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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.

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 ]


Germany's Energy Poverty: How Electricity Became a Luxury Good

Germany's Energy Poverty: How Electricity Became a Luxury Good

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 04, 2013

Germany's agressive and reckless expansion of wind and solar power has come with a hefty pricetag for consumers, and the costs often fall disproportionately on the poor. Government advisors are calling for a completely new start. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Casualty of War: WWII Explosives Scuttle Windfarm Opening

Casualty of War: WWII Explosives Scuttle Windfarm Opening

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 08, 2013

The ambitious Riffgat wind farm was supposed to open off the German and Dutch coast this month and power 120,000 homes. Now the discovery of unexploded ordinance is causing a costly delay. more... Comment ]


Turbine Trouble: Ill Wind Blows for German Offshore Industry

Turbine Trouble: Ill Wind Blows for German Offshore Industry

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 02, 2013

Only recently, the offshore wind industry was seen as an opportunity to regenerate Germany's coast. But amid changing political attitudes and spiraling costs, several companies are struggling to survive. Is the wind boom over before it even really began? By Michael Fröhlingsdorf more... Comment ]

Unfair Competition? EU Takes on German Green Energy Law

Unfair Competition? EU Takes on German Green Energy Law

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 15, 2013

The European Commission plans to launch a probe this Wednesday into Germany's renewable energy law. Brussels says it breaches EU competition law because it exempts many companies from charges levied to fund green subsidies. more... Comment ]