Renewable sources met 46.3% of Germany's power consumption in 2020

Renewable sources met 46.3% of Germany’s power consumption in 2020, 3.8 percentage points more than in 2019, utility industry association BDEW said on Monday, adding that parts of the increase came from a drop in usage in the coronavirus crisis.

“The share of renewables has risen yet again this year,” said BDEW managing director Kerstin Andreae.

“But lower usage masks the fact that the expansion of renewables is not fast enough.”

This year’s green share within domestic power consumption which totalled 543.6 terawatt hours (TWh) compared with 42.5% in 2019.

Consumption itself was down 4.4% year-on-year.

The high share reflects efforts by Europe’s biggest economy to curb climate-warming emissions from thermal power stations by expanding generation from wind and sunshine.

The corona effect came on top, as operators responded to feed-in priority for renewable energy on transport grids, BDEW explained.

Because power demand was dropping, conventional operators scaled back generation from fossil fuels to avoid overproduction as power cannot be stored to vast extents.