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Energy efficiency

New EU labels for energy efficiency

The EU energy label gives us information about the energy consumption and other performance indicators of appliances such as washing machines, TV sets, and lamps. This makes it a useful guide for consumers. In March 2021, some appliances will boast a new EU energy label. Find out more

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Gas-powered residential heatings systems still the most common in 2020

Heating energy for a cosy home

For now, most Germans still use gas to heat their homes. But renewables are catching up. If you’re thinking about switching your heating for a system based on renewables, there are a number of new funding options and advisory services. Find out more

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Energy research

The wind of change

Offshore wind energy is key for the energy transition. However, the more wind farms are being constructed, the more offshore wind energy changes. By flying over the sea at low altitudes and using images from space, researchers are looking into the effects of this on offshore expansion. Find out more

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Illustration shows renewable energies, a factory and a residential building seen through a magnifying glass

What exactly is ecodesign?

From 1 March 2021 new ecodesign rules will apply for a large number of electronic devices including TVs, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers and fridges. Find out here how this benefits consumers and what ecodesign actually is. Find out more

Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy

Quote of the week

'Germany has managed to largely break the link between primary energy consumption and economic growth. This is a key requirement for making energy supply sustainable around the world and shows that growth and lower energy use do not contradict each other and can be achieved simultaneously.'

Peter Altmaier - Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy at the presentation of the 8th monitoring report on the energy transition

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What the press say

This time in 'What the press say': Why green hydrogen could soon take off globally as an energy source, how efficiently solar PV can provide electricity to office buildings and how the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is raising people's awareness for sustainability. Find out more

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  • Research on the responsible use of resources

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    Energy research is to help secure raw materials and resources for the energy transition and ensure a more efficient use. An important element here is the circular economy. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has launched a call for funding looking primarily at energy research in the areas of research efficiency and the circular economy. The Ministry wants to focus its funding on supporting project ideas that could help reduce primary energy consumption and energy-related carbon emissions in the energy supply. Priority will be given to interdisciplinary projects that involve both research institutes and companies as this will help speed up the implementation of research findings in practice.

  • Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue to be held on 16 and 17 March 2021

    On 16 and 17 March, energy transition visionaries will all have their eyes on Berlin, where the annual Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) will be held for the seventh time to look at the global energy transition. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s meeting will be fully digital, with ministers and other high-ranking policy-makers, business representatives, scientists and civil society activists meeting online. They have all been invited by the Federal Government to discuss the latest trends, multilateral agreements and new business models. What global challenges is the energy transition currently facing? What specific measures will need to be implemented in the coming decade in order to be able to meet the 2050 climate targets? How can the lessons learned from the pandemic inform climate policy? How can our buildings become climate-neutral? What smart mobility solutions will we see emerge in the future? If you want to find out the answers to these questions, you can now register online.

  • First draft of the Grid Development Plan 2021-2035 published

    On 29 January 2021, the German transmission system operators published the first draft of the Grid Development Plan 2021-2035. Professional associations, scientific, political and societal organisations, companies, cities, districts, municipalities and individuals still have until 28 February 2021 to submit statements as part of a consultation process. Following this, the transmission system operators will incorporate the feedback received before publishing a second draft presumably at the end of April and transmitting it to the Bundesnetzagentur. The draft of the Grid Development Plan looks towards 2035 and maps out where the four largest grid operators 50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT and TransnetBW think the projects for new power lines or for the upgrading of existing ones set out by the legislators in the Federal Requirements Plan are not sufficient, and where additional action is needed. The brochure on ‘figures, data and facts’ (in German only) provides a summary of the most important conclusions from the first draft.

  • Cabinet adopts revision of the Energy Industry Act

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    On 10 February 2021, the cabined adopted a revision of the Energy Industry Act, which serves to fully transpose the EU’s internal electricity market directive into German law. This is good news for consumers as under the revised act, their rights will be strengthened and better protected. For example, they will be entitled to request dynamic-price contracts for electricity. Under such a contract, it can be cheaper, for example, to charge an electric car at night instead of after work. In addition to this, grid operation will become more transparent and flexible. By adopting the revision of the Energy Industry Act, Germany is also starting to bring hydrogen networks under regulation, creating the necessary regulatory framework for the swift and legally secure development of hydrogen infrastructure – a key requirement for a growing hydrogen industry. The revision contains rules on network regulation and rules that will make it easier to switch existing natural gas pipelines to hydrogen.

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