Renewables overtake coal as Germany's main energy source

Renewables overtook coal as Germany's main source of energy for the first time last year, accounting for just over 40 per cent of electricity production, research showed on Thursday. The shift marks progress as Europe's biggest economy aims for renewables to provide 65 per cent of its energy by 2030 in a costly transition as it abandons nuclear power by 2022 and is devising plans for an orderly long-term exit from coal.

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