Electricity business

Based on preliminary figures, Italian electricity demand for 2009 came to 317,602 GWh, a decline of 6.4% from the previous year (see table below).
During the year, 86% of the demand for electricity on the network was met by domestic power generation (88.2% in 2008), for a total of 273,153 GWh, net of consumption by ancillary services and pumping, for a decrease of 26,294 GWh (-9%) from 2008. The remaining portion of demand (14%) was covered by net imports, for a total of 44,449 GWh, compared with 40,034 GWh for the previous year (+11%).
Net imports rose from 2008 due to an increase in the amount of energy imported from 43,433 GWh to 46,570 GWh (7.2%), along with a decline in exports, which fell from 3,399 GWh to 2,121 GWh (down 37.6%).

ENERGY BALANCE IN ITALY

GWhJan.-Dec. 2009*Jan.-Dec. 2008Change%
Gross generation 289,914 319,130 -29,216 -9.2
Ancillary services 11,034 12,065 -1,031 -8.5
Net generation 278,880 307,065 -28,185 -9.2
Imports 46,570 43,433 3,137 7.2
Exports 2,121 3,399 -1,278 -37.6
Pumping 5,727 7,618 -1,891 -24.8
Total demand 317,602 339,481 -21,879 -6.4

(*) Provisional figures.

Month-on-month trends in peak power demand in 2009 and 2008 are presented in the following table. In 2009, in every month the peaks were lower than in the respective month during the preceding year; in the first half of the year, the reduction was sometimes considerable.
The highest level of demand registered at any time in 2009 was at midday on July 17, when demand reached 51,873 MW.
The 2008 peak was at midday on June 26, when demand reached 55,292 MW. The highest load in 2009 was down 6.2% compared with the corresponding peak the preceding year. 

MONTHLY PEAK DEMAND

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