Germany’s transition from coal and oil fired power to carbon-free electricity hit a new milestone on July 25, when solar, wind, and other sources of renewable energy met 78 percent of the day’s energy demand.
That beat the old record of 74 percent, made in May 2014, according to Craig Morris, a journalist who has covered Germany’s energy scene for more than a decade.
Helping set the record was an unusual weather pattern that brought heavy winds to Germany, wrote Morris, where most of the nation’s wind turbines are located. As the turbines generated more power, utilities ramped down coal and gas fired power plants.
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