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.


    • 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.



AuthorChris Nelder +
Page typeLink +
SiteSmartPlanet +
Summary"[[mainstream media|Major English-language
"Major English-language media have been propagating a false narrative about the stunning success of Germany's transition to renewable energy: the Energiewende. To hear them tell it, the transition has been a massive failure, driving up power prices, putting Germany's grid at risk of blackouts, and inspiring a mass revolt against renewables. Nothing could be further from the truth."
Nothing could be further from the truth." +
Thing typeArticle +
TitleDespite what you may have heard in the press, Germany's transition to renewable power has been a stunning success. Energy analyst Chris Nelder runs down the facts. +
Title/shortGermany's transition to renewable power has been a stunning success +
TopicMyths +, Germany +, Nuclear power +, Coal power +, 2011 Sendai disaster/Fukushima +, Sustainable energy + and Mainstream media +
When postedOctober 12, 2013 +
URL
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http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/intelligent-energy/myth-busting-germanys-energy-transition/ +