The government aims to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 40 percent in 2020, compared to 1990 levels. This will be achieved by dramatically increasing the consumption of renewable energy. In 2020, half of all electricity must come from wind power, and in 2035, all heating and electricity must come from renewable sources. The goal is to phase out all fossil fuels by 2050. The phase-in of wind energy and an expected increase in electricity consumption as the number of electric powered vehicles and heat pumps increases presents a major challenge for the power grid in the long term.
Post date: 11 Nov 2011
The path to the energy of the future - safe, affordable and environmentally sound
Germany is about to drastically revamp its energy supply. For this purpose, on 6 June 2011 the Federal government adopted the key elements for a faster transformation of the energy system.
Electricity generation in nuclear power plants will be phased out by the end of 2022. The eight nuclear power plants which were shut down will not be reconnected to the grid. This is a landmark decision for entering the age of renewable energy.
Post date: 8 Sep 2011
"We have the chance to be the world's first industrialised nation to switch over to the electricity of the future." The Chancellor underscored the fact that guaranteeing the energy supply without nuclear power is, "a Herculean task," but that, "we can combine ethical responsibility with economic success in this project for the future."A personal turning point
Post date: 14 Jun 2011
Post date: 6 Oct 2010
Post date: 6 Oct 2010
Huhne ends local authority power struggleEnergy Secretary overturns law banning councils from selling renewable electricity
Full benefit of renewable incentives will spur local power revolution and bring in income to benefit local areas Councils across Britain will be allowed to sell renewable electricity to the grid and should assume their rightful place leading a local power revolution, Chris Huhne said on 9 August 2010 in a letter to all local authorities.
Post date: 24 Aug 2010
Federal Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen has welcomed the agreement reached in the Mediation Committee on lowering the support rate for solar power under the Renewable Energy Sources Act. "This sends an important signal. Investors and companies now have clarity for their investment decisions, while consumers finally have the assurance that support for solar power is not getting out of hand," said Röttgen. "This cut is overdue. Over the past months the gap between the rapidly sinking costs of photovoltaic systems and the slow reduction of support rates has become wider and wider.
Post date: 9 Jul 2010
Post date: 11 Jun 2010
"It is particularly appropriate to present the two solar roadmaps in Valencia today, given that Spain has taken a leading role globally in promoting solar power and other forms of renewable energy," said Mr. Tanaka.
Post date: 18 May 2010
The “Entwerfen von Krankenhäusern und Bauten des Gesundheitswesens” department at the Technische Universität Berlin will be carrying out this project, which is part of the “Energy-Optimised Construction” (EnOB) focal area in the German federal government’s fifth energy research programme. The goal is to develop buildings which have minimal primary energy requirements and high occupant comfort, all combined with moderate investment costs and significantly reduced operating costs.
Post date: 19 Apr 2010