March 10, 2015 / 4:55 PM / 4 years ago

TABLE-German energy use down 4.7 pct in 2014

FRANKFURT, March 9 (Reuters) - Germany's primary energy
consumption in 2014 was down 4.7 percent from a year earlier due
to mild weather and a slowdown in the economy, industry
statistics group AGEB said on Tuesday.
    Consumption in Europe's biggest economy amounted to 446.2
million tonnes of coal equivalent, an industry standard
measure*, down from 468.2 million in 2013, the group said in a
statement.
    It had previously predicted a 4.8 percent fall in 2014.
 
    "Consumption fell for all energy types with the exception of
renewables," AGEB said in a statement.
    Mineral oil usage fell 1.3 percent, that of gas by 12.6
percent and that of hard coal by 7.9 percent over levels a year
earlier.
    Brown coal usage, which is nearly all for power generation,
dropped by 3.6 percent, due to maintenance outages at big
plants.
    Renewable energy consumption was up by 0.5 percent, with
that of wind and photovoltaics gaining and hydro-electricity
falling.
    AGEB also noted separately that German power generation fell
by 3 percent to 614 billion kilowatt hours and domestic power
consumption by 3.5 percent to 578.5 billion kWh.
    Here are the 2014 figures, allowing for rounding errors, in
million tonnes of coal equivalent.*
    
   ENERGY SOURCE         2013           2014     PERCENTAGE
                                               CHANGE YR/YR
             Oil        158.3          156.2         -  1.3
     Natural gas        104.4           91.2         - 12.6
       Hard coal         61.0           56.2          - 7.9
         Lignite         55.6           53.6         -  3.6
  Nuclear energy         36.2           36.2         -  0.1
      Renewables         49.3           49.6         +  0.5
   Foreign power        - 4.2          - 4.4            ...
   trade balance                              
          Others          7.6            7.6         -  0.2
           TOTAL        468.2          446.2         -  4.7
 * One million tonne coal equivalent unit equals 29.308
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 (Reporting by Vera Eckert; editing by Louise Heavens)
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