TABLE-German energy use to fall 4.8 pct in 2011

Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:17pm GMT
 

* Higher average temperatures weighed on heat consumption
    * Solar, wind power grabbed market share from other energies
    * Oil still accounts for third of energy use

    FRANKFURT, Dec 20 (Reuters) - German energy use in
2011 is likely to fall by 4.8 percent from 2010 levels, industry
statistics group AGEB said on Tuesday, citing high prices and
warmer temperatures in comparison with long-term averages.	
    The group, which based its estimate on preliminary figures,
revised the figure from seven weeks ago, when it predicted a 4.0
percent full-year fall. 	
    It said demand also fell by comparison with an exceptionally
cold 2010. German energy use in 2010 rose by 4.6 percent
year-on-year, AGEB has reported. 	
    AGEB noted that renewable energy had grabbed market share
from other fuels within the lower total.	
    Nuclear energy's contribution to primary energy consumption
dropped by 22.9 percent year-on-year. This was due to Germany's
decision to abandon nuclear power more quickly in the wake of
Japan's Fukushima disaster, which AGEB noted also led to higher
power imports and lower exports.	
    Consumption of hard coal decreased slightly due to lower use
in power stations, consumption of brown coal, a domestic energy
source also called lignite, increased, it said.	
    Renewables were the sole category whose overall share of
primary energy use rose in 2011 compared with last year. It was
up by 4.1 percent, with solar energy and wind power the
strongest gainers, AGEB noted.	
    Oil still accounted for a third of overall German energy
usage.	
    AGEB offered the following details for energy usage in both
2011 and 2010 and for total shares of individual energy sources
within the total primary energy mix:	
    	
ENERGY SOURCE       2010        2011   PERCENTAGE  PCT SHARE IN	
                    (million tonnes    CHANGE YR/YR   FULL YEAR	
                    coal equivalents*)               '10    '11	
Oil                 160.0       155.2     -  3.0    33.4   33.8	
Natural gas         104.9        94.2     - 10.2    21.8   20.6	
Hard coal            57.9        57.5     -  0.7    12.0   12.6	
Lignite              51.6        53.5     +  3.7    10.7   11.7	
Nuclear Energy       52.3        40.3     - 22.9    10.9    8.8	
Renewables           47.5        49.4     +  4.1     9.9   10.8	
Foreign power trade	
    balance        -  2.2      -  0.6        ...   - 0.5  - 0.1	
Others                8.5         8.1     -  5.5     1.8    1.8	
---------------------------------------------------------------
TOTAL               480.5       457.6     -  4.8   100.0  100.0	
    * One million t coal equivalent unit equals 29.308  	
petajoules	
	
 (Reporting by Vera Eckert, editing by XXX)

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