The share of “green energy” in Germany for the first time exceeded 50 percent in the first half of the year | News from Germany about Germany | DW

Renewable energy sources (RES) accounted for 50.2 percent of Germany’s electricity consumption in the first half of 2020. For the first time, “green energy” provided more than half of the electricity used in the country, according to preliminary data from the Federal Federation of Energy and Water Companies (BDEW). ), released on Thursday, July 30.

Earlier, similar information was published by the Federal Office for Environmental Protection, citing data of “about 50 percent”. The increase in the share of renewable energy may be partly due to the general decline in electricity consumption in Germany due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Germany’s renewable energy records in 2020

In the first six months, 272 billion kWh of electricity was used in the country, about 26 billion kWh (or 5.7 percent) less than in the same period last year. BDEW analysts believe that the reason for this is primarily the weakening of the economy against the background of the epidemic, which has led to a decrease in the need for electricity for industrial enterprises.

This is not the first record of green energy in 2020. In the first quarter of the year, for the first time, renewable energy in Germany produced more electricity than conventional energy – 51.2%.

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