Germany to initiate ambitious renewable energy plans

04 Oct 2010
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Germany to initiate ambitious renewable energy plans

Germany has strengthened its commitment to renewable energy by approving ambitious new plans to increase its eco-friendly energy production capacity.

The European nation's government has signed off on a range of new proposals, including setting a target for 60 per cent of the country's power to come from renewable sources by 2050.

A key part of these new plans will be the extension of the life spans of Germany's 17 nuclear power stations, which will aid in the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

Other areas of investment include smart electric grid technology and the construction of new offshore wind farms.

The plans have been welcomed by energy company E.ON, which described the proposals as an "important step for Germany's energy future".

Johannes Teyssen, chairman of the board of management of E.ON, added: "The energy plan outlines a step-by-step transition from today's mainly fossil-fuelled energy supply to a low-carbon future, based mainly on renewables."

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