The development of renewable energy sources continues: For the first time, green energy in Germany has higher electricity capacity than conventional power plants. This follows from the joint monitoring report of the Federal Office for Cartels and the Federal Network Agencies.
Renewable sources had a capacity of 112.5 gigawatts in 2017, more than coal, nuclear power plants, and other 105.1 gigawatts. In 2016, the ratio was 104.5 gigawatts for green energy and 107.5 gigawatts for a conventional generation.
Since wind power or solar systems rarely use full power due to weather, coal, gas or nuclear power plants, they are clearly ahead of real power generation. From 601.4 terawatthodin (TWh) in 2017, only about a third of renewable energy sources came to 204.8 TWh, while 396.6 TWh comes from conventional sources.
The electricity price remains stable
Good news for consumers: According to the study, the average price of electricity for household customers remained stable at 29.88 cents per kilowatt-hour after 29.86 cents in the previous year on April 1, 2018 – although there are more ecological energies on the market. On the positive side, network charges have fallen.
Federal Communications Agency chief Jochen Homann appealed to consumers to compare supplier offers. "Changing the electricity supplier can often save a lot of money," he said. "In this respect, it is incomprehensible that the switch to electricity stagnates."