Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries have been known for negating most policies which in the short run require some level of altruism and sense of responsibility, from climate change to immigration issues. When Germany embarked upon its revolutionary and transformative energy policy which became known as Energiewende, CEE political leaders were quick to condemn and ridicule the policy. Jan Ondrich explains. The Central and Eastern European leaders´ reactions could be summarized in the following way: Germany will soon face blackouts and will pay dearly for our nuclear and coal generated electricity. German industry will find it impossible to operate with power delivered by intermittent energy sources and will relocate to third countries. The cost of Energiewende will drive Germany into energy poverty. Power prices will steeply increase due to shortages of reliable (understand conventional/thermal) supply. Time has proved them wrong on all points. The German grid is one of most reliable in Europe. According to data published by Agora, a leading German energy focused think tank, German electricity consumers suffered only 10-20 minutes of unplanned interruptions … Continue reading Why haven’t Central and Eastern European policy makers embraced the Energiewende?
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