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The Comerc Energy Index shows that energy use went up in six of the twelve industries it monitors between 2H16 and 1H17

Energy use in six of the twelve sectors monitored by the Comerc Energy Index increased in the first half of the year. Vehicles and autoparts led the increase, using 3.36% more energy than in the second half of 2016, as output increase. This led to a 3.20% increase in energy use by the Steel and Metallurgy industry.

According to the July 2017 issue of the Anfavea bulletin (National Association of Automotive Vehicle Manufacturers), vehicle output went up 23.3% in 1H17, when compared to the same period last year.

Another two industries that are part of the day-to-day of the nation’s population also increased.  Energy use in the textile, leather and apparel industry went up 3.27%, and in the Hygiene and Cleaning industry 3.18%. Energy use in the Pulp & Paper and Eletromechanical industries also increased – 2.29% and 2.93% respectively.

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If we compare energy use in the month of June with the previous month, we again find increases in seven segments. Energy use went up 2.80% in Trade and Retail, although comparing 2H17 and 2H16 it went down 4.57%. “Trade and Retail is always heavily influenced by the weather because of the use of air-conditioning. For this industry, changes in energy use are more the reflection of climate than the economy,” said Cristopher Vlavianos, CEO of Comerc Energia.

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Accumulated increase

Accumulated increase in energy use in the first six months of 2017 is up 1.13% compared to the same period last year. Compared to May 2017 however, energy use dropped 1.40%. If we compare June 2016 and June 2017, energy use remained almost flat, with a slight drop of 0.57%.

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The Comerc Energy Index is published every month and is based on energy use by the 1,300 facilities in its portfolio, belonging to over 700 industry and trade groups that purchase their energy in the free market.

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