Germany Got 85% of Its Electricity From Renewable Sources in April

CC BY 2.0. Tony Webster

Germany is constantly making the rest of the world look bad with their commitment to renewable energy. The country is always near the top of the list for renewable energy investments and it's consistently working towards getting the majority of its energy from clean sources.

That's why it's no surprise to read that Germany recently broke its record for renewable energy generation by having 85 percent of its electricity come from renewable sources over the last weekend of April. On April 30, the bulk of electricity consume came from a mix of solar, wind, biomass and hydroelectric power. The record breaking clean energy was thanks to breezy and sunny weather in the north and warm weather in the south, providing plenty of sunlight and wind.

“Most of Germany’s coal-fired power stations were not even operating on Sunday, April 30th, with renewable sources accounting for 85 per cent of electricity across the country,” said Patrick Graichen of Agora Energiewende Initiative. “Nuclear power sources, which are planned to be completely phased out by 2022, were also severely reduced.”

The country's Energiewende program aims to see a clean energy revolution by 2050. Graichen says that the tide will really start to turn by 2030 when many of the investments made by Germany since 2010 will come to fruition and majority or even totally renewable-powered days will become the norm.

On April 30, the amount of renewable energy in the grid was so high that electricity actually fell into negative figures because supply was greater than the demand.

Germany is way ahead of most of its EU counterparts. The countries of the EU have committed to reach 20 percent renewable energy by 2020.