Germany continues to lead the way in renewable energy use – statistics for the first half of 2012 show that 25.97% of Germany’s electricity supply came from renewable energy sources. This year’s number represents a large increase over Germany’s 2011 results, which was 20.56%. The percentage increase is actually accelerating – the first half number for 2010 was 18.3%. The largest increase over 2011 came from solar photovoltaic power, which had an increase of 47%. Total amount of renewable energy produced was 67.9 terawatt hours (TWh). (A terawatt hour is defined a being equal to a sustained power generation of 114 megawatts for a period of one year).
Here’s the breakdown from Cleantechnica.org – the stats show the percentage of the overall each resource provided, along with the increase over the first half of 2011.
- Wind power – 9.2% (+19.5%)
- Biomass – 5.7% (+7.5%)
- PV-Solar – 5.3% (+47%)
- Hydropower – 4.0% (+25%)
- Other Renewables – 0.9% (+10%)
By way of comparison, according to the Examiner.com the U.S. was at 11.8% renewable energy production in the first half of 2011, although, to be fair, on an overall basis, the U.S. produces more renewable energy basis than Germany does – we just use far more energy than Germany does.