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Decrease in consumption in august
The electricity consumption excluding power-intensive manufacturing fell by 3.5 per cent from August 2007 to August 2008. Compared with July 2008 the seasonally adjusted consumption decreased by 0.5 per cent. So far this year the trend of the seasonally adjusted figures indicates that the electricity consumption levels out.
The consumption of electricity excluding power-intensive manufacturing amounted to 4 691 GWh in August, a decrease of 3.5 per cent compared with the corresponding month in 2007. This may be seen in conjunction with high electricity prices. The current consumption increased by 5.4 per cent from July, while seasonally adjusted figures show a decline of 0.5 per cent. This means that the increase must be seen in conjunction with normal seasonal variation, especially due to summer holiday in July. Households, services and other manufacturing than the power-intensive account for the majority of the consumption.
In power intensive manufacturing the consumption came to 2 921 GWh in August. This is 3.3 per cent higher than in the corresponding month last year and the third highest figure ever recorded for August. The gross consumption of electricity amounted to 8 393 GWh in August, a decline of 2.9 per cent compared with the corresponding month last year.
Production of electricity
The production of electricity came to 10 011 GWh in August, a decline of 10.9 per cent compared with the corresponding month in 2007, but nevertheless the third highest figure ever recorded for August. The filling was above the median throughout the entire month and was 85.6 per cent at the end of week 35. The median filling for the corresponding period in the past 17 years is 84.8 per cent.
Net exports of power
Norway’s imports of power amounted to 129 GWh in August 2008, while exports totalled 1 747 GWh, resulting in a net export of 1 618 GWh.
The consumption of electricity excluding power-intensive manufacturing is strongly affected by seasonal variation during the year. The most important source of seasonal variation is temperature. However, seasonal variation in production and consumption may also contribute.
Seasonally adjusted figures indicate whether an increase (a decrease) in the original electricity data excluding power-intensive manufacturing is due to seasonal variation or an underlying increase (decrease) in the electricity consumption.