Economy & Politics

Lockdown Dropped Electric Demand

With businesses and transportation stopping or idling, booming teleworking and households forced to stay at home, the country’s overall electricity consumption has dropped. Over a quarter even over the past six weeks.

Patrick JACQUEMOT

With businesses and transportation stopping or idling, booming teleworking and households forced to stay at home, the country’s overall electricity consumption has dropped. Over a quarter even over the past six weeks.

A month and a half of confinement was enough to disrupt the economic activity of the country, and more generally the daily life of those who live there. But the Ministry of Energy is formal, at the time of this second part of the return to normal: the impact of these upheavals on household electricity consumption will have been almost zero. So the demand remained “at the same level as in the first months of 2020” Computers running more than usual (requires teleworking), hours spent watching TV (boredom requires …), recharging cell phones or cooking without increasing the kilowatts consumed.

On the other hand, the drop in activity has generally affected demand from Luxembourg companies. And this time, the fall is significant enough for the ministry of Claude Turmes (Déi Greng) to note its magnitude: -28.1% between mid-March and April. And the fall is particularly significant in the tertiary sector, and in particular the banking sector. Thus, largely deserted, the financial center will have demanded 27.7% less electricity than usual.

For the Minister (ecologist) of Energy, these findings are positive in more ways than one. For Claude Turmes: “These figures show that telework can not only have potential for better reconcile family and work, improve air quality, prevent traffic congestion and revitalize village life, but it can also have a positive influence on our demand for electricity. This is very good news for our climate policy.

Photovoltaic record

On this point, the Minister is in line with the Green Party recently recalled: “We need a well-defined strategy and rules in order to continue the development of telework and to offer employees the best conditions and security possible for the future, “he said.

And Claude Turmes to display an even wider smile by evoking another change noted in the last six weeks. Indeed, the sunshine in Luxembourg in the midst of the covid-19 crisis, will have enabled photovoltaic energy production to reach a record : 12.6 GWh in March and 20.2 GWh in April 2020 produced by UV.


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