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Rome, 12 November 2020 – In October, Italian electricity consumption increased compared to the previous month

By Sandesh Ilhe

The IMCEI index still signifies gradual recovery for major industrial customers: positive data from the steel and construction material sectors Growth in wind, hydroelectric and photovoltaic production: renewables covered 37% of monthly demand and 39% of the first ten months of the year (compared to 35% in 2019).

Rome, 12 November 2020 – In October, Italian electricity consumption increased compared to the previous month, despite the profound uncertainty fuelled by the social dynamics driven by COVID-

19. Terna, the company that manages Italy’s high and extra-high-voltage electricity grid, has recorded a value for electricity demand which, when adjusted for seasonal, calendar and temperature effects, reveals an improvement (+0.4%) on September 2020. The value for October 2020 is essentially in line (-0.8%) with the 26.4 billion kWh from October 2019 and, adjusted for calendar and temperature effects, variation is -0.6%. Renewable sources covered 37% of the demand, compared to 28.8% in October last year. The consumption sample of industrial clients monitored by Terna, while recording a slight decrease compared to October last year, still appears to be recovering compared to previous months: short-term variation in October compared to September was +1.4%.

In October 2020, 84.2% of electricity demand was met by national production and the remainder (15.8%) by the balance of electricity exchanged with foreign countries. More specifically, net national production (22.3 billion kWh) dropped by 2.8% compared to October 2019. Wind (+56.6%), hydroelectric (+48.9%) and photovoltaic (+9.8%) energy production show strong growth. Geothermal production (-1%) and thermal production (-16.9%) decreased.

At the regional level, in October 2020 there was an increase in the North (-1.2%) and in the South (-0.3%) while Central Italy remained stable.

Terna’s IMCEI index – which directly examines and monitors the industrial consumption of about 530 large energy consumers connected to the Italian electricity transmission grid (large industries in the following industries: cement, lime and gypsum, steel, chemical, mechanical, transportation, food, paper, ceramics and glass and non-ferrous metals) – while recording a decrease (-0.7%) compared to October last year, still appears to be gradually recovering compared to previous months. The recovery has been driven mainly by the steel (+0.9) and construction materials (+5.9%) sectors, although the overall figure was negatively affected by the transport (-6.6%) and chemical (-5.8%) sectors. Furthermore, this month and for the first time ever, Terna added a

further detail to the IMCEI index, analysing so-calledpure customers (those who only withdraw from the grid) and self-producers separately. In this case, the value recorded for pure customers was essentially unchanged (-0.1%) while the value for self-producers, which there are less of, was -3.9%.

In the first 10 months of 2020, electricity demand was still down compared to the same period of 2019 (-6.2%, also in adjusted terms). From January to October renewable sources covered 39% of electricity demand (35% in 2019).

A detailed analysis of provisional 2020 monthly electricity demand is available in the publication “Monthly Report on the Electricity System”, under the section “Electric System >> Dispatching >> Operating Data” at

Real-time data on the operation of the national electricity system can also be found on the Terna app, available on all app stores.

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Sandesh Ilhe

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