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Coal-generated electricity in Europe's largest economy increased by 13.3 percent year-on-year.
More than a third of electricity produced and fed into the grid in Germany in the third quarter (Q3) of 2022 was generated by coal-fired power plants, according to a report based on provisional results and published by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) on Wednesday.
Amid the energy crisis, coal-generated electricity in Europe's largest economy increased by 13.3 percent year-on-year. Germany still aims to phase out coal as a power source by 2030.
In order to ensure security of energy supply during winter, the German government has decided to temporarily return to coal-fired power plants. The first plant was already reactivated in early August.
Despite the high gas prices, electricity production from natural gas in Q3 was 4.5 percent higher compared to a year earlier, accounting for 9.2 percent of electricity fed into the grid.
Good Morning from #Germany, where supermarket prices keep rising. German Food CPI jumped 21% YoY in Nov, the highest food price #inflation since the start of the statistic & way higher than in other Eurozone countries. In #Italy, food inflation is just 14% & in #Spain 16%. pic.twitter.com/s8Rn5CzV5d
Gas prices in Europe have more than doubled since the start of the Ukrainian conflict. After peaking at almost 350 euros (US$368) per megawatt hour at the end of August, European Title Transfer Facility (TTF) gas futures were trading at around 140 euros on Wednesday.
Due to Germany's nuclear phase-out, the total share of electricity generated from conventional energy sources declined to 55.6 percent. Only half as much nuclear power was generated as in the previous year.
The last three nuclear power plants in Germany were originally scheduled to be shut down at the end of this year. As with coal, however, the government had to make a U-turn in order to guarantee security of supply, allowing the remaining plants to operate until April 15, 2023.