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Thu Oct 31, 2013, 02:24 PM

The Official Explanation for the German Energy Transition

The Official Explanation for the German Energy Transition

America's Power Plan
October 28, 2013

...Another side of the coin is what the politicians think of the energiewende. Critics abroad seem convinced that German leaders will come to their senses and change course on energy. Based on what the leaders say in their official documents, these critics are likely to be disappointed.

First, some background. There are two federal ministries responsible for energy, the Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). Until the recent election these were headed by Peter Altmaier and Peter Rosler. (Rosler has resigned due his party's loss in the recent election.)

With near unanimous support, the German parliament adopted legislation in 2010 that sets ambitious targets for carbon reductions, renewable energy and energy efficiency, and commits to a phase-out of nuclear power. According to Altmaier, the environment minister for the Merkel Administration, “this is unprecedented and brings to an end decades of public debate in Germany.”

While much international attention is paid to the rapid growth of solar energy and the phaseout of nuclear power, the legislation is a comprehensive energy policy, covering transportation, heat, and electricity use across the whole economy.



Much more at: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2013/10/the-official-explanation-for-the-german-energy-transition?cmpid=BioNL-Tuesday-October29-2013

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Sat Nov 2, 2013, 11:55 PM

1. Survey finds Germans want shift to renewables

...During all the discussions between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and other potential coalition partners in Berlin these last few weeks, one topic has remained high on the agenda all along: what direction will Germany’s future energy policy take?

Germany’s energy transition, or Energiewende as it is known domestically, is a long-term plan to slash carbon emissions by replacing fossil fuels with renewable sources of energy. Germany hopes to generate at least 35 percent of its electricity from green sources by 2020; by 2050, the renewables share is planned to surpass 80 percent.

But just how popular is the ambitious green energy plan among Germans? Shortly after the German elections, research institute TNS Emnid surveyed over 1,000 people to get a sense of the nation’s mood on energy issues.

An overwhelming majority - some 84 percent - of those interviewed said they expect the new government to push for a quick switch to an energy system powered 100 percent by renewable sources of energy.

In addition, 83 percent said they want the profits and costs of the energy turnaround to be distributed fairly among citizens and energy companies...

http://www.dw.de/survey-finds-germans-want-shift-to-renewables/a-17167037

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