Gas Consumption in Q1 2013 Rises While Electricity Consumption Declines

Gas consumption in the first quarter of 2013 rose by 5%, while electricity consumption fell by 1%, according to the latest preliminary figures released by the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) at the start of the Hanover trade fair 2013.

The rise of gas consumption in the first three months of 2013 was attributable to the cold weather that more than made up for the weaker economy and the fact that 2013 counts one day less than 2012 as it is not a leap year, BDEW pointed out. In the case of electricity consumption the cold spell could, however, not outbalance the economic effects and 2013 not being a leap year.

Gas consumption in 2012 amounted to 909.1 billion kWh and was thus 1.5% higher than in 2011 (895.9 billion kWh). This was lower than the 976.2 billion kWh of gas consumed in 2010 as fewer gas was used for generating electricity (for the reasons, please see here), BDEW said.

Electricity consumption decreased by 1.6% in 2012 (526.6 billion kWh), mainly as a result of the economy, compared with 2011 (535.2 billion kWh), BDEW said.

The industrial sector remains the biggest consumer of natural gas and electricity, accounting for 46% of the net electricity consumption and 41% of the gas sales, according to BDEW.

Source: BDEW

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