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Highest demand for electricity in seven years

Electricity demand on Monday was the highest in seven years, the spokesman of the Transmission System Operator (TSO) Giorgos Ashikalis said on Tuesday.

The record temperatures experienced the past few days led demand for electricity to peak, reaching on Monday a whopping 1090 megawatts. This, Ashikalis said, was the highest demand recorded the last seven years.

Last year, he said, the maximum demand recorded was 1024MW.

Tuesday’s demand was expected to be at around 1050MW, Ashikalis said, as temperatures dropped slightly.

The biggest ever demand in electricity recorded was 1148MW, on August 3, 2010.

Since then, he said, demand dropped due to the economic crisis, and the rise in petrol prices which led to the introduction of measures to save energy.

He added that demand is gradually rising however.

“By the looks of things, later in the year or by next year, we might again reach those levels,” Ashikalis said.

At the moment, he said, the TSO, can satisfy demand up to 1260MW.


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