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Germany: 36 per cent of electricity in to be generated from renewables by 2020

The energy market in Germany will see dramatic changes during the next few years. With the nuclear energy capacity halved, the landscape to 2020 will look very different with renewable energy to account for 36 percent of electricity generated.

Frost & Sullivan’s Energy group forecasts that overall electricity generation will decline from 625TWh in 2010 to 590TWh in 2020, due to energy efficiency measures and increased imports (which will be needed to fill part of the gap left by the nuclear plant closures). However, the installed capacity is set to rise from 153GW to 179GW in 2020. This is mainly because of the growth in wind and solar, both of which have relatively low availability and need to be supported by back-up power such as gas turbines.

Frost & Sullivan Energy Consultant Jonathan Robinson says: “Germany is already a leading European renewables market, but it will go beyond its EU obligations with significant further investment in the next eight years. However, the growth in renewables poses serious challenges and will require substantial investment in upgrading the existing power transmission infrastructure.”

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