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Wind energy soars to record highs

In March 2019, more than a third of electricity in Germany was generated by wind turbines; on some days, up to 70% came from renewable energy sources.

16 Apr. 2019
Wind energy soars to record highs (Photo: Fraunhofer ISE/BWE)

The previous record for renewable energy fed into the grid was in December 2017; this record has now been broken: According to a press release from the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) , in March 2019, wind turbines generated over 16 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity, roughly 35% of Germany’s net electricity generation, i.e. gross electricity generation minus power station consumption and grid losses. Overall, the amount of electricity generated from renewable energy sources over the whole month therefore accounted for 55% of Germany’s electricity mix. On certain peak days, this figure was even as high as 70%.

With 16.09 TWh, wind energy generated the highest share of the country’s electricity, followed by brown coal (7.47 TWh), nuclear (6.12 TWh), biomass (3.56 TWh), hard coal (3.32 TWh), gas (3.07 TWh), solar power (2.92 TWh), and hydro power (2.06 TWh). According to the BWE, in order to meet Germany’s climate targets of generating 65% of the country’s electricity from renewable energy by 2030, the amount of electricity generated by wind energy each year needs to increase by a further 4,500 MW.