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 ]

Crustacean Comeback: Scientists Plan to Settle Lobsters In Wind Farms

Crustacean Comeback: Scientists Plan to Settle Lobsters In Wind Farms

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 22, 2013

Scientists are hoping to revitalize the lobster population off the German island of Helgoland, and are enlisting the help of a nearby offshore wind farm whose rocky foundations make a good habitat. But there's potential for trouble: These aggressive crustaceans have a tendency to eat each other. By Christoph Seidler more...

Merkel's Blackout: German Energy Plan Plagued by Lack of Progress

Merkel's Blackout: German Energy Plan Plagued by Lack of Progress

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2012

Germany plans to abandon nuclear power by 2022, but its government hasn't been doing enough to ensure that the project succeeds. Needed infrastructure and technology is lacking, and coordination is a mess. Meanwhile, weary consumers are paying more for electricity, and the supply is in jeopardy. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Germany's Offshore Fiasco: North Sea Wind Offensive Plagued by Problems

Germany's Offshore Fiasco: North Sea Wind Offensive Plagued by Problems

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 04, 2012

Germany wants to pepper its northern seas with offshore wind turbines as part of its ambitious energy revolution. But strict laws, technology problems and multiple delays are turning the massive enterprise into an expensive fiasco. Investors and the public are losing patience. By Matthias Schulz more... Comment ]

Sea Change: German Shipyards See Future in Wind Power

Sea Change: German Shipyards See Future in Wind Power

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 30, 2012

After years of decline, Germany's shipyards are now pinning their hopes on offshore wind farms, a key component of the country's energy revolution. Some have converted entirely to building equipment for wind farms. But the initial euphoria has worn off as the true challenges of the transition become clear. By Isabell Hülsen more... Comment ]

Power Failures: Germany Rethinks Path to Green Future

Power Failures: Germany Rethinks Path to Green Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 29, 2012

Germany's energy revolution is the government's only major project -- but the problems keep piling up. The pace of grid expansion is sluggish, and electricity costs for consumers are rising. The environment minister wants to fundamentally alter the way green energy is subsidized, but will it mean putting the brakes on the entire project? By Stefan Schultz in Bremerhaven more...

The World from Berlin: Germany Hits Brakes on Race to Renewable Energy Future

The World from Berlin: Germany Hits Brakes on Race to Renewable Energy Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 28, 2012

The share of renewable energies in Germany's power mix has shot up so high that the electricity grid and the subsidy framework has been unable to keep up. Now, the government wants to slow down the process. German commentators say that the current chaos endangers the entire project. more...

Wind Park in No Man's Land: Offshore Project Stirs Up German-Dutch Border Dispute

Wind Park in No Man's Land: Offshore Project Stirs Up German-Dutch Border Dispute

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 09, 2012

The German energy company EWE has begun construction on an offshore wind park in the North Sea, but Germany and the Netherlands can't agree on which side of the border it is on. It is one of Europe's last undefined frontiers and it is becoming a problem for the company. By Benjamin Dürr more...

Environment Minister Peter Altmaier: 'We Can't Allow Electricity to Become a Luxury'

Environment Minister Peter Altmaier: 'We Can't Allow Electricity to Become a Luxury'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 06, 2012

After a year of little progress in Germany's so-called energy revolution, Chancellor Merkel recently reshuffled her cabinet to give it some fresh impetus. In a SPIEGEL interview, new Environment Minister Peter Altmaier discusses the need to inject reality into rosy assumptions and defuse anger sparked by the turnaround's costs. more...

Energy Revolution Interruptus: Germany Stalled on the Expressway to a Green Future

Energy Revolution Interruptus: Germany Stalled on the Expressway to a Green Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 23, 2012

Germany's energy revolution has hardly begun, but it's already running out of steam. There is a lack of political decisiveness and companies are complaining of a dearth of incentives to invest billions in necessary infrastructure. Progress or no progress, taxpayers continue footing the bill. By Frank Dohmen, Alexander Jung, Michael Sauga and Andreas Wassermann more...