Energy consumption is falling thanks to mild weather and high prices | Free press

Germany used less energy in the first half of the year. Experts see several reasons for this. Part of this is increased energy prices – and the weather.

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According to preliminary calculations, energy consumption in Germany fell by 3.5 percent in the first half of the year. compared to the same period of the previous year.

The Energy Balance Working Party reported on Tuesday slowing economic growth, mild weather and significant energy savings due to soaring energy prices. In total, domestic consumption of primary energy in the first half of 2022 amounted to 5,950 petajoules.

On the one hand, high energy prices have led to short-term energy savings, AG Berlin reported. On the other hand, it would also bring long-term savings as it is more cost-effective to invest in reducing energy consumption. Economic growth by 1.5% it had only a minor effect on the increase in consumption. AG pointed out that without the impact of mild weather on reducing energy consumption, energy consumption would have fallen by only 0.5%.

Increased renewable energy supply

According to calculations, the consumption of natural gas decreased by almost 15%. Energy experts see milder weather and high price levels as the main reasons for this. In addition, the consumption of natural gas for electricity generation decreased as renewable energy made a higher contribution, especially in the first quarter.

In the first six months, consumption of petroleum products was overall 7.3 percent higher than the year before, when it collapsed in the corona pandemic.

The consumption of hard coal increased by 9.2% and lignite by 10.6%. Electricity production from nuclear power fell by a good half in the first half of the year due to the shutdown of three power plants.

The share of renewable energy grew 4.7 percent in the first half of the year. Wind turbines have grown 18 percent, solar systems have grown 20 percent. In turn, hydroelectric power plants supplied one percent less electricity than in the corresponding period of the previous year. Solar energy grew by 20 percent. Biomass fell by two percent. Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions increased by approximately one percent. (dpa)

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