Renewables to cover 23% of German electricity generation in 2012 - BDEW
Dec 18, 2012 - Renewable energy is expected to cover a total of around 23% of the overall electricity generation in Germany in 2012, the Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) announced today.
The share of renewables in Germany's energy mix stood at around 20% in 2011.
Electricity flows to countries outside of Germany are seen growing significantly, the association said.
Wind power is expected to account for around 8% of the electricity production in Germany in 2012, while solar power will cover some 5%. Biomass will account for 6%, hydropower -- for 3%, and the remaining 1% will be attributable to biogenic waste.
According to the preliminary estimations of BDEW, wind energy sources have generated a total of around 45 billion kWh of clean electricity in 2012, down from 48.9 billion kWh a year earlier.
Photovoltaic (PV) installations, on the other hand, will account for around 28.5 billion kWh, an increase as compared with the 19.3 kWh produced in 2011.
Hydropower plants will produce some 20.5 billion kWh of electricity in 2012 after 17.7 billion kWh a year earlier.