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South Africa’s Electricity Consumption: A Sectoral Decomposition Analysis

23 September 2012
Publication Type: Working Paper
JEL Code: C2, O4, Q3, Q4

South Africa’s electricity consumption has increased sharply since the early 1990s. Here we conduct a sectoral decomposition analysis of the electricity consumption for the period 1993 to 2006, to determine the main drivers of this increase. The results show that the increase was due mainly to output- or production-related factors, with structural changes playing a secondary role. While there is some evidence of efficiency improvements, indicated here as a slowdown in the rate of increase in electricity intensity, it was not nearly sufficient to offset the combined production and structural effects that propelled electricity consumption higher.

Series title: Working Paper 203
1 February 2011
Journal: Applied Energy 2011; 88(12): 4479-4794
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