Electricity consumption down in August

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Pretoria - South Africans used 1.6 percent less power in August 2009 compared to the same month last year, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Thursday.

"The estimated consumption of electricity in August 2009 was 1.6 percent (-323 Gigawatt-hours) lower compared with August 2008, which represents the smallest annual decrease recorded for 2009 thus far,' reported the statistical body.

Additionally, the estimated production of electricity for the three months ended August 2009 following seasonal adjustment increased by 2.7 percent in comparison to the previous three months.

The distribution of electricity to provinces for the first eight months of the year was 4.4 percent lower compared to the first eight months of 2008 while lower figures were reported for eight provinces ranging from Mpumalanga to Gauteng.

The KwaZulu Natal province was the only one that recorded an increase.