Electricity consumption in Hungary continues to grow

7/1/21 9:22 AM
MAVIR forecasts 8000 MW of peak electricity consumption by 2030.

The record of gross summer electricity consumption in Hungary has been broken several times in recent weeks. First, on 22 June, a peak load of 6660 MW was registered by MAVIR Hungarian Independent Transmission Operator Company Ltd. A day later, on 23 June, the system operator measured another historic summer record of 6814 MW, and on 24 June it also broke when 6940 MW were registered.

This value is just 179 MW below the 7119 MW absolute system load peak measured on 11 February 2021, during the heating season.


The June peaks, without exception, occurred in the period after 6 PM, with an average daily temperature of 27,7–30,2 degrees Celsius. During the period of records registered in the early evening hours, solar power plants were able to contribute only 10-15% of their installed capacity to electricity generation, with 37% of the 6940 MW record demand on 24 June having to be covered by imports.

In a statement published on the company's website, Zoltán Tihanyi, Deputy CEO of system operation and market management of MAVIR Ltd, drew attention to the fact that the values of the summer and winter system load peaks are getting closer and closer to each other, so the system load characteristics of Hungary are starting to show similar features to those of the Mediterranean countries.. According to the forecast of MAVIR, this trend will continue in the future.

As can be seen from the data of the system operator, the annual summer system load record was only 4540 MW twenty years ago and 6212 MW ten years ago. Electricity consumption shows an increase in living standards here in Hungary, as elsewhere in the world, along with prosperity and technological advancement.

In Hungary, per capita electricity consumption is still significantly lower than in Western Europe, only half of the Austrian value, for example.


With the spread of air conditioners, electric cars and modern, energy-efficient heat pump heating, countless new consumers have appeared in the electricity system. Forecasts already show absolute peaks of 8000 MW by 2030 and project further exponential growth in the longer term.
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