Demand for Electricity

Networks Industrial Area

Electricity demand in Italy in 2010 (326,165 GWh)1 increased slightly by 1.8% compared to the same period in the previous year. Domestic production met 86.5% of Italy’s requirements (66.8% from thermoelectric plants, 15.1% from hydroelectric sources and 4.6% was generated from geothermal and other renewable energy sources) whilst the remaining 13.5% was covered by imports.

In said context, net domestic production (286,531 GWh) recorded an increase of 1.9%, while the balance of imports fell by 2.3%. With the exception of hydroelectric sources, all sources of domestic production reported an increase compared to the same period last year. The wind power segment (+29.1%) and photovoltaic production (+136.3%) registered particularly significant increases.

electricity demand* in Italy as at 31.12.2010 1.1.2010 31.12.2010 1.1.2009 31.12.2009 Change 2010-2009
 
GWh GWh %
Gross production 49,369 52,844 –6.6
Hydroelectric 222,157 216,087 +2.8
Thermoelectric 5,031 5,015 +0.3
Geothermal 8,374 6,484 +29.1
Wind power 1,600 677 +136.3
Photovoltaic 286,531 281,107 +1.9
(of which CIP 6 production) 36,939 44,011 -16.1
 
 
 
 
Imports 45,761 47,070 -2.8
Exports 1,817 2,111 -13.9
Balance of imports 43,944 44,959 -2.3
Consumption for pumping systems 4,310 5,798 -25.7
ELECTRICITY DEMAND* 326,165 320,268 +1.8
* Demand for electricity = net production + balance of imports – consumption for pumping systems

 

1 Source: Terna – December 2010, monthly report on the electricity system.