
  • Utility EnBW’s CEO: Coal exit “not a problem for us”

    German utility EnBW’s CEO,  Frank Mastiaux, said a coal exit decided by  Germany’s next government  would “not be an existential problem" for the company. In an interview with Greenpeace Magazin, Mastiaux said his company had “already included”  a ...
  • 05 Feb 2015

    In the media: Vattenfall eyes more offshore wind

    05 Feb 2015 (All day) Vattenfall / Reuters Vattenfall Annual report: Focus on renewables in Germany Swedish utility Vattenfall, who operates power stations, mines and other energy businesses across Europe, highlights in its 2014 annual report that it will ...
  • 08 Nov 2016 |

    Germany seeks to prove climate credentials with last-minute plan

    08 Nov 2016 (All day) After months of dispute, the German government has reached a tentative agreement on a roadmap to wean the world’s fourth largest economy from fossil fuels almost entirely by 2050, according to press reports. A last-minute Climate ...
  • Innogy CEO - new government should create capacity market, electrify transport and heating

    After Germany’s parliamentary elections in September, the new government should create a capacity market and push the integration of transport and heating into the power market, according to Innogy CEO Peter Terium. “With this capacity market, we keep ...
  • Lignite industry central to Lusatian town of Boxberg

    The lignite industry is central to the local economy in the Lusatian town of Boxberg, reports Carla Mattern in regional newspaper Sächsische Zeitung. Of its population of around 4,750, 1,882 are employed in the town’s large lignite power station or its ...
  • “China electrifies Schaeffler”

    Unlike many companies in the German automotive industry, component manufacturer Schaeffler regards the anticipated shift to e-mobility as a major growth opportunity rather than a  threat, Henning Peitsmeier writes for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. ...
  • “Winter weather obstructs wind turbines”

    Fog and low wind  impacted Germany's renewable energy supply in January, meaning conventional power plants had to ramp up production, Andreas Mihm writes in Frankfurter Zeitung. “Many wind and PV plants could not produce any power,” Mihm explains. ...
  • East Germany’s full renewables potential still untapped

    East Germany could produce more energy from renewable sources than it uses, but the region’s full potential remains untapped, the Reiner Lemoine Institut research organisation says in a press release. Wind energy production in particular could still be ...
  • “The nuclear conflict”

    Randomly selected citizens have been invited to participate in talks over finding a final repository for Germany’s nuclear waste, Dagmar Dehmer reports for Der Tagesspiegel. Anti-nuclear activists from the country’s controversial nuclear waste disposal ...
  • “Stable steel industry in Germany”

    The German steel industry has remained stable in a difficult global environment, according to a report by the Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI). “The capacity utilisation of the steel industry increased to 89 percent in the first ...
  • 10 Oct 2014

    Germany's energy transition in the media on 10 October

    10 Oct 2014 (All day) German Statistical Office Average power price has risen by one third since 2000 The average price for power for all consumer rose by one third between January 2000 and August 2014 due to higher levies and as falling wholesale power ...
  • Lower bids in fifth solar PV auction

    Prices for solar PV installations have gone down again in the latest round of tenders in Germany, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) said. Twenty-five bids for a total of 130 megawatt auctioned capacity were successful in the fifth round – all of them ...
  • Greens hope to score election points with climate protection

    Climate protection is part of the Green Party’s “core profile”, which makes it a prime campaign topic in the upcoming  federal elections, scheduled for autumn, Winfried Kretschmann, state premier of Baden Wurttemberg told Berliner Zeitung. “I don’t see ...
  • German states ask government to push development of power storage technologies

    Germany’s regional governments believe the country should give higher priority to the development of power storage technology, according to a resolution by the council of federal state governments (the Bundesrat), reports pv magazine. The states are ...
  • “Frank-Walter Steinmeier elected Federal President with large majority”

    Social Democrat and former German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected President of Germany with 931 of 1239 valid votes by the Federal Convention of the Bundestag and state parliament delegates in Berlin. In his acceptance speech, ...
  • Federal states do not plan fracking test drillings

    German federal state governments are unlikely to allow hydraulic fracking test drillings on their land, writes Dirk Fisser in Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. The newspaper had asked representatives of state governments about their willingness to carry out one ...
  • Engineering companies believe Energiewende good for business

    A majority of engineering companies believe the Energiewende is good for their own business and good for Germany as a business location, according to a poll by the German Engineering Federation (VDMA). Approval rates rose considerably last year, with 63 ...
  • “First interim results: 718 applications for e-car buyer’s premium”

    The Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) has received 718 applications for the e-car buyer’s premium since the official launch on 2 July, according to a press release. The most popular models were BMW’s i3 (127 applications) and ...
  • Report says EU must shut coal plants by 2030 to meet Paris pledges

    In its report “A stress test for coal in Europe under the Paris Agreement," the Berlin-based climate research institute Climate Analytics says the EU will have to end CO₂ emissions from all coal plants by 2030 in order to meet its commitments under ...
  • “New "Dashboard" for Uniper Energy Storage displays current gas storage levels”

    German utility E.ON’s fossil energy unit Uniper has launched an online platform showing gas storage facility fill levels. "With this new tool, on the one hand we are taking another step towards digitisation and on the other hand, closing the gap ...
  • “Innogy head anticipates imminent breakthrough for electric vehicles”

    “In the next twelve to eighteen months, important conditions for a breakthrough in electric mobility will be created," innogy head Peter Terium told news agency dpa ahead of the Handelsblatt energy conference in Berlin. Innogy, a spin off from RWE, ...
  • “Why auctions? Germany to cut renewables growth in half”

    The growth of wind energy last year clearly surpassed government targets, while solar additions lagged behind, writes Craig Morris on energytransition.org. But if the government sticks to its target of 40 to 45 percent renewable power by 2025, renewables ...
  • “What happens with German renewables in the dead of winter?”

    Dark and calm winter days have led some commentators to suggest that renewables are unsuitable for providing a secure energy supply, reports Tamsin Walker for Deutsche Welle. Utility association BDEW argues this weather pattern proves flexible gas and ...
  • Germany leads in new wind power installations in Europe

    German wind power expansion accounted for 44 percent of total capacity growth across Europe in 2016, Adam Vaughan reports for the Guardian. There was an “increasingly small number of countries connecting serious amounts of new wind power” in the EU. ...
  • “Deceptive growth”

    Rapid wind power development in Germany is not a sign of the Energiewende’s success- and the biggest changes in the country’s energy system are yet to come, writes Klaus Stratmann in an opinion piece in Handelsblatt. The transition was not just about ...
  • “Blockchain is not a feared enemy (yet)”

    The digital transaction technology blockchain is regarded by some as the death knell for energy providers, while others believe it is far from being mature and applicable, Susanne Ehlerding writes in Der Tagesspiegel. “We don’t panic,” Maximilian Rinck, ...
  • “Storages need fair competition”

    Regulatory hurdles hamper flexible energy storage systems from contributing to their full potential to the success of Germany’s energy transition, Stefan Kapferer, head of utilities lobby BDEW, said in a press release. “It’s time energy storages received ...
  • “Resources for the Energiewende”

    The planet holds enough natural resources needed for the global energy transition, write research institutes acatech, Leopoldina and Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities in a report. But the uneven distribution creates the need for ...
  • “Hendricks believes new scrappage bonus for cars possible”

    Germany’s environment minister Barbara Hendricks believes the country might introduce a scrappage bonus for cars with combustion engines in a few years’ time. “It can’t be ruled out. We don’t have to take a decision on it in the coming two or three years. ...
  • “E-car threatens 100,000 supplier industry jobs”

    Insolvency administrators believe e-cars will lead to the loss of more than 100,000 jobs in the German car supplier industry, according to a report by newswire dpa carried by Spiegel Online. Many companies will not manage the transition, said Martin ...
  • Germany wants G20 to keep language on climate - sources

    G20 president Germany will press the Group to reaffirm its commitment to fighting climate change when finance ministers meet next month for the first time since the election of Donald Trump, G20 sources said, report Noah Barkin and Jan Strupczewski for ...
  • EU Commission praises German environmental policy but criticises air pollution

    Germany is following a “proactive strategy in developing comprehensive environmental policies” but should make greater efforts to improve air quality for the sake of its citizens’ health and quality of life, the European Commission said in a country ...
  • Anti-coal activists announce major protests for 2017

    Climate activist group Ende Gelände has announced it will hold at least two major protests against coal-fired power production in Germany this year. The activists said they would “block the production of coal in the Rhineland lignite fields- as long as ...
  • “More protection for bats in the forest when constructing wind turbines”

    Germany’s Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) has published recommendations to protect bats when constructing and operating wind parks in forests. Identifying which bat species live in the area is important for tailor-made preventive action, ...
  • “Hamburg considers innovative heat storage scheme”

    An extensive underground thermal heat storage system proposed in Hamburg could supply roughly a quarter of the city’s heating needs with waste heat from industrial and power plants, Jeffrey Michel reports for energypost.eu. “If successful, it would make ...
  • North Rhine-Westphalia’s state premier calls for preservation of industry jobs

    Germany’s biggest federal state, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), must do its bit for climate protection without losing its status as leading industrial location, NRW’s state premier Hannelore Kraft said at Germany’s largest energy trade-fair E-World in ...
  • German onshore wind industry expects challenging times

    Challenging times lie ahead for the German onshore wind industry after strong growth in 2016, according to business associations BWE and VDMA. In the past year, capacity additions grew by around one quarter compared to 2015 to 4,625 megawatts. The number ...
  • “Buyers desperately needed”

    The Energiewende deeply affected not only fossil power plant operators like RWE and the old E.ON, but also companies involved in their construction, such as Siemens and US-rival General Electric, reports Martin Wocher in business daily Handelsblatt. The ...
  • “Vattenfall’s vehicle fleet to go green”

    Swedish utility Vattenfall said it will replace all its vehicles by electric cars over the next five years, reports Deutsche Welle. The company noted the measure was required to become "climate-neutral" by 2050. Starting in January 2017, ...
  • Is the winter really too dark for renewable power?

    Warnings from representatives of Germany’s conventional power industry that the country’s power supply security was in danger during dark and windless periods like in January as more and more conventional plants are becoming uneconomical and are set to ...
  • “RWE seeks the sun with acquisition”

    RWE subsidiary innogy SE is bolstering its position in energy storage and photovoltaics by signing a contract to take over German solar and battery specialist BELECTRIC Solar & Battery Holding GmbH. The takeover “instantly makes innogy an ...
  • “Continued falling investment costs for PV and wind energy expected”

    Wind and solar power continue to face large cost reductions, according to a meta analysis of 15 studies on energy technology investment costs by Renewable Energies Agency (AEE). “More good news for the Energiewende is that also for storage technologies ...
  • “The Greens’ financier”

    The German Green Party ’s largest donor, Jochen Wermuth, heads an investment fund focussed on green energy, Ralph Bollmann writes in a profile feature for weekly newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. Wermuth, a trained economist and ...
  • “The lignite saviour”

    Exiting coal in Germany is a generational project that takes 30 years, says Helmar Rendez, chairman of Germany’s LEAG, the company responsible for lignite operations in eastern German region Lusatia. Rendez plans to decide by the summer if LEAG will ...
  • US-Russian politics influence the EU’s natural gas supply

    Donald Trump’s wish for a better relationship with Russian president Vladimir Putin could have a big impact on Europe’s natural gas supply, writes Daniel Wetzel in Die Welt. The impact would be felt if the new US president “gave up the Ukraine” and ...
  • “Suddenly cool”

    With a share price increase of 36 percent, RWE’s shares come in second place of the top stocks in Germany’s benchmark DAX index this year. This is despite the utility’s struggle after Germany’s decision to phase-out nuclear power and the rise of ...
  • “Siemens presents cost out strategy for offshore wind by 2025”

    German wind turbine manufacturer Siemens has announced that it will provide offshore wind farms capable of generating power at levelled costs of below 8 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) as of 2025. These costs would include the grid connection to the shore, ...
  • “Brexit will sidetrack key energy and climate reforms”

    After the British vote to leave the European Union, the EU’s energy union plans are at risk of being “put on the back-burner until more pressing issues are worked out,” writes Sara Stefanini for Politico. In light of the UK’s presidency of the Council of ...
  • 29 May 2015

    In the media: Coal use drops in Q1 despite higher energy consumption

    29 May 2015 (All day) AG Energiebilanzen “Demand for energy in heating increased- less coal and more power from renewables” The use of hard coal and lignite fell in the first quarter of 2015 compared to last year, energy market researchers at AG ...
  • “Coal exit by 2035”

    For Germany to meet the Paris Climate Agreement targets, a phase out of coal-fired power generation must be complete by 2035 and the oldest facilities shut down as soon as 2019, according to a study by the Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut) and ...
  • Allianz expands renewables portfolio

    German financial services company Allianz and Japanese financial group MUFG invested in the 225 megawatt US wind park “Great Western”, expanding its renewables portfolio, the company announced in a press release. “It is a valuable addition to our ...
  • “RWE Power warns of structural breaks”

    German utility RWE warns of structural breaks in the Rhenish lignite mining area in western Germany if the government decides on an early coal-exit date, writes Carsten Sommerfeld in Neuss-Grevenbroicher Zeitung. “We need time for structural adaptation. ...
  • “Change, change, change”

    German premium car manufacturer Daimler faces possibly the greatest change in its history, Max Hägler and Stefan Mayr write in Süddeutsche Zeitung. With 30 billion euros in investments within the next two years, Daimler’s CEO Dieter Zetsche seems ...
  • “German foreign aid is at record high and rising”

    Germany is a reluctant global leader but persistently works on providing assistance to developing countries, not least in the energy sector, Catherine Cheney writes on international development website  devex.com. Effective development assistance must be ...
  • “Gazprom cuts flows via Opal gas pipeline after Polish challenge upheld”

    Gas deliveries from Russia to Germany via the Opal pipeline fell by around 30 percent after Poland successfully appealed before the European Court of Justice. The ruling suspended a deal that would give Gazprom greater access, removing a key hurdle to the ...
  • “8 billion for the diesel”

    The German state missed out on about 8 billion euros in taxes in 2015 because diesel is taxed at a lower rate than petrol, writes Dagmar Dehmer in Tagesspiegel, citing a federal government’s reply to a parliamentary inquiry by Green member of the ...
  • “New online platform on mobility of the future”

    A new online platform by German utility association BDEW and business consultancy PwC aims to share experiences with alternative mobility and integrated city concepts, BDEW said in a press release. The website eco-mobility.org introduces the latest ...
  • “Bosch compensates diesel customers in the US”

    Car component supplier Bosch has agreed on a settlement to pay 328 million dollars to claimants in the US for its role in Volkswagen’s emissions scandal, Max Hägler writes in Süddeutsche Zeitung. “But they don’t talk about their role,” Hägler writes. He ...
  • “Fairness regarding grid fees”

    The government of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein wants a fairer distribution of grid fees in Germany and will introduce a draft law in the council of federal state governments (Bundesrat). “The draft is to enable the federal government to bring ...
  • “The myth of the environmentally friendly new car”

    Emission reduction from new cars in Germany is slowing down despite ambitious climate targets and “alleged efforts” of the car industry, writes Nikolaus Doll in Die Welt. A study by the Center of Automotive Management (CAM) showed that low petrol prices ...
  • Environment minister: Ultimate climate plan will have more precise goals

    Federal environment minister Barbara Hendricks said that the government’s Climate Action Plan 2050 will show more precise goals than her ministry’s final version, which is now in the consultation process with other ministries. “We will have to put back ...
  • French ex-climate change ambassador: “Prepare for G20 climate showdown”

    This year’s G20 summit in Germany will be “a test for governments, civil society, and companies to stick to” the goals of the Paris Agreement, France’s former climate change ambassador Laurence Tubiana said, Ed King writes on Climate Home. While US ...
  • “Wintershall determined to take part in Nord Stream 2“

    Wintershall, Germany’s largest crude oil and natural gas producer, is determined to take part in the Euro-Russian gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports. BASF subsidiary Wintershall said that, like its partners- ...
  • pv expansion almost reaches 450 MW in December

    The installed capacity of pv power plants in Germany grew by 450 MW in December, almost a third of the 2016 total of roughly 1,500 MW, Sandra Enkhardt writes in pv magazine. According to the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), 14 new solar power parks were ...
  • Expanding Germany’s power transmission grid could cost about 50 billion euros until 2030

    The cost of expanding Germany’s power transmission grid onshore and in the Baltic and North Seas to adapt to the future power system brought on by the Energiewende could be between 50-52 billion euros until 2030, the country’s four transmission system ...
  • "Public utilities predestined to implement Energiewende"

    Germany’s public utilities will be at the forefront of implementing the decentralised energy supply required by the Energiewende, Katherina Reiche, director of the German Association of Local Utilities (VKU), said in an interview with Welt kompakt. Reiche ...
  • Old diesel cars responsible for high nitrogen dioxide pollution in German cities

    Diesel cars, and older models in particular, are responsible for high levels of nitrogen dioxide pollution in German city centres, according to Federal Environment Agency (UBA). 57 percent of measuring stations close to traffic showed pollution exceeding ...
  • Wind turbines pose no significant threat to human health

    There are no significant adverse effects to human health stemming from wind turbines, according to a study by Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA). Scientists analysed the health risks wind turbines might pose due to noise emissions (including ...
  • “Driving a car is not a fundamental right”

    Driving cars might be very dear to large parts of the German population, but it is not a fundamental right and can be harmful to health and environment, writes Svenja Bergt in an opinion piece in tageszeitung (taz). Instead of half-hearted diesel bans, ...
  • “How Trump affects the business of German companies”

    Despite US president Donald Trump’s negative view of wind power, German energy companies are confident their investments in renewables in the US are not going to suffer from Trump’s policies, Jürgen Flauger and Franz Hubik write in the Handelsblatt. “We ...
  • Environment ministry starts pilot projects to test alternatives for cars in cities

    Germany’s environment minister Barbara Hendricks supports pilot projects in four cities that are experimenting with mobility alternatives to privately owned cars, the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) has said in a press release. “One out of two ...
  • Bird population threatens Germany's largest pumped storage power station

    The construction of Germany’s largest pumped storage power station at the Schluchsee lake could be thwarted by a population of Whinchat birds, Eberhard Wein writes in the Stuttgarter Zeitung. Conservationists from Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) are ...
  • “The fabric of which dreams are made“

    Power to hydrogen as a way to store excess electricity is currently too expensive, many modern gas-consuming devices could only deal with a small share of hydrogen in their fuel, and hydrogen has significantly less energy content per cubic metre than, for ...
  • Schulz nominated to lead Social Democratic Party in federal elections

    In a wide-ranging acceptance speech to members of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) after his nomination as Chancellor candidate, former President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz also spoke about environment and climate protection. Schulz said ...
  • Germany starts tenders for offshore wind power plants

    Germany’s grid regulator BNetzA starts its first call for tenders for offshore wind power plants, the Federal Network Agency said in a press release. After introducing tenders for new solar power plants, the BNetzA “now begins the transition to a ...
  • 15 Jul 2015

    In the media: Job cuts in brown coal and exemptions for industry

    15 Jul 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “A fight for survival” Due to recent government decisions to mothball some lignite plants, utility RWE will cut 900 to 1000 jobs in the western German lignite industry, which currently employs 10,000 people, ...
  • VW close to USD 4.3 billion settlement agreement with US authorities

    Volkswagen has confirmed that a settlement with US authorities regarding the company’s emissions fraud scandal is within reach. VW “negotiated a concrete draft of a settlement agreement” which contains “fines with a total amount of USD 4.3 billion”, ...
  • “Power grids and storage technologies for the energy transition”

    There are no regions in Germany where power grid bottlenecks justify the government’s plan to slow down renewable development with the reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), according to a study by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) ...
  • “What is Brigitte Zypries capable of?”

    Business federations have welcomed former justice minister Brigitte Zypries as the successor of Sigmar Gabriel for heading Germany’s economy ministry, Heike Jahberg and Kevin P. Hoffmann write in Tagesspiegel. “Industry expects a smooth transition in the ...
  • “New company alliance wants to produce battery cells in Germany”

    A consortium of German companies has made a fresh attempt to establish battery cell production in the country, Alfons Frese writes in Tagesspiegel. Plant manufacturers Thyssen-Krupp, M+W and Manz have teamed up with cell producers Litarion, ...
  • “German utilities weigh M&A as Goldman sees game-changers”

    German utility E.ON has discussed a potential collaboration with renewable energy company innogy – the subsidiary of RWE AG, reports Bloomberg, citing “two people familiar with the matter”. At the same time, European utilities outside Germany are showing ...
  • Regional AfD politician calls climate change “fiction”

    Climate change is just “fiction” and the Energiewende is a “global socialist redistribution action“, said Ralf Borschke of the right-wing party Alternative for Germany (AfD) in a session of the state parliament Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, reports ...
  • “Brandt’s pipelines, Putin’s gas”

    The pipeline for natural gas that connects Germany and Russia via the Baltic Sea is not an instrument devised by Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder to circumvent Eastern Europe’s energy provision, historian ...
  • “Automated driving on the way”

    The government cabinet has approved a law proposal to enable highly automated driving on German roads. “We are enabling drivers to take their hands off the wheel during highly automated driving, to surf the internet or check e-mails, for example,” said ...
  • Automated driving law lacks details, say Greens and consumer group

    The law for automated driving is not detailed enough and creates legal insecurity for drivers, according to critics. Green party transport expert Stephan Kühn told Spiegel Online that it lacks a definition of what drivers are allowed to do while their car ...
  • “Tomorrow’s car will only arrive the day after tomorrow”

    Carmakers’ claims about the pending transport revolution are overblown, writes Stefan Voswinkel in mass-tabloid Bild. Whereas the companies promise realistic e-car driving ranges of 500 kilometres, that distance shrinks dramatically under adverse ...
  • G20 Sustainability Working Group aims to develop Climate and Energy Action Plan

    The G20 Sustainability Working Group under German leadership aims to develop a ‘G20 Climate and Energy Action Plan’ in the run up to the Hamburg summit in July, Eva Kracht of the German environment ministry (BMUB) said at an event by Climate Transparency ...
  • “Cooperation for climate protection”

    Germany’s environment minister Barbara Hendricks regards the new US administration’s sceptical view of climate protection as a  monition for Germany and Europe to foster international efforts to curb global emissions, Dana Heide writes in Handelsblatt. ...
  • Government cabinet agrees to new grid fee law proposal

    There will be no nationwide grid fee alignment in Germany according to a proposal by the economy ministry approved by the government cabinet, contrary to  earlier press reports. However, the proposal for a grid fee reform will gradually abolish payments ...
  • “Path with damages”

    Sigmar Gabriel’s aim to create a good reputation for his party in the fields of economy and energy as Germany’s federal minister has failed, writes Heike Göbel in an opinion piece for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “He didn’t really show any deep ...
  • “First man against descent of the SPD“

    Martin Schulz, the designated federal elections frontrunner of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), could provide new drive to his party but has little chance of winning against Chancellor Angela Merkel, writes Nico Fried in an opinion piece in Süddeutsche ...
  • “Nuclear power plant may be dismantled”

    The Green Party has criticised the Bavarian environment ministry for giving the go-ahead to tear down a nuclear power plant. The Isar I plant is to be demolished despite around 300 tonnes of radioactive material which cannot be removed for storage until ...
  • “2016 marks mental tipping point for electro-mobility”

    The global market for e-mobility is being pulled by China, where half a million e-vehicles and plug-in hybrids were sold last year, according to an analysis by the Center of Automotive Management (CAM). This is in contrast to Germany, where only around 25 ...
  • “Companies complain to Merkel about grid costs”

    Eighty-six companies and business associations from Germany’s North, East, and South have complained to Chancellor Angela Merkel about “unfair” grid fees, reports Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. They argue in a letter that grid fees must be the same all ...
  • “Unfazed by Trump, innogy sticks with U.S. wind expansion plans”

    German energy company innogy will continue with plans to enter the U.S. onshore wind market, despite worries over future support of renewables in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency, reports Reuters. "We are not in waiting mode in the United States ...
  • “Gabriel to be replaced by deputy Zypries as German economy minister”

    Social Democrat (SPD) and former federal Minister of Justice Brigitte Zypries was chosen by her party’s leadership to replace Sigmar Gabriel as economy and energy minister, writes Reuters. Zypries is currently Parliamentary State Secretary in Gabriel’s ...
  • 19 Feb 2016

    New test of utilities' nuclear provisions / Less money for climate protection

    19 Feb 2016 (All day) WirtschaftsWoche “Expert commission re-calculates nuclear provisions” The expert commission on financing the nuclear clean-up has commissioned consultancy Warth & Klein to calculate the provisions the big four utilities have made ...
  • Green energy account with surplus of more than 3.5 billion euros in June

    Germany’s ‘green energy account’ had a surplus of 3,688,937,633.01 euros in June 2016, according to new figures published by the four transmission grid operators (TSOs). This is about 500 million euros less than in June 2015. The TSOs provide a balance of ...
  • “German climate targets unattainable – because of coal”

    German power plant operators would likely not be overburdened by a partial coal exit aimed at meeting the country’s climate targets, but emissions would shift to neighbouring countries, according to a new study by British consultancy Aurora Energy ...
  • “Regulation puts the breaks on electric cars”

    A rule governing taxi registration is holding up the transition to e-vehicles, Martin Buchenau writes for Handelsblatt. As of the end of 2016, only vehicles manufactured for use as taxis may be registered. The regulation is aimed at preventing tampering ...
  • “Wind turbine protestors demand immediate halt to development”

    Protestors have called on the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania state premier to call an immediate halt to the construction of wind turbines in the state, Welt reports. They argue that the construction of wind farms unfairly burdens state citizens and ...
  • “innogy and Deutsche Telekom join forces for a faster internet in Germany”

    German telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom and energy company innogy have signed a 10-year cooperation agreement to expand the country’s broadband network, innogy announced in a press release. Innogy plans to provide the infrastructure by laying ...
  • “Digital deficit: energy suppliers with backlog”

    German utilities are a long way off using the full potential of digitalisation in the energy sector, especially in the areas of generation and distribution, according to management consultancy Oliver Wyman's Utility Digitalisation Index. On a scale ...
  • No tax on solar power for self-consumption

    The federal finance ministry’s plan to tax solar power produced for self-consumption has failed due to opposition from the federal economy ministry, writes Manfred Schäfers for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, citing government sources. The finance ...
  • German energy minister rejects fixed date for coal, combustion engine exit

    Sigmar Gabriel has assured industry bosses the energy transition’s impacts on industry and the country’s competitiveness would be minimised and market forces would play a greater role in the sector. Germany’s Renewable Energy Act is likely to see further ...
  • “Return of reason"

    With the reform of the Renewable Energy Act “reason has returned to ecology” in Germany, writes Jasper von Altenbockum in an opinion piece in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The reform was about “wringing out a quantum of market economy” from the ...
  • Tesla says some German companies want to switch entire fleet to Model 3

    Tesla is confident it will enter the German business fleet market on a large scale with its upcoming mid-range e-car Model 3, according to Jochen Rudat, who heads the company’s operations in Germany. “After talks with many German companies, I’m very ...
  • “Volkswagen Beetle to go electric?”

    VW is considering including the iconic Beetle in its electrification plan, Automobile reports. “There have been no decisions so far,” Volkswagen’s head of design Klaus Bischoff told the publication at the Detroit auto show, “but it’s possible the Bug’s ...
  • G20 agriculture ministers seek more sustainable water use

    G20 agriculture ministers called for more sustainable use of resources in a joint declaration following the first G20 ministers meeting under the current German presidency. “In light of the growing global population and the goals of the Agenda 2030, ...
  • Battery storages to revolutionise energy sector

    German battery maker sonnen GmbH aims to push the country’s traditional energy giants out of the market with flat-rate contracts for electricity provided by a network of battery storage and green power facilities, Franz Hubik writes for Handelsblatt. “The ...
  • “Energiewende finds supporters”

    An 18 percent drop in global expenditure on renewable energy last year does not mean the energy transition is losing support, Stefan Merx writes for Handelsblatt. Figures compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance merely reflected that costs for installing ...
  • “Trump’s shadow over Marrakesh”

    The Paris Climate Agreement would never have been approved so quickly without the looming threat of a Donald Trump presidency, writes Michael Bauchmüller in a commentary in Süddeutsche Zeitung. But his election now throws a dark shadow over current ...
  • 25 Jan 2016

    Windpower in windless locations / Dispute over coal exit

    25 Jan 2016 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “Support for wind power in windless locations” Current proposals for the reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) from Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel could increase financial support for ...
  • “Transportation Electrification Policy in California and Germany”

    While the German and Californian transport transitions face common challenges, German lawmakers could derive valuable best practices from the US state’s “more advanced stage”, according to a report by the Ahead project, a joint initiative of the Potsdam ...
  • “Car association: diesel technology indispensable”

    The German car industry says that diesel technology is “at least in the mid-term” indispensable to reach climate targets, writes the German Bundestag in a press release. In a hearing before the parliament’s committee of inquiry for the diesel emissions ...
  • “Scenario crazy”

    Many climate scientists are worried that incoming US President Donald Trump’s administration will confound international negotiations, Michael Bauchmüller writes in Süddeutsche Zeitung. “There’s either a scenario Bush or a scenario crazy in store for US ...
  • “Utilities won’t survive as lone warriors”

    Germany’s electricity industry is at the cusp of a tide of transactions and new models of cooperation, a study by consulting agency PwC has found. Due to “dwindling profits and rising cost pressure”, market conditions for both larger private and smaller ...
  • “China’s quota challenges VW”

    Germany’s largest car manufacturer VW struggles to comply with China’s planned quota for e-cars, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports. “The e-quota certainly is going to be a challenge,” a VW manager for China told journalists on Thursday in ...
  • 06 Aug 2015

    In the media: Energiewende “top or flop”; PV auctions trial oversubscribed

    06 Aug 2015 (All day) dpa “Green state ministers criticise Gabriel’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG) reform plans” Environment and energy ministers from nine German states have warned Federal Minister for Energy and Economic Affairs Sigmar Gabriel to ensure ...
  • “BDEW tables roadmap to eco-mobility”

    The government must push ahead with the roll-out of a reliable charging infrastructure for e-cars and increase support for e-mobility research and development, according to German utility association BDEW. In a “roadmap to eco-mobility”, the utilities ...
  • “Green Party decides for governing qualification”

    The party vote for the Greens’ two frontrunners in the upcoming German federal elections has shown that the party’s rank and file opt for a pragmatic approach instead of defending green vanguard positions, Cordula Tutt writes in WirtschaftsWoche. By ...
  • Green state minister wants Frankfurt to become “Green Finance Hub”

    Hesse’s Green economy minister Tarek al-Wazir wants Germany’s financial capital Frankfurt to become a “Green Finance Hub” for “all of Europe”, Falk Heunemann writes in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). The state’s green-conservative coalition ...
  • “Black Book EPH”

    The state government of Brandenburg was involved in sales talks concerning Vattenfall’s former German lignite operations much sooner and more intensively than previously thought, according to Greenpeace Germany. And it failed to use its legal options to ...
  • “France is running out of power”

    France is importing much of its power from Germany and other neighbouring countries to cope with the cold winter weather, Stefan Brändle writes for Berliner Zeitung. Almost 40 percent of French homes are heated with electricity from the country’s 58 ...
  • “Inside the Energiewende: Policy and Complexity in the German Utility Industry”

    The German Energiewende has a “mixed, but very troubling” record, Christine Sturm says in a long article on the Energiewende for Issues in Science and Technology, an online magazine from The University of Texas at Dallas. “On the plus side is continued ...
  • “Key Policy Actions for Sustainable Land and Water Use to Serve People”

    G20 countries should develop and share renewable energy innovation in water use, food and agriculture to ensure food security, according to policy recommendations by the G20 think tank network T20 Task Force Towards Ending Hunger and Sustainable ...
  • “BBH prepares ‘integrated energy concept 2050’ for transport ministry”

    Germany’s transport ministry (BMVI) has commissioned a regulatory roadmap to integrate the power and transport sectors, according to law and consultancy firm Becker Büttner Held (BBH), which is in charge of the project. BBH said it will investigate what ...
  • “Sustained expansion and sufficient capacities necessary”

    Nearly seven years after Germany’s first offshore wind farm “alpha ventus” began operating in 2010, the industry is thriving, Stephanie Wehkamp writes in maritime trade journal Schiff und Hafen. There are now 15 fully operational windfarms in the North ...
  • “Gazprom says exports to Germany hit record high in 2016”

    Russian supplier Gazprom’s natural gas exports to Germany were at a record high in 2016 at 49.8 billion cubic metres, compared to 45.3 billion cubic metres in 2015, Vladimir Soldatkin and Jack Stubbs report for Reuters. The company currently supplies ...
  • “Deutsche Telekom recruits innogy“

    German utility innogy will assist the country’s telecommunication heavyweight Telekom in expanding its broadband internet access, Ina Karabasz and Jürgen Flauger write in Handelsblatt Global Edition. Initially reluctant to rely on partners to develop high ...
  • “Diesel cars must stay out”

    By banning private diesel cars from the inner city, Oslo has done what German municipalities do not dare to do, Claus Hecking writes on Spiegel Online. The controversial diesel ban is the first of its kind in the often smog-ridden Norwegian capital, ...
  • German battery maker Sonnen wins Zayed Future Energy Prize

    German battery manufacturer Sonnen is the first small & medium enterprise to win the 1.5 million-dollar Zayed Future Energy Prize. The annual award has become one of the most prestigious in the cleantech industry. Sonnen called the prize the “Oscar of ...
  • “Farmers demonstrate will for change”

    German farmers show a willingness to put more effort into protecting the climate and resources in a position paper by German Farmer’s Association (DBV), writes Henrike Roßbach for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “Cultivation must not lead to harm” to the ...
  • “Nuclear power plant remains closed“

    The Philippsburg nuclear power plant’s second generating unit near the German city of Karlsruhe will stay offline longer than planned, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports. According to a spokesperson of Baden-Württemberg’s federal state ...
  • German utilities eligible for “adequate” nuclear exit compensation

    Nuclear plant operators affected by Germany’s accelerated nuclear exit after the 2011 Fukushima disaster are eligible for an “adequate” compensation, the Federal Constitutional Court has ruled. The court explained in a press release that the legal ...
  • “Worries about the Energiewende”

    Many pro-Energiewende politicians are complaining bitterly about plans to rein in renewables expansion through the reform of Renewable Energy Act, but in reality, the government is still going ahead with plans for a 45 percent renewables share in 2025, up ...
  • “Gabriel: No race to end coal”

    A concrete year for a German coal exit can't be specified, because of the many factors involved, according to economy minister Sigmar Gabriel, writes the Rheinische Post. “I don’t think much of this chase for phase-out dates,” which could easily lead ...
  • “Hard coal-fired power generation in Germany under pressure”

    The subsidies for natural gas introduced with the new combined heat and power regulation (CHP) put pressure on German hard coal-fired power generation in 2016, according to German Coal Importer Association (VDKi), reports Dow Jones Newswires. Consumption ...
  • Online tool compares national climate action plans submitted under Paris Agreement

    A new online tool by the German Development Institute (DIE) compares national climate action plans submitted under the Paris Agreement. The “NDC Explorer” offers an analysis of 60 different categories like mitigation, adaption, and finance, and visualises ...
  • By 2025, a quarter of BMW car sales to be pure electric

    Luxury carmaker BMW aims to increase the share of pure electric vehicles of its total sales to 25 percent by 2025, BMW board member Klaus Fröhlich told Focus magazine. “That is more than half a million vehicles,”  he said. He added that his company will ...
  • “E.ON’s billion-euro-problem Uniper”

    German utility E.ON and its fossil fuel spin-off Uniper will write-off several billion euros after Uniper’s IPO planned for September, writes Jürgen Flauger in Handelsblatt, citing company sources. This was because of unrealistically high projections for ...
  • Transport Infrastructure Plan: most money for roads

    The cabinet of the government today passed the Transport Infrastructure Plan 2030 with a total volume of 269.6 billion euros. The largest part of 132.8 billion euros are marked for Germany’s roads, 112.3 billion euros for rail transport and 24.5 billion ...
  • “Disastrous credentials”

    The German Federal Court of Auditors’ criticism of how the economy ministry has managed the costs of the Energiewende is an embarrassment for minister Sigmar Gabriel, Thorsten Knuf writes in a commentary for Frankfurter Rundschau. “No idea of the actual ...
  • “Germany mulls alternatives to green energy levy”

    Germany’s energy and economy ministry (BMWi) is searching for alternative ways to fund the country’s switch to renewables, reports Nathan Witkop for Montel. The ministry tendered for a study to explore “models for the future financing of renewable energy” ...
  • “Wake-up call for EnBW’s owners”

    The relative calm surrounding the current management of state-owned utility EnBW must not hide the fact that the company could face great trouble, Andreas Müller writes in Stuttgarter Zeitung. EnBW’s pull-out from wholesale business, as well as the early ...
  • “Federal states quarrel about power grid costs”

    Germany’s federal states continue to disagree on the planned reform of the country’s electricity grid fee structure, writes Klaus Stratmann in Handelsblatt. It follows economy minister Sigmar Gabriel’s backtracking on plans to standardise fees across the ...
  • 25 Nov 2014

    In the media: Making sense of the coal "roller coaster"

    25 Nov 2014 (All day) Dow Jones Newswires "Gabriel's coal proposal: utilities keep calm" German utilities are prepared to shut down some power stations, reports Dow Jones Newswires. They agreed to Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel's ...
  • 06 Nov 2015

    87% of Germans support climate treaty / Energy transition costs

    06 Nov 2015 (All day) Fraunhofer ISE “What does the Energiewende cost?” The costs of a climate-friendly transformation of the German energy system from now until 2050- when the country wants to emit 80 percent less greenhouse gas emissions compared to ...
  • “Record support for green power”

    German green power support costs exceeded 25 billion euros in 2016 for the first time, writes Andreas Mihm in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, citing figures released by the four German transmission grid operators (TSO). With 22.8 billion euros, ...
  • “Doubts about Dobrindt’s toll revenues“

    Introducing a toll for passenger cars on German highways might yield far lower returns than the annual 500 million euros expected by transport minister Alexander Dobrindt, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports. A study by the NGO Green Budget ...
  • “Wrong parameter”

    Environment minister Barbara Hendricks’ proposal to aid the breakthrough of e-mobility with a mandatory quota for e-cars is misguided, argues Klaus Stratmann in a commentary for business daily Handelsblatt. He says EU emission limits are a suitable ...
  • “Unpopular paths to leave the climate trap”

    It is surprising how long it takes for the subject of “negative emission” to make its way from scientific models into climate policy mainstream, write Oliver Geden from the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) and Stefan Schäfer ...
  • “Car suppliers face radical change”

    German car suppliers are in good shape thanks to the current global success of the country’s carmakers, but the industry faces an uncertain future, write Imelda Flaig und Inge Nowak in Stuttgarter Zeitung. The international move to electric and shared ...
  • “Key witnesses severely incriminate VW’s top management”

    Two former Volkswagen employees serving as key witnesses for US authorities have accused former and current members of the German carmaker’s top management of trying to cover up VW’s emissions fraud scheme, Claus Hulverscheidt, Georg Mascolo and Klaus Ott ...
  • “German Energy Storage Market to Reach $1B by 2021”

    Germany’s energy storage market will see significant growth between 2015 and 2021 to reach an annual value of 1.03 billion US dollars (about 0.93 billion euros), according to a new study by GTM Research. This is to be triggered in part by Germany’s ...
  • 12 Feb 2015

    In the media: GE, Telekom in smart grid pact; Wind turbines harm bats

    12 Feb 2015 (All day) Windmesse/Handelsblatt “GE and Deutsche Telekom join forces for energy transition” US industrial conglomerate General Electric and Deutsche Telekom will cooperate to offer new solutions for smart electricity grids, the companies ...
  • “The new currency”

    German premium carmakers BMW, Daimler and Audi compete with each other on car sales year after year, writes Thomas Fromm in a commentary in Süddeutsche Zeitung. “The premium crown, sales records, pure size – carmakers have got so much used to these units ...
  • “Municipal utilities face upheaval”

    The rapid and ubiquitous advance of digitalisation threatens municipal utilities’ traditional business models purely based on power, gas and water supply, writes Frank-Thomas Wenzel in a feature article in Mitteldeutsche Zeitung. “Amazon, but also Google, ...
  • “The creeping end of coal”

    Germany will inevitably scrap coal-fired power production even though the move has not yet been officially announced, Klaus Stratmann writes in Handelsblatt. Coal-fired generating units with an installed capacity of 4,772 megawatts – the equivalent of ...
  • “How smart may smart meters be?”

    The German Parliament has decided there will be no regulatory obligation for average households to install smart meters for their electricity consumption, writes the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). However, from next year on, large consumers with 10 ...
  • 28 Dec 2015

    Utilities face new competitors / 'Fraudulent' climate policies

    28 Dec 2015 (All day) Spiegel Online “Car and internet companies conquer the power sector” Utilities face massive new competition as the transformation of Germany’s energy landscape attracts powerful new players from the IT and car industries, writes ...
  • “We need a quota for electric cars”

    German environment minister Barbara Hendricks has suggested a quota for e-cars might be needed to kick-start e-mobility. “I do not expect a sweeping ban on combustion engines. But it’s well possible that we will need a quota for e-cars to manage a smooth ...
  • “E-mobility index Q1 2017”

    In terms of e-mobility technology, Germany has moved into a leading global position, but in industry, China has taken over the lead thanks to its higher production levels and value creation, according to business consultancy Roland Berger’s E-Mobility ...
  • “Warriors in a tree house”

    Climate activists’ guerrilla-style protest against lignite mining in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has divided the region, reports Stefan Schultz in a long article in Spiegel Online. The dispute dates back to 2012, but is now ...
  • “Eastern Germany stuck with high electricity costs”

    Federal economy minister Sigmar Gabriel is backtracking on plans to standardise electricity grid fees across the country, angering several state governments, writes Andreas Mihm in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). “If the economy ministry’s ...
  • Parliament energy committee agrees to contested renewables reform

    The federal parliament’s committee for economics and energy has agreed to the reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), including many last-minute changes, according to a press release. The government coalition parties, economy minister Sigmar Gabriel’s ...
  • Diesel cars on average emit more nitrogen oxides than heavy-duty vehicles

    Euro 6 diesel cars on average emit more than double the amount of NOx as modern trucks or buses, according to emissions data from Germany and Finland examined by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). “The average NOx emissions of the ...
  • “The wounds of change”

    The right-wing party Alternative for Germany (AfD) is becoming an outlet for the anger of former lignite workers that lost their jobs when East German power plants and open-pit mines were shut down after German reunification in 1990, writes Stefan Locke ...
  • “The Bratwurst on the plate actually has something to do with the climate”

    The Federal Environment Agency’s (UBA) proposal to raise the reduced VAT on animal products has no chance of enforcement due to widespread opposition, but is principally a reasonable means for climate protection, writes Georg Ehring in an opinion piece ...
  • Record wind power feed-in

    Grid operator 50Hertz registered a record wind power feed-in of more than 14,000 megawatt in its control area during a storm on 4 January, the company announced in a press release. “We have been successful in securely managing our transmission grid even ...
  • Storms severely damage several wind turbines

    It is unclear why four German wind power facilities were severely damaged during storms in the past month, writes Jens Blankennagel in Berliner Zeitung. “We are also still trying to figure out the reason in the individual cases and can’t explain the ...
  • “Power plant in a coma”

    Five people are employed around the clock in the control room of the first German lignite plant switched off to protect the climate, according to a feature by Steffen Höhne in Frankfurter Rundschau. They are there to keep the station fit for service but ...
  • What will the year 2017 bring for cars?

    The transition to electric and autonomous cars will take much longer than enthusiasts anticipate, writes Holger Appel in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Not a single e-car suitable for the mass-market is available, and the highly anticipated models of ...
  • “Daimler & Co prepare for battle against Google”

    Audi, BMW, and Daimler hit the bull’s eye by managing to enlist Intel and Asian investors for their mapping service HERE, which is central to their autonomous driving ambitions, writes Michael Kröger for Spiegel Online. “For the German makers of premium ...
  • “Supporting sustainability”

    It is high time for a finance transition- in addition to the energy, transport and agricultural transformations- to protect the climate, write Green Members of the German Bundestag Annalena Baerbock and Gerhard Schick in a guest commentary in Frankfurter ...
  • “Silicon Valley for renewable energies” in Hamburg?

    The northern German city of Hamburg hopes for a “Silicon Valley for renewable energies” as Siemens is testing a new energy storage system, writes Olaf Preuß for Welt Online. The system would heat up rock fill with excess wind power, which a turbine later ...
  • “Reduction of subsidies detrimental to the environment still stalling”

    Germany in 2012 provided 57 billion euros in subsidies that were detrimental to the environment, of which more than 90 percent were harmful to the climate, according to a report by Federal Environment Agency (UBA). “It’s paradoxical: Germany commits ...
  • “The final days of RWE”

    Germany’s largest power producer RWE teeters on the brink of bankruptcy, writes Sebastian Balzter in Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. The utility urgently needs cash to pay for the nuclear exit.  If the sale of the renewable subsidiary “Innogy” on ...
  • Environment minister says Germany needs plan to exit coal

    20 Jan 2016 (All day) Germany needs a pathway for exiting coal by 2050 at the very latest, according to Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks. She welcomed Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel's announcement of a round table on the thorny issue, and said ...
  • SUVs record largest gains in new car registrations

    The popularity of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) continues to grow in Germany. New SUV registrations rose by a quarter last year, outpacing all other vehicle classes, according to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). But new cars’ average CO 2 ...
  • “Giga-Lorries are a logistical error”

    The transport ministry’s decision to allow super-long lorries onto German roads this year might save fuel but does not benefit the environment in the long term, writes Richard Rother in a commentary for left-wing daily taz.de. He argues the main advantage ...
  • “Energy poverty – simply switch off”

    Consumer organisations, social associations and local utilities cooperate to counteract energy poverty, writes Lukas Zdrzalek in Süddeutsche Zeitung. The electricity suppliers help finance so-called energy saving consultants, provided by the associations, ...
  • “VW faces first legal test case over emissions in Germany”

    Consumer association myRight has filed the first lawsuit in Germany aiming to force carmaker Volkswagen to repurchase vehicles affected by the emissions scandal, writes Andreas Cremer for Reuters. VW pledged to compensate owners of its cars in the US but ...
  • Germany may host world climate conference 2017

    The world climate conference 2017 may be hosted by Germany, the news agency Reuters reports. Delegates at the COP22 in Marrakesh will vote on a proposition to hold the COP23 in the city of Bonn, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s seat, ...
  • “How to cope with the Energiewende”

    Peter Terium and Johannes Teyssen, former CEOs of Germany’s traditional utilities RWE and E.ON respectively, face each other in a new green energy rivalry after both companies split in two last year, writes Helmut Bünder in a portrait of both men in ...
  • Coal state premier against fixing date for lignite exit

    German coal mining state Brandenburg premier Dietmar Woidke has rejected calls for an end date for the country’s use of lignite for power generation. “A discussion on whether we will switch off brown coal in 10, 20 or 40 years would only lead to a loss of ...
  • “The buyer’s premium is a flop”

    Germany’s buyer’s premium for electric cars introduced last year has had a meagre impact, writes Hanne Schweitzer in Zeit Online. The money earmarked for the incentive can cover between 300,000 and 400,000 cars, but authorities received a mere 9,023 ...
  • “Remains of festivity”

    The fondness of Germans for firecrackers released about 4,000 tonnes of particulate matter during New Year celebrations – about 15 percent of what vehicles in the country emit during an entire year, Christoph Behrens writes in Süddeutsche Zeitung. On New ...
  • “Fighting word fracking”

    The term “fracking”, commonly understood in Germany as unconventional gas drilling by means of chemicals, has discredited almost any form of onshore welling in the country regardless of its actual environmental impact, Frank Pergande writes in Frankfurter ...
  • “Germany's Merkel says she will work with Trump on climate policy”

    Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would try to work on climate policy with US President-elect Donald Trump, who has threatened to pull out of the Paris Agreement, reports news agency Reuters. At a meeting of her party (CDU), Merkel pointed out that ...
  • “RWE faces townhall rebellion”

    Influential municipal shareholders are threatening to pull out of Germany's largest electricity provider, RWE, unless the company's prospects brighten, reports Jürgen Flauger in German business daily Handelsblatt Global Edition. Guntram Pehlke, ...
  • “A former coal town in Germany is 2017’s green capital of Europe”

    The city of Essen in western Germany used to be one of the country’s most important coal centres, but has been awarded the title of Europe’s green capital by the EU Commission, writes Peter Koekoek in the Daily Planet. According to the Commission, Essen ...
  • “Hungary’s plans worry Berlin”

    Federal environment minister Barbara Hendricks criticised Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orbán’s plans for a law that would allow his government to ignore the national nuclear regulating institution when constructing new reactors, write Michael ...
  • “E.ON wants to cut jobs in Essen”

    One year after its split, renewables utility E.ON needs to lower costs and is eyeing cuts in administrative jobs at its headquarters in Essen, CEO Johannes Teyssen told  the Rheinische Post in an article by Antje Höning. The extent of the job cuts remains ...
  • “How the ‘Trump Effect’ could undermine Germany’s clean energy revolution”

    The ‘Trump effect’ of right-wing populism and climate change scepticism could become an obstacle for the world's most advanced energy revolution in Germany, writes Aaron Wiener in the US magazine Mother Jones. Germany’s broad consensus on the shift ...
  • 14 Nov 2014

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

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

    In the media: Greenpeace says lignite reserve illegal; staggering utility giants

    18 Sep 2015 (All day) Osnabrücker Zeitung / Dow Jones Newswires E.ON CEO compares cheap renewable power to “unpaid slaves” Current power market structures are not geared to taking up large amounts of renewable energy, E.ON CEO Johannes Teyssen said during ...
  • 02 Oct 2015

    In the media: Nuclear clean-up support; diesel's future

    02 Oct 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “Support for nuclear plant operators” The home region of battered utilities RWE and E.ON has suggested the companies should receive state aid if their provisions for nuclear decommissioning prove too ...
  • “2016 again sees power export record”

    In 2016, Germany will again have exported a record amount of electricity, as levels have already exceeded the 2015 total, writes Bernward Janzing in tageszeitung (taz). The country will have exported about 50 billion kilowatt hours by year’s end, most of ...
  • Paying out lignite power plant operators might have been exaggerated

    Looking at the recent constitutional court ruling on Germany’s nuclear exit, the decision by federal economy minister Sigmar Gabriel to pay lignite power plant operators for mothballing their facilities might have been exaggerated, says Klaus Töpfer, ...
  • “Survey: 10 percent of company passenger car fleets include alternative drives”

    Alternative drives and fuels play only a minor role in company car fleets, according to a survey by German Energy Agency (dena). “Only 10 percent include such low-emission vehicles [and] only 3 percent have electric vehicles,” writes dena in a press ...
  • “EnBW restructuring: A new phase of the Energiewende”

    The Energiewende enters a new phase with more emphasis on new technologies and e-mobility – driven by citizens – than on the nuclear exit and the switch to renewable energies, German utility EnBW’s CEO, Frank Mastiaux, tells Bernd Freytag and Susanne ...
  • “German auto industry invests about 39 billion euros in research and development”

    German carmakers rank first in worldwide research and development, accounting for about a third of the automobile industry’s total global R&D investment, according to the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). The country’s manufacturers ...
  • “Living a lie”

    The problem of finding a final repository for Germany’s nuclear waste does not have “a solution in the true sense of the word, but only makeshift at best”, Reinhard Breidenbach writes in an opinion piece for Allgemeine Zeitung Mainz. Advocates of nuclear ...
  • EU tariffs on Chinese PV products could slow Energiewende’s progress

    The EU Commission’s decision to extend the tariffs on Chinese PV products has raised concerns among environmental organisations that a slower expansion of solar power production might hinder the German energy transition’s (Energiewende) progress, writes ...
  • State minister wants to prohibit oil test drillings in Wadden Sea

    Schleswig-Holstein’s state energy minister Robert Habeck wants to prohibit further oil test drillings off the coast of Germany’s northernmost state, writes Sven-Michael Veit in tageszeitung (taz). Detonations, drillings and other invasions of the national ...
  • “Secret settlements protect VW”

    “Secret settlements” between Volkswagen dealers and customers have helped avoid landmark decisions against the carmaker before higher German courts and could lead to the limitation of claims for customers affected by the emissions scandal, write Markus ...
  • “VW clears away major roadblocks in emissions scandal”

    Dieselgate is not over yet for carmaker Volkswagen despite several agreements and progress made in Germany and worldwide over the past couple of days, write Carsten Germis and Roland Lindner in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “The largest remaining factor ...
  • Study on heating and energy in the housing sector

    When it comes to heating, there is “enormous potential” for cooperation between the housing sector and the energy industry, according to a new study commissioned by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW). The results show that ...
  • "Target mark 2031"

    Germany’s federal cabinet has agreed on a law that is aimed at facilitating the search for a final repository for the country’s nuclear waste by 2031, the Federal Ministry for the Environment has said in a press release. Environment minister Barbara ...
  • “Speedy agreement on Climate Action Plan possible after all”

    Cabinet approval of environment minister Barbara Hendricks’ Climate Action Plan 2050 before she travels to the COP22 in Marrakesh could be possible after all, reports news agency dpa. Ministry sources told dpa that Chancellor Angela Merkel had signalled ...
  • “Plenty of legal action”

    Several lawsuits regarding high nitrogen oxide emission levels – filed by the non-profit environmental and consumer protection association Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) in the recent past – start to have consequences for cities and carmakers, writes Stefan ...
  • “E.ON shifts electro-mobility business into high gear”

    German energy company E.ON has established a new unit to develop and expand Europe’s e-vehicle charging infrastructure, the utility announced in a press release. "We firmly believe in the future of e-mobility and the related potential for growth,” ...
  • “Lobby protection instead of climate protection”

    A “failed government policy that puts the brakes on the Energiewende” is the real reason that CO₂ emissions in the energy sector continue to rise, writes Kurt Stenger in an opinion piece in Neues Deutschland. The federal government should renew its ...
  • “Germany drags behind”

    The breakthrough in e-mobility has once again not happened in Germany in 2016, Holger Holzer and Matthias Breitinger write on Zeit Online. “Even in Europe, Germany continues to perform below average: between January and November, only 0.7 percent of newly ...
  • “Corporate environment investments reach record high in 2014”

    German manufacturing companies have invested a record 7.9 billion euros in 2014 in environment and climate protection measures to reduce, avoid or clean up emissions and save resources, Germany’s statistics agency Destatis writes in a press release on the ...
  • “Everyone in a different direction”

    German economy minister Sigmar Gabriel rejects blanket bans for heavily polluting cars in inner cities in order to bring down unlawfully high nitrogen oxide (NO x) values, Markus Balser and Michael Bauchmüller write in Süddeutsche Zeitung. Gabriel’s ...
  • “Belgium clings to controversial nuclear reactors”

    Germany and Belgium have signed an agreement on improving the exchange of information on nuclear security, the federal environment ministry announced in a press release. The neighbouring countries also instituted a nuclear commission that will meet at ...
  • “Gabriel’s predicament with nuclear waste in Asse”

    Contrary to expert opinion, Germany’s economy minister Sigmar Gabriel wants to retrieve nuclear waste from the former salt mine Asse II, located in the minister’s constituency of Wolfenbüttel, Daniel Wetzel writes in Die Welt. An expert commission found ...
  • “Gain fans”

    There is to date no sensible reason to buy an electric car, writes Markus Fasse in a commentary for Handelsblatt. “Even Daimler’s CEO, Dieter Zetsche, admits that,” Fasse writes, explaining that e-cars are too expensive, have a limited cruising range, ...
  • “Volkswagen agrees to billion-dollar settlement in Canada“

    Volkswagen, Germany’s largest car manufacturer, has agreed to a settlement of more than 2.1 billion Canadian dollars (1.5 billion euros) for manipulating emission tests, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports. Together with its subsidiary Audi, VW ...
  • “State aid: Commission approves auction scheme for electricity from renewable sources in Germany”

    The EU Commission today found this year’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG) reform to be in line with EU state aid rules. “The amendments to the German EEG law we approved today make sure that one of the largest renewable support schemes in the EU will be based ...
  • “Natural gas on the rise – power generation from coal and nuclear decreases”

    Because of comparably low winds in 2016, renewable power generation rose only slightly by 4.1 terawatt hours (TWh) compared to 2015, accounting for a share of 30 percent, according to preliminary figures by the German Association of Energy and Water ...
  • CDU/CSU reject environment ministry proposal for inner-city diesel ban

    The conservative CDU/CSU group in the German parliament has rebuffed a proposal by social democratic environment minister Barbara Hendricks to allow cities to ban diesel engines when they deem it necessary, Thomas Öchsner writes in Süddeutsche Zeitung. ...
  • “Energiewende runs counter to wildlife conservation“

    The envrionmental organisation Nabu has criticised the German government for sacrificing the protection of nature and wildlife to meet its energy transition and climate protection goals, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports. In a statement on ...
  • “Record number of power cut-offs in 2015”

    A record 359,319 German households had their power cut off at some point in 2015, equal to 0.9 percent of all household customers, the website strom-report.de reports based on the Federal Network Agency's (BNetzA) annual monitoring report. A total of ...
  • Innogy well prepared for e-mobility

    German utility innogy is well prepared for the time when a transition to electric drives gains momentum, the company’s CEO Peter Terium told the Süddeutsche Zeitung in an interview. “The future belongs to e-mobility, that’s clear. […] I believe that the ...
  • “This is a project for generations”

    Reducing traffic volumes and significantly lowering emissions in Germany's transportation system is going to be an “ intergenerational project,” think tank Agora Verkehrswende’s director Christian Hochfeld says in an interview with Frankfurter ...
  • “Driving bans in city centres”

    German cities may be able to ban or limit cars from driving into their centres, should a draft regulation compiled by the environment ministry (BMUB) at the urging of the federal states enter into effect, Spiegel Online reported Saturday. Under the ...
  • 16 Aug 2016 |

    Weather forecasts aim to make renewable power predictable

    16 Aug 2016 (All day) The rise of volatile wind and solar power in the share of Germany’s electricity generation means that keeping the grid stable becomes an ever more complex – and potentially costly – task. Predicting how many renewable megawatts will ...
  • “Gabriel: Germany was not a brakeman”

    The German government might not have been persistent enough in the past in questioning emissions data from German carmakers, economy minister Sigmar Gabriel said in a hearing before a Bundestag committee of inquiry. “We have to ask ourselves whether we ...
  • “Climate in competition”

    The European Emissions Trading System (ETS) amendment proposal passed in the European Parliament only partly recognises the threat to the competitiveness of the continent’s industry, writes Hendrik Kafsack in an opinion piece in Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • “Continental will make losses with e-mobility at least for another three years”

    Elmar Degenhart, Chairman of the Executive Board of German car supplier Continental, does not  expect to make profits with products in the e-mobility sector before 2020, he told WirtschaftsWoche in an interview. “The transition from the combustion engine ...
  • “Lusatia rejects its approaching decline”

    The coal mining industry in Germany’s eastern region Lusatia refuses to accept that it faces a similar destiny as the country’s nuclear industry, Daniel Wetzel writes on Welt Online. Those employed in the industry feel that “brown coal, which has formed ...
  • “New trouble is guaranteed”

    The German parliament’s vote to free nuclear plant operators of their liabilities for managing nuclear waste disposal has not ensured that all troubles have been dispelled, writes Michael Bauchmüller in Süddeutsche Zeitung. “New frictions are guaranteed, ...
  • “Just somewhere else”

    The projected state fund for financing the storage of Germany’s nuclear waste may seem like a gift to the utilities suffering from the Energiewende’s consequences – but it is not, writes Andreas Mihm in a commentary for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “ ...
  • “The big profits have long been apportioned”

    With the German parliament’s decision to transfer responsibility for the country’s nuclear waste storage to the state, arguably the most expensive project in the history of German energy policy, has been legally phased-out with a broad political consensus ...
  • “Swiss reject quick exit from atomic power”

    Swiss voters have rejected their country’s speedy abolition of nuclear power production, the news agency Reuters reports. In a referendum held on Sunday, almost 55 percent of voters opposed plans to shut down Switzerland’s five nuclear power plants. The ...
  • “The winner is Gabriel”

    The new bill on the responsibility for the disposal of nuclear waste, passed by the German Bundestag on Thursday, is a “step of historic proportions” for the federal government, writes lawyer and expert in energy law Olaf Däuper in a guest commentary in ...
  • “China makes no compromise”

    German economy minister Sigmar Gabriel’s attempts to negotiate a postponement for German carmakers to implement China’s new mandatory e-car quota have been in vain, Christoph Giesen and Max Hägler write in Süddeutsche Zeitung. Beijing is determined to put ...
  • “Federal State Index Mobility and Environment 2016/17”

    Thuringia, the state of Berlin, and Rhineland-Palatinate are the German pioneers regarding sustainable mobility, according to the Federal State Index Mobility and Environment 2016/17 by Allianz pro Schiene, Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) and the ...
  • “Dante’s inferno in the Hambach forest“

    The protest against lignite mining in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia turns increasingly violent, writes Reiner Burger in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. In the area of the open pit lignite mine Hambach, “a small group of self ...
  • German Bundestag passes nuclear clean-up bill

    The German federal parliament (Bundestag) has voted by a large majority to transfer liabilities for storing nuclear waste to the state, the Bundestag has stated in a press release. The legislative proposal introduced by the government stipulates that ...
  • “Manipulation suspicion regarding Audi A3”

    Laboratory emissions tests carried out by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) for the European Commission suggested that Audi manipulated the diesel engine in the current A3 model to meet emissions limits, report Joachim Becker, Alexander Mühlauer and Klaus ...
  • “E.ON supports game-changing technology for wind energy”

    German utility E.ON aims to transform the global offshore wind generation market with high-altitude wind power generation technology, the company announced in a press release. New technology is harvesting wind by using a sail comparable to kite surfing in ...
  • Climate Action Programme 2020 less effective than expected

    Germany’s Climate Action Programme 2020, initiated in 2014 to ensure the country meets its 2020 greenhouse gas emission targets, is likely to be less effective than expected, the Environment Ministry (BMUB) said in a press release. Projections for the ...
  • “Continued increase in engine performance of passenger cars prevents reduction in CO₂ emissions”

    The continued increase of engine performance of newly registered passenger cars in Germany prevented a reduction of their total CO₂ emissions between 2008 and 2015, writes Germany's statistics agency Destatis in a press release. New cars registered ...
  • Concern over grid fees structure

    The Lower Rhine Chamber of Industry and Commerce has warned against planned legislation to standardise electricity grid fees across the country, the Rheinische Post reports. The organisation, which represents business interests in the region appealed to ...
  • “Coal-fired power production needs to be reduced”

    Germany will have to gradually lower its coal-fired power production to meet its climate targets, the federal government writes in response to a parliamentary inquiry by the Left Party. But it adds that a coal phase-out cannot commence until regions have ...
  • “Subsidies in mind”

    German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks’s statement about a possible scrap bonus for combustion engines hints at a coercive policy approach to reducing cutting emissions from the transport sector, Heike Göbel writes in a commentary for Frankfurter ...
  • “Stand your ground!”

    The government’s decision to finance the country’s nuclear waste management with  a public fund  could poison the national debate for years to come, Thorsten Knuf writes in an opinion piece for Frankfurter Rundschau. Nuclear plant operators agreed to pay ...
  • “Fluorinated greenhouse gases slightly increased in 2015”

    Companies in Germany used about 9,347 tonnes of fluorocarbons in 2015, up by around 72 tonnes, or 0.8 percent, on the previous year, Germany’s statistics agency Destatis says in a press release. In 2014, the particularly harmful greenhouse gas accounted ...
  • “Deutsche Bahn must contribute millions to nuclear fund”

    German national railway company Deutsche Bahn will have to indirectly contribute around 350 million euros to the  state-administered fund to finance interim and final storage of nuclear waste  in 2017, report Jürgen Flauger and Dieter Flockenbrock for ...
  • Environment minister considers scrap bonus for combustion engines possible

    German environment minister Barbara Hendricks would consider rewarding owners of cars with combustion engines if they decide to dispense with their vehicles, the minister said in an interview with Welt Online. A so-called scrapping premium would “not come ...
  • "How Germany’s G20 can accelerate progress on climate change"

    Germany’s G20 presidency is “an important opportunity for other major powers to resist backsliding” on climate change, especially in view of uncertainty over the new US president Donald Trump's energy policy, writes Climate Home. The German ...
  • Expert commission regards agriculture inept for ETS, recommends fossil fuel taxation

    The agricultural sector is not suitable for full inclusion in the European Union's Emissions Trading System (ETS), experts commissioned by the German Ministry for Food and Agriculture said during a presentation of a ministry report on climate ...
  • Legal expert: Coal exit would not necessarily mean hefty state compensation

    According to Thorsten Deppner, an expert on environmental law, the German state would not necessarily have to pay huge sums in compensation for shutting down coal-fired electricity plants, despite a precedent set by a recent constitutional court ruling on ...
  • “Utilities relinquish compensation claims”

    Nuclear plant operators in Germany revoked around 20 lawsuits against the state in return for government guarantees of a limited financial liability for the country’s nuclear phase-out, Stefan Schultz writes on Spiegel Online. The utilities E.ON, RWE, ...
  • “Structural change can wait”

    Delays in approving the Climate Action Plan 2050  are the reason projects for structural change in eastern Germany’s lignite mining regions aren't yet receiving funding, writes Kurt Stenger in the socialist newspaper Neues Deutschland. The 2016 ...
  • “Dobrindt rejects European Commission accusations”

    The German government defended its handling of the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal, after the European Commission opened infringement proceedings against Germany and six other countries over how they have dealt with such polluters, according to a ...
  • “EU Commission has to admit to its own mistakes”

    The EU Commission should admit that it did little to ensure its own anti-pollution rules were enforced, and that carmakers were long suspected of using technology to get around emissions rules, says Sebastian Schöbel, ARD radio correspondent in Brussels ...
  • "EU sets important signal against national solo acts"

    The European Commission’s decision to start infringement proceedings against a number of European countries for failing to cooperate in emissions cheating investigations is “long overdue,” writes Jörg Münchenberg in a commentary for Deutschlandfunk.  ...
  • “Grid operators use winter reserve”

    German transmission grid operators (TSO) have already had to use large amounts of this year’s "winter reserve", a pool of conventional backup power plants to prevent shortfalls in power supply, according to a joint press release from grid ...
  • “Nuclear plant operators continue lawsuits”

    Following the German constitutional court’s ruling this week upholding the government's 2011 decision to accelerate the nuclear exit, nuclear plant operators are continuing legal proceedings against the state, Jost Müller-Neuhof writes in ...
  • “Misunderstandings at the stock exchange”

    The German constitutional court's intricate judgement on the country’s accelerated nuclear exit has caused confusion at the stock exchange, writes Malte Kreutzfeldt for taz. Although nuclear plant operators were granted “adequate” compensation by the ...
  • “Infrastructure data for all”

    Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TU München) are working on an open source map to track  bottlenecks and overcapacities in power grids around the globe, the university said in a press release. The resulting “world map of power grids” was ...
  • “Car emissions: Commission opens infringement procedures against seven member states for breach of EU rules”

    The European Commission has opened infringement procedures against several EU member states, including Germany, for not applying their national provisions on penalties despite VW’s use of illegal defeat device software. “Additionally, the Commission takes ...
  • “Fatal signal”

    The nuclear waste pact the federal cabinet approved yesterday might be good news for the plant operators, but it sent out the “fatal signal” that Germany’s big four utilities were too large to fail, writes Frank-Thomas Wenzel in an opinion piece in ...
  • “Lacking the art of governing”

    Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel likes to think of herself as a politician who “thinks things through to the end” – but the constitutional court’s judgement on the hasty 2011 nuclear exit suggests otherwise, writes Thorsten Knuf in a commentary for ...
  • “Vanished into thin air”

    With Germany’s constitutional court backing the country’s speedy nuclear phase-out, the “inflated” compensation claims of nuclear plant operators have “vanished into thin air”, says Green Party politician Jürgen Trittin in an interview with Frankfurter ...
  • Most diesel engines flunk ADAC test

    A new emissions test by German car club ADAC shows that most diesel engines meet legal standards level only on the test bench – falling short on the road, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. The biggest problem for most diesel engines was high nitrogen oxide. Of ...
  • “Fewer parts, less work, fewer jobs”

    The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports on a study by the German Research Institute for Energy Technology and Combustion Engines (FEV) looking at the future costs of electric vehicles. The president of the German Carmakers Association recently ...
  • “Too ambitious”

    The German constitutional court’s judgement on the country’s accelerated nuclear exit in 2011 has dashed hopes of the affected nuclear plant operators to cash in on an assumed violation of the constitution, Varinia Bernau writes in Süddeutsche Zeitung. ...
  • 11 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Day 12: One day delay, leaders talk, scientists fear weak deal

    11 Dec 2015 (All day) Agreement text expected Saturday morning / Germany, EU reiterate push for ambitious deal/ Leaders get on the phone/ Scientists fear weak deal Merkel to weigh in if necessary (17:00) Germany and the EU vowed to keep up their fight for ...
  • Utilities’ spin-offs enter Germany’s second most important stock-index

    Uniper and innogy, the subsidiaries of German utilities E.ON and RWE respectively, will be included in the MDAX, Germany’s second most important stock index, the two companies said in separate press releases. The utilities’ spin-offs will enter the index ...
  • 09 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Day 10: New text, same issues, overnight talks

    09 Dec 2015 (All day) [Updates party statments to new draft text] Issues of differentiation, finance, loss and damage remain / High ambition coalition seeks attention and new partners / "Preparing for long nights" says German environment ...
  • “A document of missed chances”

    Germany’s 270 billion-euro Federal Traffic Way Plan is a “document of missed chances”, says Georg Ehring in an opinion piece for national radio station Deutschlandfunk. Ehring says the plan fails to signal real change on how traffic is to be managed. ...
  • “BMW’s second attempt”

    Carmaker BMW is “taking a deep breath” to prepare for the breakthrough of electric mobility, writes Markus Fasse in Handelsblatt. The company will have to work hard to ensure the 3 billion euros it so far has invested in e-cars don’t end up as sunk costs, ...
  • “Electric car registrations in November”

    Just 1,231 new electric vehicles were registered in November, down 10 percent on the same period last year, Die Welt reports. Part of the reason may be that a subsidy introduced in June boosted sales slightly in the following weeks and resulted in long ...
  • “Heat from electricity; stabilizers for the grid”

    Industrial enterprises are increasingly using power-to-heat technology to save on energy bills, the Handelsblatt reports. A sugar factor in east Germany, for example, needs constant heat for its production processes, Jakob Struller writes. At times when ...
  • "Stalled"

    The Federal Constitutional Court is to rule on utilities’ rights in their case against the government over the shut-down of nuclear power plants, Corinna Budras writes for FAZ. Nuclear power plant operators RWE, E.ON and Vattenfall are suing the German ...
  • German state secretary Baake calls for "consistent" EU climate and energy goals

    German statesecretary Rainer Baake has called for “consistency on European climate and energy targets” and capacity markets not to undermine emission trading. Speaking during consultation between EU energy ministers' following the release of the ...
  • “Experts: renewables surcharge 2017 probably slightly below 7 cents“

    Experts say the renewables surcharge  will likely only rise to slightly below 7 euro cents per kilowatt hour (KWh), says Bild, based on a report by news agency dpa. The surcharge paid by consumers via electricity bills is currently 6.354 cents per kWh. ...
  • “The Wrong Way”

    The planned extension of the Nord Stream gas pipeline that links Germany with Russia via the Baltic Sea has come under fierce criticism from environmental and conservation organisations, the dpa news agency reports. Doubling the number of pipelines would ...
  • 04 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Day 5: Mentioning 1.5°C, fossil fuels, finance

    04 Dec 2015 (All day) Day 5 at the UN climate conference: Negotiatons are not "leaping forward" / 1.5°C should be mentioned in agreement / German climate action in the spotlight at home Brackets removed – no big leap yet Negotiators in Paris ...
  • “Gabriel dismisses end of renewables support”

    Germany’s social democrat economy minister Sigmar Gabriel has rejected ideas of coalition partner CDU to phase out the support of renewables, Dow Jones Newswires and Spiegel Online report. The CDU “should think this over. I don’t think it’s going to work, ...
  • “Buyer’s premium for e-cars steers transportation transition into an impasse”

    Germany’s buyer’s premium for e-cars is obstructing energy transition in the transportation sector, as it fosters the sale of private cars rather than sustainable mobility concepts, a study commissioned by Greenpeace has found. In order to ensure that e ...
  • “The hospitality of cities”

    The spread of electronic cars would make Germany’s cities much more hospitable, writes Joachim Käppner in an opinion piece for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Currently, many cities were unable “to ensure compliance with regulations for clean air even with ...
  • “Factcheck Energiewende: Science, not fiction”

    A new book by physicist and German energy industry manager Thomas Unnerstall outlines key pro and con positions on the German energy transition, writes Klaus Stratmann in a book review in the Handelsblatt. While Unnerstall says many companies have not ...
  • “No funding of fossil fuel projects”

    The German government no longer supports the new construction or overhaul of already decommissioned coal plants via development finance instruments of the World Bank, it said in an answer to a parliamentary inquiry of the Left Party. “Multilateral ...
  • Schleswig-Holstein state minister wants to reduce renewables surcharge

    Robert Habeck, Schleswig-Holstein state minister for the Energiewende, calls for reducing Germany’s renewables surcharge, instead of increasing it as grid operators did today, writes the regional newspaper shz. Habeck proposes a government-administered ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Europe’s energy plan expresses pure despair”

    Even with the EU Commission’s new energy package, Europe’s energy policy remains unfinished as member states continue to fend for themselves, writes Michael Bauchmüller in an opinion piece for Süddeutsche Zeitung. The problem is that each country has its ...
  • “Disappointing proposal”

    The EU energy package is not ambitious enough to help Europe reach the targets laid out in the Paris Agreement, writes Joachim Wille in an opinion piece for Frankfurter Rundschau. The label says “Clean Energy for all Europeans”, but “whoever opens the ...
  • “innogy wants to participate in fast-charging network”

    German utility RWE’s green subsidiary innogy is interested in joining the joint venture automakers announced to deploy a fast-charging network for e-vehicles covering European travel routes, writes Jürgen Flauger in Handelsblatt. “The initiative is ...
  • “E-cars arrive, jobs leave”

    A shift to electric mobility from the combustion engine could significantly reduce the number of jobs in Germany’s car-making industry because the production of e-cars and batteries requires less workers and a different skill-set, writes Guido Bellberg in ...
  • “G20 in focus”

    The Heinrich Böll Foundation has launched a website to accompany the German G20 presidency. The site offers feature articles, explanatory pieces, interactive maps and factsheets on the G20 issues. “Well-founded information are crucial for honest public ...
  • Automakers plan joint European e-car charging network

    BMW, Daimler, Ford, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche have formed a joint venture to deploy a charging network for e-vehicles covering European travel routes. “The goal is to enable long-distance travel through open-network charging stations along highways and ...
  • “The switch is flipped”

    Leading carmakers' plans to set up a European e-vehicle fast-charging network show the amount of pressure on the car industry, Peter Fahrenholz says in an opinion piece for Süddeutsche Zeitung. “It’s not only spectacular on a technological level. ...
  • “Smart and necessary”

    Carmakers' plans to set up a brand-independent e-vehicle charging network along Europe’s long-distance routes is not only smart but necessary, writes Martin Gropp in an opinion piece for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “Those who move in the premium ...
  • “Germany and the EU should intensify their outreach to climate allies”

    Germany and other EU member states should strengthen  cooperation on climate protection, in light of the upcoming US administration's likely reversal of climate legislation, writes Susanne Dröge in an commentary for the German Institute for ...
  • Study shows possibilities for reduced grid expansion after 2030

    A power grid stress test by network operator TenneT shows that the need for grid expansion could be significantly lower after 2030. According to the study, increased use of combined PV and storage in Germany’s south, together with less wind power ...
  • "An energy package for Europe"

    The EU Commission’s new energy package is likely to meet resistance from some member states and energy industry players, writes Thorsten Knuf in Frankfurter Rundschau. EU energy commissioner Miguel Arias Canete called the package a “unique opportunity to ...
  • “CDU considers stopping renewables support”

    In preparation for the federal parliamentary elections 2017, Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union is considering calling for an end to Germany's core renewable energy support, writes Stefan Schultz for Spiegel Online. The party would “work ...
  • “Gazprom gets greater access to Germany’s Opal gas pipeline”

    Under a new agreement, Russia's Gazprom will have greater access to the German OPAL connection pipeline in eastern Germany, removing a key hurdle to Gazprom’s plan to double Nord Stream capacity in Nord Stream 2, writes EurActiv. “The latest ...
  • “The Chancellor’s agenda”

    It remains to be seen if the other member states will support Chancellor Angela Merkel’s agenda for Germany’s G20 presidency starting on 1 December, write Jan Hildebrand and Martin Greive in Handelsblatt. “The Chancellor aims to rope in the G20 to ...
  • “Fewer parts, less work, fewer jobs?”

    German carmakers are now envisaging the mass production of e-cars, which will have wide-ranging consequences for suppliers, writes Johannes Winterhagen in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Many highly specialised German companies focusing on combustion ...
  • Cycling offers great potential for green mobility

    The Paris Climate Agreement means transport has to be re-invented and cycling offers large untapped potential for climate protection, write Green Party parliamentary group’s vice-chair Kerstin Andreae and the party’s transport expert Matthias Gastel in a ...
  • “Cross-border solar: Denmark gets 50 MW of German tender with bids of 5.38 euro cents/kWh”

    Europe’s first ever cross-border solar tender sees five Danish solar developers snapping up 50 megawatts in a German tender for construction of five solar projects in Denmark, reports Ian Clover in pv magazine. Winning bids of EUR 5.38 cents/kWh were ...
  • “Hackers are threatening the power supply”

    German energy providers have insufficient IT security against cyber attacks which could lead to large power blackouts, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports. Many providers lacked “contingency plans” for attacks by hackers and did not have a ...
  • Pro-Rail alliance makes “key demands for the next government”

    Germany’s next government should increase the railway’s market share in transportation in order to meet the country’s climate goals, the transport alliance Allianz pro Schiene writes in a press release. The alliance of 23 non-profit organisations and over ...
  • “Calculated chain reaction”

    RWE’s green split-off innogy is working on a system that could make payments between users of e-cars and private providers of charging stations simpler and more secure, writes Manuel Heckel in Handelsblatt. The mode of payment based on the technology ...
  • “250,000 jobs at risk”

    Employees in Germany’s mighty car industry are increasingly worried the pending shift to e-cars will lead to massive job losses, report Karl-Heinz Büschemann and Thomas Fromm in Süddeutsche Zeitung. “We will get an enormous problem,” said Hartmut Geisel, ...
  • “Buyer’s premium turns into flop”

    The German buyer’s premium for electric cars agreed in spring has flopped- but the government still believes it’s too early to judge the scheme, writes Thorsten Knuf in Frankfurter Rundschau. Economy state secretary Matthias Machnig wrote in a reply to a ...
  • Nuclear power remains phase-out model in Switzerland

    Despite Switzerland’s rejection of a quick nuclear exit, nuclear power production remains “a phase-out model” in the country, Germany’s environment ministry (BMUB) state secretary Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter said in a press release. Sunday’s referendum ...
  • “German economy minister blocks agreement on climate change plan”

    With a surprise last-minute veto, federal economy minister Sigmar Gabriel blocked a tentative agreement on Germany’s Climate Action Plan 2050, writes Markus Wacket for news agency Reuters. German mining, chemicals and energy trade union IG BCE and the ...
  • Chairman of Shell Germany sees great potential for natural gas

    Chairman of the Shell Companies in Germany Stijn van Els sees great potential for natural gas in the German power and transport sectors, he told Hamburger Abendblatt in an interview. “Using natural gas for electricity generation leads to half the amount ...
  • “The pitfalls of serial production”

    E-mobility start-ups in the automobile sector will not pose a threat to established carmakers, because industrial serial production is too expensive and complex, writes Markus Fasse in an opinion piece for Handelsblatt. “Up until now, the million-fold ...
  • Report on the Energiewende in the German federal states

    The Renewable Energies Agency has published the 2016/17 status report on the energy transition in the individual German federal states. “The federal states have an important ‘hinge function’ and can significantly advance the Energiewende through setting ...
  • E.ON continues to seek compensation for temporary shutdown of nuclear power plants

    German utility E.ON continues to seek compensation from the German government for the abrupt decision to temporarily shut down two nuclear power plants after the disaster in Fukushima in March 2011, writes Marcus Jung in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. E ...
  • Minister calls for extra industry efforts to master shift towards e-cars

    Carmakers in Germany need to embrace a global “disruptive” shift in mobility by adjusting their production to the looming dominance of e-cars, Peter Altmaier, Chief of the German Chancellery, said at the “ Agenda 2017 ” conference of   Tagesspiegel in ...
  • “German Power helps France get through the winter”

    Germany’s oversupply of electricity could aid France this winter during its expected power supply shortage due to safety concerns in 18 of its 58 nuclear reactors, writes Jürgen Flauger in Handelsblatt. “In Germany, there is enough power capacity that ...
  • “The dangerous trick with emergency cooling in nuclear power plants“

    The cooling water in many of Europe’s nuclear power plants is pre-heated to prevent brittle steel in reactor pressure vessels from breaking, writes Michael Bauchmüller in Süddeutsche Zeitung. “It continues to become more complicated to reach exactly the ...
  • “Trump rages against German wind power”

    US president elect Donald Trump’s negative comments on wind power in a recent interview with the New York Times present a concern for both the domestic and international wind sector, writes Franz Hubik in Handelsblatt. “Trump made clear that climate ...
  • “Germany will miss its climate target 2020”

    Germany will not be able to reach its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target of 40 percent, compared to 1990, according to a draft of the federal environment ministry’s Climate Protection Report 2016, seen by Tagesspiegel. The targets set for the transport ...
  • Germany might engage more in ETS review debate

    The German Climate Action Plan 2050 shines a light on the German position during the EU Emisions Trading System (ETS) revision for the market’s rulebook after 2020, according to a blog post by Ecofys consultants Marcus Ferdinand and Moritz Schäfer. “It ...
  • “Grid fees: increasing disparities”

    Germany’s grid fees on average will increase in 2017, but regional disparities and those based on the consumption volume will grow, according to a short analysis by energy think tank Agora Energiewende.* Consumers in rural areas with strong renewables ...
  • “EU Commission reaches for national grids”

    Leaked documents on energy regulation reform show that the European Commission plans to take away important competences regarding power grid management from member states, writes Daniel Wetzel in Die Welt. “Regional Operation Centres (ROC) would then ...
  • "VW reboots Americas strategy, drops diesel in U.S."

    Volkswagen plans to drop diesel vehicles in the United States and refocus on sport utility and electric vehicles, reports Andreas Cremer for Reuters. The move, announced by VW brand chief Herbert Diess, breaks with earlier suggestions it could return to ...
  • Auto industry workers propose halving transport emissions by 2030

    Auto industry unions fear the pending transport revolution puts hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk, reports Alfons Frese in Tagesspiegel. Metalworkers union IG Metall and the heads of work councils at VW, Daimler, Opel, Bosch and Continental propose to ...
  • Ministry to tweak climate levy to ease industry concerns- reports

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

    The latest remarks of VW’s CEO Michael Müller on Germans’ alleged unwillingness to take advantage of the carmaker’s green product range have caused irritation and protest by politicians and mobility experts, write Stefan Menzel and Dietmar Neuerer in ...
  • “2020 climate goal will be missed”

    Germany will significantly miss its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020 compared to 1990 levels unless the government quickly implements additional measures beyond its Climate Action Programme from 2014, according to a study by ...
  • Energy and climate policy to play minor role in conservative party’s campaign programme

    Energy and climate policy is likely to play a minor role in the 2017 election campaign programme of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), writes Andreas Mihm in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The party leadership on Monday decided on the ...
  • Why the AfD rejoices in Merkel’s candidacy

    Angela Merkel’s decision to run for a fourth term as chancellor is a reason for delight for Germany’s right-wing party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), writes Jens Schneider in a commentary for Süddeutsche Zeitung, Merkel embodies everything the AfD ...
  • “The green way”

    The transition to e-mobility should be organised in a way that prevents “technical or societal breaks”, Holger Appel writes in an opinion piece in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The government should also restrict itself to setting realistic guidelines ...
  • “It’s possible after all”

    Lower CO 2-emissions of cars can be achieved even without relying on e-cars “to beef up the quota”, according to a new study by the non-profit organisation International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), Max Hägler writes in Süddeutsche Zeitung. The ...
  • “TRANSFORM 2025+” aimed at making VW brand world leader in e-mobility

    VW, Germany’s biggest carmaker, has specified its ambitions to become the “world market leader in e-mobility”. The company’s “TRANSFORM 2025+” strategy foresees making “e-cars the new trademark” of the core VW company. It also aims to sell one million e ...
  • Poorer countries’ coal exit puts pressure on Germany to follow suit

    The decision of 48 poorer countries to terminate coal-fired power production has sparked calls for Germany to envisage a speedy coal exit as well, the Rheinische Post newspaper reports. The announcement of the Climate Vulnerable Forum’s countries at the ...
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel seeks 4th term

    German chancellor Angela Merkel will seek a fourth term in office in next year’s federal parliamentary elections. She faces a tough campaign unlike any other she has fought in an “increasingly polarised” country, Merkel announced in Berlin. “The decision ...
  • “A cheque for every citizen”

    Fiscal instruments should complement Energiewende efforts to fight populist criticism that climate protection was a luxury at the expense of the regular citizen, writes Bernhard Pötter in an opinion piece for tageszeitung (taz). “If citizens received a ...
  • “Electric car scares Daimler employees”

    Daimler employees producing conventional engines, gearboxes and other components feel unsettled by the company’s push into e-mobility despite record sales, reports Susanne Preuß in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Michael Brecht, head of the company’s ...
  • “The battle will be decided by the customer“

    E.ON is positioned to overcome its current crisis and record loss following the company’s split from its conventional energy business into the subsidiary Uniper, the German utility’s CEO Johannes Teyssen told Handelsblatt Online in an interview. ...
  • “Coal exit is in the Climate Action Plan”

    A coal phase-out for Germany is implied in the federal government’s Climate Action Plan 2050, environment minister Barbara Hendricks told Susanne Götze and Susanne Schwarz in an interview for klimaretter.info. “If you read the Climate Action Plan ...
  • “Röttgen: Federal government must stop Nord Stream 2”

    Norbert Röttgen (Christian Democratic Union), chairman of the foreign affairs committee in the German Bundestag, demands that the federal government stop plans to construct the contentious gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 between Germany and Russia, according ...
  • “Climate plan: Hendricks demands Merkel put down her foot”

    Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks has demanded Chancellor Angela Merkel put down her foot in the  dispute  over the  Climate Action Plan 2050. According to news agency dpa, Hendricks told the Funke Mediengruppe  she had discussed her proposals with ...
  • “Are jobs more important than the climate?”

    Job security should be valued higher than environmental protection, according to a motion for the federal party conference of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) in December, writes Thomas Vitzthum in Die Welt. The motion calls for an impact assessment ...
  • “Between the worlds”

    Environment minister Barbara Hendricks receives respect abroad for Germany’s reputation as a defender of climate protection – but encounters problems at home when she tries to live up to that role, writes Michael Bauchmüller in an opinion piece for ...
  • Climate expert says economy minister bows to lobby

    Ottmar Edenhofer, German economist and Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), accused federal economy minister Sigmar Gabriel of bowing to lobby interests in the negotiations about the country’s climate ...
  • “Energiewende: What do the new laws mean?”

    German energy think tank Agora Energiewende* has published the English version of a paper that examines the implications of regulation reforms such as the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) and the power market reform. These will bring “fundamental changes” for ...
  • “Some municipal shareholders in Germany's RWE won't take part in innogy listing”

    Several municipal shareholders of utility RWE – among them Dortmund and Essen – will not invest in the company’s renewable subsidiary innogy at the time of its initial public offering (IPO), according to news agency Reuters. “As a provider of jobs in the ...
  • Coal exit in coalition agreement for the state of Berlin

    The Energiewende and climate protection are “central projects” of the new government coalition of Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens and the Left Party in the federal state of Berlin. The three parties confirm Berlin’s plan to become climate-neutral by ...
  • “The secret comeback of biofuels”

    Biofuels “celebrate a secret comeback” in the recently adopted Climate Action Plan 2050 by the German federal government, writes Daniel Wetzel in die Welt. “In the target scenario, the energy supply of street and rail traffic, as well as parts of air and ...
  • “Industry plans digitalisation of energy transition”

    The project “enera” in the rural North-Western German region of Eastern Frisia could become the next step on the way to establishing smart energy grids across Germany, writes Angela Schmid in WirtschaftsWoche. “enera” is aimed at steering energy flows so ...
  • “E-mobility clear macroeconomic advantage”

    Focusing on e-mobility is the cheapest long-term way for Germany to achieve decarbonised transportation, the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) writes in a press release. A study commissioned by the UBA and carried out by the Öko-Institut found that a ...
  • “Climate Change Performance Index 2017: Global energy transition has started”

    Germany is ranked 29th in this year’s Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) by environmental organisation Germanwatch – a position blamed on lagging greenhouse gas emissions reduction and the lack of a clear roadmap for ending coal-fired power ...
  • “Global wind capacity set to hit 500GW by year end”

    Global wind capacity is set to hit 500 gigawatts (GW) by the end of 2016, according to a report by the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA). Germany is among the top three countries regarding both total and newly installed capacity in the first half of ...
  • Gabriel considers renewable surcharge insufficient for comprehensive energy transition

    The current German renewable energy surcharge will not be enough to put the Energiewende on a sound financial basis, due to growing demand for electricity in transport and heating (sector coupling), economy minister Sigmar Gabriel said at the annual ...
  • “Late, very late”

    German carmakers' plan to set up a nationwide fast charging network for electric cars is “no reason to cheer”, Peter Fahrenholz writes in a commentary for Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Investing in transportation infrastructure is a public duty,” Fahrenholz ...
  • Study: “E-cars will be leading the market in 2030”

    E-cars could overtake cars with conventional engines in market share by 2030, Angela Schmid writes for WirtschaftsWoche, referring to a study by consultancy PwC. “One in three new cars registered in Europe in 2030 could be an e-car,” she writes, compared ...
  • Regional SPD association calls for coal exit by 2040

    The Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Germany’s North-Eastern region of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania said the government’s stance on climate protection was “way too hesitant”, Dow Jones Newswire reports. “If we as a party want to be taken seriously as far ...
  • “I suppose we won't quite reach our goal”

    Germany is likely to miss its 2020 target of reducing CO₂ emissions by 40 percent compared to 1990, environment minister Barbara Hendricks said in an interview with the national radio station Deutschlandfunk. “I suppose we won't quite reach our goal” ...
  • “After the company split”

    The fate of utilities RWE and E.ON is still unclear after each split their business, writes Helmut Bünder in an opinion piece for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. How they will fare in the future depends in part on German energy policy decisions and market ...
  • “Germany below average in European e-car market shares”

    Germany is lagging behind other European countries in sales of e-cars, Welt reports. According to a survey by the CAR-Center for Automotive Research at Duisburg University cited by the paper, e-cars and plug-in hybrids had a market share of 0.7 percent ...
  • “BMW eyes 100,000 electric car sales in 2017”

    BMW wants to boost e-car sales by two-thirds next year to 100,000 vehicles, according to a Reuters report based on a Süddeutsche Zeitung interview with BMW CEO Harald Krüger. The luxury automaker is offering more battery-powered models and expects to ...
  • “Energy from the neighbourhood producer”

    According to business consultancy PwC, there are around 100 "virtual power plants" in Germany, which usually pool different kinds of renewable energy projects, Steffen Ermisch reports in Handelsblatt. 37 of them participate in the market for ...
  • “Carmakers plan joint charging network”

    Carmakers including VW, BMW and Daimler plan to set up a nationwide fast charging network for electric cars, according to an unsourced report in Bild. The mass daily reports talks between the carmakers and petrol station operator Tank+Rast, aimed at ...
  • Merkel voices optimism about cutting German emissions from coal

    07 Jun 2015 (All day) Chancellor Angela Merkel has voiced optimism that Germany can find a way to cut emissions from coal-fired power plants. Merkel, who seeks to convince other leaders of major industrialised countries to commit to ambitious climate ...
  • 03 Jun 2016

    Protests against renewables law / E.ON spin-off to receive loans

    03 Jun 2016 (All day) Recharge “Thousands protest in Berlin to save Energiewende” Several thousand protesters mobilised by the renewables sector demonstrated against current government plans to reform the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) in Berlin, reports ...
  • 14 Nov 2016 |

    German Greens to make coal exit, fossil car ban an election focus

    14 Nov 2016 Banning combustion engines in new cars by 2030 and exiting coal-fired power production as early as 2025 are likely to be two key Green Party demands in the general elections in autumn 2017, the party decided at its convention. But controversy ...
  • “A pyrrhic victory”

    The government's difficulty finding agreement on Germany’s Climate Action Plan 2050  was a preview of similar negotiations in the future, writes Theo Geers in an opinion piece for Deutschlandfunk. “Every saved tonne of CO₂ will have to be seized from ...
  • “Deferred forever and a day”

    The energy transition remains the German government coalition’s “largest construction site,” due to its gigantic regulatory needs, writes Die Welt. “The goal of cutting CO₂ emissions by 40 percent by 2020 will clearly be missed. […] Grid expansion was ...
  • “Green electricity companies must fear for their priority rights”

    Germany might have to discontinue a central instrument of the Energiewende in light of EU Commission plans to remove priority dispatch for renewable electricity, writes Stefan Schultz for Spiegel Online. In countries where renewables facilities produce a ...
  • “RWE profits drop 13 percent as renewable shift takes toll”

    German utility RWE saw a 13 percent earnings drop in the first nine months of the year, reflecting tough conditions in conventional power generation in Germany, reports Guy Chazan for the Financial Times. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and ...
  • “German Greens to make coal exit, fossil car ban an election focus“

    Banning combustion engines in new cars by 2030 and exiting coal-fired power production as early as 2025 are likely to be two key Green Party demands in the general elections in autumn 2017, the party decided at its convention. But controversy over ...
  • 02 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Day 3: Measuring CO2, divestment and resilience

    02 Dec 2015 (All day) Day 3 at the UN climate conference: Today's official theme is resilience, with divestment and renewables featuring in others of the many side events / Germany insists on strong monitoring mechanism in agreement / ambitious pace ...
  • Local utilities to cooperate in light of Energiewende pressure

    Cooperation and the bundling of resources can help local German utilities cope with  challenges brought on by the energy transition, writes Jürgen Flauger in the Handelsblatt. Local utilities in Cologne, Düsseldorf and Duisburg have initiated cooperation ...
  • “First comprehensive climate report for North Sea region”

    Scientists expect an average increase in air temperature in the North Sea region of 1.7- 3.2 °C by the end of the century, compared to the period 1971-2000, according to the report “North Sea Region Climate Change Assessment” published by Helmholtz ...
  • innogy: 9-mo core profit down on high grid maintenance costs

    German utility RWE’s green subsidiary innogy reported a 7 percent fall in EBITDA  in the first nine months of 2016 compared to the same period last year. The decline in profits comes one month after the company’s stock market debut in October. “The ...
  • “Gabriel dumps climate plan”

    Social Democratic economy minister Sigmar Gabriel has lost his credibility regarding climate and environment policy with his last-minute decision to block an agreement on Germany’s Climate Action Plan 2050 out of consideration for unions and industry, ...
  • “Federal government cannot agree on Climate Action Plan 2050”

    Even if the German government approves a climate plan similar to the latest drafts that became public, it would not be enough to reach climate targets set out in the Paris Agreement, writes Hans-Josef Fell, former member of the German Bundestag and ...
  • Utility EnBW upholds 2016 earnings forecast

    Major German utility EnBW confirmed its forecast for the year 2016 of an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) five to ten percent below last year’s result [2.1 billion euros], the company said in a press release. After the first nine months of the year, the ...
  • National strategic framework for expanding infrastructure for alternative fuels

    Germany plans nationwide investments in infrastructure for vehicles powered by electricity, natural gas and fuel cells, the Federal Ministry of Transport (BMVI) said in a press release. “With investments of about one billion euros we will take the lead in ...
  • Mercedes-Benz launches private car-sharing scheme open to all brands

    Mercedes-Benz is launching a sharing platform for private cars of all brands in Munich at the start of December. “Croove is the name of the new app-based service that pairs up private vehicle owners and hirers,” Daimler said in a press release. “By ...
  • “Strong German climate policy needed in wake of Trump victory”

    Germany and other European countries need to “move ahead” with their climate commitments and should “intensify their efforts” following the election of Donald Trump, which has made international climate diplomacy far less predictable, said climate policy ...
  • “E.ON at rock bottom – loss of 9.3 billion euros”

    Spinning off its fossil operations into Uniper is costing German utility E.ON dear, reports Jürgen Flauger in business daily Handelsblatt. Because Uniper’s market capitalisation is much lower than the figure on E.ON’s books, the company had to post a net ...
  • “The transition in transportation is coming!“

    The automotive industry is headed towards a seminal transition to “emission-free and also autonomously driving” vehicles, writes Baden-Württemberg’s Green state premier Winfried Kretschmann together with his transport minister Winfried Hermann in an ...
  • “Scientists submit a plan for CO2-free transportation to government”

    A study commissioned by the federal environment ministry (BMUB) has found that Germany can achieve the transition towards an emission-free transportation sector, Frank-Thomas Wenzel writes in Frankfurter Rundschau. The study’s authors regard e-mobility as ...
  • “IG Metall calls for realistic emissions regulations”

    Germany’s largest labour union, IG Metall, has called for “strict but achievable” emission limits which take concerns of the car industry into account, writes Holger Appel in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). Constantly tightened limit values would ...
  • “Emergency brake”

    Experts of the governing Social Democrats (SPD) call for a rapid expansion of railway traffic in Germany, writes Markus Balser in Süddeutsche Zeitung. “We want to achieve a doubling of capacities of the railway network by 2030”, Balser quotes an SPD ...
  • “RWE prepares for attack again”

    German utility RWE has regained a great deal of its former assertiveness since the successful stock market launch of its green subsidiary innogy in early October, writes Jürgen Flauger in Handelsblatt. “RWE already is a healthy company,” RWE’s new CEO ...
  • “Hasty nuclear phase-out: Germany’s experience as a warning for Switzerland“

    Switzerland should be careful not to repeat the same mistakes as Germany when preparing for a nuclear phase-out, Christoph Eisenring writes in Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Swiss people voting on 27 November on whether to limit the operating time of the country’s ...
  • “Industry grid fee rebates: Siemens rejects Green party’s criticism”

    German engineering giant Siemens has rejected criticism from the Green party that it lets private households pay for its electricity bill as “misleading” and “outrightly wrong”, Handelsblatt Online reports. Green MP Bärbel Höhn previously said it was ...
  • “Carsharing companies call for own parking sites”

    Providers of carsharing services in Germany have called for new legislation that would grant them their own parking sites in crowded inner cities, Max Hägler writes in Süddeutsche Zeitung. Companies operated by carmakers like Car2go (Daimler), DriveNow ...
  • "Saxony battles the coal exit"

    The federal state of Saxony intends to forge a coalition of coal-producing German states against a possible nation-wide coal exit, the Leipziger Volkszeitung reports. Saxony’s Christian-democrat state premier Stanislaw Tillich called the aim to tackle ...
  • “Culture of debate as a leading culture”

    The squabbling in the German government over its Climate Action Plan 2050 is a result of the seriousness with which the topic is being treated, writes Bernhard Pötter in a commentary for Deutschlandfunk’s website. “Most other countries come up with some ...
  • “Change at full throttle”

    Unions want to push car industry managers to speed up the transition to emission-free mobility, reports weekly magazine Der Spiegel. Powerful metalworkers’ union IG Metall plans to publish a paper on “Cutting CO 2 pollution in individual transport”, write ...
  • “The driving force of Germany’s Energiewende”

    Germany’s fragmented political landscape could become the driving force behind the country’s energy transition, writes Nick Butler for Financial Times. New types of government coalitions after the 2017 federal elections could include, for example, the ...
  • “The tipping point of offshore wind”

    It has been unclear for a long time whether offshore wind turbines can produce power without subsidies, writes Franz Hubik in business daily Handelsblatt. But the industry is about to reach competitiveness, and hopes this will lead to a growth spurt, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 28 Aug 2015

    In the media: Report sees good outlook for energy transition

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

    Volkswagen denies it breached European legislation by installing defeat devices in its vehicles that deliver lower pollutant emissions on a test stand than in regular traffic, write Claus Hulverscheidt, Klaus Ott and Katja Riedel in the Süddeutsche ...
  • Security standby of lignite plants will cost 230 million euros

    The German government continues to assume that a planned security standby of lignite plants will result in costs of about 230 million euros over seven years, it said in an answer to a parliamentary inquiry by the Green party. The security standby is also ...
  • “16 treaty violation proceedings against Germany”

    The European Union has initiated infringement proceedings against Germany in 16 cases for failing to correctly implement environmental directives, Dagmar Dehmer writes in the Tagesspiegel. Among the legal issues that could lead to a confrontation between ...
  • “Energy consumption in industry down 0.7% in 2015”

    The energy consumption in industry was 4,016 petajoules in 2015, a decrease of 0.7 percent compared to 2014, writes Germany’s statistics agency Destatis in a press release. “As in the previous years, the main energy sources in industry were natural gas ...
  • “Aldi Süd seeks to become first major climate-neutral retailer in Germany”

    Aldi Süd will become Germany's first major climate-neutral food retailer from January 2017, the company announced in a press release. Aldi Süd uses up to 80 percent of electricity from its solar PV facilities and will acquire the remaining power ...
  • “Gabriel redistributes grid costs“

    The federal economy ministry plans to introduce a common transmission grid fee across Germany, writes Andreas Mihm in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Grid fees currently differ depending on the region and are higher where the development of renewables ...
  • “Germany and France defend grid access support for renewables”

    Germany and France jointly defend priority grid access for electricity generated from renewable sources, reports Politico. The European Commission, meanwhile, is considering removing priority dispatch ahead of power coming from fossil fuels. In a so ...
  • “Off to Morocco, empty-handed”

    Deutsche Welle’s Jens Thurau finds it embarrassing that the German government seems to be unable to approve environment minister Barbara Hendricks’ Climate Action Plan 2050 before the climate conference in Marrakesh. Without Germany as a credible driving ...
  • “Germany hits delay with climate-change plan ahead of U.N. meeting in Marrakesh”

    Environment minister Barbara Hendricks’ announcement that she did not expect the cabinet to approve her Climate Action Plan 2050 before COP22 in Marrakesh next week “marks the latest embarrassment for a country that once pioneered the fight against global ...
  • German minister reassured over access to Chinese car market

    Germany has received assurances that its carmakers will not be discriminated against in China, economy minister Sigmar Gabriel said in Beijing, reports Gernot Heller for Reuters. China plans to set quotas for electric cars in 2018, and some German firms ...
  • “Energy consumption stays stable in 2016”

    Primary energy consumption in Germany 2016 is likely to be on the same level as the previous year, according to estimates by energy market research group AG Energiebilanzen (AGEB). Germany consumed 9,815 petajoules between January and September 2016- 0.3 ...
  • “Germany, please be bolder!”

    Germany needs to be bolder with its Climate Action Plan 2050 to set a benchmark for other countries, former Polish environment minister Maciej Nowicki writes in a guest commentary for Zeit Online. “If the latest known draft is not fundamentally revised, ...
  • “The forerunner follows behind”

    While Chancellor Merkel takes the lead on decarbonisation at international summits, her political group at home foils efforts to reach agreed climate targets, writes Markus Balser in an opinion piece in Süddeutsche Zeitung. “The fourth largest economy in ...
  • “The climate hypocrites”

    Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks did well not to rush approval for the watered-down climate plan before the COP22, writes Joachim Wille in an opinion piece in Frankfurter Rundschau. “It may be embarrassing to arrive at the summit in Marrakesh empty ...
  • "How wind energy turns forests into industrial areas"

    A shortage of space is increasingly pushing the German wind power industry into forests, sparking growing conflict between green energy advocates and conservationists, writes Daniel Wetzel in Die Welt. While only about five percent of Germany’s wind ...
  • VW hopes for more time for e-car quota in China

    Following China’s announcement that it will introduce a quota for e-cars as early as 2018, VW has expressed confidence “that the legal framework will comprehend the necessary lead time” for manufacturers to adapt to the regulation, Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • Industry grid fee rebates top one billion euros

    According to grid operators, German power consumers will have to shoulder grid fee rebates for energy-intensive industry in excess of 1 billion euros next year, sparking renewed calls for reform of the system to pay for keeping the grid stable as ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Power from next door”

    Several German companies plan to provide customers with transparency on the exact geographical origin of the energy they purchase, writes Ralph Diermann on Spiegel Online. If consumers know their energy comes from the wind turbine next door and not from a ...
  • Germany criticises Chinese plans for e-car quota

    Top representatives of the German government have criticised Chinese plans to impose a mandatory quota for e-cars by 2018, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports. Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Beijing erected market barriers that discriminate ...
  • “Left out in the cold”

    The German government does not yet have a unified position on the reform of the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) planned for next year, write Till Hoppe and Klaus Stratmann for Handelsblatt. “We must not further embarrass ourselves as the ...
  • Energiewende: Proposals on how to activate citizens

    Scholars from the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) and several universities have published a handbook for local governments and other players on how to better engage citizens in the transition of Germany’s energy system. The handbook, ...
  • Government “discriminates” gas industry in energy transition

    The German gas industry believes gas is being “discriminated against” in Energiewende policies. In heating, renewable gas was being treated as a fossil fuel, and CO 2-savings by gas-powered cars were not counted as decarbonisation measures, said Timm ...
  • 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 ...
  • State premiers unaware they recommended to phase out conventional cars by 2030

    German states’ resolution to recommend the phase-out of new combustion engine vehicles at EU level by 2030 was “one of the most brilliant political coups of recent years”, even if it was mainly symbolic, write Sven Böll and Horand Knaup in weekly magazine ...
  • Environment group Nabu opposes expansion of wind energy in forests

    The environment group Nabu plans to advocate for “stricter limits” on the construction of wind turbines in Germany’s forests, writes Daniel Wetzel in Welt Online. Despite being “generally in favour of the energy transition and wind power expansion”, a ...
  • “Solar Guerilleros”

    Supporters of solar power are seeking to head off a proposed legal constraint on small modules that can be easily plugged into wall sockets, writes Bernward Janzing in taz. The German section of the International Solar Energy Society (DGS) wants to see a ...
  • 11 Jan 2016

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

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

    The German gas sector initiative “ Future Natural Gas ” has started a PR campaign criticising the high-emissions coal industry, petrol and diesel cars, and positioning natural gas as the cleaner alternative, reports Nils-Viktor Sorge for manager magazin. ...
  • VW brand profit plunges in third quarter

    Third-quarter operating profit at the VW brand plunged more than half to 363 million euros, underlinding the need for savings to finance the transition to electric cars, according to a Reuters report. The figure is well below analysts’ forecasts.  “The ...
  • “The hot poker about battery factories”

    It is increasingly clear that carmakers have become serious about electric mobility as the German car industry reinvents itself, writes Nils-Viktor Sorge in manager magazin.  Suppliers and employees focusing on combustion-engine technology face an ...
  • Germany remains fifth in renewable energy country attractiveness index

    Germany remains in fifth place in business consultancy Ernst & Young’s (EY) renewable energy country attractiveness index (RECAI). EY ranks 40 countries on their attractiveness for renewables investment and deployment opportunities, based on energy ...
  • “Gabriel demands more speed of EU in energy policy”

    Federal economy minister Sigmar Gabriel calls on the European Commission to publish a legislative catalogue regarding the “central challenges” of the EU’s energy policy this autumn, writes Andreas Mihm in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). In a letter ...
  • “Extending the nuclear fuel tax”

    The Green group in the federal parliament (Bundestag) calls for extending and raising the nuclear fuel tax beyond the end of this year, according to a parliamentary motion. “With the nuclear fuel tax, or nuclear fuel rod tax, we have a target-oriented and ...
  • “VW’s reality test”

    VW’s future will be sealed in the coming weeks during negotiations between management and unions about a “future pact” to make the company fit for the pending mobility transformation, writes Carsten Germis in a commentary for Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • Diesel loses market share due to emissions scandal

    At 45.3 percent in August 2016, the share of diesel cars in all newly registered passenger cars in Germany was at its lowest since March 2012, due to the emissions scandal, according to a study by the CAR Center Automotive Research of the University of ...
  • 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 ...
  • “EU to rule on Gazprom pipeline link to Germany by 31 October”

    The EU will decide by Monday whether to ease restrictions on Russia’s access to a gas pipeline link to Germany, Euractiv reports. EU antitrust regulators are due to meet with Russian state gas exporter Gazprom in Brussels on Wednesday. See the article in ...
  • “What ‘prosumer households’ need”

    The IÖW has published a study on the role small home power generating installations can play in the German energy system, with regulatory recommendations to encourage their use. A growing number of citizens and businesses are generating power and partly ...
  • “VW exhaust scandal: US judge approves 15 billion-euro settlement”

    A US judge has approved a record settlement of 16.5 billion dollars (15.2 billion euros) over the VW exhaust scandal. Much of the sum to be paid out by the German carmaker will go to buybacks and customer compensation. No such deal has been reached in ...
  • “Type approval for millions of diesel cars illegal”

    A legal opinion for the federal parliament says carmakers’ failure to disclose the use of 'defeat devices'- which reduce an engine’s performance during emissions testing- represent “a continuous and severe violation of the law”. The opinion from ...
  • Hendricks - Carmakers won't find buyers for combustion engines after 2030

    Carmakers should not count on combustion engine sales in Germany beyond 2030, according to Environment minister Barbara Hendricks. Even without a ban, the companies won't be able to find buyers for the technology in the future, Hendricks said at an ...
  • Minister Gabriel calls for "job alternatives, structural alternatives" before talks about coal-exit commission

    Federal Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel is against establishing a commission to set a date on the phase-out of coal in Germany. Gabriel objected to the proposed commission as it would not address the situation of coal sector workers, saying it was ...
  • “How Siemens could become a nuclear company again”

    Munich-based firm Siemens could be left shouldering costs for a Finnish nuclear power plant as its partner in the project, the French Areva Group, is broken up by the French state, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. Finnish power plants operator TVO is calling ...
  • “How German utilities could pay their billion-euro bills”

    Bloomberg highlights some of the ways the individual big German utilities could find the money needed to free themselves of the responsibility for storing nuclear waste. It comes after last week’s federal cabinet decision that sees nuclear power plant ...
  • “Too high and unfairly distributed”

    The fees that consumers pay for Germany’s electricity grid are too high and unfairly distributed across the country's regions, writes Malte Kreutzfeldt in an opinion piece in tageszeitung (taz). He calls for a nationwide harmonisation of the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 24 Oct 2016 |

    Activists hope new climate unit signals transport ministry shift

    24 Oct 2016 (All day) Plans for a new climate department in Germany’s transport ministry could signal the issue will receive greater policy attention after years of neglect by the ministry, according to activists. But they also warn a new department alone ...
  • “Disconnecting Austria”

    The German federal government’s decision to unilaterally terminate the contract on German-Austrian power market could be imminent, German government sources told weekly magazine Der Spiegel. “Federal economy minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) urged Vienna to ...
  • “The Germans are coming for Tesla Motors”

    German carmakers have woken up from their slumber in the global race to bring electric cars to market, reports Stefan Theil for Handelsblatt Global Edition. “The contest is finally getting interesting,” writes Theil, referring to Daimler’s and VW’s e-car ...
  • “From 2023, electric vehicles will be cheaper than petrol cars”

    The years 2021 to 2023 will be a turning point for e-mobility, according to Thomas Sedran, head of strategy at the VW group. “At that point, an electric car will cost the same or even be cheaper than a vehicle with a combustion engine that will stay below ...
  • Vattenfall continues to seek billions from Germany

    Swedish utility Vattenfall reaffirmed that it is seeking billions in damages from the German government after a two-week hearing in front of an international arbitration court in Washington, DC, writes Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). Vattenfall ...
  • “Institute demands stronger focus on power-to-heat”

    The Renewable Energy Surcharge paid by consumers with their energy bills should be extended to fossil energies, according to a recent study by the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) commissioned by the Association of Energy Market Innovators ...
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) calls for reform of Renewable Energy Surcharge

    The Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) say the Renewable Energy Surcharge consumers pay with their power bills could rise to 10 cents by 2025 and should be reformed. “We need a discussion about alternative models, such as financing it with taxes or ...
  • Transport ministry plans to set up climate department

    The transport ministry plans to raise the internal standing of climate protection by setting up a new department dedicated to the issue, reports Markus Balser for Süddeutsche Zeitung. A ministry spokesperson said climate protection would play an ...
  • “BMW set to roll out electric Mini, X3 to counter Mercedes push”

    To counter ambitious plans from rivals VW and Daimler unveiled at the Paris Car Show last week, BMW is stepping up its electric mobility plans, reports Elisabeth Behrmann for Bloomberg. BMW will offer the first battery-powered model of its Mini brand from ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Own battery production would be a ‘joke’”

    German automaker VW will not start its own e-car battery cell production because the company believes it would be too expensive. “That would be a joke,” said VW CEO Matthias Müller after months of speculation on the issue, according to German news agency ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Earn money with lignite”

    Lignite mining and power generation in eastern German region Lusatia could be profitable, Helmar Rendez, CEO of Germany’s newest lignite company Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG (LEAG) told German daily BILD in an interview. “We assume that we can earn money ...
  • “German transport minister refuses to shoulder blame for Dieselgate”

    The German government bears no responsibility for the diesel emissions scandal, according to federal transport minister Alexander Dobrindt, writes Samuel Morgan for EurActiv. “Volkswagen cheated, so Volkswagen is responsible,” Dobrindt said at a hearing ...
  • “Environment ministry did not know about illegal defeat devices”

    As early as 2007-08, there were suspicions within the federal environment ministry about the possibility of manipulating emissions control systems, but representatives denied knowledge of illegal defeat devices, according to the German federal parliament ...
  • “For European wind industry, offshore projects are booming”

    The European offshore wind industry is booming, but lagging grid expansion and a lack of major storage sites could hold back further rapid expansion of the sector, writes Christian Schwägerl for Yale Environment 360. The problem of too little progress in ...
  • “Electricity contract from the petrol station”

    As more and more electricity suppliers are established and comparison websites recommend changing contracts to save money, traditional utilities need to find new ways to compete in the market, writes Michael Ashelm in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. More ...
  • Climate Action Plan - “danger to the economy and prosperity”

    Members of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) group in the Bundestag have strongly criticised the current draft of federal environment minister Barbara Hendricks’ Climate Action Plan 2050, Silke Kersting and Klaus Stratmann write in ...
  • Possible new record loss for E.ON

    German utility E.ON could finish this year with another record loss, company sources told German business newspaper Handelsblatt. The sources attributed the potential loss to rising costs of the country’s nuclear exit, spinning off its conventional energy ...
  • “Saving the community first, the planet second”

    Citizens’ primary motive to get involved in energy cooperations is not personal financial gain, reports Craig Morris on energytransition.de. A new study by researchers from Leuphana University reveals that “personal profits are one of the least important ...
  • “Sefcovic wants to up the pressure on car industry to innovate”

    EU Commission vice president Maros Sefcovic has welcomed political efforts in Germany to decarbonise road transport, reports bizz energy. In an interview with the magazine, Sefcovic left open whether he would support the initiative by the council of the ...
  • “VW has retrofitted few diesel cars”

    More than one year after the start of the VW scandal over illegal emissions manipulations, Europe’s largest carmaker has made slow progress in retrofitting affected cars in Germany, reports Süddeutsche Zeitung. According to the government, the use of the ...
  • “Nuclear waste legislation is lesser of two evils”

    The nuclear waste deal is positive because it was in the interest of all citizens that Germany’s large utilities did well in the long term, writes Dieter Keller in an opinion piece for Südwest Presse. Bankrupt energy suppliers would result in even higher ...
  • “Quality of power supply on constantly high level”

    Extreme weather events in Germany led to a slight increase in power outages in 2015, according to the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA). The average outage per consumer rose to 12.7 minutes from 12.28 minutes in 2014. “The slight increase in supply ...
  • State secretary Baake – Last German lignite plant likely to be switched off between 2040 and 2045

    Germany will likely phase out power production from coal within the next 30 years, according to state secretary Rainer Baake. “When I look at the stakeholders’ positions, it seems to suggest that the last [coal] power station will likely go offline ...
  • “Dieselgate and its consequences”

    On the first anniversary of the Dieselgate scandal, it is clear that VW wants to use it as a chance for a fresh start, according to an article by news agency dpa. “The balance to date is a catastrophe. The formerly proud automaker is shaken to the core, ...
  • “Congested electricity”

    Robert Habeck, state Energiewende minister of Schleswig-Holstein, claims the federal government plans to limit wind power development in northern Germany due to lagging grid expansion by establishing “grid congestion zones”, while nuclear and coal-fired ...
  • “The German auto industry is finally (maybe) done with gas”

    German carmakers’ grand promises on going electric may be more about buying time than a complete shift of focus, writes Jack Stewart in Wired. A big part of the problem is that customers are not clamouring for electrics, while regulators around the world ...
  • “German carmakers swap horsepower for software”

    German carmakers are trying to prove they can re-invent the automobile, report Matthew Karnitschnig and Janosch Delcker in Politico. “With strong brands and deep pockets, German car companies argue they are perfectly placed to seize the opportunity to ...
  • “Car supplier reduces profit forecast”

    German automotive supplier Continental expects its 2017 profit to be significantly lower than the previous year. The drop is down to “potential expenditure for warranties and pending antitrust proceedings and the aftermath of three earthquakes in Japan as ...
  • “Piston seizure”

    The debate about banning new conventional car registrations in 2030 seems detached from technical obstacles, writes Holger Appel in a commentary for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Appel wonders how 40 million cars in Germany alone could be powered by ...
  • “This is how the population sees the Energiewende”

    A majority of the German population generally supports the Energiewende, but there are different “acceptance groups” to be made out, according to a report on a survey conducted in 2015 by the Universities of Stuttgart and Münster in cooperation with ...
  • Regional grid fees increase 10 percent on average

    The average German household (consumption of 3,500 kilowatt hours/year) will have to pay 23 euros more (10 percent) in 2017 for grid fees with their electricity bill, according to an analysis by renewable energy provider LichtBlick. “The grid fees for ...
  • “This is the future of the energy transition”

    Germany’s transition to an auction-based system to stabilise renewable development is the right way forward, writes David Wortmann, head of renewable consultancy DWR eco, in an op-ed in Wirtschaftswoche. But the government gets in the way of the planning ...
  • “NIMBYism, co-operatives and Germany’s energy transition”

    Exempting citizens’ energy projects from subsidy auctions for green power fed into the grid – laid out in the Renewable Energy Act reform – could ensure the continued presence of these small decentralised companies and thus the population’s support for ...
  • “A just energy transition is possible”

    The German Energiewende was expensive and unfair because the project was “poorly crafted”, according to an opinion piece by Richard Fuchs for Deutsche Welle. “The cheaper wind and solar power become, the more private electricity customers pay for power. ...
  • “Car industry: Why wait as long as 14 years?”

    It is sad to see politicians such as transport minister Alexander Dobrindt and Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer try to protect the car industry against calls for a ban on combustion engines from 2030, writes Annina Reimann in a commentary for ...
  • Online biomass atlas

    The German research centre for biomass (Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum, DBFZ) has developed an interactive online atlas to visualise national and regional potentials for biomass in the country. Researchers, investors and interested laypeople can use ...
  • Grid agency launches sixth PV auction

    The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has started the sixth round of auctions for large-scale ground-mounted PV arrays. It increased the auction volume to 160 megawatts because a number of winners from previous auctions said they would not realise their ...
  • 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, ...
  • Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe

    The FNR is a project financed by the Ministry for Agriculture. It coordinates research, development and demonstration projects on renewable raw materials. On its website the FNR provides news, data and charts on latest developments in the agricultural ...
  • Pao-Yu Oei

    Pao-Yu Oei has expertise in carbon capture and storage (CCS or CCTS), lignite mining in Germany, transboundary water allocation (river basin management), European electricity markets, economic modeling with the general algebraic modeling system (GAMS) and ...
  • Next Kraftwerke

    Next Kraftwerke is a power trader and operator of a large-scale Virtual Power Plant (VPP) in Germany. The VPP digitally links and bundles power production from renewable sources with power consuming units to achieve a smartly distributed supply and demand ...
  • Prognos

    Prognos is a consultancy firm that provides decision makers in political organisations, business and the public with studies and reports on (among other topics) the energy transition in Germany. They have a specialised unit for energy and climate ...
  • 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 ...
  • Sabine Minninger

    Sabine Minninger is a policy advisor on climate change with the German Protestant aid agency Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World), dealing with global warming and development issues. Since 2008 she has been following the UNFCCC process together with ...
  • 19 Mar 2017 |

    CLEW Journalism Network Workshop

    19- 23 Mar 2017 Berlin THE CLEW JOURNALISM NETWORK WORKSHOP- The challenges of global reporting on energy and climate policy- A special programme for CLEW alumni in parallel with the 3rd Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue CLEW media study tour participant ...
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        We are hiring: Join the CLEW team as journalism network manager (m/w/d)   Sven Egenter  heads the team as Editor in Chief and Executive Director. He covered the German, Swiss and British economies during his 12 years at Reuters, writing extensively ...
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