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  • Greens want to re-introduce nuclear fuel tax

    The Greens parliamentary group wants to re-introduce the nuclear fuel tax and use it to pay the compensation to nuclear power plant operators for losses after the government pulled forward its nuclear power exit in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear ...
  • German power market could cope with switch to electric cars: research

    Germany’s power industry will be able to supply the additional electricity needed for switching from combustion engine technology to e-mobility, according to a study conducted by Aurora Energy Research and reported by news agency Reuters. An anticipated ...
  • “Traffic can be steered with money”

    Germany should not ponder diesel bans, e-car quotas, and other interventionist policies to achieve the transformation of its transport sector. Instead, it should consider how car traffic volumes can be reduced altogether, Martin Kesternich and Martin ...
  • Mass-daily Bild says “Germany should be proud of the diesel”

    The diesel engine is far from dead because it is the most efficient and cleanest car engine available, according to a “manifesto” by mass-daily Bild entitled “Germany should be proud of the diesel!” In a list of “10 truths that many politicians don’t dare ...
  • New solar auction kicks off with reduced volume

    On 6 April, Germany’s Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) launched the next round of tenders for solar photovoltaic systems with a minimum 750 kilowatts of power, Sandra Enkhardt reports in PV Magazine. Bids can be submitted until 1 June. Since ground-mounted ...
  • Germany should cut coal power production by at least 5GW

    Germany can still reach its 2020 emissions reduction targets if it shuts down or throttles coal plants with a capacity of at least 5 gigawatt (GW), the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) says in a press release. The UBA says that “in the short run”, coal ...
  • Germany pours cold water on EU’s clean energy ambitions

    German energy minister Peter Altmaier has rejected calls from a group of EU countries to increase the share of renewables to between 33 and 35 percent of the bloc’s energy mix by 2030, Frédéric Simon writes in EURACTIV. Speaking at an 11 June Energy ...
  • Germany has used up its CO₂ budget for 2018 – gas industry initiative

    By 28 March Germany had already used up its annual CO₂ budget for 2018, one week earlier than last year, according to the natural gas industry initiative Zukunft Erdgas. “The reason for this is the climate strategy of the government, where the measures ...
  • Germany heads for "spectacular" 2020 climate target miss- study

    07 Sep 2017 Germany must urgently step up its CO2 reduction efforts immediately after the upcoming elections if it wants to prevent a spectacular miss of its 2020 climate targets, according to think tank Agora Energiewende. Instead of reducing emissions ...
  • Trump decision on joint G7 statement “sobering and a bit depressing” - Merkel

    Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw his support for the joint communiqué at the G7 summit in Canada is “sobering and a bit depressing”, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Anne Will in a television interview for German public broadcaster ARD. Merkel said ...
  • SPD deputy group leader reiterates call for additional renewables auctions

    Matthias Miersch, deputy leader of the Social Democratic (SPD) group in the German parliament, reiterated his party’s call for additional renewables auctions – as foreseen in the coalition treaty – in an upcoming reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), ...
  • 30 Dec 2015

    Municipal utilities under pressure / PV support stable

    30 Dec 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “Government puts pressure on municipal utilities” Germany’s municipal utilities have criticised the federal government’s plans for digitalising the Energiewende and its rejection of a decentralised ...
  • 05 Nov 2015

    'Emergency repairs' to the power market / Cutting CO2 without nuclear

    05 Nov 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Power market reforms are mainly “emergency repairs” German energy minister Sigmar Gabriel says the reforms passed in cabinet yesterday train the power market for the 21st century, writes Andreas Mihm in ...
  • General Electric to ramp up wind power investments in Germany

    US company General Electric (GE) will ramp up its investment in wind power in Germany in a bid to revive its ailing business, Axel Höpner and Kathrin Witsch write in the Handelsblatt. The veteran US manufacturer, which has recently got booted from the Dow ...
  • German car industry must reinvent itself and will need state assistance to stay afloat - opinion

    The inspiration for the new world of private mobility based on electric cars today comes from the US and China, as Germany, the current carmaker champion, is busy “fighting a messy rearguard action to save the combustion engine,” Tobias Engelmeier writes ...
  • VW invests in re-invention of electric car battery

    Germany’s largest carmaker VW has announced that it will invest 100 million US dollars in a US company that specialises in the production of “ super batteries,” Hanna Decker writes in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The company named QuantumScape ...
  • Diesel plaintiff DUH wants driving bans in Germany’s most populous state

    Environmental Action Germany (DUH) is pushing for driving bans in polluted cities of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany’s most populous state, for all diesel cars that do not meet the Euro 6 emissions standard, the environmental NGO says in a press ...
  • Four ministries will jointly work in coal commission

    Four German ministers will “jointly work” in the country’s “coal commission” – tasked with finding a phase-out compromise – said chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) at a press conference after a two-day cabinet retreat in Meseberg near Berlin. Economy minister ...
  • Industry gives Germany bad grade on energy costs

    German industry rates energy costs among the worst of all business location factors, but the results have improved since 2014, according to a survey conducted by the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK). The improvement was due ...
  • Germany picks home city of carmaker Audi to test flying taxis

    The German government has chosen Ingolstadt to try out flying taxis in cooperation with Airbus and carmaker Audi, which is based in the Bavarian city. Transport minister Andreas Scheuer said flying taxis are no longer a pipe dream of the future. Instead, ...
  • European carmakers invest seven times more in EV production in China than at home

    European carmakers announced last year they would invest 21.7 billion euros in China to manufacture electric vehicles (EV), compared to only 3.2 billion euros in Europe, according to clean mobility lobby group Transport&Environment (T&E). “China ...
  • “Wind parks step it up”

    Wind power analysts believe prices for offshore power generation in Germany are going to drop significantly in the near future, Jörg Staude writes in Frankfurter Rundschau. Swedish energy provider Vattenfall’s award of a contract to build the offshore ...
  • Upcoming battery improvements could signal a leap forward for e-cars in Germany – report

    Electric car batteries could become twice as efficient as they currently are by 2025, researcher Martin Winter of the University of Münster says in an article written by Jürgen Pander on Spiegel Online. This means that e-cars could soon have a standard ...
  • “Merkel’s schizophrenia” – opinion

    The German government excels in setting climate goals and demonstrating goodwill internationally, but gets nothing done at home, Joachim Wille says in an opinion piece for Frankfurter Rundschau. “Ex-climate pioneer Germany keeps heating up the planet and ...
  • Elon Musk says “Germany is leading choice” for Tesla “Gigafactory” in Europe

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk is eyeing Germany as a potential location for his company’s planned battery cell “Gigafactory” in Europe. Musk tweeted: “Germany is a leading choice for Europe. Perhaps on the German-French border makes sense, near the Benelux ...
  • Reinsurer Hannover Re exits coal investments

    German reinsurance group Hannover Re will no longer invest in companies that earn 25 percent or more of their revenue from mining or burning coal, according to a Reuters report. In May, Allianz said it would immediately stop insuring single coal-fired ...
  • Sweden greenlights construction of German-Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2

    The Swedish government has given the green light for construction of the controversial natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 that connects Germany with Russia via the Baltic Sea, news agency dpa reports in an article carried by Focus Online. While Sweden has ...
  • German town covering entire power demand with renewables “shows energy transition can work”

    The small town of Wolfhagen near Frankfurt in central Germany “has taken a big step into the future over the past few years” by becoming one of the country’s first municipalities to cover 100 percent of its power demand from renewable sources, Austin ...
  • German government attempts last-minute block of Chinese involvement in grid operator 50Hertz

    The Chinese state enterprise SGCC has already signed a contract to buy a 20-percent share of grid operator 50Hertz, but the German government is trying to reverse the deal – which it says concerns “critical infrastructure” – before it takes effect, Thomas ...
  • Merkel’s critics have just got started – opinion

    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives have begun an internal conflict over immigration policy that points at deeper rifts between Merkel’s CDU and its Bavarian sister party CSU, Ulf Poschardt writes in Die Welt. Merkel has “developed a callousness that ...
  • German party leaders agree energy policy blueprint for coalition talks

    12 Jan 2018 (All day) The parties currently in talks to form Germany’s next government have agreed to speed up the roll-out of renewable energies and start the phase-out of coal-fired power generation. Contrary to a draft leaked earlier this week, the ...
  • German Postal Service mulls stock market launch of Streetscooter e-car branch

    The German Postal Service’s e-car manufacturing branch Streetscooter could soon be listed on the stock market, news agency Reuters reports. “It’s theoretically possible. We’re looking at the next two to three years,” the Postal Service’s board member ...
  • EU Commission to sue Germany and other countries over breaching air pollution limits

    The European Commission has announced it will sue Germany and several other countries including France and the UK at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over violating air pollution limits in cities, news agency Reuters reports. “ Additional measures ...
  • Germany set to miss 2020 EU renewables goal

    Due to the sluggish advance of its energy transition in the heating and transport sectors, Germany is set to miss the EU target of covering 18-percent of final energy consumption with renewables by 2020, lobby group the Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) ...
  • Germany lags behind other EU countries on climate change mitigation – environmental coalition

    Germany scores poorly in a new ranking of EU member states’ ambition and progress on slowing global warming, according to a press release from Climate Action Network Europe, an umbrella organisation of European civil society groups working to fight ...
  • Germany’s Free Democrats want to replace car emissions limits with ETS-inclusion

    The German Free Democratic Party (FDP) has proposed doing away with EU emissions limits for passenger cars and freight vehicles and instead including the transport sector in the European Emissions Trading System (ETS), the German parliament says in a ...
  • Audi CEO Stadler arrested over dieselgate scandal – report

    Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has been arrested over allegations that he played a role in Volkswagen (VW) Group’s diesel emissions cheating scandal, the Financial Times reports, a week after Munich prosecutors raided his private residence. Stadler has served as ...
  • Electric vehicles could stabilise power grid

    As renewable energy facilities supply a growing share of Germany’s electricity, the power grid is struggling to cope with their fluctuating output, Peter Ilg writes for Zeit Online. On very sunny or windy days, too much electricity surges into the network ...
  • Power grid stabilising measures cost record 1.4 billion euros in 2017

    The costs for power grid stabilising measures rose to a record 1.4 billion euros in 2017 (880 million euros in 2016), says the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) in its report on grid and system security measures. This was due to lagging grid expansion, a ...
  • Climate action programme set back years

    Elements of the Climate Action Programme 2020, which the German government approved in 2014 to close the gap between projected greenhouse gas emissions and the reduction target of 40 percent by 2020, have still not been put into action, Silke Kersting ...
  • Manufacturers must shift business to smaller gas turbines - opinion

    The fact that Siemens selling one single large gas turbine to British utility SSE is news shows that the manufacturers must rethink their business and bet more on smaller turbines for decentral use, writes Axel Höpner in an opinion piece in Handelsblatt. ...
  • Left Party says coal commission lacks eastern German representatives

    The planned commission that will prepare the end of coal-fired power production in Germany does not include enough representatives from eastern Germany, the Left Party was quoted as saying in an article written by the news agency dpa and carried by the ...
  • Head of Germany’s Medical Association calls for abandoning coal and oil

    Doctors in Germany should do more to promote the end of coal and oil in order to improve public health, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, head of the German Medical Association (Ärztekammer), says in an interview with movum magazine. “Climate change is real, it is ...
  • 15 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- Day 10: Merkel disappoints hopes for clear words on coal

    15 Nov 2017 German Chancellor calls on world to walk the talk, fails to deliver strong statement on German coal / Representatives from science, climate and environmental NGOs, and vulnerable small island states appealed to Merkel to meet the country’s ...
  • Wind power companies should not bet on German market alone – opinion

    German wind power companies should not repeat the solar industry’s mistakes, and need to focus more on international markets, Kathrin Witsch writes in an opinion piece for Handelsblatt. Germany’s renewables auction system and a general drop in support ...
  • Germany’s iconic carmakers stuck in “ultimate crisis”

    The self-inflicted emissions scandal alone is a huge challenge for Daimler, BMW, Volkswagen and Porsche, write Nikolaus Doll and Philipp Vetter for Die Welt. But the carmakers are also struggling with the shift to electric mobility, the conflict over US ...
  • Munich start-up Sono receives more than 5,000 reservations for solar-powered e-car

    Munich-based start-up Sono Motors has crossed the threshold of 5,000 reservations for a small electric car that generates power with solar cells spread all over the vehicle. Sono presented the car, named Sion, less than a year ago and plans to start ...
  • Germany must insist on ambitious EU car emission rules to safeguard 2030 climate target – commentary

    Germany will only be able to reach its 2030 climate targets with the help of ambitious EU car emission rules, writes Christian Hochfeld, head of mobility think tank Agora Verkehrswende*, in a guest article for Zeit Online. The current EU Commission ...
  • G20 ministers seek to strengthen renewable energies

    Convening in Argentina, ministers from the G20 – a group of both developing and developed countries, including Germany – are discussing fossil fuel extraction, the digitalisation of energy markets, and the transparent handling of data, according to dpa in ...
  • Wind power industry turnover reaches nearly 18 billion euros in Germany in 2016

    The German wind power industry generated turnover of 17.7 billion euros in 2016, making it “the most important pillar in the green economy”, Germany’s Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) says in a press release. Manufacturing, installation and ...
  • Geothermal energy could supply 17 percent of Germany’s heating by 2050 – research institute

    Germany could exploit its significant geothermal potential to meet one-sixth of its heating needs by 2050, writes Alexander Richter in ThinkGeoEnergy. Developing a scenario in which Germany uses renewable energies to satisfy 60 percent of its heating ...
  • Solar PV cheapest power generation technology in Germany

    Modern solar PV installations in Germany have the lowest power generation costs of all technologies, the Fraunhofer ISE research institute writes in a press release. Depending on the type of installation and the sun's intensity, generating one ...
  • Germany’s Daimler and BMW ramp up e-mobility investments in Southeast Asia

    German carmakers BMW and Daimler are both expanding their e-car and battery production capacities in Southeast Asia to participate in the booming region’s economic growth, Frederic Spohr writes in Handelsblatt. According to consultancy Frost & ...
  • Vattenfall plans job cuts in German hydro power division

    Vattenfall plans to cut up to 60 percent of its 420 full-time employees working in its German hydro power division, the company announced in a press release. “Due to the price development on the German electricity market and the regulatory framework for ...
  • German environment ministry launches 'Green Public Viewing' app for Football World Cup

    The German environment ministry (BMU) has launched an app that is meant to contribute to the climate friendly behaviour of football fans watching the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia on public screens, the ministry has said in a press release. The app shows ...
  • Siemens said to mull sale of flagship gas turbine business

    Siemens is considering the sale of its struggling business that produces gas turbines for power plants, according to people familiar with the matter, report Oliver Sachgau and Eyk Henning for Bloomberg. But a final decision has not yet been made, and the ...
  • EU strikes deal on 32 percent renewables target after all-night session

    Talks on renewable energy policy in Europe have achieved an unexpected breakthrough, as negotiators from the European Parliament and the EU member states were able to reach a compromise, report Dave Keating and Frédéric Simon for EURACTIV. The deal ...
  • Government transfers to poor insufficient to cover electricity bills – consumer group

    German welfare recipients do not receive enough money from the government to pay for electricity, according to the consumer protection organisation Verbraucherzentrale North Rhine-Westphalia. The organisation’s "North Rhine-Westphalia fights energy ...
  • Average support rate for solar producers rises at second solar auction of 2018

    In Germany’s second solar auction of 2018, the average support rate for successful bidders rose slightly to 4.59 eurocents per kilowatt hour (ct/kWh), compared to 4.33 ct/kWh at the previous auction in February, according to the Federal Network Agency ...
  • German authorities warn energy companies of Russian hacking

    The Federal Offices for the Protection of the Constitution and for Information Security have warned energy companies of a wave of attacks launched by Russian hackers on electricity networks,  tagesschau.de  reports. According to German authorities, ...
  • Germans say affordable power more important than sustainable production

    The number of people in Germany who think that affordable power is a "very important" feature of the country’s energy system is considerably larger than that of those who consider sustainable power production a priority, a survey conducted by ...
  • Germany 5th in global competitiveness ranking

    Germany remains the fifth most competitive economy in the world, according to the World Economic Forum’s latest Global Competitiveness Report. “The excellent performance of its innovation and business ecosystem is particularly noteworthy: Germany’s ...
  • Merkel: Clean air in cities one of new government’s first tasks

    Concrete measures to improve air quality in Germany’s most polluted cities are one of her new government’s first tasks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Klaus Kleber in an interview with broadcaster ZDF. “The new transport minister – but I myself will ...
  • Clear steps must underpin EU renewables goal- German energy minister

    13 Jun 2018 (All day) Increasing the EU's renewable energy target without a clear idea on how to achieve it would undermine political credibility, according to German energy minister Peter Altmaier. More ambitious goals for the deployment of ...
  • Electric cars much cleaner than internal combustion engine cars over lifetime - ICCT

    A typical electric car today produces just half of the greenhouse gas emissions of an average European passenger car over its life cycle of manufacturing, fuel cycle and use, writes the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) in a review ...
  • Government no longer dares to take climate protection seriously – opinion

    The German government’s ‘ Climate Protection Report ’ is a “testimony of failure,” writes Michael Bauchmüller in a commentary for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. “The truth is that this government no longer dares to pursue a serious climate policy. […] It ...
  • Daimler case shows that the government has no interest in clearing up dieselgate - opinion

    Daimler’s use of illegal software to manipulate car emissions is even more outrageous than VW’s, writes Matthias Breitinger in a commentary for Zeit Online. This is because Daimler had insisted for years that it did not cheat, and also because the ...
  • Digital technologies can replace future grid extensions – grid operator Tennet

    The planners of future grid extensions in Germany must pay more attention to new technologies, according to grid operator Tennet. The company’s CEO, Lex Hartmann, said that the increasing digitalisation of power grids could replace the construction of ...
  • Environment ministers from Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg push for end to EU support for nuclear energy

    German environment minister Svenja Schulze has joined her counterparts from Austria and Luxembourg in a call for an end to financial support for new nuclear power plants in the European Union, according to a dpa newswire report carried by Handelsblatt. ...
  • German utilities urge government to speed up Energiewende policy making

    Germany’s government has fallen behind in the transformation of the energy industry triggered by the energy transition, and must now speed up its policy making processes to support the sector in reaching emissions reduction goals, the managing director of ...
  • Consumer organisation association calls for fairer distribution of Energiewende costs

    The Federation of German Consumer Organisations (vzbv) has called on the new German government to "reboot" financing of the energy transition. The costs of building up renewable capacity and updating the grid must be more fairly distributed, the ...
  • Daimler example threatens billion-euro disaster for VW

    Volkswagen's competitors see its decision to build a battery cell factory for serial production in Germany as a concession to its workers’ council, rather than an economically promising endeavour, writes Philipp Vetter for Die Welt. “VW is forced by ...
  • US politicises Russian-German gas pipeline project - Nord Stream 2 CEO

    The United States government politicises the Russian-German Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project because it wants to sell its gas in Europe, Matthias Warnig, the company’s CEO told WirtschaftsWoche in a long interview. “They abuse the unfounded fear ...
  • 10 Feb 2015

    In the media: Germany spent billions on exports of coal technology

    10 Feb 2015 (All day) Reuters “Study – Germany spends billions on export of coal technology” Germany and France are the EU’s biggest sponsors of the export of coal technology, according to a confidential OECD study cited by Reuters. From 2003 to 2013, ...
  • 15 Mar 2016

    An unconstitutional nuclear phase-out? / Vattenfall's 'coal chaos'

    15 Mar 2016 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “Was the nuclear phase-out unconstitutional?” Germany’s Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe will on Tuesday and Wednesday hear parties in the case of the country’s nuclear phase-out, which utilities claim interfered ...
  • 21 Jun 2016

    Climate Action Plan 2050 delayed / 'VW is more than diesel'

    21 Jun 2016 (All day) Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) Climate Action Plan 2050 delayed The Climate Action Plan 2050 that is to describe a pathway and policy measures for Germany to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 95 percent by 2050 will not be ...
  • German car industry still miles away from coming clean on emissions scandal – opinion

    Daimler’s embroilment in the car emissions manipulation scandal shows that Germany’s most important industry is still miles away from coming clean, writes Markus Balser in a commentary for the Süddeutsche Zeitung entitled “A heavy blow for [Daimler CEO ...
  • Audi CEO Stadler named a suspect in diesel case; home raided

    Munich prosecutors have named Rupert Stadler, CEO of Volkswagen AG’s Audi brand, a suspect in the diesel-rigging scandal after authorities on 11 June raided his home and that of a person said to be Bernd Martens, Audi’s head of purchasing, Bloomberg’s ...
  • Daimler recalls 774,000 diesel Mercedes cars after CEO meets with minister

    Daimler’s decision to recall 774,000 diesel Mercedes cars in Europe has increased doubts about the veracity of the carmaker’s claim that its vehicles never had emissions-cheating devices like those used by Volkswagen, Handelsblatt reports. The company ...
  • Successful energy transition requires annual investments of up to two percent of GDP

    Germany will have to invest between 30 billion and 60 billion euros per year over the next three decades if it is to achieve a near-complete decarbonisation of its energy system, technical academies Leopoldina, Acatech and Union say in a joint statement. ...
  • German utilities could save 12 billion euros by retiring coal plants early – analysis

    Almost all coal plants in the EU will make losses by 2030, according to a Carbon Tracker analysis, Jess Shankleman and Rachel Morison report for Bloomberg. Because battery storage will increasingly provide power at times of peak demand, and because the EU ...
  • Wind farm operators often ignore regulations on dismantling old turbines – report

    German wind farm operators often “systematically” ignore regulations on dismantling turbines, leaving several tonnes of concrete in the ground, Carsten Dierig and Daniel Wetzel write on Welt Online. Most landowners agree to have only a fraction of the ...
  • “Synthetic fuel shall save the combustion engine”

    Chemist Robert Schlögl, from Germany’s Max-Planck-Research-Institute, wants to save combustion engine technology and its infrastructure from being gradually replaced with electric vehicles by developing synthetic fuel from hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO ...
  • Demand for Germany’s e-car subsidy remains low

    Demand for subsidised electric vehicles in Germany remains far below the level hoped for. By the end of March 2018, authorities had received a total of 57,549 applications for an e-car buyer’s premium, the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export ...
  • Completion of final repository for low level nuclear waste delayed by 5 years

    The opening of the low and medium-level nuclear waste final storage facility in the retired iron ore mine Schacht Konrad, near the German town of Salzgitter, will be postponed to 2027, writes Susanne Ehlerding in an article in Der Tagesspiegel. It was ...
  • 08 Jun 2018 |

    German environment ministry pushes for tougher EU car emission rules

    08 Jun 2018 (All day) The German environment ministry has called for much more ambitious EU targets to lower car emissions than those proposed by the European Commission. In a position paper seen by the Clean Energy Wire, the ministry says car emissions ...
  • German states warn against allowing nuclear plants to produce more power

    German power customers are at risk of paying more if nuclear plants in regions with a high share of renewable energy sources are allowed to produce more energy, the council of federal state governments in Germany (Bundesrat) has warned. Nuclear plant ...
  • Europe’s biggest battery storage opens in northern Germany

    The biggest battery storage in Europe with a capacity of 48 megawatt (MW) started operation in the northern German town of Süderlügum in June, the Renewable Energy Industry Initiative (IWR) reports. The lithium-ion battery storage can store the equivalent ...
  • German environment ministry pushes for tougher EU car emission rules

    The German environment ministry has called for much more ambitious EU targets to lower car emissions than those proposed by the EU Commission. In a position paper seen by the Clean Energy Wire, the ministry says car emissions must be halved between 2021 ...
  • 23 Jan 2018 |

    Germany may have to buy way out of EU climate goal- ministry paper

    23 Jan 2018 Germany may have to resort to an unusual measure to comply with the EU's 2020 climate targets in sectors not covered by the union's emissions trading scheme (ETS). Achieving the non-ETS goal looks increasingly unfeasible, a paper by ...
  • Coal commission mandate “nowhere near enough” – Green Party

    The coal commission’s mandate is “nowhere near enough,” according to Green Party co-leader Annalena Baerbock. “The commission now has the difficult task of outgrowing this mandate. Neither the climate, nor the regions’ affected residents can afford a ...
  • New noise emissions rules could bring nocturnal standstill for wind turbines in German state

    A new regulation for noise emissions of wind turbines in Germany’s northern federal state of Schleswig-Holstein could mean that the turbines located near residential areas would have to be switched off overnight, Markus Billhardt writes in the Lübecker ...
  • G20 resources dialogue in Berlin

    Representatives of the G20 nations are meeting in Berlin today to talk about resource efficiency. The resource dialogue came out of the G20 summit in Hamburg last summer and aims to find ways of using resources such as water and land more sustainably. ...
  • Study predicts job losses in car industry due to electrification

    According to a new study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO), electrifying cars will reduce need for workers in the car industry, including external suppliers to car manufacturers. The researchers looked at three different ...
  • Why so few Germans buy electric cars

    German buyers can by now choose between 27 purely electric cars, with the government offering a 4,000-euro premium and tax reliefs. Yet most private individuals still don’t opt for e-cars, RP Online reports. Between January and May this year, 1.43 million ...
  • Siemens Gamesa opens wind turbine factory in Germany

    Spanish-german Wind turbine producer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has officially opened a new assembly plant for nacelles, a component for offshore wind turbines, in Cuxhaven, northern Germany. The company says the plant is the country’s “most modern ...
  • “Now, it’s about saving the Paris Climate Agreement“ - Merkel

    Ahead of the G7 summit in Canada, German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated the importance of her government’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, after the US had decided to leave the accord last year. “All the more it’s on us to reach our ...
  • Coalition agrees on last-minute change to wind-power auctions

    A last-minute fix to the rules for onshore wind tenders is designed to ensure commercial projects posing as citizens’ initiatives don’t dominate the next rounds of auctions. The government fast-tracked the most pressing change to the system, to be passed ...
  • German power and gas grid industry wants level playing field for energies

    Representatives of the electricity and gas grid industry in Germany are looking for solutions to run their businesses in an “all-electric world” where the sectors of power generation, transport and heating are linked, a gathering at the Treffpunkt Netze ...
  • New German environment minister Schulze vows introduction of Climate Protection Act

    Svenja Schulze has been sworn in as Germany’s new environment minister and vowed to introduce a Climate Protection Act during the current legislative period to ensure  the country will meet its 2030 emissions reduction goal, the Federal Environment ...
  • Distribution grid could be overburdened by rise in number of e-cars in Germany

    A projected substantial increase in the number of e-cars in Germany will pose major challenges for the country’s energy providers and power grids, the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) says in a press release. The ZEW has carried out a survey ...
  • Daimler delays launch of electric cars – report

    Daimler’s ambitious e-mobility plans are in trouble, according to the business daily Handelsblatt. The maker of Mercedes cars has postponed the launch of its electric sub-brand “EQ” citing technical problems and battery-related bottlenecks, write Markus ...
  • Hamburg police start enforcing diesel driving ban

    The northern German city of Hamburg has begun to enforce the diesel driving ban it introduced as the country’s first city last week, the public broadcaster NDR reports. The ban that affects short stretches of two major roads in the port city and include ...
  • Germany seeks joint communiqué at G7, also on climate - official

    According to a government official, Germany wants the 8-9 June G7 summit, to be held in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, Canada, to issue a joint communiqué that also covers climate and energy-related issues. In light of the US’ position, agreeing on a ...
  • 15 Feb 2018 |

    German cities might test free public transport to cut pollution

    15 Feb 2018 In a bid to avoid EU fines for bad air quality, the German government has proposed to make public transport free of charge in polluted cities. But contradicting many press reports, the government clarified it had no plans for a blanket ...
  • Germany leads G7 in climate pledges but lags behind in implementation – report

    German climate policy announcements are the most ambitious among all of the western industrialised nations in the G7 but the country only comes second to last in the group when it comes to ending support for fossil fuel use, the think tank Overseas ...
  • One year on, international outrage over Trump’s Paris opt-out seems hypocritical – opinion

    The decision by US President Donald Trump to withdraw his country’s support from the Paris Climate Agreement in June 2017 had outraged many commentators around the world, but the reality in many nations one year later is that they too do not seem ...
  • New solar power output record in one of warmest May ever in Germany

    Solar power plants Germany produced more electricity than ever before in May, which brought 275 hours of sunshine instead of the average 196, the Renewable Energy Industry Initiative (IWR) reports. According to preliminary data by grid operators, solar ...
  • Administrative difficulties in processing emissions regulation force Porsche to limit car sales

    German luxury car brand Porsche has halted sales of custom-made new cars as it struggles to comply with new emissions regulations for petrol engines, Holger Appel writes in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The new WLTP emissions norm introduced by the ...
  • Economists debate future of energy transition in light of 2020 climate target miss

    Germany’s likely failure to meet 2020 climate targets highlights the question of what direction energy policy should take in the future, according to the Institute for Economic Research (ifo). A collection of short papers by contributors such as Claudia ...
  • “The Energiewende must not become a planned economy”

    Germany’s across-the-board taxes, levies and surcharges on power consumption limit flexibility and innovation in the energy sector, Fabian Reetz writes on Zeit Online. More than 80 percent of the German power price is made up of such fees imposed by the ...
  • Demand for solar power storage soars in Germany

    More thant 30,000 new solar power storage devices have been installed in Germany last year, meaning the market volume has grown threefold over the past three years to a total of 80,000 devices, lobby association BSW Solar says in a press release. “We ...
  • 08 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Day 9: Finding a word between "able" and "willing"

    08 Dec 2015 (All day) EU and African-Caribbean-Pacific group join forces / Review, finance, ambition – differentiation is key / Germany with “moderate” ranking in climate index More talks- less information The standards for reviewing countries’ climate ...
  • Daimler becomes sole owner of car2go on road to car-sharing venture with BMW

    German premium carmaker Daimler will buy its long-standing joint venture partner Europcar’s 25 percent stake in car2go in its quest for greener pastures that might even include a car-sharing alliance with German rival BMW, reports Reuters. With the move, ...
  • EU commission to sue Germany because of nitrogen oxide emissions in cities

    The EU commission plans to sue Germany because pollution levels in many cities exceed EU limits, according to news agency dpa. The commission told the German government it plans to take the issue of elevated nitrogen oxide levels- which are caused in ...
  • European Commission green-lights German tenant electricity scheme

    The European Commission has approved the funding scheme for Germany’s plan to grant public support to landlords planning to install solar panels on the roof of apartment buildings, the Federal Ministry for the Economy & Energy (BMWi) says in a press ...
  • Utility innogy grapples with crumbling client base ahead of breakup

    German utility innogy has lost about a quarter million customers over the last year, and its earnings slightly declined to about 1.2 billion euros in the first quarter of 2018 as the asset swap deal between utilities E.ON and RWE looms, the news agency ...
  • SPD energy politician sees end of lignite power by 2040

    Germany’s last lignite-fired power plant will go off-line by 2040, the Social Democratic energy politician Bernd Westphal said at an event of innogy, the renewables spin-off of utility RWE, which owns many of the country’s lignite plants. But the move ...
  • Coalition negotiators consider diesel car hardware retrofitting in treaty draft

    Negotiators in the ongoing talks to renew Germany’s grand coalition of conservatives (CDU, CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD) want to avoid inner city driving bans and consider hardware retrofitting for older diesel cars to bring down nitrogen oxide ...
  • Germany’s first diesel driving ban in Hamburg is but “gesture politics” - commentary

    Germany’s first diesel driving ban on two thoroughfares in Hamburg is no more than “ gesture politics,” because numerous exceptions are granted to residents, suppliers, and many others, writes Martin Gropp in a commentary for the Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • Green state premier seeks to avoid driving bans in Daimler’s home town Stuttgart

    The Green state premier of the southern German federal state of Baden-Wurttemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, will try to evade diesel driving bans that could be imposed to improve air quality in Stuttgart, the state’s capital, the newspaper Stuttgarter ...
  • Study on Germany’s transport emissions says regulators missing “coherent big picture”

    A new study published by the World Energy Council Germany (WEC) on the climate impact of the country’s transport sector says that policymakers fail to base their decisions on a “coherent big picture.” “The current regulatory framework is tied to the ...
  • “No progress at all” with German coal commission – opinion

    The German coalition government loves to talk about sustainability, but has shifted all responsibility for the nitty-gritty of climate action onto a commission tasked with managing the country’s coal phaseout, Michael Bauchmüller writes in the Süddeutsche ...
  • Dutch fishermen protest offshore wind power expansion in the North Sea

    Fishermen in the Netherlands have protested against the rapid growth of offshore wind power capacity in the North Sea, The Guardian reports. “Dutch, German, and British turbines are pushing us out of the southern part of the North Sea. About half a per ...
  • Opinion: EON and RWE exercise the exit from the exit

    The deal between energy companies E.ON and RWE is an attempt to stem their decline by each focusing on a part of the old conventional energy world that may come costly to consumers and ultimately to the whole economy, energy economist Claudia Kemfert from ...
  • Renewables research agency calls for end date for coal and combustion engine

    Germany needs an end date for coal-fired power production and for internal combustion engines in cars to make progress in emissions reduction and ensure that its industries do not fall behind others in developing technologies of the future, Michael Nelles ...
  • Belgium’s Elia increases ownership in German grid operator 50Hertz

    Belgian transmission system operator Elia will exercise its pre-emptive right to buy a 20 percent stake in German power transmission grid operator 50Hertz for 976.5 million euros, beating the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), reports Reuters. The ...
  • NRW state premier says coal exit by 2030 is impossible

    An end to coal-fired power generation in Germany by 2030 is impossible, according to Armin Laschet, the state premier of coal mining state North Rhine-Westphalia, and a member of Angela Merkel’s Conservatives (CDU). Wind and solar power will not be able ...
  • Reform of renewables law delayed again

    The reform of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) was postponed for the third week in a row on Wednesday. The changes proposed to Germany’s renewables law, which enabled the rapid growth of solar, wind and biogas generated power, are subject to disagreements ...
  • New coal commission delay shows government doesn’t care about the climate – opinion

    The new delay of Germany’s official coal exit commission launch shows that large parts of the new government do not care about climate protection, writes Malte Kreutzfeld in a commentary for Tageszeitung (taz). “The fresh delay does not bear witness to ...
  • Diesel drivers ignore first driving ban in Germany on Hamburg roads

    Drivers of diesel cars have apparently ignored the first diesel driving bans in Germany that took effect on 31 May on two busy roads in the city of Hamburg, website bild.de reports. “Commuter traffic flows as usual”, the article says, adding that police ...
  • Next government needs emergency programme for climate protection – The Greens

    Germany’s next government must introduce an “Emergency Programme for Climate Protection” to reach the goal of reducing greenhouse gases by 40 percent by 2020, write several Green Party and Green parliamentary group members in a paper seen by the Clean ...
  • Sinking interest in green power contracts since Fukushima

    German citizens’ interest in renewable power contracts is declining, according to a press release from price comparison website Verivox. In 2016, 36 percent of consumers who switched power providers through the website chose green contracts, down from 76 ...
  • Call for local rail transport push in light of first diesel driving ban

    Ahead of Germany’s first diesel car driving ban in Hamburg from 31 May, the rail transport group Allianz pro Schiene called on regional and federal governments to make local rail transport in metropolitan areas more attractive. Older diesel cars and ...
  • Renewables’ burden on power grid greater than previously thought - researchers

    Renewable energies place a greater burden on power grids than previously thought, according to an article by scientists from the Jacobs University Bremen published in the “Scientific Reports” journal. Even the slightest fluctuations can be measured over ...
  • Two northern German states aim for 100 percent renewable power supply by 2035

    The governments of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, two of Germany’s northernmost federal states, have announced the goal to supply the region with 100 percent renewable power by 2035, reports Andreas Dey in Hamburger Abendblatt. Hamburg Mayor Peter ...
  • Germany has to hurry up with grid expansion – chancellor Merkel

    New power lines are needed urgently to incorporate an increasing amount of renewable electricity in the power grid, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the 20-year anniversary of the Federal Network Agency. “It’s obviously also a question of the ...
  • “Research for the energy transition”

    The German government spent 876 million euros on energy research last year, a slight increase over 2015, reports Dagmar Dehmer in Tagesspiegel. Two thirds of the money went into renewables and efficiency research, followed by nuclear fusion and nuclear ...
  • 24 Jan 2017 |

    German energy minister to change office, takes stock of policies

    24 Jan 2017 (All day) Germany's economy and energy minister Sigmar Gabriel will not run for Chancellor in this year's federal election. Gabriel plans to step down from his current role to head the foreign office instead, various news outlets ...
  • Germans want coal exit law, population in affected mining regions divided – survey

    Seventy-five percent of Germans say the country’s new government should introduce a law for a gradual coal exit without delay, according to an in-depth online survey and analysis by the University St. Gallen, commissioned by Greenpeace. But only 43 ...
  • European Commission says German grid fee exemptions for large users in 2012-2013 against state aid rules

    Germany needs to recover millions of euros in illegal aid from certain large electricity users exempted from grid charges in Germany in 2012-2013 after the European Commission declared past regulation was against EU State aid rules. “Fully exempting ...
  • The British milkman now travels by StreetScooter

    The U.K. home delivery business Milk & More has ordered 200 electric vans produced by the Deutsche Post subsidiary StreetScooter, Deutsche Post DHL Group said in a press release. Milk & More aims to make the delivery of milk and other fresh ...
  • Dieselgate threatens to engulf Daimler

    Germany’s transport minister Andreas Scheuer quizzed Daimler chief executive Dieter Zetsche over the extend of possible emissions-cheating software in the company’s models, write Franz Hubik and Brian Hanrahan in Handelsblatt Global. The talks came after ...
  • Coal-fired power generation and climate protection until 2030 – position paper

    Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) has published the English version of its position paper Coal-fired power generation and climate protection until 2030, a discussion contribution for achieving climate targets in Germany, first published in ...
  • Climate economist to become fourth co-head of Germany’s coal commission – report

    The commission tasked with planning the phase-out of coal-fired power production in Germany will get a climate expert as its fourth co-leader, Malte Kreutzfeldt reports in the Tageszeitung (taz). The climate and energy economist Barbara Praetorius is said ...
  • Germany’s emissions stagnated in 2017 despite higher energy use

    A growing population and the economic boom pushed up Germany’s total energy use by almost one percent last year, but the country’s CO 2 emissions likely stagnated due to the rising share of renewables and an increase in gas use, according to energy market ...
  • Energiewende is a major project the economy ministry must design – new econ min

    New German economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier said the energy transition is one of his ministry’s major projects, speaking as he took over the helm of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) Friday. “The project Energiewende ...
  • Solar companies call on government to boost domestic industry

    German solar companies and research organisations are calling for an effective industrial policy strategy to strengthen the domestic solar business and avoid an exodus of companies to Asia. In an open letter to the federal government, more than 30 ...
  • Environment minister calls for progressive diesel hardware refits

    In an interview with Die Welt, German environment minister Svenja Schulze proposed a step-by-step plan for hardware refits for older diesel cars. Refits should be prioritised in areas of with particularly poor air quality, Schulze said, adding that total ...
  • German bio methane market stable

    The German bio methane market grew slightly in 2017, according to the Sector Barometer Biomethane 2017/18 by the German Energy Agency (dena). Bio methane had a share of 1.9 percent of the renewable energy market in the power, heating and transport sectors ...
  • Interest in German green power contracts waning

    Interest in concluding green power contracts is waning in Germany, Ralf Geißler writes on the website of public broadcaster MDR. Power contracts with a ’green tariff‘ that finances renewable power sources were most popular in the wake of the 2011 ...
  • “We can get by without driving bans” – Lower Saxony environment minister

    Driving bans would fall short of what’s needed to make transportation more sustainable, according to Olaf Lies, social democrat environment minister in Lower Saxony, where carmaker VW is based. “I am sure we can get by in Lower Saxony without driving bans ...
  • CDU’s Thomas Bareiß to become state secretary in energy ministry

    Thomas Bareiß, member of the German parliament and energy policy representative of the conservative CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group, will become parliamentary state secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), reports Frankfurter ...
  • Cold winter pushes up energy use in Germany as natural gas demand soars

    Germany’s primary energy consumption rose strongly at the start of the year, mainly due to icy temperatures, according to energy research group AG Energiebilanzen (AGEB). The booming economy and population growth also pushed up energy use, which went up 5 ...
  • Group takes EU to court over climate change

    Lawyers acting for an international group, including a family living on the German island of Langeoog, a French lavender farmer, and members of the indigenous Sami community in Sweden, have launched legal action against the EU for failing to do enough ...
  • German wind power market faces severe slump in expansion – report

    Germany could see a substantial drop in wind power expansion in the next years, Kathrin Witsch writes for the Handelsblatt. Capacity growth could drop from 6,500 megawatts (MW) in 2017 to merely 1,100 in 2019, she writes. The introduction of Germany’s ...
  • Potential buyers line up to acquire stake in insolvent German solar power company Solarworld

    German solar panel producer Solarworld is attracting the interest of many potential investors after filing for insolvency in March, Sandra Enkhardt writes in pv magazine. More than a dozen potential buyers have expressed interest, and insolvency ...
  • Wind power industry calls on German government to hold special renewables auctions

    The expansion of wind power in Germany must be accelerated both onshore and offshore to make good on climate action plans outlined in the government’s coalition treaty, industry organisations German Wind Energy Association (BWE) and Offshore Wind Energy ...
  • Hamburg driving ban rings in Germany’s “diesel exit” – opinion

    The driving bans for older diesel cars on two roads in Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, might be “miniature driving bans” and not enough to curb air pollution, but they will allow other municipalities and even federal states to follow suit, Kai ...
  • Report assesses India’s biogas potential

    There is a huge, untapped potential to use biomass from food waste and the sugar industry in India, a study published by the German Biogas Association (Fachverband Biogas) and its Indian counterpart IBA suggests. The report gives an overview of the ...
  • Coal mining company tears down protected church despite protests

    Protestors temporarily interrupted German energy company RWE’s demolition of a protected church in the town of Immerath in western German state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Manfred Kriener writes on  klimaretter.info. Greenpeace activists occupied the ...
  • “If Germany can’t hit its own climate goals to help the world, can anybody else?”

    Examining the decision by coalition negotiators to postpone Germany’s climate goals, Akshat Rathi, writing in Quartz, looks at both sides of the issue. On the one hand, the decision makes sense in view of Germany’s major investment in renewable energy ...
  • “Energiewende, but honestly”

    Germany needs a four-pronged strategy to get its Energiewende on track to meet emissions and renewables targets, writes Felix Matthes, head of the Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut), in an opinion piece for weekly newspaper Die Zeit. The country ...
  • China tries to buy stake in German grid operator 50Hertz – again

    Chinese grid operator SGCC is again trying to obtain a 20 percent share in German transmission network operator 50Hertz, Klaus Stratmann reports for the business daily Handelsblatt. In March 2018, SGCC failed to buy a 20 percent stake in 50Hertz, when ...
  • German solar battery maker Sonnen secures Shell cash to expand

    German solar battery maker Sonnen has secured 60 million euros in funds from Shell Ventures, a unit of the Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell, and existing shareholders to expand at home and abroad, reports Vera Eckert for Reuters newswire. Sonnen chief ...
  • German city pledges to clean up its air with fossil-free plan

    The southern German medieval city of Heidelberg has announced the country’s most aggressive plans to clean up its air, reports Elisabeth Behrmann for Bloomberg. The university and industrial town of some 150,000 inhabitants will buy only exhaust-free ...
  • Munich to test new e-car for taxi, car-sharing and goods transport services

    The city of Munich, home to carmaker BMW, will test a new multi-purpose (taxi, car-sharing, and goods transport) electric car developed by Adaptive City Mobility (ACM) as of autumn 2018, Andreas Schubert writes in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The ACM car will ...
  • Alterations to power grid for e-cars cost billions

    Modifying the power grid so that it can cater to an increasing number of electric cars will require investment to the tune of 11 billion euros by 2030, a study authored by the Munich-based consultancy TCW for ABB, a supplier of products and solutions for ...
  • Hamburg first German city to ban diesel cars on two roads by 31 May – report

    Diesel cars will be banned on two roads in Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, by the end of May, the local newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt reports. The city’s environment agency said a first overview of a written explanation by Germany’s ...
  • 09 Jun 2016

    Gabriel rejects commission with coal exit focus / E.ON split approval

    09 Jun 2016 (All day) Federal government Gabriel rejects commission with exclusive focus on coal exit Germany's economy minister Sigmar Gabriel said he will not convene a commission with an exclusive focus on the phase-out of coal. Instead, a ...
  • Government plans new expert commission on fracking

    The German government is planning to establish an expert commission charged with monitoring fracking (hydraulic fracturing) projects in the country, ntv reports. Although no application has yet been filed to test drill, Green MP Julia Verlinden warned in ...
  • Germany might miss out on battery production because it clings to combustion engine – opinion

    The locations for battery cell production will shape the geography of the auto sector for decades to come, because the choice will determine in large part where the cars of the future will be built, writes Nick Butler in an opinion piece in the Financial ...
  • Germany has already used up its CO2 budget for the 1.5°C climate target – institute

    If Germany contributed to reaching the Paris Climate Agreement’s 1.5°C temperature target in accordance with its share of the global population, the country would have to stop all CO 2  emissions now, according to calculations provided by the Institute ...
  • CO2 emissions per kilowatt-hour down 36 percent between 1990 and 2017 in Germany

    The generation of one kilowatt-hour of electricity has produced an average of 489 g of CO 2  in 2017, which is 36 percent less than in 1990, the Federal Environment Agency has calculated in a new publication on CO 2  emissions trends in the power sector ...
  • Launch of coal exit commission postponed for 2nd time

    The official launch of Germany's so-called coal exit commission has been postponed for a second time, a source told the Clean Energy Wire. The issue will likely be dealt with at a cabinet meeting on 30 May, according to the source. Tageszeitung ...
  • Only 13 percent of Germans would buy a diesel car – survey

    The debate over driving bans for diesel cars and the ongoing diesel emissions fraud scandal involving German carmakers have hit the technology’s image hard. Only 13 percent of respondents in a survey said they would now opt for a diesel car, Focus Online ...
  • 26 Nov 2015

    Media speculate about German coal exit / Optimism for Paris

    26 Nov 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Rundschau “Germany plans the exit” A spectacular change in German energy policy is taking shape a few days before the start of the climate summit in Paris,  writes Thorsten Knuf in Frankfurter Rundschau. The government ...
  • Siemens signs 700-million euro contract for gas turbines with Libya

    The German industry heavyweight Siemens has signed contracts worth about 700 million euros with the government of Libya to build two gas-fired power plants in the war-torn north African country, news agency Reuters reports. The company, which recently ...
  • Climate action must not be elite project – German environment minister Schulze

    Germany’s new environment minister Svenja Schulze says acting on climate change must not be a project for the elites. At the German government’s 4 th Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD), Schulze said policymakers had to ensure that the necessary ...
  • Approval of Climate Action Plan 2050 uncertain

    The approval of the government’s long-awaited Climate Action Plan 2050 in cabinet in the coming weeks remains uncertain, according to the environment ministry. “We would like to have a Climate Action Plan before the start of the COP 22 in Marrakesh, but ...
  • North Rhine-Westphalia state premier’s call for early shutdown of Belgian nuclear reactor rejected

    Armin Laschet, state premier of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), has unsuccessfully called for the early shutdown of two nuclear reactors near the Belgian-German border in a meeting with Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel, reports Moritz Küpper for ...
  • Germany boosts solar power output by 25 percent over two years

    Germany produced more solar power than ever before in the first four months of a year in 2018, boosting power generation by 25 percent compared to 2016, news agency dpa reports in an article carried by Handelsblatt. By the end of a particularly sunny ...
  • 12 Mar 2018 |

    RWE and E.ON overhaul power sector- German reactions to innogy deal

    12 Mar 2018 (All day) In a deal that could drastically re-shape Germany's power sector, RWE and E.ON have agreed to split RWE subsidiary innogy and focus each on different parts of the business. E.ON will largely be in charge of distribution grids ...
  • High costs warrant a “restart” of Germany’s Energiewende – opinion

    Germany’s energy transition needs a “restart” as many companies struggle to cope with the additional financial burden in the form of surcharges, levies and other costs put on every kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity, Klaus Stratmann writes in an op-ed for ...
  • Germany has gambled away its energy transition lead

    Germany’s Energiewende successes lie in the past and it’s time to put the transition on a new footing, Jakob Schlandt writes in a leading article in Der Tagesspiegel. Greenhouse gas emissions have stagnated for years, and “little or nothing has happened ...
  • Without privilege, small projects have “close to no chance” in renewables auctions

    The coalition agreement between Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) would mean that citizens’ energy projects will lose a key advantage in Germany’s renewables auction system, writes Marlies Uken for Zeit Online. ...
  • 47 NGOs call on coalition negotiators to commit to 2020 climate goal

    In a letter addressed to Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leading negotiators in the ongoing government coalition talks between the CDU/CSU and the SPD, several German NGOs, including BUND, WWF, and NABU, call for a clear commitment to the 2020 climate ...
  • "High implementation rate" of successful tenders for PV facilities

    The German Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has announced that over 90 percent of projects approved for the third round of bidding for ground-based photovoltaic plants have been built. Of the 40 winning tenders, four missed deadlines to file their ...
  • Clear cost advantage of battery electric car vs combustion engine car with same emissions in 2030

    By 2030, the total purchase, maintenance and operation costs of a battery electric vehicle will be significantly lower than those of a conventional car that emits the same amount of greenhouse gases, according to a study published by the Institute for ...
  • Germany might need new gas power plants – Uniper CEO

    Germany might need new gas power plants to balance out the fluctuating feed-in by renewables, Uniper CEO Klaus Schäfer tells Rheinische Post in an interview. “The question of supply security is going to resurface, at the latest when the last nuclear ...
  • Launching electric transport with the grid we already have

    Expanding electric transport could be used to exploit existing power grid capacity, if the right smart grid technologies are deployed and combined with the inherent flexibility in when electric vehicles (EVs) can be charged, writes the Regulatory ...
  • 04 Feb 2015 |

    Bavaria struggles with crucial decision on power lines

    04 Feb 2015 (All day) The debate over grid extensions to balance over-supply of wind power in Germany’s north with high demand in the south continues as the consulting process in Bavaria fails to yield a concrete decision on their necessity. The southern ...
  • “Special offshore offer”

    The offer by some bidders in Germany’s first offshore wind power auction to build their projects with zero financial support has raised a lot of questions, Michael Bauchmüller writes in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Wind parks have been sponsored by the ...
  • 100-percent renewable German energy system possible – study

    Powering a large country like Germany entirely with renewable energy is possible, and could even be cheaper than conventional energy sources, according to a study by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Technical solutions for all of the well ...
  • Coal commission strategy paper lowers ambition on 2030 coal emissions – report

    The commission tasked with managing Germany’s coal power phase-out has softened its stance on reducing coal emissions, Silke Kersting and Klaus Stratmann write for Handelsblatt Online. An earlier version of the strategy paper said Germany must reduce coal ...
  • German environment minister says Wadden Sea taboo for offshore wind power

    The Wadden Sea coastal region in the North Sea must remain off limits for offshore wind power turbines, German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said in an interview with the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. Ahead of a trilateral conference with the ...
  • German carmakers in US join climate sceptic efforts to avoid tight emissions limits – report

    German carmakers Daimler, VW and BMW try to appear environmentally conscious, but in the US they seem determined to sow doubts over climate science, Jan Keuchel writes for Handelsblatt. The companies have all announced ambitious plans to engage in climate ...
  • Mixed reactions to EU decision to sue Germany and other countries over air pollution

    The conservative (CDU/CSU) parliamentary group said the EU Commission should instead support German efforts to improve air quality. “The lawsuit is the exact opposite of that,” transport spokesperson Daniela Ludwig said. “This is beyond my comprehension. ...
  • Clear timetable and binding goals essential for socially just coal exit – report

    Germany needs to clearly spell out the steps it will take to phase out coal, and ensure binding commitments by all relevant levels of government, NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH) and the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation say in a press release. Following ...
  • Struggling municipal utilities blame Energiewende - survey

    Most of Germany’s heavily indebted municipal utilities say investments associated with the Energiewende are the cause of their woes, Franziska Holler, Benjamin Oehlschlägel and Sören Gaum write for industry magazine Public Governance. In a survey of ...
  • Onshore wind auction undersubscribed for the first time

    In this year’s second auction of onshore wind power capacity, not enough bids were submitted to cover the 670 megawatts (MW) on offer, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) says in a press release. “The moderate undersubscription of an auction confirms a ...
  • Green Party submits draft law for special wind power auctions in Germany

    The German Green Party has requested special wind power auctions to ensure enough new renewable power capacity. In a draft law to amend the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the Greens propose auctioning off an additional 1.5 gigawatts (GW) of onshore wind ...
  • Trade Union umbrella group supports climate goals but wants to put “just transition” first

    Organising a “just transition” to a largely decarbonised economy has to become much more of a focus of the political debate, Germany’s largest trade union umbrella group DGB said in a newly adopted decision at its annual congress this week. The DGB is the ...
  • Saxony’s state premier says coal needed for at least another 30 years

    Coal will continue to be an important component of Germany’s power supply for at least another three decades, Saxony’s state premier Michael Kretschmer told news agency Reuters. As an industrialised country, Germany “cannot afford to do without this ...
  • 20 Jun 2017 |

    NGOs urge Merkel to push G20 on climate despite US opt-out

    20 Jun 2017 (All day) NGOs from all over the world have called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to fight for a strong stance on climate at the G20 summit in little more than two weeks. Merkel said the US decision to leave the Paris Climate Agreement ...
  • E.ON files offer for innogy stake

    German energy company E.ON published its 5.2-billion-euro takeover offer for a minority stake in innogy, part of a plan to break up the RWE renewables carve-out, reports news agency Reuters. E.ON said its offer for the 23.2 percent in innogy not owned by ...
  • Lignite exit should follow example of hard coal phase-out – Merkel

    The highly anticipated task force on phasing out coal power – which will also tackle the phase-out of lignite mining – should follow the example of Germany’s hard coal exit, Chancellor Angela Merkel told parliament. The last German hard coal mine closed ...
  • Opposition and environmental NGOs outraged over coal exit commission leadership

    The Green Party and environmental NGOs have strongly criticised the government’s choice of leadership for the coal exit commission, Thorsten Knuf reports for Frankfurter Rundschau. The nomination of the former mining state premiers Matthias Platzeck, a ...
  • Mining state economy minister warns against coal exit “at all costs”

    Germany must not enter a coal exit at the expense of power supply security and industrial competitiveness, according to Andreas Pinkwart, economy minister for the west German coal mining state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), and member of the pro ...
  • Most new car patents in Germany still for diesel and petrol engines

    Most new patents in Germany’s car sector in 2017 were registered for diesel and petrol engines, far outnumbering patents for electric vehicles, Hagen Strauß reports for the Aachener Nachrichten. German manufacturers registered 2,108 patents for combustion ...
  • Dozens of old e-car batteries form large power storage in port of Hamburg

    A project in Hamburg combines dozens of old e-car batteries to form a large power storage plant in the city’s industrial port, industry newspaper THB reports. Carmaker BMW, Bosch and energy company Vattenfall jointly operate the project, called Battery 2 ...
  • German government pushes for gas infrastructure investments in Ukraine

    In the debate about the controversial planned direct Russian-German pipeline Nord Stream 2 and its effects on Ukraine, the German federal government wants to help ensure that the requisite modernisation of Ukraine’s gas infrastructure takes place. Germany ...
  • Germany calls on Russia to guarantee Ukraine gas transit once Nord Stream 2 is launched

    The German economy and energy minister, Peter Altmaier, has called on Russia’s government to guarantee the continued transmission of natural gas via Ukraine’s territory after the completion of the planned Nord Stream 2 offshore pipeline through the Baltic ...
  • Utility EnBW’s profits up by one third in first quarter 2018

    German utility EnBW has increased its profits by one third in the first quarter 2018 compared to the same period last year, the company said in a press release. EnBW made 687 million euros in profits between January and March, with all business segments ...
  • Trade union wants state support for battery cell factory

    The Bavarian arm of the Industrial Union of Metalworkers (IG Metall) is calling for state support for a battery cell factory in the southern German state, news agency dpa reports in an article carried by Welt Online. “The state government should extend ...
  • Effort sharing: Germany must do its homework – env min

    As ambassadors of the EU member states gave their support to a draft regulation that sets out binding emissions reduction targets in non-ETS (EU Emissions Trading System) sectors, German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said in a press release that ...
  • Diesel driving ban imminent on selected roads in Hamburg

    Driving bans on diesel vehicles will take effect on selected roads in Hamburg after Whitsunday, the city’s environment senator, Jens Kerstan, told the newspaper Die Welt. “The road signs have been ordered, and once everything is settled legally, the rule ...
  • German coal state Brandenburg leads in use of geothermal energy

    No other state in Germany makes greater use of geothermal energy than the eastern state of Brandenburg, the Märkische Allgemeine reports. The coal mining state that surrounds the German capital of Berlin has the largest installed capacity of heat pumps, ...
  • Heavy metals in solar panels a liability for the environment - study

    Traces of hazardous heavy metals in solar panels could put a serious strain on the environment if the world’s estimated 3,700 square kilometres of panels are not disposed of carefully, Daniel Wetzel writes in the weekly newspaper Welt am Sonntag. ...
  • German company plans large-scale power storage using massive rock block

    Southern German company Heindl Energy proposes to overcome one of the energy transition’s central challenges – how to store renewable electricity on a large scale – with a pumped hydro system that does not require mountains, reports Ralph Diermann for ...
  • Shipper Hapag-Lloyd plans 20 percent cut in CO2 emissions by 2020

    German container shipping firm Hapag-Lloyd plans to reduce its CO₂ emissions by 20 percent by 2020 compared with 2016 levels. Its aim is to help support a drive to halve emissions in the global shipping industry, reports Reuters. “We have deliberately set ...
  • “Energiewende – the next wave”

    Getting the energy transition on track has been a difficult task with many setbacks, but conditions for “a second wave of Energiewende are pretty favourable,” Martin Brough writes in a new issue of Deutsche Bank Research’s magazine Konzept under the title ...
  • Federal government examines ways to let municipalities benefit from nearby wind farms

    Germany’s grand coalition government is considering ways to enable municipalities located near wind farms to share in the profits of the turbines, reports Daniel Wetzel in Welt am Sonntag. The economy ministry has invited experts to discuss several ...
  • Energy state secretary quits, criticising new government’s energy and climate plans

    Energy state secretary Rainer Baake has quit after four years in charge of Germany’s flagship Energiewende policy at the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). Baake, a Green Party politician whose appointment by then economy minister Sigmar ...
  • Germany needs emergency programme to reach 2030 climate goals – dena head

    Germany’s 2020 climate target is practically out of reach, and the country now needs an emergency programme to reach its 2030 targets, Andreas Kuhlmann, head of the German Energy Agency (dena), told the Frankfurter Rundschau. In their blueprint for ...
  • “Wind energy remains on the road to success”

    International agreements for climate protection and Germany’s Climate Action Plan 2050 spell a prosperous future for the country’s wind power industry, the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) said in a press release. Germany’s wind power industry “has an ...
  • Air pollution and climate change issues for international security

    The Munich Security Conference included climate change and emissions pollution as some of the biggest issues for international security in its 2018 report. “In the end, few experts doubt the long-term effects a changing climate will have on international ...
  • Germany gears up for official talks on coal phase-out

    Energy transition pioneer Germany is about to launch a highly anticipated task force on phasing out coal power, the most prominent blemish on the country’s climate record. The government will likely nominate the coal exit commission next Tuesday. There ...
  • Germany’s Uniper makes head start in converting wind power to gas

    German utility Uniper has launched a pilot scheme to produce methane gas from wind power as the country seeks wider uses for renewable energy, reports Vera Eckert for Reuters. The plant, set up five years ago in Germany’s wind-swept Brandenburg state, ...
  • Future mobility “Made in Germany” can become export hit – Transport minister

    Germany will need to reduce transport emissions without prescribing particular technologies, according to transport minister Andreas Scheuer. “In some instances, it will be an electric car, and in other cases a hydrogen engine or synthetic fuels,” Scheuer ...
  • German government looks ahead as Bonn climate talks disappoint expectations

    Eleven days of climate negotiations in the city of Bonn have failed to deliver a draft text for the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement implementation guidelines. While the different text proposals had become more concrete and short, and the process of creating ...
  • Rising CO₂ levels in freshwater systems could disturb balance of species - study

    Man-made climate change negatively impacts species in freshwater systems through rising CO₂ levels, write researchers from Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) in an article in Current Biology. While ocean acidification is often called “climate change’s equally ...
  • “Why offshore wind power becomes substantially cheaper”

    German offshore wind power costs are set to fall significantly, due to industrialisation of the sector, more efficient turbine construction, the switch from feed-in tariffs to auctions, and better coordination with grid operators, Olaf Preuß writes for ...
  • “That went wrong in the GDR already”

    Germany’s Energiewende will not succeed “fast and easy”, and the country’s energy supply will continue to depend on lignite for some time, said Brandenburg’s state economy minister Albrecht Gerber in an interview with Süddeutsche Zeitung. “I do know that ...
  • Natural gas Germany’s primary fossil power source within 20 years – RWE CEO

    Natural gas will become the most-used fossil fuel in Germany’s electricity supply within two decades, RWE boss Rolf Schmitz said at an energy industry conference held by business newspaper Handelsblatt in Berlin. Natural gas plants will be the only ...
  • “We need a turnaround in transport policy”

    Carbon emissions in Germany will only be reduced if the country commits itself in earnest to “ a turnaround in transport policy ”, education minister Johanna Wanka told Frankfurter Rundschau in an interview. Wanka said she had made research on e-mobility ...
  • Baden-Württemberg is Germany’s new renewables leader

    A comparison of German states reveals that Baden-Württemberg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Bavaria are Germany’s renewables leaders, according to the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW). Hesse, Berlin and the Saarland were ranked the lowest ...
  • New government doesn’t care about the climate – opinion

    The energy transition and climate protection are not among the new government’s priorities, and it would be more honest to give up on  Germany’s climate targets  altogether, writes Daniel Wetzel in a commentary in Die Welt. The energy transition urgently ...
  • Grid agency sees progress in grid expansion

    The planning procedures for Germany’s transmission power grid expansion, including the two large direct-current power lines between the North and South of the country (SuedLink and SuedOstLink), have seen “distinct progress” in 2017, the Federal Network ...
  • Carmakers manipulate while the government is watching – commentary

    The  probing of Audi  for a potential new illegal emissions device is proof of the brazen abuse of clients’ trust by carmakers, writes Gerald Traufetter in a commentary on Spiegel Online. BMW, Mercedes, and VW have used their lobbying machinery to prevent ...
  • Utility EnBW says it achieved “a financial turnaround” as renewables become central pillar

    The largely state-owned German energy company EnBW says it has achieved “a financial turnaround” in 2017, posting a profit of 2.1 billion euros in the fiscal year. At EnBW’s general meeting, CEO Frank Mastiaux said the turnaround was “a key milestone in ...
  • Government postpones decision on renewables reform

    Germany’s coalition parties, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU / CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD), have not been able to agree on the changes they want to introduce to the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) concerning additional tenders to ...
  • Germany shows how shifting to renewable energy can backfire – commentary

    Germany’s Energiewende – the decarbonisation of the country's economy and shift away from nuclear and fossil fuels to a renewables-based energy system – has led to “an explosion of renewable energy technologies being installed,” but has also had ...
  • "Mammoth" energy transition key to German climate efforts- minister

    18 Mar 2016 (All day) Renewable energy sources already play a key role in keeping Germany's carbon emissions in check, the country's environment minster told an international conference on Friday in Berlin. However, completing the energy ...
  • German grid agency cuts onshore wind subsidies by 2.4 percent again

    The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has decided to cut feed-in tariffs again for onshore wind parks not awarded in auctions by 2.4 percent from 1 July 2018, the agency announced in a press release. It is the fourth time in a row the agency has decided to ...
  • “Adaptation required to preserve future high-end river flood risk at present levels”

    Rainfall is increasing due to climate change and more people will become victims of floods than previously thought in the near future, according to a new study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) published in Science Advances. ...
  • New delays at coal plant trigger Uniper profit drop

    New problems at its Datteln 4 hard-coal power plant have caused a hefty impairment charge at German fossil power generator Uniper. First quarter adjusted EBIT was 350 million euros, down from 514 million euros in the same period a year earlier, the ...
  • German EU Commissioner Oettinger fights tighter emissions limits for lorries

    The German EU budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger tries to avoid tighter emissions limits for lorries, working against a push for much stricter limits by France, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxemburg and the Netherlands, Jens Tartler writes in the Tagesspiegel ...
  • Few women in leading roles in Germany’s energy industry

    Women are largely underrepresented in Germany’s energy industry, occupying just 12 percent of executive positions in the sector, consultancy PwC says in a press release. A PwC analysis found the figure had increased by only two percentage points since ...
  • Bosch seeks to restore diesel reputation with new staff rules, technology

    German auto supplier Bosch has announced a vastly improved diesel technology as it strives to draw a line under an emissions scandal that has tarnished the diesel car industry, reports the news agency Reuters. The company’s new technology could enable ...
  • VW to replace CEO Müller - report

    German carmaker VW will replace its CEO, Matthias Müller, with current VW brand chief Herbert Diess, news agency Reuters reports citing German tabloid Bild. Despite VW’s strong performance, “Müller’s ouster” has been planned for several months, the ...
  • Green Party co-leader Özdemir: climate protection a priority in coalition talks

    The German Green Party’s co-leader, Cem Özdemir, has said that climate protection, European integration, and social justice are the topics his party will be most adamant on in a possible coalition with the conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the economic ...
  • Cartel Office might assess RWE’s influence ahead of innogy deal

    The planned deal between German utility heavyweights RWE and E.ON to split up RWE’s spin-off innogy between them has attracted the attention of Germany’s cartel office, the Bundeskartellamt, Handelsblatt reports based on information provided by news ...
  • “Climate protection: own goal?”

    A global surge of trade restrictions and protectionism could derail Germany’s efforts in climate protection, Heinz Jürgen Schürmann writes in a commentary for Handelsblatt. “Global interconnection is indispensable for a successful limitation of CO 2 ...
  • Free public transport an “overdue revolution” - opinion

    The German proposal to consider free public transport in cities is an “overdue revolution” needed to shift mobility away from individual transport and thereby reducing air and noise pollution in inner cities, writes Michael Bauchmüller in an opinion piece ...
  • Germany already a leading e-car producer – report

    The current narrative that Germany’s mighty car industry has failed to jump on the electric mobility bandwagon at the right time is a distortion of reality- and the country is on track to become a leading producer of electric vehicles, Christoph M. ...
  • German wind turbine producer Senvion secures large project in India

    Wind turbine manufacturer Senvion has secured a large construction project in India with a capacity of 300 megawatt (MW), the company says in a press release. The German company will deliver over 130 turbines with a capacity of 2.3 MW that can power ...
  • Company turning lignite into humus says procedure is option for mining regions after coal exit

    A new company from Germany’s biggest lignite mining region, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), has developed a procedure that turns the brown coal traditionally used as a fossil fuel into a high-output fertiliser for plants, Brigitte Koch writes in the ...
  • Industry group BDEW says Germany cannot rapidly shut down coal and nuclear plants

    A rapid decommissioning of fossil and nuclear power plants in Germany “poses the risk of knowingly causing an undersupply of guaranteed capacity by 2023 the latest”, says the Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) in a response to an analysis ...
  • “The disconnected”

    The costs of financing Germany’s transition to a low-carbon economy should be more fairly distributed, as low-income households currently spend a higher share of their income on the electricity levies and taxes that help finance the Energiewende, writes ...
  • German research projects investigate potential of climate-neutral liquid fuels

    Current discussions about the future of transport tend to revolve around electric cars, but many German research projects are focusing on renewable liquid fuels, which are likely to play an important role for freight transport, shipping and aviation, ...
  • “How homes will be heated in 2030: Five million heat pumps, the same amount of gas, much less oil”

    Heating systems in Germany will have to change substantially by 2030 if the country is to reach its climate targets for 2050, according to a study commissioned by energy think-tank Agora Energiewende*. While the share of natural gas used for heating will ...
  • Wind power beneficiaries suspected of destroying protected bird habitat to make way for wind farms

    Environmentalists suspect trees that provide a habitat for protected birds of prey have been cut down to make way for a wind farm in the German costal state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Maik Baumgärtner writes for Spiegel Online. Wildlife NGO Nabu ...
  • Energy transition both "open-heart surgery" and "business model"

    Germany’s foreign minister Heiko Maas and economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier have welcomed some 2,000 government representatives, energy experts and business people from 90 countries to the two-day 4 th Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) in ...
  • Weakened Merkel set to seek coalition talks with Greens, FDP

    24 Sep 2017 Despite heavy losses in Germany's parliamentary elections, Angela Merkel is poised to stay chancellor for another four years. The voters’ decision sets her conservative CDU/CSU party alliance on course for coalition talks with the Green ...
  • Wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa reports strong demand end-2017

    German-Spanish wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa reported an increase in orders of 29 percent in the final three months of 2017 compared to a year earlier, driven by strong demand from the United States, Denmark, Thailand and Egypt. News agency Reuters ...
  • Need more focus on energy transition in heating - business associations

    The German Association of Local Utilities (VKU) and the Renewable Energies Agency (AEE) have called for an increased focus on energy transition in heating to enable Germany to reach its emissions reduction targets. “Unlike in the power market, the share ...
  • 03 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- 'Bonn talks will be about the heart of the Paris Agreement'

    03 Nov 2017 (All day) Negotiations at the upcoming climate conference in Bonn are about “the heart of the Paris Agreement”, because the delegations will shape the transparency rules on how states measure and report their progress in climate mitigation, ...
  • German government is so “sluggish, it makes you cry” – op-ed

    Germany’s government sits on a big budget surplus, money it should spend on the energy transition and climate protection but it does not, writes Petra Pinzler in a commentary on Zeit Online. The government could use the money to push climate-friendly ...
  • Speedy coal exit possible without risk to supply security – analysis

    Germany can take the most climate-damaging coal power stations off the grid by 2020 while also accelerating its nuclear exit without putting supply security at risk, according to an analysis by Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND). In a detailed “shutdown ...
  • Insurer Allianz to stop selling insurance to coal companies

    Europe’s largest insurer Allianz has stopped selling policies to coal companies in an effort to fight climate change, report Oliver Ralph and Olaf Storbeck in the Financial Times. The company said it would immediately pull its coverage from single coal ...
  • CO2 emissions in EU rise by 1.8 percent in 2017 while Germany records slight drop

    CO 2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion increased by 1.8 percent in 2017 in the European Union, while Germany recorded a slight drop of 0.2 percent. According to Eurostat, Finland and Denmark registered the largest emission reductions, while Malta and ...
  • German energy industry association welcomes EU ministers’ agreement

    Stefan Kapferer, managing director of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), welcomed the agreement by the EU member states’ energy ministers on the Union’s future energy policy, because it meant that the existing power price zones ...
  • “Putin’s oil-giant broadens its stance in Germany”

    Russian oil company Rosneft is set to increase its business activities in Germany, Daniel Wetzel writes in Welt Online. Russia’s largest oil producer is doubling its investments in the country to 600 million euros over the next five years, CEO Igor Sechin ...
  • Germany likely to refrain from joining lawsuit against Hungarian nuclear plant

    The German government will likely not join a lawsuit against the planned nuclear power plant Paks in Hungary, Thorsten Knuf writes for the Frankfurter Rundschau. Austria has filed a lawsuit that challenges the plant’s licensing by the European Commission, ...
  • Power-to-gas crucial if Germany pursues ambitious climate policy - metastudy

    Producing gas using renewable power is crucial for the success of Germany’s energy transition if the country decides to pursue ambitious climate targets, according to a meta-analysis by energy management consultancy enervis commissioned by Leipzig natural ...
  • New Bosch diesel technology deserves a chance – commentary

    The vastly improved diesel technology by leading car supplier Bosch deserves a chance because NO x emissions stay well below the strict 2020 EU emission rules and diesel engines emit less CO 2 than petrol engines, writes Dietmar Lamparter in a commentary ...
  • Mercedes-Benz exits home battery market

    Mercedes-Benz will stop production of residential batteries, ending a short-lived challenge to storage systems made by Tesla, start-up Sonnen and others, reports Julian Spector for Greentech Media. Little over two years after the launch, Mercedes-Benz ...
  • Germany headed for new solar record

    Germany is headed for record solar power generation next week as forecasters predicted intense sunshine, reports Rachel Morison for Bloomberg. “Output from photovoltaic panels in Germany could reach as high as 28,318 megawatts on May 7, according to ...
  • German carmakers caught in crossfire of US-China trade row

    China’s proposed 25 percent tax on US car factory exports will hit nearly 270,000 vehicles, with German carmakers accounting for 7 billion US dollars of the 11 billion total, writes the news agency Reuters. “This is a tax on southern Germany, not the US,” ...
  • Introduction of smart meters delayed in Germany

    Security concerns are delaying the introduction of smart meters in Germany, writes the news agency dpa in an article carried by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has yet to approve the meters’ external ...
  • “A brazen attempt to dodge responsibility”

    The tests with diesel fumes on humans and monkeys by a research institute funded by Germany’s major carmakers VW, BMW, and Daimler are “a brazen attempt to dodge responsibility” for the sake of economic gain, Silke Hahne says in a commentary for public ...
  • Coal power company Steag under pressure, looking for investor

    Hard coal power station operator Steag, under pressure from strong wind energy production, is looking for a new investor after returning to profitability last year. Company CEO Joachim Rumstadt said at the annual press conference the company was looking ...
  • Germany again meets around 100 percent of power demand with renewables

    Germany's renewable power production briefly exceeded the entire country's electricity demand on 1 May, data provided by the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) suggests. Renewable power output on the windy and sunny public holiday reached 53,987 ...
  • French export of cheap nuclear power to Germany could surge

    A massive expansion of France’s renewable power capacity could lead to a wave of cheap nuclear power flooding the energy markets of Germany and other European countries, Markus Becker writes on Spiegel Online. The French “transition énergétique” could ...
  • Germany must act to use blockchain’s potential for energy transition – opinion

    Blockchain technology is one of the few digital developments in recent years in which Germany has an advantage, and it could be a decisive tool for pushing the energy transition’s digitalisation, energy management researcher Jens Strüker writes in a guest ...
  • innogy’s “newfound modesty”

    The “arrogance” of German utility innogy in late 2017 has given way to a “ newfound modesty ” at the beginning of 2018, Helmut Bünder writes in a commentary for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The company’s announcement of a cost-cutting action across ...
  • German Coal phase-out on agenda for coalition talks – state sec

    Germany must start phasing out coal-fired power generation as the next step of its energy transition, and the matter was also on the agenda of the talks to form a new government coalition in Berlin, the state secretary in the economy and energy ministry, ...
  • “Artificial monopoly” connecting German offshore wind parks

    There is an “artificial monopoly” connecting Germany’s offshore wind parks with the mainland, said Martin Neubert, managing director of Orsted Wind Power Germany (formerly DONG Energy), write Franz Hubik and Klaus Stratmann in Handelsblatt. While ...
  • 11 Nov 2014 |

    German minister warns against quick exit from coal power

    11 Nov 2014 (All day) Germany still needs electricity from coal while shifting to a green economy, Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said, reassuring utilities that a quick phase-out of the fossil fuel was not his plan. Germany's Minister for Energy and ...
  • Coal mining company Mibrag posts loss 2016

    German coal mining company Mibrag posted a 43.7 million euro loss in 2016, Mitteldeutsche Zeitung reports. Mibrag, one of Germany’s four remaining lignite-mining companies, was suffering from Germany’s transition from fossil energy sources to renewables ...
  • Germany’s nuclear plant operators may get one billion euro in compensation for 2011 policy change

    The German government plans to compensate operators of the country’s nuclear power plants with about one billion euros for the nuclear policy U-turn in 2011, Malte Kreutzfeldt writes in the tageszeitung (taz). The nuclear power companies had sued because ...
  • German utility EnBW starts field test on how e-cars effect grid

    Utility EnBW starts a field test to find out how a large number of electric cars in a concentrated area affect grid stability, Susanne Preuß and Thiemo Heeg write in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “What happens if everyone plugs in their car when ...
  • International cities discuss mitigation measures at UN Bonn Climate Change Conference

    Representatives of hundreds of cities from around the world meet in Bonn in the framework of the UN Climate Change Conference in the former German capital to discuss mitigation measures against global warming and other policies necessary to reduce ...
  • “The end of oil-fired heating is nothing but wishful thinking”

    A recent study by Agora Energiewende * shows that Germany can achieve its climate goals in the heating sector by increasing efficiency and by rolling out millions of heat pumps to replace oil-fired heating systems, writes Daniel Wetzel in Die Welt. But it ...
  • Germany misses solar power expansion target again

    The expansion of Germany’s solar power capacities has failed to fulfil government targets for the fourth year in a row, with additional installations reaching just 1.6 gigawatt (GW) instead of the planned 2.5 GW, industry association BSW Solar says in a ...
  • 08 Sep 2015

    In the media: Nuclear phase-out raises security concerns

    08 Sep 2015 (All day) Frankfurter Rundschau Nuclear decommissioning: Environmental activists worried about security An alliance of 76 environmental groups is demanding stricter security standards and more public consultation for the decommissioning and ...
  • “G20 should take lead in implementing Paris Agreement”

    Representatives of the G20 dialogue forums business (B20), civil society organisations (C20) and think tanks (T20) have together called on the Group of Twenty member countries to take the lead in implementing the Paris Climate Agreement. They demand a ...
  • innogy's CEO leaves group days after profit warning

    Peter Terium, CEO of German utility innogy, has left the RWE renewables spin-off days after the company said it will make less profit than anticipated this year and next, which had resulted in a considerable drop in share prices in the second week of ...
  • 22 Jan 2015

    In the media: RWE power plants for sale

    22 Jan 2015 (All day) Wirtschaftswoche “RWE: shut down or sale?” RWE ’s deputy chairman of the executive board Rolf Martin Schmitz said that power stations hit by falling electricity prices could no longer turn a profit, forcing plants to shut down. “We ...
  • Energy minister: “special auctions” not part of current reform draft

    Germany’s economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier said that current amendment plans for the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) do not yet include “special auctions” for onshore wind and solar PV, which were agreed in the grand coalition treaty, reports ...
  • Rail sector wants no new diesel trains by end of 2024

    Rail industry associations and key companies have presented their joint vision of a climate friendly, cost-effective regional rail transport of the future, so that it can “bid farewell to the diesel drive”, writes the transport alliance Allianz pro ...
  • Resources for renewables industry connected to human rights and environmental concerns - Misereor

    A fairer procurement of resources needed to manufacture renewable energy facilities would help the energy transition “make a real contribution to more global justice and climate protection,” says catholic relief organisation Misereor in a press release. ...
  • RWE insists on property rights in coal exit debate

    German utility RWE’s CEO Rolf Martin Schmitz said that the company’s property rights need to be ensured in the debate about possible early shutdowns of its coal-fired power plants, writes Focus Online. At an RWE shareholder meeting, Schmitz also warned of ...
  • Germany's state governments calls for optimal use of power grid

    The German energy transition demands not only the expansion, but also the  optimal use of the power grid, says the council of Germany's federal state governments (Bundesrat). Possible measures include power line monitoring, or the use of high ...
  • 20 Dec 2016 |
    G20

    Preview2017- "Turn Energiewende into an advantage for industry"

    20 Dec 2016 (All day) 2017 will be a year filled with a multitude of seminal events for Germany's energy and climate policy. Apart from presiding over the next G20 summit, Germany will be the venue for the UN's COP23 and see legal reforms of ...
  • 16 Nov 2015

    More households cut off from power; 4°C world "un-insurable"

    16 Nov 2015 (All day) Spiegel Online “Grid Agency: About 350,000 households had their power cut off” The number of power cut-offs in Germany rose by two percent to a new record in 2014, reports Spiegel Online. According to the Federal Grid Agency’s ...
  • Greens want “top priority” for 2020 climate goal

    The Green parliamentary group in the German Bundestag (parliament) has introduced a motion calling on the government to give “top priority” to Germany’s target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020, initiating a debate in the plenary. ...
  • Chancellery Chief rejects calls to lift caps on offshore wind

    Germany’s chancellery chief Peter Altmaier has stressed the need to maintain caps on new offshore wind development in order to incentivize companies to lower the cost of the technology. Limits to the amount of new capacity in the tenders were necessary ...
  • Soaring grid costs likely topic during SPD/CDU coalition talks

    Germany’s soaring grid costs and negative power prices will likely be tackled during the talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) on renewing their grand coalition, reports Klaus Stratmann in Handelsblatt. “We ...
  • Government agrees to standardise grid fees across Germany

    The German government has agreed to abolish large regional differences in transmission grid fees by standardising them across the country in five equal steps. The implementation will begin at the start of next year, and completion is planned by early 2023 ...
  • Seven member states want EU to raise climate targets

    Germany, France, and Sweden are among seven European Union countries advocating a faster transition to a clean economy, arguing that 2018 is a critical year for strengthening this ambition, reports Megan Darby for Climate Home. “Enhanced action by all ...
  • Study suggests integrated renewable system is cheaper for eastern Europe than nuclear power

    A renewable, controllable power supply would be less expensive than producing electricity in new nuclear power plants in eastern Europe, a study conducted by Energy Brainpool and commissioned by power supplier Greenpeace Energy finds. Poland, Hungary, ...
  • Fossil power plants more flexible than previously assumed

    Fossil power plants can react much more flexibly to large feed-ins of power from renewables than studies have indicated, writes Jakob Schlandt in an article in Tagesspiegel Background Energie & Klima. The newspaper's calculations showed that the ...
  • Macron and Merkel vow closer Franco-German partnership on energy & climate policy

    France and Germany aim to renew their seminal Élysée Treaty of 1963, which formally ended centuries of rivalry between the two European powers, and will intensify their cooperation in fields ranging from cultural exchanges through security to climate ...
  • German nuclear facilities emergency management plans insufficient – NGO

    Nuclear incidents or serious accidents could happen “at any moment” in Germany, and the country’s emergency management plans are insufficient, writes the environmental NGO Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) based on a study written by Oda Becker from the ...
  • Uwe Tigges appointed CEO of innogy

    German renewable energy company innogy’s supervisory board has appointed Uwe Tigges as the new CEO, the company says in a press release. Uwe Tigges had initially been appointed as interim CEO of innogy following Peter Terium’s resignation from the ...
  • Cabinet decides reform programme 2018 report

    The federal government has published its National Reform Programme 2018, a report to be sent to the European Commission, in which Germany explains its policy reform plans. The section on energy and climate largely contains the provisions that Angela ...
  • “More than 600,000 German industry jobs hinge on combustion technology”

    A ban on registering new combustion engine passenger cars from 2030 would directly or indirectly affect around 620,000 jobs in Germany – or 10 percent of the country’s industrial workforce, according to a study by Institute for Economic Research (ifo) for ...
  • “Important step, but inconsistent”

    The German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency (DENEFF) has welcomed the government’s new “Energy efficiency and heat from renewable energies,” strategy, saying that measures to pool support schemes are long overdue. In a statement, DENEFF called ...
  • Solar and wind industries regard joint auction as a failure

    The German Solar Association (BSW) and the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) “regard the first joint auction [for onshore wind and solar power] as a failure,” and call for separate auctions to be held in the future, the two organisations write in a ...
  • E.ON-RWE deal may see innogy bonds stripped of their green credentials

    The proposed major asset swap deal between German power companies E.ON and RWE could lead to the reevaluation of innogy’s bonds, leaving their green credentials “up in the air,” writes Tasos Vossos for Bloomberg. Find the article in English here. For ...
  • Climate change intensifies droughts in Europe

    Due to climate change, droughts in Europe will last longer, affect greater areas, and have an impact on more people, according to an article published in Nature Climate Change by an international team of scientists coordinated by the Helmholtz Centre for ...
  • German companies split on ambition of climate and energy goals - survey

    Over one third (35 percent) of companies surveyed by the German Energy Agency (dena) say that Germany’s climate and energy policy targets are not ambitious enough, while especially larger companies (about 37 percent) consider the goals too ambitious. ...
  • Municipalities entitled to terminate contracts early under planned E.ON-RWE deal - report

    E.ON’s interest in competitor RWE’s renewables spin-off innogy is also triggered by innogy’s 4,000-odd existing contracts with municipalities, which grant the latter company the right to operate local grids, or give it a stake in local utilities, writes ...
  • Diesel has lost advantage in terms of climate protection - study

    Diesel engines no longer qualify as being more climate-friendly and are more expensive than other engine technologies like hybrid or petrol, meaning that their falling market share is no bad news for the climate, the International Council on Clean ...
  • Energy transition won't be a self-seller for a long time yet – opinion

    Like other recent studies, the German Industry Association’s (BDI) study shows that cutting emissions by 80 percent by 2050 is technically and economically feasible, writes Andreas Mihm in an editorial in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. But the ...
  • Government must act now to ensure sufficient secure power capacity in 2020s – BDEW analysis

    Germany is quickly reducing its conventional power capacities, risking a lack of secure capacity by 2023 at the latest, says the energy industry association BDEW in an analysis of the country’s power plants. Germany currently has power overcapacities. The ...
  • Government needs to rethink its energy and climate policy – joint commentary

    Radical changes in global energy supply require a “change of historical dimensions” in Germany’s climate and energy policy, comparable to the social welfare policies of Otto von Bismarck, the first chancellor of the German Empire between 1871 and 1890, ...
  • VW’s new super sports e-car accelerates faster than a Formula 1 car

    German car manufacturer Volkswagen has unveiled its fully electric super sports car, the I.D. R Pikes Peak. The car can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 2.25 seconds, which is faster than Formula 1 and Formula E cars, writes Volkswagen in a ...
  • “E.ON trend study shows German businesses focusing on climate protection”

    Three quarters of German companies have invested in climate protection in the past three years, according to a survey by utility E.ON. “The most important steps taken by every other company involved the renovation of heating systems and installation of ...
  • Solar beats onshore wind in first joint auction

    Only solar bids have been successful in Germany’s first joint solar and onshore wind auction for renewables support, said the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) in a press release. “In competition, it simply is the technology that offers the lowest costs ...
  • German electricity supply security remains very high – economy ministry

    The security of electricity supply in Germany continues to be at a high level, also thanks to the integration of the country’s power grid with neighbouring countries, writes the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in a press release. A ...
  • "Still a long way to go for decarbonisation"

    Germany’s Energiewende is faltering in areas like the heating and mobility sectors, according the half-yearly report of the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE).  The share of renewable energy in electricity, heating and transport edged up to 15.1 ...
  • Mining regions prepare for a soft exit from hard coal in Germany

    Germany is due to close its last hard coal mine next year, and the affected regions prepare for the transition, for example by considering renewable energy projects or tourism, Valerie Hamilton reports in a feature for Public Radio International (PRI). ...
  • German Trade Union Association set to distance itself from German climate targets – report

    The German Trade Union Association DGB is set to reposition itself on climate policy at its upcoming annual congress, reports Malte Kreutzfeldt in daily taz. In a draft paper on energy, the unions only say they support the Paris climate goals, thereby ...
  • Renewable gas could become cheaper than natural gas in 2030s – analysis

    Gas made by electrolysis using renewable electricity could become cheaper than natural gas in the 2030s, according to an analysis by consultancy Energy Brainpool commissioned by Greenpeace Energy. This would require investments to push costs down, cheap ...
  • Looming diesel bans force Germans to choose between cars and environment

    Diesel fuel was invented by a German engineer and is pushed relentlessly by the country’s carmakers to this day, which is why banning it “has the feel of a ban on beer or bratwurst,” writes Griff Witte in a feature article for the Washington Post. “Yet ...
  • 20 Jan 2015

    In the media: Energy minister rules out capacity markets; renewable growth falling short

    20 Jan 2015 (All day) Handelsblatt “Attack on coal” // Interview with Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel Germany’s Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy has "ended the debate over capacity payments to fossil-fuelled power plants," according to ...
  • Germany a climate protection role model only in terms of renewables expansion - opinion

    With its Energiewende, Germany is a global role model, but only in terms of renewable energy development, writes Bernhard Pötter in an opinion piece for the tageszeitung (taz). “In terms of the difficult policy and economic decisions, we duck out like ...
  • Coal Regions in Transition Platform launched

    The European Commission is launching a Platform on Coal Regions in Transition to “help regions with coal mining activities identify, develop and implement projects with the potential to kick-start a viable economic and technological transformation”. There ...
  • “Risky dependence”

    If Germany’s car industry implements its long-announced shift to e-mobility and catches up with competitors in other countries, supplying it with raw materials for battery production and other e-car components could become a major challenge, Daniel Eckert ...
  • New VW head Diess “could outshine Tesla CEO Elon Musk” in boosting e-mobility

    The new head of Germany’s VW, Herbert Diess, “will consistently steer the largest car company in the world towards e-mobility”, Martin Seiwert writes on euractiv.de. Diess’s commitment to e-cars “is an affair of the heart for him”, Seiwert says, arguing ...
  • German startup Volocopter presents vision for large-scale urban electric air taxi service

    German electric air taxi startup Volocopter has presented a concept for the inner-city infrastructure needed to transport thousands of passengers with its autonomous and emission-free drones that take off vertically. “The vision integrates air taxis into ...
  • “We need more speed in the energy transition” – Schleswig-Holstein energy minister

    If future power needs are around 600 terawatt-hours, Germany would need 97 gigawatt (GW) of onshore wind, 25-35 GW offshore wind and 102 GW solar PV capacity, Schleswig-Holstein’s energy transition minister and head of the federal Green Party Robert ...
  • Germany’s Court of Auditors says it is still in the dark over Energiewende costs

    Germany’s Federal Court of Auditors (BRH) has renewed its criticism of the government’s lacking overview of energy transition costs, a court spokesperson told the Clean Energy Wire. Website Spiegel Online originally reported that the court asked the ...
  • “Job illusion energy transition“

    Germany is paying a high price for creating jobs in the renewables sector and it is uncertain whether these jobs are sustainable in the long run, Manuel Frondel writes in a guest article for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The econometrist from economic ...
  • Siemens, Airbus and Rolls Royce join forces to develop hybrid-electric commercial aircraft

    Industrial conglomerate Siemens has formed a partnership with plane maker Airbus and turbine engine supplier Rolls Royce to test a hybrid-electric propulsion system for commercial aircraft. The “E-Fan X” technology demonstrator, which is based on an ...
  • Government parties are hindering the modernisation of the car industry – Green MP

    Germany’s automobile industry has had a lot of “ false friends ” in the government in recent years, Green Party politician and head of the parliamentary commission on transport and digitalisation Cem Özdemir told Ansgar Graw at Die Welt in an interview. ...
  • Germany third largest market for electric mobility

    China is the biggest market for e-cars with an additional 142,445 cars in the first quarter of 2018, followed by the US (54,000) and Germany (17,549) when it comes to the number of newly registered electric vehicles (pure electric and plug-in hybrid), ...
  • Global energy transition could enter same perilous path as the German Energiewende – opinion

    The new IRENA report “ Global Energy Transformation: A Roadmap to 2050 ” finds that renewable energy needs to be scaled up six fold to keep the temperature rise below 2°C, but it turns a blind eye to the problem Germany is facing despite very high ...
  • Drastic fall in hard coal power production, drastic increase in wind power in January 2018

    Year-on-year hard coal power production in Germany decreased by 53 percent in January 2018, Handelsblatt’s Klaus Stratmann writes. The figures are based on unpublished data from the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW). Electricity ...
  • Diesel share in Germany’s new car registrations declines further, CO2 emissions level rises

    The decline of diesel cars’ share in new registrations in Germany continues, figures for January released by the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) show. While the total number of newly registered passenger cars rose by 11.6 percent compared to the ...
  • State of Schleswig-Holstein increases minimum distance for new wind turbines

    The new government coalition in Germany’s northernmost state, Schleswig-Holstein, has agreed on new regulations for wind energy expansion. This includes an increase of the minimum distance between turbines and the nearest settlement from 800 to 1,000 ...
  • BMW and Daimler agree to combine car-sharing businesses

    German carmakers BMW and Daimler have signed an agreement to merge their mobility services business units to compete with Uber in the United States and Didi Chuxing in China, writes news agency Reuters. “As pioneers in automotive engineering, we will not ...
  • E-mobility can create new jobs too

    The transition away from combustion engines to electric ones will destroy many jobs in the German car industry, but also create new ones, Henrik Mortsiefer writes in Der Tagesspiegel. “An electric car consists of about 200 parts, a car running with petrol ...
  • Germany lags France and China on progressive climate protection

    Germans like to think their country is a climate protection pioneer, but other countries like China and France have more clearly understood what the Paris Agreement means for the economy, and have taken the bull by the horns, writes Carola von Schmettow, ...
  • Bavaria's industry calls for end of Germany’s renewables surcharge system

    The Bavarian Industry Association (vbw) calls for an end of Germany’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG), which is aimed at supporting the expansion of renewable energy sources financially. In a press release on its “Agenda for Germany” for the year 2030, the vbw ...
  • German government says low diesel tax is no subsidy

    The German government does not consider the lower taxation of diesel fuel as a subsidy that favours use of the technology. In a response to a parliamentary inquiry by the Green Party, the government says the lower tax for diesel fuel does not amount to a ...
  • Germany’s largest harbour Hamburg electrifies container transport

    The port of Hamburg, Germany’s largest commercial harbour, is changing part of its container transport system to electric vehicles, port operator HHLA says in a press release. Battery-powered transporters will move the cargo containers between ships and ...
  • Climate protection “clear priority“ in Germany’s UN Security Council application – foreign minister

    Foreign minister Heiko Maas said that Germany would be dedicated to dealing with climate change-related conflict risks should the country be elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2019/2020, reports the AFP news ...
  • Environmental groups want guaranteed coal exit path before joining commission

    Several German environmental organisations say they want to have a range of assurances from the German government before they participate in the so-called coal commission meant to prepare the end of coal-fired power production in the country, the news ...
  • Greens want clarity about follow-up costs of lignite mining in Lusatia

    Left and Green Party politicians in the German states of Saxony and Brandenburg want clarity about the follow-up costs of lignite mining in the eastern German region of Lusatia, reports the news agency dpa in an article carried by Welt Online. Left Party ...
  • Economy ministry rejects NGO demand for moratorium on coal plant approvals

    The approval processes for coal plants and mine expansions will not be halted while the upcoming multi-stakeholder commission on Germany’s coal exit – the so-called coal commission – discusses the country’s phase-out-path, indicates the economy ministry ...
  • Climate change is reality in New Zealand; Help us fight it – guest commentary

    New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called on European political decisionmakers to support her country in fighting climate change in a guest commentary in Tagesspiegel. Climate change is not just theory, but a reality that manifests itself, for ...
  • Germany's coalition negotiators agree treaty, promise coal exit date

    08 Feb 2018 Germany's would-be governing coalition partners have concluded a treaty that is likely to result in a final deadline for coal-fired power production in Germany. The agreement reached after weeks of intensive talks largely confirms the ...
  • “100,000 new solar heaters in 2016”

    With about 100,000 new solar heaters in 2016, a total of 2.2 million solar heating systems are now installed in Germany, the German Solar Industry Association (BSW) and the Association of Heating Industry (BDH) say in a joint press release. “The ...
  • “E-cars on the radar”

    The German semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies is to strengthen its position as a supplier of electric cars with the acquisition of US chip manufacturer Wolfspeed, reports Süddeutsche Zeitung. Among other things, the California-based company& ...
  • Siemens CEO proposes to transform lignite mining region into e-mobility hub

    In a surprise move, Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser has proposed a large-scale project to transform Germany’s eastern lignite mining region into a hub for future technologies, such as e-mobility, reports Rüdiger Köhn in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “We have ...
  • Siemens, DB Schenker among businesses calling for stricter EU truck emission limits

    German industry conglomerate Siemens and logistics company DB Schenker are among a group of prominent European companies calling for stricter EU emission limits for trucks and lorries, reports Markus Becker on Spiegel Online. In a letter addressed to ...
  • Government sticks to goal of having 1 million e-cars on the road by 2020

    The new German government sticks to the target of bringing one million electric cars onto the roads by 2020. In a reply to a parliamentary enquiry by the Green Party, the government says both industry and government will have to continue their efforts, ...
  • VW names new boss to steer sweeping overhaul

    Volkswagen has chosen Herbert Diess as its new CEO, ousting predecessor Matthias Müller. “Müller’s replacement with VW brand chief Diess follows slow progress in reorganizing the group’s car brands, a key pillar of “Strategy 2025” to transform Germany’s ...
  • Bosch and EnBW open new battery storage facility

    German technology company Bosch and utility EnBW have opened a new large battery storage facility that helps stabilise the power grid, Bosch says in a press release. The battery consists of 768 lithium-ion modules that can provide energy quickly and help ...
  • Green Party’s policy statement to herald “new stage” in party history

    The German Green Party’s first fundamental policy statement in 16 years heralds “a new stage” in the ecologic-liberal party, Cordula Ebel writes in the Tagesspiegel. The party will use a convention to start working on the paper, which is scheduled for ...
  • Europe’s new climate action pioneers – opinion

    Successful and resolute climate action has a mixed record among European countries, but former trailblazer Germany today is known for trailing behind, Joachim Wille writes in the Frankfurter Rundschau. “There are still EU countries that take climate ...
  • 28 Jul 2017 |

    “Diesel summit comes two years too late”

    28 Jul 2017 (All day) [CORRECTION, due to mistake in transcription: in reply to 4th question, diesel cars have "always been allowed to emit more NOx than petrol cars", not CO2] On 2 August, the CEOs of Germany’s major car manufacturers will meet ...
  • Merkel: Neither customers, nor taxpayers can be made accountable for auto industry’s “serious mistakes”

    “As far as possible,” German carmakers themselves have to put right the “serious mistakes” made during the diesel crisis, said Chancellor Angela Merkel after a two-day cabinet retreat in Meseberg near Berlin. “The customer or taxpayer cannot be made ...
  • Electric trucks to be exempted from motorway toll

    The German federal government wants to support electric vehicle adoption in the trucking industry, reports Markus Balser in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. “From 1 January 2019, electric trucks will be exempt from the motorway toll for trucks. This is a big ...
  • Gas industry calls for reliable political conditions for gas-driven mobility

    Gas-based transport could help the German transport sector reach its greenhouse gas reduction targets, and it also needs more reliable political framework conditions, the German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water (DVGW) and the ...
  • Merkel says Ukraine must not be excluded from Nord Stream 2 pipeline

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has intervened in a dispute between Russia and Ukraine over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Kate Connolly writes for the Guardian. Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin he cannot exclude Ukraine from the pipeline, ...
  • "European Energy Atlas 2018” published

    German Green Party think tank the Heinrich Boell Foundation has published its European Energy Atlas 2018, detailing the state of Europe’s energy transition. Among the topics covered are the role renewables play in job creation, as well as the ...
  • 04 Jul 2017 |

    “G20 needs to show concrete steps to implement Paris climate accord”

    04 Jul 2017 (All day) At the Hamburg summit, the G20 leaders must go beyond mere lip services and present concrete proposals on how they will implement the Paris Climate Agreement, Christoph Bals, policy director of environmental NGO Germanwatch, tells ...
  • EU Commission postpones decision on clean air action against Germany by several weeks - report

    The European Commission will decide whether to sue Germany for failing to comply with EU air quality standards some time in the coming weeks, news agency dpa reports in an article carried by Handelsblatt. The Commission initially said it would decide by ...
  • About half of VW Dieselgate settlement will be spent on infrastructure and pollution mitigation

    VW is rolling out plans to spend almost 15 billion dollars in penalties and settlements following the Dieselgate scandal, with about half that sum being spent on infrastructure and pollution mitigation, reports Ben Paulos on energytransition.org. “Two ...
  • Germany’s prospective coalition parties go easy on carmakers

    Leaked information ahead of the last day of exploratory talks between Germany’s prospective coalition parties suggest that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) will spare the country’s mighty carmakers ...
  • Government should support installation of private e-car charging points

    The government should use the unused part of the e-car buyer’s premium budget to finance the expansion of much-needed private charging points for electric cars, and thus heed the proposal put forth by Andreas Obersteller, president of the Federal Office ...
  • Opposition to major north-south power lines persists

    The decision to lay Germany’s planned major high-voltage power transmission lines SüdLink and SüdOstLink predominantly below ground has done little to calm resistance to both projects, writes Laura Cwiertnia for Zeit Online. Farmers worry that their soil ...
  • “We need a reasonable Energiewende concept” – chemical company CEO

    Until now, there has not been a “reasonable concept for the Energiewende”, which is needed to secure Germany’s economic strength and make it more climate-friendly, Rudolf Staudigl, president and CEO of German chemical company Wacker Chemie AG, told ...
  • Only ten percent of e-car buyer’s premium budget used to date

    The Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) has received 46,897 applications for the e-car buyer’s premium since its official launch in 2016, according to a BAFA press release. A total of 21,616 applications came from private buyers. ...
  • Lagging grid expansion “risky in the long run” – grid agency president

    Germany does not have a power supply security issue, but its grid stability may be at risk in the long run, Jochen Homann, president of the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) told Deutschlandfunk in an interview. The country currently has sufficient power ...
  • Dirty German diesel cars get new lease on life abroad

    Germany is turning its back on diesel as car scrapping premiums encourage drivers to buy new models and get rid of their older, dirtier vehicles. However, instead of being scrapped, many diesel autos are being sold in eastern Europe and Africa, Sebastian ...
  • Craig Morris steps to leave Energy Transition blog

    Blogger and author Craig Morris is leaving the "Energy Transition: The Global Energiewende" blog to work for the Renewables Grid Initiative *. Morris has been the Energy Transition blog’s main blogger and the lead author of its annually updated ...
  • Study offers critical look at German government energy subsidies

    A new report published by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy examines the use and costs of government subsidies in German industry, including controversial areas such as coal production, nuclear waste disposal or industry rebates on energy taxes. ...
  • New phase in transition research: Focus on an integrated energy system

    16 Feb 2018 (All day) The future government tasks researchers with finding ways to plan and steer the electrification of the whole energy system – along with all its new technologies. Renewable power was introduced in Germany at a startling pace in some ...
  • Investors question previous split after division of innogy between RWE and E.ON

    After the announced split-up of German utility innogy between its parent company RWE and competitor E.ON, investors question whether the previous split of innogy from RWE was necessary, news agency Reuters reports. Old mantras about the future of the ...
  • Grid fees: “The black secret of the energy transition“

    Germany’s transmission network operators have raised their prices, which leads to higher grid fees payable by consumers with their power price, reports Andreas Macho for the WirtschaftsWoche. Eastern German grid operators rose fees by up to 80 percent, ...
  • German environment minister wants more support for e-delivery vans

    In an interview with RP Online’s Jan Drebes and Kristina Dunz, German environment minister Svenja Schulze calls for an increase in subsidies for electric delivery vans in an effort to boost electromobility and clean the air. Schulze said she was working ...
  • Germany’s power supply security ranks among highest internationally - gov

    Germany enjoys one of the highest levels of power supply security in the world, Lausitzer Rundschau reports, citing information provided by the German government in response to an enquiry by the Green Party. The country’s already high level of power ...
  • Germany's clean air programmes for cities will become "export hits" - transport min

    Speaking to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s Kerstin Schwenn, German transport minister Andreas Scheuer said Germany would see a transport turnaround as his ministry seeks to implement its “emergency programme for clean air,” which includes 1 billion ...
  • Medical doctors call for German coal exit by 2030

    On the occasion of World Health Day on 7 April, medical doctors and climate protection proponents called for a coal exit in Germany by 2030. "We are firmly opposed to an economy that causes and tolerates illness," reads a declaration issued by ...
  • “In Germany, storage now has more than half the number of jobs of the lignite sector”

    Germany's energy storage industry now provides more than half the number of jobs of the country's lignite industry, Jason Deign reports in Greentech Media. The energy storage industry employed around 11,130 workers in 2017, according to an ...
  • Germany weighs joint fund with carmakers to refit diesel autos - report

    The German government is considering creating a joint fund with carmakers to pay for advanced exhaust systems that make diesel cars cleaner, reports German weekly Der Spiegel. The fund would back the hardware retrofitting of a large part of Germany’s 15 ...
  • Flexible lignite plants should be part of energy transition - researcher

    The large brown coal-fired power stations in Lusatia should not be shut down but used as flexible providers for an affordable power supply, Jan Selmons quoted Professor Hans Joachim Krautz, chair of power plant technology at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, as ...
  • Germany’s negotiating parties look at CO2 taxation in non-ETS areas

    SPD energy spokesperson Bernd Westphal said the parties in talks to form Germany's next government- the Social Democrats (SPD) and Angela Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU bloc- will come up with some form of taxation of greenhouse gases in sectors ...
  • 27 Jul 2017 |

    Reactions to allegations over German carmaker cartel

    27 Jul 2017 Germany's most important carmakers have met in "secret workshops" since the 1990s in order to reach agreements on technological standards and prices, according to a report by news magazine Der Spiegel. The companies allegedly ...
  • Japan and Germany need cooperation to push energy transition

    Japan and Germany, as two of the world’s most technologically advanced countries, need to overcome the trauma brought about by the Fukushima nuclear disaster and focus on a vigorous decarbonisation of their economies, Peter Hennicke, of the German ...
  • Coal exit will lead to billions in compensation payouts - Saxony’s state premier

    Saxony’s parting State Premier, Stanislaw Tillich, has said that over six billion euros in compensation payments were necessary if Germany wanted to phase out lignite-fired power production over the next few years. According to the conservative politician ...
  • Municipal utilities must cooperate for future success – study

    Local energy suppliers say that alliances in the industry and with new outside players are needed to secure their economic success in the future, according to a study conducted by the consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and commissioned by the German ...
  • In defense of Germany’s energy and climate policies - opinion

    Germany, which is “deservedly famous” for its Energiewende, has so far failed in honouring its commitment to the EU’s short-term climate targets, but this does not mean that the country has strayed from the EU’s, or its own, climate agenda, writes ...
  • Great potential for renewable energies in decarbonising industrial processes

    Renewable energy technologies hold significant potential in decarbonising industrial heating and cooling processes, writes the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) in a press release, based on a short study compiled by the Hamburg Institute. “As more ...
  • Env minister calls for state support programme for climate projects in industry

    Germany’s new environment minister, Svenja Schulze, wants to introduce a state support programme for climate projects in industry, she told the Rheinische Post. “Together with my cabinet colleagues from the economy [BMWi] and research [BMBF] ministries, I ...
  • “The Franco-German energy transition alliance”

    France and Germany should work together on some challenges on the way to a clean energy future- despite differences in the two countries’ energy mixes, write German think tanks Agora Energiewende, Agora Verkehrswende* and French Institute for Sustainable ...
  • New solar cell transforms a third of absorbed sunlight into power

    German solar PV research institute Fraunhofer ISE has substantially increased solar cell efficacy with a new cell that transforms 33.3 percent of absorbed sunlight into power, the institute says in a press release. Fraunhofer ISE developed the silicon ...
  • Diesel registrations in Germany down 25 percent since last year

    The share of diesel cars in Germany's new vehicle registrations was down 25.4 percent in March 2018, compared to a year before, according to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). Total new car registrations stood at 347,433 vehicles, 31.4 ...
  • Germany says 20 percent of EU budget should go to climate action

    The German government says the EU should devote at least 20 percent of its budget to climate-friendly projects and programmes, Rheinische Post reports. “The government supports the propositions of the EU’s Green Growth Group,” which called for one fifth ...
  • “Germany to get free offshore wind! Wait, what?”

    Winning companies of recent offshore wind auctions could not “simply walk away from the deal”- as indicated by a newspaper article- if wholesale power prices did not increase as planned, Andreas Wagner, managing director of German Offshore Wind Energy ...
  • “Watershed in energy policy”

    The energy industry hovers between shock and sensation since it has become clear that several companies are ready to build offshore wind power plants without any support payments, Frank-Thomas Wenzel writes in Frankfurter Rundschau. The German Engineering ...
  • Climate scientist calls for immediate shutdown of lignite power plants

    Germany must immediately cut its lignite power capacity if it wants to achieve its 2020 climate target of reducing emissions by 40 percent compared to 1990 levels, climate scientist Mojib Latif says in an article on Spiegel Online. “But what is lacking ...
  • Slight rise of EU ETS emissions for first time in seven years, most top 10 emitters in Germany

    Total EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) stationary emissions rose by 0.3 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year – the first rise in seven years, according to an analysis by British climate NGO Sandbag, based on provisional EU data. Lignite ...
  • Transport minister criticises European air quality measuring

    Germany’s new transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, has criticised European air quality measuring standards. In an interview with the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Scheuer said that while EU agreements “ must of course be abided by,” the methods used to ...
  • Volkswagen’s diesel fixes in EU much less effective than in the US – report

    German carmaker Volkswagen’s technical fixes for manipulated diesel cars are much more effective in the US than in Europe, Emma Howard reports for Unearthed. While the changes made in the US “make a huge difference” to nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, the ...
  • Lower Saxony says turning power into hydrogen essential to meet climate goals

    Lower Saxony should become a “ pioneer region ” for storing excess wind power by converting it into hydrogen, the German federal state’s environment minister, Olaf Lies, told the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung. Lies argues that Germany needs power-to-gas ...
  • “Coal commission” must not be led by economy ministry alone – opinion

    The importance of Germany’s “coal commission” means it must not be led by the economy ministry alone, Malte Kreutzfeldt writes in a commentary for the Tageszeitung (taz). “It’s a good sign that the new environment minister, Svenja Schulze, isn’t leaving ...
  • New company buys old wind farms to operate without support payments

    A new company founded by Munich’s public utilities plans to buy small and old wind farms no longer eligible for support under the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the company, Hanse Windkraft, says in a press release. The company plans to repower wind farms ...
  • Protests against Germany’s planned SuedLink power transmission line continue

    Protests continue against Germany’s planned SuedLink power transmission line, the news agency dpa reports in an article carried by Welt Online. Guntram Ziepel of the national association of citizen initiatives against SuedLink says his organisation “ ...
  • 03 Feb 2016

    2014 emissions data updated / Vattenfall's losses / Wind record

    03 Feb 2016 (All day) Federal Environment Agency “German greenhouse gas emissions fall considerably in 2014” New data shows that Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions fell to 901.9 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents in 2014, a 4.6 percent reduction compared ...
  • Environmentalists concerned over decommissioning of nuclear plant

    The deconstruction of the nuclear plant Isar 1 in the southern German state of Bavaria is proceeding as planned, according to the state’s environment ministry. But environmentalists are concerned that radioactive fuel elements remain in the plant as ...
  • Germany falling behind on sustainability – Deutsche Börse

    Germany is increasingly lagging behind other countries on sustainability, the head of group sustainability at stock exchange operator Deutsche Börse, Kristina Jeromin, told financial daily Börsen-Zeitung in an interview. Germany has long since lost its ...
  • Research paper analyses if Energiewende is poised to fail

    Germany’s energy transition has so far failed to achieve the desired level of emissions reduction “but this glitch might even foster the process,” Christoph Klunker writes in a research paper for the Observer Research Foundation. Find the paper in English ...
  • How Volkswagen walked away from a near-fatal crash – report

    The dieselgate emissions scandal posed an existential threat to German carmaker Volkswagen, yet the company has surmounted it to become the world’s biggest car seller, and has ambitious goals for electric mobility, Matthew Campbell, Christoph Rauwald and ...
  • Cars-per-capita ratio in Germany reaches new record level

    Germany’s ratio of cars per capita has reached a record high, the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) says in a press release. With 555 personal cars per 1,000 people in 2016, Germany had the seventh highest number of cars per capita in the EU. ...
  • RWE allowed to fell Hambach Forest and continue lignite mining

    German energy company RWE has the right to clear the Hambach Forest and continue lignite mining in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), website klimaretter.info reports. Authorities issued a license for RWE, after mining and logging ...
  • Environment minister wants to prevent diesel driving bans

    Germany’s new environment minister, Svenja Schulze, is against driving bans for diesel cars, website bild.de reports. Schulze said driving bans, aimed at curbing air pollution in inner cities, would not “make old diesel cars any cleaner”. Instead, she ...
  • 08 May 2015

    In the media: "risk, endurance, determination" for new energy world

    08 May 2015 (All day) Handelsblatt “Risk, endurance and determination” Steve Westly of the Westly Group, which has invested in numerous clean-tech firms including Tesla, says he would buy shares in the new E.ON “every day of the week,” according to an ...
  • 12 Dec 2015 |

    COP21- Day 13: "Historic" global climate agreement adopted

    12 Dec 2015 (All day) Countries have agreed to a new global deal to limit global warming and address climate change impacts / “Paris will forever be connected to this historic watershed,” says Chancellor Merkel / “Climate neutrality” still in the text, ...
  • Germany’s climate credibility depends on successful coal exit - commentary

    At the next UN climate conference in Poland, the German government can credibly call on the international community to put more effort into climate protection only if it successfully manages its own coal exit, write Ottmar Edenhofer and Hans Joachim ...
  • BMW contemplates battery cell production

    German carmaker BMW will invest about 200 million euros over the next four years in a “battery cell centre of excellence” aimed at “grasping the technological aspects of battery cell production,” Henning Peitsmeier writes in the Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • 11 Oct 2017 |

    Germany set to widely miss climate targets, env ministry warns

    11 Oct 2017 Germany’s environment ministry fears high emissions from coal-fired power plants and transport will make the country miss its 2020 climate targets by a wider margin than previously anticipated. The ministry’s warning adds further pressure to ...
  • 27 Feb 2018 |

    Court ruling opens door for diesel bans in German cities

    27 Feb 2018 (All day) German cities may ban diesel cars from polluted areas following a landmark court ruling. In a major blow to German carmakers still heavily relying on diesel car sales, and a victory for environmentalists, one of Germany’s top courts ...
  • Transport companies try to woo Germans away from passenger cars

    Germany’s domestic transport market is set to change substantially in 2018 as bus companies, railway services, and airlines seek to woo people away from using passenger cars, Timo Kotowski writes in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. About 80 percent of ...
  • Germany’s Energiewende paints Austria into a corner

    For now, Germany’s southern neighbour Austria benefits greatly from exports of cheap German power, but this arrangement is about to come to an end, Irmgard Kirschko writes in the Austrian newspaper Kurier. An “artificial shortage” at the border, which is ...
  • German new clean energy investment lowest since 2004

    Germany invested 14.6 billion US dollars in clean energy in 2017, a decrease of 26 percent compared to the previous year, and the lowest since 2004, says Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) in its 2017 report on global investment in renewable energies. ...
  • German Association of Local Utilities warns against gas exit

    The head of the German Association of Local Utilities (VKU) has warned government against giving up gas. Ahead of an energy industry conference organised by the Handelsblatt newspaper in Berlin Tuesday, Katherina Reiche said that for climate protection, ...
  • 04 Nov 2015

    Government passes power market reform / More renewables in energy use

    04 Nov 2015 (All day) Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) “Gabriel: The basis for the power market of the future is established” The German government has approved wide-reaching reforms of the power market and agreements about the transferral ...
  • Energy-saving LEDs increase light pollution

    The switch from conventional lightbulbs to more energy-efficient LEDs is likely to lead to greater light pollution, meaning that the nights in urban areas appear less dark than they would under natural circumstances, the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam research ...
  • Germany re-enters top 20 on WEF’s Energy Architecture Performance Index

    In the midst of its transition to low-carbon energy generation, Germany has re-entered the top 20 in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Energy Architecture Performance Index. The index examines the affordability, environmental sustainability, and ...
  • Germany’s new coalition government falls short on climate and energy – E3G

    The new coalition treaty of CDU/CSU and SPD falls short on climate and energy policy, write Alexander Reitzenstein and Sabrina Schulz in a background briefing for E3G. They analyse treaty provisions and look at key political events since the swearing-in ...
  • Rapid emissions reductions would keep CO2 removal and costs in check

    Rapid greenhouse-gas emissions reductions are needed to keep in check both the costs of the transition towards climate stabilisation and the amount of CO2 that will have to be removed from the atmosphere, write researchers from the Potsdam Institute for ...
  • All sectors must contribute to CO₂ reduction – environment minister

    New German environment minister Svenja Schulze has asked relevant ministers for proposals on how each sector can do its part to reach the country’s greenhouse gas reduction targets. “We’ve agreed on firm climate targets together, so everybody must ...
  • Germany’s chief climate diplomat stresses need for “pragmatic” Chinese-German leadership

    Germany’s chief climate diplomat Karsten Sach has stressed the need for China and Germany to show joint “pragmatic” leadership in climate protection in light of new disorder in international climate diplomacy following the decision of US President Donald ...
  • Germany will reach its 2030 climate targets if it gets to work now, and will use coal for many years – economy minister

    Germany’s new economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier said that the country will reach its 2030 climate targets if it starts to work towards them without delay. Addressing a joint press conference with North Rhine-Westphalia’s (NRW) state premier Armin ...
  • Power interconnector between Germany and Sweden

    Germany and Sweden will build a 300 kilometre-long, 700 megawatt direct current power line connecting storage-rich Scandinavia with wind- and solar-powered continental Europe. “The cable improves the integration of renewable energies in the transmission ...
  • Germany’s energy transition lags behind other European countries

    Germany’s “enormously expensive Energiewende” green energy transformation is sputtering and the country is falling behind other European countries, writes Kalina Oroschakoff in an article for Politico.  Read the article in English here. For background, ...
  • Innovation dynamic remains strong in Germany’s power grids

    Despite the significant changes in Germany’s energy system, the reliability of the power grid shows that there is a strong innovation dynamic in system services, writes the German Energy Agency (dena) in a report, citing redispatch measures as an example. ...
  • Germany wastes organic waste

    Only about 20 percent of organic household waste in Germany is used to produce biogas for heating and power generation, writes Ralph Diermann in an article for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Investment needs and operating costs for the required facilities are ...
  • Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions drop slightly in 2017 – estimate

    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 (UBA) show. The data ...
  • 16 Feb 2018 |

    "Germany is a 'living lab' for the energy transition"

    16 Feb 2018 (All day) A group of energy transition researchers will present their findings on the transformation of the German energy system at the world’s largest general scientific conference organised by the American Association for the Advancement of ...
  • Germany’s battered utilities face further challenges

    Two of Germany’s largest energy companies, RWE and E.ON, will publish their balance of accounts this month – a move that is likely to highlight the difficulties the industry is still grappling with amid the country’s energy transition, news agency dpa ...
  • Maximum support rate for onshore wind raised to ensure continuous expansion

    The maximum support rate for onshore wind power installations in Germany’s renewables auctions scheme has been raised to 6.3 cents per kilowatt hour to ensure competition among bidders and a continuous expansion of the energy source, the Federal Grid ...
  • More than 1,000 offshore wind turbines in German waters

    Offshore wind power generation in German waters has passed a symbolic threshold, as the number of wind turbines exceeded 1,000 for the first time, Kai Eckert writes for energy industry magazine Energie & Management. According to figures of the Federal ...
  • Power-saving households “punished” with higher costs

    German households that reduce their power consumption are being “punished” by paying relatively more for every unit they use, energy think tank Agora Energiewende* says in a press release. "Poor or  thrifty power consumers are faring comparatively ...
  • “Massive renewables expansion” needed to supply all sectors – SPD parliamentary group

    Germany must “significantly increase” its goals for renewables expansion to supply all sectors with electricity in the future and reach its own climate targets, writes the Social Democratic parliamentary group in the Bundestag (SPD) in a new position ...
  • New environment minister “stroke of luck” for coal exit – commentary

    New environment minister Svenja Schulze might be a “stroke of luck” for Germany’s climate policy, because she could narrow the gap between the political camps regarding the country’s coal exit, writes Kurt Stukenberg, co-chief editor of Greenpeace ...
  • Energy transition from the bottom up

    The Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung has published a long article on electricity and heating prosumers (producers and consumers), written by Anna Steiner. There are currently about 1.6 million prosumers in Germany, among them households with solar ...
  • “German solar power and its struggles on the global market”

    The German solar industry needs free trade and new concepts to prevail as an important part of the energy transition, writes Ama Lorenz for EurActiv. Competition from the Asian markets has been met with antidumping regulations by the EU. This has led to ...
  • Record earnings and 20 billion euros in battery orders at VW

    German car manufacturer Volkswagen said it plans to buy battery cells and related technology worth around 20 billion euros for electric-vehicle projects in Europe and China, news agency Reuters reports. A supplier decision for North America will be taken ...
  • Greens reject coal offer tabled by conservatives, FDP in German coalition talks

    Germany’s Green Party has rejected an offer tabled by its aspiring coalition partners to reduce the country’s coal power capacity by up to 5 gigawatt (GW), news agency Reuters reports. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the pro ...
  • “Too much wind can be a problem too”

    The fact that offshore wind turbines produce more power than previously thought is good news in the long run but might currently rather lead to more problems, Jens Heitmann writes in an opinion piece for the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung. “If the ...
  • "Climate failures"

    In an opinion piece for Süddeutsche Zeitung, Michael Bauchmüller asks if Chancellor Angela Merkel can be trusted, after the parties in exploratory talks to form a new grand coalition government dropped Germany’s 2020 climate target. The outgoing coalition ...
  • New transport minister’s maiden speech a “bitter disappointment” – VCD

    Germany’s new transport minister, who did not mention climate protection and the transition to a sustainable transport system in his maiden speech to parliament, has not understood the signs of the times, according to sustainable transport association VCD ...
  • German court ruling on grid returns releases funds for investments but means higher costs for customers – reactions

    The German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) says the ruling by a German court blocking a significant decrease in grid operators' guaranteed returns will boost necessary infrastructure investments. “The  rate determined by the Federal ...
  • E.ON CEO Teyssen says German utilities have fallen far behind their international competitors

    German utilities “have fallen far behind their competitors in Europe and the US,” according to Johannes Teyssen, CEO of German utility E.ON. The companies’ meagre performance over the last decade has meant investments in research and development are lower ...
  • Diesel crisis: New German transport minister pledges “no panic, no bans”

    Germany’s new transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, has signalled that he does not plan a sharp departure from the previous government’s approach to reducing diesel engine pollution in cities, which had been sharply criticised by environmentalists as being ...
  • Macron’s CO2 tax suggestion revives German debate

    French President Emmanuel Macron’s suggestion of introducing a CO 2 tax leading to a minimum price of 25-30 euros per tonne of CO 2 is entering the debate between possible coalition partners in a new German government, writes Joachim Wille in the ...
  • Prosecutors raid Audi headquarters over diesel emissions scandal

    Prosecutors have searched the headquarters of German carmaker Audi looking for evidence of suspected manipulation of diesel exhaust gas values, news agency Reuters reports. It is the second time in a year Audi’s premises have been raided in connection ...
  • Wind power employed five times more people than coal in Germany in 2016 - report

    Germany’s wind power sector employed about five times more people than the country’s coal industry in 2016, the website strom-report.de reports. About 160,000 people worked in onshore and offshore wind power in that year, compared to roughly 31,000 in the ...
  • Audi CEO says orders suggest stabilisation of diesel sales

    Orders for new Audi cars suggest that the decline in diesel sales is coming to an end, according to company CEO Rupert Stadler. “We can see in our order book that diesel sales stabilise, and in some countries they even increase,” Stadler told Die Welt. ...
  • German utility EnBW celebrates “financial turnaround” in annual results

    Utility EnBW says it has achieved a “financial turnaround” by "increasing its operating result for the first time since 2010". CEO Frank Mastiaux called the 2017 result a “milestone in our company’s transformation.” Read the press release in ...
  • Energy minister pledges focus on power grid extension

    Germany’s new economy and energy minister Peter Altmaier has pledged to maximise focus on the extension of the country’s power grid as a priority of his work. “The Energiewende will succeed if we get ahead with the grid extension,” Altmaier told ...
  • Broad support for Energiewende goals in Germany but dissatisfaction with implementation

    A vast majority of Germans broadly support the Energiewende’s aim to decarbonise the economy but a large proportion also says that the associated burden is not shared equally, the Social Sustainability Barometer study by the Institute for Advanced ...
  • Winning bids in Germany’s third onshore wind auction average 3.8 cents/kWh

    The price for onshore wind power fell a further ten percent in Germany’s third auction for the technology to an average of 3.8 cents per kilowatt-hour. The federal grid agency (BNetzA) said the winning bids came almost exclusively from projects proposed ...
  • “Wind power industry has become energy industry powerhouse”

    Technological progress, systematic services, and efficiency have made the German wind power industry “ a powerhouse of the energy industry ”, according to Uwe Beckmeyer, state secretary in the Ministry for Economic Affairs (BMWi). In a press release ...
  • Carmakers’ CO2 emissions fraud costs Germany over ten billion euros in lost tax revenue – NGO

    The manipulation of exhaust emissions values by German carmakers has cost the German state in excess of ten billion euros in lost tax revenue, the NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH) says in a press release. “Many carmakers have misled their customers ...
  • Prosecutors raid VW headquarters over suspicion of market manipulation

    Prosecutors in Germany have raided Volkswagen’s headquarters to investigate suspicions of market manipulation by the country’s largest carmaker, Spiegel Online reports. VW has raised the prosecutors’ suspicion by issuing two differing announcements on ...
  • Nuclear power fills German ministry’s pension funds

    The German interior ministry (BMI) has invested dozens of millions of euros in funds profiting from nuclear power plants abroad, Jakob Schlandt writes in Der Tagesspiegel. Around 100 million euros are currently invested in foreign nuclear plants, ...
  • Engineers' association calls for shifting Energiewende focus to synergies

    The energy transition in Germany, the Energiewende, has so far primarily focused on the decarbonisation of the power sector, but a greater emphasis on other sectors and synergies between sectors is necessary for the successful continuation of this ...
  • Merkel says fixing diesel crisis tantamount to "squaring the circle"

    Fixing the ongoing diesel crisis ranks among the top priorities of the new German government with the goal to avoid large-scale driving bans, Chancellor Angela Merkel told parliament in her first speech of the new legislative period. “The federal ...
  • Civil society and industry call for use of federal budget to finance renewables expansion

    A broad alliance of trade unions, consumer, renewable, and industry associations has called on the future German government to use the federal budget to finance “at least parts of the Energiewende costs”. “We need a new financing system for the cost ...
  • Wind power record forecast for Sunday

    Wind generation is forecast to climb to a record on Sunday, creating more output than needed and driving electricity prices below zero, reports Jesper Starn for Bloomberg. It would be the first time this year that the average price for a whole day is ...
  • 02 Jun 2015

    In the media: Utility breaks ranks in favour of climate levy

    02 Jun 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “Bad atmosphere in the power sector” One of Germany’s four largest utilities, EnBW, has come out in favour of the government’s proposal for an additional levy on old coal-fired power stations, reports the ...
  • Combustion engine still favourite car technology in Germany

    Two-thirds of respondents in a survey in Germany say they will opt for a combustion engine in their next car, trumping alternative engines like hybrid or fully electric by far, consultancy Deloitte says in a press release. While 66 percent of respondents ...
  • 2016 turnover in energy, water and waste management industry declined 9.8 percent on 2015

    The turnover of enterprises with 20 or more persons employed in the energy, water, and waste management industries amounted to 510.1 billion euros in 2016, a decrease of 9.8 percent compared with 2015, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) said in a ...
  • Climate and environment only side issue for Germany’s new grand coalition – report

    In their third grand coalition, Germany’s governing parties CDU/CSU and SPD are showing less interest in environmental protection than ever before, Veit Medick, Ralf Neukirch, Michael Sauga and Gerald Traufetter write in Der Spiegel. The coalition ...
  • France and Germany need to coordinate their energy transition to be successful – study

    To make their national energy transition a success, France and Germany need to closely coordinate the reduction of nuclear and coal power, French and German think tanks IDDRI and Agora Energiewende* have concluded in a joint study. “If the two countries ...
  • Selected cities reject free public transportation plans to reduce air pollution

    Three cities in the German federal state of Baden-Wurttemberg that have been selected as test grounds for a possible public transport service free of charge have rejected corresponding plans by the federal government, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ...
  • 2017 will be most expensive year for power for German households

    Household electricity costs will reach a high in 2017, price comparison site Verivox has calculated. The average annual price per kilowatt-hour (kWh) will be 28.18 cents, 3 percent more than in 2016 and up from 17.81 cents in 2004. This means a family of ...
  • Germany needs Nord Stream 2 pipeline – guest commentary

    Germany needs the new Russian-German natural gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2 because ambitious climate targets make gas “an even more important energy source” and reserves in Germany and the Netherlands are decreasing, write Christian Democratic (CDU) ...
  • Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert

    Claudia Kemfert is professor of Energy Economics and Sustainability at the private Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and Head of the department of Energy, Transportation, Environment at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin) since ...
  • Prof. Dr. Diana Hehenberger-Risse

    Professor Diana Hehenberger-Risse is a researcher focusing on efficient energy systems. She works at the University of Applied Sciences Landshut. haw-landshut.de +49 8531- 914044 0 info@technologiezentrum-energie.de Researcher ...
  • BVMW- German Association of Small and Medium-sized Businesses

    The BVMW represents the interests of small and medium-sized businesses in politics, with administrative authorities, with trade unions and with major companies. It caters for all commercial branches and professions among its 270,000 member companies. www ...
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