Electricity consumption in Germany increases. Wind energy loses market share.
The percentage of renewable energies fell slightly in the first nine months of the year, as reported by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Energiebilanzen (Working Group on Energy Balances). The decline of two percent to 16.1 percent mainly affected wind energy. On land, 18 percent less electricity was generated by wind turbines, and 14 percent less at sea. Hydroelectric power plants, on the other hand, generated 14 percent more energy, while the share of photovoltaics was roughly the same as in the same period last year.
Based on the latest data, the Working Group on Energy Balances expects energy consumption in this country to increase by three percent in 2021. In addition to the general revival of the economy, cooler weather is said to be responsible for the increase in consumption.
As a result of these factors and the decline in the share of renewable energies, carbon dioxide emissions will increase by around four percent in 2021 compared with the previous year.