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 Consumption in Austria year on year - overview

Temperatures affect electricity consumption

The development of the domestic electricity consumption shows clearly that deviations from the average consumption of the years 2017-2019 have become less and less over the past few months. The effects of the corona pandemic on the electricity load are practically not noticeable anymore. In Austria the electricity consumption of the last week of May was 1,118 GWh, which is two percent more in comparison with the reference period before corona. The level of demand currently ranges within the usual fluctuation range during this time of the year.

Electricity consumption in Europe since the beginning of 2020

A comparison with the electricity consumption of other EU countries suggests similar situations as the consumption level also ranged within fluctuation margins of minus one to minus three percent compared to the average value of the years 2017 to 2019. The only outliers are Spain with minus four percent and Italy with minus seven percent.

Electricity Consumption in Europe preview

Renewable Sources

Anteil Strom aus erneuerbare Energien - Überblick

Renewables with essential share in covering demand

May was characterized by a very good production from renewables. In particular run-of-the-river hydroelectric plants made sure that the domestic electricity demand in the last three weeks of May could be covered by 100 percent (on the balance sheet) with green electricity.

Import / Export

Electricity import/export in Austria since the beginning of 2020

Due to the good electricity production from renewables, an increasing amount of electricity could be exported also in May. On May 13, 2021 at 9.30pm a historic record export of 4,484 MW could be registered in Austria – on the basis of the import/export schedules. This means that the export maximum of until then, which was reached on June 15, 2020 with 3,943 MW, was surpassed by approximately 13.7 percent. On this day renewables produced almost 200 GWh of electricity in total.

Electricity prices


Energy transmission