Will the first six months of 2019 turn out to be a watershed in Germany’s Energiewende, its transition from fossil fuel to sustainable energy sources?
According to the Fraunhofer Institute, renewables accounted for 47.7 percent of Germany’s electricity production from January to June 2019, up 6.7 percent over the same period in 2018. In June, for the first time ever, solar power was Germany’s leading power source (19 percent), while renewables in general represented 51.9 percent of electricity generated.
For the first time, in the first half of 2019, wind was the largest source of electricity with 25 percent. On January 13, wind turbines produced 56.9 percent of all electricity generated that day. Meanwhile coal-based energy production and consumption declined sharply.
Germany also reduced its energy consumption during this period. According to the monitoring group AG Energiebilanzen, Germans consumed 1.7 percent less energy in the first half of 2019 than they did in the initial six months of 2018.