Via EUREC Member ZSW
Renewables Cover 38 Percent of Germany’s Electricity Consumption
More wind and solar power, less from coal and gas / momentum must be maintained / mounting pressure to expand the grid.
Renewable energies collectively covered 38 percent of Germany’s gross electricity consumption in Germany in the first three quarters of 2018, an increase of three percentage points over the same period last previous year. Yield was even higher in January, April and May with unusually strong winds and unseasonably sunny days pushing renewables’ share up as high as 43 percent.
The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the German Federal Association of Energy and Water Management (BDEW) arrived at this figure in an initial assessment. If wind speeds in the fourth quarter are in line with the last few years’ average, renewables could come very close to covering 38 percent of demand throughout 2018.
Solar, wind and other renewable sources generated nearly 170 billion kilowatt hours (billion kWh) of electricity in the first three quarters of 2018 (Q1-3 2017: 155.5 billion kWh). Renewables are closing in on lignite and bituminous coal, which accounted for around 172 billion kWh of electricity, down nearly 7 percent from last year’s figure (Q1-3 2017: 184.0 billion kWh). Natural gas fired electricity production also decreased by nearly 8 percent to around 59 billion kWh (Q1-3 2017: 63.6 billion kWh).
You will find the full press release here.