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Electricity consumption was close to breaking the historical record

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consumption of electric power reached the 42,655 MWh this Monday due to the persistence of the high temperatures that plague the country. The number was very close to record in force, which was fought on February 13 -also Monday- when it was sued 42,827 MWhaccording to him National Cargo Dispatch.

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Consumption has been showing a constant increase since last Tuesday. On Sunday it fell slightly, but around the beginning of the week it rose again.

The mark of this Monday then exceeded the 42,215 MWh of the December 9 last year, which had been in second place after the February record.

Until noon today, the demand was above what was registered in the early hours of yesterday; besides, the thermometer is still red hot. Meanwhile, it is speculated possibility that this Tuesday the record will be exceeded from the middle of last month.

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The demand peak yesterday, Monday, occurred at 3:04 p.m.with 2,195 MWhwhen the maximum reached 35.2 degrees. This is an indicator that also approached the highest summer levels, which currently stood at 2,242 MWh in December 2022.

Uruguay imports a quarter of electricity consumption

Because of the water deficit, Uruguay should have imported the 25% from his electrical demand in February, a record number, since those numbers had not been reached for 14 years.

Of the total of 963 GWh what happened electrical consumption last month, 245 GWh (25.44%) were mainly imported from Brazil, although also since Argentina in small proportions, according to the consultancy SEG Ingeniería, based on data from the National Administration of Power Plants and Electric Transmissions (UTE).

According to the specialized site, the intense drought and favorable prices lead to the largest import of electricity since May 2009. In parallel, in February, a few 28 GWh were used for commitments export.

According to UTE data, the 751 GWh of electricity generation last month represented a 22% decrease compared to that of the same month but in 2022. Of this total, 176 GWh (23.5%) came through thermal energy.

Meanwhile, the 76.5% went through renewable energy. In the disaggregated information, it can be seen that 362 GWh (48.2%) was wind; 109 GWh (14.5%), hydraulics; 63 GWh, biomass; and 39.8 GWh (5.3%), solar.

Source: Ambito

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