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Fear of power grid collapse grows in Germany

A growing number of incidents threatening the stability of the German power grid has sparked concern of a widespread collapse, according to a government report seen by +Handelsblatt newspaper today.

A primary cause of the precariousness was, the report said, the rising amount of power being taken from renewable sources such as wind or sun, which fluctuate more than traditional energy sources.

Germany is trying to switch to using more renewable sources, but it is doing so very slowly and experts worry that the whole network is teetering on the brink of collapse.

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