08/29/2011

BDEW publishes half-yearly figures on renewable energies in 2011:

Renewable energies provide more than 20 percent of electricity

Share of wind energy rose to 7.5 percent during the first six months of the year /Photovoltaic energy surpassed wind power for the first time

Berlin, 29 August 2011 - During the first six months of 2011 renewable energies exceeded for the first time the 20-percent mark. According to first estimations of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft - BDEW) renewable energies providing 57.3 billion kilowatt-hours during the first six months (first half year of 2010: 50.4 billion kWh) covered 20.8 percent of the German electricity demand, as compared to 18.3 percent during the first six months of 2010.

With a share of 7.5 (2010: 6.6) percent, wind energy remains the most important renewable energy, followed by biomass accounting for 5.6 (5.4) percent. Due to a further substantial increase in plants and a sunny spring, photovoltaic energy could almost double its contribution to electricity generation and thus displaced water power for the first time from the third rank. Photovoltaic plants contributed 3.5 (2.0) percent to electricity generation, whereas the contribution of water power totalled 3.3 (3.6) percent due to the weather conditions, BDEW reported. The share of electricity from waste-fuelled plants and other renewable energies reached again 0.8 (0.8) percent.

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