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Coal Consumption in Germany in 9 Months Goes Down

Coal News - Published on Wed, 06 Nov 2019

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According to a new report by the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg ZSW and the German Association of Energy and Water Management BDEW, lignite and bituminous coal produced 50% less energy than renewables in Germany during the first three quarters of 2019. According to the report, coal generated 125 billion kWh, down from the 171.1 billion kWh produced during the same period last year. Solar, wind and other renewable sources, on the other hand, generated around 183 billion kWh of electricity between Q1 and Q3, 2019, which covered 42.9% of gross electricity consumption in the country and represented a 5% increase over the same period last year.

The report said “Notably, renewables’ share climbed as high as 52% during an unusually windy March. If wind and solar energy yields in the fourth quarter are in line with the last few years’ averages, renewables’ share could amount to a good 42% in 2019.”

In 2018, renewables and coal accounted for close to the same share in energy production, with Germany still sitting as the top eighth consumer of the black fuel. But Chancellor Angela Merkel is on a quest to phase out coal, having set the goal of withdrawing from coal-fired power production by 2038. Based on the results of a government-commissioned report, she also proposed the idea of producing 65% of Germany’s electricity through renewable sources by 2030 so that CO2 emissions could be lowered by 61% over 1990 levels.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 06 Nov 2019
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