03/06/2015, Berlin

BDEW updates information on 2014 energy mix:

Renewable energies generate more electricity

The proportion of renewable energy sources in energy production increases to 26.2 per cent / The pressure to act in terms of market and system integration is growing

The proportion of renewable energy sources in gross energy generation in Germany rose to 26.6 per cent in 2014. Thanks to the continued additional construction of renewable energy systems and in particular the favourable weather conditions, renewable energies are producing ever more electricity. In the previous year, the proportion of renewable energy sources in gross energy generation was 24.1 per cent, according to the calculations of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW). BDEW had already published its initial estimates on the energy mix at the end of the previous year. This information has now been updated.

In absolute numbers, the energy produced from renewable energies rose from 152.4 to 160.6 billion kilowatt hours (bn kWh). While generation from wind turbines rose by a good 8 per cent and thus was 56.0 bn kWh, photovoltaic systems generated almost 13 per cent more electricity than in the previous year, bringing the total production to 34.9 bn kWh. Biomass, including waste from bio-settlements, managed to achieve an increase of approximately five per cent from 41.2 bn kWh to 43.0 bn. kWh. Energy production from hydropower amounted to 20.5 bn kWh.

Brown coal power stations achieved a share of 25.4 per cent (25.4) of energy production. Bituminous coal power stations contributed 17.8 per cent (19.2). The share of nuclear energy was 15.8 per cent (15.4). The share of natural gas in energy production once again fell to 9.5 per cent (10.7). In absolute figures: brown coal power stations generated around 155.8, bituminous coal power stations 109.0 and nuclear power stations 97.1 bn kWh. Natural gas power stations generated around 58.3 bn kWh last year.

Overall, gross energy generation fell in the previous year to 614.0 bn kWh (2013: 633.2). The renewable energies thus covered 27.8 per cent of the gross domestic energy consumption (2013: 25.4).

“With this growth, renewable energies are becoming an ever more important part of the German energy mix. However, this also increases the pressure to act with regard to the further market and system integration of renewable energies. The amendment of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) last year was the first step along this path. In order to better integrate the renewable energies into the overall system, it is also necessary to extend the electricity network – both on a transmission and distribution network level – for example,” explained Hildegard Müller, President of the BDEW General Executive Management Board. Not only that, she says the demand also remains for conventional reserve capacities for periods in which renewable energies are unable to deliver electricity due to the weather. “In order to maintain security of supply in the energy market, we will need controllable power stations. BDEW has therefore submitted a solid and cost effective proposal for a future market structure,” says Müller. Politicians must continue to make further urgent decisions in 2015 in order to guarantee the Energiewende is implemented efficiently. The Federal Government and regional states are called upon equally in this respect.


Sandra Rahmlow
Redaktion Fachpresse / Editor