Greece: Higher electricity consumption in April

, SEE Energy News

Electricity consumption in Greece was 7.5 % higher in April, compared to the same month a year earlier, according to data published by electricity transmission system operator ADMIE. The increase is mostly due to recent decision to ease lockdown measures. This also cause smaller consumption increase in March, by 1.5 % on the annual level.

However, electricity consumption fell by 2.5 % in the first four months of the year, compared to the same period in 2020, the majority of which happened in the first quarter, with 5.1 % year-on-year consumption drop.

Electricity generation rose by 24.6 % in April 2021, compared to the same month in 2020. Natural gas-fired power plants increased their production by 52.4 %, followed by lignite-fired power plants with 21.8 % increase. Production from renewable energy sources (wind, solar) registered 5.8 % increase, while production of hydropower plants rose by 3.1 %. Natural gas was accounted for a 43 % share of the energy mix in April, followed by wind and solar with 36 %, lignite with 11 % and hydropower with 6 %, while electricity imports covered the remaining 5 %.

The share of Public Power Corporation remained approximately the same for a third successive month in April – 65 %, following a 64.8 % in March and 65.1 % in February.

Protergia, leads among the independent suppliers, and also was the only company to increase its market share in April to 8.2 % share from last month’s 7.95 %. Heron follows with 6.3 % share, Elpedison with 4.72 %, NRG (3.99 %) and Watt & Volt (2.44 %).