Renewable energy supplied a record 85% of Germany’s electricity last Saturday, “with wind and solar providing significant lifts in output and along with biomass and hydro almost completely sidelining hard coal plants,” RenewEconomy reports, citing data from Agora Energiewende Initiative.
“Most of Germany’s coal-fired power stations were not even operating on Sunday April 30, with renewable sources accounting for 85% of electricity across the country,” said Agora Energiewende’s Patrick Graichen. “Nuclear power sources, which are planned to be completely phased out by 2022, were also severely reduced.”
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He attributed the renewable surge to “a combination of breezy and sunny weather in the north and warm weather in the south,” RenewEconomy notes.