Angela Merkel has put the brakes on Germany’s rollout of renewable energy following extensive talks with the country’s state leaders.
The rapid expansion of green energy as part of the Energiewende programme has driven electricity costs up and placed a strain on the grid in Europe’s largest economy. Last year, renewables provided one-third of the total electricity in Germany, with 3.5GW of new onshore wind capacity installed.
New restrictions will cap onshore wind power at 2.8GW per year. Solar PV will also have a limit of 600MW imposed upon it.
Germany’s economic ministry backs the energy cuts, claiming that clean energy rollout needs to be slowed in order to accommodate improvements to the national grid.
Some critics fear that the cuts will lead to job losses in the green energy sector and inhibit Germany’s ability to meet its long-term energy goals.
By 2025, Germany hopes to derive 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources. The proposed reductions in green energy provision will now be reviewed by the German cabinet and are expected to be made law next year.
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