Germany will miss 2020 target, determines renewables federation

At its current rate, Germany will wind up with 16.4 percent renewable energy instead of the 18 percent that the country had set as a target in relation to the EU.

In 2020, 16.4 percent of the total German energy consumption will be covered by renewable energy. This is less than the 16.7 percent estimated in April, and far below the 20 percent that Germany has committed to in an EU obligation, writes the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE), in an updated forecast.

"The reason for the even greater deficiency in relation to the BEE estimate from April is higher consumption in the transportation and heating sectors in the first half of 2017," writes the federation.

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