The German energy turnaround can’t, that is. And that’s why the way things look right now, the turnaround is about to get turned around – yet again.
If Germany makes its goal of having 80 percent of its power come from renewable sources by 2050, there is no question it will add to the country’s energy security. But along the way, as it takes nuclear power plants offline and builds up its renewable network, the country remains reliant on fossil fuels – and that means Russia.
Germany gets some 35 percent of its natural gas and oil from Russia, as well as significant quantities of coal, a dependency that weakens Germany’s energy switchover plan, according to Hans-Werner Sinn, a prominent economist.
“Es wird eine neue Betrachtung der gesamten Energiepolitik geben”