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German energy use sinks to lowest level since reunification


New analysis by AG Energiebilanzen suggests energy demand fell by nearly five per cent in 2014

19 Dec 2014

Germany and France look to put brake on EU car emission standards


Governments issue joint statement saying 2025 target should be pushed back to 2030 so manufacturers have more time to adapt to demanding emissions standards

09 Dec 2014

RWE chief: We will not follow E.ON in ditching fossil fuels

RWE Group CEO Peter Terium

But energy giant admits it did consider separating renewables and conventional power businesses two years ago

04 Dec 2014

Germany redoubles emission-reduction efforts with wide-ranging green economy plan

Domestic energy efficiency, electric cars, and renewables all set to benefit as German government approves plan to meet emissions targets

04 Dec 2014

Is E.ON about to become a green corporate powerhouse?

E.ON's decision to reinvent itself as a renewables and clean tech specialist could mark a watershed moment for the European energy sector

01 Dec 2014

E.ON unveils 'bold' plan to focus on renewables and ditch fossil fuels

German energy giant says it will respond to 'dramatically altered global energy markets' by splitting company and tapping 'the growth potential created by the transformation of the energy world'

01 Dec 2014

Could Germany shutter coal plants in pursuit of green targets?

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

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

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

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