Germany likes to see itself in a pioneering role in the expansion of renewable energies. However, a current study confirms that the country is moving too slowly. Other European countries are now passing. The reasons given are politics and numerous regulations.
When it comes to restructuring the electricity market, Germany is not progressing as quickly as other European countries. This is the result of a study by the British Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) together with the energy management company Eaton. The experts evaluated and compared the framework conditions for the energy transition in 13 European countries. According to this, Germany can maintain its rating from the previous year, but slips to last place because other countries have improved more since the survey in 2021.
Overall, the study sees a strong consensus for the energy transition in Germany, but the implementation of political and regulatory changes is slow. One of the reasons is that decision-making is subject to a wide range of local political interests. According to the experts, Germany needs more resources to increase the flexibility of the electricity market and thus achieve the goals of the energy transition.
Germany is the largest electricity market among the countries examined. Countries such as Norway or Switzerland therefore cover their needs with renewable energies better in percentage terms, although Germany produces most of the electricity from renewable energies, the experts write. In 2021, the share of German electricity consumption from renewable energies was 41 percent. By the year 2030, according to the will of the federal government, the proportion of electricity generated from renewable energies in Germany should reach at least 80 percent.