How did Germany get its renewables so right – and what stumbling blocks might it encounter still?
2020 in Germany saw huge growth in renewables but a record drop in coal generation, giving the country a post-pandemic boost to its climate ambition.
Germany’s first auction for decommissioning coal generators results in nearly 5GW of contracted closures, including some plants opened just five years ago.
Upgrades to old German turbines could see a massive expansion of output without building in a single new spot
World’s first hybrid subsea interconnector inaugurated, joining two German and Danish offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea and allowing cross-border energy trading.
Proposed new climate target for Europe would result in the near total elimination of coal fired generation by 2030, experts say.
Renewables deliver more than half of Germany’s electricity in first nine months of 2020, as share of coal plunges.
“Economically and politically dead”. Energy giant wants to close down its newest and biggest coal generator in Germany after just five years because it is losing money.
Big German utilities now earn more money from renewables than they do from fossil fuels and nuclear, and their share prices are outperforming the overall market.
Germany backs pilot project which will build a 30MW electrolyser to produce green hydrogen from electricity generated by an offshore wind farm.