Industrial activity, high temperatures put pressure on power demand

Friday, February 5, 2010

Higher temperatures in all regions of Brazil together with the resumption of industrial activity to pre-global financial crisis levels have been boosting demand for power, according to a report released by the national power grid coordinator ONS.

Average capacity demand in Brazil rose 12.1% in January from the same month last year to 56GW, according to the report.

Compared to December 2009, January average capacity demand was up 2.6%.

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In the southeast/center-west region of Brazil, average capacity demand in December surged 14.4% from the same period last year to 34.6GW. In the southern region, capacity demand was up 9.8% to 9.4GW over the same period.

Average capacity demand increased 9.5% to 8.2GW in the country's northeast region and was up 4% to 3.8GW in the northern region.

On February 4, power capacity demand reached a new record high of 70.6GW, ONS said.

This was the fourth consecutive daily record after capacity demand reached 70GW on February 3, 68.7GW on February 2 and 67.7GW the day before.

Brazil's mines and energy ministry has ruled out the threat of power rationing and said hydro dams were near full capacity due to heavy rains in January.