Wed. Oct 4th, 2023
    Germany Set to Generate Over 50% of Energy from Renewables by Year End

    Germany is on track to generate more than 50% of its energy from renewable sources by the end of this year, according to the country’s Economy Minister Robert Habeck. This announcement was made during a conference held by the Heinrich Böll Foundation. Germany currently leads in solar photovoltaic capacity with 67 megawatts, followed by onshore wind energy with 58 megawatts and offshore wind energy with 8 megawatts.

    Although onshore wind energy goals have been met for the year, offshore wind development has faced challenges due to supply chain issues. Germany aims to reach 30,000 megawatts of offshore wind capacity by 2030 but has only achieved 8,385 megawatts in the first half of 2023. Permit delays for transporting turbines and components have further hindered progress. GlobalData predicts that offshore wind capacity will quadruple and onshore wind capacity will double by 2035, despite these setbacks.

    Germany’s transition to clean energy is progressing well. A report from the Federal Network Agency indicates that the country could meet its energy demand through renewables, even if coal is phased out earlier than planned. However, Economy Minister Habeck acknowledged that Germany is not on track to meet its goal of generating 80% of energy from renewables by 2030.

    This milestone of generating over half of its energy from renewables marks significant progress for Germany. It demonstrates the country’s commitment to combat climate change and embrace sustainable energy sources. However, continued efforts are essential to accelerate the transition to renewables and meet ambitious long-term goals.

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