The year 2020 will certainly be marked by some constraints. People had to stay at home and, judging by domestic consumption, certainly in terms of electricity consumption, values ​​would go up.

However, according to REN, electricity consumption in 2020 reached its lowest level since 2005.

Portugal: Electricity consumption falls in pandemic year

Electricity consumption reached 48,800 GWh in 2020

The past year will be remembered as the year of the pandemic (the first of the disease were registered in Portugal on 2 March). With almost all inhabitants confined, service bills have certainly increased. However, according to a statement from REN, energy consumption decreased in 2020. According to what has been revealed, electricity consumption in 2020 reached its lowest level since 2005, at 48,800 GWh, a decrease of 3, 1% compared to 2019 or 3.7% considering temperature corrections and working days.

The company responsible for the global management of the national electrical and natural gas systems, states that, in December, energy consumption showed, however, a positive trend, with a year-on-year variation of 1.4%, in a variation “influenced by the higher temperatures. casualties that have been felt this year [de 2020]”.

According to REN, in December the hydroelectric productivity index “remained close to the average regime”, registering 0.95 (historical average equal to 1).

Portugal: Electricity consumption falls in pandemic year

Already in wind production “Conditions were more favorable”, with the respective index recording 1.15 (historical average equal to 1). In the last month of the year, renewable production supplied 72% of consumption, while the non-renewable was responsible for supplying 26% and the balance of exchanges with foreigners supplied the remaining 2%.

With regard to the natural gas marketin December, it registered a year-on-year decline of 4.3%, with the conventional segment growing 0.3% and the electric energy production segment decreasing 16%.

In 2020, consumption of natural gas totaled around 66,900 GWh (Gigawatt-hour), a negative variation of 1.6% compared to the previous year, with the conventional segment registering a fall of 4.5% and the production segment of electricity increased by 3.8%.

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