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In the first half of 2021, coal was once again the most important source of energy in Germany, reports the Statistiches Bundesamt, the German statistics office. Last year wind energy was most important, but in the first six months of this year there was too little wind for that.
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The share of wind energy fell by 21 percent, according to the statistics office. As a result, there was too little renewable energy available. The gap was mainly filled by electricity generated in coal-fired power plants. In total, about 56 percent of the 258.9 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in the period came from non-renewable energy sources, which appear to be decisive for the security of supply of the electricity grid: coal, natural gas and nuclear energy.

Germany, like some other European countries, plans to accelerate the closure all coal-fired power stations (including those co-firing biomass) for climate reasons. If no reliable alternative is found before then, this means that the availability of electricity in the future can no longer be taken for granted.

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