BDEW Survey of 2010 Electricity Generation Sources

According to a survey published yesterday by the Federal Association of the Electricity and Water Industry (BDEW), electricity generation using coal, nuclear and gas still accounted for almost 80% of German electricity consumption in 2010. Electricity generated by renewable sources rose slightly to 17%.

BDEW provided the following figures:

Source 2009 2010*
Nuclear 22.9% 23%
Lignite 24.0% 23%
Hard Coal 17.7% 18%
Natural Gas 13.7% 14%
Renewables 16.5% 17%
Heating Oil, Pumped Hydro, Others 5.2% 5%
* rounded estimate

On the renewable side,  wind power provided 6.2%, biomass 4.7%,  hydro power 3.2%, photovoltaics 2% and waste power plants 0.8%.

In light of the still large share of fossil fuels, Hildegard Müller, head of BDEW, emphasized that an industrialized nation like Germany needed all the above-mentioned fuel sources for the foreseeable future. She called for an open and unbiased debate about fossil fuels supplementing renewable energy in the decades to come. The power plant fleet of the future needed to comprise a broad spectrum of plants, ranging from decentralized combined heat and power plants to centrally located large power plants to provide base load energy, she said.

Source: BDEW

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2 Responses to “BDEW Survey of 2010 Electricity Generation Sources”

  • There appears to be an error in the statement “fossil fuels still accounted for 80% of German electricity consumption in 2010”. The sum of gas, lignite and hard coal appears to be approximately 55% — still a very large reliance on fossil fuels.

  • Thank you – I corrected the statement. The press release’s headline mentioned 80% conventional, including nuclear generation in the figure.

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