Drastic fall in German gas power generation in 2012

Gas fired power generation fell by 27 per cent in Germany last year according to the latest figures from the National Association of Energy and Water (BDEW).

Many of the country’s energy providers opted to switch to cheaper coal and rely on renewables thanks to high gas prices in 2012.
Irsching gas power plant
When looking at natural gas used in power plants, plants with combined heat and power (CHP) and district heating plants it fell by 14 per cent.

“This development in the use of gas-fired power plants illustrates the critical economic situation in which operators of gas-fired power plants find themselves,” said Hildegard Màƒ¼ller, Chairman of the BDEW the Executive Board, in Berlin.

Coal fired power plants, both hard coal and lignite-fired plants, accounted for almost 44 per cent of the country’s gross electricity demand, up around 1.5 per cent on 2011.

Renewable energy continued its growth in importance as an energy source during 2012, with its combined share from wind, solar and biomass rising to 21.9 per cent, compared to 20.3 per cent in 2011.

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