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Crosschecking, electricity production from natural gas trended down in 2011 and 2012 - bucking the trend. And this compares 2002 with 2012 - showing little change in the share of electricity generated by natural gas across ten years.
So yes, increase in gas price should end up in increased production costs - but as of yet I don't find a considerable drive towards natural gas in Germany the past decade.
This is effectively what allows the merit order effect to occur.
As a result even if the last producer only produced one kwh (theoretically) then that is the price of the system - as a result the cost of gas is very very relevant to the wholesale pricing of electricity as usually the gas plants are the swing producers.
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Even better, here an overview by percentages: reliance on gas did increase from 2002 - by about 4 percent.
Unpacking the production costs of the different contributors for the past decade is beyond my scope. How can one determine possible effects of gas on the production price in Germany during the past ten years?
My guesstimation - with gas being used primarily as top load - is that the number of hours as most expensive is likely to correlate with total volume.
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