Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NYT Reports on a Global Clean Energy Reckoning for Dirty Utilities

The small German island of Heligoland, a popular tourist destination, is undergoing dramatic change as the wind industry takes over. (Credit:  Erik Olsen) Click to Enlarge.
The German energy transition, or Energiewende, has been covered sporadically by the U.S. media, often with little regard for nuance, despite the fact that the German project to move from carbon and nuclear-based energy to renewables is the most ambitious undertaking of its kind on the planet.  A front-page article in Sunday's New York Times is an example of the kind of quality reporting that has been all too rare.  The longish piece (approximately 2,400 words) uses the construction of new wind farms in the North Sea as a point of departure to report on the Energiewende and the ripple effects being felt globally.

"It will be another milestone in Germany's costly attempt to remake its electricity system," writes the Times' reporter, Justin Gillis, "an ambitious project that has already produced striking results:  Germans will soon be getting 30 percent of their power from renewable energy sources.  Many smaller countries are beating that, but Germany is by far the largest industrial power to reach that level in the modern era.  It is more than twice the percentage in the United States."

NYT Reports on a Global Clean Energy Reckoning for Dirty Utilities

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