What is Renewable Energy?
Renewable energy is energy from sustainable sources such as hydro power, wind energy, solar energy, biomass and geothermal energy. While fossil energy sources such as mineral oil, natural gas, coal as well as uranium ore are finite and not sustainable, renewable energy is based on energy sources that are infinitely available or can be easily cultivated.
In Germany, renewables already meet a quarter of electricity demand. The share of renewables in the power sector has been constantly on the rise in recent years. In the heating and transport sector the development has been mixed. While the share of renewables in the heating sector currently stands at some 10 percent, the contribution of biofuels to the supply was at a modest 5.7 percent in 2012. Regimes for the promotion of renewables in the electricity, heating and transport sector vary in Germany.
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