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25.03.2015

Research

Halftime for the Energiewende

35 years ago, the first book was published with the word "Energiewende" in its title. And 35 years from now, we will know whether Germany has reached its Energiewende targets for 2050. Tonight, the Öko-Institut, which published that book, is celebrating its role in the energy transition. And today, we have a little surprise for them.

Happy birthday
 - Honestly, we were pretty speechless when we saw how accurately the researchers had predicted the growth of wind and solar over a 20-year timeframe, during which literally everyone else was widely off the mark. (Click for better resolution)
Honestly, we were pretty speechless when we saw how accurately the researchers had predicted the growth of wind and solar over a 20-year timeframe, during which literally everyone else was widely off the mark. (Click for better resolution)
Petite Planète

For those interested in reading my recent review of the 1985 Energiewende book, which investigated why so little progress had been made since the 1980 Energiewende book, point your browser to these three posts:

And if you are interested in reading my three-part review of the original 1980 Energiewende book, which investigated a scenario with 45 percent renewable energy (keep in mind that the current target is only 60 percent by 2050), along with an interview with one of the original authors, you will find all of that here:

The study from 1991 is available here as a PDF in German. Our study entitled "German coal conundrum" is available here. (Craig Morris | @PPchef)