• 3 minutes e-car sales collapse
  • 6 minutes America Is Exceptional in Its Political Divide
  • 11 minutes Perovskites, a ‘dirt cheap’ alternative to silicon, just got a lot more efficient
  • 2 hours GREEN NEW DEAL = BLIZZARD OF LIES
  • 1 day Could Someone Give Me Insights on the Future of Renewable Energy?
  • 1 day How Far Have We Really Gotten With Alternative Energy
  • 1 day The United States produced more crude oil than any nation, at any time.
  • 7 hours "What’s In Store For Europe In 2023?" By the CIA (aka RFE/RL as a ruse to deceive readers)
  • 12 hours Bankruptcy in the Industry
The Great Game Returns to Central Asia

The Great Game Returns to Central Asia

Central Asia is emerging as…

U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela Snap Back Into Place

U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela Snap Back Into Place

The U.S. has reimposed sanctions…

German Coal Consumption Continues To Crash

Lignite and bituminous coal produced 50 percent less energy than renewables in Germany during the first three quarters of 2019, 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) reveals.

According to the document, 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 percent of gross electricity consumption in the country and represented a 5 percent increase over the same period last year. 

“Notably, renewables’ share climbed as high as 52 percent during an unusually windy March,” the report reads. “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 percent 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 percent of Germany’s electricity through renewable sources by 2030 so that CO2 emissions could be lowered by 61 percent over 1990 levels.

The Challenges

According to BDEW, which represents 1,800 firms in power, gas, water and heat provision, even though renewables consumption continues to grow, achieving the 65 percent target would require an increase in wind and solar generation capacity to between 215 billion and 237 billion kWh.

Related: Is Wireless Electricity Within Our Reach?

In order to do so, BDEW and ZSW say more flexible rules are necessary when it comes to the expansion of wind farms and photovoltaic farms. 

The organizations have been pushing for the capacity of offshore wind turbines to be raised to 17 GW each by 2030 from 15 GW, and for more rapid adoption of solar panels so that the installed capacity reaches 98 GW by 2030. 

When it comes to wind turbines, the restrictions are stringent because there are fears of adverse effects on tourism and on the maritime environment of the German North and Baltic Seas.

“We are sliding into a real recession for a lack of land and increasingly prohibitive distance regulations. If politicians don’t ease off the brakes on the expansion of wind farms, we are going to fall well short of the 65 percent target,” Stefan Kapferer, Chairman of BDEW’s General Executive Management Board, said in a media statement.

Despite Kapferer’s worries, onshore wind power remained the leading source of renewable energy in the Q1-Q3 2019 period, with nearly 72 billion kWh, while offshore wind contributed nearly 17 billion kWh and posted the steepest growth at 31 percent.

ADVERTISEMENT

Photovoltaics came in second place with around 41 billion kWh, followed by biomass with 33 billion kWh, and hydropower with 16 billion kWh.

By Mining.com 

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:



Join the discussion | Back to homepage



Leave a comment

Leave a comment

EXXON Mobil -0.35
Open57.81 Trading Vol.6.96M Previous Vol.241.7B
BUY 57.15
Sell 57.00
Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News