Demand takes a downturn

1 February 2003

According to preliminary estimates, German electricity demand for 2002 fell for the first time since 1994 by 3TWh (0.5%) as compared to 2001. This fall in demand is due to the economic recession and the effect of energy efficiency savings. Previously, there had been a steady increase of about 1% per year since 1993.

In 2002, the main contribution to the total consumption of 578TWh came from lignite and nuclear energy, each providing 28% of German electricity. Hard coal made up for 26%, natural gas 9%, and wind energy 3%.

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