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Export boom: German coal power flooded Europe


The German electricity industry has increased its exports considerably. In the first quarter, the exported quantity of information has doubled manager magazine online. Coal-fired power plants are experiencing a real boom – at the expense of relatively cleaner gas power plants.

Hamburg – The German electricity producers flood neighboring countries with ever growing quantities of cheap electricity. In the first quarter of the year, it resulted in a net of about 16 terawatt-hours, such as from calculations of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) shows the present manager magazine online. They are based on data from the Association of European network operators ENTSO-E. In the previous year the amount had amounted to about eight terawatt-hours, according to ISE.

The amount to March this year running from January is about the production of six large power plants that run continuously. For the full year 2012, the export surplus amounted to almost 23 terawatt hours, marking a time record, which is now already in range.

Main reason for the recent increase in exports is the low market price of electricity in Germany. He is just over 40 euros per megawatt hour and resulted from an oversupply of current through the last rapid expansion of renewable energies. In addition, the price of emission allowances in the basement – benefiting the relatively polluting coal power plants.

Coal-fired electricity production grows by a quarter

And so the export increase is apparently solely on the account of additional quantities of coal power. Coal-fired power plants increased their emissions by about 23 percent, as calculations of manager magazine online were based on the ISE figures. Brown coal rose by about 8 percent, while all other fuels produced less than last year, including wind, solar and hydro power.

Dramatic is the situation in gas-fired power plants. Their production fell despite the cold winter by about 16 percent. Utilities such as E.ON had recently reinforced threatened to take gas from power plants, because their economical operation is not currently possible. The German Association of Energy and Water, the situation “with concern” as a spokesperson told Manager Magazine online announced.

According to the BDEW German power plant operators had surplus electricity exported last year, especially in the Netherlands, which therefore reduced their relatively clean gas power plants .

Due to the new figures, the hope of the Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) could smash that the growth in German output of carbon dioxide in the past year has been a one-time setback for the German energy transition.

“This is an outlier in a previously positive development,” Altmaier said.They should “not become a trend.” In 2012, electricity production from coal was increased by 3.4 percent, from brown coal had risen by 5.1 percent.