BDEW Presents Q1 2011 Renewable Statistics

The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) presented new figures on renewable energy output for Q1 2011. The figures were presented in connection with a call for improved investment conditions for modern and flexible conventional power plants that can help balance the grids in an age of a constantly increasing intermittent renewable energy supply.

According to preliminary estimates, renewable energy output in the first quarter of 2011 reached 28.1 billion kWh (Q1 2010: 24,9 billion kwh) and accounted for 19.2% of total German electricity consumption (Q1 2010 17.1%).

Wind power remains the most important renewable energy source in Germany. Despite moderate wind yield in the first quarter, wind contributed 7.9% (Q1 2010: 7.5%), followed by biomass with 4.9% (4.7%).

Due to favourable weather conditions the share of hydro power grew by roughly 20% to 3.6% (3.0%).

Photovoltaics accounted for 1.9% (1.0%).

Renewable electricity generated in waste power plants and by other renewable energy sources covered 0.9% (0.8%) of the electricity consumption.

Source: BDEW

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