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If the switch to renewables is to succeed, the power grid needs expanding. But who wants transmission routes in their own backyard?

AGAINST THE CURRENT

Renewables yes, transmission routes no

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Bettina and Gerhard Boll have been part of the anti-nuclear protest movement for over 30 years and have been campaigning against the Krümmel nuclear power plant, which is situated just six kilometres from their home.

IN IT FOR LIFE

Fighting against a nuclear power plant

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Companies and consumers are bearing the cost of Germany’s switch to renewables. But large companies that use high amounts of energy have been exempted from paying the surcharge, leading medium-sized businesses to feel hard done by.

THE EXEMPTED

Who has to pay the surcharge?

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German environment minister Peter Altmaier on high electricity bills, the refrigerators in his basement, and his own energy.

“THE SWITCH TO RENEWABLES IS LIKE PERFORMING OPEN HEART SURGERY”

Interview with environment minister Altmaier

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Dozens of wind farms are due to be installed near Germany’s coastlines. Day-to-day life on these offshore facilities is so dangerous that the workers require rigorous survival training.

LEAPING INTO THE UNKNOWN

Survival training for offshore workers

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Today, one in five German households gets its electricity from a green energy provider. But few people know what “green energy” actually entails. Here are three common misconceptions.

IF I SWITCH TO GREEN ELECTRICITY…

... what comes out of my socket?

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In order to achieve its climate targets, the German government has advised homeowners to reduce their energy consumption. Most are responding by insulating their building façades with polystyrene panels.

PECKING UP THE WRONG TREE

An unexpected problem