Claudia Kemfert

Articles by Claudia Kemfert

7 September 2011

The coming German energy turnaround

Claudia Kemfert

Following the terrible catastrophe at Fukushima, Germany's government has decided to usher in a sustainable energy turnaround that entails switching off all of the country's nuclear power plants by the year 2022. In the spring of 2011, in fact, eight nuclear power plants were immediately and irreversibly taken off line. The nuclear phase-out is not fundamentally new; in principle, Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union government is re-adopting the policies of the previous "red-green" Social Democrat-Green Party coalition.