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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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