Germany's 18% renewables goal elusive under current conditions
Chart by BEE.
Achieving an 18% renewables share in final energy consumption in Germany by 2020 is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve, says the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE).
Under current conditions, the country could reach 16%, according to calculations by BEE. It is calling on the next federal government to take measures to speed up the expansion of renewable energy and cut energy demand in order to be able to meet the binding climate targets set for the end of that decade.
Peter Roettgen, managing director of BEE, explained that energy demand in the country is rising, especially in the mobility and heating sectors, where Germany has made little progress in boosting the share of renewables. He also said that the limits to new capacity awards in tenders would have a negative impact on the progress of renewables in the electricity sector.
About 23 EU member states are expected to reach or exceed their targets for renewables in final energy consumption in 2020.