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German hard coal use falls 14 pct in H1 - Ageb

Coal News - Published on Thu, 02 Aug 2018

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Montel News reported that Germany’s consumption of hard coal fell 14.2% in the first six months of the year amid flagging demand from the power and heat as well as steel sectors. Statistics group Ageb said that the nation’s total primary energy consumption dropped 1.1% year on year in January to June to 6,771 Petajoules or the equivalent of 230.9 million tonnes of hard coal equivalent. The use of domestic lignite eased 3.1% over the same period, due to lower power generation.

According to the Ageb data, natural gas consumption rose 2.6%, driven by strong heating-related gains in the first quarter, while nuclear-based power generation rose 9.1%, thanks mainly to fewer maintenance outages.

Among the renewable sources, wind generation rose 15%, solar gained 8%, hydropower rose 9% and biomass edged up 1%.

Oil remained the dominant source of German energy in the first half of the year, accounting for just over 33% of total needs, although this represented a 2.8% drop in consumption year on year, which Ageb attributed to higher prices.

Gas came second with a 25.5% share, followed by renewable energy at 14%, lignite at 10.9%, hard coal at 9.9% and nuclear at 5.9%.

According to Ageb, the shift towards more renewables and gas from coal and oil should have lowered German energy-related emissions by around 3% year on year in January to June.

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Posted By : Joykumar Irom on Thu, 02 Aug 2018
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