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 ]

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 ]

Coalition Talks: SPD May Drop Demand for Finance Ministry

Coalition Talks: SPD May Drop Demand for Finance Ministry

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 28, 2013

Clinching the powerful post of finance minister in coalition talks would be a major coup for the center-left Social Democrats. But they may drop the demand in return for policy concessions -- and due to tactical considerations by SPD leader Sigmar Gabriel. 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 ]

Preparing to Govern: Formal Coalition Talks Kick Off in Berlin

Preparing to Govern: Formal Coalition Talks Kick Off in Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2013

Official†coalition talks†began Wednesday in Berlin between Merkel's conservatives and the center-left†Social Democratic Party. Central topics include energy policy and the minimum wage -- as well as Germany's hotly debated European policy. 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 GŁnther 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 ]

Sacrificing an Idyll for an Ideal: Bavarians Protest Power Plant

Sacrificing an Idyll for an Ideal: Bavarians Protest Power Plant

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 01, 2013

Pumped-storage power plants are an important part of Germany's shift away from nuclear energy. But the facilities are being planned in some of the country's most idyllic areas, leading locals and supporters of renewable energies alike to protest. By Dinah Deckstein in Jachenau, Germany more... Comment ]