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Germany Shatters Record by Producing 31% of its Electricity from Renewables in the First Half of 2014!

by , 08/13/14

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When it comes to the production of renewable energy, Germany is well ahead of the game – villages regularly break records by producing more energy than they need, and the country has met up to 74% of its energy demand with renewable sources. Now Germany has shattered another record: In the first half of 2014, 31% of the entire country was powered by renewables!

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A new report from the Fraunhofer Institute states that Germany produced a whopping 81 TWh of renewable electricity in the first half of 2014. The report shows that nuclear energy production declined while solar increased by 28% and wind increased by 19%. The solar (37.5 GW) and wind (34.6 GW) sectors also led the nation in terms of new capacity installed, with 37.5GW and 34.6GW respectively. As expected, production from conventional power plants declined – gas powered plants produced half the energy they did in 2010.

Related: German Village Produces 321% More Energy Than It Needs!

“The reoccurring records for renewables in Germany demonstrate the incredible success of Germany’s EEG legislation,” says Max Hildebrandt, renewable energy industry expert at Germany Trade & Invest, the country’s foreign trade and inward investment promotion agency. Although this is an amazing step forward for any country, Germany still gets most of its energy from coal. For the first half of 2014, brown coal produced 69.7 TWh, hard coal produced 50.9TWh, and nuclear energy produced 45.0 TWh. But with efforts being made to reduce these figures, here’s hoping the rest of Europe – and the whole world – will begin to emulate Germany’s energy production as soon as possible.

+ Fraunhofer Institute

Via Clean Technica

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4 Comments

  1. Kilian Rüfer August 29, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Hi! Its nice and it is a good beginning. But: You should search and replace energy with electricity. Warming, cooling and mobility are as well important the lower climate change.

  2. RoderickBeck August 20, 2014 at 7:56 am

    This article is highly misleading. The ultimate criterion for judging the success of Germany’s exaggerated green revolution is whether per capita CO2 emissions fall. And they have not. Germany’s CO2 emission are over 35% above France and rising. Why? Because the shutdown of German nuclear reactors forced the country to open new coal powered plants, including the largest in Europe.

    Green power is extremely expensive because the sun only shines 2 hour per day on average in Germany.

  3. Mikhail Liankevich August 16, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    to Gonzalo. 1st is because economy of German so much bigger comparing to Spain. You can go with 100% renewable in one village virtually “overnight”. Not so easy for one of the most powerful countries. 2 The orientation of their solar panel is not perfect but good enough. 3 It’s about energy security for German. They have extra money now. So it’s a time to spend it.

  4. Gonzalo Chomon August 13, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I wonder why all this publicity about German renewable energy revolution, while nobody talks about Spain that is since several years ago producing over 40% of its electricity from renewable sources and some month even have went over 70%
    Another point is that the solar panels revolution in Germany is actually not sustainable because:
    1st most of it has been installed on roofs that are not properly oriented (As can seen on the photos on this post) so those Solar panels will never pay back the energy that cost to produce them. (negative EROI)
    2nd Solar irradiation is very low witch increased problem issue number 1.

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