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Working Group on Renewable Energy Statistics (AGEE-Stat)

Introduction

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The Working Group on Renewable Energy Statistics is an independent expert body which commenced work in February 2004. It was established by the Federal Environment Ministry in cooperation with the Federal Economic Affairs and Agriculture Ministries in order to place statistics and data relating to renewable energy on a comprehensive, up-to-date and coordinated basis. Since the responsibilities for energy policy have now been brought together in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the Working Group is now acting on behalf of this ministry.

The main focus of the work of the Working Group is on statistics on renewable energy. Further to this, the body is also tasked with creating a basis for meeting the German government’s various national, EU and international reporting obligations in respect of renewable energy, and with generally providing information about the status and development of renewable energy sources.

Its members include experts from:

  • the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi),
  • the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB),
  • the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL),
  • the Federal Environment Agency (UBA),
  • the Federal Statistical Office (StBA),
  • the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA),
  • the Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR),
  • the Working Group on Energy Balances (AGEB),
  • the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wuerttemberg (ZSW).

The Working Group engages in various research projects to improve the data basis and the scientific calculation methods. Its work is supported by workshops and expert consultations on selected topics.

On 1 January 2016, the Federal Environment Agency in Dessau was tasked with directing and coordinating the Working Group. The Working Group’s office has also been established there.

Further information can be found (in German) at the website of the Federal Environment Agency and www.erneuerbare-energien.de.

Renewables account for more than 30% of Germany's electricity mix

In 2015, the share of electricity generated from renewables rose to 32.6% of gross electricity consumption in Germany. This is up from the 27.4 per cent recorded in the preceding year. The volume of power generated from solar and wind energy, hydropower and biomass reached a new record of approximately 196 billion kilowatt hours in 2015, much of which can be attributed to an increase in the use of wind power and to favourable wind conditions. Wind energy is now the most important source of renewable energy by a large margin.

In 2015, a total of 155 billion kilowatt hours of heating energy was produced from renewables (compared to 146 billion kWh in 2013), reflecting an increase in the use of renewables for this purpose. This brought the share of renewables up to 13.2 per cent of Germany's total final energy consumption for heating and cooling (2014: 12.5 per cent).

Initial figures for 2015 are indicating a decrease in the sale of biofuels and, for the first time, biomethane. At the same time, however, there was a slight rise in the use of renewables in the transport sector. The total share of renewables in Germany's final energy consumption for transport purposes decreased to 5.3 per cent from 5.6 per cent in 2014, a development that is owed to the slight rise in the total amount of energy used for transport purposes overall.

The use of renewables in Germany reduced greenhouse gas emissions by approx. 168 million tonnes in 2015. The power sector accounted for approx. 122 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents that would otherwise have been released into the atmosphere, including 103 million tonnes of emissions avoided thanks to electricity being generated from renewables and eligible for feed-in tariffs under the Renewable Energy Sources Act. In the heating sector, approx. 41 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents in emissions were prevented, with biofuel preventing almost another 5 million tonnes.

Compared with 2014, investments in installations designed for the use of renewables fell to 14.5 billion euros from 18.9 billion euros, reflecting a decrease in investments in wind energy, photovoltaics, and biomass.

Operation of the installations also generates economic benefits. This amounted to a total of 14.7 billion euros in 2015, which is slightly above the figure for the preceding year (2014: 14.4 billion euros).

For more information (in German), please visit the ministry's website on renewable energy: www.erneuerbare-energien.de. In addition to a host of information about renewables, the website also provides timelines detailing the development of renewables from 1990 onwards and a large number of diagrams, which can similarly be downloaded.

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