Electricity from coal overtakes wind power again

Electricity production from wind power fell by almost a third from January to March. The reason for this were months with little wind. Coal and natural gas, on the other hand, became significantly more important.

Who is in the lead?  The coal - here the coal-fired power plant in Mehrum in Lower Saxony - has overtaken the wind again.

Dhe electricity production using coal in Germany overtook wind power again in the first quarter of 2021. A “windless spring” resulted in almost a third less electricity from wind power, the Federal Statistical Office announced on Friday. According to the Wiesbaden authority, the gap was filled by increasing electricity generation from coal and natural gas power plants.

A total of 138.2 billion kilowatt hours of electricity were generated in Germany between January and March inclusive and fed into the grid. According to preliminary results from the Federal Office, that was 2.6 percent less than in the first quarter of 2020. While the electricity in the same period last year came mainly from renewable energy sources such as wind power, biogas and sun (51.4 percent), coal, gas and nuclear energy dominated at the beginning of this year (59.3 percent).

With a share of 28.9 percent of the total amount of electricity fed into the grid, coal was the most important energy source for electricity generation in Germany in the first quarter of 2021. The amount of electricity generated in coal-fired power plants increased by more than a quarter (26.8 percent) compared to the same period in the previous year. to almost 40 billion kilowatt hours. In the case of electricity from natural gas, it went up by 24 percent to 22.5 billion kilowatt hours.

In contrast, there was a strong minus of almost a third (32.4 percent) in wind power. The feed-in of 33.5 billion kilowatt hours was the lowest value for this energy source for a first quarter since 2018. In the two previous years, wind power had achieved significantly higher values ​​due to strong spring storms.