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Italian power generation declined in August

According to preliminary data, Italian power generation declined to 21.1TWh in August, down 9.6% m-o-m and down 4.9% y-o-y. Thermal power generation totalled 13.4TWh, down 6.2% m-o-m but still was 21.8% higher y-o-y. This includes gas-fired generation, which totalled 10TWh, down 7.9% m-o-m but still was 86.9% higher y-o-y. Oil-fired generation declined to 1.8TWh, down 0.9% m-o-m and down 47% y-o-y; while coal-fired output fell to 1.6TWh, down 1.2% m-o-m and down 30.2% y-o-y.

Italian renewable generation declined to 7.5TWh in August, down 14.7% m-o-m and down 30.3% y-o-y. This includes hydro power generation, which declined to 3.9TWh, down 13% m-o-m and down 33.3% y-o-y. Solar generation also declined to 2.5TWh, down 16.1% m-o-m  and down 17.8% y-o-y. Wind generation also declined to 0.7TWh, down 25.2% m-o-m and down 53.2% y-o-y. Similarly, geothermal power output decreased to 0.5TWh, down 1.9% m-o-m and down 3.4% y-o-y.

Despite the deep in August’s generation, Italian power output increased to 166.6TWh over the first 8 months of the year, up 3.3% y-o-y. Thermal power generation increased to 106.2TWh, up 14.8% y-o-y, mainly on the back of strong gas-fired power output, which increased to 77.9TWh over the period, up 28.8% y-o-y. On the other hand, power generation from oil and coal declined to 14.5TWh and 13.8TWh respectively, down 18% and 4.1% y-o-y.

Italian renewable generation also fell during the Jan.-Aug. period to 59TWh, down 11.1% y-o-y. This is mostly due to the decline in hydro power generation, which fell to 27.6TWh, down 16.9% y-o-y. Wind generation declined to 8.3TWh, down 22% y-o-y; while geothermal power output decreased to 3.9TWh, down 1.9% y-o-y. On the  other hand, solar power generation increased to 19.3TWh, up 3.5% y-o-y.

Source: Ministry of Economic Development 

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