Renewables cover 25% of German power needs in H1 2012
(SeeNews) – Jul 27, 2012 – Renewable energy covered for the first time ever more than 25% of the power demand in Germany, the Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) said yesterday, citing preliminary figures about the power production in the first half of this year.
The power generated from renewables grew to 67.9 billion kWh in the first six months of 2012 from 56.4 billion kWH a year earlier.
Wind power generation remained the largest contributor with a share of 9.2% of the total power generation in the period. Photovoltaics (PV) registered a significant annual rise of 47% and now accounts for 5.3% of the total power generation. This is close to the share of biomass, which grew to 5.7% from 5.3% in the first half of last year.
Hydropower's share stands at 4%, while the remaining alternative energy sources, like energy from waste power plants, altogether account for 0.9% of the whole energy mix, BDEW said.