German net power exports grow

A German wind farm. The source made up 7.9% of the country's power mix

A German wind farm. The source made up 7.9% of the country's power mix

Germany is exporting an increasing share of the electricity it produces despite the country’s phasing out of nuclear power, figures for 2013 show.

Reasons for the German power exports are mainly the increase in the use of renewables and the disparity between the price of electricity produced by coal and lignite compared to that generated by gas, says the BDEW, the main lobbying group for the country’s energy sector.

Germany last year exported 33GWh more of electricity, than it imported, the BDEW figures show. That corresponded to more than 5% of the country’s electricity output.

This happened despite Germany’s decision to phase out nuclear power by 2022.

The Netherlands were the largest net recipient of German power flows, receiving 25GWh of net Log in to read complete article.

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