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  • 12 Oct 2015 |

    The challenges of Germany’s nuclear phase-out

    Managing the nuclear legacy – a project into the next century 12 Oct 2015 (Updates NPP map with new BfE data)-- The question is no longer whether Germany’s future will be nuclear-free – or even when, since the government is committed to completing the ...
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  • 27 May 2020 |

    High energy industry investments, but uncertainty for 2020/21 – report

    27 May 2020, 13:38 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Julian Wettengel Business & Jobs Utilities Clean Energy ...
  • High German household power prices show lagging grid expansion, need for taxes and levies reform

    Household power prices in Germany were the EU's highest in the second half of 2017, according to eurostat. Germans paid an average of 30.5 cents per kilowatt hour, followed by Denmark with 30.1 cents per kilowatt hour. The prices reflected that the ...
  • 02 Apr 2020 |

    German emissions covered by European trading drop 14 percent in 2019

    02 Apr 2020, 13:22 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire Germany’s 1,850 stationary facilities covered under the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) emitted about 363 million tonnes of CO₂ equivalents (CO₂eq) in 2019, a drop of ...
  • 24 Sep 2019 |

    Merkel's commitment to climate neutrality by 2050 at UN summit not enough – critics

    24 Sep 2019, 13:45 Expert E3G- Third generation enviromentalism European non profit organisation for policy transformation Climate & CO2 Finance Policy Expert Germanwatch Climate & CO2 Expert Oxfam Germany COP21 Climate & CO2 Use Teaser Image ...
  • 18 Feb 2016

    'Europe needs more industry' / RWE dividend cut hits German towns

    18 Feb 2016 (All day) Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) "Gabriel: Europe needs more industry” Europe’s aim to increase the share of manufacturing in gross domestic product (GDP) to 20 percent by 2020 should be given the same ...
  • 06 Feb 2019 |

    Germany must take new climate measures "urgently"- environment minister

    06 Feb 2019, 13:38 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages ...
  • 19 Sep 2019 |

    German government faces 11th hour talks over climate action

    19 Sep 2019, 13:37 Germany's governing parties are heading into the final talks over what finance minister Olaf Scholz has said must be a "big and convincing step for climate action." But CO₂ pricing and a proposed major framework climate ...
  • 25 Feb 2020 |

    Economy ministry blocks ban on German nuclear fuel rod exports

    25 Feb 2020, 13:28 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Freja Eriksen Nuclear phase-out Tageszeitung (taz) The German economy ...
  • 25 Oct 2019 |

    Opposition lambasts climate plans as parliamentary process kicks off

    25 Oct 2019, 14:20 Opposition parties have strongly criticised the German government coalition’s climate policy package in a first parliamentary debate on key legislative elements, such as the planned major climate action law. The first reading in the ...
  • Germany briefly becomes power importer as CO2 price rises

    A rising CO 2 price and low market prices for electricity have led coal plant operators in Germany to throttle down their power production during the Pentecost public holiday, causing a short period of net power imports in the country that usually ...
  • 07 Oct 2015 |

    COP21 Interview: EU must speak with one voice

    07 Oct 2015 (All day) The final negotiations about a global climate treaty in Paris are just weeks away. What is the German perspective on an international climate agreement and what has the energy transition (Energiewende) got to do with it? The Clean ...
  • 17 May 2018 |

    German unions call for 'just Energiewende,' fear carmaker job losses

    17 May 2018 (All day) Germany must ensure a "just Energiewende" by making sure the project remains affordable for all and provides high quality jobs, according to the 6 million-member trade union group DGB. The unions back Germany’s climate ...
  • 12 Mar 2020 |

    Bavarian researchers develop new method for brewing climate-friendly beer

    12 Mar 2020, 13:59 Sören Amelang Technology Society Die Welt Researchers in Bavaria have invented a new method to slash the carbon emissions of smaller breweries, reports Norbert Lossau in die Welt. An innovative technology developed at the University of ...
  • Reactions to climate & energy policy in parties' coalition blueprint

    15 Jan 2018 (All day) The parties currently in talks to form Germany’s next government have agreed to speed up the roll-out of renewable energies and start the phase-out of coal-fired power generation. Contrary to a draft leaked earlier this week, the ...
  • Solar and wind expansion could save German society costs- analysis

    15 Oct 2019, 12:24 Expert FÖS- Green Budget Germany Forum Ökologisch-Soziale Marktwirtschaft Energiewende Cost & Prices Expert Greenpeace Energy Green energy provider Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Renewables Utilities Use Teaser Image as ...
  • 25 Feb 2020 |

    Search is on for new “expert council” to monitor German emissions cuts

    25 Feb 2020, 13:38 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Business & Jobs Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Electricity market Expert Claudia Kemfert German Institute for Economic ...
  • 19 Feb 2019 |

    Researchers use eggshells in energy storage device

    19 Feb 2019, 13:39 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Clean Energy Wire CLEW Technology Electricity storage is next feat for Germany’s energy transition German power grid operators plan gigantic batteries to ease grid ...
  • German scientists call for changes in energy policy due to negative power prices

    Scientists of the Technical University of Dresden are calling for a “readjustment” of Germany’s energy policy as power prices are turning negative due to the expansion of renewable energy sources and persisting nuclear and fossil power generation capacity ...
  • “The Energiewende is a big democratic project”

    26 Mar 2015 (All day) Encouraged by federal legislation such as the Renewable Energy Act, the governments of many German states have worked hard to make the Energiewende a success, as well as a business opportunity for their citizens. Others have been ...
  • Agreement with EU Commission clears way for German power market reform

    30 Aug 2016 (All day) The German government and the EU Commission have reached an agreement on state-aid related aspects of the country’s new power market law and other energy policy issues, clearing the way for the “most important reform” since the ...
  • SPD parliamentarian calls for speedy reform of renewable energy levy that includes CO2 pricing scheme

    Bernd Westphal, energy policy spokesperson for Germany’s centre-left SPD party, is calling for a speedy reform of the costs related to the country’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG) and electricity levy system, Focus Online writes, citing a report by dpa. ...
  • 22 Apr 2016

    Record CO2 levels / 'TTIP destroys climate achievements'

    22 Apr 2016 (All day) UBA Record high CO2 measurements in Germany Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) has measured the highest annual CO2 concentrations ever in 2015. In its research stations on the Zugspitze (Germany’s highest mountain) in Bavaria ...
  • 10 Mar 2020 |

    Coronavirus impact could undermine aviation’s commitment to climate goals

    10 Mar 2020, 13:11 Rachel Waldholz Transport Der Spiegel The steep drop in air travel caused by the coronavirus outbreak is reducing carbon emissions in the short-term, but the economic hit could undermine the aviation industry’s commitment to longer term ...
  • 22 May 2020 |

    Hard coal alliance proposes runtime extension for 'reserve' under Germany's phase-out- report

    22 May 2020, 14:04 Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland An alliance of hard coal plant operators plans to achieve an expansion of the runtime of Germany's seven most modern hard coal plants by ...
  • German utilities support coronavirus rescue package but warn of growing impacts

    30 Mar 2020, 14:03 BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Read more about BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries f.eriksen Electricity market Utilities ...
  • German coal exit timetable to be settled in last minute talks

    23 Jan 2019, 18:16 Germany’s detailed coal exit path and the end-date to coal-fired power generation remain unknown only days before a highly anticipated phase-out proposal is due to be published. A leaked draft of the final report of the country’s coal ...
  • 12 May 2020 |

    Share of coal in German public power supply down to 16 percent in April

    12 May 2020, 13:19 Expert Fraunhofer ISE Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme Renewables Freja Eriksen Coal Tagesspiegel Background / Clean Energy Wire Coal's share in Germany's net public power production fell to around 16 percent in ...
  • Energy-intensive companies depend on competitive power prices

    Energy-intensive companies in Germany need competitive power prices to survive in the global market, Angela Hennersdorf writes for WirtschaftsWoche Online. Energy costs were among the main cost factors for companies such as metal provider Aurubis, ...
  • Most consumers favour competitive electricity market, blame green energy levy for rising prices

    German consumers overwhelmingly support an open and competitive electricity market, while many blame the country’s green energy levy and additional taxes for rising electricity costs, Kathrin Witsch writes in Handelsblatt, citing a survey conducted by ...
  • 24 Apr 2020 |

    Income from German renewables levy set to fall significantly due to coronavirus – analysis

    24 Apr 2020, 13:49 Freja Eriksen Renewables EEG2016 | Law Clean Energy Wire The coronavirus crisis is set to have a significant impact on income from the German renewables' levy as power demand falls, consultancy enplify writes in an  analysis. ...
  • Wholesale power prices relatively low in Germany – analysis

    Wholesale power prices in Germany were comparatively low in 2017, grid operator TenneT says in a press release. Especially during the winter months, average prices in Germany and the Netherlands were much lower than in France and Belgium, TenneT reports, ...
  • In 2017, Germany spent less on renewables as prices fell, auction uncertainty weighs

    As global new investment in renewable energies grew in 2017, Germany spent less on new renewable installations because the costs of offshore wind power have dropped, and the shift to auctions for onshore wind has created uncertainty, according to a report ...
  • Court ruling in favour of Germany’s grid operators dashes hopes for lower power prices

    Under a ruling by a regional court in Germany in favour of the country’s grid operators, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) cannot  cut the guaranteed rate of return  on power and natural gas grids, meaning that customers’ hopes for lower power prices ...
  • 22 Jan 2020 |

    Former coal commission members say German government breached landmark exit compromise

    22 Jan 2020, 11:28 The German coal exit commission 's compromise reached in early 2019 was hailed as a breakthrough for cooperation between industry representatives, policymakers and environmental groups, as it outlined how to phase-out the fossil ...
  • 23 Apr 2020 |

    Mercedes-Benz gives up on fuel cell cars – report

    23 Apr 2020, 13:46 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Cars Transport Expert Daimler AG Business & Jobs Cars Transport Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Sören Amelang Cars Technology ntv / electrek Daimler subsidiary Mercedes ...
  • German economy heading for deep slump and lower emissions due to coronavirus

    20 Mar 2020, 15:00 The economic crisis caused by the new coronavirus will sharply slow economic activity and the associated greenhouse gas emissions in Germany. The extremely wide range of current economic forecasts is making detailed predictions for CO2 ...
  • 06 Jun 2019 |

    Germany launches sustainable finance council to leverage climate action

    06 Jun 2019, 14:16 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Finance Clean Energy Wire The new advisory council on sustainable finance established by Germany’s government has held its first meeting to ...
  • New econ min Altmaier wants lower power prices for small businesses

    Germany’s new minister for the economy and energy, Peter Altmaier, wants to lower power prices for small and middle-sized companies. In an interview with Handelsblatt, Altmaier says companies that do not benefit from rebates for energy-intensive ...
  • 17 Mar 2020 |

    Nine-year completion time illustrates struggle of Germany's wind farms

    17 Mar 2020, 14:24 Benjamin Wehrmann Wind Aachener Zeitung The case of a new wind farm in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia that took nine years to complete illustrates the difficulties project developers across the country face when trying to ...
  • 17 Mar 2020 |

    Energy and industry companies team up to launch Germany's first hydrogen network

    17 Mar 2020, 14:28 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Industry Clean Energy Wire Germany's largest energy company RWE, together with oil company BP, chemicals producer Evonik and gas grid ...
  • 17 Jan 2020 |

    Government, mining states, utilities fix path for Germany's coal phase-out

    17 Jan 2020, 12:39 The German government, its coal mining states and several major utilities have agreed on a roadmap for shutting down the country's lignite-fired power plants and on compensation payments for operators. Many analysts and ...
  • 19 May 2015 |

    Merkel and Hollande urge ambitious push for climate agreement

    19 May 2015 (All day) German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande have thrown their weight behind an ambitious and urgent push to make the Paris climate summit a success. The international community must start work now in order ...
  • 30 Apr 2020 |

    EU Green Deal must be at centre of coronavirus recovery – climate experts

    30 Apr 2020, 12:36 Expert PIK- The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Climate & CO2 Julian Wettengel Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire The European Green Deal presents an ideal foundation for the economic recovery after the coronavirus ...
  • 07 Nov 2019 |

    Saxony's state premier says climate package 'discriminates against people in Germany'

    07 Nov 2019, 14:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Focus Online The premier of the eastern German state of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer, has criticised the federal government's ...
  • 27 Nov 2019 |

    NRW state premier urges quick adoption of coal exit law, defends new coal plant commissioning

    27 Nov 2019, 14:01 Expert Uniper SE Uniper SE Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Rheinische Post The German government must fast-track legislation for the country's coal power phase-out, Armin ...
  • 16 May 2019 |

    Merkel says financial markets must change to better support climate action

    16 May 2019, 13:59 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Finance Clean Energy Wire Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel says the need for a reform of financial markets along sustainability criteria is one ...
  • 20 Apr 2020 |

    European power production may cause 20 pct fewer emissions due to coronavirus – analysis

    20 Apr 2020, 13:39 Freja Eriksen Electricity market Clean Energy Wire European CO2 emissions from power production could fall by 15 to 20 percent as a result of lower demand on electricity due to the coronavirus, says an analysis by DNV GL, an independent ...
  • Some countries will wait out US elections before deciding on climate targets – policy expert

    11 Mar 2020, 13:26 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire Some countries are likely to wait and see whether U.S. President Donald Trump wins another four years in office in November before committing to stepping up their ...
  • 06 Mar 2020 |

    Banks say German sustainable finance report impractical, insist on EU rules

    06 Mar 2020, 14:06 Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Clean Energy Wire Germany's banks say the country should push for EU-wide rules on sustainable finance, instead of creating its own "counterproductive" framework. In reaction to the first interim ...
  • Higher prices in auctions reflect real market value, says BWE

    The rise in prices in Germany’s latest onshore wind power auction is an “approximation to the real market value” of the technology, the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) says in a press release. Previous auctions were characterised by “massive ...
  • Germany needs binding CO₂ price in all sectors - E.ON head

    The country needs a “sustainable and binding” CO₂ price in all sectors, including transport and heating, to correct mistakes in Germany’s energy tax and levy system, CEO of utility E.ON Johannes Teyssen told Die Welt in an interview. “With this, many ...
  • Shorter implementation period pushes up prices in German onshore wind power auction

    A shorter implementation period has led to a rise of the average price offered in Germany’s latest auction for onshore wind power installations, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) says in a press release. The increase to 4.6 eurocents per kilowatt hour ...
  • 30 Dax listed companies want global CO2 price – report

    Large German companies have criticised the coalition agreement between Social Democrats and the conservative CDU/CSU for being too weak on climate action, Handelsblatt reports. A survey among Germany’s 30 Dax-listed companies also shows they support a ...
  • 19 Sep 2019 |

    E-mobility and wind power auctions suffer from flawed competition – German Monopolies Commission

    19 Sep 2019, 13:19 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Wind Cars Clean Energy Wire The German Monopolies Commission has warned that the breakthrough of electric cars and the expansion of onshore wind power in the ...
  • 29 Apr 2020 |

    German KfW bank reports climate risks for first time

    29 Apr 2020, 13:13 Expert KfW Bank KfW- government-owned financing institution Fossil fuels Finance Efficiency Julian Wettengel Finance Clean Energy Wire German state-owned KfW Development Bank has for the first time reported on possible risks its ...
  • 02 Jun 2016 |

    Wind development has to wait for grid expansion

    02 Jun 2016 (All day) The latest reform of Germany’s renewable energy law is taking shape – on Tuesday the federal government and the heads of the 16 states reached an agreement on essential aspects of a reformed bill, such as the amount of onshore wind ...
  • 08 Jan 2020 |

    Germany's emission cut is “joyful but clouded New Year’s message” – commentaries

    08 Jan 2020, 12:31 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire German media have commented on the news that a sharp drop in coal use put a break on Germany's CO2 emissions last year and pushed the country "surprisingly” close to its ...
  • CO2 price reduces emissions and supports growth – study

    Introducing a CO 2 price would not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions but also the returns on investments into fossil fuel energy sources, leading to increased investment in technology, research and development in other sectors, the Mercator Research ...
  • 26 May 2020 |

    CO₂ removal necessary to reach EU climate neutrality 2050 – study

    26 May 2020, 12:43 Expert SWP- German Institute for International and Security Affairs Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik G20 International Policy Security Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire An active removal of several hundred million ...
  • 24 Feb 2020 |

    Deutsche Bahn wants to go green but is tied to coal

    24 Feb 2020, 13:42 Rachel Waldholz Coal Transport Zeit Online The state-owned German railway Deutsche Bahn has tried to distinguish its service in recent years as a climate-friendly form of transit, highlighting its reliance on renewable power. But a 2007 ...
  • “Fridays for Future” strikes have expanded far beyond just students- study

    27 Feb 2020, 14:15 Rachel Waldholz Society Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire / Der Spiegel Germany’s Fridays for Future climate strikes expanded over the course of 2019 as older protesters joined what began as a younger – and majority female- ...
  • Bolsonaro says Brazil “doesn't need” Amazon aid as German government debates cuts

    13 Aug 2019, 13:43 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages ...
  • German households pay highest power prices in Europe

    Private German consumers pay the highest power prices in Europe, strom-report.de reports, alongside Denmark – formerly the country with the highest consumer electricity bills. With an average price of 30.5 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), Germans pay about ...
  • 19 Jun 2015

    In the media: Pope's climate message a "wake-up call" for fossil fuels

    19 Jun 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) “The environment encyclical is a historic event” The Pope’s environment encyclical “ Laudato si ” could have a big climate impact on climate politics in Poland, Latin America, parts of Africa, the ...
  • Negative power prices “a cause for celebration” – opinion

    The fact that power prices in Germany occasionally turn negative and lead power producers to pay their customers for absorbing excess electricity should be no cause for concern but rather for celebration, energy think tank Agora Energiewende’s* head, ...
  • 17 Dec 2018 |

    COP24 reactions from Germany: “A victory for multilateralism”

    17 Dec 2018, 10:11 Nearly 200 nations agreed on a rulebook for implementing the landmark 2015 Paris Climate Agreement at the UN climate change conference COP24 in Katowice, Poland. The deal on climate action rules was immediately hailed as a victory for ...
  • 25 Sep 2015

    In the media: CO2 emissions from cars; citizens' energy pushed out?

    25 Sep 2015 (All day) Spiegel Online “Exhaust affair: VW tricks increase doubts about climate calculations” Car manufacturers are not only using tricks to stay under nitrogen oxide thresholds in tests but also to reduce fuel consumption and thereby CO2 ...
  • 28 May 2020 |
    Gas

    German Social Democrats say EU hydrogen production ideal case for coronavirus recovery project

    28 May 2020, 12:29 Expert SPD- Social Democratic Party Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Clean Energy Wire A coordinated European green hydrogen production infrastructure is a prime example for possible EU ...
  • 29 Apr 2020 |

    Biomass auction significantly undersubscribed, industry worries over climate targets

    29 Apr 2020, 13:15 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway Bundesnetzagentur Cost & Prices Electricity market Grid Expert German Biogas Association Fachverband Biogas e.V. Business & Jobs Citizens& ...
  • Slowing economy causes sizable German energy use decrease in first quarter 2020

    28 May 2020, 17:30 A slowing economy and mild weather lowered Germany's energy demand significantly in the first quarter of 2020. Latest data also confirmed that renewable energy sources accounted for more than half of the electricity fed into ...
  • “German industry cannot complain about power prices” – commentary

    Dieter Kempf, the president of Germany’s largest industry federation BDI,  has warned that national climate policies might increase power prices and prompt companies to relocate production abroad, Thorsten Knuf says in a commentary for the Frankfurter ...
  • Germany chalks up major power export profits despite negative prices

    Power exports at negative prices are a growing phenomenon in Germany but the country still makes a substantial profit by selling excess electricity abroad, Malte Kreutzfeldt writes in the Tageszeitung (taz). In 2017, Germany exported power worth 3.3 ...
  • 27 Mar 2020 |

    Finnish utility Fortum takes majority stake in Uniper, pledges commitment to energy transition

    27 Mar 2020, 13:59 Expert Uniper SE Uniper SE Utilities Rachel Waldholz Utilities Clean Energy Wire / Handelsblatt Finnish state-owned utility Fortum has officially completed its purchase of a majority stake in German utility company Uniper, the company ...
  • 18 Sep 2019 |

    German government presents blockchain strategy with focus on energy sector

    18 Sep 2019, 12:24 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian ...
  • 27 Feb 2020 |

    Law firm calls German coal exit law 'unconstitutional,' Greens push for earlier plant closures

    27 Feb 2020, 14:10 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Expert STEAG Electricity generator Fossil fuels Utilities Freja Eriksen Coal Welt / Tagesspiegel Background A legal opinion by the energy law firm Rosin Büdenbender ...
  • Citizens’ energy projects dominate first onshore wind power auction

    19 May 2017 (All day) The dominance of citizens’ energy projects among the successful bids in Germany’s first onshore wind power auctions comes as a big surprise for industry observers. Not only did citizen cooperatives account for the bulk of accepted ...
  • 14 Apr 2020 |

    Industry proposes changes to renewables act to avoid levy payments – media

    14 Apr 2020, 14:26 Freja Eriksen EEG2016 | Law Der Spiegel Industry actors in Germany have proposed changes to the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) that would help them avoid possible lawsuits over failures to pay the renewables surcharge,  writes Frank Dohmen ...
  • 06 Sep 2019 |

    German companies to play “major role” in second European battery cell production project

    06 Sep 2019, 13:27 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen ...
  • 20 May 2020 |

    'Bee power' contracts seek to make Germany's bioenergy crops more sustainable

    20 May 2020, 13:36 Benjamin Wehrmann Bioenergy Agriculture Tageszeitung (taz) Power suppliers in Germany have begun offering "bee power" contracts that charge customers one additional cent per kilowatt hour to help preserve the industrious ...
  • Merkel aims for balanced budget in fight against climate change

    13 Aug 2019, 13:42 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire / Spiegel Online German Chancellor Angela Merkel "stands by the objective of a balanced budget", her ...
  • 13 May 2020 |

    German grid agency increases incentive for market players to balance power grid

    13 May 2020, 13:21 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway Bundesnetzagentur Cost & Prices Electricity market Grid Freja Eriksen Electricity market Grid Clean Energy Wire Following severe strains on the ...
  • Germany's environment minister says closure of French nuclear plant makes Germany safer

    21 Feb 2020, 14:06 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Nuclear phase-out International Clean ...
  • 06 Apr 2020 |

    March marks record e-car month in Germany with over 10,000 new registrations

    06 Apr 2020, 12:37 Expert BAFA- Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle Renewables Fossil fuels Expert Federal Motor Transport Authority Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt Cars Transport Julian Wettengel Cars ...
  • 12 Mar 2019 |

    Germany should make its energy policy fully European to improve it – DIHK head

    12 Mar 2019, 14:01 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Grid Industrial policy International ...
  • Emission cap faces legal challenge, utility resistance

    24 Mar 2015 (All day) German utilities say plans to cut 22 millions tonnes of CO2 emissions from the energy sector by demanding additional emissions trading allowances from older power plants amount to an exit plan for the brown coal industry. But despite ...
  • CO₂ price would support switch from lignite to gas

    Germany could reduce its power generation from lignite by more than 80 percent and cut related high emissions if it stopped electricity exports and largely replaced lignite-based power with electricity from existing modern gas and hard coal plants, Bruno ...
  • German financial sector expects EU standards to boost green finance

    25 Sep 2018, 14:33 Europe needs a common standard for sustainable finance and investment regulation to ensure that the financial sector contributes to the transition to a low-carbon economy, financial industry representatives said at a green finance ...
  • 27 Aug 2019 |

    Germany and US on par in coal phase-out ranking

    27 Aug 2019, 13:22 Expert EWI- Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne Energiewirtschaftliches Institut an der Universität zu Köln Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Electricity market International Expert KfW Bank KfW- government ...
  • Blog: Energy firms discuss their role in key year for German energy transition

    22 Jan 2019, 12:46 The top brass from energy companies, regulators, ministries and political parties gather in Berlin to discuss the challenges of the energy transition at the Handelsblatt energy conference, the traditional annual kick-off for the sector. ...
  • Consumer prices for rail passengers and car users grow further apart

    Train ticket prices are increasing faster than the cost of using cars for passenger transport, Allianz pro Schiene (Pro-Rail Alliance) has calculated from data collected by Germany’s statistical office. While the costs of driving a car have remained ...
  • German household power prices rise by 3 percent in 2017

    German household power prices rose by an average of 3 percent in 2017, price comparison website check24.de says in a press release. “Power customers on average pay 1,426 euros for 5,000 kilowatt hours. At the beginning of the year, the price was 1,387 ...
  • Germany to retain uniform power price zone

    The German power market will not be split into two separate price zones, Germany’s council of federal state governments, the Bundesrat, has said in a press release. The council greenlighted a legal ordinance by the acting federal government that prevents ...
  • Preview2019- BUND: Germany's energy policy will change substantially

    07 Jan 2019, 09:30 The impending phase-out plan for coal power in Germany will have a profound impact on the country's entire energy policy, says Antje von Broock of environmental organisation Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND). The NGO is a member ...
  • Five EU countries want to “examine” the option of a CO2 price

    France, the UK, Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany announced at the One Planet Summit in Paris on Tuesday that they would “examine or introduce” an effective CO 2 price in "relevant sectors," according to a  press release from the German ...
  • Germany’s roadmap to CO2-neutrality delayed amid industry objections

    24 Jun 2016 (All day) Germany’s first roadmap for decarbonisation by the middle of the century has been delayed amid industry fears that tough climate targets would endanger the country’s economic competitiveness and growth. The Environment Ministry in ...
  • 05 Jul 2019 |

    Lignite plants have become "marginalised" in Germany- media

    05 Jul 2019, 14:01 Expert Agora Energiewende Think tank on German energy policy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende International Expert EnBW EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG Business & Jobs Electricity market Utilities Use Teaser Image ...
  • Chemical industry celebrates “good year” but warns of rising energy prices

    The chemical industry has had “a good year without limitations” in 2017 but says that further increases in energy prices continue to pose a risk for Germany’s third largest industry branch, the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) says in a press ...
  • Wind power price drop squeezes industry profits

    The spectacular price drop in Germany’s auctions for wind energy spells trouble for the industry, write John Blau and Franz Hubik for Handelsblatt Global. “We are going through turbulent times; there will be some upheavals in our industry,” Hans-Dieter ...
  • EU and Germany hold pivotal role to drive global climate ambition 2020

    07 Jan 2020, 11:30 Preview 2020: European climate diplomats are facing a busy 2020, and Germany looks set to play a key role as it holds the EU Council presidency in the second half of the year. After the UN climate conference in Madrid left many ...
  • 11 Nov 2019 |
    G20

    G20 need more ambitious climate strategies – report

    11 Nov 2019, 08:07 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel G20 Clean Energy Wire No G20 country has a climate strategy in line with the Paris Agreement’s ambitious end of its main target- to limit global warming to 1.5°C- ...
  • Power prices in Germany often higher than necessary

    Many electricity suppliers in Germany will not lower their prices in 2018, even though falling wholesale power prices and grid fees mean they have leeway to do so, Thomas Öchsner reports for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Germany’s average 2017 power price was ...
  • 09 Dec 2019 |

    Germany will cancel EU ETS allowances in framework of coal exit – state sec

    09 Dec 2019, 12:55 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Clean Energy Wire / Carbon Pulse ...
  • 18 May 2020 |

    Germany weighs higher e-car support payments as local carmakers drag feet

    18 May 2020, 14:13 Edgar Meza Cars Business & Jobs Der Spiegel The German government is weighing an 11,000 euro subsidy for electric cars in a bid to help the country’s hard-hit auto industry in the coronavirus crisis, even though the sector is having ...
  • 11 Dec 2019 |

    Germany hesitates on support for European green finance taxonomy

    11 Dec 2019, 12:59 Freja Eriksen Finance Süddeutsche Zeitung Germany is wavering at the last minute to make a decision on whether to support an EU taxonomy for green financial activities that aims to identify the investments that will be regarded as ...
  • 13 Jan 2020 |

    Successful decarbonisation in Germany also hinges on labour unions' support – Merkel

    13 Jan 2020, 13:54 Expert German Trade Union Association Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund Bundesvorstand Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Benjamin Wehrmann Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire Labour unions are necessary for organising the collective ...
  • 27 Mar 2020 |

    German carmakers among thousands of companies halting production, employing 'short-time' work

    27 Mar 2020, 13:49 Expert Daimler AG Business & Jobs Cars Transport Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Benjamin Wehrmann Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire / Erneuerbare Energien Germany's largest carmaker, VW, has extended the suspension of ...
  • 12 Dec 2019 |

    Reactions to EU's Green Deal from Germany

    12 Dec 2019, 16:06 The European Union’s new executive has presented its highly anticipated Green Deal to tackle climate change. The policy package  commits the EU to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. The Clean Energy Wire presents reactions to the ...
  • 08 Jan 2020 |

    Huge state investments needed to hedge against Germany's decarbonisation – economists

    08 Jan 2020, 12:30 Julian Wettengel Industry Clean Energy Wire Decarbonising Germany’s economy while safeguarding the country’s prosperity will require "massive" investments by the state, for example in infrastructure, write economists at the ...
  • 11 May 2020 |

    Members of Germany's ruling parties call for rapid increase in green hydrogen production

    11 May 2020, 13:44 Edgar Meza Gas Technology Handelsblatt/Energate Messenger German research minister Anja Karliczek, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU party, is pushing for a prompt government decision on a national hydrogen ...
  • 27 May 2020 |

    Costs of stabilising German power grid fall again in 2019

    27 May 2020, 13:32 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway Bundesnetzagentur Cost & Prices Electricity market Grid Freja Eriksen Grid Clean Energy Wire Costs of stabilising the German power grid ...
  • Storm-induced negative power prices “show Energiewende’s madness”

    The storm “Herwart” that hit Germany on the last weekend in October caused power prices to turn negative due to an excessive supply of wind power, thereby exposing “the glaring malfunction” of the country’s energy transition, Nando Sommerfeldt and Holger ...
  • 12 May 2020 |

    Floating solar park ideal future use for Hambach coal mine – researcher

    12 May 2020, 13:09 Edgar Meza Coal Solar Plans by Swiss technology company and solar panel manufacturer Meyer Burger to supply panels for a 10 gigawatt (GW) floating solar plant on a lake to be left behind by the future closure of the Hambach coal mine is ...
  • 27 May 2020 |

    German media divided on Lufthansa rescue package

    27 May 2020, 13:44 Julian Wettengel Transport Green stimulus Clean Energy Wire While some media commentators welcome the deal to rescue Germany’s national airline Lufthansa and say a lack of concrete sustainability criteria is justified, others write that ...
  • German hard coal imports may fall 10 percent in 2019 as renewables rise – importers’ group

    22 Jul 2019, 13:54 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Coal Renewables Cost & Prices Reuters Coal importers’ group VDKi expects Germany to import 10 percent less hard coal this year than in 2018. VDKi  forecasts hard ...
  • Next German government must break “vicious cycle” of energy prices

    The four parties that currently negotiate whether to form Germany’s next coalition government must adopt a programme designed to break the “vicious cycle” of energy prices, Michael Bauchmüller writes in an op-ed for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. A drop in ...
  • 18 Nov 2015

    Taking stock of the Energiewende / Resistance to smart meters

    18 Nov 2015 (All day) Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) Balance Sheet of Energiewende Germany has published an assessment of its national climate protection efforts. The government says Germany is making “good progress” with its ...
  • 26 May 2020 |

    Emissions fraud compensation ruling marks black day for Volkswagen- German media

    26 May 2020, 12:45 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport David Reay Cars Hessische Niedersächsische Allgemeine / NZZ / Mitteldeutsche Zeitung Volkswagen lost a key legal battle in the long-running Dieselgate scandal on 25 May when a court ordered that a ...
  • No EU country on track for 2030 climate goal, Germany ranks second to last – report

    16 May 2019, 13:57 Expert Ecologic Institute Energiewende International Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire The current emissions reduction and energy transition ...
  • 01 Apr 2020 |

    Germany's solar installations rise to 50GW, approach cap of 52GW

    01 Apr 2020, 15:12 Sören Amelang Renewables Solar pv magazine The combined capacity of Germany's solar pv installations rose to almost 50 gigawatts (GW) in February, further approaching the controversial government cap of 52 gigawatts,  reports ...
  • 05 Jan 2016

    Renewables growth in 2015- 'normal' slowing or year of 'disillusionment'?

    05 Jan 2016 (All day) dpa/Frankfurter Rundschau “Growth of wind power sluggish in 2015” 2015 will enter the history of German renewables as a year of disillusionment, according to a report by press agency dpa. Especially the growth of onshore wind slowed ...
  • 15 Oct 2014

    Germany's energy transition in the media on 15 October

    15 Oct 2014 (All day) The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy "State Secretary Baake: 'Target triad for 2030 is the most cost-efficient and effective route to decarbonising Europe's energy system'" Ahead of the EU ...
  • RWE share price falls in light of potential Green government participation

    The prospect of a new government coalition in Germany that would include the Green Party resulted in a drop in utility RWE’s share price of more than five percent on Monday, making the energy company that operates many coal-fired power plants the biggest ...
  • 14 Nov 2016 |

    Reactions to Germany's Climate Action Plan 2050

    14 Nov 2016 (All day) After a public consultation process of over a year and months of political wrangling, the German government agreed on a climate action plan 2050. While this roadmap to a nearly carbon-emission free economy contains detailed targets ...
  • 08 Oct 2019 |

    Hamburg and Fukushima to cooperate on wind power and hydrogen production

    08 Oct 2019, 14:20 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Renewables International Clean Energy Wire The German city of Hamburg and Japanese prefecture of Fukushima want to strengthen their cooperation within the development ...
  • Industry reacts to CO₂ price proposals ahead of coalition talks

    Ahead of the government coalition talks, industry representatives have voiced concern over recent proposals on CO₂ pricing by German experts or French President Emmanuel Macron, writes Andreas Mihm in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “The German industry ...
  • 26 Sep 2019 |

    Germany's climate package will be “major legislative task” – energy agency

    26 Sep 2019, 13:56 Expert dena- German Energy Agency Deutsche Energie-Agentur Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Efficiency Grid Technology Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire The ...
  • Monopolies Commission calls for replacing renewables support with CO2 price

    Germany's Monopolies Commission, which advises the government on competition policies, is calling for a shift from renewables support to a price on CO2 emissions to finance the country's energy transition. In a new report on the electricity and ...
  • Household power prices at record high

    The annual electricity cost for an average German household reached a record high in September, reports Christian Siedenbiedel based on data by price comparison websites Verivox and Check24. A four-person household consuming 5,000 kilowatt-hours per year ...
  • 09 Apr 2020 |

    German environment agency calls for increasing e-car recycling capacities

    09 Apr 2020, 13:53 Expert KIT- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Karlsruher Institut für Technologie Technology Renewables EEG 2.0 | Law Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Sören Amelang Cars dpa ...
  • 01 Aug 2019 |

    German government puts focus on green hydrogen for energy transition – media

    01 Aug 2019, 12:30 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian ...
  • Minister promises stability for troubled German wind power sector

    16 Aug 2018, 16:59 While touring critical power grid projects in northern Germany, energy minister Peter Altmaier also faced a troubled wind industry that fears its golden years in the country are over. Under pressure from workers and local politicians, ...
  • 03 Apr 2019 |

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

    03 Apr 2019, 12:26 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire The German government says the jury is still out on the question whether the operators of coal plants are eligible for ...
  • 23 Mar 2020 |

    Sector coupling projects threatened by regulatory strains – Bundesrat committee

    23 Mar 2020, 14:01 Expert IKEM- Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility Institut für Klimaschutz, Energie und Mobilität Climate & CO2 Renewables Transport Freja Eriksen Renewables Policy Clean Energy Wire Up to 100 projects in the field ...
  • “Renewables association wants CO₂ price in heating sector”

    The German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) proposes to introduce a CO₂ price for energy consumption in heating, writes Dagmar Dehmer in an article in Tagesspiegel. According to a study, carried out by consultancy Prognos, the levy of 25 euros per tonne ...
  • “Daimler's shift has its price

    While Daimler touts its shift to electric mobility at the IAA motor show in Frankfurt, the carmaker has made it clear to investors that the move will be a costly one, Susanne Preuss reports for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Daimler’s profits are ...
  • 13 May 2020 |

    Survey reveals brighter outlook in German wind power industry

    13 May 2020, 13:32 David Reay Clean Energy Wire CLEW Wind Business & Jobs Business confidence within the German wind power industry has reversed its downward trend for the first time in two years. While still in negative territory, market sentiment in ...
  • 07 Jan 2020 |

    Transport and heating tarnish Germany's emission cuts in 2019 – researchers

    07 Jan 2020, 16:05 A sharp drop in coal use put a break on Germany's CO2 emissions last year and pushed the country "surprisingly” close to its 2020 climate target, writes energy think tank Agora Energiewende in its 2019 review. But a rising CO2 ...
  • Government must come clean on climate action costs – opinion

    09 Jul 2019, 12:43 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices Süddeutsche Zeitung Germany’s federal government “should finally come clean” and tell citizens that climate action on the ...
  • 12 May 2020 |

    Across-the-board car buyer premium is “sweet poison” for industry – think tanks

    12 May 2020, 12:50 Expert Agora Energiewende Think tank on German energy policy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende International Expert Agora Verkehrswende Think tank on energy transition in the transport sector Cars Transport Sören Amelang ...
  • 20 Mar 2020 |

    Climate should not become pawn in the coronavirus crisis – environment state sec

    20 Mar 2020, 13:53 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 dpa Climate and the ...
  • 28 Feb 2019 |

    Focus on large-scale solar plants could cut Energiewende costs and land use – study

    28 Feb 2019, 14:09 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Solar Cost & Prices Greater emphasis on large-scale solar power plants built on open land could cut the costs of Germany’s energy transition by up to 3.5 ...
  • 06 Feb 2020 |

    German Naturstrom to sell power from support-free solar parks

    06 Feb 2020, 12:48 Expert EnBW EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG Business & Jobs Electricity market Utilities Freja Eriksen Solar Clean Energy Wire / Handelsblatt Green energy provider Naturstrom has said it will provide households directly with power ...
  • 09 Apr 2020 |
    Gas

    German strategy should not bet on hydrogen made with renewables alone – Uniper CEO

    09 Apr 2020, 13:58 Expert Uniper SE Uniper SE Utilities Sören Amelang Gas Tagesspiegel Background Germany should not focus exclusively on "green hydrogen" made with renewable electricity in its highly anticipated strategy for creating a hydrogen ...
  • 15 May 2020 |

    German economy at risk from climate change impacts abroad- study

    15 May 2020, 14:20 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Edgar Meza Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire The effects of climate change outside of Europe pose a much larger risk to Germany's ...
  • 23 Mar 2020 |

    Industry production stops set to slash Germany's energy demand

    23 Mar 2020, 13:53 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Industry Clean Energy ...
  • State will have to spend “several billions of euros” to support coal regions – finance minister

    30 Nov 2018, 15:00 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Cost & Prices Tagesspiegel / dpa German finance minister Olaf Scholz said it is “perfectly clear” that the ...
  • 03 Dec 2015 |

    COP21 – Day 4: Slow progress, transport and the German COP slogan

    03 Dec 2015 (All day) Day 4 at the UN climate conference: EU and G77 + China clash over differentiated responsibilities / A 2°C slogan translates into a 1.5°C target / Government compensation for CO2 emissions in transport It has been three days since the ...
  • 12 Feb 2020 |

    Germany must use EU Presidency to bolster European Climate Law – renewables industry

    12 Feb 2020, 13:23 Benjamin Wehrmann International Clean Energy Wire The German government must take advantage of its EU Council Presidency in the second half of 2020 to bolster the bloc's climate action ambitions and vouch for a 2030 emissions ...
  • 04 May 2020 |

    German PV expansion stable in March as solar power generation stays high

    04 May 2020, 13:47 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Freja Eriksen Solar Clean Energy Wire / pv magazine Solar ...
  • French finance minister calls on Germany to intensify climate and energy cooperation

    06 Jun 2019, 14:26 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Climate & CO2 International Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung France and Germany should collaborate more intensively on key projects regarding climate action and energy ...
  • Onshore wind prices continue to drop in German auction

    The average support rate for all successful bidders in Germany’s second onshore wind power auction was 4.28 eurocent per kilowatt hour (ct/kWh). “The average support rate decreased by more than a cent per kilowatt hour, compared to the first round,” said ...
  • 25 Apr 2019 |

    Green Party: CO2 tax is not enough

    25 Apr 2019, 13:04 Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Süddeutsche Zeitung As new warnings of drought show that "the climate crisis is ...
  • CDU will not agree to minimum CO₂ price after elections – CDU parl group energy spokesman

    Germany’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) would not agree to a minimum CO₂ price as part of a coalition deal following September’s national election, according to the energy policy spokesman of the CDU parliamentary group Joachim Pfeiffer, ...
  • 13 Nov 2019 |

    Ban Ki-moon calls on Germany to back EIB ban on loans for fossil fuel projects

    13 Nov 2019, 12:01 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Gas Finance Der Tagesspiegel / Euractiv Former secretary-general of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon has called on the German government to back the  proposal to ban ...
  • “Germans just love paying sky-high prices for green energy”

    Germans are almost all in favour of expanding the use of renewable energy, despite the fact that government subsidies for renewables mean that Germans pay high electricity prices in relation to other European countries, writes David Meyer in an article ...
  • 26 Mar 2020 |

    Nobody can be happy about any positive climate effect now- German climate researcher

    26 Mar 2020, 14:00 Expert PIK- The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Climate & CO2 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society Frankfurter Rundschau Emissions reductions due to the coronavirus crisis cannot be considered good news, ...
  • 11 Mar 2020 |

    German utilities much more optimistic on energy transition – consultancy

    11 Mar 2020, 14:13 Sören Amelang Business & Jobs Utilities Clean Energy Wire The number of German energy companies that consider the energy transition good for business has risen considerably, according to a survey by business consultancy Horvath & ...
  • 16 May 2019 |

    Merkel puts contentious CCS technology back on German agenda

    16 May 2019, 16:50 Chancellor Angela Merkel has put carbon capture and storage (CCS) back on the table, saying the controversial technology was crucial for Germany to reach climate neutrality by mid-century. CCS has been met with a lot of public mistrust ...
  • 11 May 2020 |

    Germans say climate crisis will have larger long-term effects than coronavirus – poll

    11 May 2020, 13:48 Expert LichtBlick Green power provider Electricity market Renewables Technology Freja Eriksen Society Clean Energy Wire Almost 60 percent of Germans said the climate crisis will have larger long-term effects than the coronavirus  in a ...
  • 18 Nov 2019 |

    2050 climate neutrality 'magical thinking' – German industry association president

    18 Nov 2019, 13:30 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert German Economic Institute (IW) Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Business & Jobs Use Teaser ...
  • 15 Jan 2020 |

    Adani coal mine row with climate activists backfires on Siemens CEO Kaeser – media commentaries

    15 Jan 2020, 14:06 Expert Siemens Business & Jobs Benjamin Wehrmann Industry Society Handelsblatt / WirtschaftsWoche / Focus Online The row over German industrial heavyweight Siemens's involvement in the controversial Adani coal mine project in ...
  • 22 Apr 2020 |

    Use of cheap oil for power production in Germany possible, but unlikely – report

    22 Apr 2020, 15:09 Expert Agora Energiewende Think tank on German energy policy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende International Expert Institute for Applied Ecology Öko-Institut Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Electricity market ...
  • 19 Jun 2019 |

    Germany to support three battery cell alliances – economy minister

    19 Jun 2019, 12:04 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian ...
  • Preview2018- German coal exit would not help climate- researcher

    21 Dec 2017 (All day) Germany enters 2018 without having found a new government, a situation that casts a cloud over all of the country’s major policy endeavours including those dealing with energy and climate. But irrespective of the unprecedented ...
  • 13 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- Day 8: German climate responsibility/ Protest against US event

    13 Nov 2017 (All day) Chancellor Angela Merkel calls on developed nations to advance technology and make investments to combat climate change / Protesters interrupt US event on "cleaner fossil fuels" / Peruvian farmer effected by climate change ...
  • 04 May 2020 |

    Germany adds 1,300 km to power grid

    04 May 2020, 13:49 Freja Eriksen Grid Clean Energy Wire Germany made important progress in expanding the power grid in 2019, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) says in its  annual report. Of 7,700 kilometres of planned grid expansion, 1,300 km have been ...
  • 09 Dec 2019 |

    EU can reach climate neutrality without CCS – German environment agency

    09 Dec 2019, 12:56 Expert UBA- Federal Environment Agency Umweltbundesamt Climate & CO2 Citizens' energy Rose-Anne Clermont Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) outlined measures that demonstrate how EU ...
  • 03 Jun 2019 |

    Expensive coal at home and cheap gas abroad turn Germany into net power importer

    03 Jun 2019, 13:57 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Gas Cost & Prices Frankfurter Rundschau High prices for domestic coal-fired power production turned Germany into a net importer of electricity at the end ...
  • COP26 delay no excuse to put off climate action, German officials and activists say

    02 Apr 2020, 13:31 Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire The decision to postpone the COP26 UN climate negotiations because of the coronavirus pandemic drew praise and concern from Germany. Government officials, experts and ...
  • 27 Nov 2019 |

    Northern and southern German state each take lead in national renewables ranking

    27 Nov 2019, 14:08 Expert DIW- German Institute for Economic Research Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Business & Jobs Climate & CO2 Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Electricity market Expert Renewable Energies Agency Agentur für ...
  • “Wind turbines are good – even if we pay a price for them”

    Conflict of interests between wind power production and wildlife protection is “marginal if we look at the alternatives,” the head of the German Green Party’s parliamentary group, Anton Hofreiter, says in an opinion piece for Der Tagesspiegel Online. ...
  • 26 Feb 2020 |

    Protesters occupy Datteln 4 coal plant, as survey finds most Germans oppose it

    26 Feb 2020, 13:47 Expert Greenpeace Germany Greenpeace Deutschland Climate & CO2 Expert Uniper SE Uniper SE Utilities Rachel Waldholz Coal Climate & CO2 Zeit Online / Der Spiegel / Clean Energy Wire Environmental activists occupied part of the ...
  • Power prices increase in first half of 2017

    Power customers in Germany on average paid about 2.5 percent more for electricity in June than they did in January, price comparison website Check24 says in a listing seen by Clean Energy Wire. An average household with a consumption of about 3,500 ...
  • 13 Nov 2019 |

    German industry warns government's strict wind power rules threaten climate targets

    13 Nov 2019, 13:53 Government plans to tighten distance rules for onshore wind turbines are a threat to Germany's energy and climate targets, according to stark warnings by industry, trade unions and environmental NGOs. Strict minimum distances to ...
  • “Significant drop of price level” in latest round of solar auctions

    An expansion of the available area for solar power plants has led to “a significant drop of the price level” in the latest round of PV auctions in Germany, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has said in a press release. The average support rate for new ...
  • Climate protection law, swift coal exit, EU CO₂ floor price – DUH demands for next Energiewende government

    Germany will miss its climate targets unless the next federal government steps up its efforts, according to non-profit environmental and consumer protection association Environmental Action Germany (DUH). In a list of 85 measures for the energy, heating ...
  • German industry needs policy trigger for deep emission cuts

    24 Jan 2020, 12:12 Pressure is rising fast on industry to join the great decarbonisation race. Many energy-intensive German companies, like chemical giant BASF or steelmaker thyssenkrupp, already have detailed plans for drastic emission cuts, but lack ...
  • 08 Feb 2019 |

    Rebates save German industry eight billion euros in power costs in 2017

    08 Feb 2019, 13:24 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cost & Prices Industrial policy Energy-intensive industries call for energy transition cost “super cap” How much does Germany’s energy ...
  • 21 Apr 2020 |

    Grid agency sends warning notices after 2019 power grid strains

    21 Apr 2020, 13:29 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway Bundesnetzagentur Cost & Prices Electricity market Grid Julian Wettengel Grid Clean Energy Wire Germany’s Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has ...
  • 17 Feb 2020 |

    German env min wants to push green hydrogen with aviation quota, auctions

    17 Feb 2020, 14:13 Sören Amelang Gas Renewables Germany's environment minister Svenja Schulze has proposed to speed up the large-scale use of renewable hydrogen with a quota for aeroplane fuels and tenders for production.  "For me it is of ...
  • Financial and political risks of coal exit remain high – commentaries

    17 Jan 2019, 14:11 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Fossil fuels Elections & Politics Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Tagesspiegel Germany’s coal exit will have economic impacts well beyond the coal industry and ...
  • 30 Apr 2020 |

    EU industry strategy lacks concrete renewable energy plan – German industry

    30 Apr 2020, 12:39 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert BEE- German Renewable Energy Federation Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energien Business & Jobs ...
  • Utilities should use nuclear tax refunds to lower power prices - consumer organisation

    The refunds that nuclear utilities E.ON, RWE and EnBW can expect after Germany’s constitutional court ruled the nuclear fuel tax law unconstitutional should be used to lower electricity prices, according to the Consumer Organisation Baden-Wuerttemberg, ...
  • 27 Apr 2020 |

    German solar industry soars despite coronavirus but support cap awaits

    27 Apr 2020, 14:13 Expert bne- Association of Energy Market Innovators Bundesverband Neue Energiewirtschaft Electricity market Grid Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity ...
  • 18 May 2020 |

    Critics blast German parliament's approval of toll-free transport for LNG-powered trucks

    18 May 2020, 14:08 Expert ICCT- International Council on Clean Transportation Transport Expert Institute for Applied Ecology Öko-Institut Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Edgar Meza Gas Cars Focus Online / Öko-Institut Despite ...
  • 18 May 2020 |

    Germany leads globally in energy security levels, thanks to renewables- study

    18 May 2020, 14:06 Edgar Meza Renewables Security Germany boasts the highest energy security level in the world, due in large part to the wide spread use of renewable energy sources in the country, according to a study by Abdelrahman Azzuni and Christian ...
  • 21 Apr 2020 |

    German media criticises proposal of coronavirus premium for carmakers

    21 Apr 2020, 13:25 Julian Wettengel Cars Green stimulus dpa / Handelsblatt / taz / FAZ / WirtschaftsWoche Several German newspapers have run commentaries critical of a proposed buyer’s premium on cars. The premium would support the car industry in dealing ...
  • 27 Feb 2020 |

    German Greens aim for “climate pact” with heavy industry

    27 Feb 2020, 14:22 Sören Amelang Climate & CO2 dpa / Handelsblatt Germany's Green Party is proposing a plan to make the country's energy-intensive industries like steel and cement more climate-friendly, using a comprehensive package of ...
  • Call for EU-wide CO2 floor price

    In a guest commentary published by the business daily Handelsblatt, Franz Untersteller, environment minister of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, and Green member of the federal parliament Oliver Krischer call for a CO₂ price to be set for energy sources ...
  • 25 Oct 2019 |

    RWE rejects analysis flagging 1 billion euro coal plant losses in 2019

    25 Oct 2019, 14:06 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Coal Reuters / Clean Energy Wire German energy company RWE rejected an analysis by financial think ...
  • 13 Jan 2020 |

    German RWE plans renewables investments largely abroad

    13 Jan 2020, 14:20 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Julian Wettengel Renewables Utilities Clean Energy Wire German energy company RWE aims to become carbon neutral by 2040 and plans the requisite renewables investments ...
  • 21 Feb 2020 |

    Electric commercial aviation still a distant vision, synthetic fuels more realistic – engine producer MTU

    21 Feb 2020, 14:21 Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Technology Die Welt Leading German aircraft engine manufacturer MTU Aero Engines does not expect electric aviation with large commercial airplanes to become reality anytime soon, Gerhard Hegmann writes for ...
  • Drop in coal use pushes Germany closer to 2020 climate target

    18 Dec 2019, 14:05 Germany has seen a second year of significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in 2019, as coal use fell by more than 20 percent and energy production from renewables increased, preliminary calculations by energy research group AG ...
  • 02 Dec 2019 |

    Eastern German states call coal exit roadmap into question – media report

    02 Dec 2019, 13:38 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin ...
  • 15 May 2020 |

    German railway service Deutsche Bahn hit hard by COVID-19 crisis

    15 May 2020, 14:21 Expert Deutsche Bahn German railway operator Business & Jobs Transport Edgar Meza Transport Der Spiegel Largely due to the coronavirus crisis, German railway service Deutsche Bahn (DB) has an 11-billion-euro hole in its budget, ...
  • 15 May 2020 |

    German MPs critical of setting up domestic LNG import infrastructure

    15 May 2020, 14:17 Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche Umwelthilfe Climate & CO2 Society Julian Wettengel Gas Security Clean Energy Wire Several German parliamentarians have criticised government plans to set up a domestic infrastructure ...
  • 06 Jan 2017 |

    Little headway in 2016 for Germany’s energy transition- think tank

    06 Jan 2017 (All day) Germany’s Energiewende – the country’s double shift to a low-carbon and nuclear-free economy – yielded mixed results in the past year, according to an analysis by energy think tank Agora Energiewende. Thanks to a partial switch from ...
  • Falling PV module prices have little effect on solar power investments in Germany

    A significant drop in the price of PV modules has so far had only a moderate effect on solar power investments in Germany, according to website strom-report.de. Prices for PV modules fell by more than 70 percent between 2010 and 2016 while at the same ...
  • 06 Mar 2020 |
    Gas

    EU should pressure US over gas production’s climate impact – former US energy official

    06 Mar 2020, 17:00 High methane emissions could unseat natural gas as the lowest-carbon fossil fuel, and the  EU needs to exert pressure on the US to get a grip on the issue, says Samantha Gross, fellow in the Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy and ...
  • Sharp drop in German emissions sign of Energiewende turnaround- think-tank

    07 Jan 2015 (All day) Greenhouse gas emissions in Germany dropped in 2014 to the second-lowest level since 1990, a sign that the country’s ambitious Energiewende project is back on track, German think-tank Agora Energiewende* said on Wednesday. Carbon ...
  • Exports to France push German record power trade surplus in January

    04 Feb 2019, 14:16 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Electricity market Cost & Prices Tageszeitung Germany’s export surplus of electricity reached a new monthly record level in January, ...
  • 07 Apr 2020 |

    Bosch challenges established carmakers with new e-vehicle chassis

    07 Apr 2020, 13:16 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Julian Wettengel Cars Handelsblatt German multinational engineering company and automotive equipment supplier Bosch is targeting the established car industry with its own modular e-vehicle platform, ...
  • “Germany’s E.ON warns Tories energy price pledge could ‘really ruin things’ for UK arm”

    The UK Conservative Party’s proposal to put a price cap on standard energy tariffs could “really ruin things” for the business of German energy company E.ON in the UK and “not end up benefiting consumers”, according to the company’s chief financial ...
  • 16 Apr 2020 |

    Corona crisis endangers Siemens Energy spinoff – report

    16 Apr 2020, 13:02 Expert Siemens Business & Jobs Sören Amelang Business & Jobs Capital Siemens might have to delay the spin-off of its subsidiary Siemens Energy due to the corona crisis,  reports Bernd Ziesemer in Capital magazine. Officially, ...
  • 09 Apr 2020 |

    German wind power installations slightly up in early 2020 but still below required levels

    09 Apr 2020, 13:45 Benjamin Wehrmann Wind Clean Energy Wire / dpa / Focus Online The expansion of onshore wind power in Germany has moderately picked up again in the first quarter of 2020, figures compiled by industry expert group Fachagentur Windenergie ...
  • 08 Oct 2019 |

    Industry and transport seen as biggest potential CO2 savers by most Germans – survey

    08 Oct 2019, 13:59 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages ...
  • “Stagnating prices”

    Renewables support does not increase consumer power prices in Germany, Ralph Diermann writes in Süddeutsche Zeitung, based on an analysis by price comparison website Stromauskunft.de. While the EEG surcharge that finances renewables development has risen ...
  • 14 May 2020 |

    Driverless trucks could shift transport from rails to road – report

    14 May 2020, 14:17 Edgar Meza Clean Energy Wire CLEW Transport Freight Clean Energy Wire The introduction of automated heavy trucks could further shift transport from rail to road, according to a report by Germany’s Aerospace Center (DLR) on the ...
  • 13 Jan 2020 |

    EU push for green finance compels Germany to develop coherent strategy in 2020

    13 Jan 2020, 17:00 Preview 2020: Green and sustainable finance has made a steep ascent in Germany last year and established itself as a key element of climate policy. Government plans to become a leading location for green financial products, intensifying ...
  • 06 Dec 2018 |

    Port of Hamburg mulls construction of hyperloop track for cargo transport

    06 Dec 2018, 14:22 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Transport Freight Cities Port of Hamburg / NDR The authorities of Germany’s biggest port in the city of Hamburg are looking into the feasibility of ...
  • 27 Aug 2019 |

    German government says power storage capacity could grow more than 50-fold by 2030

    27 Aug 2019, 13:25 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway Bundesnetzagentur Cost & Prices Electricity market Grid Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Storage Clean ...
  • 22 Oct 2018 |

    Must Germans give up sausage and schnitzel to cut agri-food emissions?

    22 Oct 2018, 16:34 Eating and producing less meat is one way to curb emissions from the agriculture sector, but giving up sausages and schnitzel is a tough sell in Germany – not just for consumers but also for farmers and the government. There are a lot ...
  • “The price of the Energiewende”

    Rising power costs stir people’s emotions because everybody uses electricity and because they suggest a malfunction of government control, writes Til Huber in a commentary for merkur.de. But costs are largely driven by the past solar boom, and recent ...
  • 13 May 2020 |

    Number of rail passengers in Germany drops 40 percent in March

    13 May 2020, 13:39 Sören Amelang Transport Clean Energy Wire The total number of rail passengers on Germany's long and short distance routes fell 40 percent in March compared to a year ago,  according to  national statistics office Destatis. The ...
  • 26 Feb 2019 |

    “Climate Action Law has the right aim but relies on inadequate instruments” – op-ed

    26 Feb 2019, 14:05 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Kerstine Appunn Climate & CO2 Government Handelsblatt In an op-ed in Handelsblatt, Klaus Stratmann argues that the draft Climate Action Law’s rigid sector targets don’t allow ...
  • 17 Jan 2019 |

    Energy-intensive industries call for energy transition cost “super cap”

    17 Jan 2019, 14:13 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cost & Prices Industrial policy Energiewende effects on power prices, costs and industry German households and industry pay highest ...
  • 03 Dec 2018 |

    Germany tops up clean air programme with one billion euros to prevent diesel bans

    03 Dec 2018, 14:43 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars Cities Government Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The German government has vowed to provide an additional one billion euros to the ...
  • 20 May 2019 |

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

    20 May 2019, 16:29 Financial markets are excellent processors of information- and they currently don't seem to expect that the global economy will be geared towards respecting the Paris Climate Agreement 's goals and give up fossil fuel ...
  • Influence of negative power prices on power plant operators often very limited

    Many operators of nuclear, gas or coal-fired power plants in Germany do not throttle feed-in at times of “ negative power prices,” the Federal Grid Agency (BNetzA) has said in a press release. Although operators of conventional plants have to pay for ...
  • 07 May 2020 |

    Pandemic makes private cars more popular, public transport loses out – survey

    07 May 2020, 14:01 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Mobility Clean Energy Wire The coronavirus crisis has added a new "feelgood factor" to private cars at the expense of public transport in Germany, according to a  survey  conducted by the ...
  • 07 May 2020 |

    Germany's solar energy cap endangers investments worth one billion euros – report

    07 May 2020, 13:56 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Solar pv magazine Germany's market for solar energy and home storage systems will collapse if the government doesn't deliver on its promise to remove the existing cap for support payments, ...
  • 56 percent of German power price from taxes and levies

    The share of taxes and levies German households have to pay for power has reached a new all-time high, price comparison website Verivox said in a press release. The state’s share in the power bill “now accounts for 56 percent for private customers – an ...
  • 28 Oct 2019 |

    German parliament to compensate CO2 emissions of members' duty travel

    28 Oct 2019, 13:46 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Transport Tagesspiegel / dpa The German parliament's council of elders has decided that CO2 emissions of duty travel of MPs will have to be ...
  • Falling prices enable global renewables growth at reduced costs

    Countries around the world have added record volumes of new renewable power capacities at cheaper prices, according to a joint report by the Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Expenditures for new renewables ...
  • Little evidence of investment leakage due to EU emissions trade – analysis

    15 May 2019, 12:05 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire There is so far little evidence that German companies whose CO₂ emissions are limited by the EU Emissions ...
  • 08 Apr 2020 |

    Germany's climate action plan to run into massive renewable power gap by 2030 – BEE

    08 Apr 2020, 12:49 Expert BEE- German Renewable Energy Federation Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energien Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Julian Wettengel Renewables Clean Energy Wire The climate action programme the ...
  • “Trend of falling power prices in Germany continues”

    Average German wholesale electricity prices fell almost nine percent to 28.96 euros per megawatt-hour last year, according to a power market review by grid operator TenneT. Redispatch volumes fell for the first time since 2013, due to a decrease in wind ...
  • 03 Apr 2020 |

    German car industry calls on EU to drop tighter emission limits in light of crisis

    03 Apr 2020, 13:44 Expert DUH- Environmental Action Germany Deutsche Umwelthilfe Climate & CO2 Society Expert VDA- German Association of the Automotive Industry Transport Freja Eriksen Cars Süddeutsche Zeitung / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The ...
  • Many consumers overpay on power and gas, reform needed – political foundation

    14 Jan 2019, 13:35 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Electricity market Cost & Prices Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) German consumers on basic supply contracts paid around 1.15 billion ...
  • Price drop for green power”

    Changing renewables funding from guaranteed feed-in tariffs to auctions will drastically reduce revenues in the wind power industry, Daniel Wetzel writes in Die Welt. The renewables surcharge power customers pay with their electricity bill currently ...
  • 06 May 2020 |

    Renewables can contribute more to future German power supply security – study

    06 May 2020, 13:29 Sören Amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Grid Renewables Clean Energy Wire Germany's electricity supply can remain secure until 2050 as renewable energy installations and decentralised units such as storages will be able to contribute ...
  • 03 Jul 2018 |

    Natural gas could power up to 10 percent of all cars – Volkswagen

    03 Jul 2018, 15:30 Cars fuelled by compressed natural gas (CNG) could reach a share of up to ten percent of the total fleet in Germany and Europe, says Stephen Neumann, Volkswagen Group Officer for Natural Gas Mobility in an interview with the Clean ...
  • “Power prices rise for millions of households”

    Power prices for German households increase on average by 4.4 percent this spring, price comparison website Verivox told Clean Energy Wire. According to Verivox, 70 regional power suppliers will increase their prices, resulting in additional costs of ...
  • 20 Nov 2019 |

    Env ministry warns renewable fuels are no substitute for climate action

    20 Nov 2019, 13:30 Germany's environment ministry has warned that climate-neutral fuels made with renewables must not become an excuse for neglecting the domestic roll-out of renewables, increasing efficiency and other efforts to cut emissions. " ...
  • “Battery prices won’t keep sinking at same speed”

    Battery storage prices will not keep dropping at the same fast speed as in the last few years because further technological leaps could not be expected, Prof Uwe Sauer, of RWTH Aachen University, told renewables magazine EUWID Neue Energie. From a ...
  • Green energy levy set for drop on excess payments for renewables

    15 Oct 2014 (All day) Consumers can expect a reduction in the surcharge they pay on energy bills next year but analysts say it will rise again in 2016 as green power production continues to expand. The levy German consumers pay for the development of ...
  • 05 May 2020 |

    German environment ministry weighs wind farm distance regulations to protect birds

    05 May 2020, 14:09 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Edgar Meza Wind Tagesspiegel Background Onshore wind ...
  • 20 Dec 2019 |

    Germany's coal exit is a done deal- or is it?

    20 Dec 2019, 16:30 Preview 2020: The fate of coal-fired power production in Germany has been sealed with the agreement of a government-appointed commission to phase-out the fossil fuel no later than 2038. But the proposal so far has not been translated ...
  • 18 Feb 2020 |

    Survey finds most German automotive suppliers expect to cut jobs

    18 Feb 2020, 13:53 r.waldholz Cars dpa / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung More than half of Germany’s automotive suppliers are planning to cut jobs, according to a survey by the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) reported by the ...
  • 19 Nov 2019 |

    Green hydrogen is 'European project' – German utility association head

    19 Nov 2019, 13:39 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages ...
  • “Germany’s high-priced energy revolution”

    US business magazine Fortune published a long article by Jeffrey Ball on the generational project German Energiewende, society’s costs for the expansion of renewables, the benefits of the transition and the possibilities for other states to follow Germany ...
  • Germany’s coal commission insists no decision yet on exit date

    18 Sep 2018, 18:50 The country’s coal exit commission said there were no predetermined decisions regarding a date for the end to coal-fired power generation. Following irritation about reports of a supposed compromise on a 2038 end date, economy minister ...
  • 05 May 2020 |

    Germany raises grid stability reserve as network expansion lags behind

    05 May 2020, 13:50 Freja Eriksen Grid Clean Energy Wire Germany has slightly raised its winter power capacity reserve, designed to keep the grid stable in critical situations, to 6,600 megawatts (MW) in 2020-2021 from around 5,100 MW in 2019-2020, the ...
  • 25 Oct 2017 |

    COP23 – 'Germany can achieve most for climate by technology export'

    25 Oct 2017 (All day) Germany is hosting this year’s international climate summit (COP23) in Bonn. The conference will be about establishing the trust in mutually agreed rules on climate protection, says Carsten Rolle, head of the energy and climate ...
  • “Uniper reports 3.2 billion-euro net loss as electricity prices fall”

    E.ON spin-off Uniper made a net loss of 3.2 billion euros last year due to big writedowns on generation and gas-storage assets, reports Guy Chazan for the Financial Times. But Uniper said it had “good momentum for 2017” having delivered a “solid” ...
  • 11 Feb 2020 |

    Solar and offshore wind are Germans' favourites for future power production

    11 Feb 2020, 13:33 Expert LichtBlick Green power provider Electricity market Renewables Technology Benjamin Wehrmann Solar Wind Clean Energy Wire Rooftop solar and offshore wind power are the most popular technologies for Germany's future power mix, ...
  • 29 Apr 2020 |

    In 2020, Germany saw sunniest April since records began

    29 Apr 2020, 13:14 Expert DWD- Germany's National Meteorological Service Deutscher Wetterdienst Climate & CO2 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire This month was the sunniest and third-driest April in Germany since records began ...
  • Decentralisation requires regionally different power prices - think tank

    Germany needs regional power markets and a legislation overhaul to cope with its increasingly decentralised electricity system, and replace the current “chaos” in grid fees, levies and taxes, according to think tank Agora Energiewende.* “We need to all ...
  • 04 Dec 2019 |

    Zero-support wind farm secures world's largest offshore power contract

    04 Dec 2019, 13:41 Sören Amelang Renewables Wind Clean Energy Wire Danish offshore wind company Orsted and German chemical maker Covestro have signed the world's biggest purchase agreement for an offshore wind farm planned without support payments. ...
  • 22 Mar 2019 |

    Germany’s climate cabinet is “sad declaration of bankruptcy” – opinion

    22 Mar 2019, 13:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Government Rheinische Post Germany’s new climate cabinet is proof that policymakers can look ahead only as far ahead as the next election, and ...
  • “Fearing an e-powered price war”

    German electric carmakers have shied away from producing their own battery cells because of competition from Asia, report Franz Hubik, Lukas Bay and Stephan Scheuer for Handelsblatt Global Edition. China plans to take a leading role in the e-car battery ...
  • 30 Mar 2020 |

    Distributed solar generation rising in Germany, with potential across Europe – study

    30 Mar 2020, 13:56 Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Rachel Waldholz Solar Clean Energy Wire / pv magazine The number of sites that both operate PV ...
  • 28 Apr 2020 |

    Spring drought leaves German forests under "enormous stress test" – minister

    28 Apr 2020, 12:26 Expert BMEL- Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture Agriculture Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Zeit Online / Clean Energy Wire An unusually dry spring has subjected German forests to an "enormous stress test", agriculture ...
  • 27 Jan 2020 |

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

    27 Jan 2020, 14:22 Julian Wettengel Coal Society Clean Energy Wire The European Union “will not leave the people of Lusatia behind”, as structural economic change brought on by the transition to a low-carbon world is a “European challenge”, said European ...
  • 30 Jun 2017 |

    G20 climate, energy plan goes to the wire at Hamburg summit

    30 Jun 2017 (All day) One week ahead of the Hamburg G20 summit, the ambitious climate and energy action plan the German presidency was pushing hangs in the balance. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she is determined to make the meeting a success ...
  • “What a CO2 price floor can (and cannot) do for German climate goals”

    Germany can meet its energy sector climate goals with a CO 2-price floor between 50 and 75 euros, write Fabian Huneke, Carlos Perez Linkenheil and Simon Göß from the Berlin-based independent energy market specialist Energy Brainpool, in a contribution for ...
  • “How economists envision a climate agreement”

    German experts say the global carbon floor price proposed by government advisors in a paper for the German economy ministry is unlikely to be agreed, Dagmar Dehmer writes in Tagesspiegel. “Implementing a sufficiently high floor price seems unrealistic in ...
  • 29 Apr 2020 |

    Europe’s steel industry must invest 100 billion euros for climate neutrality by 2050 – study

    29 Apr 2020, 13:09 Julian Wettengel Industry Clean Energy Wire At least 100 billion euros of investments are necessary to make European steel production climate neutral by 2050, according to a study by Munich-based consultancy Roland Berger. “Europe' ...
  • 20 Dec 2019 |

    Risen from the ruins, Germany's solar power sector has zest for action in 2020

    20 Dec 2019, 16:39 Preview 2020: Solar power in Germany has bottomed out from its breakdown a few years back and looks ahead at 2020 full of confidence that the odds are in its favour in the country thanks to the introduction of carbon pricing in the ...
  • Price increase in fuel oil is driving up German inflation”

    An almost 12 percent increase in fuel oil prices in December 2016 compared to the previous month accelerated inflation in Germany, according to the European Climate Foundation (ECF). “If energy prices would have remained unchanged compared to the previous ...
  • 27 Sep 2018 |

    "Demonizing global trade" no fix for agri-food emissions

    27 Sep 2018, 10:04 Germany’s farmers, just like their fellow citizens working in other sectors, must reduce greenhouse gas emissions to enable the country to adhere to the national and international climate targets. But curbing emissions from crop ...
  • 03 Jul 2019 |

    Germany’s KfW Bank rules out financing of any coal operations

    03 Jul 2019, 14:20 Expert KfW Bank KfW- government-owned financing institution Fossil fuels Finance Efficiency Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Coal Finance International Clean Energy Wire German government-owned ...
  • 05 Sep 2019 |

    Germany set to miss key energy transition targets – McKinsey

    05 Sep 2019, 12:27 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Energiewende Clean Energy Wire Germany is set to miss several key energy transition targets for the year 2020, and the country's high power supply security is ...
  • “Power price alignment is coming - government sources”

    Grid fees will be aligned across Germany despite economy minister Sigmar Gabriel’s recent backtracking on such plans, Reuters reports citing government sources. Responding to pressure from eastern German federal states the government is working on a bill ...
  • 26 Mar 2020 |

    Climate slides on Germans' list of concerns, Merkel's party reaps credit for corona response- poll

    26 Mar 2020, 14:07 Rachel Waldholz Climate & CO2 Society RTL / n-tv A new poll finds support for Angela Merkel’s conservative coalition has risen sharply as the coronavirus pandemic has hit Germany, while concern over the urgency of climate action has ...
  • 17 Jan 2020 |

    “Historic compromise” or “pact of unreason”? – media reactions to Germany’s coal exit deal

    17 Jan 2020, 13:36 German media commentators have mixed views on the coal exit path fixed by the federal government, mining states and utilities. While some call it a “historic” deal that could make Germany a global role model, others say it turned out to ...
  • 07 Apr 2020 |

    Battery storage systems see major growth in Germany- study

    07 Apr 2020, 13:21 Expert Forschungszentrum Jülich Research institute for energy, climate and nuclear sciences Nuclear phase-out Technology Expert RWTH Aachen University Technology Rachel Waldholz Storage Clean Energy Wire Battery storage systems have ...
  • 13 Dec 2018 |

    Court ruling forces federal grid agency to reduce grid fee transparency

    13 Dec 2018, 14:28 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages s.amelang Clean Energy Wire CLEW Grid Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Germany’s Federal Court of Justice has forced the country’s grid agency (BNetzA) to further reduce ...
  • 24 Mar 2020 |

    German wind power industry welcomes deadline extensions as corona impact sets in

    24 Mar 2020, 14:34 Expert BWE- German Wind Energy Association Bundesverband Windenergie Technology Citizens' energy Electricity market Business & Jobs Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway ...
  • Germany’s Energiewende fails to meet targets – study

    The energy transition in Germany does not achieve most of its goals, and its progress has slowed down over the last few years, a study conducted by the consultancy Prognos and commissioned by the Bavarian Industry Association (vbw) has found. Improvements ...
  • 04 Mar 2020 |

    Quick renewables boom required to cushion Germany's nuclear and coal exit – think tank

    04 Mar 2020, 13:47 Benjamin Wehrmann Energiewende Clean Energy Wire Germany must move quickly to get its renewables expansion back on track if the country wants to avoid a "green power gap," forcing it to rely on power imports or fossil reserve ...
  • “Natural gas suppliers not fully passing falling prices on to consumers”

    Even though international wholesale prices for natural gas prices fell in 2016, suppliers did not fully pass this decline on to consumers, according to a study by consultancy EnergyComment, commissioned by the Green parliamentary group in the German ...
  • Moderate power price increase for German households

    Power prices for an average German four-person-household will be about one percent higher in January 2017, compared to the same month last year, according to price comparison website verivox. That would lead to an annual total of 1,111 euros. “Following a ...
  • 35 hours of negative wholesale power prices over the holidays

    High wind power production during a storm led to a total of 35 hours of negative wholesale power prices over the holidays in Germany, writes Daniel Wetzel for Welt Online. “Because of the holidays, industry did not need the power,” and grid operators at ...
  • 25 Mar 2020 |

    German insurers slow to turn to corporate social responsibility – analysis

    25 Mar 2020, 14:14 Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Clean Energy Wire Insurance providers in Germany are slowly beginning to put greater emphasis on their corporate social responsibility (CSR) but still struggle to fully appreciate the concept's importance, ...
  • 29 Jul 2019 |

    Right-wing AfD continues to reject man-made climate change in environmental position paper

    29 Jul 2019, 13:43 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire / Spiegel Online German right-wing party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has presented an declaration on its environmental ...
  • Heating oil costs climb 37 percent over one year in Germany, surpass gas costs

    07 Dec 2018, 14:30 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Cost & Prices Clean Energy Wire Prices for heating oil have increased by 37 percent over one year in Germany while gas prices only ...
  • 10 Mar 2020 |

    Energy industry says smart meters require dedicated radio frequency

    10 Mar 2020, 13:50 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, ...
  • 22 Apr 2020 |

    PV industry business expectations collapse due to German solar cap

    22 Apr 2020, 15:05 Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Sören Amelang Solar Clean Energy Wire The business confidence of Germany's photovoltaic ...
  • 18 Mar 2020 |

    German government postpones hydrogen strategy, coal exit hearing

    18 Mar 2020, 13:40 Sören Amelang Coal Gas Policy Clean Energy Wire / Handelsblatt / Energate The German government has adjourned a decision on the country's highly anticipated strategy on how to boost the use of hydrogen to decarbonise industry and ...
  • “White Paper: Effects of a minimum CO2 price in Germany”

    Introducing a national minimum CO 2 price of 75 euros per tonne would enable Germany to meet its target of reducing emissions in the energy sector by 61 to 62 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, energy market analyst company Energy Brainpool has said ...
  • 18 Dec 2018 |

    Preview2019- Gas will loom large on Energiewende agenda, WEC says

    18 Dec 2018, 09:35 The role of gas – both in its natural form and as a CO2-neutral variety made with renewable power – will be one of the hottest topics on Germany's 2019 energy transition agenda, according to Carsten Rolle, secretary of the World ...
  • Lignite mine operator's precautions for rehabilitation "adequate" – report

    03 Dec 2018, 14:42 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Clean Energy Wire CLEW Fossil fuels Cost & Prices State government of Brandenburg / Greenpeace An expert report shows that eastern German energy company LEAG ...
  • 14 Aug 2019 |

    Public e-car charging points in Germany increase by more than 50 percent in a year

    14 Aug 2019, 11:58 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages ...
  • 10 Oct 2019 |

    Germany to make it more attractive for ships to turn off engines in ports and use power grid instead

    10 Oct 2019, 13:43 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Clean Energy Wire [CORRECTION: ships will ...
  • 20 Apr 2020 |

    Dry spring ignites fears of yet another German summer drought

    20 Apr 2020, 13:37 Expert DWD- Germany's National Meteorological Service Deutscher Wetterdienst Climate & CO2 Freja Eriksen Climate & CO2 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung German farmers are fearing yet another dry summer as the country has ...
  • Preview2018- Cutting power costs tops German industry's agenda- DIHK

    04 Jan 2018 (All day) Germany enters 2018 without having found a new government, a situation that casts a cloud over all of the country’s major policy endeavours including those dealing with energy and climate. But irrespective of the unprecedented ...
  • Trend of falling prices continues in sixth solar PV auction round

    Prices of winning bids for solar photovoltaic installations have gone down again in the latest round of tenders in Germany, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) said in a press release. 27 bids for a total of 163 megawatts of auctioned capacity were ...
  • 23 Jan 2020 |

    Offshore wind power expansion in Germany overtakes onshore for first time in 2019

    23 Jan 2020, 15:45 The expansion of offshore wind power capacity in Germany has exceeded that of onshore turbines for the first time ever last year. This is both due to a particularly bad year for onshore expansion and the increasing competitiveness of ...
  • Quotes from the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue

    21 Mar 2017 (All day) Over 1,000 ministers, officials, business people, energy experts and journalists from around 90 countries take part in the third Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, a two-day confernce hosted by the German Foreign Ministry. The ...
  • 17 Apr 2020 |

    German Fridays for Future takes climate strike online

    17 Apr 2020, 13:42 Julian Wettengel Society Clean Energy Wire Amid the coronavirus crisis, German Fridays for Future student climate activists are focusing on online activities for the announced  Global Climate Strike  on 24 April. The protesters are ...
  • 11 Apr 2019 |

    The time for waiting it out on climate action is over – opinion

    11 Apr 2019, 12:54 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Handelsblatt The expectations towards German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s new ‘climate cabinet’ are high, and the federal government “cannot afford ...
  • 07 Oct 2019 |

    German economy ministry presents onshore wind power rescue plan

    07 Oct 2019, 14:34 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin ...
  • “Taxes and fees on power price reach record level in 2017”

    German power customers will pay more than 35 billion euros in taxes, fees, and surcharges with their electricity bills in 2017, the utilities lobby German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) writes in a press release. “This is more than ...
  • 28 Sep 2015

    In the media: Hypocrisy in the VW scandal; Merkel's push for climate action

    28 Sep 2015 (All day) AFP “More companies are making their peace with the energy transition” An increasing number of companies in Germany are supporting the country’s move to replace conventional energy sources with renewables, press agency AFP reports, ...
  • 21 Apr 2020 |

    No one-size-fits-all approach for onshore wind acceptance – study

    21 Apr 2020, 13:30 Expert Renewable Energies Agency Agentur für Erneuerbare Energien Citizens' energy Renewables Technology Julian Wettengel Wind Clean Energy Wire There is no one-size-fits-all approach to boosting popular acceptance for local wind ...
  • 15 Nov 2019 |

    Climate activists and researchers laud Germany's backing of EIB fossil ban

    15 Nov 2019, 13:44 Expert BMF- Federal Ministry of Finance Bundesministerium der Finanzen Finance Expert Germanwatch Climate & CO2 Expert Claudia Kemfert German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) Energiewende Cost & Prices Electricity market ...
  • “251 suppliers increase power prices next year”

    About a third of German utilities will raise their electricity prices by an average of 3.5 percent in 2017, according to price comparison website verivox. This means additional costs of 41 euros per year for an average four-person home. The suppliers ...
  • 11 Feb 2020 |

    Aviation industry cuts domestic flights in Germany, calls for EU-wide synthetic fuel approach

    11 Feb 2020, 13:48 Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Clean Energy Wire The number of air passengers in Germany is set to decline in 2020, as carriers are projected to reduce the number of available seats by 1.8 percent in the first nine months of the year, the ...
  • 27 Nov 2019 |

    Climate strikes announced in more than 500 German cities on eve of UN climate conference

    27 Nov 2019, 13:50 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society Clean Energy Wire More than 500 German cities will see protests for more ambitious climate action on Friday, 29 November, the activist ...
  • 23 Mar 2020 |

    German Fridays for Futures leader warns against protests during corona crisis

    23 Mar 2020, 14:03 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Society Süddeutsche Zeitung The outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Germany and the rest of Europe means that the weekly Fridays for Future (FfF) protests for greater climate action need to be ...
  • 20 Apr 2020 |

    Daimler plans on using green bonds to reach climate goals

    20 Apr 2020, 13:35 Daimler AG Business & Jobs Cars Transport Read more about Daimler AG VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Read more about VW- Volkswagen f.eriksen Cars Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung / Handelsblatt / Clean Energy Wire Daimler will ...
  • 17 Apr 2020 |

    Diesel driving bans “off the table” as lockdown shows low effect on German NOx levels – state sec

    17 Apr 2020, 13:38 Expert BMVI- Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur Transport Freja Eriksen Cars Focus Online Despite a reduction in road traffic, nitrogen oxide levels in ...
  • 14 Apr 2020 |

    Carmakers call for state support to boost industry and green mobility after corona

    14 Apr 2020, 14:24 Expert BMW- Bayerische Motoren Werke Bavarian Motor Works Cars Transport Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Freja Eriksen Cars dpa / Süddeutsche Zeitung German carmaker BMW has proposed that the German government introduce an " ...
  • 09 Feb 2018 |

    2030 renewables goal "not difficult"-CDU energy politician Pfeiffer

    09 Feb 2018 (All day) The coalition agreement by Germany's would-be coalition parties CDU/CSU and SPD is a step towards "realistic" Energiewende policy, says CDU energy policy spokesperson Joachim Pfeiffer. He argues a coal exit date for ...
  • “The power price trap”

    Long-term feed-in tariffs set by the government for wind power in Germany lead to comparably high electricity prices, which could turn out to be a regional handicap in light of fast-falling wind power prices in Europe, writes Klaus Stratmann in the ...
  • 19 Dec 2019 |
    Gas

    Gas to become energy transition’s 'second pillar' – German energy industry

    19 Dec 2019, 13:19 The use of gas from all sources will become more important as Germany seeks to decarbonise its economy and phase out nuclear power, the new head of Germany's largest energy industry lobby group, BDEW, has said. The Energiewende& ...
  • 19 Mar 2020 |

    EU should use Green Deal as road map for coronavirus stimulus – foundations

    19 Mar 2020, 13:59 Foundations are calling on the EU to use any economic stimulus enacted in response to the coronavirus to accelerate the transition to a green economy. The global climate crisis cannot be ignored even as governments focus on the health ...
  • 15 Apr 2020 |

    German states push for additional help for carmakers

    15 Apr 2020, 15:13 Sören Amelang Cars Green stimulus Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Focus Online Three German states with a strong car industry presence have called for additional support for the sector in order to help it survive the corona crisis. ...
  • 28 Oct 2019 |

    Australia potentially huge partner for German hydrogen ambitions – industry

    28 Oct 2019, 14:06 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Renewables Frankfurter ...
  • 15 Jan 2020 |

    No additional funding to EU for supporting Green Deal, German finance ministry says

    15 Jan 2020, 14:16 Expert BMF- Federal Ministry of Finance Bundesministerium der Finanzen Finance Benjamin Wehrmann Finance International AFP Germany's finance ministry (BMF) has said Germany does not plan to increase its contribution to the EU ...
  • 14 Jan 2020 |

    Anxious carmakers forced to tread 'arduous' path to e-mobility in 2020

    14 Jan 2020, 10:06 Germany's shift to electric mobility looks set to get underway in earnest in 2020, and the country's mighty carmakers look ahead with trepidation to what promises to be a tremendous effort for the industry. Against the ...
  • 19 Mar 2020 |

    One fifth of Germany's grid extensions to heavily impact environment – grid agency

    19 Mar 2020, 13:13 Sören Amelang Grid Clean Energy Wire Two thirds of the massive grid extensions planned in Germany will have only minor impacts on the environment, but almost a fifth of measures will likely have a heavy impact, according to  a report ...
  • 08 Apr 2016

    New renewables law threatens wind power – Green Party

    08 Apr 2016 (All day) Berliner Zeitung “The federal government is shifting into reverse gear concerning Energiewende” The federal government’s plans to reform the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) will lead to the “collapse” of the expansion of wind power in ...
  • 16 Apr 2020 |

    More Germans dissatisfied with energy transition's implementation – survey

    16 Apr 2020, 12:55 Expert 100% erneuerbar Stiftung Foundation for the promotion of decentralised, renewable energy Electricity market Energiewende Renewables Expert IASS- Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Think tank on sustainable development ...
  • 16 Mar 2020 |

    Coronavirus no excuse for renewables gridlock, says German env min

    16 Mar 2020, 14:04 Rachel Waldholz Renewables Policy dpa / Energie & Management / Der Spiegel Environment minister Svenja Schulze   is calling on German state and federal officials to act quickly to resolve disagreements over the expansion of ...
  • 15 Apr 2020 |

    Solar marks new record as renewables repeatedly outstrip German power demand

    15 Apr 2020, 15:27 Expert Fraunhofer ISE Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme Renewables Benjamin Wehrmann Solar pv magazine / Clean Energy Wire Solar power production has reached a new record share in Germany, with solar PV contributing 23 ...
  • 03 Mar 2020 |

    German government divided over hydrogen strategy – report

    03 Mar 2020, 14:13 Sören Amelang Energiewende Industry Handelsblatt German ministries continue to be divided over plans for a hydrogen economy, delaying publication of the country's highly anticipated strategy to lower emissions in high-energy ...
  • 15 Nov 2019 |

    Merkel says world heading for 3-degree warming under current climate targets, calls for higher ambitions

    15 Nov 2019, 13:42 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 COP25 Stern / Clean Energy Wire The earth's surface temperature will rise by three degrees Celsius under current climate targets, meaning ...
  • “Gabriel criticised for energy prices”

    The prospects of permanently increasing energy prices due to the renewables development have caused a dispute between Germany’s governing coalition partners from the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), writes Tobias ...
  • German steelmaker thyssenkrupp aims to be climate neutral by 2050

    03 Jul 2019, 14:05 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Business & Jobs Technology Clean Energy Wire Germany’s largest steelmaker thyssenkrupp has set itself the target of cutting its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by ...
  • 10 Dec 2019 |

    Share of new cars with alternative engines reaches double digits for first time in Germany

    10 Dec 2019, 13:29 Expert dena- German Energy Agency Deutsche Energie-Agentur Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Efficiency Grid Technology Rose-Anne Clermont Cars Clean Energy Wire The number of new registrations of electric, hybrid, liquid gas and ...
  • 13 Feb 2019 |

    Diesel making a comeback in Germany – report

    13 Feb 2019, 13:19 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages r.waldholz Clean Energy Wire CLEW Cars "Dieselgate"- a timeline of Germany's car emissions fraud scandal Working paper by Germany’s clean mobility commission sparks ...
  • 13 Feb 2020 |

    Tesla searches for bats and resettles ants in preparation for German gigafactory

    13 Feb 2020, 13:37 Sören Amelang Cars Manager magazin Tesla has searched for bats in the wooded area where it plans to build its German car factory and also plans to resettle ants living there,  reports  manager magazine. In addition, the US carmaker ...
  • 17 Jan 2020 |

    RWE head says company shoulders 'biggest burden' of German coal exit

    17 Jan 2020, 12:52 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Benjamin Wehrmann Coal Policy Bonner General-Anzeiger The head of energy company RWE, Rolf Martin Schmitz, has said his company is "shouldering the biggest burden ...
  • 07 Nov 2019 |

    EU investment bank will turn into 'climate bank,' says EIB head Hoyer

    07 Nov 2019, 14:17 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Focus Online The head of the European Investment Bank (EIB), Werner Hoyer, says the EIB will turn into a "climate bank" and expand the share of ...
  • 13 Feb 2020 |

    Reinsurer Munich Re promises to make asset portfolio climate-neutral by 2050

    13 Feb 2020, 13:33 Sören Amelang Finance Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Reinsurer Munich Re has joined the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, promising to make its asset portfolio climate-neutral by 2050. "We extend our climate strategy with this step, ...
  • Siemens wants to shift responsibility for nuclear waste onto German state – report

    11 Mar 2019, 14:04 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages b.wehrmann Nuclear phase-out Cost & Prices Welt Online Industrial giant Siemens wants to get rid of its nuclear energy legacy and shift responsibility for about 10,000 cubic ...
  • “Next power price shock to hit consumers”

    The massive increase in grid fees announced by TenneT and other operators signals a new chapter in Germany’s Energiewende, writes Daniel Wetzel in Die Welt. “A new phase begins whereby capacity growth no longer takes centre stage, but the system ...
  • 09 Mar 2020 |

    Plan for new interim nuclear waste site draws criticism

    09 Mar 2020, 13:34 Expert BUND- Friends of the Earth Germany Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland Climate & CO2 Rachel Waldholz Nuclear phase-out taz / Clean Energy Wire Critics are denouncing plans to build a new interim storage facility for ...
  • 04 Mar 2020 |

    German tradesmen’s association opposes car-free city centres

    04 Mar 2020, 13:24 Rachel Waldholz Transport Cars Die Welt Germany’s main association of skilled tradesmen says cities must find ways to reduce traffic and vehicle emissions without banning cars and trucks from city centres, arguing that such bans would ...
  • 24 Feb 2020 |

    Netherlands highlights hydrogen cooperation with Germany

    24 Feb 2020, 13:56 Freja Eriksen Gas Industry Handelsblatt The Netherlands has identified Germany as its main ally in building Europe's future hydrogen structure,  writes the business daily Handelsblatt. "Our aim is to intensify cooperation on ...
  • “Electricity prices rise; TenneT increases grid fees by 80 percent”

    German households will have to pay 30 euros more per year for electricity as grid operator TenneT plans to raise its grid fees by 80 percent in the new year, writes Klaus Stratmann in Handelsblatt. “The main reason for this increase is that the grid ...
  • 08 Apr 2020 |

    Coronavirus to have “massive impact” on German EU Council presidency – ambassador

    08 Apr 2020, 12:53 Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Spiegel Online / energate messenger Germany's ambassador to the EU, Michael Clauß, has warned that the German EU Council presidency cannot take place as planned due to the coronavirus pandemic, ...
  • “Petrol and heating oil prices drop again in August”

    Energy prices for German consumers dropped by 0.9 percent in August, following a decrease of 1.2 percent in July. While prices for petrol and heating oil went down, electricity prices remained stable, according to the European Climate Foundation’s (ECF) ...
  • German reactions to US decision to withdraw from Paris Agreement

    02 Jun 2017 (All day) President Donald Trump has announced that he will pull the United States out of the landmark Paris Climate Agreement. The USA will be the first country to leave the seminal 2015 treaty signed by nearly 200 individual nations that ...
  • 07 Apr 2020 |

    Think tank proposes remuneration for innovative renewables systems guaranteeing non-stop feed-in

    07 Apr 2020, 13:19 Expert Hans-Josef Fell Politician EEG 2.0 | Law Energiewende Renewables Julian Wettengel Renewables Clean Energy Wire Operators of innovative renewables systems that guarantee continuous energy supply day and night, for example by ...
  • 02 Mar 2020 |

    VW will not develop new natural gas vehicles as it shifts aggressively to e-cars

    02 Mar 2020, 13:34 Rachel Waldholz Cars Handelsblatt / Der Spiegel VW has decided not to develop new natural gas vehicles, just two years after predicting that cars fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG) could eventually account for up to 10 percent of ...
  • 09 Apr 2020 |

    Environmentalists call for halt to German search for nuclear waste site during coronavirus

    09 Apr 2020, 13:51 Expert BUND- Friends of the Earth Germany Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland Climate & CO2 Rachel Waldholz Nuclear phase-out Clean Energy Wire / Tagesspiegel Background The environmental group Friends of the Earth Germany ...
  • 21 Nov 2019 |

    Slow, disruptive climate policies risk to financial stability – Bundesbank

    21 Nov 2019, 13:21 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Clean Energy Wire Businesses' necessary adaptation to climate change and potentially disruptive policy decisions in the move to a climate-friendly low ...
  • 13 Mar 2020 |

    German energy storage market grows 10 percent to 5.5 billion euros

    13 Mar 2020, 14:06 Sören Amelang Storage Clean Energy Wire Germany's energy storage sector recorded sales growth of 10 percent to 5.5 billion euros in 2019 and expects a "continuation of the positive market development", according to ...
  • 07 Apr 2020 |

    German wind power collapse thwarts new European expansion record in 2019

    07 Apr 2020, 13:18 Benjamin Wehrmann Wind Clean Energy Wire The slump in wind power expansion in Germany has prevented a new record for investments in the technology in Europe, industry association WindEurope says in an analysis of 2019 financing trends ...
  • “Assign the dirt a price tag!”

    Representatives of industry, civil society and science call for an internationally coordinated price system for CO₂ emissions in a guest commentary in Die Zeit. The Federation of German Industries (BDI), environmental NGO Germanwatch and the Mercator ...
  • 08 Apr 2020 |

    Government rejects state demands for changes to coal exit law

    08 Apr 2020, 12:54 Julian Wettengel Coal Tagesspiegel Background / Clean Energy Wire The federal government has largely rejected calls by German states to make changes to the planned coal exit law, reports Nora Zaremba in energy and climate policy ...
  • “Is the renewable surcharge of any use as a ‘price tag’ for the Energiewende?”

    No other number in the energy sector politicises as much as the renewable energy surcharge consumers pay with their power bills, according to an article in renewable energy website euwid. But policymakers’ use of the surcharge as a ‘price tag’ for Germany ...
  • 08 Apr 2020 |

    Record 151 million passengers on German long-distance trains in 2019

    08 Apr 2020, 12:51 Destatis Energiewende Read more about Destatis j.wettengel Transport Clean Energy Wire The number of passengers using long-distance rail services in Germany grew 1.9 percent in 2019 to a record 151 million people, writes the Federal ...
  • 26 Aug 2019 |

    Number of domestic and international air passengers continues to rise in Germany

    26 Aug 2019, 13:32 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Transport Clean Energy Wire The number of flights taken in Germany to domestic as well as international destinations continues to rise, the Destatis national ...
  • 02 Apr 2020 |

    E-car driver satisfaction drops sharply as vehicles enter mass market – survey

    02 Apr 2020, 13:39 Sören Amelang Cars Clean Energy Wire The initial enthusiasm of early electric car drivers has given way to increasing frustration as the technology has started to enter the mass market, according to  a survey  by Consultancy UScale. Of ...
  • “Don’t allow negative power prices – push out coal”

    When power prices linger below zero for six hours or more, wind turbines larger than 3 megawatts in capacity don’t receive any remuneration. This could become a problem for wind farm operators when more hours with negative prices occur after a possible ...
  • 16 Aug 2019 |

    East German state elections pose litmus test for coal exit plans

    16 Aug 2019, 10:00 Voters in the eastern German states of Saxony and Brandenburg head to the polls on 1 September for crucial state elections. The results could have an outsized impact on German climate policy for three reasons. First, these states are ...
  • 06 Apr 2020 |

    Nuclear power generation and waste transfers continue in Germany despite coronavirus crisis

    06 Apr 2020, 13:58 Expert BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit Climate & CO2 Policy Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law ...
  • 25 Nov 2019 |

    Energy-intensive industry must jump-start low-CO₂ technologies to reach climate targets – study

    25 Nov 2019, 12:36 Energy-intensive basic industries – such as steel, chemicals and cement – have to quickly introduce and scale up key low-carbon technologies to avoid wrong investments at a time when governments aim for a climate neutral economy by 2050 ...
  • 26 Feb 2020 |

    Gas-fired power generation reaches record high in Germany

    26 Feb 2020, 13:55 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Sören Amelang Electricity market Gas Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • Expansion is main reason for foreign investment, power prices not high priority

    Half of Germany’s large enterprises (annual turnover of more than 500 million euros) made foreign investments of an average 125 million euros in 2014, the Foreign Investment Monitor by development bank KfW shows. Investment at home was at an average 135 ...
  • 13 Jan 2020 |

    Removal of solar power support cap only in exchange for wind turbine distance rule- CDU business wing

    13 Jan 2020, 14:02 Expert BSW- German Solar Association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Benjamin Wehrmann Solar Wind dpa / Focus Online / Clean Energy Wire Doing away with the current ...
  • 14 Aug 2018 |

    New “Power Grid Action Plan” to accelerate network development

    14 Aug 2018, 14:31 Technical fixes, better communication and smoother planning procedures are to accelerate Germany’s grid expansion, the energy minister has proposed in a new plan. Heading off on a visit to contested power line building sites in western ...
  • “Lowest price for natural gas since 2010”

    Natural gas is at its lowest price since 2010 at an average of 1,236 euros per 20,000 kilowatt hours (kWh), comparison portal CHECK24 reports. This was because of competition and the offers of alternative suppliers to the traditional utilities, writes ...
  • “Higher petrol prices animate switch to cycling but only in cities”

    If petrol prices were increased by one euro per litre, private households would use their bikes 14.4 percent more – but only in urban centres, a study by RWI researchers has found. The rise in petrol prices in more rural areas would have no significant ...
  • 03 Apr 2020 |

    First data centre to contribute to grid stability in Germany

    03 Apr 2020, 13:50 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Freja Eriksen Grid Storage Clean Energy Wire A German data centre will for the first time be able to help ensure grid stability, says energy company RWE. Data centres ...
  • 05 Apr 2016

    Industry emissions almost unchanged / Wind-powered lamps

    05 Apr 2016 (All day) Federal Environment Agency “Emissions trading: industry’s emissions almost unchanged in 2015” The CO₂ emissions of German energy intensive industry remained virtually unchanged for the second year in a row in 2015, according to the ...
  • “Industry prices stable, especially for electricity”

    Industry energy prices in Bavaria were “apparently completely stable”, writes Tilman Weber for Erneuerbare Energien. According to an analysis by the Bavarian Industry Association (vbw), higher oil, hard coal, natural gas and electricity costs drove up the ...
  • 01 Apr 2020 |

    Climate-friendly hybrid trains could replace majority of German diesel engines – study

    01 Apr 2020, 15:14 Expert DLR- German Aerospace Center Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt Technology Transport Sören Amelang Mobility Transport Clean Energy Wire Trains with alternative propulsion systems have a large market potential in Germany ...
  • 28 Feb 2020 |

    February sets German wind power record

    28 Feb 2020, 13:48 Expert BDEW-German Association of Energy and Water Industries Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Electricity market Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Utilities Freja Eriksen Wind Clean Energy Wire / Tagesspiegel ...
  • 27 Mar 2019 |
    Gas

    Cabinet drafts regulation to reduce costs for LNG terminal operators

    27 Mar 2019, 12:19 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian ...
  • 02 Apr 2020 |

    Tesvolt starts production in 'first European gigafactory' for battery storage

    02 Apr 2020, 13:44 Sören Amelang Storage Clean Energy Wire German storage company Tesvolt says it has started production in "Europe's first gigafactory for commercial battery storage systems." The new production line, in the Eastern German ...
  • 05 Apr 2019 |

    German parliament passes law on faster grid expansion to ensure renewables growth

    05 Apr 2019, 12:40 New legislation passed yesterday by Germany’s federal parliament is to ensure the timely completion of crucial power grid connections that transport renewable electricity throughout the country. This law will bring the energy transition ...
  • 01 Feb 2016

    Crunch time for e-car incentives / Anxiety in lignite mining region

    01 Feb 2016 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “It won’t happen without buyer’s premiums” Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet car industry representatives on Tuesday to talk about incentives for e-mobility, reports Süddeutsche Zeitung. The government will not ...
  • 29 Nov 2019 |

    Germany’s climate law and national emissions trading system clear last legislative hurdle

    29 Nov 2019, 14:09 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Government Clean Energy Wire The council of federal state governments (Bundesrat) has greenlit  Germany’s Climate Action Law  and the  planned ...
  • 11 Mar 2020 |

    German chemical makers connect with engineers to find path to climate neutrality

    11 Mar 2020, 13:22 Sören Amelang Industry Clean Energy Wire The German chemical industry association VCI has teamed up with the country's engineering association VDI to develop concepts aimed at reaching greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050. The ...
  • “Falling power prices: RWE tightens austerity measures and cuts more jobs”

    German energy utility RWE, which employs a around 14,000 people, is earning less money due to falling power prices and will therefore cut around 2,300 jobs in Europe, 1,600 of them in Germany, dpa reports. By 2018 RWE Power wants to cut annual costs ...
  • 02 Oct 2019 |

    Ambitious German energy transition would generate more jobs than business-as-usual by 2050- study

    02 Oct 2019, 13:56 Expert BDI- Federation of German Industries Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices Policy Expert Prognos Consultancy Energiewende Julian Wettengel Business & Jobs Clean Energy Wire Total ...
  • 31 Mar 2020 |

    German bioenergy industry calls for crisis support to ensure energy supply

    31 Mar 2020, 13:25 Expert Bundesverband Bioenergie Federal Association for Bioenergy Bioenergy Renewables Expert German Biogas Association Fachverband Biogas e.V. Business & Jobs Citizens' energy Electricity market Renewables Freja Eriksen ...
  • 30 Jul 2019 |

    Bavarian Merkel ally says climate action belongs in German Basic Law- media

    30 Jul 2019, 10:30 Markus Söder, Bavaria’s conservative state premier, has called for climate action to be enshrined in Germany’s Basic Law, according to German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung. Söder has thus embraced a long-standing demand by the Green Party, ...
  • Germany's "Man-to-the-Moon"-project: Quotes from Energiewende conference

    27 Mar 2015 (All day) UPDATE-- Over 900 ministers, officials, business people, energy experts and journalists from around 60 countries take part in the first Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, a two-day confernce hosted by the German Foreign Ministry, the ...
  • “Climate Action Plan boosts the share prices of E.ON and RWE”

    The energy and coal industry is happy about the new, weakened language in the draft version of the Climate Action Plan 2050, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes. Share prices of energy companies E.ON and RWE have increased in the past days – against ...
  • Electricity flat rate instead of price per kilowatt-hour

    The decentralised energy system based largely on renewable sources could change the way consumers pay for power, Eva Augsten reports in Technology Review. Power and heat from wind and solar cause hardly any operating costs, but instead need a relatively ...
  • 27 Mar 2020 |

    German wind industry says corona must not overshadow need for action as auction once again falls short

    27 Mar 2020, 13:44 Expert BWE- German Wind Energy Association Bundesverband Windenergie Technology Citizens' energy Electricity market Business & Jobs Benjamin Wehrmann Renewables Wind Clean Energy Wire The current difficulties caused by the ...
  • 12 Sep 2019 |

    Carmakers call on European states to facilitate e-mobility breakthrough

    12 Sep 2019, 14:13 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Clean Energy Wire The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has called on European leaders to come up with a coherent plan to facilitate the ...
  • 27 Mar 2020 |

    VW faces major problems in flagship ID.3 e-car production – report

    27 Mar 2020, 13:58 Expert VW- Volkswagen Cars Transport Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Süddeutsche Zeitung The mass production of VW's flagship e-car model ID.3 is being hampered by major difficulties that could thwart the carmaker’s goal of becoming a ...
  • 15 Nov 2019 |

    Germany's parliament greenlights first major climate law

    15 Nov 2019, 15:20 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Julian Wettengel Climate & CO2 Government [Update adds opinion piece by Süddeutsche Zeitung] The German parliament (Bundestag) has decided the country's first major climate ...
  • 03 Mar 2020 |

    Tesla could start construction on German e-car factory this month

    03 Mar 2020, 13:44 Rachel Waldholz Cars Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Handelsblatt Tesla could break ground on its new e-car factory outside Berlin as soon as this month, and the company could be eligible for 280 million euros in subsidies from the ...
  • Germany wants to move key April climate summit online

    30 Mar 2020, 13:53 BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety Climate & CO2 Policy Read more about BMU- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety r.waldholz Climate & CO2 ...
  • 28 Oct 2019 |

    Merkel's coalition parties take another beating in Thuringia state election

    28 Oct 2019, 13:41 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Elections & Politics Clean Energy Wire / ARD The parties of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government coalition, the conservative CDU and the Social ...
  • Germans want their country to take climate leadership during EU presidency – survey

    26 Mar 2020, 14:03 Expert Heinrich Böll Foundation Green policy think tank Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Society Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 International Clean Energy Wire Climate action tops the wish list of German citizens for their government ...
  • 26 Sep 2019 |

    USA and China overtake Europe in energy R&D expenses – report

    26 Sep 2019, 14:01 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Renewables Technology Bizz Energy Europe dedicated less money to energy research and development last year, resulting in the US and China outspending the EU and its ...
  • 09 Jan 2020 |

    Climate activists up pressure on Siemens over Australian coal mine contract

    09 Jan 2020, 13:33 Expert Siemens Business & Jobs Sören Amelang Coal Industry Clean Energy Wire Germany's Fridays for Future student climate protest movement has increased the pressure on engineering conglomerate Siemens for its involvement in ...
  • 25 Mar 2020 |

    Nuclear plant in Germany taken offline, corona crisis impacts on deconstruction plans

    25 Mar 2020, 13:58 Benjamin Wehrmann Nuclear phase-out Passauer Neue Presse / Clean Energy Wire The nuclear plant Gundremmingen in Bavaria will go offline until the end of March or early April due to a malfunctioning fuel element that needs replacing, the ...
  • 10 Jan 2020 |

    Germany's RWE could receive two billion euros in compensation for coal exit – media reports

    10 Jan 2020, 11:50 Expert EPH- Energetický a průmyslový holding Utilities Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Julian Wettengel Coal Rheinische Post / Reuters German energy company RWE could receive up to two billion euros ...
  • 24 Mar 2020 |

    Corona crisis hits German carmakers during crucial transition period

    24 Mar 2020, 14:26 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Die Welt The production stops and far-reaching sales collapse in the automotive industry is hitting Germany's major carmakers at a crucial time of transition, Florian Gehm writes in Die Welt. Car sales are ...
  • 23 Mar 2020 |

    Power lines for trucks could save a fifth of German road freight emissions – study

    23 Mar 2020, 14:06 Expert ifeu- Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Climate & CO2 Renewables Transport Freja Eriksen Cars Freight Clean Energy Wire A 3,200-kilometre network of overhead power lines (catenary) for hybrid trucks would cut ...
  • 25 Feb 2020 |

    Storm Yulia sets new record in German wind power

    25 Feb 2020, 14:00 Expert Agora Energiewende Think tank on German energy policy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Energiewende International Expert Fraunhofer ISE Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme Renewables Expert Fraunhofer ISI Fraunhofer ...
  • 21 Feb 2020 |

    Greta Thunberg visit raises profile of Hamburg 'climate election'

    21 Feb 2020, 13:25 Greta Thunberg will travel to Hamburg to participate in the student climate protests preceding local elections in the maritime city on 23 February, according to media reports. The Swedish activist's presence at the "Hamburg ...
  • 20 Mar 2020 |
    Gas

    Researchers' hydrogen road map expects 50 to 80 GW capacity in Germany by 2050

    20 Mar 2020, 13:55 Expert Fraunhofer ISE Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme Renewables Expert Fraunhofer ISI Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research Climate & CO2 Electricity market Renewables Freja Eriksen Gas Clean Energy ...
  • 19 Apr 2016

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

    19 Apr 2016 (All day) sandbag.org A “lose-lose-lose” situation The Vattenfall lignite sale to EPH is a lose for the climate, a lose for the Swedish government and a lose for German workers, according to analysis by UK non-profit group sandbag. EPH is a ...
  • 19 Mar 2019 |

    Hardware retrofitting of manipulated diesel cars pushes up CO2 emissions – automobile club

    19 Mar 2019, 13:57 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Cars Clean Energy Wire Retrofitting manipulated diesel cars with hardware that reduces their output of harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) can greatly ...
  • 02 Dec 2019 |

    Tesla's prospective German home region ready to process application for gigafactory

    02 Dec 2019, 13:43 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Cars Tagesspiegel / dpa The German district near Berlin that e-carmaker Tesla has chosen as the location for its first European gigafactory is awaiting the paperwork ...
  • 19 Feb 2020 |

    Higher buyer’s premium for e-cars goes into effect in Germany

    19 Feb 2020, 14:08 Rachel Waldholz Cars Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Germany’s increased subsidy for electric vehicles goes into effect today (Wednesday, Feb. 19), FAZ.net reports. The increase in the e-car buyer’s premium was first announced in ...
  • 21 Nov 2019 |

    UK and Germany mull boosting cooperation on hydrogen production with offshore wind

    21 Nov 2019, 13:03 Hydrogen production with renewable power is seen by many countries as an essential tool to decarbonise the economy. The UK and Germany, the world’s two leading offshore wind power nations, have started to sound out how they could ...
  • 20 Dec 2019 |

    Agriculture climbs up on German government's climate priority list

    20 Dec 2019, 14:24 Expert BMEL- Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture Agriculture Freja Eriksen Agriculture Clean Energy Wire / Der Tagesspiegel Both climate action and adaptation to climate change must be given "higher priority" in German ...
  • Berlin’s energy senator says cities must lead the way on climate action

    Big cities around the world have a special and urgent responsibility to press ahead in the fight against global warming, Berlin’s Green energy senator Ramona Pop says in a guest article for the Berliner Zeitung. If the federal government fails to give the ...
  • 16 Mar 2020 |

    Germany's utilities say power supply secure amid coronavirus response

    16 Mar 2020, 14:09 Expert VKU- German Association of Local Utilities Verband kommunaler Unternehmen Utilities Climate & CO2 Electricity market Benjamin Wehrmann Grid Security Clean Energy Wire The far-reaching measures taken in Germany and across ...
  • 16 Mar 2020 |

    Hearing on Tesla’s factory postponed because of coronavirus, Berlin senator orders Model 3

    16 Mar 2020, 14:27 Rachel Waldholz Cars Handelsblatt / Der Spiegel A public hearing on Tesla’s proposed e-car factory outside Berlin has been postponed indefinitely because of concerns over the coronavirus, the business daily Handelsblatt reports. ...
  • 10 Feb 2020 |

    Germany's steel industry needs political support to cope with CO2-reduction – opinion

    10 Feb 2020, 13:38 Benjamin Wehrmann Industry Handelsblatt The German steel industry accounts for about one third of the country's total industry emissions, meaning that becoming carbon-neutral by 2050 comes with particular challenges to the sector ...
  • 17 Mar 2020 |

    Germany's weather service starts ten-year forecast to improve climate adaptation

    17 Mar 2020, 14:32 Expert DWD- Germany's National Meteorological Service Deutscher Wetterdienst Climate & CO2 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Renewables Clean Energy Wire A new decade-long weather forecast made by Germany's ...
  • 17 Mar 2020 |
    Gas

    Domestic gas production in Germany down as consumption increases

    17 Mar 2020, 14:20 Benjamin Wehrmann Gas Clean Energy Wire Consumption of natural gas by Germany's private households and industry customers increased in 2019, while domestic production of the fossil fuel continued to decline, the national gas, oil ...
  • Bavaria's renewable capacity growing as nuclear plant shutdown boosts power imports

    21 Feb 2020, 14:24 Benjamin Wehrmann Nuclear phase-out Renewables Clean Energy Wire Power generation with solar panels and bioenergy plants has reached a new record level in Bavaria, the German state's economy ministry has said. Final data for 2018 ...
  • 12 Mar 2020 |

    Seasons in Germany shifting to shorter winters, earlier summers

    12 Mar 2020, 14:21 Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire The four seasons in Germany have been shifting over the last decades due to climate change, resulting in shorter winters and earlier summers, phenological data of plant growth ...
  • 20 Mar 2020 |

    Solar and wind energy expansion in Germany faces paralysis due to coronavirus

    20 Mar 2020, 13:52 f.eriksen Solar Wind Tagesspiegel Background / pv magazine The coronavirus crisis is spilling over into the solar and wind energy industry, which is already facing a slump in Germany, write Christian Schaudwet and Steven Hanke in the ...
  • 18 Mar 2020 |

    Coronavirus increases demand for wind & solar investments – asset manager

    18 Mar 2020, 13:53 Rachel Waldholz Renewables Finance Clean Energy Wire The coronavirus pandemic has prompted major sell-offs in global markets, but demand for renewable energy investments remains strong, said German asset management firm aream in a  ...
  • 16 Aug 2019 |

    German economy ministry mulls action on looming solar power support cap

    16 Aug 2019, 12:11 Expert BMWi- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie Business & Jobs Cost & Prices EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin ...
  • New SPD leaders put German government’s future in doubt with climate demands

    02 Dec 2019, 13:45 The members of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) have unexpectedly voted for a more left-leaning leadership, casting doubt on the future of the coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance. The ...
  • Renewables overtake coal as Germany’s most important power source

    10 Jul 2018, 15:01 Wind and solar power, together with other renewable sources, have overtaken coal as Germany’s most important power source, figures released by the industry group BDEW show. But this milestone in the history of the country’s energy ...
  • Oil major Total says keeps an eye on “very interesting” German hydrogen projects

    03 Jul 2019, 14:15 Expert DLR- German Aerospace Center Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt Technology Transport Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Fossil fuels Gas Technology Wirtschaftswoche French oil major Total ...
  • 25 Oct 2019 |

    Supplier Bosch cuts jobs as diesel, petrol car demand dwindles

    25 Oct 2019, 14:24 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sven Egenter Cars Business & Jobs dpa / tagesschau.de German car part supplier Bosch will cut around 2,600 jobs in the coming years because the demand for diesel and petrol cars ...
  • 25 Sep 2019 |

    New IPCC ocean report triggers fresh criticism of German climate package

    25 Sep 2019, 13:57 Expert Oxfam Germany COP21 Climate & CO2 Expert WWF Germany World Wide Fund For Nature Climate & CO2 Fossil fuels Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Clean Energy Wire ...
  • 08 Oct 2019 |

    Extinction Rebellion protesters block main roads in Berlin, urge climate action

    08 Oct 2019, 11:00 Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion have begun two weeks of blockades and acts of civil disobedience by occupying two main traffic intersections in Berlin, demanding that Germany's government "tells the truth" ...
  • 22 Aug 2019 |

    Eastern German coal states welcome proposal for phase-out support

    22 Aug 2019, 13:55 Eastern German coal mining regions have welcomed draft legislation to support the states most affected by plans to phase out the fossil fuel by 2038 at the latest. The economy ministry presented an "investment law for coal regions ...
  • 12 Dec 2018 |

    COP24 blog- Germany's environment minister rejects hypocrisy criticism

    12 Dec 2018, 17:52 Germany is under scrutiny at the UN climate summit COP24 in Poland: the country will fail its 2020 climate target and only the next year will show if a push to phase-out coal-fired power production will result in an end date for the CO2 ...
  • 09 Mar 2020 |

    German grid and nuclear plant operators step up coronavirus precautions

    09 Mar 2020, 13:49 Expert 50Hertz Transmission Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Sören Amelang Grid Tagesspiegel Background German operators of key energy infrastructure including power stations, gas and electricity grids have stepped up ...
  • German parties hurry to present climate plans as pressure mounts

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

    German grid agency strengthens supply security after strains in June

    11 Dec 2019, 12:56 Expert Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway Bundesnetzagentur Cost & Prices Electricity market Grid Freja Eriksen Grid Clean Energy Wire In response to several strains on the German ...
  • 05 Feb 2019 |

    Grid operators propose thousands of kilometres of new lines to meet green energy needs

    05 Feb 2019, 14:23 Germany's four transmission grid operators have published their proposal for the 2030 electricity grid, including some 1,600 kilometres of new power lines and updating another 2,900 km. This comes with a price tag of 52 billion ...
  • 24 Oct 2019 |

    NGOs call on coal mining state to protect villages and forest near mine

    24 Oct 2019, 12:06 Expert RWE AG Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Utilities Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Freja Eriksen Coal Clean Energy Wire Leading environmental NGOs have called on the government of western German ...
  • 10 Mar 2020 |

    German grid operator 50Hertz reports renewables record, plans billions in new investments

    10 Mar 2020, 13:17 Expert 50Hertz Transmission Grid operator Electricity market Grid Technology Rachel Waldholz Grid Renewables reNews / Handelsblatt The German grid operator 50Hertz reported delivering a record 60 terawatt hours of renewable electricity ...
  • 18 Feb 2020 |

    Tesla gigafactory delay will damage Germany’s reputation, say conservatives

    18 Feb 2020, 13:48 r.waldholz Cars Clean Energy Wire / Handelsblatt / Der Spiegel Conservative politicians and business associations are criticizing a ruling this weekend that temporarily halted work at the site of Tesla’s proposed e-car “Gigafactory” ...
  • 27 Jan 2020 |

    Energy heavyweight RWE calls for roundtable on solving Germany's wind power impasse

    27 Jan 2020, 14:25 Benjamin Wehrmann Wind Utilities dpa / Tagesspiegel / Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung German energy industry heavyweight RWE has called for a roundtable of stakeholders to make progress on ending the current slump of onshore wind power ...
  • 28 Nov 2019 |

    New SUV registrations in Germany to exceed one million in one year

    28 Nov 2019, 13:36 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Welt Online The boom of SUVs continues unabated in Germany, topping one million newly registered vehicles in a single year for the first time in 2019, Philipp ...
  • 18 Feb 2020 |

    Germany to promote EU maritime strategy including shore power

    18 Feb 2020, 13:58 b.wehrmann Industry Clean Energy Wire Germany's government plans to use the country's EU Council Presidency in the second half of 2020 to advocate a common European maritime economy strategy aimed at strengthening the bloc& ...
  • 12 Mar 2020 |

    Offshore wind farm operators in row with environmentalists over impact on birds

    12 Mar 2020, 14:03 Benjamin Wehrmann Wind Clean Energy Wire The environmental impact of offshore wind turbines remains a hotly contested subject in Germany. German offshore wind farm operator association BWO said a study found that populations of loon ...
  • 27 Jan 2020 |

    Tesla eyes German state aid for new gigafactory as Musk weighs in on environmental concerns

    27 Jan 2020, 14:24 Benjamin Wehrmann Cars Handelsblatt / n-tv American e-carmaker Tesla has applied for state subsidy payments in Germany to fund battery cell research and production in the host country of the company's planned new gigafactory, ...
  • Climate targets of Germany's biggest companies incompatible with Paris Agreement goals – report

    27 Nov 2019, 13:19 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Climate & CO2 Business & Jobs The emissions reduction targets of several major German companies would violate the Paris Climate Agreement 's goal of ...
  • 18 Feb 2020 |

    Germany's leading role in green technologies at risk – agency

    18 Feb 2020, 13:55 Sören Amelang Industry Start-ups Clean Energy Wire Germany's strong position in the global market for environmental technologies is at risk, warns the country's environment agency (UBA). "Germany's international ...
  • 06 Mar 2020 |

    Aviation tax should be postponed due to coronavirus – Conservative aviation expert

    06 Mar 2020, 14:24 Sören Amelang Transport Wirtschaftswoche Germany should postpone the introduction of an aviation levy designed to lower emissions because the sector has already been dealt a blow by the coronavirus, Klaus-Peter Willsch, aviation expert ...
  • 15 May 2019 |

    OECD highlights need for rethinking financial sector as part of climate action strategy

    15 May 2019, 12:21 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Finance Clean Energy Wire Most nations in the world have subscribed to the goal of limiting global warming and reining in climate change but the financial long ...
  • 05 Mar 2020 |

    German carmakers to become global EV market leaders from 2021 – McKinsey

    05 Mar 2020, 15:08 Sören Amelang Cars Clean Energy Wire German carmakers VW, BMW and Daimler are set to overtake Chinese rivals to become global market leaders for electric cars from 2021, according to business consultancy McKinsey. The German trio will ...
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    In the media: Germany's climate target plan, Row over coal, RWE financial results

    13 Nov 2014 (All day)   Der Tagesspiegel “Germany’s problems with climate protection“ Draft versions of Germany’s Climate Action Programme (Aktionsprogramm Klimaschutz), designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020, and a National ...
  • 04 Nov 2019 |

    Germany and India agree close partnership on clean mobility and renewables

    04 Nov 2019, 14:10 Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Benjamin Wehrmann Transport International Clean Energy Wire The governments of India and Germany have agreed on close cooperation to promote a climate-friendly transition in the ...
  • 05 Mar 2020 |

    Solarwatt starts new PV production in Germany, says Europe can compete with Asia

    05 Mar 2020, 14:32 Rachel Waldholz Renewables Solar pv magazine The German photovoltaic (PV) system manufacturer Solarwatt plans to launch a new production line in Dresden, and the company believes solar panel production in Europe can be competitive with ...
  • Coal commission fail would be lost year for climate policy- member

    20 Nov 2018, 10:30 Germany’s coal exit commission aims to propose a path for the country’s phase-out by the end of November. Agreeing a compromise on how to end the use of Germany's most important fossil fuel in such a short time will be difficult, ...
  • 04 Mar 2020 |

    Austria looks to Bavaria as model for solar-powered Energiewende

    04 Mar 2020, 13:46 Rachel Waldholz Elections & Politics Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Austria’s new government has set ambitious climate targets that will require massive new investments in renewable energy – and it is looking to Germany, and ...
  • 27 Jan 2020 |

    German lignite operator rejects media report on excessive compensation

    27 Jan 2020, 14:20 Expert Institute for Applied Ecology Öko-Institut Citizens' energy Climate & CO2 Electricity market Julian Wettengel Coal dpa / Spiegel / Clean Energy Wire Eastern German lignite mine and power plant operator LEAG has rejected ...
  • 03 Mar 2020 |

    Lower taxes for diesel cost Germany up to seven billion euros in 2019

    03 Mar 2020, 14:22 Expert BMF- Federal Ministry of Finance Bundesministerium der Finanzen Finance Expert Green Party Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen EEG 2.0 | Law Policy Benjamin Wehrmann Fossil fuels Cars Rheinische Post The lower taxation of diesel fuel in ...
  • 03 Mar 2020 |

    Sustainable travel and 'flight shame' growing concerns for Germans- survey

    03 Mar 2020, 13:53 Rachel Waldholz Transport Society Clean Energy Wire A growing majority of German travelers say they are taking climate change and sustainability into account when planning vacations, according to a YouGov survey. 60 percent of German ...
  • 11 Mar 2017 |

    The Green Party's federal election programme

    11 Mar 2017 (All day) In its party programme for Germany's upcoming federal election, the Greens focus on the country's “ecological modernisation”. In the run-up to September’s vote, the party sets out its aims of reinvigorating renewables ...
  • 26 Jan 2017 |

    Power grid fees- Unfair and opaque?

    26 Jan 2017 (All day) Germany’s shift to a renewable energy future requires massive investments into the country’s power network. The costs are borne by consumers, who pay a grid fee included in their power bills. A rapid rise of these network usage ...
  • 20 years on: German renewables pioneers face end of guaranteed payment

    16 Sep 2019, 14:00 Guaranteed remuneration for operators of renewable power installations has been a key component of Germany's energy transition. Feed-in tariffs were introduced with the country's Renewable Energy Act (EEG) in the year 2000. ...
  • 27 May 2019 |

    Facts on the German state elections in the city of Bremen

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

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

    12 Feb 2019, 14:40 Germany has a well-developed natural gas pipeline grid, but so far does not have its own import terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG). Following harsh criticism by US President Donald Trump over the contentious Russian-German natural ...
  • Germany’s Siemens: a case study in Energiewende industry upheaval

    23 Apr 2018 (All day) Like no other company, German industry behemoth Siemens epitomises the upheaval caused by the Energiewende in the world’s fourth largest economy. None of the electrical engineering and electronic group’s businesses has been left ...
  • 20 Apr 2017 |

    Key stakeholders in Germany’s Energiewende

    20 Apr 2017 (All day) Which groups are invested in, and impacted by, the German energy transition? Here we identify the key stakeholder groups, their positions and concerns. Energiewende s.egenter r.russell j.wettengel The German federal government ...
  • 03 Aug 2018 |

    Road freight emissions in Germany

    03 Aug 2018, 13:45 Trucks and other freight vehicles are the backbone of Germany’s export-driven economy. But the rapid growth in traffic volumes increases the pressure of reaching emissions reductions in the transport sector, which already lags behind on ...
  • 26 Jan 2017 |

    How can Germany keep the lights on in a renewable energy future?

    26 Jan 2017 (All day) Germany’s shift to green energy continues apace. But how will a fully renewables-based electricity system power the world’s fourth-largest economy on days when there's no sun or wind? Energiewende opponents argue Germany will ...
  • 30 Oct 2018 |

    Climate impact of farming, land use (change) and forestry in Germany

    30 Oct 2018, 22:15 Farming and land use emissions arise from a very diverse range of sources – milk cows, growing cereal, converting pastures into maize fields, producing fertiliser, driving tractors, draining moorlands, to name just a few. Other ...
  • 16 Aug 2018 |

    Gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 links Germany to Russia, but splits Europe

    16 Aug 2018, 14:01 The natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, currently under construction under the Baltic Sea, has been the subject of heated debate for years. The project, scheduled for completion in late 2019, would allow additional Russian gas to flow ...
  • 10 Jul 2019 |

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

    10 Jul 2019, 09:14 The shift to a low-carbon future is turning the economy inside out. Policy has a crucial role to play, but ultimately it is businesses that will make the energy transition happen. In Energiewende home country Germany, many start-ups ...
  • 23 Jan 2020 |

    Implementing Germany’s coal exit proposal

    23 Jan 2020, 13:00 Germany's coal exit commission has agreed on a proposal on how the country can manage to phase out its single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions by 2038, and the ensuing political decision-making process is in full swing. ...
  • 07 Aug 2018 |

    Rail cargo emissions in Germany

    07 Aug 2018, 17:46 Rail freight, one of the potentially most climate-friendly modes of cargo transportation, is having a hard time to increase its clout in Germany's export-driven economy. Technical difficulties, red tape, and the twists and turns of ...
  • 25 May 2020 |

    "Dieselgate"- a timeline of the car emissions fraud scandal in Germany

    25 May 2020, 12:00 "Dieselgate" started out as a scandal exclusively affecting Germany's largest car company Volkswagen. But since it broke in September 2015, it has morphed into a global issue involving many industry giants. In Germany, ...
  • 16 Apr 2020 |

    Solar power in Germany – output, business & perspectives

    16 Apr 2020, 14:30 Solar power in Germany has gone through turbulent times since it got off to a flying start in the wake of Germany's Renewable Energy Act in the year 2000. German companies quickly ascended to global leadership in solar power ...
  • 09 Sep 2016 |

    Germany’s trimmed-down Climate Action Plan

    09 Sep 2016 (All day) After months of deliberation, the German environment ministry has presented a trimmed-down Climate Action Plan 2050 for consultation with other ministries. The plan has been presented as crucial for Germany to achieve its ambitious ...
  • Power-to-gas: Fix for all problems or simply too expensive?

    20 Jun 2018, 09:35 Using renewable electricity to produce hydrogen and CO₂-neutral methane could solve some of the Energiewende’s toughest challenges. Making gas with wind and solar power could provide carbon-neutral fuel for heating and transport, and ...
  • 07 Aug 2018 |

    Germany’s three lignite mining regions

    07 Aug 2018, 22:09 The beginning of the end of coal-fired power generation is imminent in Germany – a so-called 'coal exit commission' (or ' coal commission ' for short) of government officials and lobbyists is to decide an end-date by ...
  • 27 Jul 2018 |

    Air cargo emissions in Germany

    27 Jul 2018, 15:05 Aviation is one of the fastest-growing sources of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Direct emissions from airplanes and other aircrafts account for more than two percent of global emissions, roughly equivalent to the total greenhoue ...
  • 10 Mar 2019 |

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

    10 Mar 2019, 15:22 Students around the world are walking out of school on Fridays to demand faster action on climate change. The protests were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who began skipping school last August. In Germany, ...
  • The Climate Action Programme – what it's all about

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  • 21 Mar 2019 |

    The task force in charge of steering Germany to clean mobility

    21 Mar 2019, 11:52 Germany struggles to lower emissions in the transport sector and has launched an advisory panel to clean up the sector according to national climate targets. Its findings, to be published by spring, are meant to feed into the government ...
  • 11 Sep 2019 |

    Huge EV bet could turn diesel pariah VW into "game-changing" pioneer

    11 Sep 2019 VW has initiated a remarkable transformation in the wake of the Dieselgate scandal. Shaken to the core by the emissions cheating scandal of its own making, the world's largest carmaker has embraced electric mobility more vigorously than ...
  • Balancing the books: Germany's "green energy account"

    12 Feb 2015 (All day) The green energy account is the basis for calculating what German consumers pay to fund the Energiewende: a levy currently comprising a fifth of their power bills. The rapid rise of renewables over the years has inflated this levy, a ...
  • 20 Sep 2017 |

    Campaign quotes: Greens and Free Democrats on Energiewende issues

    20 Sep 2017 (All day) The Free Democrats (FDP) want a more market-led Energiewende and abolish "dreadful subsidies" to renewables, while the Green Party favours a CO2 tax and the phase-out of conventional cars. In the run-up to the federal ...
  • 28 Jan 2020 |

    German onshore wind power – output, business and perspectives

    28 Jan 2020, 12:00 Onshore wind power is a central pillar of Germany’s transition to low-carbon electricity generation and projected to become the country's number one power source. This factsheet takes a look at German wind power industry’s most ...
  • Facts on German state elections and the energy transition in Hesse

    29 Oct 2018, 08:30 The central German state of Hesse has been a latecomer in terms of the country's energy transition, the Energiewende, but has gained ground by swiftly expanding renewables in recent years. The state that is a European ...
  • 11 Jul 2016 |

    Reactions to the Renewable Energy Act reform 2016

    11 Jul 2016 (All day) Germany is giving its main renewables support scheme, the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), a major overhaul, aiming to streamline the growth of renewables and to reduce costs for consumers. But the plans, including a switch from feed-in ...
  • Understanding the European Union’s Emissions Trading System

    21 Aug 2018, 16:05 Germany's increasing CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants are partially due to the historically low prices for emissions allowances in the EU's Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). One of the world's biggest carbon ...
  • 26 Jul 2018 |

    Germany's maritime freight emissions

    26 Jul 2018, 09:28 Germany's maritime freight industry is big business that boasts globally ranked shipping companies, state-of-the-art ports, and reliable logistics. The country's merchant fleet mainly runs on CO₂-intensive heavy oil, as do ...
  • Climate & energy stumbling blocks for Jamaica-coalition talks

    27 Sep 2017 Germany might be headed towards a new chapter in its political history with a governing coalition of the conservative CDU/CSU alliance, the economic liberal FDP, and the environmentalist Green Party looming as a real prospect for the first ...
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    UrStrom, an initiative of the citizens of Mainz and the surrounding area, was founded in September 2010 with the aim of making a contribution to the energy transition in Mainz and the Rheinhessen/Nahe region. The solar panels are mounted on the roofs of ...
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