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Electricity Sector

 

Renewable energy is continuing to make great progress in the electricity sector. Renewables now account for the largest share of the electricity mix. Gross electricity generation from renewable energy sources rose to a new record level of 226,4 TWh in 2018 and accounted for 35 percent of total gross electricity generation. Due to the great amount of solar irradiation during the long Summer of 2018, photovoltaics (PV) produced 46,2 TWh electrical energy, which is more than the amount produced by biomass facilities with an energy yield of 45,7 TWh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross electricity generation 2018

Data source: [AG Energiebilanzen e.V]

 

 

The following figure shows the development over time. Lignite still remains the most important fossil fuel. The proportion of hard coal has again decreased, with a reduction of 10TWh, decreasing its share from 14,2 to 12,9 percent. Nuclear energy produced 76 TWh, and accounted for 11,8 percent. The share of natural gas lies at 12,9 percent of the total electricity production. In 2018, hydro power produced 16,6 TWH, which is about 3TWh lower than the long-term average due to a dry season. With that, hydro power only accounted for 2,6 percent of the gross electricity production. Due to the great amount of solar irradiation during the long Summer of 2018, photovoltaics (PV) produced 46,2 TWh electrical energy, which is more than the amount produced by biomass facilities with an energy yield of 45,7 TWh.

 

 

 

 

 

Development of electricity production from renewable energies since 1990
Data source: [AG Energiebilanzen e.V.]