11/05/2012, Berlin

BDEW on the development of electricity generation from January to September:

Solar electricity generation continues to strongly increase

Solar plants supplied 50 percent more electricity than during the same period of the preceding year / Generation by wind power plants slightly increased

According to recent figures of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft - BDEW) solar electricity generation has increased by a good 50 percent compared to 2011. Approximately 24.9 billion kilowatt-hours (billion kWh) of electrical energy have been generated during the period from January to September 2012. During the same period in 2011, this figure amounted to no more than to 16.5 billion kWh. With 2.9 billion kWh, the month of September alone exceeded the value of every individual month of the preceding year. The record month in terms of photovoltaic remained overall the month of May showing a value of more than 4 billion kWh. The strong increase in photovoltaic-based feed-in this year is attributable to the continued development of solar plants and the favourable solar conditions, BDEW underlined.

During the period from January to September, the German wind power plants generated 35 billion kWh and thus achieved a moderate increase compared to the level of the previous year (same period in 2011: 32.5 billion kWh).

Figures in detail are as follows: During the period between January and September 2012, wind energy reaching a share of 8.6 percent (same period in 2011: 8.0) remained the most important renewables-based type of generation, followed by photovoltaic with 6.1 percent (4.1) and biomass with 5.8 percent (5.4). The contribution of hydro power to electricity generation was 3.8 percent (3.3) during the first three quarters of the year 2012. The share of renewables-based electricity from waste power stations and other renewable energy sources totalled again 0.9 percent (0.9).

According to provisional calculations, renewable energies covered altogether 26 percent of the German electricity demand from January to September 2012. But the BDEW draws attention to the fact that due to weather conditions usually prevailing at the end of the year, the share of renewable energies in the overall 2012 generation mix is likely to decrease again compared to the first three quarters of the year. This decrease is mainly attributable to the low amount of sunshine in autumn.


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