What is the German Energiewende?

From Dorothee Landgrebe (guest post) on May 16, 2014 in Category Energy Transition with 0 Comments


Germany has drawn a lot of international attention for its aim to switch to a renewable energy economy and leave nuclear and fossil energy behind. A lot of the international reporting about the German Energy Transition, or Energiewende, has, however, been misleading — for instance, when it comes to the role of coal power, energy price trends, and carbon emissions.

The website www.energytransition.de aims to explain what the German Energy Transition is, how it works, and what challenges lay ahead. It is intended to provide facts and explain the politics and policies to an international audience. The website highlights the effects of the Energiewende on the German economy, environment and society and addresses the most important questions.


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Dorothee Landgrebe (guest author)

Dorothee is Advisor for Ecology at the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation. Her main focus is the ecological conversion of the economy (“Greening the Economy”), the social configuration of the ecological turnaround, and the national and European energy, nuclear and climate protection policies.


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