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Fossil Fuel Consumption In Germany Still Higher Than 2009

March 29, 2018

By Paul Homewood


Just as a follow up to my earlier post on German GHG emissions, I have looked at the comparative energy consumption figures for 2009 and 2016:




Consumption of fossil fuels has remained effectively unchanged, with coal even up slightly.

Total energy consumption has risen by 4%, from 310 to 322 Mtoe, and nuclear has dropped from 30 to 19 Mtoe.

Effectively, the increase in renewables of 21 Mtoe has only managed to offset these two factors.

Renewable energy in 2016 accounted for 12% of Germany’s primary energy consumption.

With the rest of the nuclear load due to be phased out in the next few years, and the likelihood that energy consumption will continue to rise as the economy grows, even if renewables grow at the same rate as the last decade, demand for fossil fuels is unlikely to fall from today’s levels.

  1. March 29, 2018 12:22 pm

    Do the “Renewables” include the riverine forests of the US Southeast?

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      March 29, 2018 11:01 pm

      No, they include forests from Finland, Slovakia, Russia and some from Germany. But thanks to the magic of EU accounting those CO2 emissions aren’t counted (like at Drax which has increased its CO2 emissions by 16-17% and gets subsidies for “clean” electricity.

  2. Gerry, England permalink
    March 29, 2018 12:49 pm

    And yet the warmists have claimed that economic growth is not linked to CO2 output.

  3. March 30, 2018 7:54 am

    Germany signing the Nord Stream 2 deal for Russian gas indicates the direction they’re going in.

  4. March 31, 2018 12:35 pm

    Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

  5. April 2, 2018 8:10 pm

    Wind Power is 2.8% of Germanys Primary Power Consumption, Solar is 1.1%. Peanuts.

    12 % Renewables include Firewood, Biogas, HydroPower, and even Heat Pumps.

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