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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

Eco-Blowback: Mutiny in the Land of Wind Turbines

Eco-Blowback: Mutiny in the Land of Wind Turbines

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 12, 2013

Germany plans to build 60,000 new wind turbines -- in forests, in the foothills of the Alps and even in protected environmental areas. But local residents are up in arms, costs are skyrocketing and Germany's determination to phase out nuclear power is in danger. By Matthias Schulz more... Comment ]