Germany recently released a draft progress report on their Renewable Energy Sources Act which was adopted in 2000. The act established an advanced “feed-in tariff” that enabled any company or individual to sell renewable electricity into the power grid for a guaranteed, long-term price for each kilowatt-hour sold.
The report highlighted that:
- electricity from renewable energy had increased from 6.3 percent in 2000 to 12 percent in 2006.
- renewable energy used in Germany avoided the release of more than 100 million tons of CO2 in 2006.
- there were 240,000 people employed in the renewable energy sector in 2006, representing a 40-percent increase over 2004. More than half of these jobs were created by the Renewable Energy Sources Act.
With the recent change of government here in Australia, we can only continue to pressure for such leadership from government.