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Justin Fox

Germany and the U.S. Have Different Ideas About Energy

Germany is more committed to going green, but the U.S. has cut coal use more. Thank natural gas for that.
Germany has made a big push for renewables, but done little to cut coal use.

Germany has made a big push for renewables, but done little to cut coal use.

Photographer: Markus Heine/nurphoto/getty images

The share of Germany's electricity generated from renewable sources has tripled during the past decade, to 30.1 percent. That's impressive, especially when compared with what has happened in the U.S.

On the other hand, the percentage of Germany's electricity generated by burning coal isn't all that much lower than it was a decade ago, and is higher than it was in 2010. In the U.S., coal's share has been falling a lot in recent years.