Renewable energies continue to boom

For the first time more than 200, 000 jobs in the industry

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The expansion of renewable energies is progressing even faster in Germany than forecast. Last year alone, they grew by almost 13 percent. This is evident from the current industry statistics, which was presented yesterday in Berlin. In terms of electricity generation, the share of renewables in 2006 is already 11.8 percent. According to the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU), the target of the Federal Government's coalition agreement to increase the share of renewable energies in power generation to at least 12.5 percent by 2010 is therefore already exceeded in 2007.

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The EU Commission has proposed to set a binding expansion target for renewable energy by 2020 for the EU. By 2020, the European average should be 20 percent of primary energy from renewable sources. "We not only support this goal, we are also well on the way to make a significant contribution, " said Federal Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel yesterday at the presentation of the latest figures. At the same time, Gabriel presented a lead study by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) on the expected expansion of renewable energies by the middle of the century.

Renewable energy as a job machine

Accordingly, the share of renewable energies in primary government in Germany in 2020 can reach a value of around 16 percent. "That means we're increasing the share of renewables faster than the other EU states. And that also means that we can achieve Germany's ambitious climate protection goals in parallel with the phase out of the use of nuclear energy. There will be no electricity gap and there is no reason to leave the nuclear phase-out course. What the renewable energy sources currently generate in the electricity sector alone every year is roughly equivalent to the annual production of a nuclear power plant, "said Gabriel.

The Federal Minister for the Environment particularly welcomed the fact that the growth of the sector is also reflected in a corresponding increase in the number of employees: last year alone, around 24, 000 new jobs were created. Renewable energies now employ around 214, 000 people. "These figures underline that the promotion of the Renewable Energy Sources Act has enabled us to build a forward-looking new industrial sector in Germany, " says Gabriel. display

Power generation from wind power soon competitive?

With the growing volume of renewable energies, the demands on their profitability are also growing. "It can not be our goal to drive the energy-intensive industry out of the country with rising energy and electricity prices. But that is not the case. On the contrary, in just a few years, electricity generation from wind power will be able to compete to a considerable extent and fall out of subsidies under the EEG, "said Gabriel. The Environment Ministry will present a report this year.

In this framework, it also checks in which areas the remuneration rates have to be adjusted from an economic point of view. In the medium term, all forms of renewable energy will be competitive and funding will focus on particularly innovative and promising areas.

Looking beyond the year 2020, the DLR study shows that by 2030 the share of renewable energies in the provision of electricity can already rise to 45 percent and by 2050 to 77 percent. All in all, renewable energies in the scenario up to the year 2050 will account for about 50 percent of the primary energy in Germany. Together with better energy efficiency, they can achieve a CO2 reduction of 80 percent by 2050, based on the base year 1990. "The study confirms that a modernization of our energy supply can lead to ambitious climate protection policies - and all without nuclear energy, " said Gabriel.

(BMU, 28.02.2007 - DLO)