RE hits 27% German power share

The share of renewable power in Germany’s electricity consumption jumped to 27% in the first quarter of 2014 from 23% a year earlier, according to preliminary data.

The rise came amid a further expansion of renewable generation capacity and favourable weather conditions, said the BDEW, the main lobby group of Germany’s energy sector.

The government in Berlin in a proposal to reform the country’s Renewable Energies Act (EEG), for the first time wants to limit the build-up of RE capacity by introducing an expansion cap of 45% by 2025, and 60% by 2035, alleging that a too-rapid expansion drives up power prices.

Green groups have called for a mass rally in Berlin on Saturday to protest against the EEG reform, which is currently being discussed in the Bundestag, Germany’s lower house of parliament.

Renewables are likely to have produced 40.2 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in the first quarter, compared to 35.7 billion kWh a year earlier, the BDEW said.

Wind farms produced 19% more power in the quarter, or 17.8bn kWh, while solar output soared by almost 70% to 5.7bn kWh from the year-ago quarter.

For the whole of 2013, renewables accounted for about a quarter of Germany’s electricity consumption.