Renewable energy accounted for 49 percent of German power consumption in the first half of 2022, up 6% percentage points from the same period last year, according to industry organizations on Tuesday.
Higher solar intensity and wind speeds were both behind the increase, according to a statement issued by the utility sector group BDEW and the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW).
According to the preliminary numbers, they were computed in accordance with European Union criteria that base market share of individual power sources on demand rather than production, a methodology also used by Berlin in defining climate targets.
In the first half of 2020, renewables accounted for 50.2 percent of German electricity consumption.
In the first six months of 2022, Germany’s total electricity consumption fell by 0.8 percent to 281 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh).
Meanwhile, domestic energy output increased 1.7 percent to 298 billion kWh, bolstering Germany’s position as a net power exporter, according to the statistics.
Renewable generation, which includes solar, hydro, biomass, waste, and geothermal energy, provided 139 billion kWh to the total, a 13.5 percent increase from the previous year.
Onshore wind increased by 23.0 percent to 59 billion kWh, solar increased by 17.3 percent to 33 billion, biomass increased by 3.7 percent to 24 billion, and offshore wind increased by 5% to 12 billion.
In the first six months, conventional power generation from nuclear fuel, coal, and gas provided 159 billion kWh, 6.7 percent less than in the same time in 2021.
Germany cut CO2 emissions by 39 percent last year compared to 1990, but it aspires for a 65 percent reduction by 2030, which would need additional zero-carbon renewables.
BDEW managing director Kerstin Andreae encouraged the government to offer adequate locations and explain the legislative framework as soon as possible.
ZSW managing board member Frithjof Staiss said that Germany needs to reduce its reliance on Chinese photovoltaic gear by creating more of its own.