Germany Reaches New Levels of Greendom, Gets 31 Percent of Its Electricity From Renewables

Wind turbines stand behind a solar power park on in Brandenburg, Germany Photographs by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

As Europe struggles to ease its dependency on Russian gas, Germany is getting ever greener: During the first half of 2014, the nation generated 31 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources, according to a recent report by the Fraunhofer Institute (PDF). Excluding hydro, renewables accounted for 27 percent of electricity production, up from 24 percent last year.

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