Tasks and Objectives

The Arbeits­ge­mein­schaft Ener­gie­bi­lan­zen (AG Ener­gie­bi­lan­zen) – Working Group on Ener­gy Balan­ces (Ener­gy Balan­ces Group) was foun­ded in Essen, Ger­ma­ny, on March 26, 1971, by seven fede­ra­ti­ons of the Ger­man ener­gy indus­try and three insti­tu­tes acti­ve in ener­gy manage­ment rese­arch.  On July 22, 2004, the AG Ener­gie­bi­lan­zen was reor­ga­ni­zed into an asso­cia­ti­on which was offi­ci­al­ly regis­tered at the Local Court of Ber­lin-Char­lot­ten­burg on Sep­tem­ber 6, 2005.  Curr­ent­ly (last update: Novem­ber 2021), three fede­ra­ti­ons of the ener­gy indus­try and five rese­arch insti­tu­tes are mem­bers of the Working Group.

The AG Ener­gie­bi­lan­zen eva­lua­tes and asses­ses the exis­ting sta­tis­tics from all sec­tors of the ener­gy indus­try from a sci­en­ti­fic per­spec­ti­ve, regu­lar­ly pre­pa­res an ener­gy balan­ce on behalf of the Fede­ral Repu­blic of Ger­ma­ny every year, and makes this ener­gy balan­ce available to the public.

Such ener­gy balan­ces have the form of a matrix and pro­vi­de a clear over­view of the inter­re­la­ti­onships in the ener­gy indus­try.  They, thus, per­mit not only state­ments to be made regar­ding the con­sump­ti­on of ener­gy sources in the indi­vi­du­al sec­tors, but also pro­vi­de infor­ma­ti­on on their flow from gene­ra­ti­on to use in the dif­fe­rent gene­ra­ti­on, con­ver­si­on, and con­sump­ti­on sec­tors.

In addi­ti­on to its annu­al­ly published ener­gy balan­ces, the AG Ener­gie­bi­lan­zen also pur­sues the objec­ti­ve of pro­vi­ding the most up?to?date infor­ma­ti­on pos­si­ble on the trends in the ener­gy indus­try to the public at lar­ge.  This is done with esti­ma­tes of the pri­ma­ry ener­gy con­sump­ti­on which are eit­her made for each quar­ter of the respec­ti­ve cur­rent year or through the sub­mis­si­on of time series (eva­lua­ti­on tables) with very detail­ed and com­pre­hen­si­ve sec­to­ral data on ener­gy con­sump­ti­on in the sum­mer of each year which include the rele­vant data encom­pas­sing the respec­ti­ve pre­vious year.

The AG Ener­gie­bi­lan­zen clo­se­ly coope­ra­tes with the Län­der­ar­beits­kreis Ener­gie­bi­lan­zen – Fede­ral Sta­tes’ Working Group on Ener­gy Balan­ces, which publishes ener­gy balan­ce data for Germany’s fede­ral sta­tes.  And it also par­ti­ci­pa­tes in the Arbeits­grup­pe Erneu­er­ba­re Ener­gien-Sta­tis­tik – Working Group on Rene­wa­ble Ener­gies-Sta­tis­tics (AGEE-Stat).

As a mem­ber in the expert com­mit­tee appoin­ted by the Ger­man Fede­ral Govern­ment, the AG Ener­gie­bi­lan­zen actively sup­ports the moni­to­ring pro­cess of the ener­gy tur­n­around in Ger­ma­ny.

With their exten­ded data ser­vices, the ener­gy balan­ces published by the AG Ener­gie­bi­lan­zen assu­me a key role in Germany’s ener­gy data sys­tem with regard to their struc­tu­re and signi­fi­can­ce.  They have, thus, gai­ned a high level of accep­tance.