The progress of energy production from renewable resources has been advancing at unprecedented pace in many countries over the last couple of years. In 2013 renewable energy provided an estimated 19% of global final energy consumption and has continued to grow in the following years, making energy transition targets more and more tangible.

Germany is one of the countries which has been investing considerably in renewable energy production. Especially Northern Germany has been spearheading the energy transition, by pioneering the generation of renewable electricity. Schleswig-Holstein, a German state bordering Denmark, is the first state ever to achieve 100% renewable electricity from wind, sun and biomass in 2014.

A positive side effect of its sustainable electricity production is the employment creation within the energy sector of Schleswig-Holstein. In 2013 around 15.400 people were employed in the renewable energy sector.

Based on this successful transformation of its electricity generation, Schleswig-Holstein has big plans for the years to come; it has targeted to generate 300% of its electricity with renewable resources by 2025, covering 8% of Germany’s electricity demand.

Sources and recommended readings:
www.cleantechnica.com/2014/06/23/100-renewable-electricity-will-achieved...
www.schleswig-holstein.de/Energie/DE/Energiewende/Erneuerbare_Energien/e...
www.welt.de/regionales/hamburg/article128273203/Schleswig-Holstein-deckt...
www.dw.de/northern-germany-spearheads-energy-transition/a-17144616