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On Sunday, Germany’s impressive streak of renewable energy milestones continued, with renewable energy generation surging to a record portion — nearly 75 percent — of the country’s overall electricity demand by midday. With wind and solar in particular filling such a huge portion of the country’s power demand, electricity prices actually dipped into the negative for much of the afternoon, according to Renewables International.

In the first quarter of 2014, renewable energy sources met a record 27 percent of the country’s electricity demand, thanks to additional installations and favorable weather. “Renewable generators produced 40.2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, up from 35.7 billion kilowatt-hours in the same period last year,” Bloomberg reported. Much of the country’s renewable energy growth has occurred in the past decade and, as a point of comparison, Germany’s 27 percent is double the approximately 13 percent of U.S. electricity supply powered by renewables as of November 2013.

Continue reading:  http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/05/13/3436923/germany-energy-records/

Commentary by The Secular Jurist:  For comparison, the solar energy potential alone in the U.S. dwarfs that of Germany.  The reason why America is lagging so far behind is the direct result of conservative opposition to the development of renewable energy sources.

5 thoughts on “Germany Sets New Record, Generating 74 Percent Of Power Needs From Renewable Energy

  1. Great commentary!! You are absolutely right about why we aren’t doing what Germany is doing. We should be embarassed that other countries are taking the lead on this, while we are so backward. This post is so important because people need to be made aware that renewable is truly do-able. (I don’t know if do-able is a real word, but you know what I mean!)

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