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August 2007 - Nr. 8


The Editor
Dan's Satire
KW & Beyond
Hier O.K. Berlin!
Austria's Victory
Encounter at City Hall
German Customs at Carabram
Dick reports...
Sybille reports
Ham Se det jehört?
Roy Thomson & Massey Hall
Dafur/Dafur at the ROM
In Your Face
April 14, 1912
Opera In Concert's 34th
2007 Blue Planet Run
Germany Goes Green Faster

Going Green Faster


Germany Surges Past Goals for Renewable Energy Use

Renewables Drive Economic Growth in Rural Areas

TWIG - Germany is on track to shatter its own goal of producing 12.5 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, hydroelectric, and biomass by 2010.

Presuming that weather conditions and power use remain normal over the rest of the year, the proportion of electricity from renewable sources is estimated to reach 14 percent for the year 2007, according to the German Environment Ministry.

Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel attributed the success of renewable energy to the Renewable Energy Sources Act, a 2000 law that requires grid operators to by power from renewable sources at fixed prices. Gabriel said that this early success showed that Germany could far surpass its goal of producing twenty percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

EU leaders also agreed to a target of producing 20 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2020 at this year's Spring EU summit.
Republished with permission from "The Week in Germany"


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