Renewable energy is commended for surpassing fossil fuels in Germany

Statistics from Agora Energiewende indicate that renewable energy production increased last, surpassing coal, oil, and other fossil fuels. The economic breakdown induced by the coronavirus pandemic plummeted the uptake of fossil fuels and minimized greenhouse gas emissions by 10%. The data indicates that wind energy generated surpassed the electricity generated by the coal plants that have been existing. The source stated that renewables approached 50 percent in their electricity generation because of the reduced consumption of fossil fuels and the pandemic, which pushed coal consumption down. Agora explains that coal power consumption dropped because the utilities generating electricity with low carbon dioxide emissions had favourable prices, which kept them competitive. 

Moreover, the pressure to keep coal and other fossil fuel consumption down is high, and Agora anticipates the price of electricity from these utilities to continue escalating through this year. This expectation is likely to come true since the European Union is pushing its member countries to realize more than half of the climatic regulations that were agreed upon in the previous summit. Agora noted that the greenhouse gas emissions dropped by approximately 80 million tonnes, courtesy of the pandemic. This quantity surpasses the target of 40% that the country had set. Agora noted that the pandemic was instrumental in lowering the emissions and continued to reduce if this situation became the new normal. However, the chief of Agora Energiewende, Patrick Graichen, thinks that a turnaround will return the mega emissions that the country could not witness due to the pandemic. He explained that the remedy to this problem would be rapid climate policy action that renders emissions culpable. 

The minister of Environment, Svenja Schulze, voiced that the emission reduction also pertains to climate policy regulations. She stated that the existing climate action did not emerge from anywhere but resulted from the transition to clean energy systems like electric vehicles and sources like offshore wind energy. Germany must be ready to work its ass off to bring down the emissions to remain within the stated standards. Graichen advised the government to raise the targets set for 2030 to suppress the emissive energy sources’ further growth by involving the stakeholders in all the sectors. 

Another agency that recorded such data is the federal network agency (BnetzA). The company mapped the consumption of renewable energy in the public power grids and found it to be higher than that of fossil fuels. BSW Solar director, Carsten Körnig, stated that there was an increase in solar rooftop installations by a quarter last year alone, exceeding the quantity recorded on an annual basis in the previous years.