The electricity consumption of large and medium-sized companies in the month of April grew 2.6% compared with the same month last year, according to data from the Red Eléctrica Index (IRE). Broken down by sector, industrial consumption went up 3.6%, and the services sector fell 1.9%. The effects of seasonal and working patterns were factored in when calculating this data.
According to the IRE, in the past twelve months, electricity consumption of these companies, after factoring in seasonal and working patterns, rose by 1.9% compared with the same period last year. By sector, industrial consumption grew 4% and the services sector went down 2.6%.
Compared to April 2013, of the five activities with the highest electricity consumption, the demand in the metallurgy industry fell 1.7%, the chemical industry rose 6.2%, manufacturing of other non-metallic mineral products increased 17.1%, the food industry also increased by 2.5% and the paper industry fell 1.2%.
Similarly, the activities that contributed most to the growth in the consumption of large companies were: manufacturing of other non-metallic mineral products, which increased 17.1%, collection, purification and distribution of water (18%), chemical industry (6.2%), overland and underground transport (11.7%) and agriculture livestock and hunting (23.9%).
The monthly electricity consumption data from each of economic activities can be found in more detail in the IRE section of the Red Eléctrica website.
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