Fraunhofer ISE: Renewables Reach 31% Share in First Half of 2014, More Than Lignite – Another Electricity Export Record Possible

Renewable energy sources generated 81 TWh in the first half of 2014, accounting for 31% of German electricity production, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) said. Solar and wind power contributed 45 TWh or 17%, increasing production by 28% respectively 19%. In total renewable energy production clearly outnumbered power production from lignite (69.7 TWh), the single most important energy source. Electricity exports rose again by 27% to 18.3 TWh.

If the trend continued, Germany would see the third electricity export record in 2014 after already hitting records in 2012 and 2013, ISE said. The largest part of the exports goes to the Netherlands, followed by exports to Austria, Switzerland and Poland.

With 45 TWh 12 GW nuclear power production was almost stable, remaining 0.8 TWh below last year’s level. Compared with the record year 2013 lignite power production decreased by 4% to 69.7 TWh in the first half of 2014. Lignite power production did however reach the high level of 2012 and exceeded the 10-year average by 5%, ISE pointed out. Hard coal production fell by approximately 11% to 50.9 TWh compared with the record year 2013, but was on the level of the years 2010 to 2012, ISE said.

Following a long-term trend, gas-fired power plants recorded the largest decrease (25%) compared with the previous year. Compared with 2010 electricity production from gas-fired power plants even halved.


Source: Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

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4 Responses to “Fraunhofer ISE: Renewables Reach 31% Share in First Half of 2014, More Than Lignite – Another Electricity Export Record Possible”

  • Einar Wilhelmsen

    It appears from the Fraunhofer material that power from renewables at many times does not cause closing of fossil power plants. Instead power is exported (see page 114-138). How will Energiewende handle this export of cheap fossil power to neighbours?

  • Willem Post


    More and more RE will be exported/dumped into foreign markets at near zero prices after it has been generated at about 20 eurocent/kWh under the dysfunctional ENERGIEWENDE program

    Read this article and you will see the details of this costly folly that no other country can of will emulate.

    Among political leaders, Germany is being laughed at, considering it thinks it is sooo superior to all others.

  • Einar Wilhelmsen

    As far as I can see the problem is Germanys inflexible base load. Unability to scale down base load causes export of coal and uranium-power when there is lots of renewable in the system. It will be interesting to see what will happen in the UK, as the roll out of windpower and solar continues, and they will experience the same effects as germany. But and export possibilite are more limited?

    I think what is to be learned is that base load only makes sense from the perspective of the owner of the coal-power plant. The consumption fluctuates with time, so why should power production be stable? It is the concept of base load that is the problem.

  • Looking at the line up of fossil units amongst the usual suspects (EON, RWE, etc) there is a reasonable amount of “old stuff” i.e. 1960s lignite units still out there. Time that these were retired – but of course they are profitable & the only cost (apart from O&M) is cheap (& dirty) lignite.

    In the case of Post’s assertion (RES costs damage German industry)- the VIK index for firms with medium-voltage grid connections (weighted average for base and peak load reflecting typical industry power consumption) is currently Euro129.67/MWhr – which is exactly the same price as was paid in 2005. i.e. elec’ costs for German companies has declined in real terms since 2005. Yes I can see how German industry is suffering – all those companies leaving Germany (can you name one Mr Post?……. thought not).

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