On Tuesday 29 May, the National Dispatch Centre of the Electricity Transmission Company (Etesa) recorded an additional demand of 10 megawatts nationwide.
"The increase in demand changed the registered amount of 1,355 megawatt which has been stable since April 16 and took it to 1,365 megawatts. The peak demand was recorded at about 2:00 pm last Tuesday when it most of the public and private offices were open," reported Prensa.com.
The main factor attributed to this phenomenon of a greater demand for energy is the use air conditioners in residential and commercial establishments.
In Panama, 89.2% of customers are residential, according to the classification reported by the National Authority of Public Services. Following this are customers who engage in commercial activities, 9.3%, followed by the Government, with 1.20%.
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Electricity consumption in the country reached a new record of 1,443 MW last Wednesday.
This was revealed by the latest report by the National Dispatch Center at Empresa de Transmisión Eléctrica, S.A. (Etesa). "From late February to date the cumulative energy demand has grown by 57 megawatts, to go from maximum of 1,386 megawatts, from June last year, reaching this new record", reported Prensa.com.
The confirmation of expectations for economic growth in the coming years has highlighted the urgent need to take steps to meet the demand for energy which could grow by 6%.
While current installed capacity for electricity generation (1,418 MW) is above the peak usage recorded (1286) MW), the Electric Transmission Company, S.A.
In 2013 63% of the electrical energy fed into the transmission networks in the region was generated from renewable sources.
From a report entitled "Central America: production statistics for the electricity subsector, 2013", prepared by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC):
The National Electricity Company will purchase 50 megawatts in order to meet the shortfall and avoid blackouts.
Although it goes against the renewable energy policy presented by President Lobo, authorities at the National Electricity Company (ENEE), said there is no alternative but to buy thermal energy from private generators.