Germany is set to produce a record 256 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity from renewable sources this year, but the amount is still insufficient to put it on track to meet its 2030 targets.

Preliminary data shows that sunny weather helped boost solar PV production by 23 per cent compared to 2021, while wind power production also increased. However, to stay on track to reach around 600 TWh by 2030, or 80 per cent of total energy consumption, renewables would need to have produced around 270 TWh this year.

Overall, renewables will have produced 46 % of German energy consumption in 2022 (up from 41 % in 2021). Germany saw the highest share of renewables in electricity use to date in 2020 with 45.2 %.

Accelerating reform

The Ministry of Economics and Climate has introduced many amendments to existing laws and financing schemes much faster than planned. These are mainly aimed at boosting the country’s renewable energy capacity, especially onshore wind, but also at accelerating grid planning and the development of offshore wind energy connections, and making the building stock more efficient. Many of the reforms have already been decided in parliament during 2022.