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 ]

Hydropower Struggle: Dams Threaten Europe's Last Wild Rivers

Hydropower Struggle: Dams Threaten Europe's Last Wild Rivers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 17, 2014

Europe's last remaining wild rivers flow through the Balkans, providing stunning scenery and habitat to myriad plants and animals. But hundreds of dam projects threaten to do irreparable harm to the region's unique biospheres -- to provide much needed electricity to the people who live there. By Philip Bethge 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 Summit Trap: Capitalism's March toward Global Collapse

Climate Summit Trap: Capitalism's March toward Global Collapse

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 06, 2013

The Warsaw conference demonstrated that the "climate summit" model is broken and, more importantly, that capitalism itself is driving us to the brink. Protests are not the solution -- it's time to fight the system using its own weapons. An Essay by Harald Welzer 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 ]

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 ]

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 ]