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German coal, gas plant output at 5-year high in January

February 9, 2017

By Paul Homewood




From the energy consultants, Platts:


* January average coal output at 17.3 GW, highest since Feb 2012
* Coal, gas ramped up to offset nuclear outages, low wind, demand gains
* Day-ahead power average at 59-month high, spot spikes to 2008-high

German coal and gas-fired power plant output in January rose to its highest in almost five years as cold weather boosted demand while below average wind and record-low winter nuclear availability reduced supply, according to power generation data compiled by think-tank Fraunhofer ISE.
The increased need to ramp up even less efficient thermal power plants helped to lift the day-ahead monthly average power price to its highest since February 2012 with spot prices spiking at their highest since 2008 at the height of the cold spell in late January, S&P Global Platts data shows. Output from coal-fired power plants was 12.9 TWh in January, up 37% on year and averaging around 17.3 GW for the whole month, a level not reached since the extended cold spell back in February 2012, the data shows.
Coal also removed lignite from the top of the power mix in January with lignite plants already running near maximum available capacity.

The full article is here.


Meanwhile Reuters report:

The German Muenster district court on Thursday granted an emission-control permit to Datteln 4, a hard-coal fired power station under construction by utility Uniper that has been held up by an intense legal battle with environmentalists.

Uniper said it aims to begin supplying electricity and district heating from the 1,050 megawatts plant in western Germany in the first half of 2018.

The project goes back to 2009, aims to replace ageing installations taken offline by Uniper, and initially was aimed to start producing in 2011

  1. AlecM permalink
    February 9, 2017 8:32 pm

    Bloody immigrants: don’t they realise that they have to shiver in the dark in winter?

  2. February 9, 2017 9:44 pm

    Weather not co-operating for German renewables in January?

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      February 10, 2017 10:22 am

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  4. February 11, 2017 9:58 am

    There’s more about Germany’s electricity production here:

    “Harsh Winter: How Coal, Lignite And Gas Saved Germany From Disaster”

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