Russia’s electricity consumption down 5.3% in May, generation drops by 6.3%, says report

TASS Russian News Agency | Jun 2, 2020 at 3:53 PM

MOSCOW, June 2. /TASS/. Russia's electricity consumption decreased by 5.3% in May 2020 year-on-year to 77.6 bln kW per hour, the Central Dispatching Department of Fuel Energy Complex reported on Tuesday.

Electricity generation dropped by 6.3% in the reporting period to 78.3 bln kW per hour. Electricity generation in the United Energy System (UES) of Russia went down by 6.4% in May to 77 bln kW per hour.

In April, electricity generation in Russia decreased by 3.44%, while consumption slipped by 2.55%, according to the Central Dispatching Department of Fuel Energy Complex.

Thermal power plants lowered electricity generation in May by 22.3% year-on-year to 35.9 bln kW per hour in Russia, and by 22.2% to 35.5 bln kW per hour in the United Energy System (UES) of the country. Other types of generation - hydropower plants, nuclear plants, renewable power plants - increased generation volumes. Hydropower plants demonstrated the highest growth rates of electricity generation last month - by 19.4% to 19.8 bln kW per hour.

Year-to-date electricity generation dropped by 3% in Russia to 457.2 bln kW per hour, and by 3.1% in the United Energy System (UES) to 449.8 bln kW per hour.

Year-to-date electricity consumption decreased by 2.2% year-on-year to 452 bln kW per hour.