Alternative Energy Forms in Germany


Katharina Zinneckers says that she has lived as a farmer in Germany her entire life. Her farm has been under the ownership of her family since 1699 and it’s located in the foothills of the German Alps. However, she says that for her and her family to survive, farming is no longer enough. They can no longer survive by selling milk from their cows. To ensure that they survive, the family recently decided to carpet the roof of their farm with solar panels. As a result, they can now make much more than milking cows from the sale of electricity. This has been made possible by the hefty guarantees that have been made possible by the German government. She lamented that the worst thing about milk is that its prices fluctuate. Her farm is one of the beneficiaries of a program known as Energiewende. For starters, this is a German word that stands for energy transition. For the past few decades, Germany through its political leaders has shown a broad political will in moving away from the traditional energy sources such as coal. It has sought to distance itself from these sources as they are said to destroy the climate. While the effects of the program have not been felt elsewhere on the globe, it has led to the emergence of a class of have-nots.

The government has sought to impose heavy electricity bills on some users. As a result, these bills are being used to provide subsidies that have helped in the installation of solar panels as well as wind turbines. Up to now, it’s estimated that the German government has spent nearly 189 billion euros on the project. This is equivalent to $222 billion with these funds made in the last 17 years. However, last year and 2009 saw the increase of emissions from Germany. This was due to the decision of the country to abandon its nuclear energy programs after it was questioned by many people. However, the program is now at crossroads despite the fact the Angela Merkel won her fourth term as German chancellor. With her coalition losing in parliament, the chancellor’s Christian Democratic Party will have to form a coalition with the Greens which is a left-leaning party. Her party and the Greens have diametrically opposing views meaning that they will crash on a number of issues including the current issues relating to environmental conservation.


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