Less wind – less green energy

Released on 28.09. 2021

  • Wind turbines on land and at sea produced from January to September 2021 less electricity than in the first three quarters 2020. Photo: Jens Büttner

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The greenhouse gas emissions should decrease in order to stop the global warming. Important for this: renewable energies. But they are not always predictable.

Berlin (dpa) – Green electricity from wind, sun and other renewable energy sources has so far this year according to industry information around 43 Percentage of gross electricity consumption covered in Germany – and thus less than in the same period of the previous year.

In particular, wind turbines on land and at sea produced less electricity from January to September than in the first three quarters 2020, such as preliminary calculations by the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the Federal Association of the energy and water industry (BDEW).

Demand for energy transition

From January to September 2020 the share of renewable energies in the gross domestic electricity consumption was according to the information with just under 48 percent significantly higher than this year. The higher share of renewable energies in the previous year was, however, from an unusually windy first quarter 2020 and a significantly lower one due to the Corona restrictions BDEW reported. In the meantime, electricity consumption has returned to the usual level.

“The energy transition must be at the top of the to-do list of the new federal government,” said Kerstin Andreae, chairwoman of the BDEW Main management, with a view to the beginning coalition soundings. Especially with the expansion of wind energy on land, there must be more speed. Professor Frithjof Staiß, managing director of the ZSW, called for progress in energy saving and energy efficiency. «The new federal government must take care of this more intensively if it achieves the ambitious climate protection target of 65 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 until the year 2030 “he said.

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