Jürgen Flauger covers the energy market for Handelsblatt, international market developments and energy policy.
German utility E.ON is putting on a brave face, but its plan to absorb RWE's renewable energy unit is fraught with problems, both at home and abroad.
The plan by utility EnBW marks a turning point for Europe’s biggest solar power industry that has heavily relied on state support — at the consumer’s expense.
The US ambassador wrote to German companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 project threatening sanctions. The foreign ministry advised companies not to respond.
The ruling stopped energy giant RWE's controversial mining in the old-growth Hambach Forest near Cologne, bringing the future of coal-powered electricity generation into question.
Rolf Martin Schmitz, boss of energy company RWE, says he will push on with the destruction of an ancient forest, accusing politicians of failing to support his company in face of “criminal” environmentalists.
The US software giant will provide cloud technology to German utility E.ON to manage energy usage throughout homes.
A total blackout of the European grid can’t be ruled out, Germany's information security agency says, and cyberattacks often happen in a roundabout way, making them difficult to detect.
A combination of seasonal and fundamental industry factors have pushed up electricity rates. Consumers are unlikely to be shielded.
The recent unpredictable weather is a reminder of renewable energy's variability, prompting coal proponents to argue Germany shouldn't abandon conventional fuels. But heat waves don't play favorites.
Electricity prices have doubled over the last 18 months. That’s bad news for Germany’s Mittelstand sector, which hasn't done enough to hedge itself.