Industrial demand for power rises

Power demand among large-lot commercial users rose 0.3 percent in the April-September period from a year earlier to 132.6 billion kilowatt-hours, marking the first increase in three half-year periods, the Federation of Electric Power Companies said Friday in a preliminary report.

The federation attributed the rise among the 10 leading power companies to stronger demand from the chemical and steel sectors.

In September, power demand among corporate users rose 2.9 percent from a year earlier to 22.5 billion kwh. , up for the third consecutive month.

“There are signs of economic recovery,” a federation official said.

Overall demand for electric power in the half year remained almost flat, however, at 420.5 billion kwh. The federation said lower demand arising from relatively cool temperatures in June and July offset the increased use of air conditioning in the following two months.

Overall power demand in September increased 3.9 percent from a year earlier to 75.6 billion kwh.