How has the electricity consumption in Austria changed since the beginning of the corona crisis? Does the development have an influence on imports, exports or the wholesale electricity price? APG is regularly publishing infographics relating to these and many other questions on this page, and the portfolio is continuously being expanded.

Electricity consumption

Electricity comeback proof of economic turnaround: Austria recovering 7 percent

After the relaxation of the corona lockdown measures the electricity consumption in Austria is increasing again. Since the low-point in March with minus 14 percent, Austria’s energy consumption has improved from minus 14 percent to currently minus 7 percent in comparison with last year’s figures. “This means that we have recovered approximately 50 percent of the deficit.

Electricity consumption in Europe year on year

Regarding the rest of Europe, tail-end France also recovered from the all-time low: while the minus in the energy consumption ranged around 38 % in calendar week 14, it improved to about -18 % until June. Also in Spain we can observe a recovery of the economy when we look at the energy consumption. While in calendar week 15 the low-point of energy demand was -25 %, it climbed to -9 % in June.

Electricity Consumption Europa CW22 overview

Renewable Sources

Anteil Strom aus erneuerbare Energien - Überblick

Electricity consumption covered by 100% green energy

In the first half of 2020 Austria was able to cover its electricity consumption on a total of seven weeks with 100% energy from renewable sources. In comparison to last year, however, the renewables’ share in the consumption deceased from 81 to 77 percent due to adverse weather conditions, e.g. bad streamflow.

Diagram: Electricity consumption coverage 2020 since the beginning of the year: share of renewables in percent /calendar week

Import / Export

Import-export development since the beginning oft he year

Even though the energy consumption in Austria still ranges below the level of last year, Austria has imported more electricity than it has exported during the corona crisis. This is due to the fact that the streamflows of the run-of-river power plants were unusually low for the season especially in April and May. Therefore the low electricity generation compensated the low consumption to a large extent.

Electricity prices

Development of electricity prices in Austria

The Europe-wide decrease of consumption caused a severe drop in electricity prices. Due to the low demand and at the same time plentiful supply the wholesale price of electricity was very low with 17.5 Euro/MWh on average.


Energy transmission