German renewables use knocked by lower wind output

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A wind turbine stands out against the sky as the sun sets over the Black Forest with the French mountain range of the Vosges in rear, November 10, 2020. Picture taken from the Brandenkopf lookout near Zell am Hamersbach, Germany November 10, 2020. REUTERS/Joachim Herrmann

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  • Power consumption up 5.5%
  • Renewables met 42.6% of total, down 8.1 percentage points
  • Total electricity production increased 4.6%
  • Onshore wind production down 20.6%
  • Conventional electricity production up 19.7%

FRANKFURT, June 28 (Reuters) - Renewable energy accounted for a smaller slice of German usage in the first half of the year as wind output fell, industry groups said on Monday, falling to 42.6% of the total, down 8.1 percentage points.

Onshore and offshore wind met 21% of demand, down from 28%, utility industry association BDEW and the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) said in a joint statement.

The figures were calculated under EU requirements that base market share on usage rather than production, a basis also adopted by the Berlin government for its climate target definitions, they said.

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Germany's power consumption overall in the six months rose by 5.5% to 285.5 billion kilowatt hours (kWh).

Domestic electricity production increased 4.6% to 292.1 billion kWh, leaving Germany a net exporter, the data showed.

Renewable generation which along with wind includes solar, hydro, biomass, waste and geothermal energy, contributed 121.7 billion kWh to the total, down 11.3% from a year earlier.

That included onshore wind at 48.1 billion kWh, down 20.6%, photovoltaic at 28.0 billion, up 1.5%, biomass at 22.2 billion, down 0.8%, and offshore wind at 11.7 billion, down 16.2%.

Conventional electricity production from nuclear, coal and gas delivered 170 billion kWh in the six months, up 19.7%.

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Reporting by Vera Eckert, editing by XXX

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