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Energy use rose at a slower pace in July

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The nation's energy consumption rose less than 1 percent for a second month in July because of a drop in electricity demand from manufacturers such as Quanta Computer Inc (廣達電腦), the world's biggest notebook computer maker.

Energy demand increased 0.7 percent from a year earlier to the equivalent of 9.34 million kiloliters (58.7 million barrels) of oil, after rising 0.6 percent in June, the Bureau of Energy said yesterday. That compares with an average of 3.1 percent last year.

Manufacturers such as Quanta reported slower sales as bad debt dampened demand.

"The industrial sector isn't doing well amid the impact from the card debt problems,'' Wei Juen-shen (韋潤生), a planning official at the Bureau of Energy, said in a telephone interview.

"Electronics companies used less electricity because consumption for end-products fell, dragging down demand for components," Wei said.

The nation used 19 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in July, 0.01 percent more than a year earlier. Industrial and energy companies, which accounted for 54 percent of the consumption, used 0.35 percent less power, the energy bureau said on its Web site.

Increased electricity prices helped depress consumption, Lee Chuan-lai (李傳來), spokesman of state-run Taiwan Power Co (台電) said by telephone yesterday. The company increased rates by an average of 5.8 percent in July.

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