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Germany’s rapid use of renewable energy is supported by an “overwhelming majority.”

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According to a survey, the German government’s intentions to quicken the adoption of renewable energies can count on very broad popular support. “The populace is ready for a comparable acceleration: 92 percent of those surveyed regard a faster expansion of renewable energies to be important,” stated the state development bank KfW, which commissioned the survey. For different income brackets, educational levels, or age groupings, the support levels very little varied. Renewable energy support is “again greater than the broad approval of the energy transition, which has been around 90% for years,” according to KfW. This support is evident across various population segments.

Germany’s government has set lofty goals to speed up the rollout in order to enable a 100 percent renewable electricity system by 2035, despite the fact that the spread of renewable energies has been stalled there for years. The plans call for an average expansion of 28 GW annually in the next eight years alone, which is four times faster than in the previous eight. The broad public consensus is “an encouraging indication in light of the decision to give precedence to renewables and the expected streamlining of the approval procedures,” according to KfW.

“If the planned acceleration in the spread of renewable energies is carried out just as swiftly as the installation of the first LNG terminals last year, this will not least improve Germany as a corporate destination […] and at the same time reduce dependence on energy imports,” the report said. According to KfW, the study also showed that people generally approved of how the government handled support payments during the energy crisis. “The survey’s findings indicate a sense of community among the populace and a fundamental support for the current course of action.”

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