Decentralized energy systems
Decentralized, regenerative energy systems for electricity and heat supply play an important role in achieving the climate mitigation targets.
More than thirty percent of the electricity demand in Rhineland-Palatinate is covered emission-free by photovoltaics, wind energy, biomass, and hydropower.
In the heating sector, solar thermal energy, biomass, geothermal energy, and combined heat and power plants can secure around eleven percent of the supply. The decentralized energy supply sector in Rhineland-Palatinate is supported by more than 10,000 employees in almost 1,500 companies.
Seven degree programs have already been established at the universities, which focus entirely on training young people in renewable energies.
Renewable energy systems are suitable for a regional, decentralized energy supply. Photovoltaics, wind energy, bioenergy, and hydropower have been contributing to the electricity supply in Rhineland-Palatinate for many years.
Despite difficult external circumstances and political conditions, the renewable power generation sector has been able to stabilize and grow again in recent years.
In the medium term, there is no way around the expansion of renewable energy systems to achieve climate mitigation goals. Due to their emission-free operation and the reduced costs for construction and operation, the expansion of renewable energy systems must be driven forward in all sectors.
This will enable Rhineland-Palatinate to play a leading role in Germany's energy system transformation in the long term and to intensify the exchange of know-how both nationally and internationally with the expertise it has built up.