While the newly released statistics validate Germany as the most progressive energy producing nation in the world, their bold moves and subsequent successes are becoming old news. So why can’t nations like America, which consumes the second most energy in the world China is first, learn and adapt accordingly?
If you have an answer, let us know because we certainly don’t. All we know is that in 2011, America produced 77.6 percent of its power from fossil fuels and 10.6 percent from nuclear power plants. Only 11.8 percent was from renewables and of these, hydro-electric power represented 4 percent, wind 1.5 percent, and solar only 0.2 percent, according to a 2011 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
via Germany Renewable Energy Production Is Living Up To The Hype – Business Insider.
Germany set another record with renewable energy. A new report by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries BDEW highlights, in the first half of 2011, renewables accounted for fully 20.8 percent of power production, as Der Spiegel reports.Throughout the past decade, Germany has fundamentally transformed the way it produces electricity. The country increased its share of renewable electricity from 5 percent in 2000 to 18 percent in 2010. Over time, Germany has consistently met its legislated targets ahead of schedule, and appears poised to outdo itself again in the next years. The goal by the current center-right government of Chancellor Angela Merkel is to draw at least 35 percent of production from renewables by 2020. The opposition parties claim that 40 percent or even more is realistic.Today, wind and biomass are the pillars of Germany’s renewable sector. The main driver of the 2011 development, however, has been photovoltaic — in a country that is as sunny as the state of Alaska. Reports Der Spiegel:
via Germany sets renewables record | Grist.
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