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Leag power plants are not all running at full load

At the onset of winter, the power plant units in Lusatia are not running at full capacity due to disruptions at the Jänschwalde and Boxberg sites. According to the operator Leag, a "minor malfunction" was detected in a boiler at the Jänschwalde lignite-fired power plant. This means that the units ar ..

Share of modern heating systems increased in Saxony

The proportion of households in Saxony with modern heating systems has risen. At the same time, the proportion of particularly old heating systems has risen. The federal government is planning measures for climate-friendly heating.

Saxony approves more wind turbines than in the previous year

Saxony has already approved more wind turbines in the first nine months of this year than in the entire previous year. In the first three quarters, permits have been issued for 24 wind turbines with a capacity of around 140 megawatts, as announced by the Ministry of Energy in Dresden on Tuesday. In ..

Kretschmer calls reduction in electricity tax "emergency operation"

Saxony's Minister President Michael Kretschmer sees the planned reduction in electricity tax for the manufacturing industry as an "emergency operation, but not a permanent solution". The CDU politician explained on Thursday that Saxony had been calling for the reduction for a long time and that it w ..

Solar expansion stronger than in previous years

The expansion of solar installations has increased even more this year than in previous years. According to data from the comparison portal for solar installations "Selfmade Energy", the growth rate in the first nine months of the year was already 30 percent in Saxony-Anhalt, 31.4 percent in Thuring ..

EnviaM increases electricity price for heat pumps: gas price falls

The energy supplier EnviaM is increasing the electricity price for owners of heat pumps and heat storage systems. As of January 1, the price for heat pump electricity will rise by 4.21 cents to 33.10 cents per kilowatt hour gross, the company announced on Monday. That is an increase of around 15 per ..

Lindner: "End dreams of phasing out coal-fired power in 2030"

Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner has questioned the date for the coal phase-out mentioned in the coalition agreement. "As long as it is not clear that energy is available and affordable, we should put an end to dreams of phasing out coal-fired power in 2030," the FDP politician told the "K ..

Hydrogen power plant in Leipzig in operation

In Leipzig, one of the most important milestones for a sustainable heat supply of the largest city in eastern Germany was laid on Monday. According to Leipzig's municipal utility, Germany's first certified hydrogen power plant went into operation. "The Leipzig-Süd combined heat and power plant is a ..

Schneider: East is ahead in many areas

The Commissioner for the East, Carsten Schneider (SPD), has called for a more differentiated view of the East. In recent years, the media have often reported on what is negative nationwide, said the SPD politician on Tuesday in Berlin after consultations with the state government of Saxony-Anhalt. A ..

CDU environmental expert calls for federal commitment to solar industry

The CDU environmental expert in Saxony's state parliament, Robert Clemen, has urged the German government to take action on behalf of the German solar industry. "The time of vague promises is over, now action must be taken quickly," he said, according to a statement on Sunday. The German government ..

Mibrag commissions photovoltaic plant in old open pit mine

The mining company Mibrag has commissioned a huge photovoltaic plant on an old open-cast mine site south of Leipzig. More than 66,000 solar modules stand on a 55-hectare area, according to the company. That corresponds to about 77 soccer fields.According to the company, the new Peres II plant can pr ..

Outflow of workers: Kretschmer concerned

Against the backdrop of job cuts at Volkswagen in Zwickau, Saxony's Minister President Michael Kretschmer has expressed concern about emigrating workers. "Everything that now migrates abroad will be there for 10 or 20 years and will not come back," the CDU politician said in an interview with the "F ..

Lusatia develops into a focal point for battery production

The establishment of companies like Altech promotes the development of battery production in Lusatia. Altech plans to build two factories in the Schwarze Pumpe industrial park in Brandenburg, with investments of over one billion euros and the creation of 1,000 jobs.

Railroad researchers present new charging station for battery trains

Experts from the SRCC rail research campus want to help the switch from diesel to battery-powered trains get off the ground with a new type of charging station. The "wallbox" for trains will be tested for a year in Annaberg-Buchholz and will then be available to trains in regular operation in 2024, ..

Leased forest area should not give way to open pit mining

In the dispute over a private forest plot for the expansion of the Nochten open-cast lignite mine, the Saxon Upper Mining Authority heard Monday. "It is madness to still expropriate land for lignite mining," said the federal chairman of the Green League, René Schuster, before the start of the hearin ..

Haseloff calls for fair distribution of electricity grid fees

Saxony-Anhalt's Minister President Reiner Haseloff has called for a fair distribution of grid fees for electricity consumers. Companies in regions where there is a particularly strong expansion of renewable energies should not be disadvantaged, the CDU politician said at the start of the East German ..

Support for Mibrag's green hydrogen plans

The lignite producer Mibrag wants to develop into an energy service provider based on renewable energies. To this end, among other things, a 90-megawatt electrolyzer for the production of green hydrogen is to be built at the Profen site in the Burgenland district, the state chancellery announced in ..

Dumping from China endangers solar industry in Saxony

Saxony's energy minister Wolfram Günther (Greens) considers photovoltaics a "strategic Achilles' heel" for Europe and has called for more support for the production of solar modules. "China is currently flooding the European market with solar modules to be flogged off far below manufacturing costs. ..

Gas trader VNG expects profits again after crisis

Leipzig-based gas trader VNG expects to return to profit this year after the severe crisis in 2022. "We are healthy. In all likelihood, we will achieve a very solid result again this fiscal year, in other words, make a profit," CFO Bodo Rodestock told the Leipziger Volkszeitung newspaper (Thursday). ..

Robert Habeck meets Lausitzrunde: Transformation and the future of Lausitz

Federal Minister of Economics and Climate Protection Robert Habeck meets the Lausitzrunde, a municipal alliance, to discuss the current status of the transformation in Lausitz. The article analyzes the progress, the financial support from the federal government and the ongoing challenges such as the shortage of skilled workers.

Günther calls for temporary bridge electricity price

Saxony's energy minister Wolfram Günther has called for a temporary, subsidized bridge electricity price for energy-intensive industrial companies. In Saxony, indispensable basic materials for the semiconductor and solar industries are produced, there are numerous energy-intensive companies that are ..

East German textile industry calls for lower energy prices

The eastern German textile industry is calling on the German government to ensure lower energy prices. The industrial electricity price currently under discussion completely bypasses medium-sized companies, the Association of the North-East German Textile and Clothing Industry (vti) announced on Fri ..

Substantial growth in photovoltaic systems in Saxony

More photovoltaic systems were installed in Saxony in the first half of 2023 than in the entire previous year. As figures from the solar energy industry portal show, more than 22,000 systems with a total capacity of 265.2 megawatts were installed from January to July. In the entire previous year, th ..

Hydrogen company receives 162 million euros in funding

The hydrogen economy in Germany is being expanded with further investments. The company Sunfire GmbH plans to invest a good 255 million euros at its Dresden site and will receive 162 million euros in funding from the state. Federal Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) and Saxony's Economics Min ..

Energy minister: hydrogen economy on very good track

A large number of the measures for the Saxon Hydrogen Strategy published at the beginning of last year have been processed or implemented, according to the Saxon Energy Ministry."We need green hydrogen for the energy turnaround. Even more so because we want Saxony to remain an energy and industrial ..

Meyer Burger plans to establish further solar production in Europe

Solar manufacturer Meyer Burger is looking to expand its capacity in Europe on a gigawatt scale. This month, it applied to the EU's Innovation Fund for funding in the three-digit million range, the company announced Thursday. It said the project would involve the production of both solar cells and s ..

New record for feed-in of green electricity

Sun and wind are generating more and more electricity. On the other hand, consumers are increasingly using heat pumps, electric cars and storage in their own homes. This increases the demands on the grid. As a result, the operator Mitnetz has to make substantial investments.

Declining support for coal and nuclear phase-out

According to a survey, support for the coal and nuclear phase-out is declining among people in the Central German coalfields. Although a majority of 52 percent still fundamentally support the goals of the energy turnaround. In the two previous years, however, the approval was even higher at 55 and 6 ..

Michael Kretschmer: Reliability in the phase-out of lignite

The Prime Minister of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer (CDU), has called on the federal government to be reliable when it comes to phasing out coal. The original exit date of 2038 must be adhered to, he made clear on Friday at a meeting with young employees of the energy company Leag and with trade unioni ..