FOR the second year in a row Slovakia has consumed more energy than the amount it has generated. According to a prognosis of the Economy Ministry, a total of 28.4 terawatthours (TWh) of electricity should be generated in Slovakia this year. Power consumption is projected at 30.6 TWh, the SITA newswire wrote.
This year's monitoring report on power supply safety shows that Slovakia will be dependent on electricity imports over the next five years due to the closing of several power generating facilities. According to the prognosis, Slovakia will consume 31.1 TWh electricity in 2009 on production of 25.8 TWh. Slovakia will have to import 17 to 20 percent of all electricity to cover its consumption demand between 2009 and 2012.
Last year's overall power consumption was 29.6 TWh. Compared with 2006, the consumption stagnated. But, it grew 1,060 gigawatthours from 2005. The total power output reached 27.9 TWh, down 10.6 percent year–on–year. The electricity imports balance accounted for 5.8 percent of Slovakia's overall power consumption, contrasting with the power exports balance of 5.4 percent in 2006, claims the report.
Nuclear power plants made up 55 percent of the overall electricity production last year while 29 percent fell to thermal power plants and 16 percent to hydroelectric power plants.