Germany set to break renewable energy record in 2017

Sources of renewable energy are set to contribute to a record proportion of Germany’s electricity consumption in 2017, according to the country’s Federal Energy and Water Industry Association (BDEW).

Latest projections from BDEW have put the final figure for renewables contribution to Germany’s total electricity usage at 33% this year, a material increase on the 29% recorded in 2016.

This percentage equates to around 217 billion KWh of electricity provided from sources of wind, solar, hydro and other forms of renewable energy across the European nation.

Furthermore, coal production continues to fall in Germany, with BDEW predicting that the share of energy from coal plants will drop to 37% from 40.3% last year.

“The gap between coal and renewables in Germany’s power production fell from 11 to under 4% points in just one year,” said the agency’s CEO Stefan Kapferer.

“The reduction of coal-fired power production is in full swing,” he added.

If BDEW’s projections are accurate then Germany will have surpassed its 35% renewable energy target by 2020, three years in advance.