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Merkel Coalition Weighs Big Increase in Onshore Wind and Solar

  • German cabinet revamping climate policy to meet 2030 CO2 goal
  • Both onshore wind and solar to spearhead clean power plans

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s sweeping plans to cut carbon pollution to meet international climate pledges includes moves to ramp up onshore wind and solar power, according to a draft proposal from her coalition.

Merkel’s cabinet is expected to reach Friday a preliminary climate agreement in Berlin on how to cut emissions across the economy. It will also reaffirm a goal to bump up green electricity’s share to 65% of the nation’s power mix by 2030, from about 40% today. The moves will result in a big jump in onshore wind and solar, the draft showed.