Renewable energy's share of German power use tops 50% in Q1
FRANKFURT, April 28 (Reuters) - Renewable energy accounted for 50.3% of Germany's power consumption in the first three months of the year, data from utility group BDEW and the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) showed on Friday.
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The preliminary figures partly reflected lower power consumption in the first three months of 2023 when electricity usage fell 6.4% year-on-year to 138.1 terawatt hours (TWh), BDEW noted in a statement.
Renewables accounted for 49.2% of the mix in the first three months of 2022.
The data was calculated under European Union requirements that base the share on usage rather than production, a method also adopted by the Berlin government for its climate target definitions, BDEW said.
"Because the renewable share is measured by its share in overall usage, lower (electricity) consumption means a higher relative share and vice versa," it added.
Looking at domestic electricity production, the two research bodies recorded a fall of 8.3% to 147.5 TWh in the three-month period, including production volumes directed for export.
Within the output total, renewables, at 69.5 TWh, accounted for a share of 47.1%, up from 45.1% in the first three months of 2022, even as green power production volumes dropped 4.3%.
Conventional energy sources - nuclear, coal, natural gas and oil - provided 78 TWh within the generation total, down from 88.3 TWh a year earlier.
(Reporting by Vera Eckert, editing by Miranda Murray, Kirsten Donovan)