Renewables account for 47% of Germany's power production in Q1

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June 9 (Renewables Now) - Electricity generation from renewable energy in Germany increased significantly in the first quarter, driven by strong wind and solar power production, and accounted for 47.1% of the total power fed into the grid, data from the Federal Statistics Office Destatis shows.

A year earlier, green electricity generated in Germany and fed into the grid was 40.4% of the total.

Wind power made the biggest contribution, generating 30.1% of the total amount of electricity, up from 24.2% in the first three months of 2021. The increase is largely due to the weak wind power output a year earlier as a result of the still weather.

The share of the feed-in from solar photovoltaic (PV) energy increased to 6.3% from 4.7% a year earlier thanks to the big number of sunny days in the first quarter of this year.

Like a year earlier, coal was the most important power source in Germany in the January-March period with a share of 31.5% while electricity generation from natural gas fell to 13%.

The sharp drop in the share of electricity from nuclear power fed into the German grid to 6% is a result of the phase-out of three nuclear power plants at the end of last year. Now Germany has only three remaining nuclear power plants in operation.

Overall, the total electricity fed into the grid in the first quarter of 2022 increased by 3.7% on an annual basis.

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