BDEW Data on Power Plant New Build and Electricity Consumption

The German energy industry is planning to invest more than EUR 60 billion in the construction and the modernisation of 84 large power plants with an installed capacity of roughly 42,000 MW, the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) reported.

69 of the 84 projects are currently undergoing permitting procedures or have received permits. 15 projects are still in the planning stages.

According to BDEW, 29 of the projects are gas-fired power plants. Although some of the projects already have building permits, construction has not started yet, possibly because the investors are reviewing the economic viability, BDEW said, pointing out that decreasing load hours (due to the priority of renewable energy pursuant to the Renewable Energy Act) make projections about the recoupment of the investment difficult. Besides, legal insecurity is an issue for the planned 17 coal-fired power plants. Although many projects have been granted the necessary permits in full or at least partially, law suits are often pending, Hildegard Müller, head of BDEW pointed out. Those 15 projects that were still in the planning stages, were probably not pushed further because of the economic uncertainty and about the framework conditions in Germany as such, she said. She demanded that the legislator decide about the future market design and come up until 2015 with framework conditions for the construction of new power plant capacities for the period up to 2020.

BDEW also published current data on the consumption of electricity and gas, which developed differently at the beginning of the year. While preliminary figures for January and February 2012 show that the electricity consumption fell by 3.7% year-on-year, due to the mild weather and the slagging economy abroad, the gas consumption rose by 6.6% in the first two months of 2012, BDEW says. The association explains the rise with the comparatively cold month of February and the leap day, 29 February 2012.

Due to the relatively short and mild winter 2011, the gas consumption in 2011 decreased by 13% from 966.7 billion kWh in 2010 to 841.6 billion kWh in 2011, BDEW says. Adjusted by weather effects, gas consumption, however, only fell by 1%.

In contrast, the electricity consumption in 2011 remained stable, amounting to 540.8 billion kWh, a 0.1% decline compared with 2010, in which 541.1 billion kWh were needed. Despite the positive economic climate the electricity consumption in the first half of 2011 only rose marginally. Consumption in the second half of 2011 was even lower than in the same period 2010, BDEW said. Apart from the mild weather and the lower need for air-conditioning, declining production figures in the energy-intensive industries also contributed. This was the main reason for the reduced CO2 emissions in Germany in 2011, Hildegard Müller, head of BDEW said.

The industry sector remains the biggest consumer of gas and electricity, according to BDEW. It accounts for 47% of the net electricity consumption, corresponding to 251.7 billion kWh (2010: 250.2 billion kWh). Industry consumers also account for 42% of the total gas consumption, equalling 352.0 billion kWh (2010: 348.3 billion kWh).

Source: BDEW

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