According to preliminary figures by the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW), renewable energy sources accounted for 27% of the gross domestic electricity consumption in Q1 2014 due to continued growth and favourable weather. Compared with the new record high for Q1 2014, the share of renewables amounted to 23% in the same period last year.
Electricity production from renewable energy sources is likely to have climbed from 35.7 to 40.2 billion kWh. Wind power production rose by roughly 19%, while solar power production jumped almost 70%. Wind power plants generated 17.8 billion kWh in the months from January to March. In the same period last year 14.9 billion kWh were generated. Solar power production is estimated to have jumped from 3.3 billion kWh to 5.7 billion kWh.
BDEW warned against drawing conclusions from Q1 for the whole of 2014, pointing out that renewable output was varying strongly over the seasons depending on the weather so that the annual average could be lower than the 27% reached in Q1 2014. In 2013 renewable energy sources accounted for 23.4% of the total German electricity supply, according to BDEW information.