German government approves massive green power expansion plan


Germany’s federal government has passed what it describes as the biggest energy policy change in decades – a legislative package designed to accelerate the expansion of green electricity, with the aim of getting 80% of the electricity Germany from renewable sources by 2030.

80% of German electricity will come from renewable sources by 2030

The so-called “Easter package”, which is due to come into force on July 1, “will comprehensively accelerate the expansion of renewable energy, on water, on land and on rooftops”. Reuters and dpa quoted the government report as saying.

The proposal drafted by Economy Minister Robert Habeck includes changes to the Renewable Energy Sources Act and the Offshore Wind Energy Act, with policies including measures to speed up planning and the approval of areas reserved for wind turbines, to intensively develop offshore wind farms and to increase the remuneration offered for solar panel installations.

The plan would see Germany almost double the share of electricity it gets from renewable sources, from 42% in 2021 to 80% by 2030. By 2035, 100% of Germany’s electricity is expected to come from ‘green energy.

The war in Ukraine accelerates the abandonment of fossil fuels by Germany

Germany’s plans to develop renewable energy have received additional impetus from the war in Ukraine and the additional attention the conflict has brought to the Federal Republic’s uncomfortable dependence on Russia for imports of gas, oil and coal. Christian Lindner, the leader of the FDP, therefore described the expansion of stand-alone renewables as a shift to “freedom energies”.

While the German government previously set a goal of becoming climate neutral by 2045, greenhouse gas emissions actually increased significantly in 2021, showing that the country still has a long way to go. .

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