Renewables overtake fossil fuels in Germany’s annual power production for first time

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Power production with renewable energy sources is set to overtake fossil energy sources over the course of a whole year for the first time in 2019, according to calculations undertaken by the research institute Fraunhofer ISE. “In the first eleven months of this year, renewable energies in Germany already generated 24 TWh (terawatt hours) more electricity than fossil energies,” Fraunhofer ISE professor Bruno Burger wrote on Twitter, adding that this meant renewables will be ahead of fossil fuels in net electricity generation for the first time. According to energy charts on Fraunhofer ISE’s website, renewables have so far accounted for nearly 46 percent of Germany’s electricity production this year. The website does not include data on the amount of power the generating facilities consume themselves to operate, or the power German industry produces and consumes without it being fed into the public grid. Fraunhofer ISE says their data represents the power mix that actually supplies German homes, according to Clean Energy Wire.

Energy company E.ON said wind power production in Germany had already reached a new record level, supplying a total of 108,000 gigawatt hours (GWh) to the grid in the first eleven months 2019. Due to tropical storm “Sebastien” at the end of November, wind power production in the country had reached 38.5 gigawatts.

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