Giorgos Ashikalis, the spokesman of the Transmission System Operator, said that the demand for electricity reached it’s highest point in the past seven years on Monday.
The record-high temperatures of the past few days led to a demand for electricity, reaching its peak on Monday at a whopping 1090MW. Ashikalis said that this was the highest demand recorded the last seven years, and last year the maximum demand recorded was 1024MW, while the biggest demand in electricity ever recorded was 1148MW, on August 3, 2010. However, since then the demand dropped due to the economic crisis, and the rise in petrol prices which led to the introduction of measures to save energy. Although, as Ashikalis noted, the electricity demand is gradually rising and by the looks of things, later in the year or by next year, we might again reach those levels, and he mentioned that at the moment the TSO can satisfy demand up to 1260MW.