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Germany Targets 100% Renewable Power Generation By 2035

  • Germany will target to have all its electricity provided by renewable energy sources by 2035.
  • In a major shift of energy policy this weekend, Germany said it would draft a strategy to become less dependent on Russian gas.
  • Unlike other countries in Europe, however, Germany plans to switch off all its remaining nuclear power generators by the end of 2022.

Germany will target to have all its electricity provided by renewable energy sources by 2035, according to a new draft policy that speeds up the timeline for ending fossil fuel-powered generation before 2040.

Germany, the largest economy in Europe, said in a major shift of energy policy this weekend that it would draft a strategy to reduce its dependence on Russian gas, accelerate renewable energy capacity installment, and build two liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facilities.

“After all, the events of recent days and weeks have shown us that responsible, forward-looking energy policy is not just crucial for our economy and our climate. It is also crucial for our security. This means that the faster we make progress with the development of renewable energies, the better,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told the German Parliament on Sunday.

According to a government draft paper obtained by Reuters on Monday, Germany will now aim at 100-percent renewables in electricity generation by 2035, compared to a previous goal of all-renewables “well before 2040.”

The Russian invasion of Ukraine changed Germany’s policy, and Europe’s biggest economy will be looking now to fast-track the reduction of its dependence on Russian gas.

Unlike other countries in Europe, however, Germany plans to switch off all its remaining nuclear power generators by the end of 2022. The country has also said it would aim to phase out coal by 2030 – eight years ahead of earlier plans.

Per the government’s draft paper seen by Reuters, Germany will pass a new Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) and looks to have wind and solar accounting for 80 percent of power generation by 2030.

By that year, Germany is expected to double its onshore wind power capacity to up to 110 gigawatts (GW), offshore wind capacity is seen jumping to 30 GW, and solar energy should surge more than threefold to 200 GW, according to the paper seen by Reuters.

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  • DoRight Deikins on February 28 2022 said:
    As of this moment, Germany is using 67.3 GW. Its utilization of installed wind capacity is 21%; its utilization of solar is 2.8%; of hydro is 22.2%; and of stored hydro is 38.7% (all rounded up) producing 21.1 GW. Under equal conditions and with 200GW solar and 120GW wind, Germany would only produce 35.8 GW a shortfall of 31GW from today's usage requirements. Yes, barely more than half what is needed today. And with electric usage about to soar with all the new requirements (e.g. electric vehicles), a far cry from what is needed.

    Oy, vey!
  • Lyle Stevick on February 28 2022 said:
    Acting like we are in an emergency is not the same as saying we are in an emergency. Using the building of the hospital in Wuhan as a benchmark, we are clearly not in a climate emergency. The polysilicon supply is a bottle neck we are addressing at the speed of a snail, there is no climate emergency. We could bypass the need for polysilicon by ramping up production of First Solar's production, again speed of a snail, no real emergency. Many of our hydroelectric dams could be quickly retrofitted to pump water uphill during the day. None of the low hanging fruit is being picked at the speed of the building of the Wuhan hospital, there is no climate emergency.
  • Lee James on February 28 2022 said:
    -Very interesting that Germany is choosing to rely so heavily on wind and solar. They have been after clean, intermittent energy for some time now. I trust that they have carefully checked what is happening with raw material prices and energy storage. I hope they can make a go of it, though it will not be easy.

    I sense that Germany is very motivated to move away from fossil fuel, in light of geopolitics. Nuclear power is still worrisome to them.

    -What a lot of change now in the energy world!

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