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Germany Just Got 78 Percent Of Its Electricity From Renewable Sources

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Posted in Science on 30th Jul, 2015 11:46 PM by AlexMuller

On July 25, Germany set a new national record for renewable energy by meeting 78% of the day’s electricity demand with renewables, exceeding the previous record of 74% set in May of 2014. A stormy day across northern Europe combined with sunny conditions in southern Germany led to the new record.

 

Morris writes that most of Germany’s wind turbines are installed in the north and most of its solar panels are in the south. If the figures hold, it will turn out that wind and solar generated 40.65 gigawatts (GW) of power on July 25. When this is combined with other forms of renewables, including 4.85 GW from biomass and 2.4 GW from hydropower, the total reaches 47.9 GW of renewable power, occurring at a time when peak power demand was 61.1 GW on Saturday afternoon. To bolster his analysis, Morris points to early figures from Agora Energiewende, a Germany energy policy firm, that have renewables making up 79 percent of domestic power consumption that day.

 

Renewable sources accounted for 27.8 percent of Germany’s power consumption in 2014, up from 6.2 percent in 2000. The expansion of renewables and another weather phenomenon, a relatively mild winter, led to Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions falling for the first time in three years in 2014, a 4.3 percent year-over-year drop. Greenhouse gas emissions are now down to their lowest level since 1990, according to analysts at Agora Energiewende. This made 2014 a big year for Germany’s renewable energy transition, known as Energiewende, which requires the phasing out of nuclear energy by 2022 and reducing greenhouse gases at least 80 percent by 2050. The government also wants the at least double the percentage of renewables in the energy mix by 2035.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-07-31
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Renewable energy should be on the agenda of all governments as a priority and Germany provides an excellent example. Indeed it is impressive to see that on some days as much as 78% of domestic consumption of electricity can come from renewable sources
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-07-31
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Yes, renewable energy and its affect on reducing impact of fossil fuels on climate change are essential for the future of humanity Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-12-26
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Reading this makes my desiicons easier than taking candy from a baby. Reply


 

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