Renewable sources of energy produced extra electricity than coal and nuclear energy mixed for the first time in Germany, according to new numbers.
Solar, wind, biomass and hydroelectric power generation accounted for 47.3 percent of the nation’s electricity production within the first six months of 2019, whereas 43.4 percent got here from coal-fired and nuclear energy plants.
Around 15 percent much less carbon dioxide was produced than in the same period last year, in response to figures published by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in July.
Nonetheless, some scientists have attributed the excessive renewable energy output to favorable weather patterns and “market-driven events.”
Fabian Hein, from the suppose tank Agora Energiewende, told Deutsche Welle the 20 percent increase in wind production was the result of notably windy conditions in 2019.
In the meantime, electricity production from solar panels rose by six percent, pure fuel by 10 percent, whereas the share of nuclear energy in the country’s electricity production has remained just about unchanged.
Black coal use fell by 30 percent compared to the first half of 2018, and lignite – a coal-like substance fashioned from peat – fell by 20 percent.
Nonetheless, over the identical interval, electricity production by natural gas rose by 10 percent.
Professor Bruno Burger, of the Fraunhofer ISE, mentioned the drop in coal use was the result of a market-driven “fuel switch” from coal to gas.
He attributed the change to low gas prices mixed with an increase in the amount of carbon dioxide allowances in the EU Emissions Trading System.
Renewables accounted for 40 percent of Germany’s electricity consumption in 2018, according to government figures.