12 May Germany generates 90% of its energy from renewables
Germany set a new energy record reaching 90 per cent of its total electricity demand with renewable energy.
On Sunday 8 May at 11:00am local time Germany’s total solar, wind, hydropower and biomass usage hit 55 gigawatts (GW) or 87 percent of the country’s demand.
Industrial users were seen to be actually paid to consume electricity at up to 13 euro cent per kilowatt hour for a few hours until the surge was finished as nuclear plants were unable to cut production and avoid a surplus.
“We have a greater share of renewable energy every year,” said Christoph Podewils of German clean energy think tank Agora Energiewende. “The power system adapted to this quite nicely. This day shows again that a system with large amounts of renewable energy works fine.”
Germany is the fourth largest economy in the world beating the economic output of any other country in the world with its US$3.7 trillion GDP. According to the International Energy Agency, the country ranks second in photovoltaic solar capacity.
The country’s ultimate goal is to transition to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050, part of its Energiewede plan. It is also hoping to cut carbon emissions by 40 per cent in 2020.