Summer is drawing to a close, and soon we will have to fire up our central heating systems again. On 26 September 2015, a new EU directive on energy labelling and ecodesign requirements for new space heaters and water heaters entered into force. The tried and tested EU efficiency label ensures transparency for consumers.Find out more
As we can see from the heating systems installed in new homes, the heating market is currently experiencing a dynamic development. In the last few years, heat pumps and district heating systems have been used more and more. The latest statistics from the Working Group on Energy Balances confirm this trend.Find out more
Against the backdrop of a rising share of renewables in Germany’s energy mix, we need to further expand the electricity grid to ensure a secure electricity supply into the future. On 4 September, the Federal Network Agency, confirmed that 5,800 kilometres of new power cables have to be installed by 2024.Find out more
Following last year’s reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act and the improvements made to the investment and operating framework, the number of offshore wind farms has seen a steep rise. To find out where exactly wind power is being harvested in Germany, please see the Ministry’s interactive maps, which are now available on the website.Find out more
This autumn, there will be a whole host of events taking place under the umbrella of the 'public dialogue on grids', with six citizens’ conferences taking place this month alone. The public are invited to use this opportunity to discuss key issues related to grid expansion. Furthermore, the mobile Citizens’ Bureau will come to many German city centres, and there will also be a number of opportunities to chat with experts online.Find out more
Who is to be held liable for the costs of decommissioning and dismantling nuclear power plants? This is the question at the heart of the draft legislation for an 'Act on liability for the dismantling and of nuclear power plants and their disposal'. In the first week of September, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy launched the consultation process with the Länder and the relevant associations.Find out more
The HELENE research project funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has been a real success. The enhanced 'PERC' solar cell can convert 21.7 per cent of the sunlight absorbed into electricity. We explain why taking the lead in international competition also helps boost the German solar industry.Find out more
Quote of the week
Half of Germany’s energy consumption comes from heating. However, most of the boilers in Germany are outdated. So transforming our energy system in Germany means changing our boilers at home. People interested in heating their homes in a particularly efficient way, can use the efficiency label for new heaters, which is to be introduced on 26 September, as a guideline. Heat pumps extract energy from the environment or the ground. They are highly efficient and therefore a good choice for consumers.
Karl-Heinz Stawiarski, CEO of the German Heat Pumps Association (BWP).
The figures for 2014 published by the Working Group on Energy Balances show that private households, industry, and producers of power have all made major headway on energy efficiency. Private households were the most successful, improving their energy performance by close to 6 per cent (further information in German only).
Patrick Graichen, director of Agora Energiewende think tank, will be giving a webinar about the current status of Germany’s energy transition (Energiewende), focusing on important lessons-learned and forthcoming challenges. There will also be a Q&A session. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, 7 October 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon CET. To participate, . The webinar is free of charge.