Consolidated free and captive electricity consumption (3,357.8 GWh) in Energisa Group’s concessions rose by 6.7% compared with the same period last year. If unbilled sales are included, the growth was 9.5% in the month, for the same comparison. The high temperatures recorded in October, combined with the favorable dynamics of agribusiness and the process of resuming economic activities after the most intense period of the Covid-19 pandemic, reflected positively on the energy consumption of the distributors.

The residential sector experienced an increase across all concessions, with 9 of the 11 companies enjoying growth equal to or in excess of 10%, as follows: EMT + 16.0% (45.7 GWh), ERO + 25.2% (28.9 GWh), EMS + 9.9% (17.6 GWh), ESS + 10.9% (14.7 GWh), EPB + 10.0% (14.6 GWh), ETO + 14.7% (14.2 GWh) and EAC + 21.4% (9.0 GWh), primarily driven by warmer, drier weather. However, we emphasize that the advances made in ERO and EAC’s concessions were also driven by the above average increase in the number of consumers, as a result of expanding the grid and regularizing illegal connections in the region. Rural consumption also defied expectations, rising 20.0% (64.0 GWh), driven by the concessions: EMT + 28.5% (37.0 GWh), responsible for the 58% increase in the sector, driven by the weather, the soybean plantation period and the higher use of mechanical irrigation; EPB + 20.1 (5.7 GWh), driven by sugar production. The weather and the soybean plantation period also fueled consumption in the concessions of ERO + 17.7% (5.1 GWh), ETO + 25.4 (4.7 GWh) and EMS +7.3% (3.6 GWh). The industrial sector experienced growth for the fifth consecutive month (+ 6.0% or 38.1 GWh), especially in the concessions in the Midwest, which accounted for 92.1% of the consumption increase in the sector. EMS consumption grew 19.7% (19.8 GWh), driven by metallic mineral and cement industries, in tandem with the growth experienced by the civil construction sector; and by the food sector, especially production of soybean and animal protein products. EMT rose 8.3% (15.3 GWh), driven by the metallic mineral sector and the food industry; followed by ERO (+7.2% or 2.8 GWh) and ETO (+10.0% or 2.8 GWh), both pushed by the cement industry. The commercial sector contracted by 3.8% (23.2 GWh), also due to restrictions introduced because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the intensity of commercial consumption decreases continue to lose momentum at the Group’s distribution companies.

Energisa Group’s captive and free electricity consumption (29,934.8 GWh) rose in the first ten months of 2020 by 0.2% over the same period last year. If unbilled sales are included, the growth was 0.5% in the month, in the same comparison.

Captive plus free energy consumption in the period rose significantly in the concessions of: EMT + 3.2% (211.1 GWh), EMS +2.0 (79.7 GWh), ERO +2.5% (79.1 GWh), EAC +0.7% (10.3 GWh) and ETO +0.9% (8.5 GWh).

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