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The German 'Energiewende' - Finally One Step Too Far?

May 13, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Problems with the German Energy Plan?

In March it was first reported by German TV network ARD that the utility E.ON was considering mothballing one of the most efficient power plants in Europe, a gas-fired high-efficiency combined-cycle gas turbine power plant called ‘Irsching 4 and 5’ in the southern state of Bavaria – which only went online in 2010.[read more]

Denmark Outstrips Germany as the 'Energiewende' Model Country

January 12, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Energiewende Models in Europe


In October 2014, EU leaders agreed on the 2030 framework for climate and energy policies – aimed at making both the EU economy and its energy system more sustainable, secure and competitive – with a ‘domestic’ 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of at least 40 per cent compared to 1990 levels.[read more]

Germany's Energiewende Requires Sophisticated Governance, Political Stamina

December 31, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Seeing the Energiewende Through

Conceptualizing a change in energy policy as broad and ambitious as Energiewende – Germany’s goal to transition nearly 100 percent of its electricity supply to renewable energy by 2050 – is one thing. And implementing such a policy is another thing entirely.[read more]

Two Political Lessons from Germany's Energiewende

November 19, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Lessons of the Energiewende


Political actors in countries with coordinated market economies, such as Germany, prefer a process giving rise to decisions unanimous among main stakeholders. But for the Energiewende – Germany’s plan to transition to nearly 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 – unanimity is constrained.[read more]

Texas & Germany: Energy Twins?

November 10, 2014 by Bentham Paulos

Energy in Germany and Texas

In many respects Germany and Texas could not be more different. One is cold and northern and Old World, the other hot and dry and New World. Yet Germany and Texas have some intriguing similarities when it comes to their electricity systems, and may share a common future.[read more]

Germany's Energiewende is Shifting the Energy Paradigm, Now it's Time to Optimize

November 4, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Energiewende Optimization

Revolutionary paradigm shifts will quite often require the complex and cohesive development of many moving parts, some of which advance more quickly than others in practice. Germany’s revolutionary Energiewende (or “energy transition”) is no exception.[read more]

Germany's Energiewende Proves Electricity Can Be Clean and Reliable

October 21, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Germany's Energy Transition

Since 2004, the year of the first major revision of Germany’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the country has added at least 35 gigawatts (GW) of solar and 35 GW of wind to its electric grid, which is enough energy to offset upwards of 35 coal plants.[read more]

While Critics Debate Energiewende, Germany is Gaining a Global Advantage

October 8, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

German Energy Planning and the Future

Economics is the focus of many debates surrounding Germany’s aggressive “energy transition” (or Energiewende), which plans to move the country to nearly 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. Critics say Energiewende’s costs are unjustifiable, and at first glance, it’s hard to argue with them.[read more]


Reality Check: Germany Does Not Get Half of its Energy from Solar Panels

August 18, 2014 by Robert Wilson

Germany and its Energy Sources

The rise of the Internet means that simple factual issues can be checked quicker than would have been believed possible a generation ago. The rise of social media means that facts are not checked, they are retweeted. Such is the case with renewable energy in Germany, where anything is to be believed.[read more]

Writing Off Germany's Energiewende as a Failure Is Unwise

March 17, 2014 by Luke Currin

Energiewende a Failure?

"I think we need to start over,” Germany’s new Minister of Economics and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel, told a popular German weekly newspaper at the close of 2013. Gabriel’s about-face shocked those committed to seeing the Energiewende through.[read more]

High Renewable Energy Costs Damage the German Economy

February 12, 2014 by Willem Post

In September 2010, the German government announced a new energy policy with the target of increasing the relative share of renewable energy in gross electrical generation to 35% by 2020, 50% by 2030, 65% by 2040, and 80% by 2050.[read more]


Germany's Energiewende Troubles Prove That Renewable Energy Has Failed. And Other Strange Ideas

February 4, 2014 by Robert Wilson

Germany and the Energiewende

What has been obvious to me for a long time now appears to have become obvious to many others: Germany's energy policy is a confused mess. Germany's energy revolution is, in the words of New Scientist, "on the verge of collapse." And it was all rather predictable.[read more]

Welcome To The Energiewende: The Movie

December 1, 2013 by Thomas Gerke

Energiewende, the Movie

The accelerated phase-out of nuclear power following the nuclear disaster in Japan has put German energy policy on the map for many people. Since then, the word “Energiewende” has even become a new loanword in the English language.[read more]

The Official Explanation for the German Energy Transition

November 4, 2013 by America's Power Plan

Examining the German Energy Transition

Critics abroad seem convinced that German leaders will come to their senses and change course on energy. But, based on what the leaders actually say in their official documents, these critics are very likely to be disappointed.[read more]

Germany Hits 59 Percent Renewable Peak, Grid Does Not Explode

November 2, 2013 by Eric Wesoff

German Renewable and the Grid

Wind and solar power peaked at 59.1 percent of German power generation earlier this month. It happened at noon on a very windy and sunny October 3 -- the German holiday commemorating reunification. Germany hit 61 percent, a record, and 59 percent peaks earlier this year.[read more]