Germany’s renewable energy law gets EU approval

Changes to renewable energy policies in Germany have won state aid approval from the European Commission. The Renewable Energy Act (EEG 2014) is designed to boost the share of renewables by providing incentives – through Feed-in Tariffs – for green energy fed into the grid. The Commission said the revised law reduces financial burden on […]

Rising non-energy costs a "threat" to Europe's industrial buyers

Rising non-energy costs are an increasing “threat” to industrial energy buyers in Europe according to a new report by EnergyQuote JHA. The energy consultancy surveyed eight key markets in Europe ahead of its bi-annual energy price forecasting conference: Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK. The survey found non-energy costs such […]

Is German green energy subsidy against competition laws?

Germany’s renewable energy subsidy could go against Europe’s competition laws and the office of EU Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia (pictured) is looking into the matter, it was reported last week. Lawyers in Brussels are now looking closely at the EEG, Germany’s renewable energy act, German weekly newspaper Der Spiegel reported over the weekend without citing sources. […]

Germany shares out renewable costs among firms

Germany plans to share out the cost of renewable energy subsidies among big energy users to take the weight of consumer energy bills. The German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier (pictured) reportedly wants to counter the huge cost of the country’s “Energiewende”, or energy revolution. The shift away from nuclear power towards renewable energy was prompted […]