Germany Could Be a Model for How We’ll Get Power in the Future

The European nation’s energy revolution has made it a leader in replacing nukes and fossil fuels with wind and solar technology.

Germany has Europe’s second highest consumer electricity prices, yet public support for its energiewende—an aggressive transition to renewable energy—is at an impressive 92 percent. The support is rooted in an eco-friendly culture, a collective desire to abandon nuclear energy, and laws that allow citizens to profit from selling their energy to the grid. Roughly 27 percent of Germany’s electricity is from renewables; the goal is at least 80 percent by 2050.

Originally produced by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, text by Robert Kunzig

 

ENERGY PRODUCTION BY NUCLEAR AND COAL

More than 60% of energy needs is still made by NUCLEAR and COAL. But Germany wants to shut down Nuclear and Coal by 2050.

ENERGY PRODUCTION BY NUCLEAR AND COAL

Roughly 27 percent of Germany’s electricity is from renewables; the goal is at least 80 percent by 2050.