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Graph of Day: Germany reaches 51% renewables

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Renewable energy accounts for 51 per cent of German electricity production for whole week, with total for year to date at 36.5 per cent.

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Germany reached 51 per cent renewable energy share for its electricity generation in the last week, extending the extraordinary results for the year to date.

As we reported on Tuesday, renewable energy accounted for 41 per cent of electricity generation in March, a record level for the month – while for the full year the share has totalled 36.5 per cent.

germany renewables table

This first chart above shows the result for week 15, which was not actually the highest week of the year so far – that was 53 per cent reached in week eight.

Wind accounted for 29.4 per cent of all electricity generation for the week, providing the most amount of power from any energy source, while solar was at 8.6 per cent, nearly overtaking both nuclear and hard coal.

The chart below shows the total for the year to date, with solar at 4.9 per cent (most of the year has been winter or early spring) and wind at 18.9 per cent.


This other graph below – also from the excellent energy graphs at the Fraunhofer Institute’s energy charts website, shows the total generation in the first quarter, along with the changes over the previous year, and percentage increases.

germany 2017 to date


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  1. Joe 3 years ago

    Germany needs to look at appointing a “Wind Farm Commissioner” like we have here in Australia. I mean all those ugly windmills ( the ones that Abbott and Hockey bang on about ) and the millions of German citizens who are going crazy with all the wind turbines spinning across the country./ sarcasm. It is appalling that Australia with the full suite of renewable energy resources is a long way behind Germany. If you take out our Snowy Hydro, which was built decades ago, we do bugger all renewables at a national level. Shame on Australia,

    • Steven Gannon 3 years ago

      Tony Abbott stood near a wind turbine once, now he’s bonkers mad and bat poo crazy.

    • Rod 3 years ago

      It makes me wonder, if we could time shift, if the original snowy would be built with this mob in power.

  2. George Darroch 3 years ago

    Unfortunately their nuclear energy generation is also decreasing.

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