31 Aug '11, 5pm

Germany sets renewables record:

Solar photovoltaics drove Germany's recent renewables surge. Photo: Cornelia Kopp Germany set another record with renewable energy. A new report by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) highlights , in the first half of 2011, renewables accounted for fully 20.8 percent of power production, as Der Spiegel reports. Throughout the past decade, Germany has fundamentally transformed the way it produces electricity. The country increased its share of renewable electricity from 5 percent in 2000 to 18 percent in 2010. Over time, Germany has consistently met its legislated targets ahead of schedule, and appears poised to outdo itself again in the next years. The goal by the current center-right government of Chancellor Angela Merkel is to draw at least 35 percent of production from renewables by 2020. The opposition parties claim that 40 percent or even more...

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