Enlarge / A young woman looks at a photovoltaic installation at a booth at the InterSolar Europe trade fair in the southern German city of Munich on June 1, 2017. (credit: Chrisof Stache/AFP/Getty Images)
The German Renewable Energy Federation (known as the “Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energie” or BEE in Germany) has good news and bad news.

The good news? From January to June, the country produced a record 35 percent of its electricity from renewable energy.
Comparatively, the US produced 19.35 percent of its electricity from renewable sources like wind, solar, and conventional hydroelectric power in the first quarter of 2017 (defined as year-to-date to April 2017).
For Germany, the bad news is that the numbers don’t look so good for German renewable energy when it comes to the heating and transportation sectors.

These are two difficult sectors to wean off fossil fuels as electric vehicles (EVs) still rely on government incentives to be an economical choice for most people.
In fact, the percentage of Germany’s transportation sector (PDF) that has moved away from fossil fuels has declined—from 5.7 percent in the first half of 2015 to 5.1 percent in the first half of 2017.
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