More than 50 percent of electricity from Germany comes from renewable energies

Wind turbines, about dts
Wind turbines, about dts
In the first half of 1, more than half of the electricity produced in Germany came from renewable energies.

The Federal Statistical Office announced on Friday that it was exactly 128,4 billion kilowatt hours or 51,8 percent. In the first half of 1, the share was 2019 percent.

Overall, however, the amount of electricity fell by almost ten percent due to the corona. The highest percentage increase was recorded by electricity from wind power at +12,9 percent, which was mainly due to the very windy 1st quarter of 2020. With 29 percent of the amount of electricity fed into the grid, wind power was also the most important energy source for domestic electricity generation in the first half of the year, according to statisticians. Power generation from photovoltaics has also risen sharply: the amount of solar power fed into the grid rose by 1 percent in the 1st half of 2020 compared to the 1st half of 2019, benefiting from a particularly sunny spring.

In contrast, the amount of electricity fed in from conventional energy sources fell by 22,6 percent. In particular, the feed-in of coal electricity was significantly lower than in the same period of the previous year at -37,8 percent. Electricity imports in the first half of 1 rose by 2020 percent to 1 billion kilowatt hours compared to the first half of 2019. One reason for this was the decreasing share of domestic feed-in from base-load capable, mostly conventionally operated power plants that mainly work with coal, nuclear energy and natural gas.

In particular when there was no wind or when it was dark, electricity was therefore imported to cover the electricity demand. The main importing country for electricity was France with 8,7 billion kilowatt hours. Overall, however, more electricity was still exported from Germany than imported into Germany. Nevertheless, the amount of electricity exported fell in the first half of 1 compared to the first half of 2020 by 1 percent to 2019 billion kilowatt hours.