The electricity consumption of large and medium-sized companies grew 1.5% in February compared with the same month the previous year, according to data from the Red Eléctrica Index (IRE). Broken down by sector, industrial consumption increased 2.6% and consumption in the services sector fell by 2%. The effects of seasonal and working patterns were factored in when calculating this data.
According to the IRE, in the last twelve months, the electricity consumption of these companies, once the effects of seasonal and working patterns were factored in, has increased by 3% over the same period last year. By sector, industry consumption rose by 4.4% and the services sector fell by 1.2%.
Compared to February 2014, the five activities with the highest electricity consumption were the metallurgy industry which grew 0.9%, the manufacturing industry for other non-metallic mineral products increased by 0.5%, while the chemical industry fell 2.5%, the food industry decreased 2.4% and the paper industry dropped 7.8%.
Similarly, activities that contributed most to the growth in consumption of large companies have been: overland and underground piped transport with an increase of 25.1%, the manufacturing of rubber and plastic products (5.1%), the metallurgy industry (0.9%), the manufacturing of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers (6.2%) and the collection, purification and distribution of water (3.7%).
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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