Facts on the German state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia

Germany's ascent to an industrial power would not have been possible without its largest coal-mining heartland, North-Rhine Westphalia. The country's most populous state sits on Europe's largest lignite reserves and is home to some of Germany's most important heavy industry companies as well as the two largest utilities. The Energiewende's gradual shift from fossil to renewable energy sources therefore particularly affects the region, which voted on 14 May. [Updates preliminary election results]

North Rhine-Westphalia

Population:  17,865,500 (2015)
State capital: Düsseldorf
Votes in the Bundesrat: 6 out of 69
Government (interim): Social Democrats (SPD), Green Party
State Prime Minister: Hannelore Kraft (acting) (SPD)
Minister of Economics, Energy, Industry: Garrelt Duin (acting) (SPD)
Minister of Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection: Johannes Remmel(acting) (Green Party)

 State party websites:
CDU, SPD, Green Party, Left Party, FDP, AfD

NRW election results 2017 (preliminary)

 

Gross power generation in North Rhine-Westphalia 2015. Source - ernergiestatistik-nrw.de 2017

 

Gross power generation in North Rhine-Westphalia 1990-2015 by source. Source - energiestatistik-nrw.de 2017

 

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