Renewables’ share of German primary energy consumption rises by 8.6 percent

Development of primary energy consumption in Germany, 1st quarter 2022 (changes in percent)

Due to savings »against the backdrop of high prices and geopolitical changes,« but even more so due to milder weather, primary energy consumption in Germany was 1.9 percent lower in the first quarter of 2022 than in the same period of the previous year, amounting to 3,365 petajoules (PJ), according to preliminary calculations by the country’s Working Group on Energy Balances (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Energiebilanzen; AGEB). Renewable energies contributed 616 PJ to this figure, 8.6 percent more than in the same period last year. Their percentage share was thus 18.3 percent, 1.8 percentage points more than in the first quarter of 2021 (567 PJ or 16.5 percent).
According to AGEB statistics, the energy output of German wind power plants rose by 29 percent due to favorable weather conditions (with very little new capacity being added), while hydropower plants supplied just under six percent more. Solar energy recorded the strongest increase in energy production with plus 35 percent. The contribution of biomass decreased slightly by one percent, but still accounted for more than half of energy generation from renewables.
Mineral oil’s share of primary energy consumption increased by 9.8 percent year on year, from 854 to 938 PJ, while that of natural gas fell by 8.9 percent, from 1,112 to 1,105 PJ. The shares of hard coal (up 5.4 percent from 296 to 312 PJ) and lignite (up 1.5 percent from 283 to 287 PJ) also increased. AGEB cites the shutdown of further nuclear power plants as the reason for this; the share of nuclear energy fell by 48.9 percent from 193 to 99 PJ.

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