Severe heat makes electricity use soar

Published on May 3, 2012 by TFP   ·   No Comments



BANGKOK, 3 May 2012 – The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has expressed concern that this year’s electricity consumption might reach 27,000 megawatts and asked people to use power economically.

EGAT Governor Suwat Pattamasiriwat said the highest electricity consumption so far this year was recorded in April at 26,121 megawatts, which is three times the electricity production capacity of Bhumibol Dam. In addition, there is a possibility that May’s power consumption can hit 27,000 megawatts if the heat continues.

With EGAT’s power production capacity of 31,446 megawatts per year, it is expected that next year the country’s power reserve will be reduced to 20% of the total production capacity from the standard level of 25%. Mr. Suwat reasoned that no electricity will be produced yet by EGAT’s new power plants or the private sector’s.

The governor confirmed EGAT’s dams have enough capacity to store water during the rainy season and are able to supply adequate water for agriculture during the dry season.

(NNT : Chindarat Bovornboriharn)

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