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The Alternative Option

Energy and its sources have become a 21st century debate of national security and environmental impact. European governments have set ambitious carbon emissions-reduction goals and have invested billions of euros into offshore wind parks and solar energy captured in the Sahara.

Crimea Sanctions: Europe Should Impose Stiffer Penalties

Crimea Sanctions: Europe Should Impose Stiffer Penalties

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 18, 2014

Germany has said it wants to take on greater responsibility in foreign policy -- and the Crimea crisis offers a golden opportunity to do so. Berlin should impose tougher penalties against Russia, even if it would hurt the German economy. A Commentary by David Böcking more... Comment ]

Help from Germany: Firms Could Soon Provide Gas to Ukraine

Help from Germany: Firms Could Soon Provide Gas to Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 11, 2014

Ukraine's dependence on gas from Russia has often been used as a political weapon by Moscow in conflicts with its neighbor. German companies are now considering how Western European gas could be rerouted to Kiev if the Kremlin decides to cut supplies. By Frank Dohmen more... Comment ]

Gone With the Wind: Weak Returns Cripple German Renewables

Gone With the Wind: Weak Returns Cripple German Renewables

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 30, 2014

Investments in renewable energy were supposed to be a sure thing, with wind park operators promising annual returns of up to 20 percent. More often than not, however, such pledges have been illusory -- and many investors have lost their principal to boot. By Gunther Latsch, Anne Seith and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

Green Fade-Out: Europe to Ditch Climate Protection Goals

Green Fade-Out: Europe to Ditch Climate Protection Goals

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 15, 2014

The EU's reputation as a model of environmental responsibility may soon be history. The European Commission wants to forgo ambitious climate protection goals and pave the way for fracking -- jeopardizing Germany's touted energy revolution in the process. By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]

Climate Conference: Doubts Emerge Over Germany's Leadership 

Climate Conference: Doubts Emerge Over Germany's Leadership 

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 19, 2013

Renewable energy experts worry that support will fade for climate-related policies in Berlin with the inauguration of the planned new grand coalition government. The UN climate conference and NGOs are responding with pressure on Germany to send a signal that the country is still a leader. By Joel Stonington more... Comment ]

Energy Referendum: Public Buy-Back of Berlin Grid Fails

Energy Referendum: Public Buy-Back of Berlin Grid Fails

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 04, 2013

An attempt to buy Berlin's energy grid from the Swedish mega firm Vattenfall fell short at the polls on Sunday. Activists argued the company isn't doing enough to foster green energy, while opponents questioned the logistical advantages of a change. more... Comment ]

Benevolent Protector: Vattenfall Overpowers Coal Critics

Benevolent Protector: Vattenfall Overpowers Coal Critics

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 31, 2013

Swedish energy giant Vattenfall dominates life in the Lausitz region of eastern Germany. Now it wants to expand its coal mining operations there -- but opposition to the plans is being drowned out by the company's importance to the local economy. By Sven Becker more... Comment ]

Nuclear Divergence: UK's New Reactor Spurs Debate in Germany

Nuclear Divergence: UK's New Reactor Spurs Debate in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2013

The UK's decision to build a new nuclear power plant has thrown Germany's vow to shut down its own nuclear plants into relief. Critics argue Germany's decision was emotional, not practical -- others disagree. By Rupert Neate more... Comment ]

Reality Check: Germany's Defective Green Energy Game Plan

Reality Check: Germany's Defective Green Energy Game Plan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 25, 2013

Germany pretends to be a pioneer in the green revolution. But its massively expensive Energiewende has done nothing to make the environment cleaner or encourage genuine efficiency. One writer argues: Either do it right, or don't do it at all. A Commentary By Alexander Neubacher more... Comment ]

Expanding the Grid: A Vision for Fueling Europe on Renewables

Expanding the Grid: A Vision for Fueling Europe on Renewables

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 14, 2013

European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger is in Brussels on Monday to present his plan for the future of energy in the EU. He wants to export Germany's push toward renewables to the rest of the Continent -- and for the first time, he actually has the money to do it. By Christoph Pauly more... Comment ]