3rd largest German utility lowers retail power rates Rainer Sturm/ Pixelio

Prices » 31.10.2014

3rd largest German utility lowers retail power rates

Yesterday, EnBW announced a 1.4 percent reduction in its EnBW Komfort package. Other power providers are complaining about the higher grid fee. read more »

Vattenfall to back out of German lignite Source uncredited (floating on the web)

Brown coal » 31.10.2014

Vattenfall to back out of German lignite

The Swedish company fully owned by the government has announced plans to sell its brown coal assets in Germany. But the lignite will only stay in the ground if no buyer is found. read more »

A new kind of green investment Foto: Thomas Günzel

A new kind of green investment

The new online trading platform Green-X Money, helps to marry project developers in the renewables industry with investors. Here's how it works. read more »

BASF leaving Germany? TradingEconomics.com

BASF leaving Germany?

The New York Times reports that the German chemicals giant (the largest in the world) “leans abroad” because “energy prices have jumped as a result of the government’s big push for renewable energy sources.” But the cost of renewables does not affect gas prices, and expansion is not exodus. read more »

Is BMW leaving Germany? Foto: Solarwatt

Is BMW leaving Germany?

A report in the Financial Times from May, which has just come to my attention, has apparently led the Anglo world to believe that BMW is closing shop in Germany and moving to the US. Let’s investigate. read more »

"Unexpected" German coal plants Tbachner | CC BY-SA 3.0

The big picture » 27.10.2014

"Unexpected" German coal plants

According to a report in Forbes from December, German engineers are able to “unexpectedly” open coal plants. Though the article does not describe the German situation accurately, it does show what it takes to get into Forbes. read more »

2030 or TwentyDirty? Lupo_pixelio.de

EU targets » 24.10.2014

2030 or TwentyDirty?

This morning, Europe agreed to new targets for 2030. You have probably already read the basics elsewhere, so I focus on things that have largely been overlooked. And Claude Turmes has an interesting take on the wheeling and dealing. read more »

Why planes are beating trains Dirk Maus / pixelio.de

Transport » 23.10.2014

Why planes are beating trains

Brussels wants greater freedom of movement across borders between member states for citizens, products, and services. At the same time, there is concern about carbon emissions. So why is the state of cross-border train connections practically an invitation to fly? read more »

2014 German solar media prize goes to… us! Energieblogger.net

Eurosolar » 23.10.2014

2014 German solar media prize goes to… us!

On Saturday, Eurosolar will be awarding its Solar Prizes at a ceremony in Witten. The award in the media category goes to Germany's Energy Bloggers, which includes this website. read more »

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Policy » 21.10.2014

German industry exemptions for 2015

BAFA has published the stats for the industrial firms exempt from the full renewable power surcharge, and the number of companies exempt from grid fees was also leaked. Surprise! The surcharge won’t be affected. read more »