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Published on March 14th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


Germany’s Energy Intensity Dropped More than 3% in 2011

March 14th, 2012 by  

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Despite claims that Germany would have to go all dirty energy on us after switching off nukes last year, that hasn’t been the case. Here are some interesting energy statistics from Germany, as just released last week:

  • Germany’s energy intensity, energy use per GDP, dropped over 3% in 2011 (energy use dropped about 0.3% while its economy grew 3%)
  • Solar PV power production grew 67% (solar power capacity now over 25 GW and has peaked at over 40% of German power demand, approximately 80 times more than in the U.S.)
  • Wind power production grew 22%
  • Biogas grew 21%
  • Biofuels grew 8%
  • Natural gas consumption dropped 10%
  • Brown coal production grew a little less than 4%
  • Hard coal (aka anthracite) production dropped 0.7%
  • 40% of Germany’s nuclear power capacity was phased out
  • Over 20% of Germany’s power supply now comes from renewable energy
  • Germany remained a net power exporter

Source: Renewables International | Image: Solar panels on roof in Germany via shutterstock 

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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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