Questions & Answers

Do Germans support the Energiewende?

Yes, and they have done so for much longer than the German government has. In September 2016, a survey found that 93 percent of the German public said the Energiewende was important or very important to the country's development.

Most of the Germans surveyed (62 percent) said they would like to live near a renewable energy facility. Among those who already had such a facility nearby, the highest number was 90 percent for solar, followed by 69 percent for wind turbines. Only 56 percent would like to live near a biogas unit. The numbers were lower for people who did not yet have direct exposure, suggesting that the concerns are assuaged with direct experience.

In contrast, only 17 percent would like to live near a nuclear plant, followed by 30 percent for coal and 40 percent for gas turbines.