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Germany aiming to produce 100% of its energy with renewables by 2035

28 February 2022

According to Reuters news agency, Germany is aiming to produce all of its energy from renewable sources by 2035. The news comes from a government draft paper obtained by Reuters which says that Germany is ready to rapidly accelerate capacity expansion for renewable energy and become less dependent on Russian gas.

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The decision comes as many Western countries are calling for a reduction in the amount of Russian gas being consumed by European countries and become less dependent on it. German ministries have reportedly been consulting with each other in recent days in order to push through an amendment to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG).

Germany is already planning to shut down its few remaining nuclear power plants by the end of 2022 and is looking to phase out coal-fired power plant by 2030. Oliver Krischer, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Ministry of Economics and Climate Change tweeted: "With many measures, we will achieve a 100 per cent power supply with renewable energies as early as 2035. This not only benefits climate protection, but makes us independent of Putin's gas, oil and coal."

Reuters says that according to the government paper, the move could see the share of wind and solar power rising to around 80% of Germany’s energy mix-up by 2030. The country’s onshore wind energy capacity will be doubled to 110 gigawatts (GW) while offshore wind will reach 30GW. Solar energy will be tripled to 200GW.

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