Renewable Energy Trends In Germany
By Paul Homewood
We saw claims earlier this week about how much renewable energy is contributing to Germany’s electricity. However, electricity only accounts for about 45% of total energy there. How much do renewables contribute in terms of total energy, and what do the trends look like?
From the BP Energy Review, we can see that fossil fuels still dominate energy supply.
It is sometimes forgotten just how much we rely on oil, which supplied 36% of all Germany’s energy in 2014. Consumption has barely changed in the last decade.
Gas consumption fell in 2014, presumably as a result of the Russian sanctions, but coal still remains at a high level, with a share of 25%.
In contrast, despite growth, renewables still contribute only small proportion, even including hydro only 11.7%.
Wind/solar/bio have increased from a share of 3.4% in 2006, to 10.2% in 2014, but the rate of increase has notably declined in the last few years. In the last two years, it has only risen by 1.5%.
It is clear that renewables will remain a bit part player in Germany for many years to come. Meanwhile, when the remaining nuclear capacity is forced to close down by 2022, fossil fuels will be more important than ever.