Romania’s electricity comsumption down 22% y/y in May

By bne IntelliNews July 8, 2013

The electricity consumption in Romania shrank by 7.7% y/y to 21.08TWh in Jan-May, the statistics office reported. Consumption plunged by 22% y/y to 3.9TWh in May alone, according to our calculations.

In the economy alone [non-residential consumers], the use of electricity decreased by 9.6% y/y in Jan-May and by 28% y/y in May alone – according to our approximations based on unrevised past data.

The sharp decline in energy use in May is consistent with the weaker industrial activity in the month amid Labour Day-Easter holiday. For the combined Apr-May period, the electricity consumption still decreased by 12% y/y and by 16% y/y for non-residential consumers.

On the production side, power output fell 5.9% y/y in Jan-May and 21% y/y in May alone. Hydropower output returned to normal levels this year when it increased by 18.4% y/y in Jan-May — and by a mere 0.5% y/y in May alone.

Wind generation more than doubled to 2.16TWh in Jan-May when it accounted for 8.8% of the total power generated in the period from 4.0% a year earlier. The lower power consumption had the toughest impact on the thermal power generation, which decreased by 25.9% y/y in Jan-May and by 48% y/y in May alone.

mn kWh 5-mo 13 y/y May-13 y/y Apr-May 13 y/y
SUPPLY 24,737 -7.1% 4,345 -21% 9,007 -12%
Domestic 24,446 -5.9% 4,276 -21% 8,881 -11%
      thermal 10,752 -25.9% 1,511 -48% 2,921 -41%
      hydro 6,801 18.4% 1,731 0% 3,431 10%
      nuclear 4,735 1.4% 692 17% 1,717 9%
     wind 2,159 105.4% 342 97% 811 101%
import 291 -54.5% 69 -43% 127 -46%
DEMAND 24,737 -7.1% 4,345 -21% 9,007 -12%
End consumers 21,081 -7.7% 3,916 -22% 7,972 -12%
      economy 15,614 -9.6% 2,753 -28% 5,804 -16%
      public lighting 283 -9.1% 42 -12% 94 -8%
      households 5,184 -1.3% 1,120 -1% 2,074 -1%
Technological own consumption 3,176 -0.9% 390 -9% 892 -3%
Export 480 -16.8% 39 -54% 144 -36%
Source: INS            

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