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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Take the power back!

Germany looks poised to become the first industrialised country in the world to move to 100% renewable energy. SustainableBusiness.com has the details:

"Can renewable energy development keep pace with rising global energy demand? As world governments struggle with this question, Germany is advancing with resolve in a transition to 100% renewable energy. The German government accepts the goal is technically and economically feasible, and has adopted a long-term national policy for the transition. After years of reliance on nuclear energy - which supplies 30% of the nation's electricity - Germany has concluded that nuclear is a dead-end and has established long term plans to phase it out."

I've heard many a criticism of the German Green Party's coalition with the Social Democrats. Many people seem to feel the Greens in Germany have had to make too many compromises in order to share power. This story can be taken as an indication that things are really moving in that part of the world.

Not only is Germany going all green for energy, they also seem to be getting things right in terms of ownership:

"Involved citizens who, mostly working through cooperatives, own 90% of the wind turbines, as well as most PV systems."

Take the power back!

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