Prepayment metters and Germany’s green energy shift is more fizzle than sizzle
A small part of the article is quoted, full article is in the link. It appears that German switch from nuclear and fossil towards renewables is not going as planned.
Energiewende's extremely expensive green energy transformation in Germany is going awry. The numbers speak for themselves.
Despite spending around 150 billion euros and years of political efforts to phase out nuclear and fossil fuels and switch to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, Germany is expected to fall short of almost all of its national and European targets for reducing emissions and clean energy by 2020.
High electricity prices, continued reliance on coal and a “poor record of CO2 emissions " mean that Germany is lagging behind other countries in the transition from fossil fuels, according to the new McKinsey global energy transition index. In Europe, 11 countries, including Sweden, Austria, Denmark, great Britain and France, are doing a better job of reducing their coal dependence and greening their energy systems.
Renewable energy sources rose to 36 percent of the country's electricity consumption last year, according to the Agora Energiewende think tank. But while renewables have grown in the energy sector, they have not made much progress in transport or heating, so they account for just over 13 percent of energy consumption.