22 Aug '11, 1am

German rail to run on sun, wind to keep clients happy

BERLIN (REUTERS) - It won't be easy to run a national railway on renewable energy like wind, hydro and solar power but that is what Germany's Deutsche Bahn aims to do for one simple reason: It's what consumers want. Deutsche Bahn says it wants to raise the percentage of wind, hydro and solar energy to power its trains from 20 per cent now to 28 per cent in 2014 and become carbon-free by 2050. 'Consumers in Germany have made it clear they want us all to get away from nuclear energy and to more renewable energy,' Hans-Juergen Witschke, chief executive of Deutsche Bahn Energie, said of the railway's attention-grabbing revised targets that exceed the government's already ambitious national aims. 'It's what customers want and we're making it happen,' Mr Witschke said in an interview with Reuters. 'The demand for green electricity keeps rising each year and that'll continue.' Pr...

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