News Digest Item
18 May 2017

“German Energiewende: Green job miracle fails to materialise“

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

The collapse of the German solar PV modules industry and declining job numbers in the renewables sector as a whole show the difficulties in weaning a sector off financial support, writes Christoph Eisenring in Neue Zürcher Zeitung. This invalidated “the job argument used by Energy Strategy 2050 supporters” for the upcoming vote in Switzerland, according to Eisenring. In a referendum on May 21, Swiss voters will decide on the Energy Strategy 2050, including a possible construction ban for new nuclear power plants and details on energy efficiency.

Read the article in German here and find more news on the referendum in English on

For background read the CLEW article and the CLEW Last major German solar cell maker surrenders to Chinese competition dossier The energy transition's effect on jobs and business.

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