Total energy consumption rises 1.2% in August 2020
Consolidated free and captive electricity consumption (2,936.8 GWh) in Energisa Group’s concessions rose by 1.2%. If unbilled
sales are included, the volume in the month increased 4.6%. Although the number of coronavirus contamination cases is still high, the loss of intensity has enabled local economies in various cities to continue the process of reopening, driving up energy consumption in certain areas. Among our 11 distribution companies, six experienced growth, driven by the residential, rural and industrial sectors.
Residential consumption rose by 6.7% (67.9 GWh), with all concessions registering growth, led by EMS + 12.5% (17.2 GWh), ERO + 13.6% (14.8 GWh), EPB + 7.4% (9.7 GWh), EAC + 21.0% (8.1 GWh), EMT + 3.1% (7.3 GWh) and ESS + 4.0% (4.6 GWh), influenced primarily by warmer, drier weather. Rural consumption rose 9.2% (29.8 GWh), driven by the concessions: EMT + 8.1% (11.5 GWh), consumption bolstered by soybean and corn production; EMG + 29.5% (4.6 GWh), performance driven by a better coffee harvest; ETO + 14.3% (3.4 GWh), driven by soybean, egg and poultry producers; and EMT + 6.7% (3.2 GWh), consumption driven by consumers engaged in soybean and corn farming. Industrial consumption rose by 3.8% (23.6 GWh), driven by the concessions in the Midwest EMT + 6.9% (12.6 GWh) and EMS + 9.3% (9.8 GWh), a performance driven by the food and nonmetallic mineral sectors; followed by ETO + 20.6% (5.3 GWh), propelled by the cement industry; and ERO + 8.1 (3.1 GWh), due to the resumption of production by local industries, especially the consumer goods sector. The commercial sector is still reeling from the pandemic, experience a contraction in the month of 11.0% (62.2 GWh), with the most affected areas being the Midwest and Northeast regions.
Energisa Group’s captive and free electricity consumption (23,433.7 GWh) fell in the first eight months of 2020 by 0.8% over the same period last year. Energy sales are still being hampered by pandemic restrictions. YTD commercial consumption was hit hardest in the period (-9.9% or 471.1 GWh), followed by other clients (-5.5% or 173.4 GWh) and industry (-2.8 or 134.8 GWh). The regions with the sharpest downturns in the period were the Northeast (-4.4% or 232.0 GWh) and South-Southeast (-3.1% or 144.1 GWh), primarily impacted by the economic profile of local activities which were most affected by the pandemic; the highest increase was recorded in the Midwest region (+1.5 or 158.4 GWh), due to the influence of agribusiness sectors.
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