Germany’s likely new coalition government is set to auction off an extra 4GW for both onshore wind and photovoltaics to go online in the 2019-20 period.

A draft agreement approved by leaders of the conservative CSU/CDU and Social Democrats also mentions an unspecified additional offshore wind auction.

The additional auctions could help save 8 to 10 million tons of CO2 and push the country closer to its target of a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions over 1990 levels.

On current trajectories Germany is likely to miss its national emissions target for 2020 without additional measures.

The parties said the share of renewable energy in Germany’s electricity consumption should rise to some 65% by 2030, from roughly a third currently.

Under current rules, the government aims at reaching a 40-45% share of renewables in electricity consumption by 2025, a 55-60% share by 2035, and a 80% share by 2050.

The provisional agreement will be the basis for coalition talks in the coming weeks.

The new 65% goal for 2030 in the agreement is an “important commitment” to the energy transition, said Hermann Albers, head of the renewable energy industry group BWE.Image: German leader Angela Merkel (Wikimedia Commons)