We first discussed wind energy, as a viable resource to power the world’s needs, almost three years ago. Prior to that and in the time hence, Germany has done much about it. The country has chalked out a plan to replace nuclear power plants with offshore wind farms in a bid to use renewable energy round-the-clock. Importantly, the country is sticking to its plan. Above all, it is building on it.
Germany has hugely ambitious green goals. Five years ago it set a goal to produce 18% of its energy from renewables by 2020 (latest figures show it having reached 12.4%). The country also wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2020, compared with 1990 levels, and by 80% by 2050. The transformation is knows as the Energiewende—literally “energy turn.”
Coincidentally, offshore wind farms have been in the news in other parts of the world, too. Donald Trump faces intense criticism for trying to thwart plans for an offshore wind farm in Aberdeen. Britain, the world’s largest market for offshore wind projects, plans to have over 10 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity in production by 2020. And Oahu, Hawaii’s most populous island, is looking at 30% of its energy coming from wind turbines.
More on Germany’s plans here. Let’s talk more about going with the wind.