74% generation Germany's record renewables day
Source: Climate Spectator, 16 May 2014
On Sunday, Germany’s impressive streak of renewable energy milestones continued, with renewable energy generation surging to a record portion – nearly 75 per cent – of the country’s overall electricity demand by midday.
With wind and solar in particular filling such a huge portion of the country’s power demand, electricity prices actually dipped into the negative for much of the afternoon, according to Renewables International.
In the first quarter of 2014, renewable energy sources met a record 27 per cent of the country’s electricity demand, thanks to additional installations and favorable weather. “Renewable generators produced 40.2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, up from 35.7 billion kilowatt-hours in the same period last year,” Bloomberg reported. Much of the country’s renewable energy growth has occurred in the past decade and, as a point of comparison, Germany’s 27 per cent is double the approximately 13 per cent of US electricity supply powered by renewables as of November 2013.
Observers say the records will keep coming as Germany continues its Energiewende, or energy transformation, which aims to power the country almost entirely on renewable sources by 2050.
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