Maximum demand for electricity during the summer dropped 18.5 per cent year-on-year, the transmission system operator (TSO) said on Tuesday, as the recession plaguing the island worsened.
According to the TSO, peak demand during the summer period dropped to 815 megawatts compared with 996MW last year.
The months that see the most demand for electricity are July and August.
TSO head Christos Christodoulides said 2011 could not be taken into account due to the munitions explosion on July 11 that year that incapacitated the island’s largest power plant, causing rolling power cuts for around a month.
Maximum demand in 2010 was 1,143MW, Christodoulides said, 29 per cent higher than this year.