It shows in a very detailed way exactly what has happened this year.
For a test run in using this data set, let’s check what happened to coal generation in 2012. I recall having some people assert that it is going up.
From the graphs on monthly detailed electricity production we find that until August 68.8 TWh were generated from coal, or 8.6 per month. Multiply that by 12 to get 103.2 if this average holds true for the whole year, which would be less than every year since 2007.
We’ll see what happens once 2012 is over. Fraunhofer says that this will be updated regularly.
Anyway, that’s another great source of data to fact check anyone who makes assertions about Germany’s electricity sector without mentioning where they got their data from.
Update October 2: The latest version of October 1 is up, and it includes figures for September. Coal has added another 8.2 for a total of 77 TWh from January to September.
The report now also has an overview of the first half year of 2012. Coal actually has added 9% over 2011, or about 5 TWh (less than 1% of total production in 2011, which was at 612.1 TWh). Meanwhile, solar has grown by 47%, wind by 21.3%, and hydro because of favorable weather conditions by 38.7%. And gas is down by 15.2% because less of it is needed with more renewable in the mix.