// Renewables Cover Nearly 43 Percent of Electricity Consumption - ZSW and BDEW on gross electricity consumption in the first three quarters of 2019

The share of renewables in the power grid has increased. Graphic: BDEW. Data source: BDEW/ZSW

Lack of progress in wind power expansion and too few new photovoltaic systems could put 65-percent target out of reach


Renewable energies collectively covered 42.9 percent of gross electricity consumption in Germany during the first three quarters of 2019. An increase of nearly five percentage points over the same period last year (38.1 percent), this is a new record. Notably, renewables’ share climbed as high as 52 percent during an unusually windy March. The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the German Association of Energy and Water Management (BDEW) arrived at these figures in an initial assessment. If wind and solar energy yields in the fourth quarter are in line with the last few years’ average, renewables’ share could amount to a good 42 percent in 2019.

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