28 Nov '13, 11am

Germany's New Coalition Seeks Greater Control Over Renewables

Germany's New Coalition Seeks Greater Control Over Renewables

WARSAW -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her prospective coalition partners agreed to more tightly control the expansion of clean energy to contain costs. Renewable power will supply 40 percent to 45 percent of Germany’s needs by 2025, and 55 percent to 60 percent 10 years later, according to a coalition agreement reached in Berlin today. Previously the government set a target of at least 35 percent by 2020, with no ceiling, rising to 80 percent by 2050. The accord is part of a package of policies agreed between Merkel’s Christian Democratic bloc and the Social Democratic Party after five weeks of negotiations to form a new government. Germany is seeking ways to reduce the cost of renewable power after deciding to close down its nuclear plants by 2022. Setting more precise goals will limit costs and make the expansion more predictable, according to the accord. “The en...

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