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Electricity consumption drops in April due to Covid measures – Eurostat

The total EU electricity consumption in April 2020 was 11.2% lower than the lowest April value recorded between 2016 and 2019, according to a new Eurostat report published on Tuesday, which has been attributed to restrictive measures taken by EU member-states since mid-March to curb the spread of Covid-19.

These measures were in full force during the entire month of April 2020, the report notes, and as a result, April data show a lower electricity consumption in most Member States.

Electricity consumption showed very low levels in a number of countries which were hit by the Coronavirus crisis and therefore introduced more restrictive measures, namely France (-15.0%), Spain (-14.8%), Luxembourg (-13.7%).

A further seven Member States show a reduction in electricity consumption of more than 10% compared to the lowest April level for the previous 5 years. For four Member States, the decline was between 5% and 10%, while for a further eight Member States, consumption fell by up to 5%.

Interestingly, for four Member States electricity consumption was only the second-lowest in comparison to other months of April between 2016 and 2020.

Table: Electricity consumption in Cyprus from January to April for years 2016-2020.

Click here to view the full set of data.

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