Germany’s Move From Brown Coal To Green Energy

The population of the Federal Republic of Germany is currently estimated to be 82.36 million people. Germany’s power plants use fossil fuels (55.0%), renewable energy (33.3%) and nuclear power (11.7%) to generate electricity across the country. The primary source of fossil fuels to generate electricity in the country are coal (36.6%) and natural gas (13.2%) to generate electricity. The primary of renewable energy to generate electricity in Germany are wind (16.3%) biomass (7.0%) and solar (6.2%).

Germany’s government led by Chancellor Angela Merkel have approved a proposal to tender for the construction of 8,000 MW of new wind farms and solar parks from 2019 and 2021. The schedule for the approved government tenders is as follows:

• 2019 – 1,000 MW for onshore wind farms and 1,000 MW for onshore solar parks

• 2020 – 1.400 MW for onshore wind farms and 1,400 MW for onshore solar parks

• 2021 – 1,600 MW for onshore wind farms and 1,400 MW for onshore solar parks

The German government intends to approve separate proposals to tender for the construction of new offshore wind farms. The government’s goal is to generate 65% of the country’s electricity from renewable energy by 2030.

If the German government meets this renewable energy target, their country will generate over 75% of their electricity from renewable and nuclear energy sources which don’t emit greenhouse gases. In my opinion, the United States has far greater renewable energy resources than Germany. I believe the United States should set similar renewable energy resource targets as Germany. In my opinion, if the United States can put a man on the moon, the United States can generate 75% of our country’s renewable energy from non-greenhouse gas emitting sources.

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