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|
|Technological own consumption||3,176||-0.9%||390||-9%||892||-3%|
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