Renewables will cover around 38 percent of Germany’s electricity consumption in 2018
Post date: 16/12/2018 - 16:35
Renewable energies are expected to cover a good 38 percent of Germany's gross electricity consumption in 2018. This is an increase of two percentage points compared to 2017. In January, April and May, renewables even reached up to 43 percent - »this will probably also be the case in December«, explained German research center ZSW (Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg) and German Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industries BDEW (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft). The organizations expect by the end of 2018, almost 229 billion kilowatt hours (billion kWh) of electricity could be generated from renewable sources.
At almost 94 billion kWh, wind onshore remains the strongest renewable source in the reviewed period, representing an increase of almost seven percent over 2017 (87.9 billion kWh). Second is biomass (including biogenic municipal waste), which contributes 52 billion kWh (2017: 50.9 billion kWh). This corresponds to growth of two percent. Photovoltaics is in third place with more than 46 billion kWh (2017: 39.4 billion kWh). With an increase of almost 18 percent, it recorded the largest increase. Wind offshore will increase by almost ten percent in 2018 to more than 19 billion kWh (2017: 17.7 billion kWh). Only hydropower recorded a significant decline in 2018 due to the prolonged drought. It is expected that the electricity generated by hydropower plants will fall by more than 16 percent from 20.2 billion kWh in 2017 to just under 17 billion kWh.
Germany targets to achieve 65 percent by 2030.