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2014 Was a Pivotal Year for Germany's Energiewende

What a difference a year makes: Germany's transition to renewable energy showed positive forward momentum, with increasing energy production from renewables, increased exports, decreased carbon emissions, and decreasing consumer prices. The ruling German CDU-SPD coalition is now pushing energy producers to improve on a new front: efficiency. 2014 saw the Energiewende, Germany’s renewable energy transition, clear a few formidable hurdles and post some encouraging gains. But there were setbacks, too. First there were the production numbers, which should increase from year to year as renewable capacity expands — and if the weather plays along, which it did. For the first time ever, renewables led power production in Germany, outpacing nuclear, black coal, and lignite (but not lignite and black coal combined) . Renewables generated 27.3 percent of Germany’s electricity, up fro...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2015/01...

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