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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]

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]

Trash, Trees, and Taxes: The Cost of Germany's Energiewende

September 16, 2013 by Max Luke

Germany’s renewable energy transition, the “Energiewende,” has long been a subject of scorn among conservatives. But the last several months have seen growing skepticism about the Energiewende from critics on the center-left as well.[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]

Sunday, Solar Sunday: Germany's Recent Solar Energy Record In-Depth

July 13, 2013 by Thomas Gerke

German Solar Energy

Germany recently broke yet another solar power record when the country’s 1.3+ million PV systems turned a sunny summer day into 23.9 GW of solar power at about 1:30 PM.[read more]

German Energiewende Successful, But We Still Need Nuclear Energy

July 9, 2013 by Max Luke

German Energiewende and Nuclear Energy

The success of Germany’s Energiewende (energy transition) at lowering costs and promoting innovation does not prove that wind and solar are fully scalable and disruptive.[read more]