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Power demand surges amid heatwave

By Truc Dao

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HCMC – The Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN) has projected a sharp rise in electricity demand this May, with average daily consumption reaching 913.6 million kWh, a 12.24% increase against the same period last year.

Vietnam is bracing for an intense heatwave that could cause temperatures to be 1.5-2.5 degrees Celsius higher than the multi-year average. This unusual heat would boost the demand for cooling, thereby increasing electricity usage.

EVN predicted that the nation’s peak electricity demand could soar to 49,000 MW, with the northern region alone potentially reaching a peak of 24,500 MW. This follows a substantial increase in both peak capacity and daily electricity consumption observed last month.

On April 27, the peak capacity hit a new high of 47,670 MW. Electricity consumption reached 993 million kWh on April 26, underscoring the escalating energy needs.

April saw a 14.1% year-on-year rise in electricity output across the country, totaling 26.82 billion kWh.

In response to these challenging conditions, EVN and its subsidiaries have launched 34 new construction projects and completed electrification for 36 grid projects ranging from 110 kV to 500 kV.

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