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Egypt’s electricity consumption growth above average

24 April 2012 – Ahramonline reports that Egypt’s electricity-consumption levels grew by 95% from 2001 to 2010, more than three times international and Arab-world averages for same period.

The number of Egyptian electricity consumers grew by 28.5% from 2004/05 to 2010/11 to reach a total of 26.6 million. Households account for almost 40% of electricity usage, which is in line with international levels, followed by the industrial sector at 32.4% and the commercial sector at 8%. Electricity exports to other countries in the region accounted for 1.1% of the total consumption.

Egypt currently stands at 29th globally accounting for 0.6% of the world’s electricity production, out of 211 electricity-producing nations measured. Egypt has six electricity-production companies, five of which are distributed throughout the country on a geographical basis while the sixth is devoted exclusively to hydroelectric power plants.

Renewable energy sources, including hydro, wind and solar energy, currently account for 10.7% of Egypt’s total energy production, with this figure expected to reach 20% by 2020.