Analysis of the German Federal Government's National Renewable Energy Action Plan


Umpfenbach, Katharina and Stephan Sina 2010: "Analysis of the German Federal Government's National Renewable Energy Action Plan", in: 27 National Action Plans = 1 European Energy Policy? Brussels: Green European Foundation, 44-56.

The National Renewable Energy Action Plans offer a unique insight into the energy policy context of each EU Member State. For a comparative analysis of six European action plans, Katharina Umpfenbach and Stephan Sina contributed a review of Germany's action plan.

For the first time, the EU Renewable Energy Directive sets legally binding targets for the expansion of renewable energies. The EU as a whole aims to provide 20 % of final energy consumption from renewable sources, while Germany agreed to a target of 18 % by 2020. Until July 2010, each Member State had to produce a National Renewable Energy Action Plan, detailing how the target is to be achieved.

The analysis of the German action plan focuses on the electricity sector and Germany’s performance in addressing the long-term challenge of transforming the energy sector.

The report was initiated by the Green European Foundation (GEF) and the Heinrich Böll Foundation. The report [pdf, 1.2 MB, English] is available for download.

A German version of the study is available for download here.

Katharina Umpfenbach
38 pp.
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Renewable energies, German Renewable Energy Act, Renewable Energy Directive

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