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.
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.
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