The share of renewable energy sources in German gross electricity consumption reached 27.8% in 2014, up from 25.4% in 2013, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy announced. This is even slightly higher than the 27.3% announced by the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) in January 2015 as a preliminary figure.
For the first time more power was generated from solar, wind, hydro and biomass than from lignite, Rainer Baake, Secretary of State in the Federal Ministry of Economics, an influential aide to Minister of Economics, Siegmar Gabriel, pointed out. “The figures show that in general renewable growth occurs steadily and within the corridors laid down in the EEG (Renewable Energy Sources Act)”, Mr. Baake added.
According to Section 1 para. 2 EEG, the share of renewables in gross electricity consumption shall amount to 40 to 45% by 2025, 55 to 60% by 2035 and at least 80% by 2050. There are however certain deviations from the corridors for the individual corridors. Solar performed slower in the past leading to a reduction of the regular monthly degression of 0.5% in financial support for new plants to 0.25% (for more information, please click here). In contrast, wind power growth was stronger than planned (for more information, please see here).
In the heating sector the share of renewables remained at 9.9%, the same level as last year. Lately BDEW heavily criticised the government and the federal states for failure to find agreement on energy-efficient renovations. The association also called for a revision of the Combined Heat and Power Act (KWK-G) to provide more support for CHP plants (for more information in German, please see here).
In the transport sector the share of renewables slightly declined from 5.5% to 5.4%, mainly due to a higher consumption that could not be compensated by rising sales of biodiesel and biomethan (bioethanol sales even declined by 3.3%). The number of registered electric cars rose from 12,156 in 2013 to 18,948 in 2014, but is still far from the government’s goal of having 1 million electric cars on German roads by 2020.
Detailed data by the Working Group on Renewable Energy Statistics (AGEE-Stat) can be downloaded at www.bmwi.de und www.erneuerbare-energien.de.
Source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
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