Germany Was Powered by 74% Renewable Energy Last Weekend

by , 05/21/14

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In 2011, Germany made headlines when a small agricultural village in the state of Bavaria produced 321% more energy than it needed. Now, Germany is showing that it is still leading the world in renewable energy use with news that renewable energy sources were responsible for 74% of the country’s ENTIRE DEMAND during the middle of a day.

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

According to think tank Agora Energiewende, Germany’s renewable usage set a new record on Sunday when wind, solar, biomass, and hydro energy supplied a bulk of the country’s energy. Information supplied by the group shows that the combined contribution of renewables reached 43.54 gigawatts between noon and 1 p.m. That equates to almost three quarters of the country’s demand.

Agora Energiewende has noted, however, that the inability of some baseload generators to switch themselves off meant that a record level of more than 10 gigawatts of surplus capacity at its peak was exported to neighboring markets.

Germany has always been among Europe’s leaders when it comes to solar energy, and this weekend was no exception with its output at 15.2 gigawatts at its peak. That said, the output is just half its rated peak capacity—which is more than 33 gigawatts—but then most of the northern part of the country was covered in cloud.

Related: Germany Shatters Monthly Solar Generation Record With 5.1 Terawatt Hours of Clean Energy

Wind power provided 21 gigawatts at the country’s peak, while fossil fuels such as coal and gas made up the rest of the country’s demand—26 gigawatts (although that is merely half of their normal production!)

Here’s hoping that the rest of Europe will learn from Germany’s example and use renewables on less energy-demanding days of the week!

+ Agora Energiewende

Via Green Tech Media/Renew Economy

Images:  thetimchannel and pixelchecker

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  1. Anders Johansson May 25, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Intersting to see that this was a peak with a lot of sun, in the Winter or when the sun is not shining the coal still stands for the majority of the mw produced..

  2. Anders Johansson May 25, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    What a brave comment from “Enviro Equipment Inc.”

    Yes US prices are low, but compared to the US military budget to defend your oil its not that low….

  3. Enviro Equipment Inc May 22, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Yes, Germany now has almost 3/4 of their electricity generated via clean energy but it’s also true that their electricity bills are something like 60% higher than the US which uses predominantly fossil fuels.

    Hey, you don’t get something for nothing, including electricity.

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