Renewables account for 17.2 percent of German energy consumption and almost 47 percent of electricity consumption in 2022

In 2022, Germany had the lowest primary energy consumption since the country’s reunification in 1990, according to preliminary figures now published by »AG Energiebilanzen.« Total consumption was 11,829 petajoules, 4.7 percent less than in 2021. Mineral oil had the highest share of all energy sources at 32.5 percent, followed by natural gas (23.8 percent). Renewables followed in third place with 17.2 percent.
Within the renewables, biomass accounted for the largest share with more than 50 percent, but the increase recorded here, mainly due to increased use as heating energy, was only relatively small at around one percent. Wind power, on the other hand, increased by 12 percent and photovoltaics by 21 percent, while hydroelectric power declined by 13 percent due to the dry weather.
In terms of electricity supply alone, according to preliminary figures from the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), renewables were able to cover just under 47 percent of gross consumption of 547 terawatt hours (TWh), five percentage points more than in the previous year. Here, wind power had by far the highest share with 99 TWh from onshore and 24.4 TWh from offshore plants (i.e. a total of 123.4 TWh), followed by photovoltaics (62 TWh), biomass (including biogenic waste incineration; 47 TWh) and hydropower (18 Twh).

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