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Germany Cut Natural Gas Consumption by 35% in May, Group Says

  • Milder winter helped to curb usage of the fuel, BDEW data show
  • Utilities used more gas last month as renewables supply slid
An employee adjusts a control valve at a natural gas facility in Muhldorf, Germany.

An employee adjusts a control valve at a natural gas facility in Muhldorf, Germany.

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Germany reduced its consumption of natural gas in the first five months of this year, with the decline deepening in May, an industry lobby group said. Only part of the drop was due to a milder winter. 

Consumption slid by 35% in May compared with the same month a year ago, according to a statement from BDEW, which represents 1,900 energy and water companies. Adjusted for temperature effects, the drop was 11% last month.