09/12/2011, Berlin

Important press information:

Correction of the figures published on electricity exchanges with other countries

The BDEW figures currently quoted in the media on physical electricity flows from other countries (represented in the media as electricity imports or exports) during the first six months of 2011 are partly incorrect due to a transmission error resulting from a technical fault. While the absolute figures on physical electricity flows were correctly quoted, some percentages are incorrect due to the aforementioned technical fault.

Unlike the figures published in several press reports, physical electricity flows from the Czech Republic during the period from January to June 2011 did not rise by 673 percent but only by 15.7 percent.

The complete corrected data set is given in the Annex to this communication.

With its central location in Europe, Germany is the hub of European electricity flows. It carries out direct electricity exchanges with nine neighbouring countries. A major part of these cross-border flows do not constitute contractually agreed deliveries but transit quantities and loop flows.

During the first six months of 2011, electricity flows from German networks to other countries totalling about 29 billion kWh decreased as against the same period of the previous year (31 billion kWh), whereas electricity flows from other countries increased considerably; during the first six months of 2011 they totalled approximately 25 billion kWh (first half of 2010: 20 billion kWh). The net balance of total exchanges currently amounts to 4 billion kWh.

The largest amount of electricity to flow into Germany during the first half of 2011 was from France - an amount of 42 percent. The second largest flow into Germany was from the Czech Republic with an amount of 22 percent. The largest proportion of electricity quantities from Germany made its way into Austria (27 percent) and Switzerland (25 percent).