Monday, July 3, 2017

Germany Breaks New Energy Record with Solar #Science #Energy

Workers install 320 square metres of solar panels on the roof of a farmstead barn in Binsham near Landshut, Germany

© Michaela Rehle / Reuters

The proportion of power produced by renewable energy in Germany has risen to 35 percent in the first half of 2017 from 33 percent last year, according to a BEE renewable energy association report.
Generation of green energy in the country has been rising steadily over the last two decades. That is partly due to the Renewable Energy Act which aims to cut renewable energy costs for consumers.

RT:  Germany breaks green energy record with 35% of power from renewable sources

Yesterday we saw how California as well is making strong progress with solar.  (Ithaka:  California Moves Rapidly to Solar Power #Science #Energy)

Regardless of whatever else comes of this, nuclear energy is finished in Germany.

Germany's transition to renewables started in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2010. The government pledged to phase out nuclear power plants by 2022 and reduce CO2 emissions by 40 percent.

- RT

There's not governmental policy alone rejecting nukes since that technology has become anathema to Germans on a personal level.  In part that's due to living with the ongoing nightmare of a nuclear war they didn't start and cannot fight.  Note:  that last impression is anecdotal but factual nevertheless.  The percentage of Germans sharing exactly that view is unknown but there's substantial resistance to nukes in any case.

The interested student is invited to review the remainder of the article but that went into preaching and we know already how much we need to do this.

In summary, there's no particular concern about Donald Trump leading the world to lower environmental standards.  As we saw yesterday, even California isn't listening to him.

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