Two-thirds of German Output is Renewables


German renewable output accounted for 71.7pc of the total energy mix in April. Solar generation recorded 2.7GW (6.2pc increase), while wind generation recorded 72MW (1.2pc increase). Total April generation reached its highest compared to any April in more than seven years.

This surge in renewable output resulted in a decline in thermal generation, where lignite-fired output decreased by 5.3pc, gas generation dropped to 4.85GW and coal-fired output fell below 2GW.

As Germany faced reductions in its electricity generation capacity due to the nuclear phaseout and the decommissioning of several gigawatts of capacity, the country’s electricity trade balance shifted. Consequently, Germany relied more on imports from neighbouring countries such as France and Switzerland to meet its electricity demand.