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    Friday, February 10, 2017

    Germany’s Energiewende Still Pioneering A New Energy Future

    How Germany's energy transition extends beyond its borders

    Caterine Cheney, 9 February 2017 (Devex)

    “…The Energiewende, German for energy turn, is the name of an ambitious effort by Germany to transform its energy sector and transition to a low- or no-carbon economy…The country aims to bring down greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020, and up to 95 percent by 2050, as compared to rates in 1990. By phasing out nuclear power and fossil fuels and developing renewable energy sources, Germany is undergoing its largest transformation since the reconstruction effort following World War II…While Germany is often a reluctant leader globally, it is also a pioneer…[The Energiewende first took off in 2000 and now] Germany is well on its way to reaching its goal of renewables covering 80 percent of power consumption by the middle of the century. But electricity requires supply and demand to match. Managing an energy system with a growing percentage of renewable energy requires improvements in grids and storage…” click here for more

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