Electricity production For the first time, renewable energies generate more electricity than coal

Electricity production For the first time, renewable energies generate more electricity than coal

Electricity production For the first time, renewable energies generate more electricity than coal

For the first time, more electricity has been generated from renewable energies than from coal. In the first half of 2018, wind, sun or water produced almost 118 billion kilowatt hours more, the Federal Association of the Energy Industry (BDEW) announced on Tuesday based on preliminary figures in Berlin. This corresponds to an increase of over ten percent compared to the same period in the previous year. The share in electricity generation was around 36 percent. In contrast, brown and hard coal together produced 114 billion kilowatt hours, a good ten percent less. The renewables were Germany’s most important source of electricity.

BDEW Managing Director Stefan Kapferer spoke of impressive numbers against the background of the debate about an end date for coal power: The market-driven, step-by-step exit from coal-fired power generation is already in full swing.

A number of very old, high-maintenance coal-fired power plants are still running in Germany, which operators are increasingly taking off the grid for cost reasons. In addition, the recent sharp rise in the price of carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution rights within the framework of the EU emissions trading system has an impact. The operators have to spend more money on this, which makes the systems less profitable.

The Federal Government’s Coal Commission will hold its second meeting on Friday. For reasons of climate protection, it is intended to set an end date for the last coal-fired power plant and at the same time show the regions particularly affected new economic prospects.