Energy consumption in Liechtenstein fell by 0.4 per cent in 2015. In the same period, the proportion of energy provision from local resources increased by 7.6 per cent to 9.8 per cent.
The Office of Statistics (AS) latest energy statistics have revealed that total energy consumption fell by 0.4 per cent to 1,223,515 megawatt hours in 2015. Per capita consumption also dropped, by 0.4 megawatt hours to 32.5 megawatt hours.
The most important energy source in 2015 was electricity, which contributed 32.2 per cent. Other significant energy sources were natural gas at 20.8 per cent, heating oil at 12.9 per cent, diesel at 11.1 per cent, petrol at 9.3 per cent and district heating from garbage at 8.6 per cent.
Compared to the previous year, the energy source of petrol fell in usage by 20 per cent. Diesel usage also sank by 11.7 per cent while wood contributed 2.3 per cent less. Meanwhile, there was a rise in the usage of heating oil, with an increase of 21 per cent, and of biogas and natural gas by 7 and 6.7 per cent respectively.
Local energy sources also contributed an increased proportion of power to the total energy supply, rising from 7.6 per cent to 9.8 per cent or 120,445 megawatt hours. Energy production from Liechtensteins energy carriers rose by 74.9 per cent to 66,243 megawatt hours. This significant increase can be attributed to the hydroelectric power station Samina, which has been gradually contributing to the network since the end of January 2015. Heat production from local firewood and biogas and Liechtensteins 1,807 solar power plants contributed a total of 54,202 megawatt hours.