Half-year record Renewables cover 44 percent of electricity demand

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The share of renewable energies was 44 percent for the first time.

According to ZSW and BDEW, renewable energies are accounted for 44 percent of Germany's electricity requirements for the first time. Compared to the previous year, the share of renewable energies thus rose by 5 percent.

This year, onshore wind power was once again the largest producer of green electricity with 55.8 billion kWh. Compared to the first half of 2018, wind power increased significantly by 18 percent. Photovoltaic systems supplied 24 billion kWh this year instead of the 23 billion kWh from 2018. At 30 percent, offshore wind power achieved the highest growth rate. While 9.2 billion kWh of electricity was still generated in 2018, offshore plants already delivered 12 billion kWh in 2019. Other renewable energies – mainly biomass and hydropower – accounted for 36.7 billion kWh.

In part, the high share of renewable energies can be attributed to exceptional weather conditions in recent months: March recorded a wind record, but wind yields in the remaining months were also consistently above the long-term averages.

»The eco-electricity record is a welcome snapshot, but should not obscure the underlying structural problems: With a »continue like this«, we end up with only 54 percent renewable energies in 2030. In order to achieve the 65 percent target set by the German government for climate protection, we must remove existing barriers. These include the area restrictions for onshore photovoltaic and wind power plants and the expansion covers for offshore wind and photovoltaics outside the tendering regime,« explains Stefan Kapferer, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) today in Berlin.

Prof. Dr. Frithjof Staiß, Managing Director of the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW), adds: »We urgently need a stronger expansion of renewable energies and more energy efficiency in all sectors in order to achieve the climate protection target of 2030. To this end, we should adapt the political framework conditions. A CO2-related surcharge on the prices for fossil energies, which is returned to consumers in other ways, is a possible way of doing this. If social hardships are cushioned, it can be assumed that the population will support corresponding measures for more climate protection.«