The Energiewende (from the German word for energy transition) is the switch from nuclear and coal power to renewable energy.
Our website provides explanations behind this technical and social transformation.
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- The energy transition will need an expanded, adapted grid to cope with more renewable power. Neither has been progressing fast enough, so the German Parliament has passed the Act on Accelerating Grid Expansion. Official plans are in place, but several of the projects remain contested.
- The party “Alternative für Deutschland” (AfD) is a right-wing political party. It opposes the German Energiewende and its environmental platform is that climate change does not exist.
- Alternative energy is any energy source that is an alternative to fossil fuel and nuclear power.
- One main failure of the Energiewende has been coal’s continued presence, and German activists are taking matters into their own hands to do what the government won’t: phase out coal.