The BDEW on Gas and Electricity Consumption in the First Half of 2013:
Gas consumption up due to cold weather
Electricity consumption fell slightly year on year / natural gas consumption rose by 10 percent due to cold weather
While gas consumption in the first six months of this year increased by over ten percent, the consumption of electricity fell slightly, by around 1.6 percent. These figures come from new preliminary data collected by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW).
Total natural gas consumption during the period was 547.8 billion kilowatt hours (bn kWh). In the first half-year of 2012 this amount was 496.7 bn kWh. The numbers released by the BDEW thus reveal a considerable increase in the volume of natural gas delivered to customers by the energy industry compared to the same period last year. The reason for the increased consumption, according to the BDEW, was in particular the protracted cold spell at the beginning of 2013. The increase in consumption of 10.3 percent resulted from the rise in use for the purpose of heat generation. Natural gas use in industry remained stable.
Meanwhile, electricity consumption decreased in the same period by 1.6 percent to 260.1 bn kWh (2012: 264.4 bn kWh). The BDEW explained this reduction as being due primarily to the continuing weakness in the economy and the lack of a leap day compared to last year.