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  • Merkel says fixing diesel crisis tantamount to "squaring the circle"

    Fixing the ongoing diesel crisis ranks among the top priorities of the new German government with the goal to avoid large-scale driving bans, Chancellor Angela Merkel told parliament in her first speech of the new legislative period. “The federal ...
  • Combustion engine still favourite car technology in Germany

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

    The turnover of enterprises with 20 or more persons employed in the energy, water, and waste management industries amounted to 510.1 billion euros in 2016, a decrease of 9.8 percent compared with 2015, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) said in a ...
  • 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 ...
  • Success of renewables takes Siemens by surprise

    Germany’s industrial heavyweight Siemens did not anticipate the rapid decline in renewable energy prices, particularly solar photovoltaic (PV) power, and consequently it had to implement significant layoffs in its conventional energy branch to compensate ...
  • 14 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- Day 9: Technical talks approach end/ Germany Fossil of the Day

    14 Nov 2017 Technical negotiations at COP23 in Bonn are approaching the final stage; it's important that they will be open to amendments throughout 2018, says German negotiator / Ministers arriving in Bonn will focus on finance, loss and damage / ...
  • Climate and environment only side issue for Germany’s new grand coalition – report

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

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

    Three cities in the German federal state of Baden-Wurttemberg that have been selected as test grounds for a possible public transport service free of charge have rejected corresponding plans by the federal government, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ...
  • Germany needs Nord Stream 2 pipeline – guest commentary

    Germany needs the new Russian-German natural gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2 because ambitious climate targets make gas “an even more important energy source” and reserves in Germany and the Netherlands are decreasing, write Christian Democratic (CDU) ...
  • State of Hesse hires comedians to advertise Energiewende to young people

    The German federal state Hesse, led by a coalition of the conservative CDU and the Green Party, has hired the comedian duo Badesalz to advertise the energy transition to young people, news agency dpa reports in an article carried by Frankfurter Rundschau. ...
  • “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 ...
  • Trade union boss says coal exit is a symbolic “legend”

    In an interview with German public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk, Michael Vassiliadis, head of IG BCE, the German trade union for mining, chemicals and energy industries, says the Green Party’s insistence on a coal exit in the ongoing coalition talks is ...
  • Free e-car charging points coupled with power contract

    German renewable power company sonnen has said it will offer e-car charging infrastructure free of charge with flat rate electricity contracts to customers switching to the provider, reports Henning Peitsmeier in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “We ...
  • 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 ...
  • 18 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- Day 12: Germany positive on results from Bonn

    18 Nov 2017 (All day) Bonn had delivered what was necessary to be on schedule for the decisions needed at COP24 in Katowice, the Germany delegation said / Negotiations finished in the early hours of 18 November / Last contentious issues still debated ...
  • Germany’s lead in energy transition comes at a cost to its neighbours – report

    Germany’s experiences with its energy transition have made the country a global leader in the shift from fossil fuels to renewables, but many of its neighbours are not satisfied with the way Europe’s biggest economy exercises this leadership, business ...
  • German state Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania proposes real estate tax for renewables

    The state parliament in the northern German wind-power state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (MWP) has proposed a real estate tax for renewable energy installations that should be introduced across the entire country, Frank Pubantz writes in the Ostsee ...
  • E.ON’s innogy takeover bid to compete with telecom heavyweights – analysis

    The unexpected deal between Germany’s two largest utilities E.ON and RWE to divide RWE’s spin-off innogy between them and focus on two different fields of the energy industry in the future is more than a mere reshuffling of Germany’s power market, Angela ...
  • Germany can’t make progress on climate protection without coal exit – Greenpeace commentary

    The stagnation in Germany’s CO 2 emissions in 2017 suggested by AGEB data implies that Germany has lost another year in the fight against climate change, according to Greenpeace. “The disastrous record underlines what has been evident for so long: Without ...
  • “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 ...
  • RWE is looking to make billions in profits this year

    German energy utility RWE earned profits of 2.2 billion euros in the first nine months of 2017, the company announced. After record losses of 5.7 billion euros in the full year 2016, the company profited from higher prices in energy trade, and from a ...
  • Germany’s green energy account surplus growing again

    The surplus on Germany’s green energy account started to grow again in October, and at 3.4 billion euros it far exceeds last year’s October surplus of 1.9 billion euros, reports Sandra Enkhardt for pv magazine. At the same time, German wind and solar ...
  • Blue badge with transition period for older diesel vehicles as clean air solution – db research

    The conflict between citizens’ right to clean air and car owners' right to protection from depreciation on diesel vehicles could be solved by introducing a “blue badge” with a transition period for older cars, Eric Heymann, analyst at Deutsche Bank ...
  • Coal exit already happening step-by-step – Leag head

    Germany’s coal exit is “already happening, step-by-step”, but the country still needs coal power plants, Helmar Rendez, head of Lusatian energy company Leag, told Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung in an interview. “Anyone calling for the immediate shutdown of ...
  • Germany leads in newly installed European wind power capacity 2017

    Germany installed the most wind power capacity in Europe in 2017, with 42 percent of the total EU installations, writes industry association Wind Europe in its annual report. The country installed 6.6 gigawatt, followed by the UK with 4.3 gigawatt and ...
  • Tesla outsells German carmakers in luxury segment in Europe for first time

    US carmaker Tesla has outstripped Germany’s premium carmakers in sales of luxury cars in Europe for the first time, Nick Gibbs writes in Automotive News Europe. “Tesla's Model S outsold the luxury flagships of Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi,” Gibbs ...
  • Germany’s energy transition requires grid expansion, even with decentralised solutions – study

    A study by the Öko-Institut for the Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI) and Germanwatch says Germany has little chance of generating electricity close enough to consumers to make planned grid expansion unnecessary. In a meta-study comparing the conclusions ...
  • Jochen Flasbarth to remain state secretary in the environment ministry

    Incoming environment minister Svenja Schulze will keep Jochen Flasbarth on as state secretary, Flasbarth confirmed to the tageszeitung (taz). The 55-year old Social Democrat is “central to German environment policy”, well-connected in the EU and UN, and ...
  • German Flixbus tests world’s first electric long-haul bus route in France

    Europe’s largest coach service, Flixbus, will use fully electric buses on the 150-kilometre route between Paris and Amiens, the company said in a press release. Flixbus says this will be the world’s first trial of e-buses on a long-haul route. “At the ...
  • Merkel re-elected as German chancellor

    The German federal parliament, the Bundestag, has elected Chancellor Angela Merkel to a fourth term in office. Merkel, who will head a renewed grand coalition between her conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democratic Party (SPD), was elected ...
  • Germany remains diesel country

    The market share of newly registered cars fitted with diesel engines  in Germany may have dropped sharply because the technology’s reputation is seriously tarnished, but diesel fuel sales rose to a record high this year, report Max Hägler and Jan ...
  • Warnings against e-car raw material scarcity exaggerated – think tank

    German industry association BDI’s warning that the country lacks sufficient access to the raw materials needed for large-scale production of electric cars are exaggerated, think tank Agora Verkehrswende * says. Think tank head Christian Hochfeld told the ...
  • 27 Oct 2017

    Coalition talks on climate goals, energy policy "heated"- negotiator

    27 Oct 2017 (All day) As expected, Germany’s future energy and climate policy has emerged as the main stumbling block in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s effort to form a government coalition of her conservatives, the Free Democrats, and the Green Party. Talks ...
  • Nord Stream 2 financial investors say discussion about pipeline project “superficial, emotion-driven”

    Europe’s reliance on natural gas imports- as a “partner for renewables” – is growing, and the contentious Russian-German Nord Stream 2 pipeline project is needed to supply the continent with gas cheaper than the liquefied natural gas (LNG) imported from ...
  • E.ON and RWE just killed the utility as we know it - opinion

    The deal to split innogy between E.ON and RWE so each can focus on a different area of the electricity market value chain could herald the end of the traditional model in which utilities offer everything from power production to supply, Chris Bryant ...
  • Government partners sign coalition treaty

    Acting German Chancellor and Christian Democrat (CDU) Angela Merkel and the leaders of her future coalition government partners the Christian Social Union (CSU) and Social Democratic Party (SPD) have signed the coalition treaty for the coming legislative ...
  • Climate policy in the coalition treaty: Three steps forward, four steps back

    The German government's coalition agreement is a major missed opportunity to realign German climate policy with the Paris Agreement, Niklas Höhne writes in a blog for the New Climate Institute, translated to English for Climate Home. In scrapping the ...
  • Record renewable power use in 50Hertz control area

    Over half of the power consumed within transmission grid operator 50Hertz’s control area last year (53.4 percent) was generated from renewables, the company says in a press release presenting its 2017 balance sheet. “We are proud that with this record ...
  • First German university rules out fossil sector investments

    The University of Münster is the first German university to rule out investments in the coal, gas and oil sectors, the divestment initiative Fossil Free Münster says in a press release. “This decision makes the University of Münster a role model of ...
  • RWE & E.ON CEOs say deal will help energy transition

    A deal to split German renewables company innogy and exchange large parts of their assets will help both E.ON and RWE better contribute to the success of energy transition, the companies said at a joint press conference. “With this realignment, we are ...
  • German unemployment benefit too low to cover power costs

    Unemployment benefits in Germany are insufficient to cover average power costs, price comparison website Check 24 says in a press release. People receiving Germany's “HartzIV” benefits pay on average 158 euros more for electricity than budgeted for ...
  • “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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany should buy emissions allowances instead of shutting down coal plants – Op-ed

    Instead of phasing out the 20 dirtiest coal power plants, the German government should buy and retire EU emissions allowances, writes Friedrich Breyer, professor for economy and social policy at the University of Konstanz in an op-ed in the Süddeutsche ...
  • And the loser is: innogy – opinion

    While it could be years before the possible “surprising reorganisation” of Germany’s energy market can be fully assessed, innogy is “clearly” the deal’s loser, Jürgen Flauger writes in an opinion piece for Handelsblatt. “The company will be broken up, ...
  • A new order in the German energy industry

    If the extensive deal between E.ON and RWE goes through, “old rivals" will "become partners under the pressure of the energy transition” and create “a new order in the German energy industry” by organising a clear “division of labour”, Helmut ...
  • Germany lost 1.2 billion euros in motor vehicle taxes due to false emissions ratings - report

    The divergence between type-approval and real-world emission values cost Germany 1.2 billion euros in lost motor vehicle tax revenues in 2016, according to a report by the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament. This corresponds to 13 percent of the ...
  • RWE eyes EnBW’s coal and natural gas plants – report

    On the sidelines of its surprising and far-reaching deal with competitor E.ON, German utility RWE is mulling another major transaction- the purchase of utility EnBW's coal and gas plants, Jürgen Flauger writes for Handelsblatt. RWE CEO Rolf Martin ...
  • Deal between utilities E.ON and RWE set to reshuffle German energy market

    German energy companies RWE and E.ON have agreed to a deal in which E.ON will buy RWE's green power subsidiary innogy and the two utilities will exchange large parts of their assets to focus their activities. The deal would drastically reshape ...
  • No stone left unturned – opinion

    If and when the RWE-E.ON deal is approved by cartel authorities and the companies, the restructuring of Germany’s energy sector will be far from complete, writes Thorsten Knuf in an opinion piece for Berliner Zeitung. “It’s only a matter of time before ...
  • 20 Nov 2017 |

    German coalition talks collapse despite progress on climate and energy

    20 Nov 2017 After almost five weeks of deliberations, the pro-business Free Democratic Party has pulled the plug on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s efforts to form a coalition government made up of her conservative CDU/CSU alliance, the Greens and the FDP. ...
  • EEG surcharge to decrease slightly in 2018 – renewables organisation

    For 2018, the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) projects a slight decrease in the country’s levy to finance renewables expansion, the organisation says in a press release. The Renewable Energy Act (EEG) surcharge will drop to about 6.71 euro cents ...
  • Germany’s oil imports grow by over 10 percent

    Germany imported 10.2 percent more oil products between January and September 2017 than in the same period last year, the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (Bafa) says in a press release. Oil product imports stood at 32.3 million ...
  • Vattenfall generates annual profit for first time in five years

    Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall posted a pretax profit in 2017 despite sluggish electricity demand, helped in part by new wind power capacity, writes news agency Reuters. Vattenfall started operation of two new wind parks in 2017, one of them the ...
  • German universities to develop autonomous car

    Seven German universities have teamed up to develop an autonomous e-car, competing with automakers and tech giants such as Google and Apple, reports Spiegel Online. RWTH Aachen University – which already developed the successful Streetscooter delivery van ...
  • We need a dialogue for the transport transition – opinion

    The current passionate discussions about diesel cars, air quality and driving bans should be used to kick-start a wide mobility transition dialogue between politicians, the car industry, citizens and environmentalists, writes Martin Gropp in an opinion ...
  • Svenja Schulze to become Germany’s next environment minister

    Germany’s new minister for the environment and nuclear safety will be Svenja Schulze from the Social Democratic Party (SPD). The 49-year old, from the country’s most populous state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), will be “an excellent minister” who supports ...
  • Germany’s shift to green power stalls, despite huge investments

    Supporters of Germany’s move to decarbonise its economy say the country is in danger of falling behind rivals like China and the United States in the fast-growing business of developing and exporting clean-energy technologies, Stanley Reed writes for the ...
  • Energy transition and climate among SPD’s 11 topics for grand coalition talks

    The Social Democrats (SPD) have compiled a list of 11 topics to be addressed during talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives on renewing a grand coalition of Germany’s two largest political camps. Talking point number 11 is entitled “For ...
  • Carmakers so far retrofitted software of 2.5 million manipulated cars in Germany

    Germany’s carmakers have retrofitted the software of about 2.5 million out of a total of 5.3 million diesel cars eligible for a retrofitting to lower their emissions, Handelsblatt reports. The country’s largest carmaker, Volkswagen, has carried out over ...
  • Nitrogen dioxide emissions “significant burden” on human health - study

    Nitrogen dioxide (NO 2) concentration in Germany’s air is a “significant burden” on human health, and statistically led to about 6,000 premature deaths from cardiovascular diseases in 2014, down from about 8,000 in 2010, writes the Federal Environment ...
  • Cross-border dispute on the Balkans puts focus on European power network’s vulnerability

    A dispute between the two south-eastern European states Serbia and Kosovo is said to be responsible for a voltage drop in the European power grid, which has caused many electronic clocks on the continent to run slow, Norbert Lossau writes in Die Welt. ...
  • German utility Uniper incurs net loss of 538 million euros, raises dividend proposal

    German utility Uniper incurred a net loss of 538 million euros in 2017, down from a loss of 3.2 billion euros in the year before, the company said in a press release. The fossil spin-off of utility E.ON, which was partly sold to Finnish company Fortum, ...
  • Almost half of all energy industry jobs in Germany depend on renewables

    Nearly 50 percent of the almost 690,000 jobs in Germany’s energy industry depend on renewable energy sources, Hinrich Neumann writes on website Top Agrar. According to a study by energy consultancy GWS Research, almost 340,000 people were employed in the ...
  • Geothermal power will become most important heat source in Germany – researcher

    Heat generated from geothermal sources will become Germany’s primary source for district heating, geo scientist Ernst Huenges says in an interview with the Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten. “There are almost no alternatives from other regenerative sources”, ...
  • Environment minister Hendricks will not be part of next government

    Germany’s environment minister Barbara Hendricks will leave her position once the country’s new government starts its work, Eva Quadbeck writes in the Rheinische Post. “I will not be part of the new federal government,” Hendricks told the newspaper, ...
  • Environmental NGO calls for banning dirty cruise ships from German harbours

    German environmental NGO NABU says the boom in cruise ship tourism warrants a better control of the ships’ emissions and calls for a ban of “especially dirty cruise ships” in German harbours to reduce air pollution. In a press release, NABU head Leif ...
  • EU transport commissioner Bulc says dynamic city toll system could prevent driving bans

    The EU Commissioner for transport, Violeta Bulc, says a dynamic toll system for inner cities could allow emission levels to be regulated and make driving bans for polluting diesel cars unnecessary. In an interview with the Frankfurter Rundschau, Bulc says ...
  • VW head Müller says diesel will have a “renaissance” soon

    Diesel engines will have “ a renaissance in the foreseeable future ” and shed its currently-tarnished image as a particularly polluting technology, VW head Michael Müller said at the important trade fair Geneva International Motor Show, the Frankfurter ...
  • Chancellery official Horstmann could replace Baake as state secretary for energy

    The energy policy official of the German Chancellery, Winfried Horstmann, will likely succeed Rainer Baake as state secretary for energy in the economy ministry, the Rheinische Post reports. Horstmann is said to be “a capable civil servant who is unlikely ...
  • Germany starts second tender in 2018 for onshore wind power

    Germany’s Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has started the second auction for onshore wind power in 2018. The tendered volume is about 670 megawatt and bids can be submitted until 1 May, the BNetzA says in a press release. The maximum support level is 6.3 ...
  • German homeowners want to use solar power to charge e-cars – survey

    Most homeowners in Germany who consider buying an electric car want to charge it with power generated by a solar PV system mounted on their roof, Renewable Energy Magazine reports, based on a survey by EuPD Research. “A clear majority believes it is the ...
  • Hotels and restaurants provide e-car charging infrastructure in lieu of the state

    The lack of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles is one of the main reasons why Germany’s initial goal to put one million e-cars on the road by 2020 will fail by a very wide margin, Dominik Reintjes writes on Spiegel Online. This problem “can at ...
  • German Chancellery favours buyers‘ premium over diesel retrofitting

    The German Chancellery and the transport ministry favour providing incentives to buy new and cleaner cars over retrofitting older diesel cars to comply with emissions limits in inner cities, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. According to sources ...
  • Germany's EnBW expands to Taiwan in renewable expansion push

    German utility EnBW acquired a 37.5 percent stake in each of three offshore wind projects in Taiwan with a potential total volume of approximately 2,000 megawatt, marking the first such investment outside Europe in the group’s renewables expansion, ...
  • Diesel hardware retrofitting “unnecessary” – engine researcher

    A software update for manipulated diesel cars in Germany will reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 25 to 30 percent on average, making a mechanical retrofitting of affected cars unnecessary, says engine researcher Thomas Koch in an interview with Zeit ...
  • Federal Environment Agency says blue badges are “pragmatic” driving ban solution

    Diesel cars in Germany need different kinds of badges to assist authorities in identifying which ones are affected by possible driving bans in inner cities, Maria Krautzberger, head of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA), says in an interview with the ...
  • Combination of renewable sources can stabilise weather-related power production

    The combined used of onshore and offshore wind power, solar power and a European power network can significantly can stabilise weather-related power production during periods of little wind and sunshine, Germany’s National Meteorological Service (DWD) ...
  • VW steps up production of e-Golf due to high demand

    Carmaker VW will significantly step up the production of the electric version of its trademark Golf model at its e-car factory in Dresden due to a growing demand, the company says in a press release. Germany’s largest carmaker will increase production in ...
  • Cultural changes brought about by Energiewende require debate – report

    Many people in Germany support the energy transition in principle but refuse to accept a wind turbine or other visual changes brought about by the Energiewende in their neighbourhood, Ralph Diermann writes in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Is this a typical ...
  • Small businesses fear impact of Germany’s looming diesel driving bans

    The possible diesel driving ban in Germany’s inner cities poses a major threat to many small and medium-sized businesses that use cars with the contested engine technology in their everyday work, Georg Berger writes on Welt Online. “If there was a driving ...
  • Foreign Minister says Germany needs “business-friendly climate protection”

    Germany needs to demonstrate that “climate protection and economic success are not mutually exclusive,” social democratic Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told weekly newspaper Bild am Sonntag. According to a Spiegel Online article citing the interview, ...
  • State aid: Commission approves renewables levy exemptions for certain self-suppliers of electricity in Germany

    The European Commission has endorsed German exemptions from the renewables levy (EEG surcharge) for all existing self-suppliers of electricity (i.e. those that entered into operation before August 2014), as well as for new self-suppliers using renewable ...
  • Mining labour union head says Germany’s 2020 climate goals should be “stretched”

    Germany should aim to achieve its 2020 emissions reduction goals at some point in the 2020s instead of “new year’s eve 2020”, Michael Vassiliadis, head of mining labour union IG BCE, has said at a union conference in Berlin. “It’s not a sin to stretch the ...
  • Need to focus on long-term goals – energy transition expert

    Germany’s politicians should focus less on the 2020 greenhouse gas reductions target and more on the long-term goals, especially in the heating and transport sectors, economist Andreas Löschel, who heads the advisory board authoring the German government ...
  • Journalists discuss global energy transition reporting at CLEW conference

    Against the backdrop of the COP23 climate conference in Bonn, Clean Energy Wire invited journalists, journalism and media networks, communication scientists, policymakers and journalism funders to discuss what global energy transition reporting should ...
  • Number of cars registered in Germany grows by over one million in 2017

    The number of cars and trailers in Germany has risen by 1.1 million in 2017 to a total of 63.7 million, the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) says in a press release. The most used brand is VW with 21.5 percent, followed by Opel (9.8 percent) and ...
  • VW head Müller says company is of “systemic” relevance for Germany, rejects diesel retrofitting

    The head of Germany’s largest carmaker VW, Matthias Müller, has said his company is of “systemic” relevance for the country and therefore must not be financially overburdened with costs accruing from a retrofitting of manipulated diesel cars, Daniel ...
  • German utility EnBW buys storage provider Senec

    German utility EnBW has purchased German battery storage provider Senec in a bid to strengthen its position in a decentralised and renewable energy system, pv magazine reports. Senec Managing Director Maximilian von Grundherr said that the move will allow ...
  • German NGO NABU takes action against gas pipeline Nord Stream 2

    The German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) is taking legal action against the controversial natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, which is supposed to connect Germany with Russia via the Baltic Sea. The NGO says the offshore pipeline will ...
  • German energy provider STEAG closes hard coal plant at company’s founding location

    The growing importance of wind and solar power generation in Germany leads to the shutdown of another coal plant, Jürgen Flauger writes in Handelsblatt. Energy provider STEAG will close the hard coal-fired power plant at its founding location in Lünen in ...
  • Germany’s env min Hendricks calls for framing EU budget around climate action

    The coming EU budget must “lead the way for investments in climate action” and set an example for “ steering investments in the right direction ”, Germany’s environment minister Barbara Hendricks says in a press release by the environment ministry (BMUB). ...
  • 16 Oct 2017 |

    COP23 – Heartland of coal and renewables hosts climate summit

    16 Oct 2017 Not far from Germany's largest brown coal mine, the United Nations’ 23rd COP climate summit will take place in Bonn. While implementing the Paris Agreement will take centre stage under the presidency of Fiji, the host country Germany must ...
  • Merkel: 2020 climate target plays big role in upcoming coalition talks

    12 Oct 2017 (All day) German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she does not give up the government’s goal to reduce CO₂ emissions by 40 percent by 2020, which would “play a big role” in the upcoming talks to form a new government coalition. Germany’s broad ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • Civil society demands emergency programme climate protection 2020

    Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND), WWF Germany and other environmental and development NGOs in the umbrella organisation DNR have presented a proposal for Germany to reach its 2020 goals. The emergency climate protection programme includes concrete ...
  • “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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • Court rules in favour of coal-fired power plant construction

    A court in Lower Saxony ruled against objections by environmental organisations and decided that chemical company Dow may build a coal-fired power plant in the northern German state, reports Gernot Knödler in the tageszeitung (taz). The plaintiffs had ...
  • Government cabinet decides regulation that bans German power trading zone split

    Germany’s acting government has adopted a draft regulation that bans transmission grid operators (TSOs) from unilaterally splitting the German power trading zone. “What distinguishes the German trading zone is its unity, which ensures equal conditions ...
  • “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 ...
  • Industry association study draft says energy transition will benefit German economy

    A sharp emissions reduction by 2050 will likely benefit Germany’s economy, according to a study summary draft by the Federation of German Industries (BDI) seen by Clean Energy Wire. An “80 percent climate path is possible with a neutral to positive effect ...
  • 15 Sep 2017 |

    Ignore 'red line' campaign talk on energy and climate – analyst

    15 Sep 2017 (All day) The scope of the next government's ambition for the Energiewende depends on the constellation of its coalition, says Arne Jungjohann, energy policy analyst and Green Party member, although the shift to a renewables-based economy ...
  • E-mobility shifts balance of power in car industry to suppliers

    The shift to e-mobility means it is now easier than ever before to build a car, as prominent suppliers like Bosch or Schaeffler offer many of the necessary components, reports Christian Frahm for Spiegel Online. New startups “no longer need a budget worth ...
  • Penalty payments for unimplemented wind power projects could safeguard expansion

    Successful bidders in Germany’s auction system for onshore wind power projects should be subject to penalty payments if they fail to implement their accepted projects in time, Hilke Wilts and Ruth Delzeit write in a policy brief by the Kiel Institute for ...
  • Stakeholders in coal exit debate stuck in established lines of reasoning

    The stakeholders in Germany’s ongoing coal exit debate “still form coalitions with traditional allies and cling to established lines of reasoning,” according to a paper written by Anna Leipprand and Christian Flachsland, and published in Energy Research ...
  • To help protect the climate, SPD members should vote for grand coalition - opinion

    To help protect the climate, members of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) should vote in favour of a grand coalition government with Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance, writes Benjamin von Brackel in an opinion piece for klimaretter.info. “A ...
  • Infineon launches chip venture with Chinese car giant SAIC

    German chip manufacturer Infineon Technologies is teaming up with SAIC Motor Corp, China’s largest automaker by sales volume, to benefit from the quickly growing demand for electric cars, reports Stefan Nicola for Bloomberg. Infineon and SAIC will set up ...
  • Congestion charge is obvious and neglected way to solve German cities’ pollution problem - commentary

    Free public transport, blue badges, hardware retrofits- every day a different solution is touted to reconcile cars with the environment in Germany’s heated diesel debate, writes Marc Beise in a commentary in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. But a congestion ...
  • Companies plan to keep their diesel car fleets - survey

    German companies do not plan to suddenly abandon diesel cars in their fleets, after a court ruling has opened the door for diesel bans in German cities, according to a survey conducted by the German newspaper Handelsblatt. Most companies want to wait and ...
  • No end in sight to innogy crisis

    Two months after the surprise departure of CEO Peter Terium, renewable utility innogy is in crisis, and neither the management nor majority owner RWE have a plan to get out of the mess created by a profit drop, writes Angela Hennersdorf in the business ...
  • Successful implementation could turn Germany’s Energiewende into a model for the world to follow

    Germany’s energy transition is not yet perceived as a model for other countries to follow, but a successful implementation could still make it a success story and an inspiration, according to the study ’Energiewende, an interim review – International ...
  • Germany’s lignite security standby has not been used

    The German federal government has said that the country’s security standby of lignite power plants with a total capacity of 2.7 gigawatts has not yet been used, but operators are paid a total of 234 million euros in 2017 and 2018 to keep them at the ready ...
  • 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 ...
  • Carmakers continue to resist diesel hardware retrofits to cut NOx emissions

    Despite the looming driving bans following the landmark 27 February court ruling, German carmakers continue to resist hardware retrofits to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from older diesel cars, report Michael Bauchmüller and Thomas Fromm in the lead ...
  • Leading car supplier Bosch decides against battery cell production

    Europe’s largest car supplier Bosch has decided not to enter the production of battery cells for e-cars, ending months of speculation. “Is Bosch going to start manufacturing its own battery cells? The answer is ‘no.’ Bosch will continue to buy in the ...
  • Small German town reclaims grid, sparks community revolution

    The German town of Wolfhagen reclaimed its grid when a lease with E.ON expired more than ten years ago, overcoming strong resistance from the utility, and setting off a wave of municipalities taking back control of privatised infrastructure, reports ...
  • Household energy consumption for housing continued to increase in 2016

    In 2016, private households in Germany used 665 billion kilowatt hours of energy for housing purposes, a 1.4 percent increase on 2015, writes the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) in a press release. The figures are temperature adjusted and do ...
  • German rail company introduces strategy to adapt to and mitigate climate change

    The rail company Deutsche Bahn (DB) is affected by the effects of climate change “like no other large company in Germany,” and needs to prepare for more frequent extreme weather events, DB said in a press release, based on a study conducted by the Potsdam ...
  • Diesel ban: New government will consider introducing ‘blue badge’ to fight pollution

    Following the landmark 27 February court ruling on diesel driving bans, the incoming German government will consider the option of introducing a ’blue badge‘ as a federal measure to identify clean vehicles. “The issue will be taken on by the new ...
  • Raise of maximum support rate for onshore wind power auctions “a necessary correction”

    The decision by Germany’s Federal Grid Agency (BNetzA) to increase the maximum support rate for onshore wind power installations in renewables auctions to 6.3 cents per kilowatt hour was “a first step to correct undesired developments” in the tender ...
  • “The benefits of a climate tax”

    A CO 2 tax or European wide minimum price for CO 2 emissions as suggested by French President Emmanuel Macron is worth thinking about, writes Andreas Mihm in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The current system is “inefficient, prone to lobby interests ...
  • Potential car buyers continue to lose interest in diesel engines – survey

    Diesel cars continue to fall out of favour with people interested in buying a new car in Germany. In a survey commissioned by the German Energy Agency (dena), 17 percent of potential car buyers said they planned to buy a diesel car, compared to 21 percent ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • Diesel ban ruling puts people’s health above car drivers’ interests - opinion

    People living in Germany’s inner cities are the winners of the landmark court ruling on diesel driving bans, writes Malte Kreutzfeld in a commentary in the tageszeitung. “It is no longer allowed to ignore their right to breathe clean air. In case of doubt ...
  • Diesel ban will speed up transformation of car industry

    The landmark court ruling on diesel driving bans causes “alarm in diesel country,” because 60 to 80 percent of all cars sold by Audi, Daimler, and BMW in Germany in the past years had a diesel engine, writes Thomas Fromm in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. “This ...
  • Hamburg to ban older diesel cars on two roads from April

    After a German top court ruled that German cities may ban diesel cars from polluted areas, the City of Hamburg announced that it would follow through with plans to introduce driving bans for older diesel vehicles on two of its most polluted roads starting ...
  • German forests could contribute significantly to climate protection - study

    Germany’s forests could take in three times the amount of CO₂ from the atmosphere by the end of the century if they are better protected and used more ecologically than is the case today, says Greenpeace Germany, based on a study conducted by the ...
  • Transport ministry pushed to block environmental organisations from taking legal action against diesel cars

    Back in 2016, the German Federal Ministry of Transport (BMVI) pushed for a legal provision blocking environmental organisations from taking legal action against the model approval and sale of diesel cars with high emissions, according to a letter obtained ...
  • Germany needlessly destroys leading diesel technology – opinion

    The landmark court ruling on diesel driving bans is “lunacy,” writes Holger Appel in a commentary for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. A ban on the “allegedly dangerous” diesel technology is unnecessary, because nitrogen dioxide measurements should be ...
  • “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 ...
  • German car industry shies away from battery cell production

    German carmakers and suppliers are reluctant to agree to battery cell production in Europe despite the recent EU Commission initiative to build an “Airbus for batteries”, reports Joachim Becker in Süddeutsche Zeitung. Industry managers argue that even ...
  • Chief car lobbyist Wissman: Those who fight diesel today will fight e-car tomorrow

    Germany’s leading lobbyist for the car industry, Matthias Wissmann, says that those opponents of the use of cars who today fight for the condemnation of diesel cars in the wake of the emissions fraud scandal will eventually turn against electric cars as ...
  • Power cuts usually affect households in debt or on the dole

    German households that receive social benefits or are indebted are more likely to be affected by power cuts than others, a study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) has found. While “income plays a major role” in the roughly 330 ...
  • 06 Nov 2017 |

    COP23- Day 1: More German money for adaptation fund

    06 Nov 2017 (All day) Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said vulnerable countries must be put centre-stage and kicked off the conference with a pledge to raise Germany's contribution to the climate change adaptation fund by 50 million euros. ...
  • Germany’s primary energy consumption on the rise

    Primary energy consumption in Germany has slightly increased since it reached an all-time low in 2014, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) says in a press release. Provisional figures indicate that primary energy consumption is on the rise but the ...
  • Coalition agreement lacks energy taxes & levies reform, detail – opinion

    It is surprising that the would-be government coalition partners of Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) did not agree to push for a fundamental reform of Germany’s energy taxes and levies system in the coalition talks, because ...
  • European Commission approves 70 million euro public support scheme for electric buses and charging infrastructure

    The European Commission approved Germany’s 70 million euro scheme to encourage public transport operators to replace conventional diesel buses with electric or plug-in hybrids running on renewable electricity under state aid rules, the Commission writes ...
  • More than two million car sharing customers in Germany

    More than two million customers used car sharing services of 165 companies in Germany by the start of 2018, writes the Federal German Car Sharing Association (bcs) in a press release. “Car sharing is still a small market in regards to the total number of ...
  • Uniper Board of Management proposes dividend of 0.74 euros per share for financial year 2017

    German energy company Uniper’s Board of Management has proposed to increase the dividend more than planned to 74 cents per share for 2017 for a total of about 271 million euros, the company writes in an ad-hoc announcement. The total dividend amount would ...
  • German top court allows cities to introduce diesel driving bans

    Germany’s Federal Administrative Court has ruled that German cities are generally allowed to introduce driving bans for older diesel cars to enforce EU clean air rules as a last resort. The court upheld two decisions by local courts in Stuttgart and ...
  • German government and model cities agree on pilot projects for clean air

    The German government and five so-called model cities in the country have agreed on a scheme to tackle air pollution caused by vehicle exhaust fumes, the German environment ministry (BMUB) says in a press release. The proposals made by the cities Bonn, ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Carry on? Then a climate catastrophe is just around the corner”

    Each and every party involved in Germany’s ‘Jamaica coalition’ talks to form a new federal government should have an interest in securing “a quick and orderly coal exit”, as the alternatives “are way too risky”, Anna Pegels and Jonas Keil from the German ...
  • “’Dividend payout king’ innogy ensnares shareholders”

    Green power-utility innogy has assured its shareholders that it will raise its profits and make high dividend payouts, Frankfurter Rundschau reports. “We want to make money and pay dividends,” CEO Peter Terium said at the first annual stockholders’ ...
  • “Germany Is a Coal-Burning, Gas-Guzzling Climate Change Hypocrite”

    Germany is an industrial leader with a reputation for being “a righteous leader in climate protection”- but a closer look at its actions suggests it deserves to be labelled a “climate change hypocrite”, Paul Hockenos writes in Foreign Policy. While it may ...
  • “Power-to-Liquid: pilot operation of first compact plant”

    German Karlsruhe Institute of Technology's (KIT) spin-off company INERATEC has developed a compact power-to-liquid plant’s chemical reactor that converts hydrogen produced from solar power together with carbon dioxide into liquid fuels, writes KIT in ...
  • EnBW says earnings turnaround in 2017 in sight

    German utility EnBW has announced third quarter results, saying earnings were up and its balance sheet was “significantly stronger”. It says for the first time since 2010, it expects its operating result to rise again in 2017, crediting the consolidation ...
  • Investor Geely opportunity for Daimler to “develop new path” to Chinese market

    Chinese carmaker Geely chairman Li Shufu’s investment in Daimler should be seen as an opportunity for the German company to “develop a new path” into the Chinese market – despite the "justifiable cautiousness", writes Kirsten Ludowig in an ...
  • Cars remain Germany’s most important export good in 2017

    Germany exported cars and car components worth 234.4 billion euros in 2017, the highest figure of any industry, Germany’s Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) said in a press release. Machinery and chemical products rank second and third, with 183.6 ...
  • Municipalities reject transport ministry’s proposal to allow selective driving bans

    Germany’s municipalities have criticised proposals by the transport ministry (BMVI) to allow cities to introduce selective driving bans for certain route sections in inner cities that grapple with high air pollution levels, Welt Online reports. “If some ...
  • TenneT to invest 28 billion euros over next ten years in power grid to cope with renewables feed-in

    Dutch-German transmission system operator TenneT will invest 28 billion euros in new power grid infrastructure over the next ten years because of energy transition targets in Germany and the Netherlands which will lead to an increase in renewable power, ...
  • Chinese investor becomes top shareholder in Daimler

    Li Shufu, chairman and owner of Chinese car company Zheijang Geely Holding Group, has acquired a 9.7 percent stake of Daimler AG, which represents the biggest investment by a Chinese company in an overseas automaker, reports Bloomberg. It is a deal “right ...
  • Real estate business discovers e-mobility

    The real estate business is vital to creating infrastructure needed to expand e-mobility, writes Christian Hunziker in an article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Owners of parking structures are among the most directly affected and existing lots ...
  • Mercedes-Benz plans $1bn e-car investment in US

    Mercedes-Benz plans to invest 1 billion dollars in making electric vehicles in the US state of Alabama, reports Nathan Bomey in USA Today. The investment will go both to an expansion of the German luxury brand's existing plant near Tuscaloosa and to ...
  • Renewables Bavaria’s most important power source for first time

    In 2016, renewable energy sources were the most important power source in the southern German state of Bavaria for the first time ever, the Bavarian State Ministry for the Economy & Energy says in a press release. With a total of 35 terawatt hours and ...
  • G20

    US push for fossil fuel reference in G20 communiqué still sticking point

    The United States’ insistence to include a reference to fossil fuels in the section on climate policy in the G20 communiqué remains the final sticking point to finish the document, news agency Reuters reported. Sources close to the process confirmed to ...
  • Giant battery “the Energiewende’s magic potion”?

    The small municipality of Jemgum on Germany’s North Sea coast could soon become home to a giant battery, which some hail as “the Energiewende’s magic potion”, Burkhard Fraune writes in the WirtschaftsWoche. The redox flow battery, which stores electrical ...
  • Driving ban court case is the result of “political failure” – opinion

    The federal government and the car industry are the main culprits in bad air quality in cities, but both are keeping silent in the Federal Administrative Court case on driving bans, writes Michael Bauchmüller in a commentary in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. ...
  • Diesel driving ban case already a “slap in government’s face” - VCD

    While it is unfortunate that Germany’s Federal Administrative Court has postponed a ruling on diesel driving bans aimed at cutting air pollution in cities, the court case has already been a “slap in the government’s face,” according to German transport ...
  • Norway’s state fund optimistic that German carmakers will manage transition successfully

    The head of Norway’s national pension fund, Norges Bank CEO Yngve Slyngstad, says he is optimistic that Germany’s carmakers will manage to cope with big changes in their industry as it shifts from fossil combustion engines to new engine technologies, ...
  • Battery producer sonnen wants to connect e-cars for power storage

    German battery company sonnen wants to equip electric car users with a new charging box that not only allows them to draw electricity from solar panels on their homes, but also connects them to other users, making them part of a larger battery pool. The ...
  • “What Canada can learn from Germany’s renewables revolution”

    Germany’s energy transition from nuclear and fossil energy to renewables has many sceptics and requires a lot of hard work, but shows that “it can be done,” Judith Lavoie writes on Desmog Canada. Manfred Fischedick of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate ...
  • Half of EU agriculture subsidies should go to protecting climate and environment – opinion

    European agriculture often harms the environment, thus half of all subsidies allocated from the EU budget should be dedicated to measures that help protect it in the future, writes Jörg-Andreas Krüger in an opinion piece in the tageszeitung (taz). Krüger ...
  • Interest in diesel cars in free fall in Germany

    The interest in diesel cars has dropped substantially in Germany as the engine technology has come under fire for not abiding by emissions standards, bild.de reports. According to a survey by car sales website AutoScout24, only 14 percent of respondents ...
  • 22 Feb 2018 |

    German top court postpones ruling on diesel driving bans

    22 Feb 2018 Germany’s Federal Administrative Court has postponed to next week a highly anticipated decision on whether polluted cities can ban diesel cars to improve air quality. Use Teaser Image as container background on grid pages Sören Amelang Clean ...
  • Pilot project to test use of natural gas storage for power-based hydrogen

    German energy company EWE AG wants to test using an underground gas storage cavern for storing hydrogen produced from wind and solar power, as the need for regular natural gas storage has declined over the past years – a trend that is bound to continue ...
  • Automotive supplier Bosch enters carsharing market, competes with former customers

    German company Bosch, one of the car industry’s largest suppliers, is entering the carsharing and ridesharing market, Martin Buchenau and Thomas Trösch write in the Handelsblatt. “Bosch launches an attack in this business area,” the authors say, adding ...
  • Blockchain technology could make smart meters more secure – analysis

    The decentralised blockchain technology could solve many of the IT security problems associated with the roll-out of smart meters, the German Energy Agency (dena) says in a press release. In an analysis published jointly with management school ESMT Berlin ...
  • Vattenfall expects 250,000 e-cars in Berlin by 2030

    Swedish utility Vattenfall expects Germany’s capital Berlin to boast about 250,000 electric cars by the end of the next decade, compared to 1,700 currently registered in the city, Jens Tartler writes in the Tagesspiegel. Vattenfall’s Thomas Schäfer says ...
  • German cities want to avoid “nightmare” diesel driving bans

    The looming driving bans on polluting diesel cars in Germany’s inner cities are “a nightmare for hundreds of thousands of diesel owners as well as for politicians,” but a ruling by Germany’s administrative court due today (22 February) could force city ...
  • 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 ...
  • Diesel driving ban splits Germans – survey

    Less than half of German citizens would approve of driving bans for extremely polluting diesel cars, Focus Online reports. In a representative survey conducted by pollster YouGov ahead of a crucial ruling by a Germany administrative court that could ...
  • Coalition plans to boost renewables expansion render grid plans obsolete – report

    The aim of Germany’s emerging coalition government to speed up the expansion of renewable energy sources could render the current scenarios for expanding the country’s power grid obsolete, Michael Bauchmüller writes in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The ...
  • Planning of Germany’s power grid must be aligned with Paris climate targets

    Germany's current power grid development plans for 2030 are not aligned with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, write the NGOs Environmental Action Germany (DUH), Germanwatch, and WWF in a joint press release. "Until now, none of the ...
  • Cross-party German alliance opposes Nord Stream 2 pipeline

    Influential members of parliament of Germany’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance, the Green Party, and the pro-business FDP have voiced their opposition to the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is meant to pump Russian gas to  Germany via the Baltic Sea. ...
  • Near-term mitigation action important for limiting long-term risks of sea level rise

    Sea level rise is a major consequence of climate change that will continue long after emissions of greenhouse gases have stopped, and today’s mitigation action is important to limit long-term risks, according to a study conducted by the Potsdam Institute ...
  • Diesel hardware retrofitting “essential” to prevent driving bans in German cities

    The General German Automobile Club (ADAC) says it has proof that the mechanical retrofitting of older diesel cars in order to cut air pollution “is not only possible but also highly effective.” The influential car club says that tests carried out by its ...
  • BMW paves way for merger with Daimler’s car sharing service

    German carmaker BMW has bought the shares of car rental service Sixt in their joint car sharing service DriveNow, clearing the way for a merger with rival Daimler’s service Car2Go, news agency dpa reports in an article carried by the Frankfurter ...
  • SPD leaders agree to first talks with Merkel’s CDU

    The leaders of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) have agreed to enter into talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU / CSU alliance, the SPD 's executive committee says in a draft resolution seen by the Clean Energy Wire. The ...
  • Munich votes for coal exit

    Citizens of Munich have voted to shut down the city’s single largest source of CO 2 emissions ahead of schedule, klimaretter.info reports. Around 60 percent voted in favour of close the Munich Nord heating plant by 2022, instead of 2035 as planned by the ...
  • “Synthetic fuels turn CO2 into a raw material”

    The once illusory concept of a carbon-neutral combustion engine could soon become a reality, German car industry supplier Bosch says in a press release. With synthetic fuels- so-called “eFuels”- CO 2 could become a valuable resource for making petrol, ...
  • “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 ...
  • Germany launches joint onshore wind and solar tender, including “grid component”

    The German Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has launched the first joint tender for onshore wind and solar power. The auctioned capacity is 200 megawatts (MW), the agency says in a press release. “The technologies directly compete for the lowest cost in ...
  • Referendum for bottom-up coal exit in Germany’s second city Hamburg

    A referendum in Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, seeks to ban the use of coal power for heating and electricity generation by 2030, Sven-Michael Veit writes for the Tageszeitung (taz). “We in Hamburg have to take the coal exit in our own hands,” ...
  • Car companies cannot change corporate culture “like a pair of sneakers” – commentary

    Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche likes to dress up “like the guy from next door”. He has changed his outfit from business attire to sneakers and washed-out jeans in recent years, but even with this makeover “he remains the highly paid head of a listed ...
  • NRW needs federal funds to cope with coal exit – economy minister

    The Economy Minister of Germany’s most populous state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Andreas Pinkwart, has called for compensation payments from the federal budget if Germany accelerates its coal exit, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. “The ...
  • Coalition agreement abandoning 2020 climate target boosts RWE’s shares

    German utility RWE could turn out as “ one of the winners of the expected grand coalition” between the conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD), Maximilian Völkl writes in the business magazine Der Aktionär. Researchers like Manuel ...
  • “Nobody realised how fast wind and sun became a cheap alternative” - opinion

    Germany’s renewables expansion with the help of the EEG surcharge has cost the country much more than necessary, writes Michael Bauchmüller in an opinion piece in Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Kick-starting clean energy was basically a good idea. But nobody ...
  • 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 ...
  • Coalition parties meet in small group to unblock climate and energy

    A small circle of representatives from CDU, CSU, FDP and the Green Party will meet this afternoon (2 November) to try and find common ground on climate and energy in the ongoing exploratory talks ahead of official negotiations to build the next government ...
  • “Energy transition: Swiss take their time”

    In spring this year, Switzerland decided to pursue an energy transition strategy, but the country will take its time phasing out nuclear power, writes the news agency dpa in an article carried by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Switzerland is already able ...
  • Washington court to rule on Vattenfall’s billion-dollar nuclear lawsuit against Germany

    The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington will soon rule on Swedish utility Vattenfall’s claim against the German government for damages from Germany’s accelerated nuclear exit in 2011, Daniel Wetzel writes for ...
  • “German energy policy is stuck in limbo”

    Germany may have “led the way in rhetoric on energy in the European Union […] but has not managed to match deeds to words”, Nick Butler, visiting professor and chair of the Kings Policy Institute at Kings College London writes in an op-ed for the ...
  • Buyers wait up to a year for new e-cars – report

    A surge in e-car purchases in Germany has led to bottlenecks at manufacturers and waiting times of up to a year for vehicles to be delivered, car industry magazine Automobilwoche reports. “After a long period of e-mobility failing to get off the ground, ...
  • Binational research council publishes reports on German-Japanese energy transition cooperation

    The German-Japanese Energy Transition Council (GJETC), a bi-national research council for cooperation in energy transition and climate action established in 2016, has published its first major studies on research synergies between the two countries, the ...
  • Diesel plaintiff DUH sceptical of government efforts ahead of crucial verdict

    NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH) says it’s sceptical of government efforts to prevent driving bans on diesel cars in inner cities, as well as a lawsuit by the European Union over excessive air pollution. With a crucial verdict by Germany’s Federal ...
  • 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 ...
  • Majority of Germans favour coal plant closures to reach 2020 climate target - poll

    A majority of Germans (64 percent) are in favour of closing coal power plants in order to reach 2020 climate targets, even if this move would cost jobs or push up electricity prices, according to a poll by public broadcaster ZDF. In contrast, 31 percent ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • "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 ...
  • Carmakers should bear full cost of hardware retrofitting – opinion

    No tax money should be used to finance the hardware retrofitting of older diesel vehicles, writes Markus Balser in an opinion piece in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Instead of subsidising the ironing out of funny business, the federal government must finally ...
  • Global e-car fleet growing exponentially, Germany lagging behind

    More than three million e-cars are registered worldwide, with 1.2 million in China, followed by 750,000 in the United States. Germany ranks eighth with 93,000 registered e-cars, says the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wuerttemberg ...
  • Quick German coal exit feasible, say energy politicians of Bavaria’s CSU

    A energy transition working group of the CSU, the Bavarian sister party of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU party, has published a paper saying that the effects of an end to coal-fired power production in Germany “are far less damaging ...
  • There will be no “quick solution” to hardware retrofitting – Merkel

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that a decision on hardware retrofitting is not in sight. “We will continue to examine the hardware retrofitting proposal, but according to what I saw, there will certainly not be a quick solution for millions of ...
  • 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 ...
  • “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 ...
  • Diesel crisis causes drop in used car sales – business calls for hardware retrofitting

    As a result of the diesel crisis, used car sales were down 1.9 percent in 2017, compared to the previous year, according to the German Association for Motor Trade and Repair (ZDK). “Auto dealers are deeply unsettled," ZDK president Jürgen Karpinski ...
  • Government backtracking on free public transport is irresponsible – sustainable transport association VCD

    Backtracking on the proposal to make public transport free of charge proves the government is “totally clueless and irresponsible”, according to German transport and environmental association Verkehrsclub Deutschland (VCD), which promotes sustainable ...
  • Free public transport - “without concept, agreement or financing” – opinion

    Offering free public transport in inner cities to improve air quality is a proposal by a “disoriented federal government” that lacks a concept, agreement with cities and federal states and a proposal to finance the endeavour, Manfred Schäfers writes in an ...
  • Free public transport - Merkel is aimless – opinion

    The proposal to make public transport free of charge in polluted cities is a “sign for political organ failure” and shows that Chancellor Angela Merkel does not have a plan, writes Nikolaus Doll in an opinion piece for Welt Online. “You don’t have to be a ...
  • Free public transport just one option for cities to curb pollution – government

    The German government has no concrete plans to make public transport free of charge. The government proposal of free public transport, contained in a letter to the EU aiming at avoiding financial penalties for exceeding pollutions limits, is just one ...
  • East German state premiers warn of national coal exit

    A cross-party alliance of eastern German state premiers has warned the federal government that a quick coal exit would have grave consequences for the region’s economy, public broadcaster MDR reports on its website. In a letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel ...
  • Ørsted picks Siemens Gamesa as exclusive supplier of turbines for world’s largest offshore wind farm

    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA has won exclusivity for the supply and service of turbines for Ørsted’s 1,386 megawatt Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm in British waters, the company has announced in a press release. This offshore wind farm will ...
  • Germany mulls free public transport in cities to curb emissions

    In a bid to avoid EU fines for excessive air pollution, the German government is considering plans to make public transport free of charge to improve air quality in cities. Transport experts welcomed the proposed measures designed to lure more people onto ...
  • 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 ...
  • Buyer’s premium contributes to VW delivery record in January 2018

    The buyer’s premium for the purchase of a new car in exchange for an old diesel has contributed to a 12.3 percent year-on-year increase of delivered Volkswagen (VW) vehicles in January 2018, the company announced in a press release. January saw a global ...
  • BDEW: Energy transition to enter crucial stage only after next legislative period

    Germany’s energy transition will face a critical phase after the next legislative period  in 2021, according to the national utility association BDEW. “The real challenges lie between 2021 and 2030, when the nuclear exit has been completed and excess ...
  • 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, ...
  • “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 ...
  • Budget and taxes: Conservatives, FDP and Greens agree on “common working basis” for coalition talks, including possibility of cutting climate-harmful subsidies

    In a second round of coalition talks, representatives from CDU, CSU, FDP and the Green Party agreed on “a common working basis” in the areas of budget, finances and taxes, Green leader Cem Özdemir said in a video message after the meeting. A paper ...
  • Digitalisation of the Energiewende in danger of failing

    Key IT projects necessary for the digitalisation of the German energy transition are making no headway, endangering the “ambitious large-scale project”, journalist Peter Welchering told German radio broadcaster Deutschlandfunk. These projects included ...
  • German car manufacturers only “administer past ideas” - opinion

    German car manufacturers are “world champions in restoring the past”, but are not able to come up with new basic ideas for a radically changing world, writes Sebastian Matthes in an opinion piece in Handelsblatt. German engineers optimised the combustion ...
  • German politicians closely watch Chinese company’s plans to buy share in German grid operator

    Chinese grid company SGCC’s plan to acquire 20 percent share in Germany’s transmission grid operator 50Hertz worries German politicians and could refuel the debate on establishing a state-run transmission grid company, reports the Handelsblatt. It was a ...
  • Germany’s coalition agreement could boost production of e-vans

    A provision on financial support of commercially used electric vehicles in Germany’s coalition agreement could boost the production of e-vans, Jürgen Pander writes on Spiegel Online. In the treaty that still hinges on the approval of the Social Democrats’ ...
  • Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher’s childhood racecourse to shut down due to coal mining

    The go-kart track where former German Formula 1 race driver and motorsports icon Michael Schumacher learned his trade is to fall prey to the expansion of the lignite mine Hambach of energy company RWE, public broadcaster WDR reports on his website. The ...
  • German carmakers funded experiments exposing monkeys to diesel fumes - reports

    A research group, funded by German carmakers to design a study to show that modern diesel cars are clean, conducted an experiment in the US which exposed monkeys to diesel fumes- a “new dimension in the global emissions scandal”, writes the New York Times ...
  • Mixed progress of German energy transition – consultancy

    Germany is still likely to miss key Energiewende goals, including its 2020 greenhouse gas reduction target, even as household power prices continue to rise, according to McKinsey’s bi-annual Energiewende-Index report. At 30.8 cents per kilowatt hour (ct ...
  • “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 ...
  • Greens have a chance to readjust Germany’s climate policy – Green Bundestag member

    The Green Party would have the opportunity to help re-adjust Germany’s climate protection policy if it entered into a coalition with the CDU/CSU and the FDP, said Green member of the Bundestag Renate Künast in an interview with Tagesspiegel. Künast called ...
  • Ending EU diesel tax benefits to help lower emissions – research institutes

    Ending diesel tax benefits in the EU would significantly help decrease CO₂ and nitrogen oxide emissions in road transport, because diesel vehicle users are very price sensitive, the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) ...
  • Climate policy underestimates moral responsibility of polluters

    Moral responsibility plays a more important role in environmental policy than previously thought, according to a new study by the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für ...
  • Germany misses out on rise of battery cell production in Europe

    Concret plans for starting battery cell production are rife across Europe but Germany risks missing out on the rise of an industry branch that will be crucial for its mighty car industry, Stefan Hajek and Angela Hennersdorf write in the WirtschaftsWoche. ...
  • Pollution from coal mining of Berlin’s main river Spree comes to the fore

    The pollution of the City of Berlin’s main river Spree with sulphate stemming from coal mining activities in the neighbouring federal state of Brandenburg prompts reactions by local authorities, Claudius Prösser writes in the Tageszeitung (taz). The ...
  • “Germany needs more than wind” – opinion

    Wind power turbines are Germany’s most important renewable energy source and in 2017 produced more electricity than coal plants for the first time, Thorsten Preuschgas, CEO of Soventix, writes in a guest commentary in the pv magazine.  But it is “a false ...
  • Chinese grid company SGCC to acquire strategic share in Germany’s 50Hertz

    The State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) is reaching out for a 20 percent share in Germany’s transmission grid operator 50Hertz in a bid to gain valuable insights into a business area in which China strives for a leading global role, Thomas Sigmund and ...
  • German manufacturers profit from climate protection

    German companies booked revenues of some 66 billion euros with products and services aimed at environmental and climate protection in 2015, the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW Köln) says in a report. Metal working and electronics manufacturers ...
  • Innovation below the radar of market leaders and lobbyists

    Rather than big flagship projects, “subversive innovations” could prove more successful in making a breakthrough in the decarbonisation of the world’s economies, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) told ...
  • Giant wind power battery begins operation

    A large new battery capable of storing 20 megawatt hours of its integrated wind power turbine has started operating on the premises of the Fraunhofer ICT research institute near Karlsruhe, the Heilbronner Stimme reports. The so-called redox-flow-battery, ...
  • German government and VW head denounce diesel fume tests on monkeys and humans

    Testing the effect of exhaust fumes on monkeys and even people cannot be ethically justified, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesperson Steffen Seibert said at a press conference on Monday. The public outcry against the tests which exposed monkeys and ...
  • SPD shuns coal exit commitment, points at other sectors for decarbonisation

    Germany’s environment minister Barbara Hendricks has shunned calls for making a clear commitment to initialising the country’s exit from coal-fired power production. At a press conference by government members of her Social Democratic Party (SPD), ...
  • Coalition treaty: “New promises for the fourth time in a row” - opinion

    The coalition treaty agreed by Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) is filled with promises and vaguely worded provisions on climate, energy and transport and it remains to be seen if 2030 climate targets will ...
  • CDU’s new economy ministry is “the wooden spoon” – opinion

    The German economy ministry (BMWi) has visibly lost influence under three consecutive coalition governments led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, Heike Goebel writes in a commentary for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. But Merkel's CDU party now claims ...
  • The grand coalition continues its “active policy against climate protection” – opinion

    Germany’s new and old coalition of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) have “made a shambles of the successful pro-climate and pro-renewables policy of the SPD-Greens coalition” in the early 2000s, Green politician Hans ...
  • Germany’s large insurance companies finance Poland’s coal industry

    The two major German insurance companies Allianz and Munich Re have until now often been viewed as “being in the camp of climate activists”, but a study by NGO Unfriend Coal now suggests both companies are quite active in insuring Poland’s coal industry, ...
  • Germany’s climate policy hurts the Philippines – Philippine Senator

    The announcement by Germany’s would-be grand coalition partners CDU/CSU and SPD to water down the country’s national 2020 climate target “has shocked many climate activists in the Philippines”, Philippine Senator Loren Legarda writes in a guest article ...
  • European Commission approves Germany’s electricity capacity mechanism to ensure security of supply

    The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules Germany’s strategic capacity reserve, which is meant to ensure the security of power supply in case of emergencies, the Commission said in a press release. “Capacity mechanisms can help to ...
  • German solar power industry sees need for rapid expansion

    The expansion of Germany’s solar power capacity must be accelerated if the country does not want to miss out on one of the global energy transition’s most important trends, the German solar power industry warns in the Erneuerbare Energien magazine. ...
  • “Thuringia’s tenants share the sun”

    Germany’s parliament decided on allowing tenants to benefit from solar power panels installed on their buildings a few weeks ago and now renters seizing this opportunity say they were able to reduce their power bill with it, news agency dpa reports in an ...
  • 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 ...
  • Most Uniper shareholders reject takeover offer from Fortum

    A majority of Uniper’s shareholders has rejected a takeover offer from Finnish utility Fortum, the German fossil fuel utility said in a press release today. Aside from the 46.65 percent share that major shareholder E.ON sold to Fortum, offers from the ...
  • German development bank KfW funds 47 percent of renewable installations 2015/16

    KfW loaned 10 billion euros to renewable projects worth 15 billion euros in 2015 and 2016, the German development bank said in a press release, supporting 47 percent of all new installations. Read the evaluation in German here. ...
  • Germany's coalition negotiators agree treaty, promise coal exit date

    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 most important ...
  • Security concerns slow digitalisation of the Energiewende

    Security concerns are delaying the introduction of smart meters in Germany, IT expert Peter Welchering says in an interview with public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk. The intelligent technology is crucial to managing intermittent power supply from renewable ...
  • “Berlin and the EU fight about Nord Stream 2”

    The EU Commission plans to ask EU member states to grant it the mandate to negotiate the legal operating conditions of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project with Russia, reports Daniel Brössler for Süddeutsche Zeitung. According to a draft, seen by ...
  • 22 May 2017 |

    Germany, China urge US to remain in climate agreement

    22 May 2017 (All day) Germany and China increased pressure on the US government to stay in the Paris Climate Agreement ahead of the G7 and G20 summits. The continuing uncertainty about the US position puts Germany’s aim to agree on a G20 energy and ...
  • Coalitions' renewables plans would overstrain German grid - agency head

    The would-be coalition partners’ plan to reach a 65 percent share of renewables in Germany’s power mix by 2030 is an “ambitious target,” said Jochen Homann, president of the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), at a meeting  held on the eve of the E-world ...
  • Energy industry “good guys“ regarding climate protection in Germany – BDEW president

    The energy industry in Germany are the “good guys” of the energy transition, as it is probably the only sector on track to do its part to meet the country’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020, Johannes Kempmann, president of ...
  • Germans more afraid of driving bans than air pollution – consumer advice centre head

    Most Germans are more afraid of looming driving bans for polluting cars in inner cities than of the air pollution associated with these cars, says Klaus Müller, head of Germany’s federal consumer advice centre association vzbv, in an interview with Zeit ...
  • Liberal state energy minister welcomes coalition draft agreement on energy and climate

    Andreas Pinkwart, Free Democratic (FDP) state energy minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, welcomed several energy and climate provisions of the draft coalition treaty between the conservatives (CDU/CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD). Admitting that the ...
  • Coal company admits lowering lake water levels, but denies polluting Berlin’s main river

    Mining company Leag has admitted that its lignite mining activities in the east German region of Lusatia contribute to lower water gauges in the region’s lakes, Thorsten Gellner writes in the Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung. “The environment ministry [of ...
  • “Lies instead of solutions”

    Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz’s assurances that the party will not abandon the country’s 2020 emissions reduction goal ring hollow, as the paper resulting from exploratory talks with Merkel’s CDU shows lack of ambition to reach it, Malte ...
  • 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 ...
  • German grid could cope with one million e-cars - opinion

    Germany would have enough power for 1 million electric cars and the power grid would be able to cope with the charging pattern of these vehicles, Michael Brecht, author at eMobilitaetsblog.de writes in an opinion piece for Welt online. Brecht rejects the ...
  • Carmakers’ contribution to “clean air emergency programme” secured

    The financial contribution German carmakers BMW, Daimler and VW will make to the “clean air emergency programme” has been secured, acting transport minister Christian Schmidt has said in a press release. “The German manufacturers will pay the share of 250 ...
  • Porsche doubles investment in e-mobility

    German luxury car brand Porsche will ramp up its investment in electric mobility to 6 billion euros by 2022, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. The carmaker previously put aside about 3 billion euros for the development of e-cars but now plans to ...
  • Lusatian coal workers voice fears over energy transition

    Five people from the east German coal mining region of Lusatia who work in lignite power stations or coal mines have expressed concerns about the energy transition and government plans to shut down lignite plants in the near future. The Süddeutsche ...
  • Coalition draft treaty contains "good compromise" and "huge step forward"

    The head negotiators of CDU and SPD in the coalition talks have praised the decisions on energy and climate policy as “a good compromise” (Armin Laschet, CDU) and a “huge step forward” (Barbara Hendricks, SPD). Hendricks, who is acting environment ...
  • Speedy coal exit would affect RWE most

    Should the next German government decide on a speedy exit from coal-fired power generation, no company would be affected as much as German utility RWE, Europe’s largest CO₂ emitter, writes Jürgen Flauger in Handelsblatt. RWE is in a better financial ...
  • Germany must reduce non-ETS emissions by 38 percent by 2030 – EU Council conclusions

    The EU Environment Council has agreed on its position regarding emissions targets for member states from 2021 to 2030, aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions in sectors outside the scope of the EU emissions trading system (ETS). For Germany’s buildings ...
  • “Wind and sun cheaper than coal”

    The construction of new wind and solar power facilities is more economic than the construction of new coal and gas power plants, says an information paper by the Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko Institut), writes Gerald Traufetter in German weekly Der ...
  • FDP chief negotiator: Jamaica coalition “more than just emergency solution”

    A German government formed of a so-called Jamaica coalition could be more than just an “emergency solution”, FDP chief negotiator Marco Buschmann said in an interview with Frankfurter Rundschau.  If the parties found a compromise on contested policy ...
  • “International dismay at Germany’s 2020 climate target lapse”

    Germany’s reputation as a climate protection leader is slipping following reports that a coalition government between the CDU/CSU and SPD would postpone the country’s 2020 emissions target, Megan Darby writes in Climate Home News. “Experts described a ...
  • “Government plans speedy reform of the power market”

    The acting German government is planning a quick reform of the power market even before the new government coalition is formed, Andreas Mihm writes in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The reason is concerns that the EU might force German transmission ...
  • Gabriel defends not naming an end date for coal

    Federal economy minister Sigmar Gabriel does not support setting an end date for coal-fired power generation in Germany, he said in the plenary of the German Bundestag, reaffirming his position that had held up the government’s Climate Action Plan 2050. ...
  • Citizens own one third of German renewables capacity

    In 2016, private citizens owned 31.5 percent of installed renewable power capacity in Germany, making them the most important investors in the sector ahead of energy companies (15.7 percent), developers (14.4 percent), farmers (10.5 percent), and funds ...
  • Coalition negotiators “irresponsible” in energy and climate policy – opinion

    The latest leaked drafts of the coalition treaty show that the possible future government partners CDU/CSU and SPD know where the difficulties lie in Germany’s energy system, but they shy away from making important decisions, writes Jakob Schlandt in an ...
  • Nitrogen dioxide levels down in 2017, many cities still exceed limits - UBA

    Seventy German municipalities exceeded nitrogen oxide air pollution limits in 2017, down from 90 the previous year, writes the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). This development points in “the right direction,” said UBA President Maria Krautzberger, “but ...
  • German NGOs welcome report by EU expert group on sustainable finance

    German NGOs, including Germanwatch and WWF, say the recommendations contained in the final report by the EU’s High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG) are a “key step toward using the finance market’s leverage effects for climate protection.” ...
  • Carmakers risk damaging “valuable ‘Made in Germany’ label” – parliamentary transport committee chairman

    Banking on the combustion engine technology in Germany would be a “dangerous obstacle to innovation for an industry that largely depends on exports to future international markets,” Cem Özdemir, Green politician and new chair of the transport committee in ...
  • Coalition treaty draft on climate & energy policy emphasises 2030 climate goal

    The draft of a coalition treaty agreed by Germany’s negotiating parties suggests that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) have found common ground on energy and climate policy, mirroring several aspects ...
  • Mining trade union head warns of sacrificing coal to save diesel engines

    The incoming German government must not agree to phase out coal-fired power production in exchange for concessions to diesel cars, Michael Vassiliadis, head of Germany’s largest mining trade union,  IG BCE, said in an interview with the General-Anzeiger ...
  • EU 2030 car fleet emission rules translate into quota for electric vehicles - VW head of technology

    The EU’s fleet emission limits for 2030 will have an effect similar to a quota for electric cars, according to Volkswagen. The new limits will be so low that carmakers could only reach them by selling a certain percentage of electric vehicles, said Stefan ...
  • Power labelling “greenwashing by law“ – report

    Germany’s power labelling regulation allows electricity suppliers to declare a higher than real share of renewables in their customers’ power mix, which amounts to “greenwashing by law,” writes Jörg Staude for klimaretter.info, based on data from green ...
  • European Commission grants “very last deadline” on clean air

    The European Commission has granted Germany and several other countries a “very last deadline” to propose concrete measures on how they intend to comply with air quality standards, report Till Hoppe and Silke Kersting in the Handelsblatt. After what ...
  • Next federal government urged to introduce coal emergency programme to reach 2020 climate goal

    Greenpeace Germany has proposed to the next German federal government an emergency programme for coal to “largely reach” the country’s 2020 climate target. The proposal focuses on throttling or shutting down the “oldest and dirtiest lignite power plants,” ...
  • Set end date for coal in coalition talks, Gore tells negotiators

    Former US Vice President and environmentalist Al Gore has called on Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU union and the Social Democrats (SPD) to agree on a coal phase-out by 2030 during their ongoing coalition negotiations. In two messages, Gore said that ...
  • Climate policy: coalition negotiators shift responsibility to special commission - commentary

    The parties negotiating a new grand coalition government in Berlin seem to prefer to delegate important climate policy decisions – such as finding a date for a coal exit – to a future commission, rather than taking on the responsibility themselves, writes ...
  • Technology-neutral scenarios best for Germany’s future energy system - study

    Germany can lower its CO₂ emissions by 90 percent by 2050 if current technologies are used in the most efficient way for an ambitious transformation of the country’s energy system, writes the German Energy Agency (dena) in a press release. The next ...
  • Energy transition in the European Union: renewables beat coal

    More electricity was generated in Europe from wind, sun and biomass in 2017 than from lignite and hard coal, think tanks Agora Energiewende* and Sandbag say in their annual evaluation of the European energy transition. However, renewable energy sources ...
  • Grid agency lowers maximum support level in second offshore wind power auction

    Germany’s grid agency BNetzA has said it will lower the maximum support rate in the second round of auctions for offshore wind power. Support will be reduced to a maximum of 10 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), after average support in the first round ...
  • Environment minister asks EU for more time to implement clean air measures

    Germany’s environment minister Barbara Hendricks has asked the EU Commission for more time to implement binding legislation for ensuring better air quality in inner cities, Zeit Online reports. At a meeting in Brussels, Hendricks said Germany would ...
  • Next German government must quickly take coal plants offline – Greenpeace head

    The only way to enable “Chancellor [Angela] Merkel’s next government to reach the 2020 climate target is to exit from coal-fired power generation,” writes Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International in a guest commentary in the ...
  • Parties’ positions on energy and climate “not incompatible” – dena head

    A new Jamaica coalition government of CDU, CSU, FDP and the Greens could “improve the energy transition”, Andreas Kuhlmann, head of the German Energy Agency (dena), told Die Welt in an interview. Kuhlmann said the different demands brought forward by the ...
  • Government gridlock- Can Germany still act on climate?

    24 Nov 2017 For the first time in its post-war history, Germany struggles to form a stable government coalition two months after voters cast their ballot in September's elections. The so-called Jamaica coalition talks' collapse plunges the ...
  • Start-up Lilium secures 90 million dollars funding for electric air taxi project

    Munich start-up Lilium has secured financing worth 90 million dollars from prominent funders to pursue its project of building an electric five-seat autonomous air taxi that takes off vertically. “This investment is a tremendously important step for ...
  • Environmental NGOs call on EU Commission to maintain pressure on German government on clean air

    German environmental organisations call on the European Commission to continue the official infringement procedure against Germany regarding high nitrogen dioxide (NOx) levels resulting from road traffic. In a letter ahead of a meeting with affected ...
  • Arbitration court to decide on nuclear exit damages case

    An international arbitration court in Washington, DC will decide within the coming weeks whether or not the German government must pay billions in damages to Swedish utility Vattenfall, writes Corinna Budras in a long background article in the Frankfurter ...
  • Report on German energy use 2017 published

    Energy market group AG Energiebilanzen has published a comprehensive paper with data on Germany’s energy use in 2017. The paper gives more detail to the group’s report from 21 December 2017 that a strong economy had pushed up Germany’s primary energy ...
  • Germany's Green party elects energy and climate politicians as new leaders

    Germany’s Greens elected a new joint leadership duo at a weekend convention, breaking with tradition by selecting two members of the party’s moderate wing, reports Politico. Green MP Annalena Baerbock served as speaker of the Green parliamentary group on ...
  • Diesel ban looming for 10 German cities – study

    Ten German cities considerably exceed EU nitrogen oxide (NOx) limits, making diesel driving bans more likely in 2018, according to calculations by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), reports Der Tagesspiegel. “Our results for 2017 show that neither ...
  • “Survey: Majority for coal exit and faster renewable expansion”

    72 percent of Germans want the new government to implement a step-by-step exit from coal-fired power generation, according to a survey by YouGov for WWF and green power provider LichtBlick. YouGov polled 2052 people in September 2017. 41 percent said they ...
  • “innogy acquires BELECTRIC Solar & Battery”

    German utility innogy aims to bolster its position in photovoltaics and energy storage with the acquisition of the German solar and battery specialist BELECTRIC Solar & Battery GmbH. The transaction, announced in August 2016, has been completed, ...
  • Government should introduce low-income power contracts - opinion

    The next federal government should help low-income households afford electricity, through measures such as special rates or free basic volumes that cannot be cut off, Timot Szent-Ivanyi says in an opinion piece for Frankfurter Rundschau. Szent-Ivanyi says ...
  • “Germany needs battery cell production to remain a premium carmaker”

    Germany and Europe have to ramp up investment in battery cell production in order to prepare their automotive industries for a looming rapid expansion of electric vehicles, Germany’s state secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs & ...
  • 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 ...
  • “E-mobility fact check”

    The Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut) has published a fact check answering frequently asked questions on electro-mobility. Questions include ‘Do e-vehicles have a positive carbon footprint over the course of their life span, compared to ...
  • Lusatia’s lignite mining companies advised to emancipate from coal

    The mining companies of Germany’s eastern coal mining area Lusatia should become more independent of the fossil energy source and diversify their businesses, Brandenburg’s state minister for economy & energy, Albrecht Gerber, has said in a press ...
  • Smart meter launch date uncertain in Germany

    The German government does not know when smart meters will be launched across the country, an answer by the government to a parliamentary inquiry by the Left Party reveals. The government says that the “technical capabilities” for the technology’s roll ...
  • Germany’s network agency revamps electricity market data platform

    The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has revamped its SMARD platform that illustrates data on Germany’s electricity market, the German ministry for the economy & energy (BMWi) says in a press release. All data is now available in English and can be ...
  • Germany’s Energiewende: No abandonment, just revision

    The coalition talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Conservatives and the Social Democrats have revealed that Germany has problems with implementing the energy transition, writes Aleksandra Gawlikowska-Fyk in the Bulletin of the Polish Institute of ...
  • RWE challenges court’s evidence order in lawsuit with Peruvian farmer

    German utility RWE has contested a court’s evidence order from November 2017 which says that a consultant shall assess whether greenhouse gas emissions caused by the country’s largest coal user have contributed to the melting of a glacier in Peru, which ...
  • Merkel’s Conservatives and SPD start official coalition negotiations

    Four months after Germans elected a new parliament in September, acting Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD) have started official coalition negotiations, public broadcaster  Deutschlandfunk reports. ...
  • Environmental organisations urge German parties to scrap Nord Stream 2 pipeline

    Environmental organisations NABU and WWF have urged Germany’s parties, currently negotiating to form a government, to stop the natural gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2, a joint press release by the two organisations says. In an open letter to party ...
  • innogy gauges potential savings after CEO departure

    After the sudden departure of CEO Peter Terium, German utility innogy is “reviewing discretionary spending across all segments”, the company says in a press release. The spin-off of energy company RWE says it “reiterates its financial discipline targets”, ...
  • Federal armed forces oppose Nord Stream 2 route near German coast

    Germany’s federal armed forces are among the critics of the Russian-German natural gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2, and call for the pipeline to be built along a different route than planned, writes Alan Posener in Die Welt. According to current plans, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 5-point plan for climate protection – German development minister

    Implementing the Paris Climate Agreement must be a priority in the upcoming coalition talks, according to German economic cooperation and development minister Gerd Müller (CSU). Müller set out a 5-point plan for climate protection in Bild am Sonntag. He ...
  • Düsseldorf court rejects suit seeking ban of VW diesel cars

    A Düsseldorf court has dismissed a suit by lobby group Environmental Action Germany (DUH) seeking a ban of certain Volkswagen diesel cars from the city’s roads, Anneli Palmen reports for Reuters. DUH argued that Volkswagen diesel cars with emissions test ...
  • Train driver assistance systems can cut rail energy use by 15 percent – study

    Train driver assistance systems could make passenger and freight rail even more environmentally friendly, cutting energy use by 15 percent, according to a study by the Pro-Rail Alliance lobby group. “Driver assistance systems for rail transport are an ...
  • EU guarantee programme could make renewables cheaper in Central and Southeastern Europe

    The EU could significantly reduce the financing costs of developing its renewable energy potential by setting up a guarantee programme, according to a study by energy think tank Agora Energiewende*. “One euro of public funding would leverage 50 euros of ...
  • German government must sue EU over subsidies for new Hungarian nuclear plant - Greenpeace Energy

    Greenpeace energy has called on the German government to follow Austria’s lead and take the EU to court over its approval of billions of euros in subsidies for the planned Hungarian nuclear reactor Paks II. Greenpeace says the Russian-designed nuclear ...
  • German onshore wind power sees record growth in 2017

    Onshore wind power in Germany grew by about 1,700 turbines, with a total capacity of roughly 5,300 megawatts (MW) in 2017, a gross increase of 15 percent compared to the previous year, according to the German Wind Energy Association (BWE). In a press ...
  • Conservatives and SPD defend postponing Germany’s 2020 climate goal

    Germany’s negotiating coalition parties, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD), have defended their decision to postpone the country’s 2020 goal of reducing emissions by 40 percent by 2020 compared to 1990 ...
  • India, Germany ink pact to boost green energy ties

    India has entered into a pact with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)- the German government's international development agency- to help integrate renewable energy into its grid, The Economic Times reports. India’s Union ...
  • “Climate advantage e-mobility?”

    Electric vehicles already have a smaller carbon footprint than conventional ones, even though Germany still has a high volume of fossil-fuels in its power mix, writes Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko Institut) in a press release. Because the fuel source ...
  • German financial system ill-prepared for climate protection, needs revamp

    The German financial system urgently needs a revamp to adapt to the decarbonisation of the economy, according to a report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and the Hub for Sustainable Finance Germany, which ...
  • RWE calls for compensation in case of quick coal phase-out

    Fossil-fuel utility RWE has called for compensation if Germany opts for a quick coal exit. “If there is a desire, socially, that a coal exit should come very quickly we have to be compensated for it,” company CEO Rolf Martin Schmitz told an industry ...
  • Power trading causes more grid fluctuation than renewables

    European power trading causes more fluctuation in the electricity grid than the feed-in of renewable power, according to a study by the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation. The grid displays particular large fluctuations every 15 ...
  • Transport sector pushed up German emissions again in 2016

    An increase in transport sector emissions drove up Germany’s total greenhouse gas emissions for the second time in a row in 2016, according to the the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). At 909.4 million tonnes of CO 2 equivalent, emissions were 2.6 million ...
  • “Federal Environment Agency: Merkel is wrong”

    Diesel technology can in theory help protect the climate, but the average diesel car in Germany hardly emits less CO₂ than the average petrol car, Federal Environment Agency (UBA) president Maria Krautzberger told Süddeutsche Zeitung. Efficiency gains ...
  • Next government must put more effort into Energiewende - survey

    Sixty-eight percent of Germans say that the future federal government should put more effort into implementing the Energiewende – with just 24 percent claiming the government should continue as before, according to a representative Forsa survey, ...
  • “Scapegoat Energiewende”

    Raising grid fees substantially- and the resulting rise in cost for electricity in Germany announced for the turn of the year – is not fully justified, Claudia Kemfert of the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin), told Frankfurter Rundschau. ...
  • 16 Dec 2016 |

    Preview2017- "I don’t think the momentum can be reversed"

    16 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 ...
  • German politicians have endorsed “fake climate goal” – Club of Rome co-president

    In recent years, German politicians endorsed a “fake climate goal” that could not have been met, renowned German environmentalist  Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker said in an interview with the Main Post. Von Weizsäcker said “it is good” the parties in ...
  • Germany to miss EU climate goal in non-ETS sectors

    An internal paper from the German environment ministry shows the country will miss the 2020 greenhouse gas emission target set by the European Union for sectors not covered by the EU emission trading system (ETS), Jakob Schlandt writes in energy and ...
  • German grid operators warn of future power imports

    Germany’s grid operators fear that from 2020 the country may have to import electricity in extreme cases of adverse weather, as more and more conventional power plants are taken offline, Daniel Wetzel writes for Die Welt. The four transmission grid ...
  • Legal opinion on coal exit is flawed – coal association

    The Federal Association for Brown Coal (DEBRIV) says a legal opinion stating that a coal exit would be constitutional is superficial and draws the wrong conclusions. Law firm BeckerBüttnerHeld (BBH) and think tank Agora Energiewende* said on Monday that ...
  • Daimler buys majority stake in French car-ride app Chauffeur Privé

    German carmaker Daimler has acquired a majority stake in Chauffeur Privé, a French rival to the larger Uber car-ride app, in the latest example of traditional companies looking to deal with challenges from technology-driven startups, reports news agency ...
  • Eventual e-car boom requires swift action by Germany’s municipalities and utilities – opinion

    Electric cars are going to spread in Germany sooner or later, and the country’s infrastructure must be made ready for this boom soon, Hans Riebsamen writes in an opinion piece for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Especially the larger urban areas that ...
  • Renewables support system must be reformed by 2019 – BDEW head

    Germany will need to reform its renewables support system by 2019, said Stefan Kapferer, head of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW). “I am convinced that, although we may not have a major Renewable Energy Act (EEG) reform already ...
  • German Energy Agency and French counterpart welcome renewal of Élysée Treaty

    The German Energy Agency (dena) and its French counterpart ADEME welcome the initiative to renew the seminal Élysée Treaty between the two countries, and to intensify cooperation in many areas, including energy policy and climate protection, the dena says ...
  • Switch to e-buses slowly gets off the ground

    The transformation of public transport in Germany towards low-emission vehicles is beginning to gain traction, Michael Bauchmüller writes in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Figures compiled by consultancy PwC show that municipalities across the country plan to ...
  • German power grid not ready for e-car boom - study

    A large-scale roll-out of electric vehicles in Germany could overstrain the power grid, and the country should invest billions of euros to prevent a breakdown in the future, Jürgen Flauger and Franz Hubik write in the Handelsblatt. According to ...
  • “Inefficient climate policy”

    German climate policy often overlooks the important principle of keeping costs at a minimum, economists Hubertus Bardt and Thilo Schaefer write in a guest commentary for the Handelsblatt. “Of course, there might be good reasons to diverge from this ...
  • French think tank: Germany may lower Energiewende ambitions after elections

    Germany is likely to lower its Energiewende ambitions after the upcoming general elections, according to an analysis by French government think tank France Strategie. Germany will likely miss its 2020 climate targets, while the long-term insecurity of the ...
  • Wind turbine heavyweight Siemens-Gamesa in trouble

    The world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, Siemens-Gamesa, has downgraded its business prospects without specifying the reasons for the adjusted prognosis, the Frankfurter Allgmeine Zeitung reports. The German-Spanish company that merged about half a ...
  • 11 May 2017 |

    Last major German solar cell maker surrenders to Chinese competition

    11 May 2017 (All day) Once the flagship of German solar energy, PV panel manufacturer SolarWorld has filed for insolvency, in what founder Frank Asbeck called a “bitter step for the German solar industry”. The company blamed plummeting prices caused by ...
  • Why Germany’s conservative and environmentalist movements fail to form an obvious political alliance

    Environmental protection and conservativism are two defining traits of German society but a corresponding political coalition of the Green Party and the CDU seems as distant as always days before this week’s parliamentary election, Fabian Federl writes on ...
  • 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 ...
  • Mining Union IG BCE calls for government commission on transport transition

    Mining Union IG BCE, which represents many workers at car industry suppliers and is a fierce opponent of a quick coal exit, has called for a “future commission transport transition” shortly after the upcoming elections, reports Frankfurter Allgemeine ...
  • 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 ...
  • Analysts and researchers say new German government unlikely to reach climate targets

    Challenging Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent promise that Germany will find ways to meet its 2020 climate targets, nine analysts and researchers contacted by Bloomberg have said that the country will probably fail in its efforts, report Mathew Carr, ...
  • Construction for pilot e-truck motorway begins

    Construction has begun on the pilot project of Germany’s first e-highway for trucks using catenaries (overhead electrical wires) on motorways, reports Jutta Rippegather in Frankfurter Rundschau. In 2019, five test trucks will start using the 5 kilometre ...
  • 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 ...
  • Chemical industry in bid to harness Germany’s green power overload

    Chemical companies BASF, Evonik, and Clariant seek to use excess renewable power in Germany to make synthetic fuels and other chemicals, reports Ludwig Burger for Reuters. According to Germany’s chemical industry lobby VCI, so-called power-to-X technology ...
  • Free Democrats say unconventional fracking “chance” for energy transition

    Unconventional fracking, the gas drilling by means of chemicals, is a chance not only for supply security, but also for the climate, Michael Theurer, deputy leader of the Free Democrats (FDP) parliamentary group, told Der Spiegel. Using more natural gas ...
  • Germans will likely come empty-handed to EU air quality meeting

    The German government will likely arrive empty-handed at an EU Commission meeting on 30 January where several states are supposed to show how and by when they intend to achieve compliance with European Union air quality directives, writes Nikolaus Doll in ...
  • It’s certain now: German industry wants climate protection and energy transition - opinion

    The Federation of German Industries (BDI) signalling a new stance on climate protection with its “Climate paths” study is a “breakthrough, more important […] than most governmental climate protection plans and targets,” writes Jakob Schlandt in an opinion ...
  • “Car sharing finally has a chance with new law”

    Car sharing in Germany will experience a push after a new law comes into force on 1 September, writes Michael Kuntz in an opinion piece in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Among other things, the regulation makes it easier for states, cities and municipalities to ...
  • “How to make a capital smart”

    The EUREF-Campus in the German capital Berlin has become a showcase for efficient energy use, Michael Bauchmüller writes in Süddeutsche Zeitung. The campus combines existing technologies with a software that analyses weather data and regulates the use of ...
  • Utility introduces e-car charging card

    Southern German utility EnBW has introduced a one-for-all charging card for e-cars that will enable its customers to use a network of 8,000 charging stations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, regardless of the operator of the station. E-car drivers ...
  • EU Commission gets tough on air quality improvement

    The European Commission has set a deadline for Germany and other countries to show how they intend to comply with the EU’s air quality standards or face court action, reports Florian Eder for Politico. In a letter seen by Politico, Commissioner for the ...
  • Religious actors influential in climate policy - research

    Religious groups and organisations are becoming increasingly influential in international climate policy, according to research presented at the University of Münster (WWU). “They have established themselves as non-governmental actors at the UN climate ...
  • German industry says protecting climate is good for economy

    German industry believes the world’s fourth largest economy can boost its status as a manufacturing powerhouse by protecting the climate. Reducing emissions by 80 percent by 2050 is good for the economy even if Germany goes it alone, the Federation of ...
  • “Cost pressure on industry continues downward trend”

    The energy costs for energy intensive industries in Germany in December 2016 have reached the lowest level in seven years, the Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut) said in a press release. The energy cost index in late 2016, which measures energy ...
  • “E-cars need a lot of steel, too”

    The auto sector will remain one of the steel industry's biggest customers, because the switch to e-mobility demands large quantities of steel for component parts, charging stations, power grids and power stations, Helmut Bünder writes for Frankfurter ...
  • Farming subsidies should be linked to environment and climate protection – environment ministry

    The German Federal Ministry of Environment suggests a new “social contract” to align the agricultural sector with the country’s environment and climate protection targets. This would include linking subsidies to farmers’ contributions to climate change ...
  • Hidden costs of conventional energy higher than those of renewable support schemes - researchers

    The hidden costs of conventional energy sources in Germany amount to 38 billion euros, compared to the 24.5 billion euros worth of EEG surcharge, which is paid directly by consumers with their power bill to support renewable energy generation. Researchers ...
  • “Windfall for the wind industry”

    The sudden price drop for winning bids in Germany’s onshore wind power auctions raised questions about the much higher returns wind park operators could bank on in recent years, writes Jakob Schlandt in Berliner Morgenpost. A study by Deutsche WindGuard ...
  • TenneT spends record sum to stabilise power grid in 2017

    The need for, and costs of, power grid stabilising measures grew to a record high in 2017 for transmission grid operator TenneT, news agency dpa reports in an article carried by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. According to preliminary data, TenneT said it ...
  • 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 ...
  • Municipalities near wind farms should receive ’wind levy‘ to secure acceptance of further expansion – think tank

    The German government must take precautions to secure citizens’ acceptance for future wind power expansion, as it is a central pillar of the country’s energy transition, writes the energy think tank Agora Energiewende* in a report. Municipalities located ...
  • EU should rethink its support to tree burning to protect climate – guest commentary

    The EU’s plan to allow fuel from felled trees to qualify as renewable energy could accelerate climate change, writes Felix Creutzig of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) in a guest commentary in the Süddeutsche ...
  • Bavarian economy minister wants to make renewables support reform coalition negotiations topic

    Ilse Aigner, economy minister of Germany’s biggest state Bavaria, aims to make lowering power prices a key topic in the coalition negotiations after the general elections in September, reports news agency dpa. She demands a reform of Germany’s renewables ...
  • “North Sea ‘wind harvest’ in the first half of 2017 exceeds the first half of 2016 by 50 percent”

    At 7.77 terawatt hours (TWh) in the first half of 2017, North Sea offshore wind power transferred by system operator (TSO) TenneT exceeded that of the same period last year (5.18 TWh) by 50 percent, TenneT said in a press release. “The flow of energy from ...
  • “Donald Trump, we have to talk!”

    German economy minister Brigitte Zypries “strongly trusts” that US President Donald Trump will prevent sanctions against German companies that are invested in the construction or operation of pipelines from Russia, the minister wrote in a guest commentary ...
  • 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 ...
  • 28 Jul 2017 |

    Why the German diesel summit matters for climate and energy

    28 Jul 2017 (All day) On 2 August, the CEOs of Germany’s major car manufacturers will meet with federal and state government representatives to discuss ways to reduce pollution from diesel cars. Recent cartel allegations shed a new light on the meeting’s ...
  • Expenditure on Germany’s renewable energy support hits record high

    Germany spent a record 26.3 billion euros on supporting renewable energy development in 2017, reports Andreas Mihm in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, citing data released by the country’s four power transmission grid operators (TSO) on Renewable ...
  • “The West can’t ignore China’s rise as an e-car empire”

    China wants to become a global maker of e-cars, “take on the hegemony of Western and Asian producers,” and German carmakers risk being bypassed “if [they] don’t take notice” of these developments, writes Handelsblatt Global. While Western companies still ...
  • Germany needs a well-ordered coal exit – Vattenfall

    For a successful energy transition, Germany needs a well-ordered coal exit and accelerated wind power expansion, Vattenfall’s Senior Executive Vice President Tuomo Hatakka told the Funke Mediengruppe. The next federal government must organise the phase ...
  • North Sea wind power production increases by 47 percent in 2017

    Germany’s offshore wind power production in the North Sea in 2017 was 47 percent higher than in 2016, writes grid operator TenneT in a press release. With a record of 15.97 terawatt hours (TWh), North Sea wind made up a total of 15.9 percent of all German ...
  • Green transport is not just about phasing out diesel – opinion

    Dieselgate and looming driving bans due to pollution in cities have triggered a discussion about the future of the combustion engine in Germany, but much more is required to decarbonise transport, writes researcher Weert Canzler in an opinion piece in Die ...
  • Transmission grid operator to raise grid fees

    Transmission grid operator (TSO) TenneT will raise grid fees by 9 percent at the turn of the year, executive board member Urban Keussen told Klaus Stratmann for the Handelsblatt. The rise is due to costs from measures to stabilise the power grid, such as ...
  • “German ‘Jamaica’ coalition spells trouble for coal, cars, and the euro”

    Energy and financial policy in Europe could be substantially affected by a government participation of the Green Party and the economic liberal FDP in the next German government under Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative alliance of CDU/CSU, Ambrose ...
  • 08 Jan 2016

    Greens sharpen their eco-profile / New energy 'superpowers'

    08 Jan 2016 (All day) Handelsblatt “Greens sharpen their eco-profile” Germany’s Green Party has called for a coal exit by 2036, Barbara Gillmann reports in the Handelsblatt. By that time, petrol and diesel cars should disappear from Germany’s roads, while ...
  • “Green emergency programme for climate protection”

    Annual climate protection efforts must be quadrupled compared to the average over the past ten years in order for Germany to reach its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020, according to members of the Green Party parliamentary ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Group calls for German offshore expansion”

    A group of trade unionists, regional economics and energy ministers and industry leaders has called for Germany to increase its offshore capacity to at least 20 gigawatts (GW) by 2030, and at least 30 GW by 2035, Craig Richard reports for Windpower ...
  • German Greens reveal coal phase-out red line for joining government

    Germany’s Green Party has made the closure of seven gigawatts (GW) of coal power a deal-breaker if it is to enter government, Arthur Neslen writes for online climate news site Climate Home, citing an interview with the Green Member of European Parliament, ...
  • Coal mining waste products may pollute Berlin waters

    Sulphates unearthed by open pit mining in the eastern German coal region Lusatia could lead to a surge in diarrhoea cases in the capital Berlin, environmental organisation NABU says, based on an analysis by the Brandenburg State Office for Mining, Geology ...
  • German party leaders agree energy policy blueprint for coalition talks

    The parties currently in talks to form Germany’s next government have agreed to speed up the roll-out of renewable energies and start the phase-out of coal-fired power generation. Contrary to a draft leaked earlier this week, the blueprint agreement ...
  • Energiewende costs “unknown” to German government

    The total cost of Germany’s energy transition cannot be calculated merely by adding up the costs of individual assets, as some costs would arise even without a shift towards a decarbonised energy system, the German Federal Government writes in an answer ...
  • “German predicament due to Macron’s climate protection”

    French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposal to introduce a high price on CO₂ emissions in the European Union would give France an “enormous competitive edge” over Germany, as his country’s energy supply is based mostly on emission-free nuclear and hydro ...
  • “Tenant power law squanders potential”

    Many more buildings than reported by the federal economy ministry can be made accessible for the new tenant power law, according to a study by Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW), commissioned by the Green group in the Bundestag. Read the ...
  • "Undecided voters"

    Almost half the German population believes the federal election in September has already been decided, Renate Köcher of polling agency Institut für Demoskopie Allensbach writes for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Survey results show 71 percent of Germans ...
  • Meat Atlas 2018 examines impact of industrial meat production

    The Meat Atlas 2018, published by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, NGO Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) and Le Monde Diplomatique, offers a damning look at industrial meat production and highlights, among other things, the danger it poses to the climate. ...
  • “Trade union welcomes new climate policy”

    Germany’s IG Bergbau, Chemie, Energie (IG BCE) trade union, which covers workers in the mining, chemicals and energy sectors, has welcomed the move by likely coalition partners CDU/CSU and SPD to give up on 2020 climate protection targets, Detlef ...
  • “One-and-a-half-year postponement still outstanding"

    In an interview with Deutschlandfunk’s Jörg Münchenberg, Dieter Kempf, president of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), says reaching Germany’s 2020 target 18 months later would still be a very positive step. “I believe that the world can see very ...
  • German coalition talks focus on greater investment in public transportation

    A coalition between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and the left-leaning Social Democrats would likely mean a boon for public transport in the country, according to a report in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung by Andreas Mihm ...
  • “Energiewende threatened by big dent by 2021”

    The use of coal-fired power production and other fossil energy sources has to be quickly reduced in Germany in order to keep aging wind turbines cost-efficient, environmental organisation Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), green energy provider Naturstrom AG and ...
  • Electric mobility has become unstoppable

    The shift to electric mobility has become unstoppable even if e-car sales are still low, writes Michael Gerster in an analysis for the car industry publication Automobilwoche. He argues that major car companies are now so committed to the technology that ...
  • US government increases pressure on Germany to halt Nord Stream 2

    The US administration has increased efforts to persuade Germany and other EU countries to drop support for the planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to connect Russia with Germany, Andreas Mihm reports for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). The US state ...
  • Coalition talks make short work of "unrealistic" climate targets

    Writing for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Jasper von Altenbockum says the prospective government has made unexpectedly short work of climate protection policy. Where the CDU/CSU, FDP and Greens haggled over fossil fuels for weeks, the conservatives and ...
  • Patrick Graichen: Dropping of 2020 target no surprise

    In an interview with taz, Agora Energiewende* director Patrick Graichen says he expected the prospective government to abandon Germany’s 2020 climate targets. "Saving 150 million tonnes of CO2 within two years is clearly urealistic unless you want to ...
  • DUH launches participatory clean air campaign

    NGO Environmental Action Germany is launching a campaign to supplement what it says is inadequate air pollution testing by the government. A new web portal will allow citizens to report locations with high traffic pollution. DUH will then use a network of ...
  • “Jumping on the Blockchain Train”

    Blockchain data processing technology is constantly seeping into the business practices of “virtually every publicly-listed company” in Germany as it makes transactions more efficient and secure, Stefan Hajek writes in Handelsblatt Global Edition. The ...
  • 01 Dec 2016 |

    IEA director calls on Germany to lead on climate during G20 presidency

    01 Dec 2016 (All day) Calls for Germany to take on a leadership role in international climate protection grow louder as the country’s government is set to take over the G20 presidency from China on 1 December. Commentators and politicians see the ...
  • Power consumption stays stable

    Germany’s power consumption decreased by 0.2 percent in the first six months of 2016 compared to the same period last year, the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) reports. The association said that during a time of “unchanged robust ...
  • Fitting more power into the existing grid

    A range of comparatively simple measures could increase the capacity of the German power grid within the next two to four years, energy think tank Agora Energiewende * finds in a study. An ad-hoc investment programme could improve the transmission grid to ...
  • Utility E.ON agrees to sell-off of Uniper shares

    German utility E.ON is selling off its shares in its fossil power spin-off Uniper to Finnish plant operator Fortum, the company said in a press release. E.ON said it accepted Fortum’s offer to buy its 46.65-percent stake in Uniper for 22 euros per share, ...
  • German offshore wind pioneers mull global expansion

    Leading energy companies from Germany plan to take advantage of their know-how acquired  through the Energiewende and take their business to the global stage, Jürgen Flauger and Franz Hubik write in Handelsblatt. Utility EnBW, which used to be heavily ...
  • “Once upon a time”

    “Once upon a time”, Germany used to be a “world champion in climate protection” but it risks losing this title as the country’s negotiating government coalition parties mull dropping the 2020 climate target, Joachim Wille writes in a commentary for ...
  • State premier: “Lignite indispensable until 2050“

    Germany’s lignite industry received a lot of support at an energy conference in eastern Germany, economic newspaper Zeitung für kommunale Wirtschaft reports. At the Eastern German Energy Forum, the state premier of Saxony-Anhalt, Rainer Haseloff, said ...
  • Operators fear court decision could hamstring investment in German power grids

    A decision by Germany’s Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) to cap grid operators’ profits has led to a “revolt” in the industry, Michael Gassmann writes for Die Welt. Over 1,000 companies, including many municipal utilities, have filed a complaint against ...
  • Trade union calls for greater expansion of wind power

    Germany’s next government must ramp up expansion targets for wind power to meet the country’s climate targets and secure stable conditions for the industry, trade union IG Metall Küste says in a press release. IG Metall called on state premiers, ...
  • Resistance to plans to stop pumping mine water

    Several communities, local governments and regional parliaments in the small German state of Saarland oppose plans by hard coal mining foundation RAG-Stiftung to progressively reduce pumping mine water and let groundwater levels rise, Bernd Freytag ...
  • “Energy consumption again increases slightly in 2016”

    Germany’s energy consumption- and probably the country’s greenhouse gas emissions- increased slightly in 2016, says energy market research group AG Energiebilanzen (AGEB) in its report on energy consumption. The data confirms AGEB’s estimates from ...
  • 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 ...
  • Think tank: Five German companies among most active “lobbying against climate policy”

    Five major companies from Germany are among the world’s 35 most active anti-climate policy lobbying enterprises, British think tank InfluenceMap says. In a study that examines the companies most influential in shaping climate and energy policy around the ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Red lines for Jamaica”

    German industry fears the next government coalition could make “rotten compromises” on energy and climate policy, Klaus Stratmann writes in Handelsblatt. While the Greens are adamant on climate protection and shutting down coal plants, its potential ...
  • Renewables levy to fall slightly in 2018

    The EEG surcharge – Germany’s levy to support renewables expansion that consumers pay with their power bill – will fall to 6.792 cents per kilowatt hour (ct/kWh) in 2018, from 6.88 ct/kWh in 2017. The country’s four transmission grid operators (TSOs) ...
  • DHL and Ford unveil jointly produced electric delivery van

    In an effort to expand its existing fleet of electric delivery vans, Deutsche Post DHL Group has teamed up with US carmaker Ford and unveiled a jointly manufactured, larger version of the e-van, the "StreetScooter WORK XL". “With this commitment ...
  • Climate change not a risk to financial markets in short term

    The direct physical effects of climate change “very likely do not constitute a risk” for the stability of European financial markets until 2030, according to preliminary results of an upcoming report by the Federal Ministry of Finance. “How likely ...
  • Additional charges on electricity among industry’s greatest concerns

    Additional charges on electricity levied by the state are one of the greatest concerns of Germany’s industrial companies, Daniel Wetzel writes in Die Welt. According to a survey conducted by the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry ...
  • New government coalition should agree on coal end date - opinion

    Germany’s coal exit will be a major energy and climate policy topic in the coalition talks and the next government should work towards a coal consensus – similar to the one found on the exit from nuclear power, Jürgen Flauger writes in an opinion piece in ...
  • Wind blows Germany’s renewable power production to new record in 2017

    A large increase of wind power generation pushed Germany’s renewable share of total power use to a record 36.1 percent last year, an increase of 3.8 percentage points over 2016, according to energy think-tank Agora Energiewende*. A rising number of ...
  • Diesel registrations share down 7 percentage points in 2017

    The share of diesel cars in total new passenger car registrations in Germany fell to 38.8 percent in 2017, (from 45.9 percent in 2016), the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) says in a press release. The share of petrol cars increased to 57.7 percent ...
  • Germany covers around 100 percent of power use with renewables for 1st time

    Germany has crossed a symbolic milestone in its energy transition by briefly covering around 100 percent of electricity use with renewables for the first time ever on 1 January. At around 06:00 am on 1 January, a combination of strong winds and low demand ...
  • German petrol station operators look for new business models as e-cars loom

    German petrol stations are struggling for new business models as a breakthrough for electric vehicles appears just around the corner, Michael Ashelm and Bernd Freytag write for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “Instead of marching ahead, an entire ...
  • Monitoring progress of Energiewende digitalisation

    Consultancy Ernst & Young (EY) is developing an Energiewende Digitalisation Barometer for the German economy ministry, which will provide an annual assessment of the progress of the digital transformation of the energy system, reports Christian ...
  • Insurers faced record 135 billion US dollars in costs from natural catastrophes in 2017

    Natural catastrophes like hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria will cost the insurance industry a record amount of 135 billion US dollars in 2017, according to a review by German reinsurance company Munich RE. This meant that less than half of the overall ...
  • “Viviane Reding: Germany needs a stronger Europe”

    Germany’s energy transition is a project that “commands respect” from its European neighbours but the country also depends on a strong Europe to pursue the Energiewende and embark on other economic endeavours, former EU Commission Vice-President Viviane ...
  • Nature of climate change makes it a very difficult topic to report on

    Global warming is a phenomenon whose nature makes it very unattractive for the fast-paced news business, Dagmar Dehmer writes in Der Tagesspiegel. “The events are complex and non-linear”, Dehmer says, arguing that climate change as a news event is ...
  • “Why haven’t CEE policy makers embraced the Energiewende?”

    Many Central and Eastern European countries have reacted extremely sceptical to Germany’s energy transition, but they have been proven wrong, writes Jan Ondrich in a blog post on energytransition.de. Germany’s grid remains one of the most stable in Europe ...
  • Utility RWE hives off coal and nuclear businesses into separate company

    German utility RWE has reorganised its power generation business by spinning off its lignite and nuclear power operations into a separate company, the company says in a press release. The move was intended to “make our electricity generation companies ...
  • Share of renewables record high in net public power supply in 2017

    In 2017, renewables represented a record of around 38.5 percent of public net power generation (33.8 percent in 2016), writes Bruno Burger of Fraunhofer ISE in an end-of-year assessment. In total, renewables contributed 15 percent more to Germany’s public ...
  • 2018 decisive year for coal and climate in Germany

    In a “ decisive year ” 2018, the next German government must determine the course for the country’s exit from coal-fired power generation, and deal with the looming failure to reach its 2020 greenhouse gas reduction target, writes Frank-Thomas Wenzel in ...
  • Combustion engine ban to figure in coalition talks after elections?

    For the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU), a combustion engine ban is a no-go in coalition talks after the September elections, CSU head Horst Seehofer said in an interview with Funke Mediengruppe. It would “strike at the roots of our prosperity,” ...
  • “Nord Stream is the opposite of diversification” – opinion

    It is in the interests of both Europe and the Russian people to halt the German-Russian natural gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2, writes Gerhard Gnauck in an opinion piece on Welt Online. It would increase the EU’s dependence on Russia as a major energy ...
  • German coalition talks past 2nd deadline still stalled over climate

    19 Nov 2017 Germany's aspiring coalition partners continued talks past a second deadline on Sunday, 19. November, after having made little headway in key climate and energy issues in exploratory talks that had already gone past the first self-imposed ...
  • Gundremmingen B nuclear reactor offline

    Germany has closed the Gundremmingen B nuclear reactor in Bavaria, leaving the country with seven reactors to be shut down by the scheduled nuclear exit at the end of 2022. Since starting operation in 1984, the reactor had produced about “330 billion ...
  • 2017 coalition talks burdened by “symbolic political conflict”

    Energy policy was a burden on the 2017 coalition talks because the Green Party, the conservatives (CDU/CSU) and the Free Democrats (FDP) narrowed the discussions down to a “symbolic political conflict”, writes Jakob Schlandt in Tagesspiegel. The parties ...
  • “Merkel: Car industry going through radical change”

    In light of the emissions scandal, Angela Merkel sees this year’s Frankfurt car show (IAA) as a “very special show,” the Chancellor said in her weekly video podcast. “The car industry is an important pillar of our economic success, and also of our ...
  • “Overdue but complicated”

    The tenant electricity draft law by the German economy ministry (BMWi) is “an overdue step towards more equality” among the country’s power consumers, Bernward Janzing writes in a commentary for taz. It allowed tenants not to pay the entire renewable ...
  • “Senvion and EnBW conclude cooperation agreement”

    Hamburg-based wind turbine manufacturer Senvion and German utility EnBW concluded a cooperation agreement for onshore projects totalling several hundred megawatts (MW) throughout Germany, Senvion announced in a press release. Find the press release in ...
  • 24 May 2016

    Protest against taxing renewable self-supply / Wind power pushback

    24 May 2016 (All day) Süddeutsche Zeitung “People with their own power supply will have to pay” Changes in power taxation planned by the German finance ministry could finish off business models based on renewable power production to supply local residents ...
  • Deutsche Bank revises coal investment guidelines

    Deutsche Bank will no longer grant new financing for thermal coal mining or new coal-fired power plants, Germany’s largest bank said in a press release. The bank will also “reduce its existing exposure to the thermal coal mining sector,” it said. Deutsche ...
  • 23 Feb 2017 |

    Debate on financing renewables in new ways gathers pace in Germany

    23 Feb 2017 (All day) Against a backdrop of general elections later this year, a debate about a general overhaul of Germany’s much-imitated system for renewables support is gathering pace. Many proponents of replacing the current Renewable Energy Act (EEG ...
  • FDP head Lindner calls for “reasonable energy policy”

    The Free Democrats’ (FDP) leader, Christian Lindner, has said his party will strive for “a reasonable energy policy” if it is going to be part of Germany’s next government. The economic liberal FDP could become part of a coalition with Chancellor Angela ...
  • Pay fossil power plants for flexibility, says energy lobby head

    Fossil power plants are disappearing from the market too quickly when they are still needed to supply the country with power on days with little sun or wind, writes Daniel Wetzel in Die Welt. “At the moment, the bad economic framework conditions lead to ...
  • 17 Nov 2014 |

    German energy minister dismisses reports of changes to climate goals

    17 Nov 2014 (All day) Following heated debate over a possible exit from coal-fired power, Sigmar Gabriel has reaffirmed his commitment to reducing carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2020. Germany's Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy has ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Climate protection: loser of the election battle”

    The election battle in Germany leaves little room for hoping that the country’s climate protection record will improve soon, Ralf Köpke writes in Energie & Management. While the wind power industry currently approaches a new expansion record and ...
  • “AfD wants to end climate protection”

    Germany’s right-wing national conservative party Alternative for Germany (AfD) calls the human effect on global warming into question and wants to scrap efforts to cut carbon emissions, Maria Fiedler writes in Tagesspiegel. “There have been cold and warm ...
  • 11 Feb 2016

    No future for German ski regions / A pending wind merger

    11 Feb 2016 (All day) Der Tagesspiegel “Government sees no future for two thirds of ski regions” The government predicts that with a 2 degree Celsius warming, 61 percent of Germany’s ski regions would not be suitable for winter sports, even with ...
  • “German nuclear phase out drives innovation in renewables”

    The lack of a specific phase-out policy for coal is a “missed opportunity of an accelerated decarbonisation of the German energy system,” according to a policy briefing by UK-based Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED).  The paper argues that ...
  • “Daring more sustainability”

    German climate and energy policy should be combined to overcome bitter fights between the environment ministry and the economics ministry after next year’s parliamentary election, argues sustainability expert Reinhard Loske from the University Witten ...
  • “Who wants to govern with whom?”

    One week ahead of the general election, the German political parties already debate possible scenarios for forming a coalition government, reports Lutz Haverkamp in Tagesspiegel. At a special party conference, the Greens’ top candidate, Katrin Göring ...
  • "The future lives in Reinickendorf"

    While the city state of Berlin is to become climate neutral by 2050, Reinickendorf, one of the city’s boroughs, is well on its way to meeting that target, Gerd Nowakowski reports for Der Tagesspiegel. In the past eight years 13,500 apartments in the area ...
  • Small and medium-sized companies are “energiewende’s real backbone”

    While major corporations like E.ON, Volkswagen and Siemens may come to mind when discussing Germany’s energy transition, the real champions behind the country’s ambitious plans are its 3.67 million small and medium-sized enterprises, Roy L Hales writes in ...
  • Combustion engine ban splitting point in coalition talks on transport

    02 Nov 2017 After an expected clash over climate and energy policy last week, Germany’s aspiring coalition partners of the conservative CDU/CSU alliance, the pro-business FDP and the environmentalist Green Party also failed to agree on transport policy, ...
  • “Green finance: Risk and opportunity”

    The financial sector must quickly incorporate risks and opportunities arising from the global move to a low-carbon economy into their strategies, write German and French central bankers Andreas Dombret and Anne Le Lorier in a guest article for ...
  • Next German government will continue ecological modernisation - analyst

    No matter which parties will eventually form a coalition, Germany’s next government will continue with an agenda of ecological modernisation, writes Arne Jungjohann, energy analyst and a consultant for the German Green Party, in a guest commentary on ...
  • 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 ...
  • “Big corporation benefits from citizens’ energy”

    Many German wind power projects that appear to be owned by citizens’ energy cooperatives can be associated with the major wind power planning company UKA, German national TV station MDR says in an article on its website. According to MDR, UKA is Germany’s ...
  • 11 Jan 2017 |
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    Preview2017- "High pressure to decarbonise heating sector"

    11 Jan 2017 (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 ...
  • 18 May 2016

    Cabinet approves e-car subsidies / EU nuclear paper causes storm

    18 May 2016 (All day) Federal government “Tax breaks and buyer’s premium agreed to” The government cabinet has agreed to an e-car buyer’s premium worth 4,000 euros and ten-year tax breaks for new electric vehicles. There will be further incentives for ...
  • “The mistakes of Germany’s topmost climate protection party”

    The German Green Party is at risk of becoming the weakest parliamentary group after this week’s elections, although extreme weather patterns in the Caribbean and the dieselgate scandal at home have shifted the political focus to the environmentalist party ...
  • Possible CDU/CSU–FDP coalition grows more popular with Germans

    Ahead of the general elections on 24 September, German voters increasingly favour a possible government coalition of conservatives (CDU/CSU) and the economically liberal FDP, while the popularity of the current alternative of a grand coalition (CDU/CSU ...
  • “EU states say no to ambitious energy saving goals”

    Several EU countries are rejecting an ambitious and binding energy efficiency goal proposed by the EU Commission in its winter package, reports Hendrik Kafsack in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). The EU Council Presidency, currently held by Malta ...
  • Germany generates record volume of renewable power – E.ON

    Two powerful autumn storms pushed German renewable electricity production to a record high this year, according to calculations by utility E.ON. E.ON manager Robert Hienz told news agency dpa that from January to mid-November, solar, wind and hydro power ...
  • “The fairness gap in the distribution of Energiewende costs on private households”

    Low-income households pay more for electricity levies and taxes which help finance the Energiewende than high-income households – relative to their income, says economic research institute RWI Essen in a new paper. But most people wish that wealthier ...
  • Higher demand abroad than at home for German e-cars

    German carmakers are keeping up in the international race for electro mobility, even though it remains a niche market in Germany itself, the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW Köln) says in its weekly newsletter. “Germany is not the leading ...
  • 31 Oct 2017 |

    COP23- ‘We must use Bonn to push the national climate debate’

    31 Oct 2017 (All day) Ahead of the climate summit in Bonn, Professor Mojib Latif, a leading climate scientist from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, tells the Clean Energy Wire about his distrust in emission data, the unfortunate ...
  • “Lindner’s coal”

    German politicians might appear more concerned with halting global climate change than the current US administration, but in reality they have done little in recent years to actually improve their country’s climate record, Philip Bethge writes in Der ...
  • 07 May 2015

    In the media: Czechs ready to invest in German coal

    07 May 2015 (All day) The New York Times “Germany, the Green Superpower” With a generous feed-in tariff “that made it a no-brainer for Germans to install solar power (or wind) at home,” Germany has made a “world-saving achievement” by driving down the ...
  • “Fishermen want to fish in offshore wind farms”

    German fishermen want to be allowed to fish between offshore wind turbines in the North Sea but operators are worried about insufficient insurance cover in case of damage to their installations, Birger Nicolai and Daniel Wetzel write on Welt Online. ...
  • Deutsche Post’s Streetscooter e-car said to have problems with cold weather

    The electric Streetscooter, built by postal service Deutsche Post, is struggling to function properly in cold winter weather, Birger Nicolai writes in Die Welt. Drivers using the e-car, produced by Deutsche Post after it failed to find a comparable model ...
  • Abandoning diesel tax privileges would hurt customers – BMW head

    BMW head Harald Krüger has rejected VW CEO Matthias Müller’s call to end the privileged tax treatment of diesel cars, reports Handelsblatt. “I think abandoning the diesel subsidies is wrong. This is not justifiable for the customers that have bought a ...
  • Renewable Energy Act 2016 report

    The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has published its 2016 EEG report. It includes data on installed renewables capacity, electricity feed-in, regional distribution of renewables facilities, and their size. Find the EEG report in German here. ...
  • Pressure on Germany grows as international alliance to phase out coal gathers steam

    An accelerated drive to phase out coal both in Europe and internationally – fuelled by the Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA) and the emergence of the European Commission’s Coal Regions in Transition Platform – puts additional pressure on the EU’s largest ...
  • Example of Germany shows that energy transition is affordable

    The real lesson of the German Energiewende is not that the transition to renewables is very expensive. Quite the contrary: it is affordable in highly industrialised countries, writes Tomas Unnerstall in an article in the journal Energy, Sustainability and ...
  • Betting on electric cars cheaper for carmakers than sticking to diesel

    The looming EU fines for excessive emissions after 2020 make it cheaper for the car industry to develop electric cars than to cling to the diesel, argues Markus Fasse in a commentary in the business daily Handelsblatt. In recent years, the car industry ...
  • Strong economy pushes up Germany’s primary energy consumption in 2017

    Germany’s primary energy consumption rose by 0.8 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to preliminary calculations by energy market group AG Energiebilanzen. This was due to a strong economy, the group wrote in a press release. Germany ...
  • Merkel’s CDU eyes continuation of grand coalition with Social Democrats

    The German Chancellor Angela Merkel’ conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has greenlighted talks aimed at reviving the so-called grand coalition with rival Social Democratic Party (SPD), news agency Reuters reports. A renewal of the coalition ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wuerttemberg

    The ZSW is a non-profit scientific foundation that conducts research and offers consulting services with the aim of promoting sustainable and climate-friendly energy technologies.  It was founded by the state of Baden Wuerttemberg, the Universities of Ulm ...
  • FVEE- Renewable Energy Research Association

    The German Renewable Energy Research Association (FVEE) forms a nationwide cooperation structure of institutes researching and developing technologies for renewables, energy efficiency, energy storage and optimized technical and socio-economic interaction ...
  • Foundation for research on energy and environment law

    The foundation for research on energy and environment law does research on current environmental and climate protection law and makes suggestions for new policies. www.stiftung-umweltenergierecht.de Anne-Kathrin Willeke +49 931 794077-24 willeke@stiftung ...
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