050910 Electricity pylons carry power from Cape Town's Koeberg nuclear power plant July 17, 2009. South Africa will need 20 gigawatts (GW) of new power generation capacity by 2020 and would require double that amount a decade later to meet rising demand, the country's power utility said September 7, 2009. Picture taken July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings (SOUTH AFRICA ENERGY BUSINESS)

The actual volume of electricity consumed in SA grew by 1.8% year-on-year (y/y) in February, after it rose 0.4% y/y in January, Statistics SA said on Thursday.

Seasonally adjusted electricity consumption increased by 0.6% for the three months ended February 2012 compared with the three months ended November 2011.

In February 2012, a month-on-month decrease of 1.1% was recorded, following a month-on-month increase of 0.2% in January 2012.

Seasonally adjusted electricity production increased by 0.2% for the three months ended February 2012 compared with the three months ended November 2011.

In February 2012, a month-on-month decrease of 1.0% was recorded, following a month-on-month increase of 0.4% in January 2012.

The actual estimated electricity production increased by 0.5% year-on-year in February 2012.

The total volume of electricity delivered by Eskom to the provinces increased by 1.7% between February 2011 and February 2012. Increases were reported in seven of the nine provinces, with the largest percentage increase recorded for Eastern Cape (11.2%), followed by Northern Cape (8.3%) and Limpopo (5.4%). - I-Net Bridge