Germany’s renewable energy revolution leaves UK in the shade

The blazing blue skies that Germany baked under last weekend added a fresh gleam to the nation’s renewable energy revolution: a new world record for solar power generation, equivalent to 20 nuclear power stations. It is the battle between nuclear, fossil fuels and renewables, and between the big utilities and the community-owned renewables eating into their profits, that has driven Germany’s radical energy transformation to the top of its political agenda, with success seen as vital to chancellor Angela Merkel’s hopes of re-election in 2013.

“We are still occupied by the four powers,” says Werner Frohwitter, standing in the harsh sunlight below an 85-metre tall wind turbine in the flat east German countryside – referring to the four giant energy companies that have carved up the nation. They are RWE, E.ON, Vattenfall and EnBW… Read more

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