Osha Davidson who has recently written a book called Clean Break, Germany’s Energy Transformation and What Americans Can Learn from It. Here is the first chapter of the book.
Davidson reports that Germany will quite likely meet its target of producing 80% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050. After all, Germany has met all of its targets so far ahead of schedule. He also points out that 65% of renewable power capacity is in the hands of small businesses, farmers and household producers, while the big utilities in Germany only control about 6% of renewable generation.
This was all deliberately designed into Germany’s system. The country’s feed in tariff system costs rate payers money in their electric rates, but the system also allows those same rate payers, down to the individual household, to capture that higher use cost by becoming producers of their own, local solar and wind power.
While regulators in the US cry about renewable power raising rates, Germans have created a system where people can recover those costs right away by becoming producers themselves. And that is what has happened. Check out the interview and the book.