Renewables Take Top Share of German Power Supply in First Place

Thursday 02 October 2014

Germany for the first time got more electricity from renewables than any other source of energy, evidence Chancellor Angela Merkel is making progress in weaning the nation off nuclear power.

Clean-energy sources met 27.7 percent of Germany’s demand in the nine months through September, for the first time exceeding the 26.3 percent share held by lignite coal, according to calculations by Agora, an influential researcher owned by the Mercator Foundation and European Climate Foundation.

Merkel intends to get as much as 60 percent of the country’s power from renewables by 2035 under her “Energiewende” plan that will see all nuclear reactors closed by 2022. Her efforts have been plagued by runaway household power prices, rising pollution, a surge in coal use and deepening reliance on natural gas from Russia.

“This is just the type of news the German government needs,” Famke Krumbmuller, an analyst at Eurasia Group in London, said by phone. “There were a lot of complaints over high power prices and increased dependence on Russian gas because of Merkel’s U-turn. This is a real success and watershed moment.”

Biomass contributed 8.1% of the total electricity for this period.


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