skip to main content

Renewable energy overtakes coal and nuclear power for Germany's electricity production 25th July

wind turbines

Solar, wind, biomass and hydroelectric power now accounts for nearly half of the country’s electricity generation

According to new figures, the amount of electricity produced by renewable sources has now overtaken that of coal and nuclear in Germany for the first time. Solar, wind, biomass and hydroelectricity made up 47.3% of the country’s electricity production, in the first 6 months of 2019, while 43.4% came from coal-fired and nuclear power plants.

Favourable weather conditions and market-driven interest saw a 20% increase in wind power, while the use of black coal fell by 30% compared to the first half of 2018. Carbon dioxide emissions decreased by about 15% in the first 6 months of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018. This change can be attributed to an incentive to switch from coal to natural gas, which is a cleaner alternative, as well as the rising costs of carbon dioxide allowances in the EU Emissions Trading System.

Germany is aiming to phase out nuclear power plants by 2022 in the push for cleaner energy. The Renewable Energy Act (EEG) which was reformed last year, cuts costs of electricity from sustainable sources for consumers thus further encouraging low-carbon emitting alternatives to fossil fuels.

In the UK in 2018, renewables made for about 29% of the country’s energy production, overtaking nuclear power for the first time ever. Despite the UK Government’s stance on new onshore wind farms, wind power is proving to be a smart alternative, with it making up for 15% of the energy produced in 2017.


Back to News

  • © 2014 Community Windpower Ltd
  • Company Registration Number: 04588923
  • VAT number: 845 147 422
Visit our BeGreen Website