Scandinavia and the World

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Energy Saver 13 1, 6:52pm

@WarmKiwi Only about 5% of New Zealand's energy comes from solar and wind, which is what we're talking about. Very few countries have access to geothermal energy, and most hydro capacity either has already been used, or would involve huge environmental destruction. This is why, when Germany says they want renewables, they are talking about solar and wind, and so is everyone else. Geothermal and hydroelectric power have been included in renewables only quite recently, because their proponents can point to countries like New Zealand and say "Look! They're getting a massive 82% from renewables! Let's all switch to solar and wind!" So I don't see how you can give New Zealand as an example of why Germany is on the right track, when they only have 5% wind and solar.