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

Wintery temperatures cushion corona effect on power consumption

In comparison with the average consumption of the years before the pandemic (2017-19) shows that corona and the ensuing measures still have an impact on the domestic electricity consumption. If the current data are compared with those of the first lockdown, it becomes evident that the influence of the corona measures on the energy demand in Austria has decreased in the second and also third lockdown. Mid-February the electricity consumption ranges at a slightly lower level with minus 2 percent and 1,361 GWh with regard to the average value of the years 2017 to 2019 (1,393 GWh). This shows that the cold temperatures of the recent weeks are the main influencing factor on the development of the energy demand.

Energy consumption in Europe since the beginning of 2020

A comparison of various European countries currently shows a similar picture of stabilization or temperature-related development of energy consumption on a slightly lower level than the previous periods. Despite the continuing lockdown in Germany, the country‘s energy consumption in calendar week six corresponds exactly to the average consumption of the years before the corona pandemic. However, there are exceptions also in this context: mid-February Spain brought up the rear with minus seven percent, while the Czech Republic and Hungary ranged eight percent above the comparative value of the years 2017 to 2019.

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Renewable Sources

Anteil Strom aus erneuerbare Energien - Überblick

Seasonal decrease of production from renewables is normal

The overall production of electricity from renewable energy sources, in particular from run-of-river power plants and photovoltaic systems, usually decreases when the cold season approaches. It is thus impossible to cover the energy demand merely with renewables since the consumption usually goes up during the cold season. The diagram illustrates a clear gap between the average energy consumption and the overall production from renewable sources and stored energy. To balance the difference Austria has to resort to electricity imports and conventional electricity production.

Import / Export

Electricity import/export in Austria since the beginning of 2020

In January Austria was an electricity importing country. However, during the colder months of the year higher electricity imports are quite normal since the difference between energy consumption and production from renewables and stored energy is bigger during these periods. This difference is balanced with electricity imports and thermal power generation. In January 2021 the peak was reached on January 11 with 84 imported GWh, while the lowest import value of the month (1 GWh) could be observed at the end of January.

Electricity prices


Energy transmission