Energy Turnaround part II

Angela Merkel’s clean energy revolution isn’t moving as quickly as she had hoped.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a summit last week  to review the progress in the country’s  nuclear phase-out and the movement  to renewable energies. Last year the German government published its intentions to phase out nuclear power by simultaneously the expansion of renewable energy. This announcement was a reaction to the nuclear catastrophe in Japan and the German citizen’s justified demands for the energy turnaround. The main promises are:

  1. Nuclear power phase-out by 2022.
  2. 80% of the energy in Germany produced of renewable sources by 2050.
  3. The promote of renewable energies.

So, today the reality is quite different. Electricity prices are increasing as effect of the government’s policies and the expansion of renewable energy has come to a standstill. The consumers and particularly the industry are suffering under these circumstances. Moreover Germany’s largest steelmaker ThyssenKrupp accuses the policies for the sale of one of its steel mills. European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger has even warned: “High electricity prices have already initiated deindustrialization in Germany.”

Who pays the bill?

The energy Turnaround is mainly controlled by the state and not the markets. The consequence is higher pressure on the private households and the industry in form of higher contributions for taxes and levies. It’s very absurd but we have rising (energy) costs without any considerable progress.
Additionally the former environment minister Norbert Röttgen announced the cutting of the promotion for solar energy in March 2012. This decision will curb the energy turnaround too. The poor performance (energy turnaround) and the loss in the state election cost the environment minister his office.
German Chancellor and the new environment minister Peter Altmaier announced their new (improved) energy project plan after a meeting with the governors of Germany’s 16 states. Unfortunately, the meeting ended without any concrete agreements. This plan is mainly focused on the expansion of the new energy grid. This plan is very controversial among the parties in Germany.

I think

The energy turnaround is possible on condition of supply with affordable electricity in the future. Our politicians have to come to an agreement on one reasonable energy plan with clear objective targets. However for a softer transition from fossil energy sources to renewable energy sources we need more than an agreement among our politicians or institutions. The people have to be integrated in the political debates in Germany. Ultimately the successful implementation of such a mammoth project needs the full acceptance by taxpayers and the industry.


7 responses to “Energy Turnaround part II

  1. Thank you Ferhat for keeping me updated!

    It’s great that you did not only state your personal opinion, but also included enough information for someone who doesn’t follow the news regularly or hasn’t read the first part of your post (both applies to me) to understand perfectly what you’re on about.

    I also appreciate that you kept a rather neutral position while reporting the facts and only finished with your own conlusion about the conditions for a successful energy turnaround.

    The structure is clear and makes sense: The most current event at the top, then a repitition of what is actually supposed to be accomplished, then a criticalquestion and finally, a conclusion. I think that your post could have easily been published in a newspaper.

    However, I do have a tiny remark: proofread your post in order to avoid grammar mistakes, such as “…without any considerably progress.” instead of considerable progress.
    Other than that: Great job!

  2. Hello Ferhat,

    I find it funny how people always wait for something to happen (Fukushima Nuclear meltdown) before they start acting. Aren’t Governments supposed to be one step ahead, instead of just being reactive? In my opinion, I think it would take another disaster (or when fossil fuel really runs out) for some significant changes to be made. Something needs to be done about sustainable energy – rather than just talking about it.

  3. Hey Ferhat,
    like the others already said, I think you chose a very interesting and current topic for your post.
    As you are talking about increasing energy prices: Did you know that nuclear energy is highly subsidiezed and without any subvention would cost much more than renewable energy?
    Thanks for sharing the current information on that topic!
    And if you inserted the links of your sources and the link to your first post, it would make it possible for the reader to read further on this topic.

  4. Thank you a lot for this informative post. Like anrofi, I don’t follow the news regularly, so your post is perfect to be up to date.
    Your structure is really reasonable and I think I can learn from you 😉
    I also wrote about energies this week, and a fellow student advised me to read your post. It is really funny because I mentioned the matter about Angela Merkel changing energy policy after Hiroshima shortly.
    So if you have time, please check out my post on alternative energies.

    Other than that, your post is short, easy to read and comprehensible. What I miss are some opinions on the topic. Maybe some citations from politicians or how it is perceived in the media could have made your post a little bit more diverse.

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  6. Hey Ferhat,

    What I really liked about your post´s so far is that they all seem to be really important issues for the society as a whole and not only concern a special group of people with a specific interst. Thus the stuff you write about should really be significant for all of us. (By that I have to think about your post on the cheating of the industry on consumers – this topic just like the matter of the energy turnaround are actual, relevant and highly discussed topics.
    I have to admit that I start to see you with different eyes when reading your post. Thus I think you could be a great activist for explosive issues – just like the once you wrote about.
    In the beginning it is good that you state the three main promises of the energy turnaround, as everybody get´s an overview of the topic by having this information.Moreover I liked that you included an example of a company and stated your own opinion in the end.
    I would be really thankfull if you would consider to write about renewable energies in one of your next blogpost as this would be a perfect addition to this post and it is also a quite modern topic.

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