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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 Merkelís 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 Germanyís future energy policy take?

Germanyís 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 nationís 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...


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