The cold snap is the reason for the increase in energy consumption says the manager of the energy networks in Portugal.

The maximum daily electricity consumption reached 185.1 GWh on Wednesday (13 January), surpassing the peak recorded on 11 January 2010.

The highest peak in electricity consumption was at 7:30pm on the 12th, and was 9,887 MW, surpassing the record of 9,403 MW recorded in 2010.

The highest consumption of natural gas was recorded on the 5th, at 299.1 GWh, surpassing the previous record of 269.9 GWh on 5 December 2017.

Also on the 5th, at 8pm, there was the highest peak consumption ever, with 14,874 MW of consumption, when the previous peak was 13539 MW recorded on 7 January 2020.