Coal replaced wind power as Germany’s most important energy source in the first half of this year, as debate rages over climate change measures ahead of the general election on September 26.
And the Federal Statistical Office announced today that 56 percent of the 258 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity generated in Germany came from traditional sources such as coal, natural gas or nuclear power during this period, an increase of 20.9 percent compared to the first half of 2020. The share of renewable energy such as wind, solar energy and biogas increased by 11.7% to constitute 44% of the total electricity generated in Germany compared to the period from January to June of last year.
According to the bureau’s data, the lack of sustained winds in the spring was the main reason for the decline. The share of wind energy decreased by 21%, according to the German.
The gap was filled mainly by electricity generated from coal-fired power plants.
After coal and wind energy, natural gas was the third most important energy source for electricity production in the first half of this year, with a share of 14.4 percent, ahead of nuclear energy, which had a share of 12.4 percent.