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Years ago, Germany made a huge decision to make an effort to replace controversial  nuclear power plants with renewable energy generators such as Solar, wind, and hydro.

The decision was made in an effort to completely eliminate nuclear waste, as well as the potential for nuclear disasters such as the very memorable disaster in Fukushima, Japan.

This step towards a more environmentally friendly power grid, may seem like a pricey one to anyone this may be news to, though this is not the case.  Germany exports a large amount of electricity to neighboring countries (much more than it imports). This results in a profit rather than a loss. In 2015 alone, the surplus (exports minus imports) was €2.07bn.

On certain days, 80% of the electricity in Germany is generated from renewable energies. In 2015, 30% of the electricity consumed was provided by wind, solar, biomass, hydro and waste energy, which makes renewables our largest energy source.

These numbers prove that electricity from renewables is no longer a niche product and that the energy transition (“Energiewende” in German) is taking place at a rapid pace.

Recently an article that painted Germany as an example of why NOT to unplug from gas and coal, was proved wrong, as it was shown that Germany sold its electricity for so cheap because of how little it costs to generate, and it only pays a premium for its electricity because Germany hardly ever imports it, as they can produce so much at home.

This is an amazing example of how it is indeed possible to transition from nuclear energy in this case, to environmentally friendly methods. This transition will be seen as a world trend starter years from now, and will be seen as a historical moment.

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