Volkswagen to buy back diesel vehicles if Germany imposes ban

The German Guarantee will apply to the purchase of a new or a year-old car with a diesel engine from a Volkswagen dealership from 1st April throughout 2018

EU approves German offshore wind surcharge reductions

The costs of connecting offshore wind installations to the main electricity grid will be financed by a surcharge, which power customers would pay from 2019

EU investigates German grid operator TenneT’s cross-border capacity limit

The European Commission and TenneT are engaged in “constructive discussions on commitments” to address concerns on transmission capacity limitation

VW to convert two German coal power stations to gas

The project is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 1.5 million tonnes a year – equivalent to the output of around 870,000 vehicles

Acid attack on CFO of German energy firm innogy

The police said Bernhard Günther suffered “severe injuries” but is currently stable

German court rules cities can ban diesel cars

A court in Germany has ruled cities will be allowed to ban older diesel vehicles to cut air pollution. The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig made the landmark ruling for the cities of Stuttgart and Düsseldorf to ban more polluting vehicles. The government had opposed the ban, arguing it would cause disruption but environmental group […]

EU greenlights €70m German scheme for electric buses

The German Government’s €70 million (£62m) public support scheme for electric buses and charging infrastructure has been approved by the European Commission. The initiative will support public transport operators until the end of 2021, covering additional costs for buying electric and plug-in hybrid buses rather than conventional diesel buses. To qualify for the support, operators […]

Battery facility charges up in Italy

Italian gas and power provider Enel has signed an agreement with a German wind energy company and a Swiss energy storage solutions firm to build and manage a 22MW battery storage plant. In collaboration with ENERTRAG AG and Leclanché SA, it will build the facility in the German state of Brandenburg at a cost of around […]

Germany considers free public transport for clean air

Germany is considering making all public transport free in cities suffering from air pollution. That’s according to a letter reportedly seen by Reuters, which was sent by German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt and Chancellery Chief Peter Altmaier to the European Commission. The proposals come in response to recent promises from the […]

EU greenlights six backup power schemes

The European Commission has approved six schemes for backup electricity to ensure security of supply. It said the power capacity mechanisms in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Poland comply with the rules aimed at preserving competition in the single market. The schemes in Belgium and Germany are for strategic reserves, which keep certain generation […]