2013/10/12/Germany's transition to renewable power has been a stunning success

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Myths documented: Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan two-and-a-half years ago, Merkel quickly decided to begin phasing out nuclear power and lead the country into the age of wind and solar renewables started in 1991, and the nuclear phaseout started in 2002.

  • Myth: Germany is building more coal plants because of its nuclear phaseout.
    • Fact: The count of coal plants under construction has actually fallen by six since Germany began its nuclear phaseout in 2011.
  • Myth: Germany is burning more coal because of its nuclear phaseout.
    • Fact: The increase was temporary, and is now reversing.
  • Myth: Germany is the only European country opposed to nuclear power and overreacted to Fukushima.

-nuclear country in Europe.

    • Fact: Germany has the most reliable grid in Europe.
  • Myth: Opposition to renewables is rising in Germany.
    • Fact: The vast majority of Germans fully support the Energiewende. Citizens are now wresting control of the grid away from private utilities.
  • Myth: Wind and solar are laughably small contributors to German grid power.
    • Fact: Wind and solar are rapidly taking over power production in Germany.
  • Myth: The Energiewende is driving up German grid power prices.
    • Fact: Renewables are driving wholesale grid prices down.

The P2P Foundation, which brought this to our attention, has a summary of the myths.

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