There’s plenty of dark irony to Bavaria’s stiff opposition to Phase 2 of Germany’s heralded Energiewende, or clean-energy transition. Germany’s southern-most state, known for its spectacular Alps, has profited as much or more than any of its peers from the renewable energy boom, not least from the considerable subsidies that German electricity consumers pay to cover renewable energy standard (RES) investment costs. But a campaign in Bavaria that observers have tongue-in-cheek nicknamed “Not in My Alps!” is currently one of the biggest obstacles to shifting the Energiewende into a higher gear.
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Not in My Alps! Examining Germany’s NIMBY Protests