How a Country With One of the World's Largest Economies Is Ditching Fossil Fuels
Tara DePorte writes that the German energy transformation called "Energiewende" has all the signs of a modern miracle: a commitment from all political parties, from the most conservative to the most liberal, to shift the world's fourth largest economy to 80% renewable energy by 2050. While Germany has nowhere near the wind and solar resources of Minnesota, it expects to reach 35% renewable power by 2020 and could reach 40%.
Germans who install solar panels can sell surplus power back into the power grid at a rate guaranteed for 20 years. This guaranteed payment, called a "feed in tariff" engages the German public in the transition to clean energy, while creating a more decentralized system of energy production and increasing the energy independence of Germany. While the U.S. media continues to ignore climate science consensus and debates the existence of manmade climate change, the German media and public are on the road to energy independence and rapidly cutting their climate impacts. Find out what has enabled Germany to make remarkable progress on transitioning to a clean energy economy in these two articles:
"How a Country with One of the World's Largest Economies is Ditching Fossil Fuels"
To learn how Germany has made this remarkable progress toward clean energy, and how Minnesota could too, read Clean Break by Journalist Osha Gray Davidson. Clean Break is the story of how German citizens led the transition to clean energy from the bottom up and democratized the electric system in the process. 65% of Germany's renewable energy is owned by individuals, cooperatives, or communities. Download this inspiring story for $1.