The net output of renewable energy sources in Germany’s power mix has reached a new record share in the first half of 2018, the website Energy Charts run by research institute Fraunhofer ISE says. With a net generation of 113 terawatt hours (TWh) between the beginning of January and the end of June, wind turbines, solar panels and other renewable sources contributed about 41.5 percent to the country’s total power generation, 9 percent more than during the same period last year and over a third higher than in 2014, according to cleanenergywire.org.
Wind turbines produced 55.2 TWh, making them the strongest renewable energy source in the German power mix in the first half of 2018 and second only to lignite plants in total generation which produced 66.7 TWh. Solar power plants fed 22.3 TWh into the grid, over 12 percent more than in the first half of 2017. Hydropower contributed another 12.5 TWh, and bioenergy plants 23 TWh.
According to E.On, the amount of green electricity produced from January until the end of June 2018 would be sufficient to supply all German households with electricity for one year with at an average consumption of 2,500 kilowatt hours.
This year’s highest input of renewable energies into the electricity grid so far was on January 3rd with around 1.1 billion kilowatt hours, states the Federal etwork Agency,. On that stormy day, the Cyclone Burglind struck Germany, causing renewables – namely wind energy – to account for 71.6 percent of national electricity consumption.
According to the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industries, renewables accounted for 36 percent of electricity consumption in Germany in 2017 as a whole.