Economics minister: 65 percent green electricity achievable by 2030

Photo: Wind turbines near Tantow in Brandenburg (via dts news agency)
Photo: Wind turbines near Tantow in Brandenburg (via dts news agency)

Berlin (dts news agency) – Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) considers it possible that Germany will exceed its climate target for 2030. “I am convinced that we can achieve the goal of 65 percent electricity from renewable sources before 2030,” said Altmaier of the “taz” (Wednesday edition). The faster expansion of renewable energies is also in the interests of the economy.

“Industry also needs green electricity, because this is the only way it can achieve the transformation towards climate neutrality, for example when converting steel production to green steel.” In order to accelerate the expansion of green electricity, the Federal Ministry of Economics this week initiated the departmental vote for the reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). It raises the targets for the expansion of renewables a little more than was announced in the climate protection plan last year: By 2030, 100 gigawatts of solar power output should be installed in Germany instead of 98.

In the case of wind expansion, the law aims at 71 gigawatts in 2030, the upper value of the previous plans. 40 gigawatts are to be generated at sea by 2040. The new EEG is to be passed by the end of the year.

In order to achieve these goals, wind turbines at weaker locations in southern Germany, for example, are to receive higher remuneration, announced Altmaier. Even after the end of their EEG support, solar systems should be able to continue feeding electricity into the grid, which is remunerated at the average market value. The minister can also imagine that the coal phase-out will come before the statutory years 2035 or 2038: “If the market forces a faster phase-out, we will not oppose it,” he said.

If the EU, under the German Council Presidency, decides on a stricter climate target than the previously applicable minus 40 percent by 2030, the German targets in the EEG would also be raised again, according to the CDU politician. “Then we will adapt the goals in the bill and of course the expansion paths.”