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

Temperature Determines Electricity Consumption

End of February, a weekly electricity consumption of 1,225 GWh could be registered in Austria. In comparison with the average values of the years 2017 to 2019 – i.e. the years before the covid pandemic – this is ten percent less. The current corona measures still have a slight effect on reducing the domestic demand, however, in contrast to the first lockdown one year ago, they can be considered minor. The most important factor for the current development of the Austrian electricity consumption is the temperature. The mild weather in February and the fact that days are getting longer reduce the need for heating and the use of various lighting devices.

Electricity consumption in Europe since the beginning of 2020

A comparison with other European countries shows that at the end of February 2021 also the consumption of several other countries ranged below the average value of the years 2017 to 2019. However, there is a certain variability: while Hungary (minus 1 percent), Spain and the Czech Republic (both minus 4 percent) find themselves barely below the level before the covid pandemic, a much bigger difference can be observed in Italy (minus 11 percent) and France (minus 14 percent). Similarly to Austria, the development of the consumption cannot be exclusively ascribed to the existing corona measures in the various countries, but rather to the prevailing temperatures.

Electricity Consumption in Europe preview

Renewable Sources

Anteil Strom aus erneuerbare Energien - Überblick

Production from Renewables Gains Momentum

In particular, production from run-of-the-river hydropower plants and photovoltaic facilities increases towards the spring and summertime. This means that in February 2021 the difference between the average electricity consumption in Austria and the electricity produced from renewables was less than at the beginning of the year for at least a few weeks. In the second week of February already 70 percent of the consumption could be covered with green energy.

Import / Export

Electricity import/export in Austria since the beginning of 2020

Despite the slightly better production from renewable sources in February, it is to date not possible to cover the entire demand with green electricity. To close the gap between demand and supply from renewables, electricity had to be imported in February – as was the case in January. However, the amount of imported electricity was already a little bit lower. The peak value was reached in mid-February with 67 GWh. In addition, Austria was able to export 11 GWh on February 11.

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