Renewables make up one-quarter of German energy sources for the first time
One-fourth of German electricity was furnished by renewable energies in the first six months of this year. Based on calculations from the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), water, wind, biomass and photovoltaic power plants produced 67.9 billion kilowatt hours of electricity between January and June.
That represents a 25.1 percent share of German electricity consumption, the association reported in Berlin on Thursday. In the first half of 2011, the share of renewables was at 21 percent.
The BDEW also stated that wind energy could be considered the most significant energy source, as it covers 9.2 percent of German energy demand – this in comparison to its 7.7 percent rating the previous year. Biomass came in second at 5.7 percent, though closely followed by photovoltaics with 5.3 percent.
Water dropped down a spot to fourth, now comprising 4.0 percent of the overall energy sourcing. There was additional 0.9 percent coverage from other renewable energies.