Germany’s Renewable Energy Boom

Power from fossil fuel drops to 35-year low in Germany

Energy Transition, January 8, 2015

In 2014, German coal power production fell considerably year over year (see the table below) – and to the lowest level since 2011.

One of the main headlines in the German press based on these figures is that renewables now represent the biggest single share of power supply, having nudged just ahead of lignite in second place (though some think the comparison is cheating because the two types of coal, hard coal and lignite, are listed separately, while renewables are put together). In 2014, renewables made up just under 26 percent of German power supply, up from 23.4 percent in 2013. At a continuous growth rate of two percentage points per year starting from 26 percent in 2014, Germany would reach its target of 80 percent renewable power in 2041 – nine years ahead of schedule.

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