Electric Power Consumption Falls by 0.6% in 2015
Electric-power consumption in Puerto Rico fell 0.6% in 2015, the third-consecutive drop since 2012. Decreases in demand for electric power were registered in the commercial and industry segments, while the industrial sector’s consumption of electric power increased.
The demand or consumption of electric power is a representative indicator of the
behavior of the economy, and a variable that is measured with great precision, according to experts.
Demand in the residential segment, which represents 36% of the total consumption of electric power in Puerto Rico, increased 1.6%, while commercial demand, which represents 48% of the total demand, increased 1.6%. The industrial segment registered a 0.9% increase.
The year 2014 had ended with a decrease of 2.5% in electric-power demand and 2013 ended with a 2.9% decrease.
Meanwhile, the production of electric power decreased 0.7% in 2015. In 2014, production had decreased 2.0% after a 3.6% drop in 2013.