More green electricity in summer – but expansion of renewables is stagnating

Sun and wind have vigorously promoted the production of green energy this summer – but the further expansion, especially of wind power on land, is stalling. Experts also warn against the collapse of production due to the phasing out of solar power generation.

Between June and August, wind turbines and photovoltaic systems fed 39.3 terawatt hours of electricity into the public grid. as the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has calculated, That was a good 10 percent more than in the summer months of 2018. By contrast, lignite and hard coal power plants produced considerably less electricity than last summer. According to the ISE figures, the two fossil fuels generated 29.6 terawatt hours of electricity. It was a good third less for lignite than for summer 2018, and for hard coal the decline was even 50 per cent.

In the course of the energy transition, coal, gas and nuclear power will be replaced by renewable energy sources. By 2022, the last nuclear power plant will be shut down, by 2038, the coal exit is planned. The green electricity share is also expected to rise to 65 percent by 2030 – in the first half of 2019, the contribution to covering electricity consumption, according to figures from the energy association BDEW, was 44 percent.

However, these goals are in danger, because above all the expansion of wind power on land has almost come to a standstill. "Permitting congestion and a flood of laws weigh on the industry," said BWE President Hermann Albers. In addition there are strict distance regulations to residential houses, for example in Bavaria and the resistance of local citizens' initiatives. Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) is therefore planning a crisis meeting on 5 September with representatives of the industry and the federal states.

"At this rate, the federal government can not achieve its self-imposed goals in climate protection and renewable energies," said Deputy Chief Executive of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), Achim Dercks, on Wednesday in Berlin.

The companies are directly affected by the "snail's pace" in the expansion of wind power, said Dercks. Germany would get out of nuclear energy by 2022 and plan to cut coal by 2038. The stream would have to come from other sources. Security of supply is crucial for all companies. Even brief interruptions could severely disrupt or completely paralyze production. According to DIHK surveys, every fourth industrial enterprise is already "short of power outages".

Since March 1984 C of the nuclear power plant in the Bavarian Gundremmingen in enterprise is in enterprise. Block A was in operation from 1967 to 1977. Block B, which went online in 1984, was shut down on December 31, 2017. Block C – also put into operation in 1984 – is due to follow in 2021. (Image:


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