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German renewable power share to reach record 38% in 2018: BDEW

London — Renewables' share in Germany's power mix is set to reach 38% this year, ahead of the government's 2020 target of 35% but below-trajectory for 2030's 65% target, utility lobby group BDEW said Thursday.

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RES share up from 36% in 2017, 24% back in 2013

RES output at 229 TWh vs 420 TWh conventional

Wind, solar up 14 TWh on year at 159 TWh

Renewables are set to generate 229 TWh this year, up 5% or 11 TWh on 2017 when RES share was pegged at 36%, according to preliminary data.

Output from wind and solar registered the biggest gains in 2018, up 14 TWh on year to a 159 TWh total, both setting new annual records and now accounting for 27% in the power mix.

Hydro output was down 16% on year at 17 TWh despite record output during Q2. Biomass output was up 2% on year at 52 TWh.

In recommendations for policy makers the utility lobby called for higher offshore wind targets, improved planning and public acceptance for onshore wind, and prioritization of grid expansion.

The government on Wednesday approved a new grid expansion law to fast-track projects. The aim is to get all major North-South HV lines approved by 2021.

The 2018 RES projections are based on total German generation of 649 TWh, 599 TWh of which met domestic power demand and 50 TWh exported.

Data on conventional generation output (set to shrink from 426 TWh to around 420 TWh) is expected at a later stage.

--Andreas Franke,

--Edited by Maurice Geller,