According to E.On, electricity generation from renewable energies is at a record high. In the first half of the year, the 100 billion kWh mark was broken for the first time with 104 (previous year: 95) billion kilowatt hours (kWh), the energy giant announced. “That is an increase of around 33 percent within three years and shows that renewables are becoming increasingly important for our energy supply,” said Victoria Ossadnik, CEO of Energie.
In purely mathematical terms, the amount of electricity generated is enough to supply all households in Germany with green electricity for a full year. Wind turbines on land and at sea contributed the largest share with around 55 billion kWh, followed by solar and biomass systems with 21 and 20 billion kWh, respectively, and hydropower systems with around eight billion kWh. According to calculations by the Federal Association of Energy and Water Management (BDEW), renewable energies covered around 36 percent of German electricity demand in 2017, after around 32 percent in the previous year.