Sure, it might be easier for a country that measures about 20 x 6 miles to achieve energy independence than it is for, say, the U.S., but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn a thing or two from this country and what it is doing to get its energy situation in order.
All of these issues could be, and were, expected. They are not proof that the Engeriewende was a bad idea, however. They are growing pains. Nobody ever said the transition to renewables would be easy, although Germany has done it a lot more smoothly than anyone predicted. And nobody ever said it would be cheap, although considering the trajectory of European gas prices, Germany’s power prices would probably have been higher than they are now if they had not committed to transition.
Investing in renewable energy development will create good, green jobs, boost local and regional economies, strengthen our national security and help curb global warming. See where and how harvesting homegrown, clean, renewable energy makes economic sense for you: Click on a state to zoom in for detailed county-specific information. Use the options below to select the types of facilities and types of energy potential you would like to view.
NRDC has an interactive map that shows county-by-county potential for renewable energy facilities, as well as existing and planned facilities.