Germany’s New Energy Plan
Germany Wants 65 Percent Renewable Energy by 2030. Here's the Wild Plan. But can they actually pull it off?
Matthew Phelan, July 11, 2018 (Inverse)
“German solar and wind farms are producing more electricity than coal now…[and clean energy has become] the largest part of the EU leader’s total power mix (36.3 percent, over coal’s 35.1 percent)…[A detailed plan from German clean energy think tank Agora Energiewende phases] out 50 percent of the country’s coal-fired power plants by 2030…Germany’s Economy and Energy Ministry says that it will have to shutter at least that many to meet its stated 2030 carbon-reduction goals…Their ultimate plan is to almost double their usage of renewable energies like wind and solar by 2030, bringing it up to 65 percent of their total energy portfolio…[To avoid power delivery instability, Germany is likely to systematically retire] coal plants on a staggered basis, with market incentives that encourage owners to meet the government’s targets…[The 2030 renewable targets could require new transmission technologies and thousands of miles] of additional power lines…” click here for more