Germany Reaches 40% New Energy
Renewables exceed 40% in Germany for 2018; Wind power generation was the second largest electricity source in Germany in 2018 and accounted for more than a fifth of total generation, according to new analysis.
Craig Richard, 4 January 2019 (Windpower Monthly)
“Wind turbines produced 111.35TWh in 2018, 20.4% of total generation in the country in 2018…[and lignite] coal was the only energy source to produce more power [24.1%] than wind…All renewable energy sources produced 218.94TWh — up 4.3% from the previous year [according to Fraunhofer Institute research]…Clean energy sources accounted for 40.4% of total generation in Germany last year — an all-time high and the first time they had exceeded the 40% mark…
…During winter months, wind power’s increased production helped push the two technologies’ output to a consistent level of about 14TWh per month…In the summer, solar PV production increased, but did not compensate for wind’s shortfall,..Across the year, about 16GW of solar PV capacity was missing to produce an ‘optimal wind-solar ratio…Wind power production peaked on 8 December at 12pm when 45.9GW of capacity was sending power to the grid…” click here for more