Renewable energies

1976

The then German Ministry of ­Research resolves to build a 100-metre-high large wind power plant (Growian) in north Germany. However, the first experiment with wind power fails and ­Growian is torn down in 1988.
Wulf Pfeiffer/dpa

1987

At Kaiser Wilhelm Koog on the west coast of Schleswig - Holstein, the first German windfarm goes turnkey. Since then, 32 wind ­turbines have been transforming North Sea wind into electrical power.
Carsten Rehder/dpa

1991

The Electricity Feed-In Act regulates the obligation for power utilities to purchase electrical ­energy from regenerative transformation processes and sets fixed tariffs for the remuneration thereof.
Nestor Bachmann/dpa

2000

The Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) comes into force. Among other things, it lays the ­legal basis for prioritising ­renewable sources when feeding electricity into the national grid.
Nestor Bachmann/dpa

2011

After the nuclear reactor disaster in Fukushima the German Federal cabinet adopts parameters for energy policy: the exit from nuclear power is to be achieved step by step by 2022 and energy supplies placed on an eco-friendly footing.
Armin Weigel

2014

With the reform of the EEG, the focus turns to cost efficiency and planned feasibility in expanding renewable energy sources; the proportion of eco-electricity in the power mix is set at 40-45 percent by 2025.
Ingo Wagner/dpa