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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.

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 ]

High Court Clash: Land Dispute Could Curb German Coal Mining

High Court Clash: Land Dispute Could Curb German Coal Mining

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 04, 2013

A giant open-pit mining area near Cologne has already swallowed up 14 villages, but one police officer is fighting to protect his home. He has managed to bring his case before Germany's highest court, and its ruling could have major implications for the future of brown coal mining in Germany. By Dietmar Hipp and Barbara Schmid more...

War on Subsidies: Brussels Questions German Energy Revolution

War on Subsidies: Brussels Questions German Energy Revolution

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 29, 2013

As part of Germany's switch to renewables, industry has been exempt from paying higher prices associated with solar and wind energy. The European Commission, however, believes the practice distorts competition on the Continent. Huge penalties could be in store. By Frank Dohmen, Christoph Pauly and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

Electric Avenue: Solar Road Panels Offer Asphalt Alternative

Electric Avenue: Solar Road Panels Offer Asphalt Alternative

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 24, 2013

An American couple has found a surprising alternative to conventional asphalt motorways: solar road panels. In addition to providing electricity, saving oil and melting fresh snow, it could also prevent accidents. By Sören Harder more... Comment ]