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Renewables covered 44% of Germany's power demand in the 1st half of 2019

28 Jun 2019

According to the German energy industry association BDEW and the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW), the share of renewable energies in the German electricity consumption reached 44% in the first half of 2019, up from 39% in the first half of 2018. Onshore wind covered 19% of total electricity consumption, followed by biomass and solar PV with 8% each, hydropower and offshore wind (8% each), and waste-to-energy (1%).

Renewable power generation benefit from exceptional weather conditions with wind yields consistently above the long-term average values. Consequently, onshore wind power generation rose by 18% compared to the same period of 2018 to nearly 56 TWh, while offshore wind generation surged by 30% to 12 TWh. Solar PV generation increased by 4% to 24 TWh, while power production from other renewable sources (such as hydropower and biomass) slightly declined (-1%) to 37 TWh.

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