Coal was the largest source of power generation in Germany in the first six months, while wind power dropped to its lowest since 2018, according to official data released on September 13.
This came despite the country's commitment to boosting renewable energy while phasing out coal-based power plants, suggesting the severe challenge the country is facing during its energy transition.
The data showed Germany's H1 power generation from "conventional" sources – including coal, natural gas and nuclear – increased 20.9% from a year ago. "Conventional" sources accounted for 56% of the country's total power generation in the first half, in which coal took the share of 27%.
Wind's share shrunk from 29% in H1 2020 to 22%, dragging down the renewables' presence to 44% over the period.
Statistics officials said the weather was partly to blame for the sudden fall of wind power. A lack of wind from January to March this year sharply reduced the amount of electricity produced by Germany's wind turbines. In contrast, stormy weather in the first quarters of 2019 and 2020 sharply boosted the electricity produced.
Germany is seeking to have wind, solar, biogas, and other renewable energy sources play a bigger role, as the country looks to completely phase out nuclear power by 2022 and coal-fired power plants by 2038.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Tammy Yang)
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