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Bangkok’s electricity consumption hits new record high

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Bangkok’s electricity consumption surged to a new high of 29,680.3 megawatts on Saturday night due mainly to widespread use of air-conditioners of the residential sector

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The peak power consumption which was registered at 9.35 pm on Saturday night broke the record set on May 11th 2016 at 10.28 pm when 29,618.8 megawatts of electricity were used.


Mr Roengchai Kongthong, deputy governor for transmission system of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand attributed the surge in power consumption to the high temperatures in Bangkok, averaging 32 degrees Celsius, which have forced most households to switch on their air-conditioners.

Mr Roengchai, however, assured that Egat, the country’s biggest power producer, has enough power reserves to meet the increasing power demand during the hot season.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department forecast that weather today in most parts of the country except in the southern region will be hot and up to very hot with maximum temperatures ranging from 40-44 degrees Celsius.

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