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German renewables generation in Week 28 drops, coal meets deficit

London — Renewables generation in Germany fell in week 28, with wind power down by more than half, data from Fraunhofer ISE showed.

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Wind power output fell to its lowest in a month at a average of 6.9 GW in week 28, down 52.3% from the previous week. This marked a mere 13% of the total energy generation mix.

Similarly, solar power was also down by just over a fifth week on week at 7.3 GW, a contribution of 14% of the mix.

In order to counteract this deficit, coal-fired generation saw the greatest week-on-week change, up 60% at 4.3 GW. Additionally, lignite generation also rose over a third to 11.3 GW, taking the year-to-date average to 40.2 GW.

The Q3 2019 clean dark spread for a 35% efficient coal-fired power plant reached just over a month high, still in negative territory, at minus Eur4.90/MWh. It was last higher on June 5 at minus Eur4.84/MWh.

On the other hand, the clean spark spread for a 50% efficient plant eased in week 28 from the previous week, averaging Eur4.19/MWh, down 36 euro cent, S&P Global Platts calculations show.

Related story: Germany exits coal: A model for Asia?

GERMAN POWER GENERATION IN WEEK 28

Week 28 2019 Week 27 2019 on week change % Week 28 average (GW) YTD average (GW)
Wind 1.16 2.46 -52.85% 6.90 51.89
Lignite 1.9 1.4 35.71% 11.31 40.18
Coal 0.72 0.45 60.00% 4.29 16.34
Gas 1.13 0.94 20.21% 6.73 23.12
Nuclear 1.37 1.28 7.03% 8.15 31.29
Solar 1.23 1.57 -21.66% 7.32 31.51
Hydro 0.44 0.45 -2.22% 2.62 10.98
TWh (unless stated) 8.78

Source: TSO data aggregated by Fraunhofer ISE

-- Karishma Bhimani, karishma.bhimani@spglobal.com

-- Edited by Jonathan Fox, jonathan.fox@spglobal.com