German power generation declined in August

According to preliminary data published by the Fraunhofer Institute, German power generation declined to 38.7TWh in August, down 6.5% m-o-m and down 6.3% y-o-y. Thermal power output decreased to 18.8TWh, down 4.9% m-o-m and down 2% y-o-y. This is mostly due to the fall in coal-fired generation to 5.3TWh, down 9.8% m-o-m and down 19.3% y-o-y.  Gas-fired generation also declined to 1.9TWh, down 40.7% m-o-m and down 18.6% y-o-y. On the other hand, lignite-fired generation increased to 11.6TWh, up 8.4% m-o-m and up 12.6% y-o-y.

Renewable generation also decreased last month to 12.9TWh, down 21.6% m-o-m and down 14.9% y-o-y. This is because both hydroelectric generation and wind power output were subdued in August. German hydroelectric generation increased to 2.3TWh, up by just 0.9% m-o-m and up 19.3% y-o-y. Wind generation also increased to 5.6TWh, up by mere 0.4% m-o-m and up 8.4% y-o-y. Solar power generation declined to 5TWh, down 5.3% m-o-m and was only 0.4% higher y-o-y. Generation from biomass and waste totalled 3.3TWh, unchanged m-o-m but was 4.1% higher y-o-y.

German nuclear generation increased to 7.1TWh in August, up 34% m-o-m and up 0.7% y-o-y.


German power output declined to 355.9TWh over the first 8 months of the year, down 15 y-o-y. Thermal power generation increased slightly to 175.8TWh, up 1% y-o-y. This is mostly due to the increase in lignite-fired generation to 90TWh, up 4.4% y-o-y. Gas-fired generation increased to 24.9TWh, up 31.2% y-o-y. On the other hand, coal-fired generation declined to 60.4TWh, down 11.6% y-o-y.

Renewable generation increased to 136TWh over the Jan.-Aug. period, up 1.8% y-o-y. Wind generation increased to 60TWh, up 10.6% y-o-y; while solar generation increased to 31.8TWh, up 11% y-o-y. Hydroelectric generation raised to 16.8TWh, up 0.8% y-o-y. On the other hand, power generation from biomass and waste declined marginally to 31.1TWh, down 0.6% y-o-y.

Nuclear power generation declined to 44.1TWh over the Jan.-August period, down 15.2% y-o-y.

Source: Destatis, Fraunhofer Institute





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