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08 Apr 2020, 12:49
Julian Wettengel

Germany's climate action plan to run into massive renewable power gap by 2030 – BEE

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The climate action programme the German government adopted in late 2019 is insufficient and will lead to a renewable power gap of 100 terawatt hours (TWh) by 2030, says the Renewable Energy Federation (BEE). “Instead of waiting out urgent energy transition decisions, the German government must quickly remove existing barriers and present the long overdue roadmap for the expansion of renewables by 2030,” said BEE president Simone Peter. She warned that the power consumption decrease induced by the coronavirus crisis will only be a short-term effect, before additional needs in the industry, heating and transport sectors let total demand grow over this decade.

The government aims to increase the renewables share to 65 percent of total power demand, and BEE is not the first one to warn of a gap in renewable power production. Researchers from the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (EWIin January said Germany's planned expansion of renewable energy will be unable to keep up with future demand. In 2019, renewables made up 42.6 percent of gross power consumption.

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