Electricity use rises in Poland

Poland’s electricity use is rising, the Forum for Energy think-tank has said after state owned transmission system operator PSE announed an increase in consumption in 2016.

More than 164,000 Gigawatt hours (GWh) were used in 2016, up from some 161,000 a year earlier, according to PSE.

The Forum for Energy’s Joanna Maćkowiak-Pandera forecast that demand for electricity may grow some 1.5 to two percent year-on-year.

She said the predicted increase would depend partly on economic growth, as “industrial use is key”.

According to the Forum for Energy, there are some 17 million electricity customers in Poland, 14.5 million of which are retail customers who spend some PLN 15 billion (EUR 3.5 billion) annually.

The remaining customers spend PLN 45 billion (EUR 10 billion) every year.

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