Heat causes Brazil to break 2nd consecutive electricity consumption record

Record heat in several Brazilian cities generated a new record this Tuesday afternoon. Electricity consumption reached a new historical record at 2:17 p.m. Brasilia time, when the load of the National Interconnected System (SIN) reached 101,186 MW.

This is the second day in a row that Brazil has recorded a record electricity consumption.

According to data from the National System Operator (ONS)¸, energy consumption is currently mainly covered by hydraulic production, with 59.2% of the load or 59,897 MW. Next comes solar production, with 19.6%.

Thermal energy accounted for 11.4% and wind energy 9.3%. The ONS also showed that imports were responsible for 0.5% of the system load during the afternoon peak consumption.

Yesterday, the ONS reported that the record consumption was notably due to the heat. “The main reason for this charging behavior is the significant increase in temperature observed in much of Brazil,” the agency cites in a note.

A study by EPE, the Energy Research Company, estimates that air conditioning already represents 17.1% of Brazilian residential electricity consumption. There are nearly 14 million devices across the country that are normally on for eight hours a day in homes and have a useful life of 12 years.