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Icelanders set record in electricity usage

No nation uses as much electricity per capita as Iceland reports the Icelandic Broadcasting Service, RÚV. According to predictions, within a few years Icelanders will use twice as much electricity as Norwegians.

Due to more electrical appliances in Icelandic homes the need for electricity has greatly increased. A new report published by the Energy Forecasting Committee yesterday predicts that electricity usage will increase substantially over the next few years.

Heavy industry will increase its usage by 7,500 gigawatts until the year 2009, amounting to 80% of all energy usage in the country. Currently heavy industry uses two thirds of all energy in Iceland. Thorkell Helgason, director general of the National Energy Authority, says that last decade general home usage of electricity grew more than expected, from 3,5 kilowatthours per home per year to 4,4 kilowatthours. Over the next decade it is predicted that each home will increase its usage to 5 kilowatthours.

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