MIL-OSI Translation: Electricity generation in the 1st quarter of 2021: More electricity from conventional energy sources again

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Source: Destatis Federal Statistical Office

A low-wind spring leads to almost a third less electricity from wind power

Press release No. 275 from June 11, 2021

WIESBADEN – In the first quarter of 2021, 138.2 billion kilowatt hours of electricity were generated in Germany and fed into the power grid. According to preliminary results from the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), that was 2.6% less than in the 1st quarter of 2020. While the majority of electricity in the 1st quarter of 2020 came from renewable energy sources (51.4%), the electricity in the 1st quarter In 2021, 59.3% will be generated from conventional energy sources. Compared to the same quarter of the previous year, electricity feed-in from conventional energy sources increased by 18.9%. In contrast, the feed-in of electricity from renewable energies fell by 23.0%.

In particular, the electricity feed-in from wind power, with a minus of 32.4%, fell sharply compared to the same quarter of the previous year. The feed-in of 33.5 billion kilowatt hours was the lowest value for a first quarter since 2018. In 2019 and 2020, the electricity feed-in from wind power reached significantly higher values ​​in the first quarter due to strong and long-lasting spring storms. The first quarter of 2021, on the other hand, was comparatively weak.

Coal is the most important energy source for power generation in the 1st quarter of 2021

In the first quarter of 2019 and 2020, conventional power plants were scaled back due to the large amount of wind power and the feed-in priority for electricity from renewable energy sources. In the first quarter of 2021, on the other hand, the lower amount of wind power was mainly offset by higher power generation from coal and natural gas power plants. The amount of electricity generated and fed into coal-fired power plants rose by 26.8% to almost 40 billion kilowatt hours compared to the same quarter of the previous year. With a share of 28.9% of the total amount of electricity fed into the grid, coal was the most important energy source for electricity generation in the first quarter of 2021. Electricity feed-in from natural gas power plants rose by 24.0% to 22.5 billion kilowatt hours.

Electricity imports increased significantly

The amount of electricity imported rose by 18.4% to 12.2 billion kilowatt hours in the 1st quarter of 2021 compared to the 1st quarter of 2020. Electricity imports from the Czech Republic rose the most at +220%, while imports from France fell significantly by -44.7%.

The amount of electricity exported fell by 4.3% to 20.1 billion kilowatt hours. Overall, more electricity was still exported from Germany than imported into Germany.

Amount of electricity produced domestically and fed into the grid
Grid feed
1st quarter 2020 (in billions kWh)
Shares (in%)
1st quarter 2021 (in billions kWh)
Shares (in%)
Change compared to the same quarter of the previous year (in%)
Total grid feed-in
141.9
100
138.2
100
-2.6
Conventional energy sources
69.0
48.6
82.0
59.3
18.9
including:
coal
31.5
22.2
39.9
28.9
26.8
Nuclear energy
16.4
11.5
16.8
12.2
2.6
natural gas
18.2
12.8
22.5
16.3
24.0
Renewable energy sources
72.9
51.4
56.2
40.7
-23.0
including:
Wind power
49.5
34.9
33.5
24.2
-32.4
Biogas
7.9
5.5
7.7
5.6
-1.8
Photovoltaic
6.8
4.8
6.6
4.8
-3.1
Imported and exported electricity
Imports and exports
1st quarter 2020 (in billions kWh)
1st quarter 2021 (in billions kWh)
Change as of 1st Quarter 2020 (in%)
Imported amount of electricity
10.3
12.2
18.4
France
3.8
2.1
-44.7
Netherlands
1.7
2.5
47.0
Austria
1.0
1.3
30.0
Czech Republic
0.5
1.6
220.0
other countries
3.4
3.9
14.7
Exported amount of electricity
21.0
20.1
-4.3

The subject area offers methodological tips and other results energy.

Additional data and long time series for monthly surveys on electricity infeed and outfeed by network operators can be found in the GENESIS-Online database using the table Electricity feeding systems (43312-0001) can be retrieved.

Furthermore, the share of electricity from renewable energy sources in gross electricity consumption is an important indicator in the German sustainability strategy: https://dns-indikatoren.de/7-2-b/

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