According to a pilot study drawn up by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the share of renewable energies in primary energy in Germany can reach about 16% by 2020.

Environment minister Sigmar Gabriel said this meant that Germany would be able to meet its ambitious climate targets while phasing out nuclear power. ‘There will be no gap in electricity supply and therefore no reason to change our phase-out plans. The annual increase of renewable energies in the electricity sector alone about equals the annual output of a nuclear power plant in terms of figures,’ he said.