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SKOPJE (North Macedonia), May 23 (SeeNews) – North Macedonia's gross electricity production fell by an annual 15% to 470,434 MWh in March, preliminary data from the national statistical office showed on Thursday.
Net electricity output in March also declined - by 17% to 435,901 MWh, Makstat said in a statement.
Thermal power plants contributed the largest portion of gross domestic electricity production, generating 370,695 MWh, 55% more than in March 2018.
Hydro power plants followed with 84,116 MWh in the third month of the year, down 63% compared to same month of 2018.
Electricity generated by wind parks increased by 13% year-on-year to 8,194 MWh, while biogas plants’ output rose 3.4% to 5,011 MWh. Solar parks produced 2,417 MWh of electricity, up 40% on the year. No electricity production was registered in combined heat and power plants in March.
North Macedonia’s electricity imports rose by an annual 16% to 241,997 MWh in March, while electricity exports fell to 17,969 MWh from 32,145 MWh last year.
Distribution losses fell 4.5% on the year to 578,295 MWh in March.