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At the beginning of the year, wind power was the most important source of electricity in Germany, according to the Federal Statistical Office. The form of energy was therefore ahead of coal.

Wind power overtook coal as an energy source for electricity in the first quarter, for the first time in several years. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office, wind power accounted for 32.2 percent of electricity supply in the first three months of the year, the highest share of electricity supply since the second quarter of 2020. In general, electricity production decreased from year to year.

In the first quarter, wind energy was followed by coal with 30 percent and natural gas with 14.6%. Electricity from biogas took 5.5 percent, photovoltaic 4.9 percent and nuclear energy 4.3 percent. There was a sharp decline in photovoltaics, but this was due to an unusually high amount of sunlight in the same quarter of the previous year.

The share of renewable energy in the entire electricity mix is ​​48.6 percent.

The total share of electricity produced from conventional sources decreased by 10.4 percent compared to the previous year and became 51.4 percent. As Wiesbaden statisticians reported, it was only slightly above the mix of electricity from renewable energies at 48.6 percent.

A total of 132.8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity was generated and fed into the grid in Germany in the first quarter, an “unusually low” amount, according to the official. This figure, which is a 7.8 percent decrease compared to the same quarter of last year, was mainly due to mild weather, high electricity prices and economic slowdown.

Germany’s electricity exports still higher than imports

Germany’s electricity exports continued to be higher than its imports, but the export surplus fell to 9.2 billion kilowatt-hours. Due to possible losses on the way to foreign trade and consumption points, the amount of electricity supplied to the grid cannot be equalized with the actual electricity consumption in the first quarter.

Source: ZDF

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