The production of electricity from hydropower plants decreased by 33.77% for the period January 1 - May 8, 2022 compared to the same period last year. This is shown by the data from the latest operational report on the energy balance in the country of the Electricity System Operator (ESO), published on Tuesday on the operator's website.
Electricity production in Bulgaria increased by 17.40% over the period. From the beginning of the year to May 8, 19,867,741 megawatt-hours of electricity were produced, and for the same period last year that number was 16,922,451 megawatt-hours.
Electricity consumption in the country has increased by 1.79% for the period January 1, 2022 - May 8, 2022 compared to this period a year earlier, according to ESO data. From the beginning of the year to May 8, 15,087,334 megawatt hours of electricity were consumed, while for the same period in 2021 the consumption was 14,822,329 megawatt hours.
The data show that for the compared period the balance (exports-imports) increased by 127.63%. ESO statistics show that this indicator has been gradually declining since the end of January this year.
The share of base plants in the energy balance in the country has increased by 26.62% for the period January 1, 2022 - May 8, 2022 compared to January 1, 2021 - May 8, 2021. From the beginning of the year to May 8 from base plants produced 16,906,551 megawatt hours of electricity, while a year earlier the electricity from them was 13,351,883 megawatt hours.
For the period under review, ESO reported an increase in the share of renewable sources of energy in the transmission network by 23.45%, as well as in the distribution network - by 18.64%.