In eight years, one third of energy in Germany will come from renewable sources. However, Germany's Environment Minister still wants to go ahead and build new coal-fired power plants.
Carbon dioxide capture and storage is considered one of the key technologies to combat climate change. Germany’s recent decision to approve it has raised new concerns, while its future may depend more on EU-wide factors.
Energy giant BP has released its annual World Energy Report. Not surprisingly, it shows the global appetite for energy is increasing. What's alarming, however, is exactly what is being burned.
The Nabucco pipeline was intendend to make Europe less dependent on Russian gas. But with one of the backers jumping ship, the entire project is now in danger.
Would European nuclear plants withstand a natural disaster or a catastrophic chain of events? These are some questions that nuclear stress tests are supposed to answer.
All Germany's 17 nuclear power plants are set to be shut down by 2022. But decommissioning and eventually deconstructing the plants can take much longer. Government and energy companies are facing a gigantic challenge.
The German government is considering backing the construction of nuclear plants in foreign countries through financial guarantees. But campaigners say this goes against Germany's pledge to cut all forms of nuclear power.
Often hailed as the showpiece of German efforts to promote renewable energy, until recently there was general approval for the country's offshore wind farms. Now, however, the policy is falling out of favor.
Germany's wind energy industry had a good year in 2012, but there are clouds on the horizon. Government policy and international market developments might make 2013 rather more difficult.
German wind energy is booming after the government decided to phase out nuclear energy in favor of renewable energies. Despite strong growth in 2012, turbine manufacturers expect stiff headwinds from Asia.
Solar energy is on the rise in Germany, with a record 1.3 million photovoltaic systems in 2012. The increase comes as new consumer taxes on energy are to take effect in the country.
Five percent of electricity in Germany is generated with solar power. Still, German companies are going insolvent. That was to be expected and is not surprising, says solar expert Philippe Welter.
The German Leopoldina National Academy of Sciences has expressed strong doubts about whether biomass can be used wisely as fuel in Germany. Biofuel producers see it differently.
Water power could play a large role in future energy production, and there certainly is a lot of potential in Germany and in the EU. But while hydropower is a renewable, it's also a highly contested form of energy.
Water-powered mills have been used for centuries by mankind. The ancient technology is now enjoying a revival with traditional water mills such as the Gollmitzer near Berlin, being used to produce carbon-free energy.
Germany will need to double its electricity storage capacity in the next 15 years to keep pace with its growing demand for clean energy. Deutsche Bank analysts say businesses have been slow to get what it means for them.
Many renewable sources of power, such as wind and solar, cannot provide steady energy output. New storage options would solve one of renewable energy’s greatest challenges.
EU leaders this week failed to agree on ambitious targets to improve the bloc's energy efficiency by 2020. Experts say progress towards smarter energy use lags behind progress on renewables.
Schools in Ulan Bator, the world's coldest capital city, are keeping warm with better insulation.