Germany has drawn a lot of international attention for its aim to switch to a renewable energy economy and leave nuclear and fossil energy behind. A lot of the international reporting about the German Energy Transition, or Energiewende, has, however, been misleading – for instance, when it comes to the role of coal power, energy price trends, and carbon emissions.
The website created by the Heinrich Boll Foundation aims to explain what the German Energy Transition is, how it works, and what challenges lay ahead. It is intended to provide facts and explain the politics and policies to an international audience. The website highlights the effects of the German Energy Transition on the German economy, environment and society and addresses the most important questions.
The creators of the website welcome feedback from the public and encourage commenting and discussing the German Energy transition. In addition in the first half of 2013, they plan to add a blog to this website, where a team of international energy experts will write on how the German energy transition continues and how it relates to other countries.
All the texts and graphs of the website are under Creative Commons License with the aim to make the information provided available to the public.
The website is divided and discusses the following main topics: