Alternative Fuels

Coal still dominates Germany’s power mix

Power generation from renewable sources is rising in Germany, but coal still accounts for a large share of the country’s electricity mix Power generation from renewable sources is rising in Germany, but coal still accounts for a large share of the country’s electricity mix.
By Andreas Walstad 30 May 2018 0 31067

Power generation from renewable sources is rising in Germany, but coal still accounts for a large share of the country’s electricity mix. 

Electricity production in Germany (%)

  2015 2016 2017
Lignite 23.9 23.0 22.6
Nuclear energy 14.2 13.0 11.6
Hard coal 18.2 17.3 14.4
Gas 9.6 12.5 13.1
Mineral oil products 1.0 0.9 0.9
Wind power 12.3 12.1 16.1
Water power 2.9 3.2 3.0
Biomass 6.9 6.9 7.0
Solar photovoltaic 6.0 5.9 6.1
Household waste 0.9 0.9 0.9
Other energy sources 4.1 4.3 4.3
Sources: Germany’s Federal Statistical Office, IEA

Around 37% of Germany’s electricity was produced from coal in 2017, according to the country’s Federal Statistical Office. This is a marked fall from 1990, when lignite and hard coal accounted for 57% of the country’s power.