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Source: Destatis Federal Statistical Office

Press release No. 410 from October 16, 2020

WIESBADEN – In 2019, manufacturing and mining companies generated 53.4 billion kilowatt hours of electricity. As the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports, this corresponds to a share of 13.8% of the gross electricity generation from power plants in Germany (387 billion kilowatt hours) recorded by official statistics. Information is collected from power plants with a net nominal output (electrical) of 1 megawatt and more, with the exception of wind power and photovoltaic systems. The share of industrial electricity in gross electricity generation was 1.2 percentage points higher in 2019 than in 2018. Since 2008, the share has increased by 5.2 percentage points. Industrial power plants are primarily used to supply the companies themselves, but in many cases electricity is also supplied to other companies or to the public supply network.

Natural gas remains the most important energy source in industry, while coal continues to lose importance

The composition of the energy sources used to generate electricity has changed since 2008: the share of natural gas rose from 35.9% in 2008 to 50.0%. Natural gas is therefore the most important energy source in industry. The share of electricity from hard coal and lignite, on the other hand, fell from 25.4% to 11.6%. 29% of the electricity generated by industry in 2019 came from power plants in the chemical industry, 19% from metal production and processing and 13% from the production of paper, cardboard and goods made from it.

Gross electricity generation in industry by energy source in 2019 (systems with a net nominal output of 1 megawatt and more, excluding wind power and photovoltaic systems)
Energy source
Gigawatt hours
Percentage ownership %
A total of
53 359
Hard coal
2 950
Brown coal
3 261
Heating oil, diesel fuel
natural gas
26 691
Other gases
10 306
Other energy sources
4 718

Methodological note: The gross electricity generation is the total amount of electricity generated in a power plant including the self-consumption of the generation unit.

Further information: Technical series 4, series 6.4, “Power generation systems for companies in the manufacturing industry and in mining and in the extraction of stones and earth”, as well as the subject area, offer methodological information and detailed results Energy. In the GENESIS-Online database, additional data can be found via the Tables (43351) can be accessed.

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