Electricity consumption rises 1.5%

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Electricity consumption rises 1.5%

Korea’s monthly electricity consumption between August and October of last year rose 1.5 percent from a year earlier, totaling 36.9 billion kilowatts.

On average, per capita electricity consumption was the highest in Ulsan and the lowest in Seoul, according to the Ministry of Knowledge Economy yesterday.

For the first time, the government compared electricity consumption in 16 regions in the country so that it will know where to promote energy saving.

The government has been encouraging energy saving in summer and winter since the nationwide blackout of 2011.

Industrial use took up more than half of the total monthly power consumption while homeowners used 14.6 percent.

However, on-year growth by households was 6 percent compared to only 1.1 percent for industry. Average monthly power consumption at public buildings fell by 2.5 percent.

Seoul residents used the fourth-most electricity in homes following Ulsan, Gyeonggi and Incheon. Residents in Seocho and Gangnam districts in southern Seoul used up to a quarter more electricity than the nationwide average of 272.6 kilowatts per hour.

“Per-household electricity consumption came out higher in the nation’s metropolitan areas and the Gyeonggi region, as they have more than 59 percent of their citizens living in apartment buildings,” said the ministry in a release.

By Lee Sun-min [summerlee@joongang.co.kr]
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