04 Jul Germany generates record 35% of power from renewables in H1 2017
Germany has continued on its drive to becoming a decarbonised society with latest figures showing that 35% of its power generation throughout the first six months of 2017 came from renewable sources.
This figure, which was reported by the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE), is a 2% rise on the 33% recorded from the previous year, and a new record for the European nation’s renewable energy sector.
In fact, German wind, hydro and solar facilities have provided up to 85% of the country’s electricity on certain days this year when weather conditions have been favourable.
Germany is aiming to phase out its nuclear power plants by 2022 while further building its renewable energy sector, which has been rising steadily over the last two decades.
Prior to the phasing out of nuclear plants, the government aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% in 2020 (from 1990 levels) and 95% by 2050.
The German government has also set a target of 80% renewables for gross power consumption by 2050.