December 5, 2008 / 3:27 PM / 9 years ago

Italy Nov power demand fell 6.3 pct on mild weather

MILAN, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Mild weather helped to slash electricity demand in Italy by 6.3 percent in November year-on-year to 26.8 billion kilowatt hours (KW/h), power grid operator Terna (TRN.MI) said on Friday.

Italy’s power demand fell in November because average temperatures were about 1 degree Celsius higher than a year ago and there was one more working day compared with November 2007, Terna said in a statement.

On a like-for-like temperature basis, the fall would have been 3.8 percent, it said.

In the first 11 months of the year, demand ticked down 0.1 percent, Terna said.

In November, domestic power production met 86.5 percent of demand. At 23.9 billion KW/h the domestic output was down 9.4 percent from a year ago.

    Cheap hydroelectric production jumped 55.7 percent from a year ago while wind power generation rose 11 percent. Fossil fuel power output plunged nearly 17 percent. (Reporting by Svetlana Kovalyova; editing by Sue Thomas)

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