Updated September 3, 2019

Germany

Current Situation

  • Germany, known as a world leader in clean energy as installed large amounts of wind and solar Germany’s electricity is still 61% dirty, 35% still coming from coal.

  • Even with the 20 year subsidies given to Wind and Solar, they only make up 24% of electricity generation. What will happen when the subsidies end?

  • Even with all new renewables added, in 2018 Germany produced 866 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, a far cry from its goal of 750 million tonnes by 2020.

  • In 2018, Germany’s electricity was still 10 times dirtier than France's, why? Because they are phasing out their nuclear and replacing it with coal. See more here.

  • In result, Germany will miss their reduction and clean energy targets for 2020, despite having spent 520 billion euros by 2025. Read more here.

  • In 1990 Germany’s electricity was 69% dirty in comparison to 2018 where their electricity is 61% dirty. After 28 years, Germany has only decreased their fossil fuel consumption by 8%..

  • As 20 year feed-in tariffs (FIT) expire only certain wind turbines will be re-powered due to the low rate of new subsidies.

Renewables Threatening Economy & Energy Supply

  • The influx of intermittent energy source like solar and wind has weakened Energy’s economy and energy supply. To deal with this, Germany in June imported more electricity than exported.

  • In result, to stabilize the electricity grid and avoid becoming too dependent on imported natural gas, Germany is expanding coal mining to the Hambach forest.

  • The German consumers have paid dearly for the energy transition and stabilization of their grid. German electricity prices are 45% above the European average. Read more here.

Michael Shellenberger, President of Ep, article on how Germany has failed in their energy transition

Michael Shellenberger, President of Ep, article on how Germany has failed in their energy transition

EP & Allies

  • On October 20, 2018, EP and allies from around the world gathered in Munich to organize the first Nuclear Pride fest, urging the German public to save their nuclear plants.

  • Media coverage was positive and the Nuclear Pride Fest has evolved into a global movement called Stand up for Nuclear.

First Nuclear Pride Fest : Munich

History

  • In 2011, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the country was phasing out their nuclear plants, since 2011 Nuclear declined by 6%.

  • Germany’s emissions in 2017 were flat compared to 2016 despite having produced 33 percent more electricity from wind.

  • According to the German Federal Environmental Office, emissions were 909 million metric tonnes (MMT) in 2016 and 905 MMT in 2017 — a 0.4% difference.

  • Despite a nine percent increase in solar panels since 2015, electricity produced from solar power was slightly less (38.4 terawatt-hours) in 2017 than it was in in 2015 (38.7 terawatt-hours). The reason? It wasn’t very sunny.

  • German emissions are thus at approximately the same level as they were in 2009 — an amount that is 150 million tonnes (carbon dioxide-equivalent) higher than the country’s 2020 climate target, which was abandoned in 2017.

  • Closures of nuclear power plants wiped out emissions reductions from less coal power.