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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.

Atomic Art: Anselm Kiefer Plans to Buy Nuclear Power Station

Atomic Art: Anselm Kiefer Plans to Buy Nuclear Power Station

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 31, 2011

Renowned German artist Anselm Kiefer is not afraid of taboos. Now the painter and sculptor wants to buy a nuclear power station. In an interview with SPIEGEL, Kiefer said he would acquire at least the cooling tower, though his exact plans for the "fantastic" structure remain uncertain. more...

Winds of Change: Offshore Turbines More Powerful than First Nuclear Plant

Winds of Change: Offshore Turbines More Powerful than First Nuclear Plant

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 21, 2011

The term "energy revolution" sounds light and airy enough, but how do human beings manage to wrest electricity from the sea? Germany's largest offshore wind farm, a power plant surrounded by a hostile environment, produces 12 times as much energy as the world's first nuclear power plant. By Alexander Smoltczyk more...

Revolution Threatens to Falter: Is Germany's Green Energy Plan Failing?

Revolution Threatens to Falter: Is Germany's Green Energy Plan Failing?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 11, 2011

Germany has set higher targets for renewable energy usage than any other industrialized nation. Angela Merkel's government plans to decommission its nuclear plants by 2022 and to obtain 80 percent of all energy from renewables by 2050. So far, though, too many promises from Berlin have gone unfulfilled. By Laura Gitschier and Christian Schwägerl more... Comment ]

Response to Fukushima: Siemens to Exit Nuclear Energy Business

Response to Fukushima: Siemens to Exit Nuclear Energy Business

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 19, 2011

Siemens plans to pull out of the nuclear energy business, CEO Peter Löscher told SPIEGEL. After the Fukushima nuclear disaster "the chapter is closed," he said. The company will expand its renewable energy activities instead. more...

Greenwashing after the Phase-Out: German 'Energy Revolution' Depends on Nuclear Imports

Greenwashing after the Phase-Out: German 'Energy Revolution' Depends on Nuclear Imports

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 15, 2011

Germany's decision to phase out its nuclear power plants by 2022 has rapidly transformed it from power exporter to importer. Despite Berlin's pledge to move away from nuclear, the country is now merely buying atomic energy from neighbors like the Czech Republic and France.   By Laura Gitschier and Alexander Neubacher more...

The Sun Rises in the East: German Solar Firms Eclipsed by Chinese Rivals

The Sun Rises in the East: German Solar Firms Eclipsed by Chinese Rivals

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 07, 2011

Green energy used to be Germany's great hope for its economic future. But now the German solar industry is in trouble amid huge losses, job cuts and the threat of bankruptcies. Chinese firms are gaining an ever greater share of the German market -- and are benefiting from German subsidies for renewable energy. By SPIEGEL Staff. more... Comment ]

Crossing the 20 Percent Mark: Green Energy Use Jumps in Germany

Crossing the 20 Percent Mark: Green Energy Use Jumps in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 30, 2011

During the first half of 2011, the share of renewable energy sources used by Germans in their total energy mix grew to one-fifth -- a hefty boost over 2010. It's a small step toward Germany's ambition to phase out nuclear power. more...

Reconstruction after Gadhafi: European Firms Hoping for Big Business in Libya

Reconstruction after Gadhafi: European Firms Hoping for Big Business in Libya

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 25, 2011

Berlin may have stayed out of the fight for Libya, but German companies hope to profit from its reconstruction. Several economic leaders have already visited the war-torn country to investigate business opportunities. But competition is fierce. By Maria Marquart and Katharina Pauli more...

E.on CEO on Job Cuts: 'It Pains Me Too'

E.on CEO on Job Cuts: 'It Pains Me Too'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 16, 2011

Johannes Teyssen, 51, is the CEO of E.on, Germany's largest utility company. In a SPIEGEL interview, he explains why he thinks the energy giant should shed 11,000 jobs across the world and what the impending nuclear phase-out means for the future. more... Comment ]

ThyssenKrupp CEO on Germany's Energy Revolution: 'An Effort Comparable to Reunification'

ThyssenKrupp CEO on Germany's Energy Revolution: 'An Effort Comparable to Reunification'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 03, 2011

In a SPIEGEL interview, ThyssenKrup CEO Heinrich Hiesinger discusses his plans to radically restructure the steelmaking firm. He says the traditional German company is deeply concerned about the European debt and currency crisis as well as Chancellor Angela Merkel's expensive plans for an energy revolution. more... Comment ]