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Could Germany shutter coal plants in pursuit of green targets?

Piles of coal

Economy and Energy Minister distances himself from proposals that could see eight major coal-fired power plants decommissioned

25 Nov 2014

Coal gets cold shoulder from Denmark and Germany

A coal power plant with a cooling tower

Danish minister says country is looking at ways to ditch coal power within 10 years, while Germany mulls shutting down capacity

31 Oct 2014

Germany CO2 emissions to fall in 2014, as renewables deliver a record 28 per cent of country's power

Conergy solar project in Germany

New report by AGEB shows energy demand at 24 year low, thanks to mild winter and increase in renewable energy capacity

30 Oct 2014

Reports: Germany mulls legal action over EU's nuclear Hinkley ruling

Merkel's government could join Austria in challenging decision to approve State Aid for new UK reactors

10 Oct 2014

KfW eyes US market with $2.5bn green bond issue

German state bank issues one of largest ever green bonds as market continues to accelerate

09 Oct 2014

Germany charges forward with opening of Europe's largest grid battery plant

Utility cuts ribbon on cutting-edge 5MW energy storage system designed to help manage fluctuations in renewable energy supplies

17 Sep 2014

RWE records drop in earnings as fossil fuels hit by renewables

'Conventional power plants are losing ground,' says chief executive Peter Terium

14 Aug 2014

Coal generation down as Germany breaks yet another renewables record

Green electricity meets 28 per cent of demand in first half of 2014

13 Aug 2014

Germany tops global energy efficiency league table

New report reveals huge opportunities for energy efficiency improvements globally

21 Jul 2014

Could 'city-energy companies' plug the UK's energy investment gap?

IPPR argues local authorities should play a bigger role in mobilising clean energy investment

17 Jul 2014

German development bank issues €1.5bn green bond

KfW aims to 'support the development of responsible investing from its niche into the broader capital market'

16 Jul 2014

Germany officially backs calls for new EU energy-efficiency target

Country submits documents arguing binding goal would add impetus to efforts to boost EU's energy security

17 Jun 2014

Three lessons from Germany's Energiewende

Professor Miranda Schreurs, key adviser to the German government's ambitious energy transition, reveals the key characteristics that have made it so successful

27 May 2014

Report: German renewables set new record as solar and wind meet two thirds of demand

New figures suggest renewables met around 67 per cent of German power demand on Sunday afternoon

15 May 2014

Hollande deepens Franco-German renewable energy ties

French President reveals plans to bolster low carbon energy partnership as both countries seek to reduce their reliance on nuclear

16 Jan 2014

Delayed auto emissions targets to cost EU £21bn

Compromise deal agreed following heavy lobbying from Germany concerned about luxury car industry

03 Dec 2013

VW Group promises over €56bn of investment in green vehicle transition

Automotive giant announces two-thirds of its new investment will focus on the development of a more efficient and environmentally friendly fleet

25 Nov 2013

DONG Energy green lights £1.8bn North Sea offshore wind farm

But developer calls on German government to provide greater investor certainty beyond 2017

18 Nov 2013

RWE slashes jobs in face of German renewables boom

Utility aiming to save €1bn as it responds to shrinking demand for fossil fuel power

15 Nov 2013

Angela Merkel signals hope for carbon market fix

German Chancellor says a certain amount of backloading is required to ensure prices return to 'a sensible level'

17 Oct 2013

Speculation mounts over delay to EU auto emissions rules

Reports say UK is hoping to boost support for British bankers by helping Germany delay new car CO2 targets

14 Oct 2013

Could UK auto manufacturers suffer due to EU emissions target delay?

MEP calls on Nick Clegg to take a stand against David Cameron in order to ensure 95g CO2 target is passed

08 Oct 2013

RWE seeks to slash dividend in response to renewables boom

German utility proposes halving existing dividend and lowering future payouts in response to drop in conventional power output

20 Sep 2013

Report: UK support for nuclear has grown since Fukushima

Survey finds disaster has not affected public opinion on nuclear although technology remains less popular than green energy

19 Sep 2013

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