Share of Renewable Energy in Gross Electricity Consumption Rises to 20% in 2011

In 2011 renewable energies significantly increased their contribution to electricity supply in Germany. Preliminary calculations by the Working Group on Renewable Energy Statistics (AGEE-Stat) for the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) show that the share of renewables in Germany’s electricity generation rose by about 3% to almost 20% in 2011 (2010: 17%).

Starting with a market share of 6.4 percent of total electricity consumption in 2000, the renewables share almost tripled by 2011. Overall, renewables accounted for roughly 12% of Germany’s total final energy consumption for electricity, heat and fuels in 2011 (2010: 11,3%).

According to BMU these figures show that the Federal Government is on track to meet its ambitious targets for the expansion of renewable energies. BMU announced that more detailed figures will be published in February.

Source: Federal Enviroment Ministery

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