Germany's policy of switching to clean energy looks like a failure on the surface, but it has succeeded in changing people's thinking for the future.
...the policy's results show how a determined government can eventually shake up complacent oligopolies and point their thinking in a different direction.
The German government's subsidies to wind, solar and other renewable energy producers have grown to 20 billion euros per year (almost $26 billion at the current exchange rate) since 1991, when Germany first started the financial support. With that massive amount of aid, Germany overshot by three percentage points the European Union's 1997 goal of producing 12 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2010. In the first quarter of 2014, Germany's electricity mix had a 27 percent renewable share.