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Electricity consumption at record high


* Coal-burning power plants had a substantial contribution of over 30 pc

The domestic consumption of electricity has grown to record levels in excess of 9,400 MW during these days of severe cold, according to Transelectrica data. On a normal winter day, consumption does not surpass 9,000 MW.

Thus, on Wednesday, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., the peak hours of consumption, 9,484 MW of electricity was consumed at national level. This is the highest level since 1 February 2012, when consumption reached 9,487 MW during the same interval.

“It seems we are talking about record levels these days, given the fact that regular consumption stands at a maximum of 9,000 MW on a normal winter day. For this evening, we expect again a peak of very high consumption,” Octavian Lohan, Director of the National Energy Control Room, stated for Agerpres.

He pointed out that supplementary coal and fuel oil burning power groups came online in order to cover the demand.

“Not all backup groups came online, we still have capacities we can use in case they are needed,” Lohan added.

On Wednesday, average consumption stood at 8,287 MW, up by 7.8 per cent compared to the same day last year. Coal was the main power resource of the day (3,214 MW), followed by hydropower (2,203 MW), hydrocarbons (2,184 MW), nuclear power (1,383 MW), wind power (139 MW), biofuels (51 MW) and solar power (43 MW). On Thursday at noon, consumption stood at 9,018 MW at national level, while production stood at 10,301 MW, the difference consisting of exports.

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