Germany 'to unblock' path to 2030 goals for green energy

FRANKFURT • Germany is set to seal deals to remove two stumbling blocks that might have prevented Berlin from hitting its target for green energy to reach 65 per cent of production by 2030.

Documents seen by Reuters last Friday show that Chancellor Angela Merkel's government has made renewable energy a pillar of Germany's post-coronavirus economic recovery plans and Berlin is stepping up the pace ahead of the parliamentary summer break and its European Union presidency.

A draft of an addendum to a law on energy in buildings shows the removal of a solar capacity cap of 52 gigawatts and a general rule to build wind turbines 1,000m away from homes are set to be passed at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday.

The factors had contributed to concerns among investors in solar energy, as the cap was fast being approached, as well as a sharp fall in the building of onshore wind power.

The draft shows that the final decision on the minimum distance between homes and turbines will be left up to Germany's 16 state governments, unblocking a stalemate.

Germany submitted a 10-year energy and climate plan to the EU last Thursday, and also approved a hydrogen strategy and cuts in consumer bills in support of renewable subsidies.

The country's solar energy investments grew by 15 per cent to around US$3.4 billion (S$4.7 billion) last year, but wind turbine financing fell by 68 per cent to US$1 billion, a UN-backed global report showed.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 15, 2020, with the headline 'Germany 'to unblock' path to 2030 goals for green energy'. Print Edition | Subscribe