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Big boost for renewable energies in Germany

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Source: EEP European Environmental Press

Germany is well on the way to meeting its goals for consolidating renewable energy sources, according to recent data on the development of renewable energies in 2007 released by the Federal Ministry for the Environment.

According to the Renewable Energy Statistics Working Group, the share of renewable energy has reached 14.2% of gross electricity consumption, an increase of a fifth compared to the previous year.

This annual growth is equivalent to the total electricity consumption of a city the size of Hamburg. Although growth has slowed, wind power is by far the most significant source of energy produced from sustainable resources.

Rises have also been seen in the biomass and landfill and sewage gas sectors, as well as waste, which for the first time exceeds the volume supplied by hydroelectric power.   

Total renewable energy production, including electricity, heat, and fuel, reached 222 TWh in 2007. Their share of total energy consumption reached 8.5% over the course of the year.

Renewable energy thus saved 114 million tonnes of CO2, of which 57 million could be attributed to the provisions of the federal law on renewable energy (EEG).

In economic terms, renewable energy is becoming increasingly important. Turnover from construction and operation of power generating plants increased by almost 10% to reach 24.6 billion euros, and the number of jobs in the sector increased by 249,000.

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