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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]

Global Ranking for Energy Efficiency: US Near Bottom, Germany Near Top

July 21, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Many industry observers will not be surprised to find out that Germany outranks the U.S. in terms of energy efficiency, according to the second International Energy Efficiency Scorecard. But it’s not just the Germans that best the U.S. in this category.[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]

Dissecting Germany's EEG Surcharge

January 15, 2014 by Schalk Cloete

Germany EEG Surcharge

The EEG surcharge for 2014 will be €64.2/MWh (~$88/MWh) - an amount almost double the wholesale electricity price. This surcharge causes Germans pay about quadruple the actual market value for the ~25% renewable electricity on their grid.[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]

Climate Risk: Realities in the Energy System

October 22, 2013 by David Hone

Energy and Reality

There is an interesting article in The Economist which discusses the impact that renewable energy is having in Germany. As renewable energy use grows, there is the perverse effect that coal is staying put and natural gas is getting backed out. So German emissions certainly aren’t continuing to fall.[read more]


Renewable Energy in Germany: Growing Slower Than You Think

August 26, 2013 by Robert Wilson

German Energy Transition

Historically energy transitions have been drawn out affairs that took many generations. A rapid transition to renewables in Germany is often portrayed as being a reality. The evidence however indicates an energy transition no faster than its historical predecessors.[read more]


What Can the United States Learn from Germany’s Energiewende?

July 18, 2013 by Stephanie Wang

Lessons From Germany

Germany has embarked on an effort to transition their energy system away from nuclear and fossil fuels towards renewable energy sources. This transition, known as the Energiewende, offers important lessons for U.S. energy policy.[read more]

Germany's Clean Energy Push: What Can the World Learn? Webcast Recording

July 17, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins

What can the rest of Europe, the U.S., and other nations learn from one wealthy nation's aggressive clean energy push? On July 9, we asked an expert panel about the important lessons from the Energiewende. Listen to the podcast here.[read more]

EU May Make German Industry Pay for Renewables

June 1, 2013 by Robert Wilson

Making households pay a disproportionate amount of the bill for renewable energy is quite obviously unfair and will lead to an inevitable political backlash against subsidizing renewables.[read more]

Germany’s Nuclear Energy Phaseout: The Timetable

May 1, 2013 by Robert Wilson

By the end of 2022 Germany will have no nuclear power plants remaining. To put the numbers in perspective I will estimate how much solar power will need to be added to replace the lost production due to each reactor being closed early.[read more]

Germany on the Verge of a Subsidy for Energy Storage

April 18, 2013 by Eric Wesoff

German energy subsidies

Could a German subsidy on energy storage replicate the German solar miracle for batteries instead? The launch and terms of a long-threatened energy storage subsidy are due to be introduced on May 1.[read more]