This is great news that Germany is now generating over a third of its electricity requirements from renewable sources. Germany has always been the European and world leader when it comes to renewable energy adoption. However this article covers an important point which is often missing from the impressive headlines. Electricity generation is only half of the issue. Energy usage from heating and transport makes up a far larger proportion of total energy usage. Germany are certainly not alone in lagging behind targets for increasing the share of renewables in heating and transport, it is an issue faced by the majority of European countries. E-mobility has seen a massive rise over the last couple of years though and it is set to increase exponentially which will certainly help with achieving European targets.
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Unfortunately, even though this record is good news in and of itself, it is offset by slow progress in other sectors. The BEE explained in their press release that the increase in electricity generation is a positive step, but is minimised somewhat by a decline of renewable energy in the transport sector, and minimal growth in the heating sector. The gross electricity consumption targets represent simply the amount of renewable energy sources participating in the country’s electricity sector. Germany’s target for gross final energy consumption is 18% for 2020, 30% for 2030, 45% for 2040, and 60% for 2050. According to BEE, Germany may still miss its 2020 target, with the current trajectory seeing the country only reach 16.7% if the issue is not “politically counter-steered and the expansion accelerated.”