Renewables surpass coal in Germany

Electricity production from renewable sources grew by more than 10 per cent in the first half of the year.

Renewables surpass coal in Germany
dpa

Berlin (dpa) - Renewable energy sources surpassed coal-fired power plants in the Germany'as electricity production for the first time ever in the first half of 2018. Estimates by the Energy and Hydropower Industry Association (BDEW) presented Tuesday show that wind, solar, hydroelectricity, bio-fuels and other renewable sources accounted for almost 118 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in the January-June period.

Plants powered by brown coal and hard coal produced 114 billion kilowatt-hours. The share of ecologically-compatible electricity in overall electrical output was about 36 per cent in the first half of 2018, the association said.

While electricity production from renewable sources grew by more than 10 per cent in the first half of the year compared with the same 2017 period, electricity output from coal-fired plants declined about one-tenth. Electricity from natural gas fell by four billion kilowatt-hours to 40 billion kilowatt-hours. Nuclear power plants produced 37 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. The BDEW figures are based on gross electricity output in which include the power plants' own consumption.

"These figures impressively demonstrate that the market-driven, gradual withdrawal from coal-based electrical power is fully under way," said BDEW chairman Stefan Kapferer. Speeding up the electric power transmission network is more urgent than ever.