- 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...
- 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. more...
- 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. more... [ Comment ]
- 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...
- 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. more...
- 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.
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- 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...
- 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. more...
- 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 ]
- 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 ]