Photovoltaikanlagen neben Rapsfeld, dahinter Windräder
Renewable energy

Fifteenth anniversary of EEG: Ongoing success story

From 6.2 to 27.8 per cent in 14 years: The successful advance of renewable energies as an electricity supply source was made possible by the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). The first EEG entered into force fifteen years ago on 1 April 2000. Find out more

Bundesminister Sigmar Gabriel und Frank-Walter Steinmeier mit internationalen Partnern beim Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2015 im Auswärtigen Amt, Berlin
International

The Energy Transition in Germany – Partners around the world

How the Energy Transition is set to become a success story worldwide: this was at the focus of the first "Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue – towards a global Energiewende", held in Berlin on 26 and 27 March 2015 and organised by the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. To the video

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Infograph shows how many people were employed in the renewables sector worldwide in 2013.
International

IRENA: Renewable energies create jobs worldwide

As the statistics of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) show, 6.5 million people work in the renewable energy sector worldwide, in solar power, wind power, biomass, etc. Find out more

Video "Germany's Renewable Energy Revolution"
Germany Trade & Invest

International businesses – a part of the Energy Transition in Germany

"International businesses are highly interested in playing an active part in the Energy Transition in Germany," says Thomas Grigoleit, Head of division at Germany Trade & Invest. The foreign trade and inward investment agency of the Federal Republic of Germany campaigns internationally to promote investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and the transformation of the energy supply system. To the video

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Illustration: Erneuerbare Energien, Stromnetz und Verbraucher unter einer Lupe

What does "redispatching" actually mean?

The Energy Transition is bringing a lot of new buzzwords into play. In our new column we will be explaining the most important of these. The series starts with the technical term "redispatching." What does it mean – and what has it got to do with our energy supply and with upgrading the power grid? Find out more

Power poles on a meadow
Grids

New procedures for greater transparency and public acceptance

It is the Achilles' heel of the Energy Transition – and directly affects the public at grass-roots level: the need to extend and expand the power grid. On 25 March 2015, the Federal Government passed a Bill making the planning processes easier to comprehend and extending possibilities for underground routing of power lines. Find out more

wind turbine and power station
Electricity market

Key issues presented

How to make the electricity market fit for the Energy Transition? A fundamental policy decision on this question is due to be taken in this year. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has now tabled the key issues to be taken into account in preparing for this decision. Find out more

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infograph showing how investment in renewable energy increased in 2014
Economic factor

Investment in renewable energy increased in 2014

Good for the environment and for the climate – but also good for the economy: renewable energy resources are by now a significant economic factor in Germany. In 2014 around 18.8 billion euros were invested in the construction of installations for tapping renewable energy. Find out more

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Europe

EU advocates Energy Union with a forward-looking climate policy

At the meeting of the European Council held in Brussels on 19 and 20 March 2015, the heads of state and government of the EU Member States presented their conclusions on the Energy Union. Find out more

Fundament eines Offshore-Windrads im Meer
Wind power

Procurement procedure started: Bringing off-shore wind power installations online

More and more wind turbines are spinning their rotors off the German coasts. But how do you get the electricity from there on line? On 1 April, the German regulatory authority, the Federal Network Agency, launched the second procurement procedure for allocating connection capacity to the wind parks in the North and Baltic Seas. Find out more

school with glass facade
CO2 Building Renovation Programme

From 1 July 2015: more support for local authorities and businesses

Whether in schools, production plants or office complexes – too much energy is being consumed in some 1.7 million non-residential buildings in Germany. From 1 July 2015, the KfW banking group, acting on behalf of the BMWi, will provide more support for the energy-efficient construction and retrofitting of non-residential buildings. Find out more

Bundesminister Sigmar Gabriel und der algerische Energieminister Youcef Yousfi in Berlin
International

Gabriel and Yousfi set up a German-Algerian energy partnership

A new energy partnership with Algeria: Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel and the Algerian Energy Minister Youcef Yousfi signed the declaration of intent in Berlin on 26 March. The new partnership harbours major potential for a sustainable energy supply system in both countries. Find out more

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