U.S. still catching up to global leaders in renewable electricity
The U.S. has seen a growing emphasis on renewable electricity in recent years. Policies promoting solar power installations, wind farms and other renewable sources have sprung up around the country, but consulting firm Frost & Sullivan notes that the U.S. will still need to catch up with Germany.
Germany's energy market has changed dramatically in only the past year, reacting decisively to the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan with plans to phase out the country's entire nuclear capacity.
In turn Germany is expected to see a massive surge in renewable electricity generation, reaching 36 percent of the country's total production by 2020.
"Germany is already a leading European renewables market, but it will go beyond its EU obligations with significant further investment in the next 8 years," Frost & Sullivan energy consultant Jonathan Robinson said in a statement.
That growth will not be without its costs, but in the meantime Germany looks to become one of the cleanest countries in the world in terms of energy generation.
By comparison, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that the U.S. drew 10.6 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, including hydroelectric plants, in 2010. That represents relatively slow growth from the 9.3 percent in 2000.