Yesterday a power outage happened in Tbilisi, and whole country of Georgia was cut of electricity. According to official information - power outage was caused by fault in 500 KV  line. I'm not an expert in electricity, and I'm not familiar with it's everyday terminology - well, I know how to change a bulb, and that there is difference between 60W and 100W bulbs, that's all. So dumb I'm in one one the most vital sciences for our lives.

Since electricity is behind our modern life's in our households (washing machines, dishwashers, air-conditioner) and one of the driving forces of economy (metallurgy) I decided to start an article series covering Electric power consumption in different world regions and countries. As I believe consumption of Electricity is one of the topics to study to learn about economy of particular country or region.

I will start with Former Soviet Union Space - well, because of the power outage yesterday happened in Georgia, and Georgia is one of the FSU block countries. For my research I will use data available from World Bank, unfortunately they are for 2011. But that should give us some insight.

 

Electric power consumption (kWh per capita) in Former Soviet Union 2011

 2011 kWhMonthlyDailyRussia6,486540.517.76Estonia6,314526.1617.29Kazakhstan4,893407.7513.40Ukraine3,662305.1610.03Belarus3,628302.339.93Lithuania3,530294.169.67Latvia3,2642728.94Turkmenistan2,440203.336.68Georgia1,918159.835.25Armenia1,755146.254.80Tajikistan1,714142.834.69Azerbaijan1,705142.084.67Kyrgyzstan1,642136.834.49Uzbekistan1,626135.54.45Moldova1,470122.54.02    Average3069.8255.818.41

Data source: World Bank

And here comes my largest surprise - Russia has the largest kWh per capita consumption in FSU space.  Why it's surprise for me? I was never thinking that in country where minimum wage is about $160 per month, the kWh consumption could be higher than in countries where minimum wage is $400 and more (Baltic States). Why? Because I believed that more consumption is in economically more developed countries. I was wrong!

So by saying this, I made an attribution issue - thinking that electricity can be consumed only by households - again-  wrong. Electricity in Russia, I believe is consumed in fabrics and factories as well, and some huge amount is spent for military needs -  taking in account that Russia spends 6.486 kWh per capita, there is no other explanation for me.

Estonia is second in former Soviet space in terms of consumption of electric power - and Estonia is close to Russia - 6,314 kWh per capita. Again - is it because they have higher standard of living or they are the same evil masterminds using electric power to power their military? 

The least consumption of electric power is in Moldova - 1,470 kWh.

Well - what can I more add to  this? To better understand some country's economy - consumption of electric power is one of the main indicators, right? Now it would be great to compare FSU countries by their producing sectors, measure their impact on GDP - to find out more precise information how electric power impacts it. But that's for another article.

Now, I'm still not sure - why Russia has the largest electric power consumption per capita in FSU - could you add you opinion?

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