The electricity consumption of large and medium-sized companies, those with contracted power of more than 450 kilowatts, increased by 1.2% in February compared to the same month of the previous year, according to data from the Red Eléctrica Index (IRE).
Broken down by sectors, industrial consumption increased by 0.3% and services by 0.8%. The effects of the calendar composition and the evolution of temperatures were taken into account in the calculation of these data.
According to the IRE, in the last twelve months, the electricity consumption of these companies, corrected for the effects of calendar and temperatures, increased by 2% compared to the same period of the previous year. By sectors, industry consumption increased by 2.1% and services by 0.2%, REE reports in a statement.
Compared with February 2017, out of the five activities with the highest electricity consumption, the demand for metallurgy increased by 1.4%, the chemical industry decreased by 9.2%, the manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products increased by 6.1%, the food industry by 1.2% and the paper industry by 4.8%.
The activities that most contributed to the consumption of large companies in February were the catchment, treatment and distribution of water with an increase of 19.4%, the manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products (6.1%), metallurgy (1.4%), land and pipe transport (5.4%) and coke and oil refining (5.7%).
With an increase of 19.4%, the catchment, treatment and distribution of water was one of the activities that most contributed to the consumption of large companies in February
Further details on the monthly electricity consumption data for each of the economic activities can be found in the IRE section of Red Eléctrica website.
The IRE is an indicator aimed at providing information on the evolution of electricity consumption of all large and medium-sized companies, understood as those with a contracted power of more than 450 kilowatts. The measurements are collected through more than 23,400 points from some 13,900 companies. The consumption represented by the IRE accounts for about 47% of total demand for electricity, with the remaining demand corresponding to residential consumers and other types of consumption.