Since the beginning of 2021, only 20 percent of wind turbines in Germany have been loaded | News from Germany about Germany | DW

Published on Thursday, October 21, data from the German Federal Statistical Office showed the extent to which renewable energy sources depend on the weather. In the first half of 2021, only 20.9 percent of wind turbines in Germany were loaded, according to the report. Solar installations fared worse, with an average utilization rate of just 10.5 percent.

As specified in the section, the most efficient wind turbines (47 percent) operated in February 2020, when Hurricane Zaben hit Germany. On the other hand, in June 2021, the utilization rate of wind turbines was only 9.7 percent, the lowest level since the analysis of this data began in January 2018.

According to statistics, the lowest level of solar installations was shown in Germany in January 2021 (1.8 percent), and the highest level (19.5 percent) was reached in June 2019, which was marked by a record number of hours of sunshine.

Radical transformation of alternative energy sources

After the March 11, 2011 accident at the Japanese nuclear power plant “Fukushima” German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Angela Merkel) – herself a certified physicist – lost confidence in the safety of nuclear energy. The government has decided to phase out nuclear power by the end of 2022, as well as shut down all coal-fired power plants by the end of 2038. Besides focusing on phasing out combustion engines in favor of electric vehicles, renewable energy must be increased rapidly.

By 2030, the share of energy from renewable sources should reach 65 percent. At the same time, about three-quarters of the additional electricity must be generated by wind turbines.

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