Germany’s Energiewende and Its Discontents

As one of the world's largest economies transitions to clean energy, Germany's ambitious goals face a number of hurdles.

Drawing on her extensive experience in the Germany energy industry, School of Sustainability Ph.D. student and CSPO scholar Christine Sturm explores the history and future of Germany’s Energiewende, the country’s remarkable plan for a carbon-free and nuclear-free economy by 2050. Sturm, who spent many years working in the German electric utility industry before returning to graduate school, argues that one of the major hurdles this energy transition faces is the intermittent nature of solar and wind power. Read the full essay for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists here.