BDEW: Gas Consumption Down 14% and Electricity Consumption Almost 4% in 2014, Mainly Due to Mild Weather

Gas consumption in Germany declined by roughly 14% and electricity consumption by almost 4% in 2014 due to the mild weather, the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) informed based on preliminary figures for the year.

In 2014 823 billion kWh of natural gas were consumed compared with 956.4 billion kWh in 2013 BDEW said, citing the mild weather during the heating period at the beginning of the year as the main reason. This lead to few gas for heating purposes and CHP being consumed. According to BDEW, 8% of the decline in consumption were attributable to the weather. A lower use of gas for generating electricity and the decline of production in the basic chemicals industry further added to the decline of gas consumption.

According to the preliminary BDEW data, electricity consumption also fell, albeit less, by almost 4% to 534 billion kWh (down from 555.1 billion kWh in 2013). The main reasons according to BDEW are the weak economy in the the energy-intensive industry sector and the mild weather. Besides energy savings efforts by consumers and energy efficiency were affecting electricity consumption, BDEW said.

Source: BDEW

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