The share of renewables in German electricity consumption is falling due to lower wind generation

Solar panels are pictured at a solar park in Lottorf, Germany July 30, 2021. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer/File Photo

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  • Renewables reached 43% of usage in Q1-Q3, down 5 points
  • Energy consumption up 4% per year in January-September 2021
  • Electricity production increased by 3.8% overall
  • Onshore wind generation fell by 16.7%
  • Conventional electricity production up 13.2%

FRANKFURT, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The share of renewables in Germany’s electricity consumption fell to 43% in January-September from 48% a year earlier due to lower wind generation, sources said. revealed preliminary industry data on Tuesday, demonstrating the impact of weather conditions on security of supply.

Onshore and offshore wind met 19% of demand in Europe’s biggest economy, up from 24% a year earlier, utility industry association BDEW and the Center for Energy said. solar and hydrogen research (ZSW) in preliminary figures.

The figures were calculated according to European Union requirements that base market share on use rather than production, a basis also adopted by the Berlin government for its definitions of climate targets.

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Germany’s overall electricity consumption in the nine months rose 4% year-on-year to 416 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) as the economy grew stronger after COVID-related lockdowns 19 dampened activity for much of 2020.

Domestic electricity production rose 3.8% to 426.3 billion kWh, making Germany a net exporter over the period, the data showed.

Renewable energy generation, which along with wind includes solar, hydroelectric, biomass, waste and geothermal energy, contributed 177.7 billion kWh in total, down 7, 1% compared to the previous year.

This included onshore wind at 63.2 billion kWh, down 16.7%, photovoltaics at 45.9 billion, up 2.3%, biomass at 32.5 billion, down 0 .9%, and offshore wind at 16.0 billion, down 15.4%.

While wind generation underperformed, a factor which proved to be a wildcard in wholesale markets, photovoltaics had an average year and hydro generation increased by 9.1% from January to September. Read more

Conventional electricity generation from nuclear, coal and gas stood at 248.6 billion kWh over the nine months, 13.2% more than in the same period of 2020.

Germany is aiming to cut carbon emissions by 65% ​​by 2030 from 1990 levels under a target set in May that has been raised by 55%. Read more

BDEW said expanding renewable energy and increasing energy efficiency were priorities for the new government after the Social Democrats narrowly won a national election on Sunday. Read more

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Reporting by Vera Eckert, editing by David Evans

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