Electricity consumption increases at midnight with the new rate

Electricity demand is registering a rebound at midnight since the new tariff system came into effect, with the cheapest prices between 00:00 hours and 8:00 in the morning.

The electricity demand graphs for the first days of this month in the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands show that consumption is increasing at 00:00 hours compared to the previous hour. The total demand drops from approximately 10 pm, as before. But in these last three days at 0:00 hours there is a momentary rebound that did not occur before. And that exceeds 800 Mw between 23:50 on Thursday and 0:10 on Friday.

There was not a similar rebound, before, at 11 at night, when the hourly discrimination to which many domestic users were welcomed began. Namely, It does not seem that the consumption pattern of these users has been transferred directly to the new schedule of the electricity tariff.

Night noise

For the expert Jorge Morales “it seems that there is a change in electricity consumption habits, although it is still too early to draw definitive conclusions.”

Yes, this increase is translated in each of the last days to a common household appliance, “Equivalent to between 250,000 and 850,000 simultaneous washing machines”, Morales points out.

It doesn’t say that’s the cause. The connection of thousands of washing machines. But if it were, there would be a problem, because many municipal ordinances, Cadena SER has verified, put limits on night-time noise in houses: a maximum of 25 to 40 decibels is the most frequent. Or they simply prohibit night noises that disturb the neighbors.

And the quietest washers generate at least 50 decibels, experts tell us.

Most of these ordinances establish noise control between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. the next day, thereby affecting the off-peak hours of the new electricity tariff from Monday to Friday -from 00:00 to 8:00 a.m. but also at the regular schedule, a little more expensive than that, from 10 to 12 at night.

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