Germany hits new green-power milestone
Green energy sources now account for 20 percent of Germany's electricity production – a new high. Germany aims to be 35 percent green by 2020, and to have phased out nuclear power by 2022.
It doesn't have Norway's waterfalls or Spain's sun-drenched plains. Nonetheless, Germany is inching its way up the list of renewable-energy producers: In the first six months of 2011, green energy for the first time accounted for more than 20 percent of the country's electricity production.
Given that hydroelectricity contributes only a small part, 3.3 percent, of Germany's power grid, the share of the "new" renewable energy sources – solar, wind, and biomass – has grown significantly.
The new figures, published in late August by the German Association of Energy Providers, show the share of renewable electricity sources rising by more than 2 percent in a year – a year in which the German government made not one but two U-turns on nuclear energy policy.
The government's double reversal "was a nightmare for anyone involved in planning the future of Germany's power supply," Ms. Peters says.