[Ferro-Alloys.com]Brazil's demand for power rose by 2.5pc in April from a year earlier, as consumption grew both in the regulated and free markets.
Demand rose to an average 65,256MW during the month, compared with 63,646MW in the same period last year, according to preliminary data from the country's power clearing house CCEE.
Energy consumption among bilateral contract clients rose by 6.5pc from a year earlier, while regulated market clients — domestic and small/medium business consumers — posted a 0.4pc increase on the year.
CCEE attributes the results to the migration of clients from the regulated market to bilateral contracts and to the adoption of off-grid generation by some regulated consumers.
Most of the increases in demand were registered in the service sector, with 22pc more power demand than in the previous year; the wood, paper and cellulose sector, up by 18pc; the beverage sector, with a gain of 14pc; and the transportation sector, up by 7.8pc from a year earlier.
Hydro generation posted a 12pc increase from a year earlier, when the country was suffering from a drought, while thermoelectric plants generated 47pc less energy as they are generally used as backup for hydro and other sources.
Solar power presented an increase of 66pc, while wind plants generated 12pc more energy compared with a year earlier.argusmedia
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