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Germany’s energy sector aims to become 100% renewable by 2035 as pressure grows for the country to be less dependent on Russian gas.

Germany aims to complete its transition to 100% renewable power by 2035. This is certainly a more resolute plan than previous targets of abandoning fossil fuels “well before 2040”.

Europe’s leading economy has been under pressure from other Western nations to become less dependent on Russian gas, but the ambitious plans to shut down coal power by 2030 have left it with few options.  

According to Reuters, Economy Minister Robert Habeck believes that an accelerated shift to renewable energy is a key element in making the German economy less dependent on Russian fossil fuels. 

According to the paper, the corresponding amendment to the country's Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) is ready and the share of wind or solar power should reach 80% by 2030. By then, Germany's onshore wind energy capacity should double to up to 110 gigawatts (GW), offshore wind energy should reach 30 GW - arithmetically the capacity of 10 nuclear plants - and solar energy would more than triple to 200 GW, the paper showed.

By that time, Germany’s onshore wind energy needs to double up to 110 gigawatts (GW), while offshore wind should reach at least 30 GW. 

These wind capacities combined should provide the capacity of 10 nuclear plants.

In the meantime, solar energy should more than triple to 200 GW.

German Finance Minister Christian Lindner has called renewable energy sources “the energy of freedom”.

With current geopolitical developments in Eastern Europe, such statements might soon become a self-fulfilling prophecy. 

Nikola, an electrical engineer, simplifies intricate sustainability subjects for his audience. A staunch environmental conservationist, he embodies his beliefs daily through recycling and cultivating his own food.

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