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Electricity from renewables topped coal in Germany for first time in 2018

By Quartz

Coal is now in Germany’s rear-view mirror. In 2018, 40% of the country’s electricity mix came from wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectric sources. That’s upRead full story

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  • Having chosen to phase out nuclear power, Germany’s power mix is pretty brown, especially by European standards. Good to see traction in renewables.

  • Renewable energy costs are dropping exponentially quickly, and should be competitive on price with fossil fuels in just a few years. European countries are proving that renewables can be environmentally AND economically friendly. States like Maine, Idaho, and Oregon have already achieved 100% renewable energy production. It is only a matter of time before the rest of the United States can come to a consensus and start transitioning away from fossil fuels.

  • Akshat Rathi
    Akshat RathiSenior reporter at Quartz

    Germany took the expensive route to get here. But it's helped the rest of the world.

    From a story I wrote https://qz.com/1144298

    "Starting in 2000, the German Renewable Energy Sources Act required that electricity from renewable sources be prioritized over all other sources in the country. The German government also set a fixed price for renewable electricity, and provided low-cost loans for homeowners to install rooftop solar panels. The combination of incentives suddenly created a huge market

    Germany took the expensive route to get here. But it's helped the rest of the world.

    From a story I wrote https://qz.com/1144298

    "Starting in 2000, the German Renewable Energy Sources Act required that electricity from renewable sources be prioritized over all other sources in the country. The German government also set a fixed price for renewable electricity, and provided low-cost loans for homeowners to install rooftop solar panels. The combination of incentives suddenly created a huge market for solar cells, which were still expensive at the time. At one point, Germany was buying nearly half the world’s supply of solar cells. The huge demand pushed innovation and gradually lowered the price, and today the whole world reaps the benefits of Germany’s efforts."

  • Remarkable to see the kind of progress reducing greenhouse gas emissions that is possible with sufficient will.

  • Jen Hul
    Jen Hul

    Germany is the laughing stock of energy. First, costs have nothing to do with capability. Second, it's not possible to replace fossil fuels on any meaningful scale with solar and wind. Third, any nation of size and complexity who claims they don't need nuclear and do not have access to a lot of hydro, will either be burning fossil or buying power from someone else.

  • Tristin Eckhoff
    Tristin Eckhoff

    Nicola Tesla was a pure genius, I don't understand why people either don't want to believe or refuse to believe due to ego but he proved this planet is buzzing with energy his coils work.

    Your green energy isn't so green, you know how much resources are actually consumed to make a wind turbine and keep it running.

    Solar is better but still grossly inefficient.

    If we want to actually make a real difference in pollution gotta pull everyones head out of the collective ass.

    Hemp can replace multiple

    Nicola Tesla was a pure genius, I don't understand why people either don't want to believe or refuse to believe due to ego but he proved this planet is buzzing with energy his coils work.

    Your green energy isn't so green, you know how much resources are actually consumed to make a wind turbine and keep it running.

    Solar is better but still grossly inefficient.

    If we want to actually make a real difference in pollution gotta pull everyones head out of the collective ass.

    Hemp can replace multiple toxic things we make such as plastic, oil, clothing, etc the list is quite large I think you be surprised, I was. Just my opinion from the facts i have gathered.

    Why keep this hidden? Good question I'm glad you asked.

    For every product that hemp can produce, is a corporation that will be forced to spend alot of money converting over or will flat out put them out of business completely.

    But the biggest reason is once the people gain knowledge of free power the rich elite global banking mafia loose thier control.

  • Patricia Lincourt
    Patricia LincourtSocial Worker

    Some US cities and states may be on the same path. Great to see solar and wind farms.

  • De’Andre Crenshaw
    De’Andre CrenshawRetail Managment at CVS Pharmacy

    This is great because not only is the tech going to be continue getting cheaper, but this will provide a blueprint for other nations to do it cheaper and more effective. We are at the start of a green revolution and we can’t project what new tech and new developments will come down the road but if we have made this type of leap already you can only imagine where we are headed.

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