German RE 28.5% share in H1

The share of renewables in Germany's gross electricity consumption surged to a record 28.5% in the first half of 2014, up from 24.6% in the year-earlier period, according to preliminary figures from the federation of energy and water industries BDEW. 

The rise came amid a further expansion of renewable installations and favourable weather conditions, the BDEW said, but added that full-year figures won't necessarily follow the same trend as output can vary considerably from quarter to quarter.

Germany's government recently reformed the country's Renewable Energies Act (EEG), in part to slow down the rapid expansion of renewables, which it believes are surging ahead of an upgrade of power grids and pushing electricity prices up too much.

Power generated from wind rose 21.4% to 31TWh in the period, while PV plants produced 18.3TWh, or 27.3% more than a year earlier.

Output from biomass rose 5.2% to 22TWh. Production from fossil power sources mostly went down, partly due to mild weather conditions that led to a diminished demand for heating.

Gas-fired output went down to 9.8% from 11.4% in the first half of 2013, while hard coal production fell to 18% from 19.7% in the same period. Power output from lignite was almost stable at 25.1% compared to 25.3%, while nuclear rose slightly to 15.4% from 15.1%.

Overall electricity consumption went down by 5% to 268 billion kWh during the first half of 2014.