2010 Electricity mix:
Broad generation mix secures electricity supply
Conventional energies provide 80 percent of electricity / Renewable energies increase their share to 17 percent
Berlin, 21 February 2011 - "Renewable energies are fortunately increasingly used for electricity generation. But the main contribution to electricity generation in Germany is still made by coal, natural gas and nuclear energy." This was said by Hildegard Müller, Chairwoman of the General Executive Management Board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft - BDEW), on the occasion of a recent generation mix survey carried out by the BDEW. According to Müller, renewable energies are still far from being reliably available round the clock for electricity generation. She underlined that Germany as an important location for industry cannot dispense with any energy source in the near future. Müller demanded an objective and open discussion about how conventional energies can complement renewables during the next few decades. To this end, a generation plant park allowing for future needs must comprise a reasonable range of plant sizes from decentralized co-generation to centralized major power stations supplying the base load.
According to the BDEW survey, conventional energy sources were again the mainstay of electricity generation during the past year: In 2010, almost 80 percent of electricity in Germany were produced from coal, nuclear energy, and natural gas. Coal alone accounts for 41 percent, nuclear energy for 23 percent and natural gas for 14 percent of the electricity produced. According to the BDEW, renewable energies could slightly increase their contribution to electricity generation to 17 percent, including wind power with 6.2 percent, biomass with 4.7 percent and hydro power with 3.2 percent. Photovoltaic had a share of 2.0 percent and the share of renewables-based electricity from refuse-fuelled power stations totalled 0.8 percent.
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