Germany hits record high of renewable energy generation.
According to numbers provided by Fraunhofer ISE renewable energy based electricity generation in Germany sets a new record in 2017 and represents now 38.5% of the country’s gross power generation. That made Renewables the most important energy source in Germany for four years in a row.
Total renewable electricity capacity was 210 TWh [bn kWh], a 16% increase on a year earlier. Above average wind and sunshine led to an increase in power generation from wind farms and PV installations with 88% of the annual increase coming from wind power alone. The record month with an all-time high of 14.9 billion kilowatt hours was December 2017, followed by October with 12.6 billion kWh. During the record months, wind power plants supplied 28% more electricity than German lignite-fired power plants.
Wind is now Germany’s leading clean energy source at 18.8%, followed by biomass at 8.7% and solar PV at 7%.
Biomass power generation slightly increased its revenue compared to the previous year [47 bn kWh] by about 48 billion kWh.
Photovoltaics performed particularly well, with generation increasing by 2% per cent compared to the same period last year. German solar power plants delivered over 38 billion kilowatt hours. Electricity generation from hydropower rose by 2 billion kilowatt hours [+ 9.6%].
In April Renewables set a new record for energy use. 85% of all the electricity consumed in Germany was being generated from renewable energy sources on April 30.
Significant decreases were seen in nuclear energy. German nuclear power plants only made a contribution of 72 billion kilowatt hours in 2017. This reduces the share of the electricity mix to 13% [- 10% by 2016].
Hard coal suffered a 16% loss in 2017, generating only 83 billion kWh [99 billion kWh in 2016]. According to numbers delivered by the Federal Network Agency, 6 coal-fired power plants were shut down last year.
Electricity generation from gas-fired power plants has lost 1.3% of the generation mix. There was also a slight decline in brown coal [- 0.5%]. However, at 134 billion kilowatt hours lignite-fired power plants still contribute 24.5% to the German power mix.
Net Power Generation Germany [2017 Mix]
|Energy Source||bn kWh||%|
|power generation [net]||548||100|
Gross Power Generation Germany [2017 Mix]
|Energy Source||bn kWh||%|
|Hard coal||94,2||14,4 %|
|Natural gas||86,0||13,1 %|
|Wind onshore||87,2||13,3 %|
|Wind offshore||18,3||2,8 %|
|Solar power||39,8||6,1 %|
|Domestic waste||6,0||0,9 %|
|power generation [gross]||654,2||100 %|
|renewable share||216,6||33,1 %|
Electricity Generation Mix
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