High winds double quarterly wind production

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High winds in the first quarter of the year, particularly in January, saw German renewables generation soar. Wind contributed around 15.1 TWh of the 24 TWh green electricity production in the first three months of 2007, more than double the 6.9 TWh it produced in the first quarter of 2006. Total renewables production was up 70% on the 14 TWh generated in the same period last year. In January alone, wind farms generated some 7.5 TWh compared to just 2 TWh in the first month of 2006, when winds were unseasonably low. Wind generation this year was also higher in February and March, at 3.3 TWh and 4.2 TWh, up from 2.2 TWh and 2.7 TWh in the same months last year, says Verband der Netzbetreiber, the network operators' organisation. In all, renewables accounted for 15% of Germany's total electricity production in the first quarter of 2007, up from 8% in the first quarter of 2006. "Renewables have a firm place in Germany's generation mix," says electricity federation Verband der Elektrizitätswirtschaft.

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