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Herausgeber: Internationales Wirtschaftsforum Regenerative Energien (IWR)

Record: German power exports hit a new all-time high

Muenster - In 2013, Germany exported more electricity than ever before. The power suppliers achieved an export surplus of nearly 34 billion (bn.) kilowatt hours (kWh) that year, according to the Muenster-based IWR, a renewable energy institute, using data from European grid operators. In comparison to 2012 (23 bn. kWh), this is equivalent to a 47-percent increase. “Despite the high-consumption and high-load winter months, the power export surplus was even exceptionally high in this cold period”, explained IWR director Dr. Norbert Allnoch in Muenster.

Power export surplus ruins German climate balance
For the third consecutive year, German suppliers have increased the power export surplus. According to data provided by the AG Energiebilanzen, in particular, last year power production from lignite and hard coal was once again raised dramatically at the expense of natural gas. Thus the use of lignite for electricity generation in Germany (162 bn. kWh in 2013) rose to its highest level since 1990. In 2013, power generation from hard coal increased by 6.5 percent to 124 bn. kWh in comparison to the previous year. “The flooding of the German market with electricity generated from coal at the same time as an expansion of renewable forms of energy is leading to a high power export surplus, while also unnecessarily pushing up CO2 emissions by about 30 million tonnes”, enhanced Allnoch.


Muenster, 2 April 2014


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About Internationales Wirtschaftsforum Regenerative Energien (IWR)

In 1996, the International Economic Platform for Renewable Energies (IWR) was established as an independent and private service institution of the renewable energy industry. The IWR focuses on the fields of research, economic and policy consultation as well as media and international networks in the renewable or regenerative energies sector. One main objective of the IWR is to play an instrumental role in introducing and spreading awareness for an industrial, international business profile of the renewable energy industry.
Dr. Norbert Allnoch, Director of the International Economic Platform of Renewable Energies (IWR), 1995, on the definition: "According to our definition, the Renewable Energy Industry is one which takes an interdisciplinary approach to the issue of renewable energy supply (protecting both the climate and resources) and the construction of renewable plants and systems (industry policy for the three areas electricity, heat and fuel."Chronology of the Renewable Energy Industry - Important IWR contributions, including prizes and awards - 2007 Publication of the first structural analysis for a federal state according to the IWR-analysis method for renewable systems engineering and services�(study "Zur Lage der regenerativen Energiewirtschaft in NRW" )2007 International network-contacts:IWR-director Dr. Allnoch speaks with King Harald V. of Norway and �slaug Haga, norwegian minister of energy Presentation of the network / RENIXX in the USA, dialogue with McGinty, environment minister of Pennsylvania2006 IWR starts renewable stock index RENIXX� (

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