EDP: pandemic cut electricity distribution in Portugal by 5% in the first half

The energy company stressed that “volumes were particularly penalized by the effect of the pandemic, with reductions of 10-12% in the second quarter in year-on-year terms in the electricity distributed in our three geographies”. The declines were particularly sharp in April and May, with June already showing some signs of recovery.

Cristina Bernardo

EDP ​​- Energias de Portugal announced a 5% drop in global electricity production in the first half of 2020, pressured by the decrease in wind power generation, which represents 80% of the total, and by the production of coal in the Iberian Peninsula, announced the company this Friday.

According to the operational data published on the CMVM website, the decline in production slowed in the second quarter, when the fall in production had been 2.134 Gigawatt hours (GWh). In the total for the first half, EDP produced 31.995 GWh, compared to 33.815 GWh in the same period last year.

"Renewable energies reached a weight of 80% in the total electricity produced, with hydro production in line with the historical average and wind production 9% below the expected average volumes", explained the company.

"In the second quarter in particular, with the exception of the Aboño plant [in Gijon, Spain], supported by its circular economy model with the burning of steel gases, the remaining coal plants remained at a standstill, without any electricity production", went ahead.

In the first half, electricity distributed fell 5% in Portugal and 10% in Spain, impacted by the reduction in consumption of a large industrial customer in the first quarter, added EDP, without identifying the customer.

In Brazil, the volume distributed fell 8% in the semester, "and the impact of this drop in results should be mitigated by the recently approved Conta Covid".

The energy company now led by Miguel Stilwell de Andrade, on an interim basis after the suspension of António Mexia this Monday, stressed that “volumes distributed in the second quarter were particularly penalized by the effect of the pandemic, with reductions of 10-12% in the second year-on-year in electricity distributed across our three geographies, which were particularly sharp in April and May, with June already showing some signs of recovery ”.

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