Energy

These stories for ClimateWire news service concern the ongoing EU energy transition focused on three principle areas: power generation, transport and the buildings sector. Binding 2008 legislation set the course, and there’s been great progress, especially in Germany, the European Union’s largest national economy. The Germans are now embarking upon the second phase of their Energiewende, a far-ranging transformation that will soon establish green electricity as the cornerstone of the power system. Solar and wind are the pillars, yet beyond these two giants there exists a broad spectrum of power-producing technologies, either just now entering the market or in the process of being upgraded. A 100 percent renewables future is beginning to take shape, and Germany and Europe are most definitely in the lead.

BALTIC ENERGY
Baltic states open new grid connections to promote cleaner energy and broader European trading.

EU SMART METER ROLLOUT
After several false starts, 2017 could be the year when smart meters finally run wild across Europe.

HYDROGEN ECONOMY
After years of theorizing, the hydrogen economy is emerging from excess wind power in Germany.

VOLKSWAGEN SCANDAL
Europe’s automakers rush to accommodate more electric cars.

VATTENFALL GERMAN LIGNITE COAL SALE
Does Greenpeace really want to get into the coal business?

OSLO GOES CAR-FREE
Europe’s cities ponder more car-free areas

IEA WORLD ENERGY REPORT 2015
IEA sees oil prices beginning a gradual rise as global coal demand eventually peaks

NEW ENERGY COMPANY: BEEGY CORP
Germany enters brave new world of decentralized power

VIRTUAL POWER PLANTS
Germany adds ‘virtual power plants’ to experiments with its grid

FOSSIL FREE DIVESTMENT MOVEMENT GROWS IN GERMANY
German Greens and moderates mount campaign to end coal use

GLOBAL BIZ CALLS FOR LOW CO2 PRICING
More than 2,000 companies call for lowering emissions using a price on CO2

OFFSHORE WIND COMES TO USA
Ocean-based wind turbines, tested in Europe, may come to a coast near you

EU OFFSHORE WIND COMES OF AGE
A big, clean energy industry matures at sea

TIDAL ENERGY
Power from the tides, long a dream, begins to show some muscle in Europe, Canada

GLOBAL LOW CARBON FINANCE
Companies and regulators explore how a low-carbon emissions economy would work

GERMAN ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Germany, home of the ‘energy revolution,’ is flubbing energy efficiency

GERMAN COAL TAX
Germany will shut down its dirtiest power plants but rejects a coal tax

FRENCH ENERGY LAW MOVE TO RENEWABLES
France, a nuclear pioneer, plans to shut some plants and rely more on renewable energy

EU RECYCLING: ROAD TO THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Europe plans to cut energy use, wastes and CO2 emissions by more stringent recycling

GERMAN COAL EXIT DISCUSSIONS
Envisioning the end of coal in Germany

OFFSHORE FLOATING WIND TURBINES
Offshore wind to set sail, studies find

GERMANY REMAKES ITS POWER SYSTEM DESIGN
Can a country slash its CO2 emissions and avoid electricity price spikes at the same time?

EUROPEAN ENERGY UNION
Europe struggles to meet CO2 targets, deal with Russian pressure and unify its electricity grid

COGENERATION HEATING AND POWER
Europe bets on combined heat and power systems to update grids and lower emissions

PHOSPHOROUS WASTE RECYCLING
A big-city sewage treatment plant probes the commercial future of recycling

EU OFFSHORE WIND DREAM YEAR
Europe’s offshore wind industry has a ‘dream year,’ begins to expand rapidly

GERMAN COAL TECHNOLOGY EXPORTS
New coal-fired power enjoys support among bankers in Germany and Asia

BIG ENERGY STORING BATTERIES MAKE INROADS IN EUROPE
Big energy-storing batteries make rapid inroads in Europe to support power grid

GERMAN UTILITY RWE COMPANY SPLIT
German utility splits as power producers move away from nuclear toward solar and wind

EU ENERGY UNION
Europe plans to make its power grid cleaner, bigger, faster, more reliable