Germany: Close Watch on Switch from Nuclear to Renewable Energy

Wind, solar and other renewable energy sources currently account for some 20 percent of Germany’s electricity production and are set to produce a third of it within a decade, reaching 80 percent by 2050.

Earth_ClockBERLIN — The German government will more closely oversee the country’s move from nuclear power to renewable energy, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced — a mammoth 10-year project for Europe’s biggest economy that has been going slowly so far.

Merkel said she will be meeting with all of Germany’s 16 state governors twice a year to take stock of the transformation’s progress and shortcomings, stressing that everything must be done to avoid blackouts and ensure affordable energy.

Critics, including Germany’s main industry lobby group, have faulted the government for a lack of coordination and demanded better, permanent oversight for one of Merkel’s most challenging projects.

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Source: Juergen Baetz | The Washington Post