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Herausgeber: Internationales Wirtschaftsforum Regenerative Energien (IWR)

New world record: Wind and solar account for over 60 percent of power supply

Muenster – The power supply in Germany can be secured with a considerable share of renewable energy production on the grid. IWR, a renewable energy institute, reported that on last Sunday, 16 June 2013, for the first time the wind and solar power plants in Germany accounted for a record amount of more than 60 percent of the necessary national power supply capacity. The previous peak value, 59.1 percent, was registered a day before, on Saturday, 15 June 2013.

\"At the moment there is no other country in the world where wind farms and solar power plants have been able to assume over 60 percent of the necessary power capacity\", commented Dr. Norbert Allnoch in Muenster. \"These figures contradict the argument that is brought forth time and again in the ongoing process of transforming the national energy system, that being that a power supply with such a considerable share of wind and solar power on the grid cannot sustain an industry nation like Germany\", emphasised Allnoch. The figures are based upon an evaluation of the data from the energy exchange EEX.


Background

On Sunday, 16 June 2013, according to the figures released by the transmission network operators, the wind and solar power plants registered output capacity on the grid between approx. 7,000 und 30,000 megawatts (MW) during the period from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. the power supply required a generation capacity of approx. 48,500 MW. While the wind energy plants during this time period contributed approx. 9,300 MW, the solar power plants delivered approx. 20,300 MW. Together wind farms and solar plants accounted for a capacity of 29,600 MW, while conventional power plants (nuclear, coal, gas, oil) only comprised a capacity of 18,900 MW. As a result, wind and solar power facilities covered a share of approx. 61 percent of the required power generation capacity in Germany.


Muenster, 18 June 2013


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About Internationales Wirtschaftsforum Regenerative Energien (IWR)

In 1996, the International Economic Platform for Renewable Energies (IWR) was established as an independent and private service institution of the renewable energy industry. The IWR focuses on the fields of research, economic and policy consultation as well as media and international networks in the renewable or regenerative energies sector. One main objective of the IWR is to play an instrumental role in introducing and spreading awareness for an industrial, international business profile of the renewable energy industry.
Dr. Norbert Allnoch, Director of the International Economic Platform of Renewable Energies (IWR), 1995, on the definition: "According to our definition, the Renewable Energy Industry is one which takes an interdisciplinary approach to the issue of renewable energy supply (protecting both the climate and resources) and the construction of renewable plants and systems (industry policy for the three areas electricity, heat and fuel."Chronology of the Renewable Energy Industry - Important IWR contributions, including prizes and awards - 2007 Publication of the first structural analysis for a federal state according to the IWR-analysis method for renewable systems engineering and services�(study "Zur Lage der regenerativen Energiewirtschaft in NRW" )2007 International network-contacts:IWR-director Dr. Allnoch speaks with King Harald V. of Norway and �slaug Haga, norwegian minister of energy Presentation of the network / RENIXX in the USA, dialogue with McGinty, environment minister of Pennsylvania2006 IWR starts renewable stock index RENIXX� (

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