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  • 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 ...
  • Germany and China to sign battery cell gigafactory agreement

    Germany and China will use ongoing government talks to sign an agreement for the construction of a new battery-cell gigafactory in the state of Thuringia, a spokesperson from the state's economy ministry told the Clean Energy Wire. Chinese producer ...
  • Grid operator suggests connecting German offshore wind parks to Dutch grid

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

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

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

    Environment minister Svenja Schulze’s push for e-mobility will not allow Germany to meet its 2030 emissions reduction target, Dieter Seifried writes in a commentary for Frankfurter Rundschau. That's because the electricity needed to power electric ...
  • Delayed coal power plant symbol of “energy industry arrogance” - opinion

    E.ON should have never begun building the long-delayed hard coal power plant in Datteln, because the energy transition was already in full swing at the start of construction in 2007 and coal “a phase-out model”, writes Jürgen Flauger in an opinion piece ...
  • Innogy deal: Electricity companies seek refuge in reordering

    The deal on innogy between utilities Eon and RWE is another sign of how weak the two former energy giants have become, after they failed to act in time on the shift towards a low-carbon energy supply, Jakob Schlandt writes in a commentary for daily ...
  • German central bank warns of increased competition from China in the field of electric cars

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

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

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

    Two-thirds of employees in the German lignite sector are older than 45 years (2015 data), according to a report published by the Institute for Applied Ecology (Ökoinstitut) for the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). Therefore, 63 percent of the employees ...
  • 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 ...
  • Heating costs in Germany fall due to mild winter temperatures

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

    The Social Democratic (SPD) state premier of coal-mining state Brandenburg is at the forefront of a “PR-battle” over the energy transition’s costs that usually is dominated by sceptics in the right-wing nationalist AfD party, Jörg Staude writes for ...
  • “No way around making energy more expensive to reach national climate targets” - commentary

    The new federal government has to work out a comprehensive concept to secure the German industry’s competitiveness, write Christoph Schmidt and Steffen Elstner of the Rhineland-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI Essen) in a guest commentary ...
  • “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 ...
  • Coal phase-out in heart of coal county “a decided thing”

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

    The industrialised world has created the problem of climate change and now must work to solve it, Johannes Teyssen, CEO of electric utility E.ON, writes in a guest commentary in the Handelsblatt. Mitigating global warming would not only improve the lives ...
  • Economy ministry to amend several energy laws - report

    The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is working on draft amendments to the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the Combined Heat and Power Act (CHP), and other energy laws, writes Hendrik Köstens for Tagesspiegel Background. The ...
  • 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 ...
  • EU fleet emission rules transform electric cars into cash cows for carmakers – commentary

    The new EU fleet emission limits taking effect in 2020 mean that some carmakers will in effect save more than 10,000 euros per electric car sold due to avoided penalty payments, argues car industry expert Ferdinand Dudenhöffer in a commentary for business ...
  • “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 ...
  • German government funds diesel plaintiff DUH

    Since 2010, the German government has donated around 7 million euros to NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH), which recently gained international attention over its lawsuits against German municipal administrations which opened the door to diesel ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Coal exit not needed, “counterproductive” – coal association

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

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

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

    The European Commission is taking Germany to court for its alleged failure to properly implement the Electricity and Gas Directives of the Third Energy Package, according to a Commission press release. The package, in effect since 2009, establishes the ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany reduces grid stability reserve due to German-Austrian power market split

    The winter power capacity reserve, designed to keep the grid stable in critical situations, will be reduced by one third for 2018/2019 compared to previous winters, the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) announced. The capacity of power plants in ...
  • SolarWorld files for insolvency – again

    German solar PV manufacturer SolarWorld Industries GmbH has filed for insolvency, writes Sandra Enkhardt for pv magazine. The announcement comes less than a year after SolarWorld AG filed for insolvency in May 2017. SolarWorld blames the planned phasing ...
  • EU to launch call for research projects on battery technology

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

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

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

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

    An asset swap deal between German utilities E.ON and RWE took a step forward after energy corporation innogy reached agreements with the two companies "for a fair integration process," Reuters reports. innogy will no longer be an independently ...
  • “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 ...
  • European Commissioners push for greater oversight of carmakers’ compliance with EU emission rules

    The European Commission wants to exert stricter control over how car manufacturers determine the emissions of their cars, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. EU Commissioners suspect that carmakers have found a loophole in the Commission’s targets ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • Banks increasingly align investment strategies with sustainability

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

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

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

    German energy company Uniper is the first utility to put forward ideas for an eventual phase-out of coal-fired power generation following the launch of the coal-exit commission last month, Klaus Stratmann reports in Handelsblatt. Uniper CEO Klaus Schäfer ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany under increasing pressure to cancel Nord Stream 2

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

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

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

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

    First a Chinese battery factory in Thuringia (and renewed interest of the Chinese state grid in German network operator 50Hertz), then the Nord Stream 2 controversy – Germany’s energy cooperation with the East is coming into focus, something our visiting ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • VW introduces ‘production closure days’ due to new emissions tests

    New tighter emissions tests in Germany have led the country’s biggest carmaker VW to shut down its main plant in Wolfsburg for 1-2 days per week, Reuters news agency reports. Other VW plants will also see their production volumes cut, as the new Worldwide ...
  • 02 Jul 2018 |

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

    02 Jul 2018, 16:12 “ A Reporter’s Guide to the Energiewende ” offers journalists covering energy and climate policy an overview of key stories, experts/decision-makers and facts on Germany’s landmark effort to mitigate climate change. Click on the link to ...
  • Climate change to impact wind energy generation in Europe – study

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

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

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

    Our visiting cartoonist Mwelwa Musonko (@MwelxTax) from Zambia was inspired by the fact that Germany set up a commission to decide on the phase-out of coal-fired power generation. ...
  • 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 ...
  • German wind power industry says second offshore auction confirms downward cost trend

    New zero-support bids and an average support level of 4.66 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) in Germany’s second offshore wind power auction confirm an ongoing trend in cost reduction in the sector, the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) said in a press ...
  • Grid operator says Germany must optimise offshore wind use in North Sea

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

    For a total cost of 30 million euros, the Berlin public transit operator BVG has ordered 15 electric busses from Mercedes and 15 e-busses from the Polish company Solaris, reports the Tagesspiegel. With a capacity of 70 passengers and a range of 150-250 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • Dry period’s effects on German crops: “climate change you can touch”

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

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

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

    Private households in Germany paid more than 10 billion euros in taxes and levies on power consumption to the state in 2017, the German Taxpayer Institute (DSi) of the German Taxpayers Federation (BdSt) says in an analysis seen by the Clean Energy Wire. ...
  • Siemens will partner with Chinese state investment corporation to develop large gas turbines

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

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

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

    The southern German federal state Hesse has become the third in the country to make its so-called “disadvantaged areas” available for solar fields, the German Solar Industry Association (BSW) has announced in a press release. Following in the footsteps of ...
  • 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 ...
  • No change in support for energy transition – survey

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

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

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

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

    Our visiting cartoonist Mwelwa Musonko (@MwelxTax) from Zambia is astonished by the fact that Germany’s lignite mines are clearly visible from space. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 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 & ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 11 Mar 2016

    The future of nuclear power / Low bidders for Vattenfall lignite ops?

    11 Mar 2016 (All day) Ministry for Environment “5 years after Fukushima: Nuclear power has no future” The nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima five years ago showed that atomic power was never 100 percent controllable, Germany’s environment minister Barbara ...
  • Daimler faces government ultimatum as it struggles with software update delays - report

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

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

    The Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and WWF Germany have developed a new online platform that assesses the climate impact of financial regulations in Germany and the EU. The Finance Fit for Paris tracker reviews laws and current measures to ...
  • 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 ...
  • Closing 2020 climate gap increasingly difficult, says German environment minister

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

    Low river levels have forced barge operators to reduce the volume of coal loaded onto vessels earmarked for Germany, potentially limiting seaborne import demand, Laurence Walker writes in Montel. Barges are currently loading at around 60 percent of ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Auto industry’s investments in electric vehicles squeeze profits – commentary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    We are welcoming Mwelwa Musonko (@MwelxTax) as our visiting cartoonist at CLEW. Mwelwa is a Zambian comic book artist and founder of Foresight Comics who is in Germany for the summer after winning the Horst-Köhler-Journalism-Grant of the International ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany remains country of automobiles – commentary

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

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

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

    According to consultancy Aurora Energy Research ’s May 2018 “German Plant Performance Summary”, the average load factors for thermal generation have declined for the third month in a row. In May 2018, renewable generation was 14 percent higher compared to ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Climate pioneer no more” - opinion

    The European Union agreeing on a more ambitious renewables target than the German government had pushed for shows that the Energiewende country is increasingly struggling when it comes to climate protection, writes Thorsten Knuf in an opinion piece in ...
  • Government crisis halts Germany’s energy policy

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

    The net output of renewable energy sources in Germany’s power mix has reached a new record share in the first half of 2018, the website Energy Charts run by research institute Fraunhofer ISE says. With a net generation of 113 terawatt hours (TWh) between ...
  • 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 ...
  • Hyundai teams up with Volkswagen's Audi to boost hydrogen cars

    South Korean carmaker Hyundai has agreed a deal with Volkswagen Group’s Audi to collaborate on hydrogen car technology, hoping to boost an energy segment that has lagged behind battery electric vehicles, news agency Reuters reports. “The fuel cell is the ...
  • Germany’s raw material needs for energy transition could exceed supply by 2035

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

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

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

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

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

    The German federal parliament has adopted legislation to allow for energy companies that had invested in nuclear power plants to receive compensation worth millions of euros, Die Welt reports. In the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the German ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Critical reception for government plans to cut power sector emissions

    26 Nov 2014 (All day) The German government looks set to approve plans to force the power sector to reduce carbon emissions by an additional 22 million tons by 2020. Environmentalists worry the plans don't go far enough and are calling for more coal ...
  • Tenant electricity law for solar power ineffective – industry

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

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

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

    The German Green Party fears that the government could cancel two special auctions for wind and solar power projects that the governing CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) promised in its coalition treaty, the German Federal Parliament says in ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • Outsourcing of German coal question to commission is “coward energy policy” – opinion

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

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

    The German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is likely to have already met its 2020 emissions reduction target of 25 percent compared to 1990 levels, the state’s environment agency (LANUV) says in a press release. Almost one third of Germany’s ...
  • “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 ...
  • Minister set to ease climate levy burden on old coal plants- draft proposal

    19 May 2015 (All day) UPDATE: Angela Merkel weighs into the dispute about the proposed climate levy on old fossil-fuelled power stations and summons ministers to the chancellery on Wednesday. The climate levy could be reduced and special rules applied to ...
  • 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 ...
  • Climate economist and co-chair of coal commission says 2030 climate targets define group’s duty

    The 2030 emissions reduction target defines the duty and objectives of the commission tasked with planning Germany’s coal exit, climate economist Barbara Praetorius said in an interview with Der Tagesspiegel. “The 2030 climate targets are set, they ...
  • Utility E.ON completes sale of fossil power spin-off Uniper to Finland’s Fortum

    German utility E.ON has finalised the sale of its fossil power spin-off Uniper to Finnish energy company Fortum, E.ON has said in a press release. Company CEO Johannes Teyssen said the sale marks the end of a chapter in E.ON's history. “We wish ...
  • German environment and economy ministers disagree on EU car emission reduction targets

    As the European Union is preparing to introduce new rules that will limit CO 2 emissions from cars and vans between 2021 and 2030, environment minister Svenja Schulze has called for these limits to be strict. “The transport sector is our problem child,” ...
  • 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 ...
  • In German coal-producing areas, Gigafactories could provide new source of employment

    The federal government wants to soften the blow of phasing out coal by investing in large battery factories, or Gigafactories, according to an article in Die Welt. In coal-mining areas around the country, these manufacturing facilities could provide a new ...
  • Scepticism over achieving climate goals casts shadow over coal commission’s first meeting

    As Germany’s coal commission prepares to convene for the first time on Tuesday, environmental groups are criticising the government’s slow action on combatting climate change, writes Malte Kreutzfeldt in the taz. Organised by environmental groups like ...
  • 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 ...
  • 08 Jun 2015

    In the media: Gabriel prepared to sacrifice coal levy

    08 Jun 2015 (All day) Der Spiegel “Sigmar Gabriel prepared to sacrifice climate levy” Economy and energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel is about to let go of his proposed climate levy for old coal-fired power stations, Der Spiegel reports. According to the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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), ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • "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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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. ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 13 May 2015

    In the media: "Missed chance" at energy G7; No money left for nuclear clean-up?

    13 May 2015 (All day) ARD tagesschau.de “The German energy transformation is impressive” Ernest Moniz, the United States Secretary of Energy, has praised Germany’s development of renewables but said the US were not planning such an energy transition. In ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 09 Oct 2015

    In the media: Nuclear "a total fiasco", companies want grid extensions

    09 Oct 2015 (All day) Handelsblatt “Nuclear Energy? Never Again!” The history of nuclear energy in Germany is a total fiasco, write Jürgen Flauger and Klaus Stratmann in a “closing balance sheet” in business daily Handelsblatt. The technology is too risky ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 18 Jun 2015

    In the media: Insurer pours fresh millions into wind and solar

    18 Jun 2015 (All day) REN21 "Renewables 2015: Global Status Report" Paris-based non-profit group REN21 has published its annual report on the global status of renewable energy around the world. The 250-page report underscores the growing role of ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 07 Mar 2016

    More e-cars on German roads / Is RWE dividend cut a political move?

    07 Mar 2016 (All day) Federal Motor Transport Authority Number of e-cars on German roads rises to 25,502 The number of pure electric vehicles on German roads rose to 25,502 at the beginning of the year, an increase of 35 percent compared to early 2014, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 06 Jan 2016

    Government plans new incentives for e-cars

    06 Jan 2016 (All day) Rheinische Post “Grand coalition plans buyers’ incentives for electric cars” The German government plans to introduce new incentives for e-cars, transport minister Alexander Dobrindt told the Rheinische Post. “A working group ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 06 Oct 2015

    In the media: German funding for Indian solar projects

    06 Oct 2015 (All day) Bloomberg/The Economic Times/Environment Ministry “Merkel pledges 1 billion euros to fund Indian solar projects” During Chancellor Angela Merkel’s state visit to India, Germany pledged investment of more than one billion euros in ...
  • 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, ...
  • “Special national targets for climate protection are counterproductive”

    Special national targets for climate protection are “counterproductive” and should be abolished, writes the Economic Council of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in a concept paper on the EU energy market. The EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) should ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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). ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Reactions to European Parliament committee vote on ETS reform

    24 Feb 2015 (All day) A vote in the European Parliament on the reform of the EU's emissions trading system has prompted applause by some and disappointment from others. The Clean Energy Wire has compiled some of the reactions out of Germany to the ...
  • 22 Dec 2016 |
    G20

    Preview2017- "The debate on energy transition costs will intensify"

    22 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 ...
  • 24 Jul 2015

    In the media: "Prisoners of the atom”

    24 Jul 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “Prisoners of the atom” The share of nuclear power in France’s power generation is to be reduced from 75 percent today to 50 percent in 2025. But it’s wrong to think that the new French energy transition law in ...
  • 16 Dec 2015

    Wind power gets cheaper / Electricity consumption up

    16 Dec 2015 (All day) VDMA / BWE Costs for wind power reduced Power from wind turbines in 2016/2017 will be 12 percent cheaper than in 2012/2013, according to a study commissioned by the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) and the German Wind Energy ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • “The Renewable Energy Act has to go”

    The Renewable Energy Act (EEG) should be ditched and replaced by a carbon tax, writes Dieter Dürand in an opinion piece in WirtschaftsWoche. “It is time for a clear cut: get rid of the EEG. In its place could be a simple tax on CO 2,” writes Dürand. “This ...
  • 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 ...
  • 17 Mar 2016

    2015 emissions rise / An international view of the energy transition

    17 Mar 2016 (All day) Federal Environment Agency (UBA) Emissions data 2015 – 6 million tonnes more CO2 2015 has seen a slight increase in greenhouse gas emissions, the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) reports. According to its estimates, emissions (CO2 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • New energy minister seen keeping Energiewende course till elections

    25 Jan 2017 (All day) Germany’s energy policy will see little change as former justice minister Brigitte Zypries replaces Sigmar Gabriel as economy and energy minister this week, according to policy experts. Gabriel’s Social Democratic party colleague ...
  • E-mobility for aircraft ground services

    Stuttgart Airport initiated a field test to research the possibilities of e-mobility for aircraft ground services, together with the Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut). The project, financed by the federal environment ministry (BMUB), focuses on ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • Reactions to government decision to adopt alternative to coal levy

    02 Jul 2015 (All day) The German government finally buried plans for a levy on old coal-fired power plants. Instead, Chancellor Angela Merkel, energy minister Sigmar Gabriel and leading politicians from the ruling coalition adopted a union proposal to pay ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 02 Mar 2015

    In the media: Vattenfall's new coal plant goes online

    02 Mar 2015 (All day) Spiegel Online “Vattenfall connects coal-fired power plant Moorburg to the grid” After trial runs lasting over a year, the controversial coal-fired Moorburg power plant in Hamburg has begun commercial operation, according to a report ...
  • 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 ...
  • 23 Jul 2015

    In the media: Energiewende à la Hollande

    23 Jul 2015 (All day) tagesschau.de “More eco and a little less nuclear” Many German media are reporting about France’s new energy transition law, passed on Wednesday. The law says energy usage must be halved by 2050 and nuclear’s share of electricity ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • “Wind park without support enrages Green industry”

    German utility EnBW denied allegations by Germany's Wind Energy Association (BWE) that its zero-support offshore wind bid was “risk-oriented” and only possible because EnBW was largely state-owned, writes Daniel Wetzel in Die Welt. The allegations ...
  • 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 ...
  • Uniper announces closure of modern gas plant Irsching once again

    German energy company Uniper, together with three other co-owners of gas-fired power stations Irsching 4 and 5, has announced plans to decommission the “ultra-efficient and modern” plants for the second time in two years. In a joint press release, plant ...
  • 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 ...
  • “How EU can limit coal’s life for the cost of a pint of beer”

    Retiring most of Europe’s dirtiest power plants is cheaper than most people think, report Mathew Carr, Tino Andresen, and Brian Parkin for Bloomberg. A price floor of 30 euros per tonne of CO 2- six times the current price- would cost each European ...
  • 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 ...
  • 03 Dec 2015

    Wind powers to new record / The utilities' "green power meltdown"

    03 Dec 2015 (All day) Energy Transition/Fraunhofer ISE “Wind power #1 electricity source in November” Stormy weather pushed Germany’s wind power production to a new record in November, covering a full quarter of domestic demand. It makes it the most ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • Energy Union package before the end of the year

    European Union Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič hopes to be able to present the planned package with proposals to change the EU’s energy and climate regulations before the end of the year. The comprehensive energy union package would include ...
  • 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 ...
  • “20 lost years”

    The EU’s proposed emissions trading system (ETS) reform spells 20 lost years for climate protection, Michael Bauchmüller writes in an opinion piece for Süddeutsche Zeitung. According to the proposal, certificates would be put in a “reserve” from 2019 and ...
  • 07 Aug 2015

    In the media: New offshore planning solutions

    07 Aug 2015 (All day) WirtschaftsWoche “Good solution for new energy” The German state could become responsible for offshore scoping and measuring activities if future wind parks in the sea are paid via a tender system, writes Christian Schlesiger in the ...
  • 13 Apr 2016

    Phasing out conventional cars / A 'close call for RWE'

    13 Apr 2016 (All day) Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) State secretary Baake says Germany must stop registering fossil fuel vehicles by 2030 At a panel discussion Tuesday, state secretary for energy Rainer Baake said Germany’s ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • "Germany wrestles with brown coal headache"

    Low carbon prices within the EU have helped coal power plants remain competitive, and put German emissions targets in danger, writes Angela Macdonald-Smith for Australian Financial Times. The “political argy-bargy” surrounding the approval of the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Municipal utilities: winners or losers of the Energiewende?”

    The changes brought about in Germany’s energy supply structure by the Energiewende pose a great threat to the country’s municipal utilities, Thomas Brucker writes in a study for the SPD-associated Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES). Regional energy ...
  • 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 ...
  • 17 Nov 2016 |

    Vote2017- Hofreiter: “We have to deliver on the Paris targets”

    17 Nov 2016 (All day) Germans will elect a new federal government in autumn 2017. Security, economic stability and refugees are likely to dominate election campaigns, but keeping the Energiewende on a steady course and fulfilling Germany’s international ...
  • 03 Jul 2015

    In the media: Criticism of cost of deal to retire some coal plants

    03 Jul 2015 (All day) Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy State secretary Baake: power market 2.0 guarantees supply security Germany’s economy and energy ministry is proposing a reform of the power market based on an energy only market in its white ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Diesel: written off prematurely?“

    The diesel engine could remain the most economic option for many drivers if the car industry manages to get clean diesel cars to the market at affordable prices, Eric Heymann writes in a note for Deutsche Bank Research. The industry must regain trust and ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “A Philippine ‘Energiewende’”

    Like many countries around the world, the Philippines could benefit from adopting certain German Energiewende policies, Laurence Delina writes in a commentary on inquirer.net. “Germany is obviously politically, economically and socially different” from ...
  • 29 Apr 2015

    In the media: Reactions to E.ON split; first solar tender results

    29 Apr 2015 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “Residual Risk” There are worrying parallels between the current E.ON split into two separate companies and the finance industry’s spinning off of risky assets into bad banks in the aftermath of the financial ...
  • 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 ...
  • German companies call for investments in transmission grids

    Germany should use its public budget surplus for preventative investments in transmission grids, transportation infrastructure and other areas, the Federation of German Industries (BDI) writes in a press release. Investments that could “prepare for hard ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Action plan without action”

    The proposal for a G20 energy and climate action plan, prepared for the summit in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July, remains vague and lacks ambition- and might yet be stopped completely by the United States, the tageszeitung (taz) newspaper writes. The 13-page ...
  • “Tenant electricity support brings Energiewende to the inner cities”

    The federal cabinet’s approval of a bill for supporting tenant electricity models in Germany will “make tenants directly participate at energy transition”, economy minister Brigitte Zypries said in a press release by the Federal Ministry for Economic ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “EU power emissions fell by 4.5 percent in 2016”

    Due to a huge switch from coal to gas power generation, EU power emissions fell 4.5 percent last year, according to an analysis by energy think tanks Sandbag and Agora Energiewende*. “Year-on-year, coal generation across Europe fell by 12 percent, whilst ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Energiewende? No, but…Germany’s example resonates“

    Germany’s Energiewende might not be an export hit but it helps other countries questioning their own energy policy, Giorgio V. Müller writes in Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ). According to  figures from the World Energy Council, a majority of ...
  • 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 ...
  • “State budget less sustainable than ever”

    The fraction of Germany’s budget generated by taxing economic activities harmful to the environment and the climate is declining, according to calculations by NGO Green Budget Germany (FÖS). Just 4.3 percent of the public budget- less than the EU-average ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 16 Jan 2015

    In the media: Offshore wind milestone, charging e-mobility, Vattenfall's coal plans

    16 Jan 2015 (All day) Business Green "Germany breezes past 1GW offshore wind milestone" Germany's renewables industry is celebrating another milestone this week, as an industry-backed report confirmed that the country's offshore wind ...
  • “Seizing the initiative to create better cleantech policies in Germany”

    A group of green startups and other organisations including CleanTechnica and Berlin-based green energy quarterly The Beam, is calling for German politicians in talks to form the next federal government to look at measures to boost green business in ...
  • 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 ...
  • VZBV- Federation of German Consumer Organisations

    The VZBV is an umbrella group for 41 German consumer associations. One of its main objectives is to “improve transparency regarding production, characteristics and quality of goods and services”. The group campaigns at national and European levels. ...
  • Association of Energy Consumers

    The Association of Energy Consumers is a non-profit, politically independent consumer interest organisation with over 13,000 members, mostly energy consumers, i.e. households and small businesses. It represents consumers on issues like creating a ...
  • EWI Research & Scenarios

    EWI Energy Research & Scenarios conducts practical research on energy markets to support organisations and political institutions. They are looking to combine the scientific know-how of EWI with the hands-on knowledge of the energy sector. They also ...
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