Germany is being forced to pay other countries to take its surplus electricity because its power network can’t cope with the surge in renewables. With costs spiralling, operators, businesses and regulators are crying out for action.
Jan 03, 2018 in
Germany, a green energy preacher, and the US president, a coal lover, could take notice of a simple message from the International Energy Agency: more natural gas and, perhaps, less coal.
Nov 22, 2017 in
When it comes to emissions, Germany has set itself unattainable goals. The country can only remain a role model if the economy remains strong. It's time for a more realistic discussion, the author argues.
Nov 18, 2017 in
As coalition talks reach a critical juncture over climate policy, dozens of leading German firms call on the future government to ditch coal power.
Nov 08, 2017 in
On the eve of a major climate change conference in Bonn, Germany receives an embarrassingly poor report card from its own panel of energy experts.
Nov 02, 2017 in
The Nordstream 2 pipeline makes economic sense for the EU and should not be used as a political weapon against its Russian owners, argues Handelsblatt's energy correspondent.
Sep 29, 2017 in
Coal makes up 40 percent of Germany's energy mix and the next government will have to decide whether and how to phase it out. The political parties differ on how fast to go green.
Aug 24, 2017 in
A new industry-financed study says that the costs could go much higher if the government tries to reach the maximum reduction in emissions.
Aug 03, 2017 in
The German auto industry has always enjoyed a cozy, mutually beneficial relationship with the government. But its multiple scandals could force ministers to cut the cord.
Jul 27, 2017 in
Germany is lobbying hard to stop America’s new Russian sanctions plan, which officials and industry leaders here see as a blatant attempt to boost US economic interests.
Jul 20, 2017 in
Martin Schulz is desperately trying to save the decline of his campaign, this time by better defining policies. But a top economist told Handelsblatt some plans are a "mess".
Jul 17, 2017 in
Managers are again taking an interest in politics. That's a good – and much needed – thing.
Jul 12, 2017 in
The transition to renewable energy has pushed up power prices for consumers and businesses. The German Chambers of Commerce and Industry are demanding reform.
Jul 03, 2017 in
Government officials love to praise the industrial economic engine, but energy-intensive industries are suffering under Germany’s climate-first policies.
Jun 19, 2017 in
The costly transition to solar and wind power is set for a makeover. One plan suggests raising income and corporate taxes to replace the current electricity levy.
Jun 12, 2017 in