Renewables: Habeck turns green electricity adjustment screws

Renewables: Habeck turns green electricity adjustment screws

WEconomics and Climate Protection Minister Robert Habeck sees progress in the expansion of green electricity in Germany – and at the same time there is still a long way to go. The Greens politician told the German Press Agency in Berlin: “I’m not dissatisfied with how things are going with the expansion of renewables. Not satisfied yet, this is all still a tender little plant, and we really come from the vale of tears. But they have dried and you can already dare to smile again.”

This year has shown that progress has really been made, said Habeck. “We’re not done yet. But we made big laws, made a number of large and small adjustments to simplify procedures, gradually leave bureaucracy behind and become faster. We released the brakes everywhere.”

47 percent electricity from renewable sources in 2022

The goal of the federal government is to increase the share of electricity generated from renewable energies in electricity consumption to at least 80 percent by 2030. This year, according to the first industry calculations, it was around 47 percent. The federal government has passed extensive changes in the law for faster expansion. Two percent of the entire federal area on land should be designated for wind turbines. The federal states should provide more space in the coming years. Different targets apply to the individual countries because there are different requirements for the expansion of wind energy.

Targets would be met this year, Habeck said. “They’re not as high as the years after, but it’s a good starting point for next year. And that after hardly any progress has been made in recent years. Next year it has to be more, and then more again. But the development is pointing in the right direction.”

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