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Energy transition targets

The meaning of the catchword energy transition has become unambiguous by now. The transition from conventional, CO2-intensive or nuclear electricity generation to renewable energy is the clear objective.

To achieve this goal concrete and feasible objective targets are indispensable. Ideally these targets can be measured in numbers like the 50-80-90 goals.

The targets are clearly formulated: Until 2050 the energy consumption should be 50% lower compared to that in 1990. Furthermore, renewable energies should make up 80% of the electricity generation in Germany until 2050. Additionally, should the greenhouse gases be reduced by 90% to protect the climate.

Carefree supply reliability

These targets come along with the aspiration to continuously ensure supply reliability. Both industry and private households should not have to worry about comprehensive blackouts that damage our infrastructure.

Multiplicity of provision and a consumer-friendly market

One other issue concerned in this context are costs: It is proven that the consequent implementation of the energy transition and the reconstruction of our electricity system won´t be the cheapest option for our society. This does however not preclude the possibility that all energy related costs will get cheaper by and by. The construction of smart grids offers the chance to establish a multiplicity of provision. This creates a dynamic market, as the different providers must compete. Clients both from the private customer segment and from the commercial sector are subsequently able to choose from a greater diversity of supply.

*Source: Umweltbundesamt, UBA 2016, UBA 2017

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