Brazil records drop in electricity consumption

According to the Chamber of Electric Energy Trading (CCEE), the consumption of electricity in Brazil began to plummet since last Tuesday (17). The reason would be the official establishment of quarantine in the country in order to contain the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

On the same Tuesday, the drop in consumption was 0.7% compared to the same day of the previous week, with a load of 67,731 megawatts (MW) average. The reduction increased during the week, mainly on Friday (-8.7%, to 63,718 average MW), when the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro had also enacted new restrictive measures.

According to the chairman of the Board of Directors of CCEE, Rui Altieri, the figures show an even greater downward trend in the coming days. “But we will still have to follow this behavior to more effectively scale its impact on both the electricity sector and the economic segments that depend on it,” he said.

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