The status quo: renewables in Baden-Württemberg

By 2050, 80 per cent of energy in Baden-Württemberg is set to come from renewable sources. So what role do renewable energy sources play currently? Here is a graphic overview of the use and potential of renewable energy sources in Baden-Württemberg. Learn more by the infographics below or the energy report compact 2019 as PDF download.

Final energy consumption

As recently as 2018 renewable energy met a mere 15 per cent of Baden-Württemberg’s energy needs. End-use energy consumption was just under 300 terawatt hours per year (TWh/a). Our goal is to reduce energy needs by 49 per cent and to meet 78 per cent of the remaining need with the help of renewable energy by 2050.

Graph of the final energy consumption in Baden-Württemberg
15 % of the final energy consumption in Baden-Württemberg was covered by renewable energies in 2018.

A closer look: the electricity mix in Baden-Württemberg

Wind and solar power will be the main sources of electricity in 2050; nuclear power and coal will no longer play a role. Today, however, we still obtain the majority of our electricity from non-renewables. In 2018 nuclear power made up more than 30 per cent of electricity generated. By the end of 2022 the last nuclear power plant of Baden-Württemberg will be shut down.

Electricity from renewable sources today

Unlike the national average, Baden-Württemberg’s green electricity is obtained primarily from solar power, biomass and hydropower (as of 2018). Wind power, on the other hand, makes up only 15 per cent of electricity generated from renewable sources. It is therefore our goal to expand wind power in particular.

Graph of the electricity from renewable sources today
Electricity generated from renewable energy sources between the years 2000 and 2018.

The expansion of wind power

The wind map identifies the potential supply. It shows where the wind’s power can be used best in Baden-Württemberg.

Solar power: already ahead of the pack

Baden-Württemberg comes in second place with regards to power generation by solar power plants. We want to maintain this high level.

Graph of the installed solar power
Installed solar power capacity in MW in Germany. // Copyright: GeoBasis-DE / BKG 2018

Biogas plants in Baden-Württemberg

Biogas plays an important role in Baden-Württemberg’s power supply. The potential is virtually exhausted; there is little room to expand production. The graphic shows the distribution of biogas plants in Baden-Württemberg’s rural districts. Currently, 950 plants provide 500,700 kW capacity (as of 2018).

graph of Installed biogas and biomethane capacity in MW in Baden-Württemberg
Installed biogas and biomethane capacity in MW in Baden-Württemberg. // Copyright: GeoBasis-DE / BKG 2018

A heavyweight in hydropower

In 2018, about 18 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity were generated by hydropower in Germany. The two southern states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg alone supplied 82 per cent of the total amount.

Graph of the installed hydropower capacity in MW in Germany
Installed hydropower capacity in MW in Germany. // Copyright: GeoBasis-DE / BKG 2018

The roadmap to our goal: investing in renewables

Investments are necessary to fully leverage the potential of renewable energy. From 2000-2018 in Baden-Württemberg, over 30 billion euros were invested in the expansion of renewable energy, with the lion’s share going to solar power.

Graph of the investments in renewable energies in the years between 2000 and 2018.
Investments in renewable energies in the years between 2000 and 2018.
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