Germany ‘not on track’ to meet 2030 renewable power goal

Europe’s largest economy risks “considerably” missing its goal of generating 65% of its electricity from renewables by 2030 despite major growth in wind and solar capacity, a group of economists has warned.

In contrast to German government forecasts for a slight reduction in electricity consumption by 2030, experts from the University of Cologne’s EWI research institute say they expect to see a 26% increase thanks to more electric cars, heat pumps and hydrogen production. 

While renewable power generation is set to increase almost two-fold between 2018 and 2030, EWI calculates it would still only be enough to provide 46% of Germany’s demand. 

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