Renewables met 12.4% of Germany’s energy needs in the first half of 2015, rising from 11.8% a year back as a result of strong winds, capacity additions and high rainfall.
Industry research group AG Energiebilanzen (AGEB), total energy consumption grew by 2.9% to 6,720 petajoules (PJ) or 229.3 million tonnes of coal equivalent. The installation of more wind capacity in the country, coupled with favorable wind conditions, resulted in a decline in hard coal use. Consumption of lignite also declined.
The table below contains details on primary energy consumption in Germany by source in the first half of 2015 and 2014.
Share in country's energy mix
The figures are preliminary.
Germany has to cover with renewables 18% of its gross final energy consumption in 2020 under EU regulations.