According to BusinessGreen, Researchers at AG Energiebilanzen e.V. (AGEB) predicted that at the end of the year, energy consumption in Germany will be at its lowest since the country’s reunification in 1990, and energy use demands will drop five percent from last year.
While the study suggests a portion of this drop can be attributed to an expected mild winter, Germany’s world-leading use of renewable energy has played a major factor in cutting emissions, and the study attributes a significant role to the increased usage of solar and wind energy. The researchers behind the study found that energy demand was 6.7 percent lower for 2014 so far as compared to the same three-quarter period in 2013.
As Bloomberg reported earlier this month, in a major effort to push use of renewable energy to the forefront and wean the nation off nuclear power, renewable energies comprised a plurality of Germany’s energy use in the first three quarters of 2014. Renewable energy accounted for 27.7 percent of Germany’s electricity usage, more than any other source, as compared to 25 percent in the same period in 2013.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “Energiewende” plan calls for the nation to be using at least 60 percent renewable energy by 2035, and to shut down all nuclear reactors in the country by 2022. Earlier this week, the village of Feldheim converted its infrastructure to produce its energy from 100 percent renewable sources, including wind, solar power and biofuels from pig manure.