DerSpiegel – Energy Referendum: Public Buy-Back Of Berlin Grid Fails – 4 November 2013

spiegelonlineAn attempt to buy Berlin’s energy grid from the Swedish mega firm Vattenfall fell short at the polls on Sunday. Activists argued the company isn’t doing enough to foster green energy, while opponents questioned the logistical advantages of a change.

In a defeat for environmental activists, a public referendum to bring Berlin’s energy grid back under public ownership failed on Sunday. Driven by a group called EnergieTisch (or Energy Table), the movement didn’t manage to get enough votes to spur the city towards buying back the utility.

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