Germany consumed less energy in 2011 than 2010: the share of renewables increased

According to the Working Group on Energy Balances (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Energiebilanzen, AGEB), energy consumption in Germany dropped in 2011 despite the expansion of production associated with the positive economic trend. With 13,411 petajoules, energy consumption was 4.8 per cent below the previous year's level and at the lowest level since 1990. The significantly milder weather year on year was responsible for strong declines in the consumption of heating energy in particular.
Renewable energy sources increased their contribution to Germany's energy supply considerably. In terms of total energy consumption (electricity, heat and mobility) their share increased from 11.3 per cent in 2010 to around 12 per cent - approximately three times as much as ten years ago.
In power generation in particular there was a leap in the contribution of renewable energy, which achieved a share of around 20 per cent of electricity consumption. Based on a share of 6.4 per cent of total electricity consumption in 2000, its share has roughly tripled to the year 2011.
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Posted by Gloria Llopis | 2012-03-14