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Germany's Energy Poverty (Part 3): Incentives for Pollution

SPIEGEL Staff, September 4 2013

More and more wind turbines are turning in Germany, and solar panels are basking in the sun, yet the amount of pollutants and greenhouse gases emitted by smokestacks increased last year. This dramatic turn of events is especially evident in small town of Grosskotzenburg, just east of Frankfurt.

Germany's Energy Poverty (Part 2): The Regressive Energy Tax

SPIEGEL Staff, September 4 2013

Consumer advocates and aid organizations say the breaking point has already been reached. Today, more than 300,000 households a year are seeing their power shut off because of unpaid bills. Caritas and other charity groups call it "energy poverty."

Germany's Energy Poverty (Part 1): How Electricity Became a Luxury Good

SPIEGEL Staff, September 4 2013

If you want to do something big, you have to start small. That's something German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier knows all too well. The politician, a member of the center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has put together a manual of practical tips on how everyone can make small, everyday contributions to the shift away from nuclear power and toward green energy. The so-called Energiewende, or energy revolution, is Chancellor Angela Merkel's project of the century.

Germany sets new solar power record, institute says

By Erik Kirschbaum, Reuters, May 26, 2012

BERLIN  - German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour - equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity - through the midday hours on Friday and Saturday, the head of a renewable energy think tank said.

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