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Germany's energy transition faces obstacles

Some hail the programme as a bright vision for a zero-carbon future, others slam it as a reckless gamble
Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 05:50
IN THE WIND: Germany aims to meet 80 per cent of its power needs with alternative energy by the middle of the century, compared to about one-third now.


GERMANY'S Energiewende, or energy transition, is its biggest infrastructure project of the post- World War II era and its greatest national challenge since reunification in 1990.

Over the past two decades, thousands of wind turbines and solar farms have mushroomed across the