Der Spiegel reports that Germany has crossed the 1/5 mark in renewable energy sourcing. Photovoltaics are leading the way in the increase in sustainable energy supply over the last year – which has seen Germany’s non-nuclear, non petrochemical portion of energy sourcing climb from 18% to almost 21% – so says an industry report on the matter…
Crossing the 20 Percent Mark
Green Energy Use Jumps in Germanydapd
Germany is experiencing record highs when it comes to use of renewable energies.
During the first half of 2011, the share of renewable energy sources used by Germans in their total energy mix grew to one-fifth — a hefty boost over 2010. It’s a small step toward Germany’s ambition to phase out nuclear power.
It is a report that is bound to please Chancellor Angela Merkel. Just months after she expended significant political capital to guide Germany’s future energy production away from nuclear and toward renewable sources, a report by a leading energy industry group indicates that production of renewables in the country is rising rapidly.
According to the report, released on Monday by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), renewables accounted for fully 20.8 percent of production during the first six months of 2011. “Renewable energies have crossed the 20 percent mark in Germany for the first time,” the association said in a statement.
In 2010, green energy consumption totalled 18.3 percent of total demand.
The increase, the BDEW says, is unconnected to Merkel’s decision to immediately close seven nuclear power plants in the wake of the March disaster at the Fukushima complex in Japan. But it does give a boost to Germany’s long-term effort to phase out nuclear power completely by 2022. Chancellor Merkel has said the goal by then is to draw 35 percent of production from renewables.
Solar Also Rises
Total usage in Germany remained stable from 2010 at 275.5 billion kilowatt-hours, but energy from sources like wind, biomass, hydroelectric plants, solar panels and waste incineration rose to 57.3 billion KWh in the first six months of this year.
Wind power, the most important source, rose to 20.7 billion KWh, or 7.5 of total usage. Biomass (5.6 percent), photovoltaic solar (3.5 percent), and hydroelectric power (3.3 percent) were next in line. Waste incineration and other sources covered 0.8 percent of total demand.
The real change came in the photovoltaic sector, where output almost doubled — up more than 76 percent since 2010. “Because of the volume of new photovoltaic installations and the amount of sun during the spring, solar energy knocked hydroelectric from third place for the first time,” the BDEW said in a statement.
Posted: September 1st, 2011
Author: michael holloway
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