Thursday, January 16, 2014

Electricity and gas figures of 2013 for Germany published

The share of renewables in electricity generation in Germany (2012: 22.8 percent) to a record high of 23.4 percent in the past year increased. While the generation of photovoltaic systems with a growth of 7.3 percent reached a new high, the proportion of wind blew due to weather conditions by 3.5 percent. So the wind comes to a share in the power generation of 7.9 (8.0), biomass of 6.8 (6.3), photovoltaics of 4.5 (4.2), water of 3.4 (3.5 ) and municipal solid waste of 0.8 (0.8) percent. This is clear from the first estimates of the Federal Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) for the year 2013.

Notwithstanding the need for further increase the share of renewable energies remain the fundamental need for reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act made ​​in terms of cost development. "The upcoming reform of the EEG is one of the core tasks of the new government in 2014. What is this in the coalition agreement, is not sufficient, but requires in relation to the design and schedules bolder action. Cost must be in the future in the promotion of renewable are in the foreground. extent, I can only hope that the present plan of the new government, a fundamental reform of the EEG to Easter, can also be implemented. " That said Hildegard Müller, Chairman of the BDEW the Executive Board, in Berlin today. , the share of natural gas in electricity generation was again strong in 2013 from 12.1 to 10.5 percent, as an economic operation of power plants no longer is often possible, BDEW. In just the first ten months of the use of natural gas in power plants, the power company to generate electricity and heat production is again decreased by over 13 percent. At the power plants that produce only electricity and no heat, the use of natural gas by as much as one-third (33.6 percent) is broken. Nuclear energy came to a share in the electricity generation of 15.4 percent (15.8). Coal-fired power plants contributed expected to be 19.7 percent (18.5). Lignite-fired power plants continue to hold the largest share with 25.8 percent (25.5) of electricity generation. At a share of 5.2 percent (5.3) of fuel oil, pumped storage and other equipment arrived.reasons for these developments in conventional power plants are loud BDEW both the increasing use of renewable energy for power generation, as well as the continuing difference between coal - and gas prices or the resulting specific electricity generation costs. This care on the one hand that increasingly are urged especially gas-fired power plants in Germany and in other European countries from the merit order, ie the order of the power plant operations for economy. On the other hand, is currently the German electricity prices for other countries attractive. these effects and the central geographic position of Germany in the EU are also the main reasons for the increase in physical power flows abroad in 2013. According to preliminary figures BDEW these have, on balance, a surplus abroad of around 33 billion kilowatt-hours: from (2012 23 billion kWh).Last year, the largest amount of electricity from Germany were flown to the Netherlands.However, this does not necessarily mean that these quantities were completely consumed in the Netherlands. A certain portion of the stream flowed, for example, in other countries as transit flows on, for example, from Belgium or the United Kingdom, the BDEW. The resulting excessive current flow from Germany to other countries is also a sign that the European internal energy market operates.

 Hildegard Müller: "These figures for electricity exchanges are explicitly not an indication of a calming situation in Germany as well as the high number of proposed power plant shutdowns shows at the Federal Network Agency The current high outflows abroad do not mean that it anywhere at any time a surplus of electricity. there. flow must always be available at each location. The power plant capacity must at all times be sufficient to cover the highest performance requirement of current customers. situation in the power sector, therefore, also requires immediate political action. Notice suggestions are on the table. " Müller made ​​beyond clearly what the energy industry expects this year by the new federal government and the EU. "cost must be the central policy goal for 2014 not only in the promotion of renewable energies, but also in the reduction of CO2 emissions, this also applies to Germany and the EU. The cost of avoided carbon dioxide emissions must not continue to be burdened with mainly electricity customers., if we want to reduce the CO2 emissions, then Berlin and Brussels must above all have the heat market and the transport sector in view. The associated opportunities, for example, the energy carrier should be finally used by the policy. "

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