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South Africa's Electricity Consumption: A Sectoral Decomposition Analysis

  • Roula Inglesi-Lotz

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pretoria)

  • James Blignaut

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pretoria)

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 onset the combined production and structural effects that propelled electricity consumption higher.

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Paper provided by University of Pretoria, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 201105.

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