Germany generates more electricity from sun, coal – and natural gas
Post date: 08/12/2022 - 14:57
According to the latest figures from the Federal Statistical Office, 1.181 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity were generated in Germany in the third quarter of this year, representing only a marginal decrease of 0.5 percent compared with the same period last year.
Electricity generation from renewables rose by 2.9 percent, almost entirely due to the 20.3 percent increase in solar power production (from 15.7 to 18.9 TWh). Wind power and biogas increased only slightly, while hydroelectric power generation decreased by 33.6 percent (from 5.2 to 3.4 TWh). Overall, renewables accounted for 44.4 percent of electricity generation (Q3 2021: 43.0%).
Generation from conventional sources decreased by 3.0 percent, but this was mainly due to a 47.8 percent drop in nuclear power production (from 16.8 to 8.7 TWh). Electricity from coal-fired power plants, on the other hand, increased by 13.3 percent (from 37.8 to 42.9 TWh), accounting for a good third (36.3 percent) of total generation. And electricity production from natural gas also increased, by 4.5 percent (from 10.2 to 10.9 TWh).
However, the main reason for the only slight decline in total generation despite higher prices and conservation efforts is that Germany’s electricity imports fell by 8.8, while exports rose by 8.9 percent. The bottom line is that the export surplus rose from 0.5 to 3.0 TWh.