Germany Gets Record 28.5% of Electricity From Renewable Sources

Renewable sources such as solar, wind, biomass met a record 28.5 percent of German electricity demand in the first half even as Europe’s biggest economy is cutting energy consumption, according to the BDEW utility lobby.

Power generation by wind and solar plants rose 21.4 percent and 27.3 percent respectively, BDEW said today in an e-mailed statement, citing its own preliminary estimates. Total power and gas consumption fell 5 percent and 20 percent, respectively, mainly because of milder weather, BDEW said.

Output from natural-gas plants fell to 9.8 percent of total production, while hard coal plants produced 18 percent and lignite units 25.1 percent, it said.

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