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Germany targets 47% Renewable Energy Production by 2020
Feb 26, 2009

Germany’s renewable energy sector is aiming to produce 47% of the total energy production by 2020, largely aided by the state subsidies and abundant wind power plants.

According to the BEE (German Renewable Energy Federation) industry association, renewable energy sector of Germany has targeted to triple the share of its energy production to 47% by 2020, as reported by REUTERS.

Germany’s Renewable energy share was at 15.1% in 2008, mainly due to state subsidies. The BEE claims that the sector would be able to generate nearly 278 Terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity by 2020 against the production of merely 93 TWh in 2008, provided suitable political decisions are made. Also, pumped storage plants having a capacity of 10 Gigawatt (GW) are already on standby. In addition to this, there are 9 GW of biogas as well as wood-based plants.  

The predicted growth of Germany’s renewable sector can be attributed to its possession of large number of wind power plants, which is second to none in the world. The country accounts for over one-third of the world’s installed capacity. Also, despite being geographically positioned with modest solar radiation, it has emerged out as the biggest solar thermal market. Nearly one million solar energy plants have already been installed in Germany.

Further, the development of new energy conserving technologies is playing a significant part in the country’s economy. The renewable energy sector is being aided by the Ministry of Economics and Technology with several instruments. Moreover, the Ministry has launched a website to inform people about various innovative technologies and projects.

The constitution of new government, following September 2009’s general elections, will outline the future support for the sector. The renewable energy sources, such as biomass, wind, hydro, geothermal and solar energy sources, are expected to dominate the future power supply. Traditional power plants would balance the power supply only on demand. Due to the sufficient flexibility of the plants, supply of green power has already been made possible in the country.

According to a Research Analyst at RNCOS, “The growth of the entire renewable energy sector of Germany relies on the continuation of subsidies that have so far secured high prices and compulsory usage of these resources, thereby boosting the sector’s growth. The BEE’s strategy also depends on the development of new load management facilities as well as power storage and also on the wider sharing of hydroelectricity throughout Europe.”

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