Peru. MEM announces increases national electricity production for April

The Directorate General for Electricity of the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) announced that in April 2015, national electrical energy production amounted to 3,911 GWh, up 5.1% compared to the same month last year. Companies that generate for the electricity market produced 3,679 GWh and companies generating for own use 232 GWh, in other words, 5.9% of all national production.

Out of the total generated by the electricity market companies, hydroelectric plants recorded 2,143 GWh (11% up on April 2014); CSP plants produced 1,465 GWh; and plants with non-conventional sources (solar and wind power) generated 71.6 GWh.

In April 2015, participation by state-owned companies in electricity generation represented 23.7% of the total generated by the electricity market. As such, production by plants owned by private groups such as Endesa, Suez and AEI represented 19%, 15% and 9% respectively. Worth mention is that compared to April 2014, the AEI group reported increased production of 275.2%, due to combined-cycle generation with natural gas at the Fénix CSP plant. State-owned companies recorded an increase of 6.5%.

Peak demand for electricity was recorded at 1900 hours on 22 April, amounting to 5.939 MW which was 5.5% up on April 2014. This demand was covered 52.9% by hydropower generation, followed by natural gas with 45.1% and non-conventional energy such as biomass, biogas, solar and wind power with 2%.

At national level, sales of electrical energy in April to end clients amounted to 3,257 GWh, up 5.2% on the same month in 2014. The distribution of this sold energy was as follows: 1,857 GWh to the regulated market and 1,400 GWh to the open market, recording growths of 5.8% and 4.5% respectively. The sale of energy on the open market represents 43% of total sales and is traded by generation companies and distributors.