Book Review: German Energy Transition by Craig Morris and Martin Pehnt

● Reviewed by Dr. Karl-Friedrich Lenz, Professor (Kyoju), Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo ● This book is somewhat unique: it is actually mainly a website, found here. However, for the purpose of the review I prefer reading it in a book format. Fortunately, the authors also provide all the content in one PDF-file. My remarks here are based on that. For starters, two comments about the format. The PDF file specifies at the beginning that it is licensed “under a Creative Commons license” (in the “About the project” section before page one). That is slightly lacking, since it does not specify which of the different Creative Commons licenses the authors want to use. Readers don’t know if they are allowed to sell the book or make derivative works from it. A clarification might be useful. I also don’t understand why such an excellent resource is not on Amazon as a Kindle and a Createspace printed edition. At least I could find nothing at Amazon searching with the title right now. On pages two and three the text says that Germany reduced carbon emissions by 27% from 1990 to the end of 2011, while the associated graph gives the number as 24%. One of these must be wrong, and they don’t give a source for their number in the text, and only several not very specific sources for the diagram. For the record, right now there is only a “early estimate” for Germany’s 2011 record from the European Environment Agency, which is 26.2% reduction from 1990. The official submission for 2011 data will occur in 2013. I agree mostly with the first part spelling out the reasons for the German energy transition. However, they leave out the most important aspect (in my view). That is the fact that Germany’s early investment in the sector has brought down prices massively, which in turn increases the potential for renewable energy everywhere on the planet ...Zum vollständigen Artikel


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