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 ]

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 ]

'Liconomics': China's Green Revolution Arrives

'Liconomics': China's Green Revolution Arrives

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 20, 2013

China has changed course and announced an ambitious new plan to push sustainable energy. The initiative by Li Keqiang's government signals a turning point in the country's approach to the environment -- and could mean big business for Germany. By Gerald Traufetter and Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Solar Strife: EU Fires First Shot in Trade War with China

Solar Strife: EU Fires First Shot in Trade War with China

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 04, 2013

The European Commission on Tuesday announced it was imposing tariffs on Chinese solar panels in response to "price dumping." China has previously warned it would retaliate. The escalating trade war can only have one loser: Germany. By Christoph Pauly and Melanie Amann more... Comment ]

Dumping Allegations: EU To Impose Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels

Dumping Allegations: EU To Impose Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 08, 2013

The European Commission has approved tariffs on Chinese-made solar panels in response to complaints of price-dumping. However, analysts say the move will do little more than give European companies a short-lived boost, and that the levy will mainly just increase prices and decrease use of solar power. By Joel Stonington more... Comment ]

Desertec on the Ropes: Competitors and Opponents Threaten Energy Plan

Desertec on the Ropes: Competitors and Opponents Threaten Energy Plan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 03, 2013

The ambitious Desertec plan to supply Europe with solar power from the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East seems to have stalled. It could now be facing even greater problems as competitors arise and local opposition mounts. By Nicolai Kwasniewski more... Comment ]

Big Gift to Big Business: Berlin to Exempt 1,550 Firms From Electricity Surcharge

Big Gift to Big Business: Berlin to Exempt 1,550 Firms From Electricity Surcharge

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 24, 2012

Germany plans to exempt 1,550 large firms from a power price surcharge that covers part of the cost of switching to renewable energy. Critics say the list of exemptions is spurious and unfair to households and small businesses. It risks undermining faith in the government's switch to clean power. more...

Quagmire in the Sahara: Desertec's Promise of Solar Power for Europe Fades

Quagmire in the Sahara: Desertec's Promise of Solar Power for Europe Fades

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2012

As recently as three years ago, many thought that it was only a matter of time before solar thermal plants in North Africa supplied a significant portion of Europe's energy needs. But Desertec has hit a road block. Industrial backers are jumping ship, political will is tepid and a key pilot project has suddenly stalled. By Joel Stonington more... Comment ]

'Political Leadership Is Missing': A Desertec Founder Laments a Lack of Support

'Political Leadership Is Missing': A Desertec Founder Laments a Lack of Support

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2012

Desertec, the ambitious plan to supply Europe with vast amounts of solar power from North Africa, has lost its shine. Friedrich Führ, co-founder of the Desertec Foundation, spoke with SPIEGEL ONLINE about the project's missteps thus far, his disappointment in European politicians and why it is vital that the venture continues. more...

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...