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...

Merkel's Switch to Renewables: Rising Energy Prices Endanger German Industry

Merkel's Switch to Renewables: Rising Energy Prices Endanger German Industry

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 24, 2012

Last spring, Chancellor Angela Merkel set Germany on course to eliminate nuclear power in favor of renewable energy sources. Now, though, several industries are suffering as electricity prices rapidly rise. Many companies are having to close factories or move abroad. By Frank Dohmen and Alexander Neubacher more...


Grid Locked: Utility Giant E.on Threatens to Halt Wind Farm Investment

Grid Locked: Utility Giant E.on Threatens to Halt Wind Farm Investment

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2012

German energy giant E.on warned on Tuesday that the country's green energy revolution is at risk from delays in connecting offshore wind farms to the grid. The company said it will put two large projects on hold unless the grid operators speed up the construction of power lines. more...

Stress on the High Seas: Germany's Wind Power Revolution in the Doldrums

Stress on the High Seas: Germany's Wind Power Revolution in the Doldrums

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 30, 2011

The construction of offshore wind parks in the North Sea has hit a snag with a vital link to the onshore power grid hopelessly behind schedule. The delays have some reconsidering the ability of wind power to propel Germany into the post-nuclear era. By Frank Dohmen and Alexander Jung more... Comment ]


Winds of Change: Offshore Turbines More Powerful than First Nuclear Plant

Winds of Change: Offshore Turbines More Powerful than First Nuclear Plant

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 21, 2011

The term "energy revolution" sounds light and airy enough, but how do human beings manage to wrest electricity from the sea? Germany's largest offshore wind farm, a power plant surrounded by a hostile environment, produces 12 times as much energy as the world's first nuclear power plant. By Alexander Smoltczyk more...

The Sun Rises in the East: German Solar Firms Eclipsed by Chinese Rivals

The Sun Rises in the East: German Solar Firms Eclipsed by Chinese Rivals

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 07, 2011

Green energy used to be Germany's great hope for its economic future. But now the German solar industry is in trouble amid huge losses, job cuts and the threat of bankruptcies. Chinese firms are gaining an ever greater share of the German market -- and are benefiting from German subsidies for renewable energy. By SPIEGEL Staff. more... Comment ]


E.on CEO on Job Cuts: 'It Pains Me Too'

E.on CEO on Job Cuts: 'It Pains Me Too'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 16, 2011

Johannes Teyssen, 51, is the CEO of E.on, Germany's largest utility company. In a SPIEGEL interview, he explains why he thinks the energy giant should shed 11,000 jobs across the world and what the impending nuclear phase-out means for the future. more... Comment ]

Bubbles to the Rescue: Saving Germany's Whales from Wind Farm Noise

Bubbles to the Rescue: Saving Germany's Whales from Wind Farm Noise

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 08, 2011

As Germany forges ahead with its energy revolution, offshore wind parks are becoming increasingly important. But construction clatter can threaten sea life, in particular whales and porpoises that rely on echolocation. Noise-mitigating "bubble curtains" may offer a solution, a new report says. more...


North Coast Doldrums: Why Germany's Offshore Wind Parks Have Stalled

North Coast Doldrums: Why Germany's Offshore Wind Parks Have Stalled

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 27, 2011

With Chancellor Merkel's government turning its back on nuclear power, offshore wind parks are set to pick up the slack. But the installation of gigantic turbines in the North and Baltic seas has proven challenging, slow and hindered by bureaucratic hurdles. Could the future of wind be on land after all? By Frank Dohmen and Alexander Jung more... Comment ]

Switching to Renewables: Germany Explores Using Train Lines as a Power Grid

Switching to Renewables: Germany Explores Using Train Lines as a Power Grid

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 22, 2011

Germany's increased emphasis on renewable energies requires an all-new power grid. Now, many in Berlin are wondering if the grid powering the country's train system could be used to transport wind power from the north to the south. Some say it could save up to 75 percent of expected costs. more...