Brazil electricity demand up on warmer weather

Monday, May 9, 2016

Unseasonal hot weather has propped up demand on Brazil's power generation park, according to grid operator ONS.

Average April load demand rose 4.9% year-on-year to 69.111GW, ONS said in a bulletin on Monday.

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"Despite the low economic activity, a reflection of weak demand and higher tariffs, intensive use of cooling related to extremely high temperatures explain the load increase," the operator said.

Brazil's south reported the sharpest growth, with average demand for electricity in the region rising 7.2% to 11.815GW.

The southeast/central west, which accounts for about 60% of Brazil's power consumption, saw average load demand rise 5.5% to 41.277GW.