Renewables Meet Record 27 Percent of German Electricity Demand

May 09, 2014 4:07 am ET

May 9 (Bloomberg) -- Clean-energy sources such as solar and wind met a record 27 percent of demand in Germany in the first quarter because of additional installations and favorable weather, according to the BDEW utility lobby.

Renewable generators produced 40.2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, up from 35.7 billion kilowatt-hours in the same period last year, BDEW said today in an e-mailed statement, citing its own calculations.

Germany, Europe’s biggest clean-energy market, seeks to increase the share of renewables to at least 80 percent by 2050 to replace atomic reactors shuttered by 2022.