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:
|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.