Now that 2018 is here, countries around the world are looking back on 2017 and calculating how well they did moving their energy production into renewable energy.
Germany has been leading the way for many years and 2017 is no different. According to Clean Energy Wire, renewables produced a record 33% of Germany’s electricity. That is a 4% increase from 2016.
“The gap between coal and renewables in Germany’s power production fell from 11 to under 4 percentage points in just one year” – Stefan Kapferer – Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW)
Reducing hard coal from the power generation mix in Germany is key to meeting the Paris Climate Accord targets. According to the BDEW calculations, the share of coal in the power mix fell from 40.3% in 2016 to 37% in 2017. This trend will continue as there are no investors willing to put money into hard coal plants in today’s shifting market conditions. But there is till a lot of work to do.
But renewables are the clear winners in net power generation in Germany. And going forward more and more homeowners are installing solar panels to become independent from power companies.
The chart above shows the renewable energy mix in Germany. Solar power accounts for 6.1% of the 33.1%. This number should increase over the next 5-10 years.