Lower general consumption
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ElectricityApril 2011



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Lower general consumption

Electricity consumption excluding power-intensive manufacturing and extraction amounted to 5 474 GWh in April 2011. This is 12 per cent lower compared with the same month in 2010.

Production, consumption and export surplus of electric energy in April. 1993-2010. GWh

Production, consumption and export surplus of electric energy per month. GWh

The reduction in consumption can be viewed in conjunction with higher average temperatures. The average temperature in Norway was 2.6 degrees higher in April compared with the same month last year. Households, services and manufacturing other than the power-intensive accounted for the majority of the consumption.

Lower electricity production

The production of electricity amounted to 8 345 GWh in April 2011; 4.2 per cent lower compared with the same month in 2010.

According to NVE, the reservoir level was 25.9 per cent at the end of April (week 17). This is 2.5 percentage points higher than the level in April 2010, but 8.7 per cent lower than the median level for the same week in the period 1990-2009.

From January 2011 and onwards there are some changes in the group consumption without power-intensive manufacturing and extraction. Consumption of electric power in extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas production and pulp and paper production are separated into own consumer groups. Electricity consumption in pulp and paper production is now included in the group consumption in power-intensive manufacturing. Series that are affected by the reorganization are updated back to January 2010. For further information see: About the statistics

Small reduction in electricity consumption in power-intensive manufacturing

Electricity consumption in power-intensive manufacturing came to 2 723 GWh in April. This is 0.6 per cent lower compared to the same month in 2010.

Net imports of power

Norway’s imports of electricity came to 1 598 GWh in April, while exports totalled 355 GWh. This gave net imports of 1 243 GWh, down 19 per cent compared to the corresponding month last year.