In 2017, renewable energy generated 55.1% of Germany’s power generation capacity. Fossil fuel and nuclear energy generated 39.6% and 5.3% respectively of Germany’s power generation capacity. Germany’s power generation capacity from renewable energy included onshore wind (25.0%), offshore wind (2.6%), solar (21.1%), biomass (3.6%) and hydropower (2.8%).
Germany’s federal environmental agency has just announced that the country’s renewable energy output has risen by 10% since 2017. In the first six months of 2018, 1,633 MW capacity from onshore wind farms and 1,359 MW of solar photovoltaic parks began operation.
Germany’s move from fossil fuels to renewable energy is being driven by a desire to reduce foreign imports of fossil fuels and concerns over pollution and global warming. In my opinion, the undeveloped renewable energy potential in the United States far exceeds a country like Germany. In my opinion, reduction of foreign oil imports is reason enough for America to rally behind the move to renewable energy.