Germany’s gas consumption fell significantly in the first half of 2022, even when weather differences were considered, according to the power industry association BDEW on Tuesday.

According to preliminary figures, Germans consumed nearly 15% less natural gas in the first half of 2022 compared to the same period last year, owing primarily to far milder spring weather.

Even after adjusting for temperature effects, natural gas consumption fell 8% year on year, according to BDEW.

According to BDEW, far higher energy prices, weaker economic developments, and personally motivated energy-saving measures could all have contributed to the decline.

Gas consumption was nearly a quarter lower in June 2022 than in the same month last year.

 Nearly all households and public buildings could reduce consumption even further, for example, by turning down the heat by a degree or two in the winter.

 Gas-fired electricity generation has already begun to decline since the middle of 2021. According to the report, gas-fired power plants generated approximately 12% less electricity in the first half of 2022 than in the same period last year.

Source: Reuters

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