Coal replaced wind power as Germany’s most important energy source in the first half of the year, with a debate on climate change measures raging ahead of the September elections .
According to calculations by the Federal Statistical Office published on Monday, 56% of the 258.9 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity produced in Germany came from conventional sources such as coal, natural gas or nuclear power during this period. .
This was 20.9% more than the same six-month period last year.
In contrast, the share of renewables such as wind, solar and biogas decreased from 11.7% to 44% compared to the January-June period last year.
The constant lack of wind in the spring was the main reason for the decline, the statistics office said. The share of wind power fell by 21%.
The gap was mainly filled by electricity produced by coal-fired power plants.
After coal and wind, natural gas was the third energy source for power generation in the first half of the year, with a share of 14.4%, just ahead of nuclear power at 12.4%.