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Germany to surpass 50 percent renewable power this year, official says

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🗞️ Driving the news: Germany is poised to achieve a milestone in its green energy journey, as it's predicted to produce more than half of its electricity from renewable sources this year

🔭 The context: During the first six months of the year, 52% of Germany's power production came from renewables, such as wind, solar, hydropower, and biomass
• If this trend holds, 2023 could be the inaugural year in which over half of Germany’s electricity is drawn from renewable sources

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: As Europe’s largest economy takes significant steps toward renewable energy, it sets a precedent for other nations

⏭️ What's next: Despite the advancements, Germany remains behind its ambitious goal of 80% renewable power by 2030
• To meet this target, the country must expedite its transition to renewables, especially as electric vehicles become more prevalent and add to the electricity demand.

💬 One quote: "Germany is still not on pace to reach its goal of 80 percent renewable power by 2030." (Robert Habeck, economy minister)

📈 One stat: This year, Germany is set to introduce at least 9 gigawatts to its existing 67 gigawatts of solar capacity and approximately 3 gigawatts to its 58 gigawatts of onshore wind capacity

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