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Publisher: Internationales Wirtschaftsforum Regenerative Energien (IWR)

Power: Wind energy overtakes nuclear energy in Germany for the first time ever

Münster (renewablepress) - In 2016, the generation of electricity in Germany from onshore and offshore wind turbines will overtake that from nuclear power plants. This is revealed by an initial extrapolation from current data carried out by IWR, a renewable energy institute.

The reasons for this twofold: the construction last year of further wind turbines, the power produced from which will be included in the generation data for the first time in 2016, and the current shutdown of a number of nuclear power plants (Grohnde, Philippsburg 2 and Gundremmingen B) over an extended period of time.

One of the main factors driving the boost in the generation of wind power are the offshore wind turbines, which will achieve full production capacity this year. \"In 2016, German offshore wind turbines alone will definitely be able to beat the 10 billion kilowatt hour electricity mark\", explained IWR Director Dr. Norbert Allnoch in Münster.

At 88 billion kilowatt hours (kWh), power generation from wind energy in Germany in 2015 lagged only slightly behind production from nuclear energy (91.8 billion kWh). For 2016, IWR is expecting a decrease in electricity generation from German nuclear power plants to significantly below 90 billion kWh and thus to the lowest level since it began in the early 1980s. The generation of wind power in Germany could, depending on annual wind levels, hit 100 billion kWh for the first time ever.

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Münster, 20 May 2016

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In 1996, the International Economic Platform for Renewable Energies (IWR) was established as an independent and private service institution of the renewable energy industry. The IWR focuses on the fields of research, economic and policy consultation as well as media and international networks in the renewable or regenerative energies sector. One main objective of the IWR is to play an instrumental role in introducing and spreading awareness for an industrial, international business profile of the renewable energy industry.
Dr. Norbert Allnoch, Director of the International Economic Platform of Renewable Energies (IWR), 1995, on the definition: "According to our definition, the Renewable Energy Industry is one which takes an interdisciplinary approach to the issue of renewable energy supply (protecting both the climate and resources) and the construction of renewable plants and systems (industry policy for the three areas electricity, heat and fuel."Chronology of the Renewable Energy Industry - Important IWR contributions, including prizes and awards - 2007 Publication of the first structural analysis for a federal state according to the IWR-analysis method for renewable systems engineering and services�(study "Zur Lage der regenerativen Energiewirtschaft in NRW" )2007 International network-contacts:IWR-director Dr. Allnoch speaks with King Harald V. of Norway and �slaug Haga, norwegian minister of energy Presentation of the network / RENIXX in the USA, dialogue with McGinty, environment minister of Pennsylvania2006 IWR starts renewable stock index RENIXX� (