(Recommended) When radioactive particles from the Chernobyl disaster landed in Germany’s Black Forest one woman decided to change her country’s relationship with nuclear energy forever. Julian Rush meets Ursula Sladek, founder of EWS Energy and prime mover in Germany’s abandonment of nuclear energy. Following the story from the first detection of radioactive particles, through the persistent impact of radioactive caesium in the soil to the rapid development of renewable energy after the Fukushima disaster of 2011, Julian tells the story of the transformation that’s known in Germany as the Energiewende. With Ursula’s son, Sebastian he discusses the future for renewable energy in a nuclear-free nation and considers the influence Germany may have on the rest of Europe.
BBC (Costing the Earth) 27th April 2016 read more »
Öko-Institut and DWI have produced a new cost indicator for industry. The researchers find that German industry bills are down by 10 percent relative to 2010, the year before Chancellor Merkel’s nuclear phaseout. To be fair, one of the main effects only began in mid-2015, when the price of fossil fuels began to drop on global markets. And in the cost index below, the precipitous drop in 2010 is also the result of dramatically plummeting fossil fuel prices in the wake of the financial crisis.
Renew Economy 24th May 2016 read more »