Sources of Electricity Generation: Germany vs. USA

Germany produces more than one-third of its electricity from renewable energy sources. This is a huge rise from year 2000 when just 6% of electricity came from renewable sources.

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Germany Electricity Sources

Source: Sea change to Germany’s energy transition as it throws renewables to the open market, DW

The Energiewende program that the country implemented a few years ago dramatically reduced Germany’s dependence on non-renewable sources for electricity production.

Compared to Germany, renewable sources account for only 10% of the total the US power generation.

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US Electricity Sources

Source: What are the major sources and users of energy in the United States?, EIA

The US has a long way to go before catching up with Germany in terms of generating a high percentage of power produced from environmentally friendly sources such as wind, water, etc. For example, many German households sell excess electricity they produce from solar power to utilities and get paid for it.

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