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Germany's Shift to Renewables is Paying Off

Germany still exports more energy than it imports even after exiting nuclear, thanks to its renewable energy industry. Renewable energy supplied a record 20.8% of its electricity in the first half of 2011, from wind, solar, biomass and hydro. After Japan's nuclear disaster, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the government's goal was for renewable energy to generate 35% of Germany's energy by 2022, when all its nuclear reactors would be closed. Following the Japanese incident in March, citizen pressure caused Germany to immediately shut down its seven oldest plants and Merkel announced the remaining 10 plants would follow by 2022. It is the first industrialized nation to eliminate its nuclear industry. Since nuclear generates almost a third of its electricity, many feared Germany would soon have to import energy. The early results are in, and although the ratio of exports ...

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