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Renewable Electricity Generation Capacity in Germany

In Germany, the installed capacity of renewable power stations has increased significantly during the last years. Since 2000 wind power has the highest capacity of all renewables although hydroelectric power stations normally have more full load hours per year. Photovoltaic installations have also grown rapidly during the last years. The total installed capacity of power stations in Germany has risen due to the newly installed renewable power stations whereas the capacity of conventional power station has decreased since beginning of the 1990s. The renewable share of the total capacity has increase more than six times since beginning of the 1990s and reached double-digit numbers. Since the year 2004 the installed renewable capacity in Germany is higher than the nuclear power capacity.



Renewable electricity generation capacity in Germany

Renewable electricity generation capacity in Germany


Installed capacity of renewable power plants in Germany in MW
Year Hydro power Wind power Biomass Photovoltaics Geothermal Total gross capacity1) Renewable
share
2010              
2009 4 760 25 777 4 429 9 800 6.6    
2008 4 740 23 897 3 974 5 979 6.6    
2007 4 720 22 247 3 502 3 977 3.2 137 500 25.1 %
2006 4 700 20 622 2 619 2 711 0.2 134 300 22.8 %
2005 4 680 18 428 1 964 1 881 0.2 132 500 20.3 %
2004 4 660 16 629 1 444 1 018 0.2 131 700 18.0 %
2003 4 640 14 609 1 090 408 0 127 300 16.3 %
2002 4 620 11 965 826 258 0 125 900 14.0 %
2001 4 600 8 754 696 178 0 127 100 16.3 %
2000 4 572 6 112 579 100 0 124 700 9.1 %
1999 4 547 4 445 467 58 0 121 500 7.8 %
1998 4 601 2 875 432 45 0 120 500 6.6 %
1997 4 578 2 082 318 36 0 119 800 5.9 %
1996 4 563 1 547 253 24 0 121 300 5.3 %
1995 4 521 1 094 215 16 0 122 600 4.8 %
1994 4 529 605 178 12 0 121 500 4.4 %
1993 4 520 310 143 9 0 121 600 4.1 %
1992 4 374 167 105 6 0 122 900 3.8 %
1991 4 403 98 97 3 0 125 900 3.7 %
1990 4 403 56 85 2 0 125 900 3.6 %
Sources: BMU, BWE, VDEW, BMWi, Federal Network Agency
Hydroelectric power: incl. pumped-storage with natural influx
1) Renewable and conventional power stations

© 04/2010 by Volker Quaschning


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