Strangled by Covid-19’s invisible hand on economic output Algeria’s electricity generation fell for the first time on record last year, dropping 3% to 73.66TWh. But such has been the rise in power demand over the past few years that this figure is still the second highest on record (see chart 1).

The story is similar for peak (summer) demand which fell 6% to 14.71GW for 2020, but was also the second highest on record ahead of 2017’s 14.45GW (see chart 2). The good news is that peak demand remains well below Algeria’s installed capacity, which rose by 900MW to 22.9GW last year. (CONTINUED - 879 WORDS)