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  • Eastern German city of Leipzig to become “centre of the Energiewende’s digitalisation”

    The eastern German city of Leipzig is slated to become the “centre of the Energiewende’s digitalisation,” Wolfgang Brinkschulte writes for the public broadcaster MDR. The federal government wants the “Smart Infrastructure Hub” to become a pivot for ...
  • German luxury carmaker Porsche quits diesel, aims to boost e-mobility

    Luxury carmaker Porsche will no longer produce cars with diesel engines and will instead focus on expanding its product range with electric or hybrid vehicles, the German company has said in a press release. Porsche said it did not want to “demonise” ...
  • Conflict in Hambach Forest threatens coal exit commission’s stability

    The conflict over coal-mining expansion in the Hambach Forest, where police have started evicting anti-coal activists, is becoming an issue that could threaten the stability of Germany’s coal exit commission, news website Spiegel Online writes. Commission ...
  • German government says ETS insufficient for reaching Energiewende goals

    The EU emissions trading system (ETS) is not sufficient for ensuring that Germany meets either its CO 2 emissions reduction goals or the other targets of its energy transition, the German government says in an answer to a parliamentary inquiry by the Left ...
  • “New law aims at regulating heating in a different way”

    The federal economy ministry has proposed merging existing energy legislation in the heating and building sector into one “Building Energy Law”, writes Reinhart Bünger in Der Tagesspiegel. One of the main goals is to change the way energy efficiency in ...
  • European auto industry questions 2021 CO₂ target

    The European auto industry is questioning existing and future EU car fleet CO₂ emission limits, reports news agency dpa in an article carried by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “Our industry is worrying about whether we’ll be able to reach the 2021 target ...
  • German solar heat users miss out on output worth 66 million euros per year – report

    Two-thirds of Germany’s solar heat installations could have a higher output if their use was optimised, the energy customer consultancy co2online says in a press release. Solar heat users miss out on 1.4 billion kilowatt hours per year, roughly equivalent ...
  • Opposition FDP calls federal government’s energy policy unclear

    The German federal government’s uncertainty about how to achieve a 65 percent share of renewable energy by 2030 “speaks for itself,” said Sandra Weeser, head of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) faction on the federal parliament’s (Budestag) Committee on ...
  • Germany’s ‘strategic reserves’ for coal under fire in EU Council - report

    A group of seven countries – comprising France, Poland, Italy, Hungary, Greece, Ireland and the UK – have issued a common position on the reform of Europe’s electricity market, saying “strategic reserves” for electricity should not receive favourable ...
  • Solar PV could reach expansion target for first time

    Solar PV expansion in Germany could reach the government’s goal of 2.5 gigawatts annually for the first time this year, Carsten Körnig, managing director of the German Solar Association (BSW), was quoted as saying in an article written by Thomas Magenheim ...
  • OECD urges Germany to meet its climate targets with extra effort

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a global organisation of 35 developed and emerging countries, has urged Germany to adopt further measures to reach its climate targets. “Additional policies are needed to meet even the ...
  • Germany must show Security Council members value of making security policy implications key topic

    The German government has to carefully moderate the many differing interests in order to successfully make security policy implications of climate change a key topic during its two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, writes ...
  • New “Global Alliance Power Fuels”

    The German Energy Agency (dena) has gathered a group of companies from the energy, automotive, aviation, chemicals and mineral oil, mechanical and plant engineering, insurance and finance sectors to launch a global alliance for power fuels. The list of ...
  • Saving Hambach Forest would cost billions of euros – RWE head

    Not cutting down the embattled Hambach Forest would cost four to five billion euros, Rolf Martin Schmitz, head of energy company RWE, which wants to clear the forest to expand a nearby lignite mine, said  in the political talk show Maybrit Illner on ...
  • Grid operator plans cable under Baltic Sea to store German wind power in Sweden

    A 300-kilometre power cable under the Baltic Sea will transport excess German wind power to Swedish hydropower plants, according to plans by German grid operator 50Hertz and Swedish company Svenska kraftnät, Andre Wornowski reports for regional newspaper ...
  • “German government falls behind on its obligations“

    The decision by US President Donald Trump to pull his country out of the global Paris Climate Agreement has been met with dismay and defiance by the German government, Silke Kersting writes on Handelsblatt Online. Meanwhile, environmental organisations ...
  • “German energy policy – a blueprint for the world?”

    German energy policy will not serve as a global energy policy blueprint, but as inspiration, according to the World Energy Council (WEC) Germany. In a survey, 60 percent of energy experts from 42 countries said the Energiewende could not serve as a global ...
  • Power-to-gas push no surprise – opinion

    The joint power-to-gas (PtG) project by power and gas transmission grid operators Amprion and Open Grid Europe (OGE) should not come as a surprise, as especially the gas industry worries about its future in a decarbonised Germany, writes Andreas Mihm in ...
  • 25 Nov 2015

    Study says banks put billions into lignite / A "deceptive" CO2 balance

    25 Nov 2015 (All day) Spiegel Online/Urgewald “German banks still put billions into brown coal” A study by environmental NGO Urgewald shows that German banks continue to finance climate-damaging brown coal, reports Spiegel Online. Deutsche Bank alone has ...
  • Clearing of anti-coal activist camps halted after journalist falls to death

    The government of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has stopped the clearing of anti-coal activist camps in Hambach Forest “until further notice” after a journalist fell to his death, writes Der Tagesspiegel. “We cannot simply return to business ...
  • Little competition in second round of biomass auctions

    Seventy-nine projects with a total capacity of around 77 megawatt have been successful in Germany’s second round of tenders for biomass plant, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) said in a press release. This represents a significant increase of awarded ...
  • 2018 will be record year for solar power in Germany – BSW

    Germany will have generated as much solar power in the first three quarters of 2018 as in all of 2017, writes the German Solar Association (BSW) in a press release. “2018 will be a record year for solar power,” writes the association. BSW managing ...
  • Germany needs a plan to phase out the combustion engine – opinion

    Germany needs a clear phase-out plan for combustion engine vehicles to increase pressure on carmakers to heavily invest in the development of e-cars and batteries, writes Jan Schmidbauer in an opinion piece in Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Unfortunately, the ...
  • Growth of German onshore wind sector will normalise from 2020 – bank

    German wind power "will see a brief decline in 2019", but growth of the onshore sector is expected to normalise from 2020, writes the Commerzbank in its market assessments of the wind energy market. “We continue to observe a robust global ...
  • Call for “climate passport” helps advance debate about fairness in climate policy – opinion

    It is futile to hope that the German government will officially propose the introduction of a “climate passport” at the upcoming UN climate conference COP24 in Katowice, Poland, writes Joachim Wille in an opinion piece in Frankfurter Rundschau. In a ...
  • Truck makers ignore emission problem while celebrating strong growth at commercial vehicle show IAA - NGO

    German and European truck makers like to forget their climate problem while celebrating strong industry growth at the commercial vehicle show in Hanover (IAA), according to environmental NGO Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (Nabu). “Behind ...
  • Cabinet decides energy research programme

    Aligned with the goals of the energy transition, the federal government cabinet has decided Germany’s 7 th energy research programme, the economy ministry said in a press release. “The Energiewende is an ambitious modernisation project for our economy. ...
  • Germany launches task force to kickstart shift to sustainable mobility

    The German government has launched a new advisory panel in order to reduce emissions in the transport sector. The cabinet agreed on Wednesday on the “National Platform Future of Mobility” that will replace the National Platform for Electric Mobility (NPE) ...
  • German car industry celebrates booming business as major challenges loom

    The German car industry will likely book record sales in 2018, but a whole range of challenges makes prospects for future business uncertain, the Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) says in a press release. Tougher car emissions standards in the ...
  • Hambach Forest struggle profoundly significant for future of German energy system – opinion

    The outcome of the struggle over the embattled Hambach Forest, which German energy company RWE wants to cut down to make way for the expansion of a lignite mine, will have “profound significance for the future of energy in Germany, as well as for climate ...
  • VW subsidiary Audi finally rises to Tesla challenge with first all-electric model - reports

    German carmaker Audi has presented its first all-electric model “e-tron”, which is obviously designed to be an answer to Tesla’s success, writes Tom Grünweg for Spiegel Online. Daniel Bönnighausen argues on EV website electrive that the car is the very ...
  • German utilities’ financial situation improves after progress in restructuring – consultancy

    German utilities' financial situation is stabilising after years of difficult transformation, writes consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). “The restructuring introduced because of [the energy transition] shows positive effects. The projected ...
  • G7 must increase financial support for climate change adaptation – NGO

    Ahead of the G7 environment, energy and ocean ministers meeting in Halifax, Canada, humanitarian relief organisation CARE published a comprehensive analysis of the finance provided by the G7 group to developing countries for climate change adaptation and ...
  • Hydrogen electrolysis must become “gigawatt industry” in Germany

    The German hydrogen electrolysis sector must become a “gigawatt industry” for Germany to reach its climate targets, according to a new study by Fraunhofer ISE, Fraunhofer IPA and E4tech, commissioned by the federal transport ministry (BMVI). The ...
  • EU opens investigation into possible collusion between BMW, Daimler and VW on clean emission technology

    The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether BMW, Daimler and VW colluded, in breach of EU antitrust rules, to avoid competition on the development and roll-out of technology to clean the emissions of petrol and diesel ...
  • 13 Jan 2016

    'Inflated' grid fees / Report on 'successful' PV pilot auctions

    13 Jan 2016 (All day) [Updates German industry association on energy policy] Federation of German Industries (BDI) German industry association warns against German “solo” in climate, energy policy The recent Paris agreement on climate does not give ...
  • German transport minister calls for more attractive car swap offers from automakers

    In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s Kerstin Schwenn, German minister of transport Andreas Scheuer, a member of the conservative CSU party, said the retrofitting of millions of diesel cars to make them cleaner and reduce emissions ...
  • Alstom's hydrogen trains enter passenger service in Lower Saxony

    The world's first hydrogen fuel cell train has started commercial operation on 17 September in the German state of Lower Saxony, French rail group Alstom announced in a statement. The Coradia iLint, built by Alstom in Salzgitter, Germany, is equipped ...
  • Germany’s rail electrification lags behind European leaders - lobby group

    Germany’s federal government lacks an overall strategy for the electrification of the country’s railway network, according to the lobby group Pro-Rail Alliance. Citing the latest EU comparative figures, the Alliance said there were large differences in ...
  • European parliament car-emission plans overstep mark – analyst

    The new CO 2 limits for passenger cars proposed by the European Parliament’s environment committee are going too far, Deutsche Bank analyst Eric Heymann says in a research note. Obviously, the committee was betting on a break-through of electric vehicles ...
  • Media report about coal exit proposal causes irritation

    A report about a proposal by one of Germany’s   coal commission   co-heads for a   coal exit   by 2038 has caused irritation. Co-chair Ronald   Pofalla also proposed taking 5-7 gigawatts of coal capacity off-line and into a security reserve by 2020, and ...
  • Still no date for additional solar and onshore wind power auctions

    In a parliamentary debate, representatives of the centre-left SPD and Greens again called on Peter Altmaier, the federal minister for economic affairs and energy, to set a date for the promised special auctions for a combined 4 gigawatts of solar ...
  • “Government supports economy more than before”

    The federal government has supported Germany’s private economy with a record amount of financial assistance and tax exemptions in the current legislative period, reports Cerstin Gammelin in Süddeutsche Zeitung. According to the government’s draft subsidy ...
  • Climate protection windfall

    The European Energy Exchange in Leipzig on Friday auctioned a total of 4.36 million emission allowances for the German government that brought in 64.7 million euros, Michael Bauchmüller writes in Süddeutsche Zeitung. The success of the auction marks a new ...
  • Frankfurt must ban old diesel cars, court rules

    The western German city of Frankfurt must introduce a ban on older diesel vehicles as part of a plan to improve air quality, the Federal Administrative Court ruled, reports news agency Reuters. The country’s financial centre must from February 2019 ban ...
  • German power taxes and levies system “ailing” – opinion

    In an opinion piece in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Andreas Mihm argues that the government is responsible for Germany’s high power prices, as it does not use the state budget to finance desired support like that for renewables, but passes the costs on ...
  • Carmakers and governments responsible for car emissions limits dilemma - opinion

    German carmakers are the main culprits behind the problems with emissions, writes Nikolaus Doll in an opinion piece for Die Welt. “Not all, but important companies have lied, deceived and in the end will not manage to comply with the future limit,” Doll ...
  • Lignite mine expansion dispute can only be solved through "negotiations and talks" - energy minister

    In the row over the expansion of a lignite mine and the clearing of a nearby forest, German economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier said that “solutions can only be found through negotiations and talks, and not in public debates,” news agency Reuters ...
  • Green Party and mining union at odds over coal exit strategy

    Germany’s energy industry can reach its greenhouse gas reduction obligations for 2030 and 2050 purely by letting the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) do its work, Michael Vassiliadis, head of the mining and chemicals industry union IG BCE, said ...
  • Vote in No.1 wind power state stalls Germany’s coalition talks

    09 Oct 2017 As Germany digests the result of this year’s federal election, the country prepares for yet another important vote, this time in the state of Lower Saxony. The early election in the country’s number one wind power state is seen as vital marker ...
  • RWE risks image disaster by throwing activists out of Hambach Forest

    The start of evictions of anti-coal activists in the Hambach Forest “has already done enormous damage to the image of [energy company] RWE”, which could turn into a veritable “disaster” once the company starts cutting trees in October, Jürgen Flauger, ...
  • Conditions that allowed license to expand Hambach coal mine have changed – opinion

    German energy company RWE may be legally entitled to proceed with the expansion of its lignite mine near the Hambach Forest and to have police remove protesters, but the conditions that led to RWE’s license for expansion “have changed dramatically,” ...
  • Environmentalists should get over Hambach Forest and focus on coal exit commission – opinion

    The apparent preparation of clearing operations in the Hambach Forest is a sad event for many environmentalists who have hoped to preserve the old trees for years, but they should keep their focus on making progress in Germany’s coal exit commission, ...
  • Need for energy policy reform “piling up” – parliamentary debate

    The need for reform in German energy policy is “piling up” under the current grand coalition government, said Oliver Krischer, deputy leader of the Greens parliamentary group in a plenary debate on the economy and energy budget for 2019. Economy minister ...
  • German carmakers lag behind on passenger e-cars, but are cutting edge on heavy e-vehicles

    German carmakers might have been late to embark on the electrification of passenger cars, but, according to a recent study by patent law office Grünecker, “are very well positioned when it comes to e-transporters and e-trucks,” Thomas Fromm writes for the ...
  • German state NRW mulls using silent e-trucks for night deliveries to reduce traffic volumes

    Electric trucks with low noise emissions could be used in the German state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) for night-time deliveries in inner cities, which would also reduce traffic volumes during the day, the Rheinische Post reports. NRW transport minister ...
  • G20 in Hamburg: Civil society urges Merkel on climate

    More than 300 civil society organisations call on “the remaining 19 members of the G20 to reaffirm their unfaltering commitment” to the implementation of The Paris Agreement after the US decision to leave the accord. The G20 engagement group Civil20 (C20) ...
  • RWE investor mulls selling company shares as “big plant operators’ time is over”

    The regional municipality association Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (LWL) mulls selling its shares in German energy company RWE as “grave changes on the energy market” mean that “the time of big plant operators is over,” Welt Online reports. LWL ...
  • German environment ministry praises US states for upholding climate action

    The US states, cities, companies, and civil society actors that have confirmed their unwavering support for international climate action despite the US administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement “gives courage” to everyone adhering to ...
  • Energy minister Altmaier angers grid expansion opponents by abstaining from meeting

    German economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier has rebuffed opponents of the planned SuedLink power transmission line by reportedly not joining a planned meeting in the economy ministry (BMWi), Heinz Wraneschitz writes in the pv magazine. Critics also ...
  • Germany’s former solar power champion SolarWorld ceases production

    The last factory of Germany’s former solar power champion SolarWorld in the eastern German state of Saxony has ceased production, Frank Hommel writes in the newspaper Freie Presse. “The last remaining materials have been used up, the last solar panel has ...
  • City of Berlin doubles buyer’s premium for e-cars

    The city of Berlin will double the support paid to entrepreneurs that decide to buy an electric car, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. The so-called buyer’s premium for commercial vehicles will be raised from 4,000 euros, paid for by the federal ...
  • Police start clearing anti-coal activist camp in Hambach Forest

    Police in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) have started clearing the anti-coal activist camp in the embattled Hambach Forest, the Rheinische Post reports in a live blog. Police set up a perimeter around the forest and started ...
  • Environmental budget discussion in parliament focussed on coal exit

    The plenary debate in the German Parliament about Germany’s 2019 budget for environmental policy on 12 September centred on the country’s coal exit. Referring to the current situation in the embattled Hambach Forest, which energy company RWE wants to cut ...
  • Volkswagen to face first major class action lawsuit in Germany over “dieselgate” affair

    The Federation of German Consumer Organisations (vzbv) together with auto club ADAC will file a class action lawsuit against Volkswagen for “intentionally and immorally causing harm to and betraying customers with software manipulation” to obfuscate its ...
  • Energy industry gives German government miserable rating after first six months – report

    The German energy industry is utterly unsatisfied with the government’s energy policy track record after the first six months in office, Michael Bauchmüller writes in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. “We’re lacking someone to set the pace in policymaking,” says ...
  • German government reportedly split over EU car emission limits

    The members of the German government disagree over the country’s position on future EU car emission limits, according to media reports. The ministries of economic affairs and transport both reject the environment ministry’s call for more ambitious targets ...
  • Hambach Forest: RWE head and environmental NGOs meet

    German energy company RWE and environmental organisations have met to discuss the situation in the embattled Hambach Forest that energy company RWE wants to cut down to make room for a nearby coal mine, reports Spiegel Online. RWE head Rolf Martin Schmitz ...
  • Reaching target of 65 percent renewables by 2030 is feasible - think tank

    Germany can reach its target of increasing the share of renewable energy to 65 percent of power consumption by 2030 from the current 36 percent at moderate costs, according to energy think tank Agora Energiewende*. Agora proposes a series of measures to ...
  • Cost of climate inaction “can hardly be quantified”, Germany must do more - Merkel

    While ambitious climate policy is an opportunity for growth and prosperity, the economic costs of inaction “can hardly be quantified, but they are enormous”, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the 9 th Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin. “Climate ...
  • Experts consider diesel hardware retrofitting effective, remain divided on costs

    Experts commissioned by the German federal government at the diesel summit in 2017 agree that diesel vehicle hardware retrofitting is an effective measure to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, reports the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. However, they are ...
  • Wind power expansion faces growing opposition

    Opposition to wind power expansion in Germany is gaining clout, as shown by a new video spot, with which the German Wildlife Foundation (Deutsche Wildtier Stiftung) has entered the campaign before the upcoming state elections in Hesse, writes Daniel ...
  • Wind industry still dependent on state support - opinion

    Having received state support for twenty years through the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the German wind power industry “still cannot stand on its own feet,” writes Andreas Mihm in an opinion piece in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. In the current ...
  • Finishing Paris Agreement rulebook at COP24 in Katowice “feasible” – German negotiator

    It is “feasible” that the UN climate summit in Katowice in December (COP24) will produce an agreement on implementation guidelines (also called rulebook or work programme) to the Paris Climate Agreement, Germany’s negotiator Nicole Wilke from the ...
  • Coal commission members “create joint knowledge base”

    Members of Germany’s coal-exit commission used their second plenary meeting on Friday, 13 July to hear presentations about the “tasks, framework conditions and structural policy challenges” that are to form the basis for their decision-making in the ...
  • German states aim to change rules for onshore wind power auctions

    The council of federal state governments in Germany (Bundesrat) wants to counter “undesirable developments” in the country’s auction system for onshore wind power by changing the rules for citizens’ energy projects, the Bundesrat says in a press release. ...
  • Germany’s coal commission "a model for a just transition"

    A socially just transition of all economic sectors should be the guiding principal for modern climate policy, German environment minister Svenja Schulze told more than 30 ministers at the opening of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin. According to ...
  • Industry’s 10-point plan for the next federal government

    The Federation of German Industries (BDI) has published demands for the coming legislative period in the form of a 10-point plan. It calls for new ways to finance renewables expansion, tax-based support for energy-efficient building renovation, grid fee ...
  • Federal cyber crime agency warns of large-scale attacks on European power grid

    Germany’s cyber crime agency in the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) warns that attacks on energy providers in the country could lead to a Europe-wide blackout, news website Spiegel Online reports. According to an internal BKA document seen by Spiegel ...
  • German Greens confident pro-climate government coalition possible

    09 Oct 2017 (All day) Leading Green politicians in Germany are optimistic an agreement to improve the country’s patchy climate record is possible in likely coalition talks with Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the free-market FDP. Despite major ...
  • Germany crosses threshold of 100,000 home battery storage systems

    A household near Berlin has commissioned Germany’s 100,000 th residential battery storage system. At an official ceremony, state secretary Thomas Bareiss called the threshold an “ important milestone ” for the country’s energy transition. “Storage systems ...
  • RWE head Schmitz says German coal exit by 2030 is impossible

    Germany will not be able to phase out coal-fired power production by 2030, said Rolf Martin Schmitz, head of RWE, the country’s biggest power producer and Europe’s biggest private emitter of CO 2. In an interview with the Rheinische Post on the eve of the ...
  • Investors put pressure on coal companies

    Many investors increasingly doubt that further investments in fossil power plants make sense and ask for ever more detailed justifications, for example regarding the modernisation of old facilities, writes WirtschaftsWoche in a long article. This could ...
  • German wind power companies to move jobs abroad as domestic market slumps

    As wind power generation starts to take off internationally, companies from the former global lead market Germany are set to close down parts of production at home and move jobs closer to growth markets, Brian Parkin and William Wilkes write for Bloomberg ...
  • Climate targets and SDGs achievable together with smart policy mix

    A broad combination of policies ranging from straightforward CO₂ pricing to regulation of water and forest protection, as well as lifestyle changes such as eating less meat, may be the best way to meet climate-stabilisation targets alongside most of the ...
  • Foundation calls for bailout fund for the climate

    German foundation World Future Council (WFC) says the current state of the global energy industry is like the financial industry on the eve of the global crisis in 2008. The group called for a bailout fund to absorb losses suffered because of the ...
  • 06 Nov 2014

    In the media: Energiewende awareness, coal exit and climate action plan

    06 Nov 2014 (All day) SolarServer “Survey: Energiewende little known in neighbouring countries, but support for goals” Public awareness of the Energiewende – or energy transition – among some of Germany’s immediate neighbours is low, according to a story ...
  • Diesel driving ban in Stuttgart, home of Daimler & Porsche

    The state government of Baden-Württemberg is to introduce driving bans for the most polluting diesel vehicles in the state capital Stuttgart from 1 January 2019. Baden-Württemberg is the home state of German carmakers Daimler and Porsche. Diesel vehicles ...
  • Qatar Petroleum in talks with Uniper and RWE over German LNG terminal

    Qatar Petroleum, the world’s largest supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG), is in talks with German energy companies about cooperating on a potential LNG terminal, writes Mathias Bruggmann in an article in Handelsblatt. “We have a serious interest in ...
  • German and Polish governments declare close cooperation on battery development

    German economy minister Peter Altmaier has said that Poland and Germany plan a cooperation on battery cell production, reports Spiegel Online. The production could be located in the eastern German lignite mining region Lusatia and western Poland, writes ...
  • Despite February ruling, EU could again question funding for Germany’s security standby of lignite plants

    The European Commission had approved, in a February state aid ruling, Germany’s security standby of lignite plants scheme, and said that future rules on the design of the EU electricity market would not influence this ruling. The Commission now says this ...
  • Space food for cows

    Cultivating feed in industrial facilities rather than on croplands, using a method originally developed during the Cold War for space travel, could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other negative implications for the environment, according to a ...
  • 26 Jul 2018

    Wind industry calls for special auctions amid expansion slowdown

    26 Jul 2018, 16:22 Following last year’s strong growth, wind energy expansion in the first half of 2018 dropped substantially. Wind power groups are calling on the government to launch the special auctions for renewable energies that it agreed to hold in ...
  • Air pollution control plans for cities could include provisions for power plants and mines

    Local governments have so far focussed on diesel vehicles in their air pollution control plans. However, such plans could also include provisions for power plants and coal mines, writes Thorsten Knuf in Berliner Zeitung, citing a report by the research ...
  • Geman police move into Hambach Forest climate activist camp to “remove barricades”

    Police forces in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) have moved into the embattled Hambach Forest that energy company RWE wants to cut down to make room for a nearby coal mine, the Rheinische Post reports. On Twitter, police said they ...
  • Brandenburg state government wants to control wind power expansion

    The state government of Brandenburg plans to increasingly regulate what it sees as excessive wind power expansion to ensure the continued acceptance by the population, writes Benjamin Lassiwe in Lausitzer Rundschau. State premier Dietmar Woidke said he ...
  • Germany’s farewell to coal: Artists reflect on a dying industry

    In Art & Coal, a major exhibition in Germany’s Ruhr region, artists explore the 900-year-old culture of coal mining as the country’s last two mines prepare to close, writes Sunaina Kumar in an article for the online art magazine and blog website ...
  • Strong increase of new car registrations in August, ahead of new emissions test

    New car registrations in Germany increased significantly in August 2018 – 25 percent compared to the same month in 2017 – due to the introduction of the stricter Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) at the beginning of September, ...
  • German grid agency unveils grid expansion scenario for a 65 percent-renewable power supply in 2030

    The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has released its 2030 grid development scenarios, including a “substantially altered” scenario based on a 65 percent share of renewables in the power mix, and on the additional auctions for wind and solar power promised ...
  • Consumers don’t know how much power they use, what they pay – survey

    More than 40 percent of German consumers don’t know how many kilowatt-hours of electricity they consumed or how much they paid for it last year, price comparison website Verivox says in a press release. A third of respondents to a Verivox survey had a ...
  • 22 Jun 2017 |

    “There’s no way around a coal exit law”

    22 Jun 2017 (All day) Germany's energy transition can only be successful if it is created by citizens themselves in a socially fair way, the Left Party writes in its election campaign programme. The Left is currently the largest opposition group in ...
  • Germany needs energy autonomy – parliamentary state sec

    Germany’s energy supply security must not depend on the support of other countries, Thomas Bareiss, state secretary in the economy and energy ministry (BMWi), said at a conference on energy and climate policy organised by newspaper Die Zeit in Berlin. ...
  • TenneT starts laying underwater section of German-Norwegian power line NordLink

    German power transmission grid operator TenneT has started laying the first underwater kilometres of NordLink, a direct power connection between Norway and Germany, the company announced in a press release. Over the coming months, TenneT will lay 99 ...
  • Mercedes, BMW and Audi start German assault on Tesla with new electric cars

    Daimler-owned Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen’s Audi and BMW will all unveil new electric cars in the coming days in a “German onslaught against Tesla’s dominance of the fast-growing market for premium battery cars”, report Esha Vaish and Laurence Frost for ...
  • Justice switches sides – opinion

    The term “just transition” was used at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue to mean limiting the economic consequences of decarbonisation in regions of industrial countries – a reasonable demand, Bernhard Pötter writes in an opinion piece for tageszeitung (taz ...
  • 11 May 2015 |

    Can Germany’s energy giants change their DNA?

    11 May 2015 (All day) Large utilities are being forced to take radical steps to reshape their business models to fit the new energy landscape. But experts say it remains to be seen if they can innovate their way out of the crisis. Conventional wisdom in ...
  • German NGO urges progress on rulebook in Bangkok talks leading to COP24

    The climate talks in Bangkok must lead to tangible results that make this year’s COP24 UN climate conference in Poland a success, NGO Germanwatch says in a press release. “Robust rules for the Paris Climate Agreement, improved climate goals for countries ...
  • German solar industry examines Nigeria's vast solar power potential

    Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and largest economy, can cover a big share of its growing energy demand with solar power, the German industry lobby group BSW Solar says in a press release. In an in-depth analysis of Nigeria’s solar power potential ...
  • VW CEO says company managers should switch to staff cars with electric engines

    Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess has told employees that the company’s managers should swap their staff cars for e-cars, Nicolaus Doll writes in Welt Online. According to the article, Diess told VW managers that the company would not be able to convince ...
  • Trump lashes out at Nord Stream 2, says Germany is “totally controlled” by Russia

    US President Donald Trump has lambasted the German reliance on Russian energy resources, saying the country is “totally controlled by” and “captive of” the fossil fuel exporting giant, according to international media reports. “Germany is totally ...
  • 02 Aug 2017

    "Win for car industry"- First reactions to German diesel summit

    02 Aug 2017 (All day) German carmakers have pledged to update the software in some 5 million diesel cars to lower emissions at the so-called "diesel summit", where leaders of the industry met with federal ministers and heads of federal states. ...
  • Internal party struggles keep Germany’s conservative ministers from doing their jobs

    A fight over immigration policy between Germany’s two conservative sister parties paralyses the work of conservative ministers in charge of energy transition policies, Nikolaus Doll, Michael Fabricius and Daniel Wetzel write in Die Welt. Energy and ...
  • Siemens to back Europe’s largest lithium-ion factory in Sweden

    German engineering company Siemens has offered its digital enterprise technology to help build Europe’s largest lithium-ion battery factory, planned by Northvolt, Reuters reports. Siemens said it would invest 10 million euros in the project – that has ...
  • Study compares long-term policy frameworks for implementation of Paris Agreement

    A long-term policy approach to achieving the climate protection effects required by the Paris Agreement is crucial for the successful transformation of the affected economic sectors, but progress in this field varies considerably across different ...
  • Industry sends climate protection wake-up call to policymakers – opinion

    The decisive message of the  German Industry Association’s (BDI) study  is that climate protection can be an economic success story, writes Ekkehard Rüger in an editorial for the Westdeutsche Zeitung. “To hear this wake-up call not just from ...
  • German energy minister wants round table on future of coal

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

    Chancellor Angela Merkel has signalled that she believes the chances were increasing of German carmakers building up battery production for electric cars in Europe, reports Gernot Heller for Reuters. “I’m detecting a certain rethink among carmakers,” ...
  • 16 Sep 2015

    In the media: Utility shares slump; criticism of coal plant export financing

    16 Sep 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “Why shares of E.ON and RWE are in freefall” Utilities’ provisions for the nuclear clean-up will mainly be needed in the decades to come, so interest-rate  assumptions are absolutely crucial to estimating their ...
  • NRW state premier Laschet will not mediate Hambach coal mine talks

    Armin Laschet, premier of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany’s largest federal state, is not willing to act as a mediator in the negotiations between environmental activists and the energy company RWE over the clearing of a forest near the Hambach ...
  • German government should annul coal exit commission’s mandate and decide for itself – opinion

    Due to its apparent lack of will to achieve a consensus, the mandate of Germany’s coal exit commission should be annulled and the government itself should find a consensus on how to end coal-fired power production in the country, Angela Hennersdorf writes ...
  • “Let’s do our homework before setting more ambitious climate goals“ – env min

    German environment minister Svenja Schulze backs  Chancellor Angela Merkel position on the European Commission’s proposal to raise the 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target. “We have set goals for 2020, which we will not reach. To then say ‘we will set ...
  • SPD accuses Green Party of pursuing reckless climate protection

    The leader of Germany’s junior government coalition partner SPD, Andrea Nahles, has attacked the Green Party, in parliamentary opposition, for pursuing a climate policy “that does not care about people in coal regions,” Veit Medick writes on Spiegel ...
  • Chinese carmaker Chery prepares for e-car production in Germany

    Chinese car producer Chery prepares for entering the European market with a purely electric car produced near Frankfurt in Germany, Hendrik Ankenbrand writes in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Chen Anning, CEO of the state-owned Chinese carmaker, said ...
  • Japan and China challenge German carmakers’ favourite e-car charging technology

    An agreement reached by Japan and China to set up a common standard for e-car charging technology could topple the Combined Charging System technology pushed for by German car companies, Welt Online reports. Japanese consortium Chademo and the China ...
  • Germany’s coal commission could extend negotiations well beyond schedule

    The commission tasked with planning Germany’s coal exit could extend its negotiations well into 2019, although it is scheduled to deliver ideas for quick emissions reduction and an end date for coal-fired power production by December this year. According ...
  • 25 years after Germany’s first Climate Action Report, environmentalists say little has been achieved

    A quarter century after Germany published its first Climate Action Report in 1993, environmental groups give the country bad marks on its efforts to follow through on the promises made in the seminal document, news agency dpa reports in an article carried ...
  • Environment minister Schulze reiterates opposition to coal mine expansion

    Germany’s environment minister Svenja Schulze has reiterated her opposition to the clearing of Hambach Forest for the expansion of a nearby lignite mine while the country’s coal exit commission discusses the end of the fossil fuel in Germany, the ...
  • RWE accuses anti-coal activists in Hambach Forest of “blackmail”

    The head of German energy company RWE’s workers’ council, Harald Louis, says activists in the embattled Hambach Forest who are trying to prevent the expansion of a nearby coal mine are “blackmailing” the company by using the country’s coal exit commission ...
  • “Why coal power is Merkel’s biggest climate challenge”

    Exiting coal-fired power production will be the litmus test of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s climate policy record, write Bloomberg’s Brian Parkin and William Wilkes. “Merkel will want a credible end date for coal to burnish her reputation as a ...
  • Ambitious EU car fleet CO2 emission limits are crucial for Germany’s 2030 transport climate targets – study

    Germany can only reach its 2030 climate targets for the transport sector with ambitious EU car emission limits and a host of additional measures, according to a study by the Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut) and the International Council on ...
  • “Federal government risks climate targets with new eco regulations”

    The federal economy ministry’s proposed new strategy “Energy efficiency and heat from renewable energies” could endanger Germany’s climate goals as it hindered house owners from installing modern fossil fuel-based heating systems, say conservative ...
  • VW has “miles to go” in US to carry out transparency reforms – report

    Germany’s largest carmaker still has to invest a lot of effort in the US to regain the trust that it lost after it was revealed in 2015 that the company cheated on emissions tests on a large scale, Jack Ewing writes in the New York Times. A report ...
  • RWE would be wise to abandon logging plans for coal mine expansion - opinion

    Forest protection has played an important role in the history of Germany’s Energiewende, or energy transition, and the current developments at the Hambach Forest, which is under threat by the expansion of a lignite mine, could end up as another example in ...
  • City of Berlin urges to end coal quickly due to water pollution from nearby mines

    The city of Berlin has urged Germany’s coal exit commission to work towards a quick end of coal mining and power production in Lusatia, Jakob Schlandt writes in energy policy newsletter Tagesspiegel Background. In a letter to the commission’s leaders, ...
  • Wind power “threatens fairy tale forest” in Germany

    The construction of wind power plants in the German state of Hesse could upset fans of Grimms' fairy tales as one of their stories’ favourite locations, the Reinhardswald, could become a wind farm location, Güven Purtul writes on Worldcrunch. While ...
  • Slow German smart meter licensing could let country fall behind

    Developers of smart meters are complaining that the German state’s licensing of the technology is taking much too long due to security concerns and increasing the risk that the country will fall behind its European neighbours, many of which are much more ...
  • Germany must pull its weight in UN Security Council to address climate change – commentary

    Germany will have to actively lobby to make climate change and its security policy implications a key feature of its two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Susanne Dröge writes in a commentary for the German Institute for ...
  • Industry calls on government to develop raw materials strategy for “future technologies”

    The influential Federation of German Industries (BDI) has called on the government to come up with a strategy to secure the supply of scarce raw materials for “future technologies” needed for e-mobility, digitalisation, and the energy transition. “The ...
  • Cobalt supply for e-car batteries uncertain in 2020s

    Demand for cobalt is set to increase substantially over the next years, and fear of insufficient supply for a large-scale roll-out of electric cars has led the mineral’s price to skyrocket from 23,000 dollars per tonne to 90,000 dollars over the past two ...
  • Coal exit debate must take costs into account – opinion

    Representatives of consumer protection and energy-intensive industry should be part of the upcoming so-called ‘coal exit commission’ to ensure that cost arguments are taken into account, writes German Chemicals Industry Association (VCI) director-general ...
  • German coal states' economy ministers warn against “hasty exit plans”

    The economy ministers of the German coal states Brandenburg, Saxony, and North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) have warned the country’s coal exit commission against coming up with “hasty” scenarios for phasing out fossil power sources. In a press release issued ...
  • Al Gore calls on German coal commission to make “historic“ decision

    Germany has provided inspiring and visionary leadership on energy and climate for many years, but is now at risk of being left behind, according to former US Vice President Al Gore. While stakeholders met for the first session of Germany’s coal exit ...
  • Air pollution levels exceed limit values in 116 German cities – NGO

    The concentration of harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO 2) emissions are above the legal limit in 116 cities and municipalities in Germany, NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH) says in a press release. The NGO’s analysis included 41 cities that so far had not ...
  • German wind sector "slump" political failure, not companies’ fault – wind industry association

    The “market slump” in the German wind power sector, which continues to lead to job cuts at manufacturers and suppliers, is caused by government regulation, writes the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) in a press release. “On the one hand, the federal ...
  • Disputes over wind power land use in northern Germany

    The expansion of wind power generation in northern Germany is meeting resistance from politicians and environmental organisations alike, Welt Online reports in two separate articles. In north-eastern state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, politician Eckhardt ...
  • Optimistic German energy industry should better prepare for future - consultancy

    The German energy industry is optimistic and sees itself well prepared for the future, financial services company KPMG said in its Future Readiness Index 2018. While its future readiness is "solid", it is currently facing only the beginning of a ...
  • Coal exit commission should avoid “quick and symbolic” exit scenarios – BDI president

    The commission tasked with Germany’s coal phase-out should avoid coming up with “quick and symbolic” scenarios to end the use of the fossil power source in the country, Dieter Kempf, president of the influential industry association BDI said in a guest ...
  • German transport minister rejects the concept of a “transport transition”

    The new German transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, has said he doesn’t like the concept “transport transition,” news agency Reuters reports. The German word “Verkehrswende," literally meaning ‘transport turnaround,’ describes a set of ...
  • Renewable fuels’ share overtakes hard coal in German heating systems

    The share of renewable fuels in Germany’s heating system took over that of hard coal in 2016, an answer by the government to a parliamentary inquiry by the Green Party published by the German Federal Parliament shows. Their share has more than doubled ...
  • German environment minister against mine expansion during coal commission’s mandate

    Germany’s environment minister, Svenja Schulze, has weighed in on the dispute between environmental groups and energy company RWE over the expansion of a lignite mine and the clearing of a nearby forest, tagesschau.de reports. “If we want to achieve a ...
  • High implementation rate of solar power auction upheld

    The high implementation rate of solar power projects awarded support in Germany’s renewables auctions is being upheld after the latest implementation period for open area solar arrays closed on 18 August, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) said in a ...
  • E-car pioneer predicts one million electric cars in Germany by 2022

    German e-car pioneer Günther Schuh, founder of the successful e-van company StreetScooter and inventor of the new compact e-car e.GO Life, says he is “optimistic” that there will be more than one million electric cars on the country’s roads by 2022, two ...
  • Merkel “not so happy” about EU Commission’s climate target proposal

    In an interview with public broadcaster ARD, German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticised the proposal for a more ambitious EU greenhouse gas reduction target for 2030 by Miguel Arias Cañete, commissioner for climate action and energy. “I am not so happy ...
  • 09 Nov 2016 |

    Coal exit dispute delays Germany’s Climate Action Plan

    09 Nov 2016 Disagreements over the future of coal in Germany have blocked adoption of a long-awaited government roadmap for making the country almost greenhouse gas neutral by 2050. In a surprise move capping several days of uncertainty about the fate of ...
  • 20 May 2015

    In the media: "The godmother of climate" and domestic coal row

    20 May 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) “The godmother of climate receives visitors” The Petersberg Climate Dialogue is Angela Merkel’s reaction to the failed climate summit of Copenhagen in 2009 and it has been an investment that ...
  • Germany missing 2020 climate target “a bitter defeat for climate politicians“ – env min state sec

    Germany will definitely miss its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020, which is a “bitter defeat for climate politicians,“ said Jochen Flasbarth, state secretary in the environment ministry, at the annual conference of the German ...
  • SPD criticises energy minister Altmaier’s grid-expansion field trip

    The Social Democratic Party (SPD), the junior partner in Germany's coalition government, has criticised Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), for failing to take action on ...
  • Climate protection “main pillar” of German environmental industry

    Climate protection is the main economic pillar of the environmental industry in Germany, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) says in a press release. Companies producing climate-friendly materials and products, as well as offering climate protection ...
  • Shipping emissions deal “late“, “not very ambitious“ – opinion

    The agreement by the United Nation’s (UN) International Maritime Organization (IMO) to cut carbon emissions in shipping comes late and is not very ambitious, writes Andreas Mihm in an opinion piece in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “However, compared to ...
  • VW workers’ council head warns against tight EU car emissions standards

    A tightening of European limit values for car emissions could spell trouble for Germany’s largest carmaker VW, workers’ council head Bernd Osterloh told journalists, according to Handelsblatt. He said the company would have to sell about one million e ...
  • "German agriculture with ambitious goals in climate protection”

    Unveiling its Climate Strategy 2.0, the German Farmers’ Association (DBV) said climate change posed an enormous challenge for German farmers. “Like no other economic sector, agriculture and forestry are directly affected, as extreme weather events in the ...
  • Government will support hardware retrofitting for large municipal diesel vehicles

    The German government will support hardware retrofitting for large municipal diesel vehicles in certain polluted cities, such as garbage or street cleaning trucks, writes the transport ministry (BMVI) in a press release. This could affect at least 20,000 ...
  • Wind energy financing faces headwind

    Renewable energy financing by the Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank, a bank that provides refinancing for agriculture and rural areas, plummeted in the first half of 2018 compared to the same period last year, the bank said in a press release. “Changes in ...
  • Small gas motors could be used to secure power supply until storages developed – think tank head

    Germany will have to consider installing small new gas power plants in the 2020s to ensure power supply security as the country’s coal exit progresses, Patrick Graichen, head of the think tank Agora Energiewende*, told Georg Ehring in an interview with ...
  • Coalition between Conservatives and Greens in Bavaria possible

    According to the latest polls, the Green Party could be the second-largest party in the October state elections in Bavaria, which would make possible a conservative-green coalition with the Christian Social Union (CSU), writes Die Welt. The Green’s co-top ...
  • “Why climate policy matters for the G20 finance ministers’ agenda”

    Climate policy should be integrated with the G20 finance ministers’ agenda in order to stay below the 2 degrees Celsius guardrail set in the Paris Agreement, a team of authors including Ottmar Edenhofer, director of Mercator Research Institute on Global ...
  • Energy transition will not fail because of storage needs – study

    In contrast to some recent analyses and arguments brought forward regularly in the energy policy debate, the need for storage is not an obstacle to the progress of the energy transition, according to a study published by the German Institute for Economic ...
  • Coal commission keeps out of lignite mine expansion dispute

    23 Aug 2018, 18:15 Germany’s coal commission will not give any recommendation regarding mining-owner RWE’s plans to continue clearing forest for the planned extension of the Hambach lignite mine in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The country's ...
  • Sustainability strategy for Germany’s 2024 European Football Championship bid

    The German Football Association (DFB) has published a sustainability concept for its bid to host the 2024 UEFA European Football Championship (UEFA Euro 2024), which includes a 100 percent renewable electricity goal, as well as the plan to develop ...
  • New emissions test might lead to higher vehicle tax

    Customers buying a new passenger car after September 2018 might have to pay a higher motor vehicle tax because of the switch to a new emissions test called the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), writes the Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • Port of Hamburg tests LNG powered container ships

    A pilot project in the city of Hamburg tests how container ship pollution in ports could be reduced by propelling them with electricity via mobile generators powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), reports the public broadcaster NDR. The LNG PowerPac, a ...
  • Battery cell production in Europe: VW CEO should not point fingers - opinion

    VW CEO Herbert Diess should not point his finger at other car suppliers when he calls for the start of e-vehicle battery cell production in Europe, writes Markus Fasse in an opinion piece in the Handelsblatt. Volkswagen itself also had a responsibility in ...
  • Climate must not “dominate” Germany’s coal commission, conservative politician warns

    Germany’s upcoming coal phase-out commission must not be “dominated” by climate action and should instead focus on supply security and economic considerations in the affected regions, conservative (CDU) energy politician Joachim Pfeiffer told the news ...
  • Switch to competitive auctions for renewables shakes up industry

    A move from feed-in tariffs to competitive auctions risks roiling the German renewable energy market, writes Vaishnavi   Chandrashekhar in Yale Environment 360. In response to falling technology costs and high renewables surcharges paid by consumers, ...
  • Leading German industry group strongly opposes push to raise EU’s 2030 emissions reduction goal

    The European Commission’s proposal to raise the EU’s 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target from 40 percent to 45 percent relative to 1990 levels is misguided, Federation of German Industries (BDI) Deputy Director Holger Lösch says in a statement. ...
  • Drive to raise EU’s 2030 emissions reduction goal deserves support – commentary

    European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete’s proposal to raise the EU’s 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target to 45 percent from 40 percent relative to 1990 levels would catalyse action on the part of other ...
  • Bosch partners with fuel-cell group Ceres Power; VW CEO calls for European production of e-vehicle battery cells

    German automotive supplier Bosch will enter into partnership with United Kingdom-based Ceres Power to develop solid-oxide fuel-cell (SOFC) technology, which could be used in cities, data centres, and factories and as a power source for electric vehicle ...
  • German government supports gas pipelines to Europe from Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan

    The German federal government supports the expansion of gas pipelines from Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan to Europe via Turkey, a government official said, the Handelsblatt reports. The Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) and Trans Adriatic Pipeline ...
  • LNG in shipping not much better for climate than heavy fuel oil – environmental group

    With just one exception, all cruise ships operating in Europe are powered by heavy fuel oil, “the dirtiest of all fuels,” according to a new ranking from Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), the organisation writes in a press release. Newly ...
  • Power consumers pay higher grid fees than required by law – think tank

    A combination of lack of transparency and denial of legal protection means that German power grid fees cannot be sufficiently checked by consumers, consumer organisations, or even politicians, according to a legal analysis published by the Regulatory ...
  • RWE prepares clearing of Hambach Forest for coal mining despite calls for moratorium – report

    German energy company RWE has rejected calls for a moratorium on forest clearing as part of lignite mining during its negotiations with the country’s coal exit commission, and said it would continue mining operations at the controversial Hambach mine, the ...
  • Secure power generation capacity to decline across Europe – analysis

    Increasing the deployment of “volatile” renewable energies in Europe threatens power supply security across the continent, Klaus Stratmann writes in the Handelsblatt, citing an analysis from the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), ...
  • Finding compromises key to energy transition’s success – commentary

    The most important political decisions in Germany cannot be made by directives but must be earned by reconciling antagonist factions in society trough compromise and consideration, Thorsten Knuf writes in a commentary for the Frankfurter Rundschau. “This ...
  • For Germany, lowering costs most important goal in energy transition

    Lowering energy costs is one of the most important goals for Germans in the Energiewende, according to the “Stiebel Eltron Energie-Trendmonitor 2018” report, seen by the Clean Energy Wire. Seventy-two percent of the respondents in the representative ...
  • “Coal so far has been a winner of the Energiewende”

    The Energiewende, Germany’s energy transition, has so far  seen too much political planning and not enough free market forces, making coal-fired power production one of the project’s “winners” besides renewable energy sources, gas lobbyist Timm Kehler ...
  • German utility EnBW enters US offshore wind market with California project

    German utility EnBW is expanding into the North American market for offshore wind, forming a joint venture with Trident Winds to develop a project off the coast of Central California, the German company said on Monday. EnBW North America and Seattle-based ...
  • 27 Mar 2018

    Energy sector drives slight drop in German emissions in 2017

    27 Mar 2018 (All day) Germany saw its greenhouse gas emissions dip slightly in 2017, as wind power continued to replace coal-fired electricity generation and hard coal power plants were shut down, new estimates released by the Federal Environment Agency ...
  • German government moves to restrict foreign investment in companies tied to national security

    Germany is seeking to limit China’s investment in sensitive firms, following revelations that state-owned China Southern Power Grid purchased a substantial share of a 1,650-kilometre natural gas distribution network and a 420-kilometre high- and medium ...
  • German reactions to reports on US withdrawal from Paris Agreement

    01 Jun 2017 (All day) According to several US media reports, the Trump administration has decided to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. The US President said on Twitter he would announce his decision on Thursday. The USA would be the first country ...
  • Nord Stream 2 is more than a pipeline – commentary

    Nord Stream 2 is not just a natural gas pipeline – it is a controversial energy project that has significant geopolitical implications, Michael Stürmer writes in a commentary published in Die Welt. The pipeline divides the EU and the military alliance ...
  • World is finally awakening to reality of global warming – “hothouse Earth” study co-author

    This summer’s record-breaking temperatures and forest fires have demonstrated to the public the enormous threat climate change poses to humanity, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and co-author ...
  • 2018 drought unlikely to change Germany’s climate policy - opinion

    The debate between politicians and scientists in one of Germany’s most popular political talk shows – Anne Will – makes clear that this year’s heat wave and resulting draught is unlikely to fundamentally change Germany’s climate policy, writes Joachim ...
  • Daimler and Volkswagen encounter new dieselgate troubles

    German car manufacturers Daimler and Volkswagen are facing new headaches in the so-called dieselgate scandal: according to reports, the former has to recall hundreds of thousands of vehicles on the orders of the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), ...
  • Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Germany criticises transmission grid deal

    After the German federal government decided on 27 July to buy a 20 percent stake in north-east German transmission grid operator 50Hertz in order to protect this critical infrastructure from being partially owned by Chinese grid operator SGCC, the head of ...
  • 16 Jan 2017 |

    Environment agency shows options for halving coal emissions by 2030

    16 Jan 2017 (All day) The best way for Germany to reach its 2030 emissions target for the power sector is by shutting down old coal plants, the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) suggests. This strategy is more attractive than an additional CO2 levy, ...
  • Synthetic fuels could replace oil by 2050 - study

    Synthetic fuels will be competitive with conventional liquid fuels by 2050 and replace oil as the primary ingredient for transport and heating fuels by mid-century, a new study by consultancy Prognos, research institute Fraunhofer UMSICHT and the German ...
  • “The next Energiewende”

    Transforming the transport and heating sectors to use electricity as their main source of energy is the next big phase of Germany’s Energiewende, writes Jürgen Flauger in Handelsblatt. Sector coupling opens up new markets for Germany’s power suppliers and ...
  • Slight increase in support rate in Germany’s latest onshore wind power auction

    The average support rate for new onshore wind power projects has slightly increased in Germany’s third auction in 2018, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) said in a press release. Average support climbed to 6.16 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), from 5.73 ...
  • Germany misses deadline to update legislation with new EU power plant emissions limits

    NGOs and Green Party politicians have criticised the environment ministry for failing to meet the deadline to adopt stricter EU limits on pollution from power plants into national law, Benjamin Dierks reports for Deutschlandfunk. Germany was among the ...
  • 07 Nov 2014

    In the media: Coal debate continues, interview on fracking, study warns of energy shortages

    07 Nov 2014 (All day) Spiegel Online “Protest against climate policy: Greenpeace dumps 8 tonnes of coal in front of Gabriel’s ministry” Enivronmental group Greenpeace dumped eight tonnes of lignite coal in front of the German Economics Ministry on ...
  • EU must cut emissions and also adapt to climate change, auditors warn

    The European Union’s 2030 and 2050 greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and objectives “will not be achieved without significant additional efforts”, says a new “Landscape Review of EU Action on Energy and Climate Change” published by the European ...
  • Launch of coal exit commission postponed for third time

    The government has postponed at the last minute the official start of the phase-out commission for the third time. The official launch was removed from the cabinet agenda only hours before the meeting was due to start. The  coal commission  – officially ...
  • “Thermal insulation to be supported by tax incentives”

    The German government plans to introduce new tax incentives for building insulation, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. The newspaper has learned that Chancellor Angela Merkel and Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks propose subsidies, and the ...
  • Germany’s missed climate targets are a wake-up call for governments everywhere

    Germany’s failure to reach its 2020 climate targets “is an ominous signal for other nations struggling to reach their own targets,” write William Wilkes, Heyley Warren and Brian Parkin in an article for Bloomberg. “Other nations are looking at how Germany ...
  • Coal exit commission is “moment of reckoning” for Germany

    The decisions to be taken by Germany’s coal exit commission “could have ripple effects around the world,” writes Brad Plumer in the New York Times newsletter “Climate FWD:”. “It’s the biggest climate story no one is talking about,” said Justin Guay, ...
  • Germany launches next round of solar and wind power tenders

    The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has announced the next round of auctions for solar and wind power installations in Germany. In a press release, the agency said the auctions, with a capacity of 670 megawatts (MW) for wind and 182 MW for solar power, ...
  • VW software updates for diesel cars totally inadequate – environmental group

    The software updates offered by VW for diesel cars affected by emissions manipulation are completely inadequate to reduce the vehicles’ pollution levels to below legal limits, according to Environmental Action Germany (DUH). “We don’t need ‘Mickey-Mouse ...
  • Energy minister under pressure to present framework for future renewables growth

    T ravelling in the renewable- energy stronghold state of Lower Saxony, German energy minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) faced urgent calls to provide a secure framework for future wind power growth. Lower Saxony’s environment minister, Olaf Lies (SPD), said ...
  • Germany should aim for 95 percent emissions reduction by 2050 – dena head

    The German government should quickly narrow down its mid-century greenhouse gas reduction goal because energy policy decisions in the here and now depend on it, said German Energy Agency (dena) head Andreas Kuhlmann. “My recommendation to the government ...
  • Almost 2,000 businesses to be largely exempt from renewables levy in 2018

    In 2018, a total of 1,908 German businesses at 2,421 locations will be largely exempt from having to pay the country’s renewables levy (EEG surcharge) on electricity, writes the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (Bafa), which is in ...
  • Wind power expansion could come to a halt in Bavaria

    The expansion of wind power in Germany’s southern state Bavaria could soon fall close to zero, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. According to the German Wind Energy Association (BWE), there have been just four applications for construction of new wind ...
  • Government report to confirm Germany will widely miss 2020 climate target

    The government’s Climate Protection Report 2017 will confirm that Germany is set to miss its 2020 national climate target by a wide margin. A draft, seen by the Clean Energy Wire, says that the country will only reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 32 ...
  • Germany’s “Power Grid Action Plan” vital for Energiewende – opinion

    German energy minister Peter Altmaier is “going all out” with his new “Power Grid Action Plan” to make the country’s grid fit for the growing volume of renewable energy sources – and rightfully so, because grid expansion has become the decisive bottleneck ...
  • Federal auditors say buyers’ premium for e-cars strongly influenced by carmakers

    German carmakers had undue influence on the birth and design of the country’s buyers’ premium for electric cars, according to Germany’s Federal Court of Auditors (Bundesrechnungshof). Investigations suggest the carmakers’ share of the subsidy “was often ...
  • Berlin start-up ubitricity wins New York City’s “Local Climate Action Tech Competition”

    Berlin start-up ubitricity, which upgrades existing street lights to electric car charging stations, has won New York’s Local Climate Action Tech Competition. Ubitricity’s technology could be instrumental in helping New York achieve its climate action ...
  • Germany’s wind turbines run out of steam in summer heat wave

    Germany's unusually hot summer has dealt a blow to the country’s wind power output, with the yield in July 2018 being 20 percent lower than in the same month last year, Jürgen Flauger and Kathrin Witsch write in Handelsblatt. While solar power plants ...
  • Number of renewable energy sources in Germany climbs to over 1.7 million

    The number of solar power plants, wind turbines and other renewable energy sources in Germany has risen to 1.74 million, with a combined capacity of almost 112 gigawatts (GW), energy company innogy says in a press release. The vast majority of ...
  • Fuel cell vehicles make sense as complement to battery electric cars – opinion

    There is no doubt electric vehicles are headed for mass-market success, but it would be premature to write-off fuel cells, Christoph M. Schwarzer writes in a commentary for electrive. Fuel cells require fewer raw materials than batteries, are more ...
  • EU grants financial aid for power line from Norway to Germany

    The EU will invest another 100 million euros in the planned power line Nordlink that is meant to exchange electricity between wind and hydro power plants in Germany and Norway, the European Commission says in a press release. The European Investment Bank ...
  • Energy minister wants to prioritise crucial grid projects – and meet critics in Berlin

    On a visit to communities affected by new grid development, German energy minister Peter Altmaier said the transition to an energy system based largely on renewables was a project for the whole community that couldn't be implemented by going over ...
  • 28 Nov 2014

    In the media: Environment Minister says Germany on track for climate targets

    28 Nov 2014 (All day) RBB Info Interview with Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks With the Climate Action Programme, due to be passed by cabinet next week, Germany is on track to reach its greenhouse gas reduction targets, Environment Minister Barbara ...
  • Wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa sees turnaround, eyes 2020 market leadership

    German-Spanish wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa is optimistic that it has overcome the troubles following its merger last year, report Kathrin Witsch and Sandra Louven in Handelsblatt. Company CEO Markus Tacke told the business daily that the price ...
  • Thousands to relocate due to expansion of German lignite mine

    More than a dozen villages are to be demolished and thousands of families relocated to make way for the expansion of Garzweiler opencast lignite mine, Stefanie Glinski reports for the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Located in the German federal state of ...
  • Scepticism over adequacy of funds for post-coal clean-up raises concern

    Germany's Council of State Governments (Bundesrat) has expressed fears that lignite mine operators have not set aside enough money to cover the future costs of decommissioning, demolishing, and renaturing mined land, spurring more widespread concern, ...
  • Lignite mining company MIBRAG welcomes trainee No. 1,000

    As Germany’s coal exit commission uses the summer to devise a plan for the end of coal-fired power production in the country, eastern German lignite mining company MIBRAG has welcomed its 1,000th trainee since the company was formed in 1995. “We need ...
  • EU Commission rejects renewables levy exemptions for cogeneration power plants - report

    The European Commission has rejected to approve exemptions from the renewables surcharge for operators of highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) plants in Germany, Andreas Mihm reports for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). Since 2014, ...
  • German energy ministry mulls trimming feed-in priority for renewables

    The German energy ministry considers limiting the feed-in priority for renewable power to reduce the costs of managing grid bottlenecks, Stefan Schulze writes on Spiegel Online. “Green power plants could generally become part of bottleneck management,” an ...
  • “Man can't contribute much to climate change” – head of far-right AfD in summer interview

    In an interview with public TV station ZDF, head of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party Alexander Gauland said he wasn’t denying climate change but didn’t think mankind carried much responsibility.  He also said he doubted we could prevent ...
  • Offshore wind power boom revitalises coastal German communities

    The construction of new offshore wind farms is revitalising German communities on the North Sea coast, Stefan Reccius reports for Handelsblatt Global. Wind turbine technicians are filling hotels that had been suffering from a decline in tourism and ...
  • Some villages prefer overland power lines to underground cables

    Twenty municipalities along the planned route for HVDC (high-voltage direct current) transmission lines to carry wind power from northern Germany to industrial centres in the south, have requested they be constructed as overhead cables rather than buried ...
  • German coal company RWE to expropriate owner asking 80 billion euros for his land

    A resident from the German coal mining state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) demands 80 billion euros for a piece of land that energy company RWE needs for lignite mining, arguing that the sum equals the revenues the company intends to make with the local ...
  • Transport minister opposes “blue badge” for old diesel cars

    German transport minister Andreas Scheuer reiterated his opposition to labelling older diesel cars with a sticker (“blue badge”) to better be able to enforce possible driving bans, reports news agency dpa. “I continue to reject the blue badge and thus ...
  • VW fined one billion euros by German prosecutors in diesel emissions scandal

    Car giant Volkswagen has been fined one billion euros by German prosecutors over diesel emissions cheating, reports the BBC. The carmaker said it did not plan to appeal the fine, which is one of the highest ever imposed by German authorities on a company, ...
  • 02 Jan 2015

    In the media: Wind power booms while solar wanes; Energiewende is popular, but Germans grumble about implementation

    02 Jan 2015 (All day) Handelsblatt / dpa “Solar boom continues to ebb“ Germany built 1.95 gigawatts-worth of solar installations in 2014 – 43 percent fewer than the year before, the Handelsblatt writes, reporting figures published by the Federal Network ...
  • “Energy transition in the boiler room”

    Germany needs to lower emissions in the heating sector by one fifth by 2020 in order to meet the government’s climate goals, Hartmut Netz writes in Süddeutsche Zeitung. “To comply with the plan, twice as many buildings would need efficient retrofitting ...
  • Nord Stream 2 would deepen Europe’s reliance on Russia – opinion

    Moving forward with Nord Stream 2, the controversial natural gas pipeline, would increase “European dependence on Russia’s goodwill,” Jean-Pierre Riou writes in an opinion piece in The European Scientist. “The strengthening of this dependence, in this ...
  • 02 May 2016

    Fracking's chances dwindle / 'CO2 floor would fail in Germany'

    02 May 2016 (All day) Handelsblatt “Dwindling chances for fracking” The proposed fracking law has been delayed and might not be adopted in the current legislative period, writes Klaus Stratmann in Handelsblatt. Energy minister Sigmar Gabriel's Social ...
  • Environmentalists, mobility experts urge people to fly less

    Intra-German flights should be completely prohibited and per-person air traffic should be capped, according to environmental and mobility experts, Markus Decker writes in the Frankfurter Rundschau. Air traffic in Germany increased by 2.3 percent in the ...
  • Majority of Germans make connection between heat wave and climate change

    Sixty-eight percent of respondents to a survey for ZDF-Politbarometer believe the hot weather this summer was a result of climate change. The figure is up from 48 percent who replied to the same question in 2015. In 2018, 28 percent believed the hot ...
  • Green Party leader says German government aware of Nord Stream 2's "political dimension"

    The German government no longer regards the pipeline project Nord Stream 2 as a purely private economic endeavour and is aware of the concerns in other EU countries regarding the German-Russian pipeline, Green Party leader Annalena Baerbock said. The ...
  • German government spent 5.4 billion euros from federal budget on Energiewende in 2017

    In 2017, at least 5.4 billion euros were spent by the German government from the federal budget on the country’s energy transition, up about 20 percent from the previous year, writes the German Taxpayers Federation in a study. Four billion euros were ...
  • Germany lacks standard procedures to dispose of old wind turbines – report

    A “decommissioning wave” of old wind turbines, whose 20 years of guaranteed support payments are up could become an environmental problem, Niklas Zaboji writes for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “There are hints of building law violation, authorities ...
  • German parliament approves controversial renewables reform

    Germany’s federal parliament has approved a controversial revamp of the country’s energy transition. The government coalition of economy minister Sigmar Gabriel’s Social Democrats and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Conservatives secured a majority vote for ...
  • Rhenish coal mining district prepares proposals for structural adjustment to coal phase-out

    The Rhenish lignite mining district plans to present in the coming weeks its programme for adjusting structurally to a phase-out of coal, according to a dpa article carried by Die Welt. The coal-exit commission, established by the federal government, has ...
  • Heatwave offers chance to get serious about battling climate change – opinion

    This summer’s heatwave should finally make people feel the meaning of global warming and understand that we urgently need to fight it, writes Maike Brülls in a commentary in taz newspaper. “Let’s see the summer 2018 as an opportunity. Let’s keep cool ...
  • Test track of electric truck catenary line enters critical construction phase

    The first German test track of an overhead power (catenary) line connected to electric trucks is almost complete, according to a dpa article carried by Frankfurter Neue Presse. The line is being built on a motorway between Frankfurt and Darmstadt with ...
  • Government worried short-term coal plant closures will trigger compensation claims – report

    The German government is concerned that short-term coal plant closures might lead to expensive compensation claims by operators, reports Klaus Stratmann in business daily Handelsblatt in a double-page article. A utility source said “we will see each other ...
  • German env min Schulze says diesel cars need mechanical retrofit to avoid EU fines

    Manipulated diesel cars in Germany will need a mechanical engine retrofitting to ensure the European Union does not sue the country over exceeding emissions levels in transport for several years, environment minister Svenja Schulze says in an interview ...
  • “Agreement on climate protection – cabinet to approve plan”

    The German federal ministries, together with the Chancellery, have agreed on a national Climate Action Plan 2050 in time for COP22 in Marrakesh after months of dispute, reports Markus Wacket for Reuters. The federal cabinet is to approve the plan on ...
  • “The blame game”

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel signalling support for an eventual combustion engine ban is putting the onus solely on the car industry, writes Horst Teltschik, former board member at carmaker BMW and former foreign policy advisor of the German government ...
  • Switch to new emissions test could cost German automakers dearly

    The conversion to a new emissions test called the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) could cost German manufacturers billions of euros, Martin Seiwert writes in the WirtschaftsWoche. The German car industry has invested tens of ...
  • On Germany’s highest mountain, climate activists call for coal exit

    This summer's heatwave show that Germany must exit coal quickly, according to Greenpeace. The NGO said 10 of their activists ascended a glacier on Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze, to unfold a banner saying “Summer 2018: heat, drought, ...
  • New wind farms send E.ON’s renewables profits higher

    Despite unfavourable wind conditions, the commissioning of new offshore and onshore wind farms increased sales and earnings from renewables at German utility E.ON in the first half of 2018, reports Bernd Radowitz in Recharge. Sales in the renewables ...
  • Fund should be created to finance urban climate adaptation efforts – interview

    A 2-billion-euro fund should be created to assist German cities in the adaptation to climate change, Annalena Baerbock, chairwoman of the Green Party, says in an interview with the Neue Ruhr Zeitung. This money could be used not only to make agriculture ...
  • Germans largely satisfied with Energiewende measures but lament cost distribution – study

    Most Germans are satisfied with the goals of the Energiewende and the measures taken to achieve them- but say that cost distribution is among the project’s greatest shortcomings, two different studies by the University of Kassel have found. People ...
  • Plans to bulldoze German villages for lignite move forward

    Centuries-old villages across Germany are being bulldozed to make way for brown coal mines, Esme Nicholson reports for American broadcaster National Public Radio. Despite the country’s substantial investment in renewable energy deployment, coal still ...
  • Delivery of e-cars delayed by switch to new emissions test

    Bottlenecks in the delivery of electric cars are causing customers to have to wait up to a year for their new vehicles, according to an article published in Der Tagesspiegel. The delays stem from the conversion to a new emissions test called the Worldwide ...
  • Landscape aesthetics should be given higher priority when deploying renewable energies – project

    As Germany moves forward with renewable energy deployment, the country should both preserve nature and allow for the development of landscapes, according to a new project published by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. At present, landscape ...
  • Frankfurt an der Oder says goodbye to coal

    The electric utility of Frankfurt an der Oder, a city located on the German-Polish border and not to be confused with Germany's banking capital Frankfurt am Main, has joined its Cottbus counterpart and decided to replace its coal-fired cogeneration ...
  • New German environment minister faces steep uphill battle on climate

    15 Mar 2018 (All day) Germany's new environment minister Svenja Schulze is a new face in Chancellor Angela Merkel's fourth cabinet. But the Social Democrat inherits a range of well-known challenges- from coal emissions to air pollution by diesel ...
  • Germany should put wind power expansion on halt - conservative energy politician

    Due to the slow progress made in modernising Germany’s power grid to cope with the large number of renewable energy installations, energy politician Jens Koeppen of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU party says the country should stop wind power ...
  • Climate change denial is irrationality beating reason – opinion

    The extreme summer of 2018 in Germany and most of Europe has prompted climate change deniers to hastily announce that the exceptional heat and drought are merely normal weather phenomena and do not testify to the human effect on the global climate, ...
  • German finance minister shoots down environment ministry’s car emissions reduction plans

    Germany’s finance minister and vice chancellor Olaf Scholz has shot down a plan by environment minister Svenja Schulze to introduce ambitious emissions reduction standards across the EU in order to meet the climate targets agreed on in the Paris Agreement ...
  • 11 Nov 2014

    In the media: Companies can save more energy, Solar auction plan criticised

    11 Nov 2014 (All day) Spiegel Online "Energy efficiency in companies: Hidden chances for climate protection" Greater energy efficiency efforts by companies could help Germany save nearly a quarter of the CO2 emissions necessary to reach its ...
  • 13 Nov 2015 |

    COP21 Interview: Energy sector key to cutting CO2, cannot do job alone

    13 Nov 2015 (All day) The final negotiations for 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 ...
  • Ukrainian President says Russian-German gas pipeline will “feed the beast“ in Moscow

    Diverting part of European gas supply from Russia around Ukraine via the Nord Stream 2 offshore Baltic Sea pipeline would empower Moscow to “attack our common values” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko writes in a guest article in the Frankfurter ...
  • No need for coal commission, continue with existing mining plans – brown coal industry

    The German government’s ‘Commission on Growth, Structural Economic Change and Employment’ “must not become a coal exit commission, nor an uncritical trailblazer for a national climate protection act,” according to the Federal German Association for Brown ...
  • 16 Dec 2014

    In the media: Environmentally harmful subsidies, the utilities as victims, grid extension projects

    16 Dec 2014 (All day) Study: Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) “Environmentally harmful subsidies amount to over 52 billion euros” Even as Germany  focuses much effort and funding on climate protection measures, it continues to subsidise environmentally ...
  • “A big misconception“

    Intensifying regulations for energy efficiency and insulation for commercial buildings would be expensive but bring little benefit, according to a study commissioned by the German Property Federation (ZIA), writes Christian Hunziker in Die Welt. ...
  • Government to approve composition of coal exit commission on 16 May

    The German government will have to decide in the coming days who will participate in the country’s coal exit commission because Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet is due to approve the composition on 16 May, report Silke Kersting and Klaus Stratmann in ...
  • 30 Dec 2014

    In the media: Germany emits less CO2, wind-boom in the North, possible coal-flop in Hamburg

    30 Dec 2014 (All day) Handelsblatt / Tagesspiegel / BMUB “Germany produces fewer carbon emissions” Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions are likely to have fallen by three percent in 2014, according to Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks who quoted ...
  • Gazprom exports to Germany increase significantly in first half of 2018

    Russian state-run Gazprom’s natural gas exports to Germany increased 12.2 percent (3.5 billion cubic metres- bcm) in the first half of 2018, compared to the same period in the previous year, Gazprom Export writes in a press release. Both 2016 and 2017 ...
  • German coal commission‘s member list complete – report

    The list of members of Germany’s coal commission is complete, Spiegel Online reports. Gerda Hasselfeldt, the former parliamentary group leader of the CSU, the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU, will reportedly join the ...
  • Employment minister suggests infrastructure projects for coal mining regions

    Federal employment minister Hubertus Heil has put forward a six-point plan to soften the effect of a coal phase-out in the three lignite (brown coal) mining districts in Germany. There should be a special plan for road, rail, and digital infrastructure ...
  • Lignite fund wrong way to deal with coal’s financial legacy – commentary

    A state-managed fund for dealing with the financial legacy of lignite mining in Germany is the wrong way to ensure that the extraction’s long-term effects are dealt with properly, Antje Höning writes in a commentary for the General Anzeiger Bonn. Contrary ...
  • Germany’s future mobility commission slow to get started

    While Germany’s coal exit commission has already started its work, the commission tasked with finding a concept for the future of mobility in the country still lies in a “summer slumber,” Kerstin Schwenn writes in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. ...
  • German authorities mull product recall due to toxic metal in e-cars

    The German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) might order the recall of 124,000 electric cars due to the fact that some of their parts contain the toxic metal cadmium, Annina Reimann reports in the WirtschaftsWoche. Car industry supplier Kostal ...
  • German solar plant owners lavished with power from the sun

    The exceptionally sunny weather in Germany has brought solar plant owners an unusually high yield of power from the sun, energy company E.ON says in a press release. Between May and July, the German Meteorological Service (DWD) registered 817 hours of ...
  • Germany must prepare for “wind turbine decommissioning wave”

    Many of Germany’s 28,000-odd onshore wind turbines will soon meet the end of their guaranteed 20-year feed-in tariff lifespan, meaning that the country can expect “a decommissioning wave” in the sector, Hinrich Neumann writes for Top Agrar. The Institute ...
  • Daimler CEO: More e-cars good for climate, but not for company results

    Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche told the carmaker's shareholders investments in e-mobility will weigh on company results, reports the news agency dpa. “More electric cars are good for the CO₂ footprint, but not so good for our corporate earnings – at ...
  • Germany’s natural gas imports rise by nearly 20 percent since January

    Imports of natural gas to Germany rose by 19.5 percent between January and August 2017 compared to the same period last year, the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (Bafa) says in a press release. The country imported 3,060,298 ...
  • “Energiewende costs are increasingly passed on to private households – the industry benefits”

    Industry, transport and manufacturing have benefitted from exemptions and rebates in the power sector to the tune of about 17 billion euros, much of which was shouldered by private households, said the SPD-affiliated Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) in a ...
  • New LNG terminal could weaken Trump's argument about German dependence on Russian gas – analysis

    Plans to open a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein could weaken arguments about the country's dependence on Russian gas- a key criticism of US President Donald Trump, Klaus Stratmann writes in the ...
  • Discount supermarket chain Aldi Süd recognised for climate protection efforts

    German discount supermarket chain Aldi Süd has been honoured by German environment minister Barbara Hendricks for its efforts to integrate climate protection into its business practices, the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) said in a press ...
  • Gas plant to replace coal-fired facility in North Rhine-Westphalia

    A coal-fired power plant in Herne, North Rhine-Westphalia, is to be replaced by a gas-fired plant with turbines delivered from Siemens, Handelsblatt Online reports. Upon its completion, expected in four years, it will be one of Germany’s largest gas ...
  • Federal cabinet endorses law limiting marine geoengineering

    The German federal cabinet has decided on a draft law to restrict marine geoengineering, technology involving large-scale technical measures to artificially reduce the atmosphere’s CO 2 concentration, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature ...
  • Cities have an important role to play in fighting climate change – opinion

    Cities play a vital role in the implementation of the Paris climate accord, Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, writes in an opinion piece in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. By ...
  • Wind turbine manufacturer Enercon will reduce production in Germany

    Because orders from the German market are subsiding, wind turbine manufacturer Enercon, located in the German state of Lower Saxony, will focus more on international customers, Jens Heitmann writes in the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung. This will cost ...
  • Germany can switch off half of its coal power plants by 2030 without risking supply security – network agency

    Germany can decommission half of its coal power plants by 2030 without endangering supply security, according to the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA). “But this hinges on the precondition that the necessary grid extensions are finished by then, and that ...
  • Anti-coal mining area residents demand voice in coal exit commission

    A broad anti-coal alliance of local residents, church representatives, politicians, and doctors demand participation in Germany’s upcoming coal exit commission, reports Thorsten Knuf in Frankfurter Rundschau. “As residents of lignite mining areas in the ...
  • 01 Aug 2018 |

    One year after German "diesel summit," air quality challenge remains

    01 Aug 2018, 17:31 With a national “diesel summit” in early August 2017, the German government tried to curb the fallout of the country’s emissions fraud scandal and avoid being sued by the European Commission over excessive air pollution. One year on, ...
  • Government weighs tax advantage for employees driving company electric cars

    To incentivise the uptake of electric vehicles, the German federal government is considering offering tax breaks to employees who use an electric company car for private purposes, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. According to the draft amendment to the ...
  • Environmentalists must campaign against internal combustion engine – commentary

    The environmental movement must fight the internal combustion engine just as hard as it does diesel, Martin Unfried, expert at the European Institute of Public Administration, writes in a commentary in the tageszeitung (taz). Unfortunately, the diesel ...
  • Cabinet decides on implementing EU ETS reform

    The federal government has today paved the way for implementing changes to the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). The modifications will take effect in 2021. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet has decided on a draft law – which will have to be ...
  • North Rhine-Westphalia lobbies for Tesla Gigafactory

    The government of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia has expressed interest in hosting the American car company Tesla’s electric vehicle and battery production facility, Handelsblatt reports. The state’s economy minister, Andreas Pinkwart, ...
  • Germany buys temporary stake in grid operator 50Hertz to fend off Chinese

    The German government will acquire a temporary 20 percent stake in power transmission grid operator (TSO) 50Hertz from Belgian Elia “on national security grounds”, the economy ministry (BMWi) said in a press release. The ministry said the decision was ...
  • Farmers’ association calls for emergency aid due to heat wave and drought

    German Farmers’ Association President Joachim Rukwied is calling for government assistance totalling one billion euros to be distributed to farmers, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. The aim of Rukwied’s proposal is to help farmers, whose ...
  • Germany must both mitigate and adapt to global warming – interview

    Extreme weather events like the heat wave currently gripping Germany are expected to become more frequent in the future, necessitating both meaningful climate protection and adaptation to the inevitable consequences of global warming, federal environment ...
  • E.ON completes voluntary public takeover offer to innogy minority shareholders

    German utility E.ON has successfully completed the voluntary public takeover offer to innogy minority shareholders, E.ON has announced in a press release. Including RWE’s 76.8 percent stake in innogy, E.ON will hold 86.2 percent of the company’s shares ...
  • German energy consumption falls in first half of 2018

    Energy consumption in Germany decreased by one percent in the first half of 2018, compared to the same period in the previous year, the energy market research group AG Energiebilanzen said on Tuesday. After the first three months, there had been a five ...
  • Support rate for German solar power cut as expansion runs ahead of schedule

    The German Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has decided to reduce the support rate for new solar power installations as capacity expansion in the sector  exceeds the level determined  by the government, the agency says in a press release. The support rate ...
  • Germany set to retire 20 GW of wind power by 2023 - Renewable Energy Federation head

    Due to the end of their 20-year life span of guaranteed support payments, about 20 gigawatt (GW) of wind power capacity in Germany will be retired by 2023 as their operation is no longer profitable, Simone Peter, head of Germany’s Renewable Energy ...
  • 13 Nov 2017 |

    Germany's energy use and emissions likely to rise yet again in 2017

    13 Nov 2017 Higher energy demand triggered by economic growth and colder weather is likely to push up Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions again this year, energy market group AG Energiebilanzen forecast on Friday. A new rise would put Germany’s 2020 ...
  • Merkel vows to convince climate sceptic “elephant in the room”

    23 May 2017 (All day) German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised to try and convince “doubters” of the urgent need to mitigate climate change. But environmental organisations said her credibility as “Climate Chancellor” was severely damaged because Germany ...
  • 19 Mar 2015

    In the media: No more free coal for miners

    19 Mar 2015 (All day) Bloomberg “RWE said to consider 10 percent stake sale to Abu Dhabi investors” Germany’s second largest utility RWE, grappling with rising debt, is considering selling a ten percent stake to investors from Abu Dhabi, according to a ...
  • Blockchain will upend German energy market – commentary

    Blockchain will revolutionise Germany’s energy market, potentially rendering major utilities redundant, Kathrin Witsch and Christine Coester write in a commentary for Handelsblatt Global. The digital ledger technology, which allows users to exchange money ...
  • Daimler launches new large battery storage facility

    Car manufacturer Daimler has opened its third large battery storage facility in Elverlingsen, southern Westphalia, the company writes in an announcement. Together with Mercedes-Benz Energy, GETEC Energie, and The Mobility House, Daimler will store battery ...
  • German battery production will require government support – interview

    Electric car batteries will be produced in Europe only if the continent’s governments invest significant sums in the technology, Elmar Degenhart, head of auto-parts supplier Continental, said in an interview with Handelsblatt. “In China, battery cell ...
  • Climate scientist says Merkel has failed on climate action

    Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel has never really been a “climate chancellor,” the head of the Marine Meteorology Research Unit at Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, Mojib Latif, said in an interview with Die Welt. “Whenever the ...
  • Environment minister Schulze says German carmakers can afford diesel hardware retrofitting

    Germany’s environment minister Svenja Schulze says the carmakers implicated in the ongoing diesel emissions fraud scandal are capable of financing a hardware retrofitting of manipulated cars, news agency dpa reports in an article carried by Spiegel Online ...
  • Reactions to Germany's official launch of coal exit task force

    07 Jun 2018 Germany has launched official talks to phase out coal power in a bid to cut greenhouse gas emissions that have remained stubbornly high despite the country’s shift to renewable power. The Clean Energy Wire collects reactions from environmental ...
  • Talks on Nord Stream 2 begin in Berlin

    Ministerial discussions between Ukraine, Russia, and the EU regarding the future delivery of Russian gas to Western Europe began yesterday in Berlin, Tagesspiegel reports. Economy minister Peter Altmaier is “optimistic” that a resolution to the dispute ...
  • Greens make stepped-up climate protection a prerequisite for joining coalition

    The German Green Party has made a strengthened commitment to climate protection and energy transition a prerequisite for joining a future coalition after September’s parliamentary elections. “We are ready for talks with any party”, but there had to be a ...
  • 27 Feb 2015 |

    German grid agency stresses need for new power lines

    27 Feb 2015 (All day) Amidst political tussle over new power lines crossing Germany from north to south, which many see as one of the next big steps in the country's energy transition, the grid agency in charge has called the power highways in ...
  • Greens want new rules on coal mining’s long-term liabilities

    Coal mining companies’ financial guarantees to remediate long-term damage from extracting the fossil fuel must be better secured, Green Party head Annalena Baerbock told news agency dpa. “Until now, the level of provisions has been based on calculations ...
  • Danish Dong/Ørsted bid for zero-support offshore wind will pay off – CEO

    The bid by Danish energy supplier Ørsted, formerly known as Dong, to build offshore wind farms in German waters without guaranteed remuneration is a “ giant strategic bet ” that is going to be profitable, Ørsted CEO Henrik Poulsen says in an interview ...
  • EU reaches deal to overhaul European Emissions Trading System (ETS)

    EU negotiators have reached a provisional deal to overhaul the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), bolster carbon prices and adjust the system to more ambitious climate goals, Ewa Krukowska reports for Bloomberg. The deal follows more than two years of ...
  • “Coal fuels heat wave” – Greenpeace

    With anti-coal protests in the state of Saxony, environmental NGO Greenpeace says that the German government’s policy on coal fuels weather extremes. “The current heat wave is a taste of what awaits us if the CO₂ emissions are not decreased fast,” said ...
  • Japan and Germany aim to press ahead with Paris Climate Agreement

    German foreign minister Heiko Maas and his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono said they would aim to carry out the Paris Climate Agreement, from which the United States withdrew last year, promote free trade, and seek to address issues through multilateral ...
  • German power plants slow production due to heat wave

    Several German power plants have reduced production as the ongoing heat wave limits the amount of cooling water, writes Daniel Wetzel in an article in Die Welt. With air temperatures of more than 30 degrees across Germany, water in cooling towers becomes ...
  • 07 Dec 2015

    COP21 success 'still up in the air' / 'Ex-Climate Chancellor' Merkel

    07 Dec 2015 (All day) Handelsblatt “Still up in the air” There are still many hurdles to an agreement in Paris and there is a real danger of disappointment, writes Klaus Stratmann in a commentary for business daily Handelsblatt. Negotiators have still not ...
  • Climate and energy negotiations in Jamaica coalition will be “very tough” – opinion

    Negotiations on climate policy in the framework of a possible coalition between the conservative CDU/CSU, the economic liberal Free Democrats (FDP), and the Green Party will be difficult, writes Joachim Wille in an opinion piece in Frankfurter Rundschau. ...
  • Germany and China to sign battery cell gigafactory agreement

    Germany and China will use ongoing government talks to sign an agreement for the construction of a new battery-cell gigafactory in the state of Thuringia, a spokesperson from the state's economy ministry told the Clean Energy Wire. Chinese producer ...
  • European Commission uncovers evidence of carmakers manipulating CO2 emissions tests

    Auto manufacturers may be inflating their vehicles’ officially-declared CO 2 emissions to lower the ambition of passengers cars’ and vans’ pollution reduction targets, according to an internal European Commission paper. The document, published by ...
  • Transport minister calls on auto industry to accelerate move to e-mobility

    Three years after the uncovery the diesel scandal, transport minister Andreas Scheuer is pushing carmakers to more rapidly advance the transition to electric mobility, according to a dpa article carried by Berliner Morgenpost. At the “ diesel summit ” ...
  • Study looks at different scenarios for grid expansion in Germany

    Fast decisions on climate targets, renewable growth and fossil fuel phase-out are required to plan the future German grid system, a study by the Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut) within a project funded by the Ministry for Education and ...
  • Consumer groups criticise tenant power project

    Eleven consumer and tenant associations are putting pressure on energy minister Peter Altmaier to reform the tenant power law, Kathrin Witsch writes for Handelsblatt. The law, which was to animate landlords to install solar panels and offer their tenants ...
  • Growth in EnBW’s renewables segment in first half of 2018 due to new onshore wind

    German energy company EnBW increased its operating result (adjusted EBITDA) by 6.4 percent to 1.14 billion euros in the first half of 2018, compared to the same period last year, the company said in a press release. Net profit attributable to the ...
  • Onshore wind power expansion slows down

    After a record 2017, Germany saw an “expected” decrease in onshore wind power expansion in the first half of 2018, said German Wind Energy Association (BWE) and industry association VDMA Power Systems at a press conference in Berlin. The “market slump” ...
  • “Far from climate neutral”

    Germany risks missing its climate targets in the building sector “unless something drastic is done,” Joachim Wille writes in Frankfurter Rundschau. An energy-efficient upgrading of the country’s building stock on average could increase energy savings by ...
  • Grid operator suggests connecting German offshore wind parks to Dutch grid

    It could be cheaper to connect future German North Sea wind parks to the Dutch power grid rather than running the cables to, and through, Germany, Dutch-German transmission grid operator TenneT suggests in its half-year report published on Wednesday. ...
  • Baden-Württemberg consults with federal government in advance of diesel driving bans in Stuttgart

    The federal state of Baden-Württemberg is holding talks with the federal government in preparation for driving bans for older diesel cars in the city of Stuttgart, according to a dpa article carried by Handelsblatt. Baden-Württemberg State Premier ...
  • Number of e-car charging points in Germany rises

    The number of public and partially public electric vehicle charging points in Germany has risen by more than 25 percent from June 2017 to June 2018, to around 13,500, according to a press release from the German Energy Industry Association (BDEW). However ...
  • E-cars will not close Germany’s emissions gap – commentary

    Environment minister Svenja Schulze’s push for e-mobility will not allow Germany to meet its 2030 emissions reduction target, Dieter Seifried writes in a commentary for Frankfurter Rundschau. That's because the electricity needed to power electric ...
  • 25 May 2016

    Germany urged to end coal financing / 'Save the Energiewende' protests

    25 May 2016 (All day) Reuters Campaigners urge Germany to stop financing coal projects abroad Environmental groups urged G7 nations led by Japan and Germany to stop financing coal projects abroad, reports Alister Doyle for Reuters. The study, released ...
  • Government plans to phase out support for fossil fuel heating systems by 2020

    The federal economy ministry (BMWi) plans to phase out support for heating systems that run entirely on fossil fuels by 2020, as part of its new “Energy efficiency and heat from renewable energies” strategy. Industry opposition to the plans is inevitable, ...
  • Germany has depleted its natural resources for 2018 – report

    The natural resources Germany can use sustainably in 2018 have been consumed entirely as of 2 May, public broadcaster ARD reports, citing calculations by climate action organisation Global Footprint. The fact that the date was reached about one week later ...
  • German central bank warns of increased competition from China in the field of electric cars

    China’s interest in higher-value exports could put German exporters “under increased competitive pressure,” the Deutsche Bundesbank says in a new monthly report. The publication’s authors expect German manufacturers to face strong competition from China ...
  • German ambassador to Canada criticises Ontarian government over move to terminate wind project

    The decision taken by the newly-elected government of Ontario to cancel a German-owned wind energy project’s contract is unsettling to foreign investors, The Globe and Mail newspaper reported Berlin’s ambassador to Canada, Sabine Sparwasser, as saying. ...
  • To achieve energy independence, Germany should upgrade power grid – commentary

    The government should invest in Germany’s power infrastructure so as to achieve energy independence through renewables, Dave Keating writes in a commentary in Forbes. The share of renewables in power generation has risen substantially over the years, but ...
  • Two-thirds of today’s lignite workers will retire by 2030 regardless of coal exit - report

    Two-thirds of employees in the German lignite sector are older than 45 years (2015 data), according to a report published by the Institute for Applied Ecology (Ökoinstitut) for the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). Therefore, 63 percent of the employees ...
  • Renewables levy comes of age

    The average German household with an annual consumption of 4,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) has paid a total of about 2,200 euros renewables surcharge since the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) was introduced in April 2000 with the aim of supporting wind, solar and ...
  • Bavaria tries to maximise nuclear power use lifespan – report

    Bavaria's government wants to keep the nuclear plant Isar 2 running as long as possible, arguing that lagging grid development could leave the state short of power without it, Michael Bauchmüller writes for Süddeutsche Zeitung. The maximum amount of ...
  • 16 Oct 2014

    Germany's energy transition in the media on 16 October

    16 Oct 2014 (All day) Öko-Institut Research on the Energiewende – inter-active map goes online A new online-platform brings together the output of 33 research projects funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (Bundesministerium für ...
  • Coal phase-out in heart of coal county “a decided thing”

    A coal exit in Cottbus, the largest city of one of Germany’s most important coal producing regions, is inevitable, writes Nick Reimer in Zeit Online. The municipal utility’s lignite power plant will be taken off the grid and replaced by a new gas-fired ...
  • Developed countries have a responsibility to slow global warming – E.ON CEO

    The industrialised world has created the problem of climate change and now must work to solve it, Johannes Teyssen, CEO of electric utility E.ON, writes in a guest commentary in the Handelsblatt. Mitigating global warming would not only improve the lives ...
  • Innogy stalls on E.ON deal with RWE over fairness doubts

    Innogy is holding off supporting a 4.9-billion-euro bid by German rival E.ON, arguing it was not clear if the far-reaching asset swap with its parent RWE was fair for workers or minority shareholders. “Irrespective of the offer price, we are extremely ...
  • Government has given up on coal exit task force timetable – report

    Even before the highly anticipated official launch of Germany’s coal exit task force, the government has given up on the commission’s timetable, Silke Kersting and Klaus Stratmann report for business daily Handelsblatt. During ongoing meetings on the ...
  • German economy and environment ministries wrestle over coal commission leadership

    The German ministries for economic affairs and energy (BMWi) and environment (BMU) compete for taking the lead in the planned commission that is tasked with preparing the country’s coal exit – dubbed "coal commission" –, Reuters news agency ...
  • Merkel wins respect for G20 climate result at "B-"-summit

    08 Jul 2017 (All day) The German presidency and chancellor Angela Merkel pulled off a “solid” diplomatic success on climate policy by closing the ranks of all G20 members except the United States at the summit in Hamburg, experts for climate diplomacy ...
  • Support-free bids accepted again in Germany’s second offshore wind auction as average support surges

    More investors offered to build offshore wind farms without any financial support in Germany’s second offshore wind power auction, but the average support rate increased significantly compared to the previous auction, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) ...
  • “Homemade climate protection”

    German climate targets for the building sector are in danger because many house owners shy away from modernising their buildings to meet higher energy standards due to the costs involved, writes Ralph Diermann in Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. ...
  • 13 Apr 2015

    In the media: Energiewende could bring 230,000 new jobs by 2050

    13 Apr 2015 (All day) neue energie “230,000 new jobs – if the Energiewende succeeds” A new and as yet unpublished study by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy concludes that renewables are a boon for the economy and increase the number of ...
  • Coal exit not needed, “counterproductive” – coal association

    A coal phase-out is unnecessary and threatens energy security, the Coal Importer Association writes in a press release. Coal-fired power plants are needed to supply electricity to the grid during times when renewable energies cannot meet total power ...
  • Federal government must accelerate renewable energy deployment – industry group

    The German federal government must implement the promised additional tenders for offshore wind energy without delay and must also rapidly increase the expansion paths for all renewable energy sources, the Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) ...
  • Reaching 2030 climate target will be “very, very challenging" - Merkel

    The German government will introduce a climate protection law to ensure the country reaches its 2030 climate targets, but achieving these goals will be “very, very challenging”, said Chancellor Angela Merkel during her annual summer press conference. The ...
  • EU Commission refers Germany to European Court of Justice

    The European Commission is taking Germany to court for its alleged failure to properly implement the Electricity and Gas Directives of the Third Energy Package, according to a Commission press release. The package, in effect since 2009, establishes the ...
  • 20 Nov 2014

    In the media: More on the coal debate, comment on fracking, Rifkin on Energiewende

    20 Nov 2014 (All day) Zeit online "Billions for utilities" If coal fired power stations were retired, everybody could profit: the climate, consumers and utilities, writes Marlies Uken for Zeit online. The problem is, none of the large ...
  • “Support in the doldrums”

    The operation of thousands of wind turbines could become economically unviable once the first support period for renewable energy in Germany runs out in 2020, Michael Bauchmüller writes in Süddeutsche Zeitung. If the operators’ sales revenue in open ...
  • 10 Mar 2016

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

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

    With financing from its Horizon 2020 research programme, the EU is planning to allocate up to one billion euros to a research project on battery technology, reports Tagesspiegel Background. The call for tenders for electrochemical energy storage is ...
  • Coal-exit commission must prioritise affected workers’ jobs – union president

    Germany’s recently-formed coal-exit commission must take into account the jobs of those employed in the coal sector, said Michael Vassiliadis, president of the mining, chemical, and energy industry union IC BGE, in an interview with Tagesspiegel ...
  • Deutsche Bahn unveils new mobility offer in Hamburg

    German rail company Deutsche Bahn has launched a pilot project in Hamburg in which public transit users can call a shuttle to pick them up in front of their house, Spiegel Online reports. Users can order the electric vehicles through an application on ...
  • German manufacturing companies spent billions on climate protection in 2016

    Germany’s manufacturing companies spent 3.3 billion euros on climate protection measures in 2016, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) says in a press release. In total, the sector (excluding construction) generated 31.8 billion euros in current ...
  • Shake-up of German energy industry proceeds after agreements are reached

    An asset swap deal between German utilities E.ON and RWE took a step forward after energy corporation innogy reached agreements with the two companies "for a fair integration process," Reuters reports. innogy will no longer be an independently ...
  • Renewables support should be used to lower investment risk – research institute

    In a new analysis, the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) looks at how different types of renewables support regimes can effectively keep costs low for transforming the energy system. Uncertainty about future power prices is now the main risk ...
  • German government proposes compensation scheme for nuclear power plants

    Angela Merkel’s cabinet has initiated an amendment to the German Nuclear Exit Act that ensures compensation payments to operators of nuclear power plants who had to shut down their reactors in 2011. The law must be amended because the German ...
  • European Commissioners push for greater oversight of carmakers’ compliance with EU emission rules

    The European Commission wants to exert stricter control over how car manufacturers determine the emissions of their cars, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. EU Commissioners suspect that carmakers have found a loophole in the Commission’s targets ...
  • German Finance Minister Altmaier says EU should support green investment

    Germany’s acting Finance Minister Peter Altmaier said that green finance should receive support at EU level to stimulate the growth of a business model of the future, the news agency dpa reports in an article carried by eu-info.de. Investments that ...
  • EU Commission mulls antitrust proceedings against German grid operator TenneT

    The European Commission is considering antitrust proceedings against Germany’s largest transmission grid operator, TenneT, over suspicions that the company is creating artificial power bottlenecks on the Danish-German border, the Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • German wind power manufacturers lay off workers despite booming industry

    More and more electricity around the world will be generated with wind power turbines but Germany’s large manufacturers continue to lay off workers at home and abroad, Dow Jones Newswires reports. Senvion, Nordex, Enercon, and Siemens-Gamesa are among the ...
  • Customers won’t readily trust “new diesel miracle” – opinion

    German auto supplier Bosch has every right to be proud of its improved diesel technology, which it says leads to far less nitrogen oxide emissions, but economic success depends on the reputation of diesel as a whole, writes Susanne Preuß in an opinion ...
  • Banks increasingly align investment strategies with sustainability

    The European Commission estimates the necessary investment needed to achieve its target of reducing the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 at 180 billion euros per year, writes Markus Frühauf in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Brussels ...
  • Uber plots Berlin expansion with e-cars

    Uber will expand its Berlin fleet with electric vehicles this fall, according to an article in Handelsblatt. Since March, the controversial ride-sharing company has been chauffeuring its Munich customers with roughly 30 battery-powered cars. In light of ...
  • The elephant in the room

    Our visiting cartoonist Mwelwa Musonko (@MwelxTax) on the all-consuming focus on immigration in Germany and Europe, while barely anyone talks about threats from climate change. ...
  • Uniper makes suggestions for coal exit

    German energy company Uniper is the first utility to put forward ideas for an eventual phase-out of coal-fired power generation following the launch of the coal-exit commission last month, Klaus Stratmann reports in Handelsblatt. Uniper CEO Klaus Schäfer ...
  • Offshore wind capital Bremerhaven grapples with shrinking industry

    The German coastal city of Bremerhaven used to be a thriving centre for the offshore wind power but now struggles to hold on to the sector’s few remaining companies, Peter Hanuschke writes for the Weser Kurier. Bremerhaven once hosted about 3,000 jobs in ...
  • Germany under increasing pressure to cancel Nord Stream 2

    Germany is facing greater pressure from the United States, central and eastern European countries, and the European Commission to cancel Nord Stream 2, the controversial pipeline project that would lead to more German imports of Russian natural gas, ...
  • Self-driving cars would make road traffic greener – study

    Autonomous vehicles will make road transport both safer and more environmentally friendly, according to a study commissioned by the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK). For that reason, the development of autonomous vehicle ...
  • Regulatory agency approves use of train powered by hydrogen fuel cells

    The Federal Railway Authority has granted French company Alstom permission to operate passenger service on the German rail network with its new, hydrogen fuel-cell-powered train, according to an article in tageszeitung (taz). The train, the Coradia iLint, ...
  • Environment minister “has a tough job” – commentary

    Environment minister Svenja Schulze finds herself in conflict with four fellow ministers on many issues, such as phasing out lignite and conserving water, writes Bernhard Pötter in tageszeitung (taz). But Schulze has signalled her willingness to ...
  • Germany's cooperation with countries from the East under scrutiny

    First a Chinese battery factory in Thuringia (and renewed interest of the Chinese state grid in German network operator 50Hertz), then the Nord Stream 2 controversy – Germany’s energy cooperation with the East is coming into focus, something our visiting ...
  • 25 Sep 2017 |

    Vote2017: Politicians' comments on German election results

    25 Sep 2017 (All day) Germans have handed Chancellor Angela Merkel a fourth term in the country’s federal election. Most likely, Merkel will have to start talks with the Free Democrats (FDP) and the Green Party to form a so-called "Jamaica coalition, ...
  • 10 Dec 2015

    Many roads lead to Energiewende- study / A majority for coal exit

    10 Dec 2015 (All day) Die Zeit “Don’t be afraid of the Energiewende” Three scientific academies have found there are various options to bring the Energiewende in the power sector to a successful conclusion, reports Fritz Vorholz on Zeit Online. The ...
  • 02 Jul 2018 |

    Reporter's Guide to Germany's Energy Transition- 2018 edition

    02 Jul 2018, 16:12 “ A Reporter’s Guide to the Energiewende ” offers journalists covering energy and climate policy an overview of key stories, experts/decision-makers and facts on Germany’s landmark effort to mitigate climate change. Click on the link to ...
  • Projected decrease in renewables levy not a turning point - opinion

    This year’s projected slight decrease in Germany’s renewables levy (EEG surcharge) is not a turning point in the country’s energy transition, writes Klaus Stratmann in an opinion piece in Handelsblatt. Support payments for existing wind and solar power ...
  • VW introduces ‘production closure days’ due to new emissions tests

    New tighter emissions tests in Germany have led the country’s biggest carmaker VW to shut down its main plant in Wolfsburg for 1-2 days per week, Reuters news agency reports. Other VW plants will also see their production volumes cut, as the new Worldwide ...
  • Five theses for a ‘Jamaica’ energy market

    Consultancy Energy Brainpool has analysed Germany’s aspiring government coalition parties’ manifestos on their energy policy positions. The group derived five major challenges that can serve as a basis for common action. A so-called Jamaica coalition of ...
  • “Business wants to maintain joint power zone with Austria”

    The Bavarian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (BIHK) and the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKÖ) issued a joint statement against a possible split of the German-Austrian power price zone, reports news agency dpa. “These plans endanger supply security in ...
  • Germany imports less hard coal as use in power generation dips

    Germany imported less hard coal last year and imports are set to drop again in 2017, the German Coal Importers Association said, according to a report by Dow Jones Newswires. Imports fell by 4 percent to 55.2 million tons in 2016, and will dip again this ...
  • Climate change to impact wind energy generation in Europe – study

    Global warming is likely to increase the volatility of wind power production throughout large parts of Europe, a new study from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has found. According to a press release from KIT, wind power generation on the ...
  • Recycling is best resource source for electric mobility – env ministry

    An environmentally-friendly recycling of lithium-ion batteries is not only possible but a good resource source for e-mobility, a federally-funded project has found, the environment ministry says in a press release. Recycling batteries not only protects ...
  • Average CO2 emissions of newly-sold European passenger vehicles rose slightly in 2017

    The average CO 2 emissions of new cars sold in the EU rose slightly in 2017, according to a briefing paper from the International Council on Clean Transportation. German automakers BMW, Volkswagen, and Daimler are among the most emissive vehicles sold in ...
  • Finding a verdict on coal

    Our visiting cartoonist Mwelwa Musonko (@MwelxTax) from Zambia was inspired by the fact that Germany set up a commission to decide on the phase-out of coal-fired power generation. ...
  • Germany’s primary energy consumption to drop by one third by 2040 - report

    Primary energy consumption in Germany will be about one third lower in 2040 than it is today, US energy company Exxon Mobil says in a press release on its prognosis for the German energy demand. Exxon says increased efficiency and a change of energy ...
  • German tenants set to benefit from renewable energy savings

    Until now, tenants in Germany had to pay the renewable energy surcharge of 6.35 cents per kilowatt-hour that finances the state-guaranteed price, or feed-in tariff, for producers of renewable energy even if the building they live in is installed with a ...
  • EU Commission sees lagging energy transition in Germany

    The European Commission attests Germany “serious deficits” in certain areas of the energy transition, writes Gerwin Klinger for energate messenger. In the 2018 country report on Germany, the Commission says that Germany is on track to meet its Europe2020 ...
  • “Strong headwind”

    The German wind power industry keeps jumping from one output and price record to another, but it is nevertheless headed for a slump in 2019 if policymakers do not intervene soon, Jürgen Geißinger, CEO of German turbine producer Senvion, says in a guest ...
  • Grid operator says Germany must optimise offshore wind use in North Sea

    Germany should optimise the use of existing grid connections in the North Sea to connect as much offshore wind power capacity to the grid as possible, operator Tennet says in a press release. “We can see a clear potential to optimise the use of existing ...
  • Berlin public transit operator orders new electric busses from Mercedes, Solaris

    For a total cost of 30 million euros, the Berlin public transit operator BVG has ordered 15 electric busses from Mercedes and 15 e-busses from the Polish company Solaris, reports the Tagesspiegel. With a capacity of 70 passengers and a range of 150-250 ...
  • 20 Apr 2016

    Germany asks Belgium to switch off nuclear plants / RWE turmoil

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

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

    26 Jan 2016 (All day) manager magazine / Bloomberg “Gas-fired power stations rise from the dead” What might be the biggest absurdity of the German Energiewende could now be ending, as relatively clean gas-fired power plants are regaining competitiveness, ...
  • Dry period’s effects on German crops: “climate change you can touch”

    The current dry period in Germany will cause complete crop failures for some farmers, particularly in the north and east of the country, Bernhard Krüsken, general secretary of the German Farmers’ Association (DBV), told Friederike Meier in an interview ...
  • German shipbuilding industry researching environmentally friendly technologies ahead of stricter environmental rules

    In 2020, stricter environmental regulations concerning pollution from seagoing vessels will come into force, putting added pressure on the German shipbuilding industry to innovate, according to an article in tageszeitung (taz). The industry is currently ...
  • Germans weigh climate against their wallets

    Our visiting cartoonist Mwelwa Musonko (@MwelxTax) from Zambia on the result of many surveys that Germans support the energy transition in principle but grapple with the costs associated with it. ...
  • State makes sizeable profit from private power consumption – taxpayers’ federation

    Private households in Germany paid more than 10 billion euros in taxes and levies on power consumption to the state in 2017, the German Taxpayer Institute (DSi) of the German Taxpayers Federation (BdSt) says in an analysis seen by the Clean Energy Wire. ...
  • Germany’s aspiring coalition parties disagree over coal exit speed

    15 Nov 2017 The German coalition talks on climate and energy policy stumble over a dispute over the reduction of coal fired power production. Just days before exploratory talks are scheduled to finish, the Green Party and its negotiating partners from ...
  • “Liberal facts”

    The pro-business party FDP stands out at the ongoing Jamaica coalition talks for Germany’s next federal government with its “astonishing claims on climate and energy”, Malte Kreutzfeldt writes in left-wing newspaper Die Tageszeitung (taz). Remarks by FDP ...
  • Siemens will partner with Chinese state investment corporation to develop large gas turbines

    During his official visit to Germany, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed a memorandum of understanding with Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser to cooperate on the development of large gas turbines, according to an article in the Handelsblatt. Siemens will support ...
  • Wind power industry says repowering of old turbines needed for Germany to reach renewables goal

    Old wind turbines in Germany must be refurbished and modernised to ensure that the country meets its 2030 goal of increasing the share of renewables to 65 percent of power consumption, the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) says in a press release. The ...
  • Al Gore: Germany is losing its climate edge

    Once a leader on climate protection, Germany is now falling behind, former US Vice President Al Gore said in an interview with Politico Europe. Its continued reliance on coal to power its economy endangers not only its international reputation but also ...
  • German federal state Hesse opens up low-yield agricultural land to solar parks

    The southern German federal state Hesse has become the third in the country to make its so-called “disadvantaged areas” available for solar fields, the German Solar Industry Association (BSW) has announced in a press release. Following in the footsteps of ...
  • Tesla back on list of e-cars eligible for subsidies in Germany

    US carmaker Tesla is back on a list of e-cars that are eligible for subsidies in Germany, website bild.de reports. The Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (Bafa) had argued that Tesla cars were too expensive to qualify for subsidies, ...
  • 2.3 million solar heating systems in Germany in 2017

    With about 78,000 new solar heaters in 2017, a total of about 2.3 million solar heating systems are now in operation in Germany, the German Solar Industry Association (BSW) and the Association of Heating Industry (BDH) say in a joint press release. Find ...
  • Power grid in German state Hesse partly ready for full energy transition – study

    The power distribution grid of German federal state Hesse is in part ready for the transition to over 90 percent renewables in power production and heating that Germany strives to attain by 2050, according to a study by the Fraunhofer research institute ...
  • E.ON posts profit jump after unveiling RWE deal to redraw Germany’s energy market

    German energy company E.ON posted an unexpectedly strong jump in quarterly operating profit, boosted by its retail unit that will form one of the energy group’s main pillars after a recently unveiled overhaul that involves breaking up rival innogy, ...
  • No change in support for energy transition – survey

    A majority of 61 percent of the German population think the transition to an energy system dominated by renewables is the right way to go, 30 percent are undecided and 7 percent are opposed to the idea, the 2017 edition of the bi-annual survey on “nature ...
  • The European Commission pushes for German-Danish interconnectors

    Transmission grid operator TenneT and the European Commission are  proposing  1,300 megawatts of power trading capacity between Germany and Denmark, but consumer groups warn this will increase electricity costs for German households, Jacob Schlandt writes ...
  • Council of state governments (Bundesrat) wants to safeguard coal-exit financing

    The federal council of state governments (Bundesrat) has urged the government to include the financial aspects of a coal exit in the so-called coal commission talks. The house voted by a small minority to include a separate cost analysis and concept on ...
  • Germany makes it harder for tenants throughout Europe to generate and consume their own electricity

    In a back-room deal, passages in the EU Renewable Energy Directive pertaining to self-consumption of power by small consumers were apparently changed at Germany’s urging, writes Tagesspiegel Background. On June 14, European Commissioner for Climate Action ...
  • Germany's lignite mines visible from space

    Our visiting cartoonist Mwelwa Musonko (@MwelxTax) from Zambia is astonished by the fact that Germany’s lignite mines are clearly visible from space. ...
  • Another 20 years needed for responsible lignite exit – Saxony state premier

    The country’s lignite phase out needs another 20 years to avoid a “harsh structural break” for Germany’s coal regions – like it happened at the time of German reunification, Saxony’s state premier Michael Kretschmer told Leipziger Volkszeitung in an ...
  • German coal states demand more influence in coal-exit commission

    The four major German coal states demand a “stronger voice” in the planned commission tasked with preparing the end of coal-fired power production in the country, Andreas Mihm writes in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. In a letter to Chancellor Angela ...
  • Wind power jobs to be moved to Portugal

    Wind power company Senvion has rejected a workers’ council job recovery plan and is set to move rotor manufacturing for its turbines from the northern German city of Bremerhaven to Portugal, citing increasing international competition and price pressure, ...
  • Solar and wind industry oppose joint auctions

    The German Solar Industry Association BSW and the German Wind Energy Association BWE say joint auctions for solar and wind power capacity won’t achieve a well-balanced mix of renewables, Sandra Enkhardt reports for pv magazine. While prices are currently ...
  • 03 Nov 2016 |

    German energy use stable in 2016 as gas spike compensates coal drop

    03 Nov 2016 Germany's primary energy consumption is likely to remain broadly unchanged this year, according to estimates by energy market research group AG Energiebilanzen (AGEB). While data for the first nine months of the year indicate a rise in ...
  • Economy minister Altmaier calls for mobility transition push over coming four years

    The current legislative period must be used to significantly advance the transport transition in Germany, said economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier at the Tagesspiegel’s Future Mobility Summit in Berlin. “I believe that we have to bring the ...
  • Daimler faces government ultimatum as it struggles with software update delays - report

    Daimler is under pressure from German transport minister Andreas Scheuer to complete the recall and upgrade of 774,000 diesel vehicles that the government has found to have illegal emissions test defeat devices, Markus Fasse, Franz Hubik and Thomas Tuma ...
  • Berliners exhaust incentives for electric cargo bikes in a single day

    While electric cars continue to face low sales despite government incentives, state premiums in Berlin for electric cargo bicycles triggered a flood of applications, Spiegel Online reports. The unexpected high demand for the increasingly popular utility ...
  • WWF, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management launch green climate tracker

    The Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and WWF Germany have developed a new online platform that assesses the climate impact of financial regulations in Germany and the EU. The Finance Fit for Paris tracker reviews laws and current measures to ...
  • New economy minister Zypries assures renewables industry of progressive Energiewende legislation

    Brigitte Zypries, Germany’s new economy minister, has assured the country’s renewables industry of pursuing a progressive policy approach to advance the energy transition. At a conference by the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) she pledged to ...
  • Germany’s largest state, NRW, trails in renewables expansion

    In spite of a record wind power expansion in the western German region of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), the country’s largest federal state still trails in terms of renewables expansion, Welt Online reports. In 2017, the state added 312 wind turbines, ...
  • Closing 2020 climate gap increasingly difficult, says German environment minister

    In an interview with Silke Kersting and Klaus Stratmann of financial daily Handelsblatt, German environment minister Svenja Schulze warns that the country is facing an uphill battle to achieve its climate protection goals. “We have already lost too much ...
  • “Coal barges reduce loading capacity to Germany”

    Low river levels have forced barge operators to reduce the volume of coal loaded onto vessels earmarked for Germany, potentially limiting seaborne import demand, Laurence Walker writes in Montel. Barges are currently loading at around 60 percent of ...
  • EU fleet emission rules transform electric cars into cash cows for carmakers – commentary

    The new EU fleet emission limits taking effect in 2020 mean that some carmakers will in effect save more than 10,000 euros per electric car sold due to avoided penalty payments, argues car industry expert Ferdinand Dudenhöffer in a commentary for business ...
  • Diesel decline has negligible impact on attainment of CO2 emission standards

    The decline in diesel car sales does not put EU CO 2 emission targets out of reach for carmakers, according to the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). “In fact, other technologies – efficiency improvements in gasoline engines as well as ...
  • German industry’s ETS emissions fall by over 3 percent

    The German Environment Agency (UBA) says greenhouse gas emissions from the industries (excluding aviation) that take part in the European emissions trading system (ETS) fell by 3.4 percent last year – a steeper decline than Germany achieved in its overall ...
  • Auto industry’s investments in electric vehicles squeeze profits – commentary

    Daimler, Volkswagen, and other car manufacturers are investing billions of euros in the production of more than 200 hundred electric vehicle models between now and 2022, and that comes at a high cost, writes Franz Hubik in a commentary for Handelsblatt. ...
  • Volkswagen to launch zero-emission car sharing services

    Volkswagen plans to launch all-electric car sharing services. The carmaker said the platform dubbed “WE” will start rolling out various on-demand services in Germany in 2019. “These services are to be extended to major cities in Europe, North America and ...
  • Economy minister delays launch of additional auctions for wind and solar energies

    For the time being, economy minister Peter Altmaier will not specify a date for the launch of additional auctions for wind and solar energies, according to an article in the Handelsblatt. In their coalition treaty, the parties that make up the current ...
  • Government-owned bank discloses environmental and social impacts of its financing

    In 2015 and 2016, Germany’s government-owned KfW bank issued nine ‘ green bonds ’ worth a total of 6.5 billion euros to finance renewable energies, KfW said in its report on the environmental and social impacts of these bonds. With a market share of 61 ...
  • Federal government says ‘no’ to geoengineering

    In response to an inquiry from the Green Party, the governing coalition has expressed its opposition to geoengineering, according to an article in the Tagesspiegel. Geoengineering refers to the controversial intervention in the Earth’s climate system, ...
  • Saxony introduces master plan for energy research – but doesn’t discriminate against lignite

    The state government of Saxony in eastern Germany, where parts of the Lusatian lignite mining district are located, has published a master plan for future energy research, including the areas of nuclear security, battery production, and photovoltaics, ...
  • “Climate policy is possible with coal” – op-ed

    A premature phase-out of the lignite industry doesn’t make “climate policy sense,” it is “humbug,” writes Germany’s former economy and employment minister Wolfgang Clement in an opinion piece in the Handelsblatt. He argues that the legal end date for ...
  • Germans reluctant to part with old fossil-fuelled cars

    We are welcoming Mwelwa Musonko (@MwelxTax) as our visiting cartoonist at CLEW. Mwelwa is a Zambian comic book artist and founder of Foresight Comics who is in Germany for the summer after winning the Horst-Köhler-Journalism-Grant of the International ...
  • E.ON and RWE lack proper strategy amid innogy split-up - analyst

    Contrary to many utilities in other European countries, Germany’s E.ON and RWE lack a proper strategy for dealing with the energy transition, Bloomberg analyst Elchin Mammadov says on Dow Jones Newswires. The split-up of RWE’s spin-off innogy between ...
  • Economy ministry to amend several energy laws - report

    The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is working on draft amendments to the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the Combined Heat and Power Act (CHP), and other energy laws, writes Hendrik Köstens for Tagesspiegel Background. The ...
  • Expected e-car boom puts focus on Germany’s biggest lithium reserve

    The expected boom in e-car production shifts Germany’s historical mining region in the Ore Mountains on the Czech-German border back into the focus of industry actors, Zacharias Zacharakis writes on Die Zeit Online. The Ore Mountains hold about 500,000 ...
  • Germany remains country of automobiles – commentary

    Since the federal government has set out to extend its energy transition project into the transport sector, car use in Germany has not changed, writes Friederike Meier in Klimareporter. Unlike neighbouring countries the Netherlands and Denmark, where a ...
  • German car manufacturers and Ford open first ultra-fast electric car charging station

    Ionity, a joint venture between BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen, and Ford, has opened its first rapid charging station for electric vehicles, according to Die Welt. Six electric cars can simultaneously charge at the station, located in western Germany. Each ...
  • innogy acquires BTCPower, expands operations in US market

    German energy company innogy has purchased California-based BTCPower. The acquisition will increase the company’s product portfolio in the North American market, and will strengthen its engagement in the United States, according to innogy. Read the press ...
  • Load factors for thermal generation in Germany decline for third month in a row

    According to consultancy Aurora Energy Research ’s May 2018 “German Plant Performance Summary”, the average load factors for thermal generation have declined for the third month in a row. In May 2018, renewable generation was 14 percent higher compared to ...
  • 12 Mar 2018 |

    Germany's car-loving transport minister faces clean mobility challenge

    12 Mar 2018 (All day) Car industry hub Germany is under increasing pressure to accelerate the shift to sustainable mobility in order to reach its climate targets and improve the quality of air in inner city areas. Against the backdrop of a looming ban on ...
  • “Climate pioneer no more” - opinion

    The European Union agreeing on a more ambitious renewables target than the German government had pushed for shows that the Energiewende country is increasingly struggling when it comes to climate protection, writes Thorsten Knuf in an opinion piece in ...
  • German government to ease regulation for marine geoengineering research - report

    The German government plans to ease regulations for marine geoengineering research, which could be used to bind carbon dioxide emissions by injecting certain substances into the world’s oceans that boost algae growth, Christoph Seidler writes on Spiegel ...
  • Government crisis halts Germany’s energy policy

    The “chaotic” internal strife in the German government's conservative camp over immigration means that no progress of any kind can be expected in the country's energy and climate policymaking for some time, writes Tagesspiegel Background in an ...
  • Renewables reach share of over 40 percent in Germany’s net power generation

    The net output of renewable energy sources in Germany’s power mix has reached a new record share in the first half of 2018, the website Energy Charts run by research institute Fraunhofer ISE says. With a net generation of 113 terawatt hours (TWh) between ...
  • Germany reduces grid stability reserve due to German-Austrian power market split

    The winter power capacity reserve, designed to keep the grid stable in critical situations, will be reduced by one third for 2018/2019 compared to previous winters, the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) announced. The capacity of power plants in ...
  • “Severe setback for energy transition in the heating sector”

    The German Energy agency (dena) says it regrets that the government failed to reach a compromise on the GEG, a bill that would have modernised energy efficiency standards for German buildings. In a press release, dena head Andreas Kuhlmann called the ...
  • Hyundai teams up with Volkswagen's Audi to boost hydrogen cars

    South Korean carmaker Hyundai has agreed a deal with Volkswagen Group’s Audi to collaborate on hydrogen car technology, hoping to boost an energy segment that has lagged behind battery electric vehicles, news agency Reuters reports. “The fuel cell is the ...
  • Heating costs in Germany fall due to mild winter temperatures

    German heating costs between October 2017 and February 2018 were down several percent compared to the same period the previous year, price comparison website check24 says in a press release. The main reason for lower costs was a “ relatively mild winter,” ...
  • SPD state premier uses unverifiable amount in Energiewende cost debate – report

    The Social Democratic (SPD) state premier of coal-mining state Brandenburg is at the forefront of a “PR-battle” over the energy transition’s costs that usually is dominated by sceptics in the right-wing nationalist AfD party, Jörg Staude writes for ...
  • Green Party chairman Habeck says tax and levy reform needed to make renewables cheaper

    The co-chairman of Germany’s Green Party, Robert Habeck, says a sweeping reform of taxes and levies for renewables and other energy sources is needed to make clean energy production cheaper vis-à-vis carbon-intensive sources, the Lübecker Nachrichten ...
  • Germany “a dangerous role model” for energy transition

    Renewable energy sources are booming in Germany as much as anywhere else but the country’s simultaneous rise in coal use and carbon emissions nevertheless make it “a dangerous role model” for countries setting out to emulate the German energy transition, ...
  • Germany’s raw material needs for energy transition could exceed supply by 2035

    The demand for raw materials needed for the production of renewable energy sources, e-cars and other energy transition technologies could exceed supply by 2035, the German government says in its reply to a parliamentary inquiry filed by the Free Democrats ...
  • German states’ energy ministers agree on non-partisan Energiewende policy approach

    The energy ministers of Germany’s 16 federal states have agreed to strengthen their focus on the separation of key energy policy decisions from party politics, and to improve coordination between the individual state ministries, the Environment and Energy ...
  • Germans consider natural gas best supplement to renewables – survey

    A poll commissioned by the German oil and gas producer Wintershall and carried out by pollster Forsa reveals that 54 percent of German respondents believe that natural gas is the best supplement to renewables, compared to 22 percent for timber, 20 percent ...
  • German states want government aid for car industry suppliers to meet EU emissions standards

    Small- and medium-sized suppliers of Germany’s mighty carmakers should receive more financial support to accomplish the shift to e-mobility and lower vehicle emissions as proposed by the EU, the economy ministers of Germany’s federal states were quoted by ...
  • BMW places billion euro order with Chinese battery producer CATL

    German car company BMW has placed an order worth over one billion euros with Chinese battery producer CATL, BMW CEO Harald Krüger told Handelsblatt in an interview. “CATL will open a factory in Europe,” Krüger added. In a separate press release, BMW said ...
  • Federal parliament approves compensation for nuclear power operators

    The German federal parliament has adopted legislation to allow for energy companies that had invested in nuclear power plants to receive compensation worth millions of euros, Die Welt reports. In the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the German ...
  • German government funds diesel plaintiff DUH

    Since 2010, the German government has donated around 7 million euros to NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH), which recently gained international attention over its lawsuits against German municipal administrations which opened the door to diesel ...
  • 28 Jan 2016

    Government 'wants to kill wind engine' / Grid fees drive costs

    28 Jan 2016 (All day) Die Welt “Government wants to kill the engine” Onshore wind power is the backbone of Germany’s energy transition, but government reform plans for the Renewable Energy Act risk slowing down its development too much, warns Georg Müller ...
  • “No way around making energy more expensive to reach national climate targets” - commentary

    The new federal government has to work out a comprehensive concept to secure the German industry’s competitiveness, write Christoph Schmidt and Steffen Elstner of the Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI Essen) in a guest commentary ...
  • “Socially acceptable coal exit is possible and can be financed”

    A socially acceptable coal exit in Germany is possible and could be financed through the CO₂-emissions trading earnings, according to a report by enervis energy advisors GmbH, commissioned by the German service sector trade union ver.di. “Our proposal ...
  • “Gambling with tax money”

    German utility EnBW’s planned windpark in the North Sea reckons with rising electricity prices and cheaper technology for wind parks, but it is not clear whether these assumptions will hold true, according to an article by Angela Hennersdorf in German ...
  • Tenant electricity law for solar power ineffective – industry

    The law aimed at facilitating the use of solar panels in inner cities by allowing tenants to consume electricity generated on their roofs fails to bring about the desired effects, the industry lobby group BSW Solar says in a press release. The effectivity ...
  • Opposition parties clash over pathway to Germany's 2030 renewables goal

    At an event held by the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) on 27 June, parliamentarians from the Free Democratic Party (FDP), the Greens, and the Alternative for Germany (AfD) called the government’s climate and energy policy measures misguided. ...
  • Volkswagen launches local assembly and car sharing in Rwanda

    Volkswagen has opened a new assembly plant and put into operation new mobility services like car sharing in Rwanda, according to a company press release. Volkswagen plans to assemble up to 5,000 cars per year at its new plant, and seeks to play a leading ...
  • German Greens fear government will drop special renewables auctions altogether

    The German Green Party fears that the government could cancel two special auctions for wind and solar power projects that the governing CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) promised in its coalition treaty, the German Federal Parliament says in ...
  • 03 Feb 2015

    In the media: Bavaria balks at controversial grid decision

    03 Feb 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “Bavaria does not need two grid extensions” The southern German state of Bavaria, one of the country’s industrial powerhouses, has completed a three-month “Energy Dialogue” consultation process meant to ease ...
  • Outsourcing of German coal question to commission is “coward energy policy” – opinion

    Solving a complex social problem like the phasing-out of coal- Germany’s traditional and still most important energy source  - is a “core task” of policymakers, and to outsource this task to an external commission amounts to “ cowardice and refusal to ...
  • New federation sets out to push electric shipping in Berlin

    The new Federation for Electric Shipping and Charging Infrastructure has set out to wane ship owners in Germany’s capital off diesel engines and to introduce e-boats instead to reduce inner city air pollution, the federation says in a press release and on ...
  • Germany’s energy production champion NRW has already met its 2020 climate target

    The German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is likely to have already met its 2020 emissions reduction target of 25 percent compared to 1990 levels, the state’s environment agency (LANUV) says in a press release. Almost one third of Germany’s ...
  • Tesla removed from list of e-cars eligible for subsidies in Germany

    Electric cars produced by US manufacturer Tesla have been removed from the list of e-cars eligible for subsidies in Germany because Tesla’s Model S was “too expensive” to qualify for the support, Business Insider reports on its website. A spokesman for ...
  • German wind power industry says second offshore auction confirms downward cost trend

    New zero-support bids and an average support level of 4.66 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) in Germany’s second offshore wind power auction confirm an ongoing trend in cost reduction in the sector, the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) said in a press ...
  • 25 Oct 2018 |

    Citizens’ participation in the Energiewende

    25 Oct 2018, 16:19 Across Germany, citizens have taken a direct stake in the transition to a cleaner energy supply through ownership of renewable energy installations. This factsheet gives an overview of the different ways in which citizens invest in the ...
  • Germany's energy transition in numbers

    04 Jun 2015 (All day) UPDATE-- Germany has set itself several numerical targets to measure and advance its efforts in lowering greenhouse-gas emissions. The performance towards those targets presents a mixed picture- while the share of power generated ...
  • Capacity markets around the world

    19 Aug 2015 (All day) UPDATE- Germany has opted against a large-scale capacity mechanism despite its increasing international popularity – from an idea to support power plants on the United States’ eastern coast to many European countries introducing ...
  • Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway

    The Federal Network Agency supervises operators of energy supply networks together with federal state regulatory bodies.  It ensures that all users can access and use the energy supply network on a non-discriminatory basis.  The aim of energy regulation ...
  • Prof. Dr. Christian von Hirschhausen

    Research areas: Infrastructure and Network Economics, Public Sector Management, European Integration Policy, Applied Industrial Economics   www.wip.tu-berlin.de Researcher ...
  • German Steel Federation

    "The German Steel Federation (WV Stahl) is the political-economic association of the steel industry in Germany and is based in Düsseldorf. It represents the sector’s political interests in contacts with politicians, business and the public for steel ...
  • German Trade Union Association

    The DGB is an umbrella group for trade unions. When decisions about the Energiewende are made, it assesses their impact on employment in Germany. It wants to make sure that the Energiewende is economically viable and does not cost jobs. www.dgb.de Maike ...
  • RWTH Aachen University

    RWTH Aachen University is a research university located in Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. One of Germany’s largest technical universities, RWTH Aachen has a profile area in energy, chemical, and process engineering. This profile area addresses ...
  • PD Dr. Dietmar Lindenberger

    Dietmar  Lindenberger has been Director of Applied Research and Member of the Management Board of the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (EWI) and a lecturer (Privatdozent) at the University of Cologne since 2004. Dr. Lindenberger ...
  • Walter Kahlenborn

    Walter Kahlenborn is a co-founder and Managing Director of adelphi research and adelphi consult. The core topics of his research and consultancy work are sustainable economic development and climate and energy. He advises federal ministries, the European ...
  • Coal Importer Association

    The Coal Importer Association represents the political and commercial interests of, at present, 64 members (i.e. utilities, industrial users of coal, traders, and companies engaged in coal logistics). Its annual reports describe the current situation on ...
  • IKEM- Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility

    IKEM is a German climate policy research institute, which analyses, evaluates and develops strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by taking into account the interactions between law, economics and politics. IKEM conducts research on behalf of ...
  • German Association of Towns and Municipalities

    The German Association of Towns and Municipalities (DStGB) represents the interests of German cities and municipalities at the state, federal and EU level. Through 17 member associations, 11,000 municipalities are organized and networked. The German ...
  • Udo Sieverding

    The Consumer Association North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is an organisation that seeks to protect private consumers in NRW and their interests by way of providing consultation and information online and in its service centre, as well as legal representation. ...
  • Berlin Clean Energy Wire Press Briefing: Poland ahead of COP24

    13 Sep 2018 Berlin In the lead-up to the upcoming COP24 climate change conference in Poland, the Clean Energy Wire is inviting Germany-based journalists to a media briefing on Polish energy and climate policy on 13 September 2018. Energy analysts and ...
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