This year’s peak summer electricity consumption was recorded on Monday, but despite the extremely hot weather, the country’s electricity consumption did not exceed the record set two years ago, MAVIR Ltd, a Hungarian electricity transmission system operator told MTI.
Hungary has been hit by an intense heat wave in recent days, with high temperatures causing a code red heat alert for several days. Even at night, the temperature dropped to just below 25 degrees Celsius, breaking a new record for the early morning.
It is no wonder that this was the peak period for summer energy consumption, with everyone using air conditioning in their homes to cope with the hot weather.
According to MAVIR, the peak system load was 6,626 megawatts on Monday, between 7.30 and 7.45 p.m.. Monday was the last day of the heatwave, and since then, several lines of thunderstorms have hit the country, bringing relief. This summer, the operator recorded the second highest peak on 22 August and the third one on 23 August.
The absolute summer record for electricity consumption in Hungary was set on 24 June 2021, when a system load of 6,940 MWs was measured.
Typically, during the heatwave, air conditioning use and industry spin off consumption: industry tends to dominate until the first half of July, then less so as summer holidays begin. At the end of August, after the holidays, industrial consumption picks up again, but there is usually no heatwave at that time, with the exception of this summer, the system operator highlighted.
MAVIR also indicated that due to the war and energy crisis situation, electricity consumption has dropped significantly, resulting in a decrease of approximately 8 percent in consumption in this year to date. Although the decline is in varying degrees, it is true for both industrial and domestic consumption.
Via MTI, Featured photo via Pixabay