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.
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