Dr. Falken-Grosser from Government of Germany speaks at ISUW 2020

From GW to GWh - Germany's transition towards 65% power from renewables by 2030

Dr. Christine Falken-Grosser, Head of Division Bilateral Energy Cooperation, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) made the most of her visit to India and spoke at India Smart Utility Week 2020 on 4 March 2020. In the session titled “Towards a Net Zero Energy Power Sector - Mainstreaming Renewables”, she updated the audience on Germany’s transformation towards 65% power from renewables by 2030.

The key takeaways were that phasing out both nuclear and coal-fired power can go hand in hand with healthy economic growth and that Germany will reach its target of 65% electricity from renewable energies by 2030. Dr. Falken-Grosser presented Germany’s long-term energy and climate strategy, the Energiewende including the phase-out plans for nuclear and coal-fired power plants. Moreover, the head of the division for bilateral energy cooperation highlighted the massive increase of renewable generating capacity over the last 20 years, which has resulted in 49 GW of photovoltaics, 53 GW of wind onshore and 7.5 GW of wind offshore in 2019. Germany can showcase a successful track record of converting generating capacity (GW) into electricity generation (GWh) and has already exceeded its 2020 target of a 35% share of renewable energy sources in gross electricity consumption in 2019. Dr. Falken-Grosser emphasized on the importance of a flexible electricity system to be able to integrate large shares of renewables. Flexibility options such as flexible generation, grid expansion, demand response, storage, sector coupling and power-to-x are vital for grid integration of renewable energy sources.

The presentation given by Dr. Falken-Grosser can be downloaded here.