New data in Germany has shown wind, water, and solar energy have provided the country with more electricity in 2019 than coal and nuclear power combined. According to figures published by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), renewable electricity generation accounted for 47 per cent of the country’s electricity production in the first six months of 2019, while 43 per cent came from coal and nuclear power plants.
However, some observers have noted favourable weather patterns and market driven events played a significant role in the high renewable power output. For example, a 20 per cent increase in renewable electricity, wind production in 2019 and a correlation in particularly windy conditions has been referenced.
Renewables accounted for 40 per cent of Germany’s electricity consumption in 2018 and this compares to 32 per cent and 29 per cent for Ireland and the UK during the same period. Although Germany still relies heavily on coal, gas and lignite for its energy needs, the country is aiming to phase out its nuclear power plants by 2022.
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