Germany ‘set for RE record’
BDEW says clean power will provide 36% of electricity in 2017
Germany’s electricity consumption from renewables is set to reach a record 36% in 2017, according to the country’s Federal Energy and Water Industry Association (BDEW).
By the end of the year, some 217bn kilowatt hours of electricity will be produced by wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources in the country, BDEW said.
In 2016, renewables produced 188bn kWh, a 31.6% share of electricity production.
Offshore wind is set to contribute 18bn kWh this year, up 49% on last year’s 12.3bn kWh, while onshore will feed 87bn kWh into the grid, a 31% increase on the 66.3kWh produced in 2016, BDEW said.
Electricity production from solar will rise to 40bn kWh, 4% higher than last year’s 38.1bn kWh.
Power production from bio sources will be 51bn kWh this year up marginally from 50.9bn kWh in 2016, the association added.
Hydro will contribute 20bn kWh this year, down by 4% from last year’s 20.5bn kWh. The fall is due to lower precipitation in the first half of 2017, BDEW said.
Meanwhile, the share of coal in the electricity mix will be down to 37.0% from 40.3% last year, with gas-fired generation’s share up to 13.1% from 12.5% in 2016.
Nuclear will account for 11.6% in 2017, down from 13% in 2016.
Other installations will provide for 5.1% of the electricity mix.
“Renewables already surpassed the German government’s 35% goal for 2020”, said BDEW head Stefan Kapferer.