Renewable Electricity Marches On – In Germany Share Now Above 25%, In UK Growth by 1/3

According to figures from the association of  German energy and water industries, renewable energy technologies delivered more than 25% of German electricity in the first half of this year, up from 21% in the first half of 2011. At the beginning of this century the share of renewables was about 5%. The government’s target of sourcing 35% of electricity from renewables in 2020 increasingly looks to be up for revision I’d say.

The share of wind grew from 7.7% to 9.2%, biomass from 5.3% to 5.7%, and photovoltaics now rank third, growing from 3.6% to 5.3%. And we didn’t get all that much sun in the first half of this year… The share of hydro grew from 3.2% to 4% and other sources contributed 0.9%.

In the UK, according to figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), renewable electricity generation grew by 1/3 in 2011, the share increased from 6.8% in 2010 to 9.4% in 2011. The growth was driven strongly by a 12-fold increase in solar power capacity, prompted by impending rate cuts. Biomass trebled and wind grew by 37%.

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