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Germany Making Renewables Work

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In this photo taken Nov. 12, 2011, wind turbines stand behind houses of the village of Feldheim near Berlin, Germany. This tiny village of 37 gray homes and farm buildings clustered along the main road in a windswept corner of rural eastern Germany seems an unlikely place for a revolution. Yet environmentalists, experts and politicians from El Salvador to Japan to South Africa have flocked here in the past year to learn how Feldheim, a village of just 145 people, is already putting into practice Germany’s vision of a future powered entirely by renewable energy. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government passed legislation in June setting the country on course to generate a third of its power through renewable sources _ such as wind, solar, geothermal and bioenergy _ within a decade, reaching 80 percent by 2050, while creating jobs, increasing energy security and reducing harmful emissions.The goals are among the world’s most ambitious, and expensive, and other industrialized nations from the U.S. to Japan are watching to see whether transforming into a nation powered by renewable energy sources can really work. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

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