55 percent of Germany’s power in 2023 came from renewables

“Wind farms—especially those on land—made the largest contribution.”

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Germany moves closer to its 2030 green power target as the share of renewables on the country’s power grid increased 6.6 percentage points in 2023 to 55 percent of the total last year. According to regulator Bundesnetzagentur, Germany’s renewable mix included wind and solar.

The increase was due to capacity expansion as well as weather, Bundesnetzagentur said.

“We have broken the 50 percent mark for renewables for the first time,” Robert Habeck, Economy Minister, said. “Our measures to simplify planning and approvals are starting to take effect.”

Offshore wind contributed 31.1 percent to the share, while solar and biomass added 12.1 and 8.4 percent respectively. The remaining 3.4 percent of the 55 percent share came from hydropower and other renewables, according to a press release.

“Wind farms—especially those on land—made the largest contribution,” Bundesnetzagentur said.

Germany—Europe’s largest economy—aims to reach 80 percent renewable energy from a mix of renewables by 2030.

So far, the country has deactivated nuclear power, while it plans to “abandon most of its coal generation and use its remaining gas plants mostly for grid back-up,” Reuters reported.


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