Germany’s solar expected to treble

Germany’s solar power capacity will triple while overall renewable energy will supply a third (36%) of the EU powerhouse’s electricity by 2020. The “dramatic” shift in energy use over the […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Germany’s solar power capacity will triple while overall renewable energy will supply a third (36%) of the EU powerhouse’s electricity by 2020.

The “dramatic” shift in energy use over the next decade is the prediction of consultancy Frost & Sullivan’s Energy group. The forecast includes an expected huge drop in electricity generation of at least 35TWh from 2010 levels because of energy efficiency measures.

Jonathan Robinson, Frost & Sullivan’s Energy Consultant said: “Energy efficiency will be a big topic in 2012, as the EU moves towards forcing Member States to take action. The voluntary approach adopted in 2007 has largely failed, with minimal energy efficiency gains in most Member States. As usual in these matters, Germany is already leading the way, but it is likely that more will need to be done.”

Germany’s Energy Efficiency Act (EnEfG) sets a target to reduce energy use by 9% in 2020 compared to 2001-2005.