Friday, 12 November 2010

National Grid sees no rebound in UK energy demand

British gas and electricity demand appears to have bottomed out, but there
has been no rebound in consumption since the recession-led slide of late
2008-early 2009, National Grid said on Thursday. "We have bottomed out but there is no spectacular sign of recovery," a
spokesman for the power and gas network operator told Reuters.

Demand for gas from the power sector has increased slightly because of
several new gas fired power plants being started up in 2010, the spokesman
said. But once the effect on heating demand during last winter -- one of the
coldest on record -- is removed, demand for gas and electricity from the
start of April 2010 to the end of October 2010 is in line with demand for
both from April-October 2009.

Data for the industrial sector alone is not available.

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