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  • Crazy greens: Germany alarmed about Poland’s zero-emissions nuclear energy plans

    • Date: 18/02/21
    • Deutsche Welle
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    The Polish government wants to start producing nuclear energy in 2033 and has agreed to deals with the US and France. But Germany is increasingly alarmed by its neighbor’s energy plans. Poland is working towards reducing its dependence on coal and forging ahead with plans to start producing nuclear energy. Its Polityka Energetczna Polski (PEP) strategy, […]

  • Coal rescues Germany from its renewable energy folly

    • Date: 17/02/21
    • Institute for Energy Research
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    Germany had to turn to coal this past winter when freezing temperatures made its solar and wind units inoperable and it plans to import from neighboring countries to back-up its renewable electricity in the future. Germany’s millions of solar panels are blanketed in snow and ice and its 30,000 wind turbines are doing nothing as […]

  • Germany’s climate consensus cracks as costs mount

    • Date: 22/11/20
    • Bloomberg
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    Fretting over costs, Merkel’s Christian Democrats and her Economy and Energy Minister are unwilling to increase renewable energy targets, creating an impasse for the climate bill due to be passed next week. Germany is revamping expansion plans for wind and solar power over the coming decade, exposing differences within the government over just how much […]

  • Germany’s biogas plants face bankruptcy as subsidies run out

    • Date: 20/10/20
    • Deutsche Welle
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    Electricity from biogas power plants in Germany can currently be fed into the grid at a guaranteed price. But the country’s renewable energy law faces revision that could end subsidies; operators fear for their business.

  • Germany: First CEO faces trial over ‘Dieselgate’ scandal

    • Date: 30/09/20
    • Deutsche Welle
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    Revelations that engineers for German car giant Volkswagen and its subsidiaries used technology to cheat emission regulations shook the industry. Five years on, those at the helm during the scandal are standing trial. Former-Audi CEO Rupert Stadler on Wednesday became the first top executive to stand trial in Germany for his role in an enormous emissions-cheating […]

  • Green Deal: Germany Industry Rejects More Stringent EU Climate Targets

    • Date: 10/09/20
    • GWPF & Handelsblatt
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    The EU Commission President will probably present her proposal for a stricter climate target next week. Resistance is forming. Brussels, Berlin, Düsseldorf: The plan was already foreseeable, it should become concrete next week: EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wants to propose a further tightening of the EU climate targets for 2030. According to […]

  • Greens On Back Foot As Germany’s Newest Coal Plant Opens

    • Date: 08/06/20
    • Financial Times
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    With Germany facing the possibility of its worst recession since the second world war, public attention is shifting away from the Greens and climate activists. As protesters unfurl their banner along the canal beneath Germany’s newest coal plant, a barge piled high with coal glides by, the crew whooping and whistling in mockery. It could not […]

  • Germany’s Green Energy Costs Are Becoming Unaffordable

    • Date: 07/06/20
    • Bloomberg
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    The German program that’s spurred the nation’s switch to green power is buckling under the weight of surging costs and needs an urgent fix. That’s the assessment of one of the scheme’s chief designers, Hans Josef Fell. Designed in 2000 to enable Germany to meet United Nations pledges on climate change, it has pushed renewable energy to make […]

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