Energy Consumption in Germany up by Almost 5% in Q1 – High Growth of Natural Gas and Wind Power, Solar Power Loses Against the Trend

Mainly due to colder weather energy consumption in Germany rose by almost 5% in Q1 2015, compared with the same period last year, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Energiebilanzen (Working Group Energy Balances – AGEB) reported. Heating fuels like natural gas and mineral oil benefitted in particular. Wind power gained even more, while solar power lost against the trend.

Energy consumption in total amounted to 3,700 petajoule (PJ) or 126.2 million tonnes of hard coal equivalent (SKE) in Q1.

Gas consumption rose by 12%. The increase was mainly caused by lower temperatures in February and March compared with the same months a year ago. This lead to more natural gas being used for heating purposes. The use of natural gas in gas-fired power plants was slightly higher than last year. Industry consumption did not contribute significantly to the increase in consumption.

Hard coal consumption was 2% lower compared with Q1 2014. Less hard cool was used to generate electricity and in the iron and steel production alike.

A 1% decrease of electricity generated in German lignite-fired power plants caused lignite production to drop slightly as more than 90% is used to generate electricity and for district heating.

Renewables increased their share in the electricity consumption in Q1 2015 by just under 4%. Especially wind power gained 32% (please also see the links below), while solar power (both PV and solar thermal power) lost almost 12% compared with Q1 2014.

Mineral oil consumption was up almost 7%. Consumption of light and heavy fuel oil that rose by 18% respectively 29% accounted for almost two-thirds. Favourable economic developments pushed industry demand for petroleum by roughly 8%. Motor fuel sales rose by approximately 3%.

Source: Arbeitsgemeinschaft Energiebilanzen

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