Germany increases proportion of power from renewable sources to 35%


Germany increased its proportion of electricity produced by renewable energy to 35% in the first six months of this year,  according to the BEE renewable energy association.

Seeing a rise from from 33% renewable power in 2016, the country is aiming to phase out its nuclear power facilities by 2022.

 Over the last twenty years, its renewable energy has been steadily increasing, partly due to the Renewable Energy Act (EEG).

The EEG was reformed this year to reduce costs of clean energy.

Germany has been drawing up to 85% of its power from renewable sources.

The total share of wind, hydro, and solarpower in the country's energy mix has increased to 35% in the first half of the year.

"Climate protection and economic development must no longer be seen as mutually exclusive."

Germany has set a goal of sourcing 80% of power from renewable sources by 2050.

BEE's acting managing director Harald Uphoff was quoted by Dw.com as saying: "It is only with a much greater commitment to the spread of renewable energy sources, for electricity as well as for heating and transport, that we will be able to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and reach the renewable-energy targets demanded by the EU.

"Climate protection and economic development must no longer be seen as mutually exclusive."