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Renewable energy: Where there’s a will there’s a way

AP reports some very encouraging news from Germany this morning — see below. Now, if the U.S. could just get over its own ridiculous addiction to fossil fuels and move aggressively in this direction, the planet might really be getting somewhere.

BERLIN (AP) — The production of renewable energies in Germany is expected to grow faster than the government’s forecast and account for almost half of the country’s electricity within a decade, a top official said Monday.

The current boom in new installations of wind, solar and other renewable power sources will easily top the official target of 35 percent by 2022, reaching about 48 percent by then, said Stephan Kohler, who heads the government-affiliated agency overseeing Germany’s electricity grid….

Germany decided after Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster to speed up phasing out nuclear power, which then accounted for just under a quarter of the country’s electricity production, about the same share as in Japan and the U.S.

Renewable energies’ share has since risen from 17 percent to 25 percent, driven by subsidies and investment incentives that are mostly paid for by a tax on households’ electricity bills. By 2050 Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, wants to generate 80 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.

“Never has an industrialized nation tried to transform its electricity production in such a radical manner as we are currently doing it,” Kohler said.”

8 Comments


  1. Frank Burns

    October 29, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Rob, if fossil fuels are so ridiculous, why is Germany also building 23 coal fired power plants? http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/08/28/germanys-new-renewable-energy-policy/

    Fossil fues are not so ridiculous if the interests of the consumers are considered. Renewable energies are very expensive which drives up the cost of all products.

  2. Rob Schofield

    October 29, 2012 at 11:18 am

    As usual, dear Frank, you have not read the post. It’s our addiction to these fuels and unwillingness to address it that it is ridiculous.

  3. Frank Burns

    October 29, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Rob, I did read the post and you didn’t provide any explanation for your statement. Ridiculous? Why is that? We have vast coal reserves and so does Germany. It would be ridiculous to not use coal for energy, unless there is no regard for the interests of the consumers then your statement would make sense. I’m not willing to pay more for electricity just so we quit our “addiction to fossil fuels”.

  4. Alex

    October 30, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I just finished an article on Al Gore saying that he has now accumulated a fortune of over $100 million dollars in just a few short years. Firms that he invested in received government funding of over $2.5 BILLION dollars for green projects, many of which are now bankrupt. So Al created an artificial crisis, and then milked it for millions of taxpayer dollars. And we thought Madoff was the ultimate con man !

  5. david esmay

    October 30, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I just finished an article about Al Gore in the NYT about all the positive things he’s done since leaving politics. Al didn’t hide in France during the Vietnam war like Robme, he did a tour. John Kerry’s wealthy, and he didn’t hide in France, he did a tour. Bob Kerry didn’t hide in France, he won the Congressional Medal of Honor in Vietnam. It always strikes me how these conservative repub chicken hawks used their wealth to hide from war, guys like Dick Cheney, George Bush, Jon Kyl, Dennis Hastert, Jon Ashcroft, Karl Rove, Tom Delay, Donald Trump, Rudy Guiliani, Mitch McConnell, Trent Lott, Saxby Chambliss, Paul Wolfowitz, Newt Gingrich, the list goes on and on. All men who used their political connections to enrich themselves and serve only themselves.

  6. david esmay

    October 30, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Frank, wattsupwiththat is the neo-con version of MAD magazine, or Cracked. You have to be on crack to believe any of that b.s..

  7. Frank Burns

    October 30, 2012 at 10:43 am

    That’s a big negative David. Your judgement on what I choose to use as a reference is meaningless. Focus on the topic.

  8. Alex

    October 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    All Al Gore has done since politics is fatten his wallet at the taxpayer expense. His service in Vietnam is a joke David as an “information officer” well to the rear of any action, and cut short in 5 months with a return to divinity school. He’s nothing but a con man period !

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