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GERMANY EXPANDS RENEWABLE SUBSIDIES TO MEET BUILDING ENERGY GOALS

03/16/2015

The German government has announced changes to its renewable energy subsidy program for buildings in an effort to meet carbon emission reduction goals. Though renewable sources generated nearly 28% of Germany's electrical use in 2014, they only accounted for about 10% of the energy used to heat buildings. The recent reforms are designed to help the country meet its goal of 14% generation from renewables for that category by 2020. Changes to the program include financial support for companies that invest in renewable heating sources and stringent energy efficiency criteria. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/03/11/us-germany-energy-heating-idUKKBN0M717J20150311.